Influence of music on Wingate Anaerobic Test performance

Percept Mot Skills. 1999 Feb;88(1):292-6. doi: 10.2466/pms.1999.88.1.292.


While several studies have investigated the effects of music on cardiovascular endurance performance and perceived exertion during exercise of moderate intensity, few studies have investigated such effects on supramaximal exercise bouts. The purpose of the present study was to assess whether music affects performance on the Wingate Anaerobic Test. Each of the 12 men and 3 women were required to report to the laboratory on two occasions, once for tests in the music condition and once for tests in the nonmusic condition. Conditions were randomly ordered. All music selections were set at the same tempo. On each test day subjects performed a series of three Wingate Anaerobic Tests with 30-sec. rests in between. On Test 3 subjects were asked to continue pedaling until fatigued. Mean Power Output, Maximum Power Output, Minimum Power Output, and Fatigue Index were compared between conditions for each test using a repeated-measures analysis of variance. Time to fatigue on Trial 3 compared by analysis of variance gave no significant differences between conditions for any measures.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adult
  • Anaerobiosis / physiology
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Exercise Test* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Music*
  • Physical Endurance / physiology*
  • Physical Exertion / physiology*