This is the most important secret that most swimmers don’t know. One simple change that makes all the difference. Its effects are instantaneous, and they never stop working. In fact, it is so effective that sports psychologists have called it a “legal performance enhancing drug”.
But it’s not a drug. In fact, you probably already leverage this powerful psychological principle in other areas of your life, maybe without even realizing it.
It’s called Rhythm Response.
And understanding this simple concept is paramount to unlocking the full potential of your exercise.
In this post, you’re going to learn how to leverage the power of rhythm response to Instantly improve your endurance by up to 15% and dramatically increase your enjoyment of exercise.
You’ll be able to get more from your swims, and have fun doing it.
For those who swim laps to manage weight or recover from injuries, finding joy in the pool is vital to long term success. If you can’t have fun and get the most out of your swimming, the long term outlook on your efforts is dim.
But as you now know, there's a solution.
Dr. Costas has been exploring the interaction between music and athletic performance at Brunel University for years. Research has revealed an extremely positive relationship between music and movement. This relationship is known as Rhythm Response. Today you’ll learn how to personally apply these concepts to change your workouts for good.
Music affects you emotionally.
The right song can lift your mood in an instant...
But music also affects you physically.
You have an intrinsic instinct to move to your body in sync with a beat or rhythm. No one taught you to tap your foot to a catchy beat. It’s instinct. It’s nature. See what I’m driving at here? You can use music to influence how you move your body in the pool.
If we step back and look at these facts at face value, a simple equation emerges.
The variables in this equation will be different for everyone, so it’s important that you carefully follow the two steps below to find what works best for you.
#1 Find inspiration
You need to consider how different music makes you feel. Ultimately, you need to pick songs that make you feel motivated, strong, and capable. That could mean picking a pop track about winning at life, or an uplifting worship song from church. Maybe the rhythm and melody of loud instrumental dance music gets your serotonin flowin’. The only thing that matters here is that the music makes you feel good.
#2 Set the pace
Tempo and rhythm matter. Sometimes songs with a fast tempo can have a slow feeling rhythm, so use tempo as a guideline, but make sure you listen to a song before adding it to your workout playlist. Remember, the key to Rhythm Response is your instinct to sync your movements to music. You need to consider how fast you actually want to move your body as you swim. If your goal is to swim 2 miles at a steady pace, you’ll probably want to pick songs with steady beats and consistent flow. If you’re doing high intensity interval training, maybe loud tracks with big build ups and high energy hooks are the right choice. General consensus says that music written at 130-150 beats per minute is a good range for typical cardio workouts, so that’s where I recommend you start. If you want to get fancy, build your playlists to suit the length of your workout so that the tempo gradually increases from the 130 BPM to 150 BPM range over the course of several songs, then tapers back down to about 130 BPM again as your workout comes to a close.
Picking music that motivates you, and moves you at the right pace can dramatically impact your workouts.
Instantly improving your endurance, enjoyment, and satisfaction is really that simple.
See, that’s just it; the power of Rhythm Response is its simplicity. All you need is some music that moves you, and a way to listen to it.
I hope you understand now that adding music to your lap swimming isn’t a silly luxury or a gimmick to try out.
Music is a "powerful" motivator that can have a major impact on your long term success.
Don’t fall victim to boredom or burnout. Swim with music!