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music in the collegiate team weight room

Just wondering, among the strength coaches out there, and more specifically, those who work with WHOLE TEAMS in the collegiate setting (only because training individuals even in a strength coach capacity is a different animal in so many ways), about music in your weight rooms.
Research definitely indicates the positive effect music can have on energy in the gym, but because music tastes vary so widely and are very individual, choosing music in a TEAM room is an interesting consideration.  It is very difficult even in my HOME to get a consensus on music, and all my kids were raised under the same roof! Go to any public gym facility and patrons are always requesting “a different radio station, louder, softer…”. 
I’ve seen weight rooms with big screens, which seems to indicate no music. Team sizes vary. Square footage varies. With so many variables, where does music fit or not fit in you training sessions?
So, question #1 – DO the collegiate team strength coaches play music?
#2 – If so, what kind? Who chooses?
#3 – How do you feel it affects your athletes’ training? 
#4 – How do you feel it affects your coaching?
#5 – If not, why not?
#6 – What are the perceive advantages or disadvantages in your particular weight rooms?
#7 – Is it a personal choice, a scientific choice, a matter of supervision, a facility size issue….?

Looking forward to thoughts on the topic.

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Comment by Eddy Schumacher on March 9, 2012 at 1:13pm

HaHaHaHa.  Yeah, the weather and the early hour can certainly be more of a mood changer than any tunes!!


Comment by Craig Cheek on March 9, 2012 at 10:03am


Not really. If it does, its minimal. Maybe it depends on the time of year. When its cold and gray and nothing positive happening outside, not even good music will pep these kids up. Especially when they walked through a foot of snow at 5:30am to get to the facility.

Comment by Eddy Schumacher on March 8, 2012 at 12:36pm

Thanks, Craig.  I sometimes have difficulty talking/coaching if the volume is too high. So you don't feel it changes or affects the energy level? 

Comment by Craig Cheek on March 8, 2012 at 12:15pm

im a fan of 80's hair metal. so, most athletes these days have never heard of the music i would choose.

the teams i train really dont care about the music. i put it on hair nation when i train baseball and then its usually local radio or R&B when i train basketball. we've also trained with no music, period. no affect on training or my coaching ability.


Comment by Eddy Schumacher on March 7, 2012 at 10:52pm

Thanks, Ryan, but more to the point of my inquiry - who chooses the music and how does it interact/fit with the training/coaching from the coach's perspective? 

Comment by J.Ryan Rennspies on March 7, 2012 at 9:35pm

as an athlete I love having music working out. what we normally listen to is rock or rap. normally something that has little faster beat to it. Our taste as indivials are a little different but as a team rock and rap is what we want in the weight room

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