New Study Reveals The Music That Will Make You Stronger

Date:7 April 2022 Author: Juandre Tags:,

A new study by PureGym has revealed that listening to music while at the gym will give you a sure-fire strength boost.

  • Research by PureGym has revealed listening to music while you work out can increase your strength by an average of 13%
  • Dua Lipa ranked as the artist that gives the biggest boost to performance, helping participants to lift a huge 38% more weight on average
  • For rap fans, Eminem is the biggest hype-man in the gym, providing a greater impact than the likes of Drake, Doja Cat and Kanye West


With over 49,000 Google searches for ‘workout music’ every month, exercise and a good tune go hand in hand, but can the music you listen to help your performance? The gym chain monitored data from over 60 workouts to reveal just how much of an impact on performance music actually has.

Using the back catalogues of artists regularly featured in popular gym playlists, the research found that across the board, listening while you lift will give you a strength boost of 13% on average. Meaning that if you currently bench 80kg, a good tune should take you up to a new PB at 90kg!

If you’re in search of the biggest uplift in strength though, it’s Dua Lipa’s discography that’ll do the trick, with the research showing that songs like Levitating and Don’t Start Now helped participants to increase their strength by an average of 38%.

The Top 10 Artists That Help You Lift More

Artist Average Strength Increase (%) Example Weightlift Increase (based on 60kg control weight)
1 Dua Lipa 37.93% 23kg
2 Harry Styles 35.71% 21kg
3 BTS 22.47% 13kg
4 Lizzo 13.58% 8kg
5 Eminem 12.68% 7.5kg
6 Drake 10.61% 6kg
7 Olivia Rodrigo 10.27% 6kg
8 Beyonce 9.93% 6kg
9 Doja Cat 9.44% 5.5kg
10 Metallica 8.33% 5kg

Monitored across the three main lifts of the bench press, deadlift and squat, pop was the genre that had the biggest impact on performance, with the top 10 dominated by pop stars while heavy metal, a genre favoured by gym buffs including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, snuck in through Metallica in 10th. Where hip hop is concerned, Eminem wins the rap battle, with ‘Swole Shady’ featuring above other stars such as Drake, Doja Cat and Kanye West, who ranked outside of the top 10. Interestingly, the ‘Stronger’ rapper also had less of a positive impact on gym performance than Taylor Swift.

In addition to monitoring increases in weight lifted, the research also analysed the impact on the number of reps each participant performed, and while adding more weight will usually result in lower reps, some artists will also keep you lifting for longer. Turning the gym into ‘Harry’s House’, Harry Styles ranked top, while chart toppers Dua Lipa and Olivia Rodrigo followed, proving her music is definitely ‘good 4 u’ when it comes to working out.

The 5 Artists That Increase Reps

Artist Average Increase in Reps (%)
1 Harry Styles 23.03%
2 Dua Lipa 22.03%
3 Olivia Rodrigo 6.07%
4 The Weeknd 3.88%
5 Drake 3.38%

Stephen Rowe, Chief Marketing Officer at PureGym commented: “Whether it’s going for a run or lifting weights, many people feel they can’t exercise properly without having their favourite music playing, and it’s been fascinating to see with our study that there’s more to it than just musical preference.

As long as you’re lifting safely and are confident that you’re not loading on too much weight, queuing up a playlist of your favourite artists can be a great way to boost performance and get a new personal best. In all our gyms, we always try to play an eclectic blend of upbeat hits and based on our research, it’s definitely something we’ll keep on doing!”

For further information on the study, as well as a Spotify playlist of the top artists to help you lift more,

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