Team GB Olympic cyclist Laura Trott listens to Bruce Springsteen but most workouts powered by Queen and Lady Gaga

What's your workout song Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott has a Springsteen ritual, but most of us prefer Queen and Gaga
57% of people say music significantly helps them trainDon't Stop Me Now by Queen is most popular workout trackTina Turner's Simply The Best popular with the over-55s



14:26 GMT, 9 August 2012

Laura Trott has a pre-race obsession: Bruce Springsteen's No Surrender.

Team GB's 2012 Olympic gold medal whizz-kid listens to the song to rev herself up before each battle in the velodrome, but she might be unique in her track selection.

It seems most people prefer plugging themselves into Queen, Madonna, Lady Gaga or Prodigy while working out, according to a new study.

Team GB's cyclists Laura Trott, Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton listen to their headphones before their velodrome races

Bruce Springsteen is who cycling superstar Laura Trott listens to before her races

Team GB cycling supremo (and double Gold medal winner) Laura Trott warms up before a race, left, and has said that her track of choice is No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen, right

Some 57 per cent of 2,000 fitness enthusiasts surveyed claimed music significantly helped them train.

But while British bronze-winning gymnast Louis Smith listens to reggae to get into his sporting zone, and American swimmers Michael
Phelps and Ryan Lochte both opt for rapper Lil' Wayne, the general
public are much more keen on pop and house music to get their muscles
moving in the gym.

Some 29
per cent of people surveyed by Tesco Phone Shop said they listen to pop
music while working out, while 26 per cent prefer dance and house music
and 35% choose rock.

A calm and collected three per cent
listen to classical music while training, and five per cent opt for an
R'n'B-flavoured sountrack. Three per cent who really like to feel the burn choose heavy metal.

Gold medal-winning British cyclist Victoria Pendleton uses her patriotic headphones to warm up before the Women's Team Sprint in the velodrome

China's Sun Yang listens to music before competing in the men's 1500m freestyle final at the Aquatics Centre

Team GB's cycling poster-girl Victoria Pendleton, left, and Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, right, both warm up with some tunes before their events at the London 2012 Olympic Games

1970s classic Don't Stop Me Now topped the individual song polls with
15 per cent of the vote, followed by Survivor's Eye of The Tiger with 14
per cent and Tina Turner's The Best with eight per cent.

Don't Stop Me Now also scored the most votes with women, while Eye Of The Tiger was most popular song with male voters.

Turner's song scored the most votes with the over-55s.

Over in Stratford, Team GB's Olympic athletes have
revealed they are more likely to have a pre-match listen to the Chemical
Brothers (Chris Hoy), 2Pac (Mo Farrah) and Phil Collins (Ben Ainslie).

Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen, the most popular band to listen to while working out

Queen's Don't Stop Me Now is the most popular song to listen to while working out in the UK

Dr Costas Karageorghis, a reader in
sport psychology and deputy head of the School of Sport and Education at
Brunel University in London, has spent 20 years conducting scientific
research into the effects of music on sport and exercise.

said: 'Music and sport have much in common: both are culturally
pervasive, both are about good rhythm and both touch us emotionally.
Athletes routinely tap the power of music as part-and-parcel of their

'Our research has
shown that during exercise well-selected music can reduce the
perception of effor by as much as 12 per cent and enhances mood by 10
per cent.

'As well as using
stimulative music during training, many athletes are discovering the
recuperative benefits of calming music following a tough workout.'

Former Aston Villa footballer Ian Taylor, who
has designed a range of workout-friendly iT7 wireless headphones which
use Bluetooth technology, said: 'This research backs up exactly how I
used music when
training. It definitely helped my stamina, improved my concentration and
boosted my performance.'

US swimmer Michael Phelps plugs himself into some tunes as he prepares to compete in the Men's 200m butterfly semi-final at the games

Team USA swimmer Michael Phelps – whose favourite pre-swim singer is Lil' Wayne – gets into the zone before a race at the Aquatic Centre

US diver Katie Bell listens to music between competitions during the women's 10m Platform semi-final

Britain's Louis Smith puts on headphones prior to the Men's Pommel Horse Final during the London 2012 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics competition

American diver Katie Bell, left, and British gymnast Louis Smith, right, try to focus between their London 2012 Olympic events with some music

Tina Turner was the most popular singer among energetic over-55s

Lady Gaga is a popular choice of aural accompaniment during exercise routines

Tina Turner, left, and Lady Gaga, right, both scored highly as motivational artists to listen to while exercising


1. Queen – Don't Stop Me Now

2. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

3. Tina Turner – The Best

4. Scissor Sisters – I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

5. Eric Prydz – Call On Me

6. Irene Cara – Flashdance….What A Feeling

7. Lady Gaga – Born This Way

8. Katy Perry – Firework

9. LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It

10. Snap! – The Power


Chris Hoy, Team GB cyclist:

Chemical Brothers, Escape Velocity

Mo Farrah, Team GB runner:

2Pac, Keep Your Head Up

Ben Ainslie, Team GB sailor:

Phil Collins, In The Air Tonight

Michael Phelps, Team USA swimmer:

Lil’ Wayne, I'm Me

Ryan Lochte, Team USA swimmer:

Lil’ Wayne, American Star