But what is the science behind it? Does music help our workout or make it appear effective, which could be counter-productive. Recent studies have shown that listening to music during a workout can increase physical and psychological performance. Fast-paced music, for example, can increase the distance traveled, pace, or repetitions completed. More specifically, sport Psychologist C.I. Karageorghis concluded after a 2010 study (‘’Ergogenic and psychological effects of synchronous music during circuit-type exercise’’) that music can delay fatigue as well as increase work capacity. Other studies show that listening to music can affect our hormone levels. Music can cause Serotonin to be released, a ‘’happy’’ and ‘’feel good’’ hormone that improves our attitude during our workout. Familiar sounds also help athletes prepare in a pre-competition state. Athletes frequently listen to music on the bus, in the locker room, or while inspecting the field/court before the game. There is a reason fighters, batters, and other athletes are very particular when it comes to walkout songs playing before performing their skillset. It lets the mind and body know that it is go-time and full attention is required to complete the task. Music impacts everyone differently in these situations. For some of us, it might get the blood flowing and adrenaline pumping, while for others, it may let them escape their pressures and enter into an inner state of peace. Whatever the benefit for the specific athlete is, music helps us enter that necessary psychological state.