The Effect of Music Meter and Tempo on Cycling Speed

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Physiology, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran

2 Ph.D Student, Department of Sport Physiology, University of Urmia, Iran


During repetitive tasks (such as running, walking and tapping), music can effect on body movement rhythm. The purpose of this study is investigated the effect of music meter and tempo on cycling speed. Therefore, seventeen female physical education students with 22.33±1.22 age, 57.23±10.30 weight, 22.09±3.5 body mass index and 160.55±4.6 height were selected and examined during four sessions (each session contain of two trials). At first session, participants cycled without listening to music. At second, third, and fourth sessions and during cycling, participants listened to music pieces with 3.4, 6.8 and 7.8 meters. For each meter, two pieces with two different speeds (60 and 100 bpm) were created and played for participants. With SPSS software and repeat measurement ANOVA, collected data were analyzed (at P=0.01 significant level). Data analysis indicated that music meter doesn’t have significant effect on cycling speed (P=1.00). The results indicated that there isn’t significant different between without music condition and 60 bpm speed meters (P=0.517) but between without music condition and 100 bpm speed meters these different is significant (P= 0.001). Therefore, it seems that music pieces with different meters (similar pitch and isochronous) had similar effects on cycling speed and music can synchronies and control cycling speed.