Don't Stop Me Now Tops Work Out Poll
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 train
- Don't Stop Me Now by Queen is most popular workout track
- Tina Turner's Simply The Best popular with the over-55s
By Martha De Lacey - MailOnline
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.
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.
Queen's 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).
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.
He 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 training.
'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.'
Tina Turner, left, and Lady Gaga, right, both scored highly as motivational artists to listen to while exercising
THE UK'S TOP WORKOUT TRACKS
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