2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Effect of Selected Auditory Stimuli on Bicycle Ergometer Pedal Rate
Stephanie N. Nichols* and Kelsey L. Lockyer
Dr. Jeremy Houser and Dr. Michael Bird, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of different auditory stimuli on pedal rate (rpm) during ergometer exercise. Nineteen college-aged women were randomly assigned to perform a 15-minute ergometer ride at a moderate load (1 kp). They were instructed to pedal at a rate that felt comfortable. The auditory conditions alternated between music and silence. Ergometer rpms were counted each minute by a computerized automated system. The average rpms for the 15-minute bike was significantly higher when listening to music (64.2 ± 7.1) than for silence (61.7 ± 6.8). Pedaling to music produced an average rpm value that was 4.1% greater than when pedaling in silence. This difference could cause an exerciser to burn 2.4 ± 2.9% more Kcal during exercise. It appears that music can promote a faster ergometer pedaling rate in women during unregulated ergometer exercise.

Keywords: auditory stimuli, women, ergometer exercise, rpms, Kcal

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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