Hallett, R and Lamont, A (2019) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of exercisers’ use of music during workouts. Psychology of Music, 49 (2). pp. 193-215. ISSN 1741-3087

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This study explores exercisers’ use of self-selected music. Ten participants (7 female, 3 male) aged 26-58 years who exercised regularly took part in semi-structured interviews about their exercise and music use. Interviews explored how they sourced, selected and experienced music during exercise. The recorded data were transcribed, and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to identify common patterns while also recognising individual experience. Four themes were identified: Taking control, referring to overcoming internal and external challenges through music; It’s all about me, involving self-identity and social positioning; Exercise music literacy, concerning musical judgement and technological skills; and Embodiment, concerning body-music-hardware interactions and synchronisation. The results provide examples of circumstances under which music provides exercisers with both positive and negative experiences. The findings contribute to understanding of the effects of music in exercise and demonstrate the individuality of preferences and usage.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available via Sage Publications at http://doi.org/10.1177/0305735619854527 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: exercise, iPod, mp3, motivation, health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 09:13
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 13:58
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6277

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