This study examined regular exercisers’ perceptions of specific components of music\ud during circuit training. Twenty-four men (38.8 years, s = 11.8 years) and 31 women\ud (32.4 years, s = 9.6 years) completed two questionnaires immediately after a circuit\ud training class. Participants rated the importance of 13 components of music (rhythm,\ud melody, etc.) in relation to exercise enjoyment, and each completed the Affect Intensity\ud Measure (Larsen, 1984) to measure emotional reactivity. Independent t tests were used\ud to evaluate gender differences in perceptions of musical importance. Pearson\ud correlations were computed to evaluate the relationships between affect intensity, age\ud and importance of musical components. Consistent with previous research and\ud theoretical predictions, rhythm response components (rhythm, tempo, beat) were rated\ud as most important. Women rated the importance of melody significantly higher than did\ud men, while men gave more importance to music associated with sport. Affect intensity\ud was found to be positively and significantly related to the perceived importance of\ud melody, lyrical content, musical style, personal associations and emotional content.\ud Results suggest that exercise leaders need to be sensitive to personal factors when\ud choosing music to accompany exercise. Qualitative research that focuses on the\ud personal meaning of music is encouraged
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