August 2018

Nearly a Third of People Believe Grunting Can Help Boost Sporting Performance

Grunting is thought to improve physical performance and a recent survey discovers nearly a third of Brits believe making noises results in a stronger workout.

  • 29% believe grunting helps boost performance

  • 43% of Brits grunt during a workout

  • 71% find grunting distracting


London, August 2018 – When it comes to harnessing power, grunting is often used by athletes to focus during physical activity. This is because grunting instead of regular breathing allows the body to gain momentum and drives power to the overall performance.

Digital Marketing Agency, Receptional, wanted to see how true this is and asked the British public if they grunt throughout a workout. Results showed that 43% of Brits do make noise during sport and nearly a third believe it really works.

Gym fanatic Ali Collins, 25, said: “I grunt when I am exercising as I find it gives me more strength and I am able to complete a longer set. I have tried not making a sound, but the workout becomes harder than when I grunt.”

How it Works

Grunting during sport, especially tennis, is a technique that is always talked about and over the years many experiments have tried to prove how it changes personal performance.

For example, during a recent University experiment, the impact of a grunt was investigated and results showed hitting performance did in fact increase.

The case study asked university tennis players to hit the ball either while grunting or not. It was found that those who grunted hit with a 3.8% increase in groundstroke and had a 4.9% enhancement in velocity when serving.

Additionally, those who made a sound hit 7kph faster than those who did not and one survey respondent, said: “I find grunting helps me increase the power behind my shot.”

But is it Distracting?

Although, grunting has been proven on many occasions to boost physical performance, it has been suggested that it can be distracting. The survey found a massive 71% of people find it knocks their concentration and even some professional players have said the same.

In 2014, Professional Tennis Player Roger Federer, made a public statement stating he found the noise during matches distracting – showing that even professional athletes can find it distracting too.

Additionally, US Open Tennis odds seem to agree and louder players have better positions. So the question is even though it seems grunting boosts sporting performance is it too distracting?


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