Swearing While Exercising Actually Makes You Stronger, Says Best Damn Study Ever

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By Victoria Messina

Potty-mouthed gymgoers, rejoice!

Scientists just made quite the exciting discovery: swearing while you exercise apparently makes you stronger. Can we get a "f*ck yeah"?


Richard Stephens and his Keele University colleagues previously found that swearing helps with pain management (which explains why profanities seem to be the secret weapon for curing a stubbed toe, healing a funny bone collision . . . and dealing with kids).

But the UK researchers decided to test out their hypothesis that vulgar words may pose actual physical benefits during a sweat session.

So they gathered a handful of participants to partake in two different exercises while repeating either their favorite profanity or a neutral word.


The first round had 29 people cycling for a short yet intense session, and researchers discovered that those who swore were stronger than those who uttered a non-cursing word.

"On one measure of power in the first five seconds, it was a four percent increase in the swearing vs non-swearing group, then across the full 30 seconds it was about two percent increase," Stephens told Newsweek.

The second exercise involved 52 people doing a handgrip test, and it revealed that those who dropped the F-bomb repeatedly showed about an eight percent stronger grip compared to those who didn't.

Though those percentages aren't that high, you better believe it still makes us pretty damn stoked. Let those cuss words fly!

This article was originally published at PopSugar. Reprinted with permission from the author.