TRAILMIX: STEP TO THE BEAT
I was recently asked to review TrailMix, an app that lets you manipulate the tempo of the songs you're listening to while you're working out. Not only do I love to run with music, but when choosing my songs, the beat is a huge factor so my curiosity was instantly piqued. I downloaded the app, chose my playlist and headed out for a run. First, I tried the manual setting. I set the BPM (beats per minute) to my preferred pace and listened as each song played at that specific tempo. I'm not going to lie, it sounded a little strange to hear the songs pick up or slow down to match my selection. But at the same time, I liked that as I tried to hold a steady pace, the beat of the music never changed which helped to keep me motivated. There is a lot of music in my iTunes library that I don't run with (but love to listen to) because the pace is too slow and I immediately got excited as I thought about all the new songs that I could potentially add to my playlist if I used TrailMix with them. I also tried the automatic setting and listened as the tempo of each song increased or decreased in time with my steps. I played with this a lot as it was a bit funky to get used to and slightly odd to hear songs at a different tempo. But I was digging the way some of my slower songs would pick up as I built up steam and could see how this would help push me during a speed or hill workout. I loved experimenting and found myself continuing to play with the app after my run was over. Do I want to listen to Jack Johnson at faster pace while I'm driving in my car? Not really. But if I'm on a run trying to push it up a hill and all I need is a slightly faster beat to help me out, it's pretty cool to have that option.
For the next 24 hours you'll be able to download the TrailMix app at a reduced price of $0.99. Go try it out!
According to scientific research, “synchronizing movements with music enables athletes to perform more efficiently, resulting in greater endurance.”
Karageorghis, C., & Priest, D. (2008). Music in Sport and Exercise: An Update on Research and Application. The Sport Journal.
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