If you're a jogger or runner, you might depend heavily on your playlist to get you through those miles. But music alone rarely challenges your workout unless you expertly create a song mix with various tempos. I received samples of workout music from AudioFuel that are really innovative and, I believe, extremely effective! It combines interval training at various tempos of background music with voice coaching. The cool British-accented voice that coaxes you to breathe or pick up the pace is not annoying, and neither is the music. At first I thought the Euro-techno instrumentals were a bit bland but I realized the steady driving beat is actually perfect for a 25-45 minute workout. My typical hip hop playlists could become irritating or distracting for that length of time. Every few minutes the tempo and music changes; the various speeds will challenge your heart rate while the voiceover helps you stay focused—much like a live training session! AudioFuel is downloadable as a music file that can be easily transferred to your iPod.
If you're not familiar with fitness music, the speeds are listed as BPM, or beats per minute. A jogging pace might be around 150 BPM while a very fast running pace might reach 180 BPM (for comparsion, aerobics classes like Zumba are somewhere in between). AudioFuel works similarly to the programs on treadmills, which may guide you through a steady incline and decline ("pyramid"), or a basic jogging tempo infused with intervals of higher BPM ("hilly terrain"). The overall goal is to challenge your heart and muscles by not staying at the same pace; a constantly repetitive workout can decrease the efficiency of your muscles.
AudioFuel offers various paces for different levels. There's a 40 minute walking program (Walk in the Park) or a 20 minute slow running program (Shoot the Breeze). If you're a more experienced jogger, you can order tracks without the voice coaching or can personalize a track with BPM variations of your choice. There are even one to two-hour long tracks available for runners training for 10Ks, half marathons, and full marathons. The cost ranges from about $10 for a 30 minute run to $15 for an hour run. The two-hour marathon run costs $28. A big plus is that because you can download the tracks directly from the website, there's no shipping charge and you can access the track instantly.
AudioFuel is offering one FitMamaEats reader a free track of your choice! Click on "Contact Me" and send your name and email address by October 26th to be entered in a random drawing. I'll contact you if you're the winner. Browse through their music store to see which version is right for you. Even if you don't win, check out the AudioFuel website for a free 15 minute sample track.
Congratulations to Shanta for winning a music program from AudioFuel. She is an avid runner and fitness buff.