Contrary to popular belief, there’s a limit to how many times you can run to the beat of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ before you need to look for some good new running songs.
Picking new running songs is no easy task, especially because the music I listen to when I’m not running is more likely to put someone to sleep than to get them to work out. This is why I turn to mixes. Luckily, there is a surprisingly high number of DJs out there in the world who spend their time putting together music mixes with specific workouts in mind so that all you have to do is pick your desired Beat Per Minute (BPM), hit play, and get running (or cycling, or lifting weights or whatever else it is that you do to stay fit).
FitRadio takes the stress out of choosing a workout playlist. The app, available on web, Android and iOS, lets you choose from a range of different stations, each with playlists designed by professional DJs for specific types of workouts (gym/cardio, 10k/5k run, Zumba, weight lifting, yoga, etc). If you prefer, you can also choose by genre, with Top 40 (averaging BPM of 128), Party (ranging between 70 and 140 BPM) and a number of others. If you find a DJ whose mixes you particularly enjoy or a mix that really got you going, you can mark them as a favourite and easily find them again for your next workout.
The free version of the app includes enough music to keep any fitness enthusiast happy for a while. A premium version is also available and includes more genres and stations, motivational quotes, no ads and the ability to remove explicit mixes (for the easily offended). The premium version costs US$2.99/month or $35.99/year. You can get a free trial of the premium version for 12 listening hours.
The user interface is clean and easy to use, providing just enough information about each mix and tracks without having to fiddle around with your phone too much mid-workout. It looks like your average media player anyway, so you’ll easily pick up how it works.
It won’t replace my iPod but FitRadio is definitely a handy app to have around, especially if you’re tired of the same old playlists but can’t really be bothered creating new ones yourself.