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Do you run with music? Music unlocks happiness – sports psychology shows that when you move in-sync with a beat, your body releases endorphins. Regularly active people can improve their performance 10-15%. I run/walk with music often and I usually gravitate toward songs with hard, driving beats. I’ve often read that songs with a beat per minute (bpm) of 165 or higher are optimal for running. Songs with these bpm tend to drive your cadence up and promote better, faster running. But if you’ve ever tried to make a playlist of songs with a specific bpm it can be a nightmare. Just finding songs within your bpm range is tough. Finding songs you like within your bpm range can be even tougher.
The Weav Run solves all of these problems for you! Weav Run “adapts songs so every time your foot hits the ground, the beat matches your step.” Weav Music adjusts the speed of the music to your pace. It speeds up when you speed up. It slows down when you slow down. And it does this without losing music quality. The songs still sound great.
The folks at Weav Music rely on the Weav Mixer and the Weav Player to achieve this. The composition is mixed and controlled by the artist to sound great as the playback speed increases or decreases. Currently the app has 25 tracks, most of which are fairly current pop/dance/R&B tracks. I really liked the songs. They are a lot of the same type of music I regularly listen to when I run. If I didn’t like the track I could easily skip to the next song. They are working with artists to gain licenses for another 30-35 tracks to be added early next year. I was allowed to beta test the next release of songs, and let me tell you they are great!! I found several new songs that I love to run to both with and without the app. There are a lot of current tracks coming. You guys are going to love them.
There are two settings when you start up the app. You can have the music follow your pace. You speed up, the tempo speeds up. You slow down, and the song slows down. Or, you can set the tempo to a specific cadence. This is good if you’re trying to achieve a specific cadence or say, you want audio cues to make you slow down.
Weav Music is creating an interval mode with 9 different programs driven by the music to be released soon.
The app works with your Health app on your iPhone and pairs with Strava to record your runs. You get a lot of great data within the app at the end of your run and it even gives you the option to share it to social media.
Right now the Weav Music app only works with iPhone. You can download it in the app store here. They are programming and tweaking the app for it to work with the Apple Watch soon with more features being added shortly after.
Overall I really enjoyed the Weav Run app a lot. It was a great change of pace from my usual music playlists. I discovered some great new music to run to. I liked how the songs changed tempo with my pace a lot. It really helped keep my cadence steady and motivated me to push the pace a little harder. I can see me using the app frequently in the future, especially as they release more and more music.