At present my students are participating within a 6 week training program in which they have planned and will reflect upon as apart of a major assessment piece. This involves them incorporating a variety of training methods and as a result we completed a circuit training session at school last week. The idea behind circuit training is that participants move between stations that each seek to develop different aspects of fitness. Basically this means that they work for a designated period of time at one station, lets say 30 seconds, then they complete a small rest period as they move to the next station before commencing again. This method  is repeated over and over again and is popular amongst large groups given its structure, ease of implementation and fitness benefits.

With this in mind circuit training is a very popular activity, however one thing has always annoyed me when co-ordinating one of these sessions is that someone is required to keep an eye on the timer and facilitate the station transitions. Solving this problem is the basis behind my recent idea of utilising music to give audio cues when designated work and rest periods have elapsed. Heres a few ways you can automate the session, giving yourself the ability to focus more on student performance as opposed to the stopwatch.

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Although the above examples are relatively easy, it does however require time and herein lies the motivation for the development of my latest “App” for the iPod/iPhone/iPad which seeks to do the same thing automatically using the music contained on your device. The app is called “Music Workout” and the user starts by selecting the amount of work/rest time they desire followed by the repetitions they would like to complete. They then select their desired playlist and begin the workout. The app then plays songs for the work period and during rest the volume of that song is lowered to give users a cue that rest time has commenced. The user can also select to pause the song completely during rest and have it resume during recovery.  Stay tuned for it.

So how important is music in your exercise and activity?