Painless way to tune up training: it'll be music to your ears!
Hands up (oh and elbows) if you want to get more out of training. Whether you are an elite athlete or a keen fitness swimmer, being able to lift the pace or go an extra lap or two can be hard yakka. The great news is there is something that can help nail the hard yards that is both pain free and fun.
Imagine being able to listen to a great book, motivational podcast or even training tips as you swim. The AMNIS STREAM Bluetooth headphones from FINIS deliver this magic combination.
Coming up with a solid system that can deliver amazing streamed sound underwater certainly has its challenges but FINIS has innovated in this space for the last 15 years with their bone conduction technology. Why decide to bite off such a challenge? Science!
Since the 1950s, studies have shown that music has a powerful neurological effect on our brains – there is even an area of scientific study called neuromusicology, which relates to how our nervous system reacts to musical stimulus. Music is known to cause the brain to release dopamine, a chemical which works to regulate motivation and goal-oriented behaviour.
Music also acts as a motivator in other fascinating ways. Our brains get fatigued when we do repetitive, routine tasks for extended periods - like at work, when training or driving long distances. Listening to tunes acts as a distraction from the endlessness of such tasks, it fuels the brain to perk up and even improves mental endurance.
Having engineered the very successful Neptune and DUO music players, FINIS have leveled up to bluetooth headphones that enable swimmers to swim with their stream. The AMINIS Stream BT Headphones are bone conduction underwater headphones that let you tune in to Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, podcasts and apps on your smartwatch via bluetooth so there are less wires to worry about.
“Today most people find new music from their phones so we needed a way to get this music into the pool. While streaming is not possible underwater, using a smartwatch allows a user to cache music, books or podcasts for listening offline and the AMINS transports this to the pool. I personally love swimming with music and changing a playlist has never been easier.” says FINIS Founder, John Mix.
Like all impressive tech, there are a few steps to take before the magic happens. You need to own a waterproof smartwatch and subscribe to a service which allows you to listen to content from that app offline. As an example, Apple Watch users can listen to Apple Music while Garmin has a Spotify interface.
The AMINIS Stream includes a watch clip for Apple and Garmin watches. Unclip the watch from its wrist band and slot it on to the headphone clip. Any smartwatch can also be removed from its band and placed under a swim cap. The best placement is towards the back of the head and within 5 cm of the headphones.
It is important to note that using your smartwatch to stream content to the AMNIS may override some of the other functions - like swim tracking functions on Apple watches. Keen beans suggest using a Fitbit or older devices to stream audio and your latest tech on your wrist to track your swimming.
Some swimmers are so pumped by what quality sounds do for their swim that they have done away with swim tracking and simply enjoy the ride, swimming further and better thanks to the motivation their favourite sounds provide.