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Olympic Sprinter Asafa Powell’s Train for Speed Workout on ITUNES

Mix Includes Exclusive Track by Dancehall Star Mavado

mavado_asafa_nike_edit.jpgNike and Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell have teamed up with Reggae label VP Records to create a Nike Sport Music workout featuring the exclusive track, "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)," by one of the athlete's favorite artists, Mavado. Called Asafa Powell: Train for Speed, the 35-minute interval workout is coached by Asafa over a reggae/dancehall soundtrack. Among the genre-defining songs included on the mix are some of reggae's greatest artists of the past, present, and future, providing a musical backdrop for running that is both unique and effective. After all, two of Jamaica's greatest exports are music and sprinters—it was only a matter of time before they came together in one pulse-pounding project.

The only athlete to have run the 100-meter dash in under 9.8 seconds more than once (he did it five times), Asafa Powell knows speed. He has distinguished himself as one of the world's fastest humans, having held the world record in the 100 for three years, from 2005-2008. In the Asafa Powell: Train for Speed workout, Asafa coaches runners through a 35-minute training session with four high-speed intervals that descend in length. The goal of the workout is to increase an athlete's endurance and speed, with musical motivation coming from the athlete's homeland.

Reggae music is often associated with laid-back island rhythms, but there are several subgenres that up the tempo to a runner's pace, including dancehall, a style that has been influential on hip-hop since its inception. VP Records has been one of reggae's most fervent advocates since 1979, becoming the world's largest independent Caribbean music label. The tracks selected for Asafa Powell: Train for Speed run the gamut of what VP has to offer, mixing in classic dancehall cuts like Shaggy's early hit, "Big Up," and pioneering ragamuffin tunes like Half Pint's "Greetings," with newer songs like Sean Paul's "Deport Them" and "Hyperventilating" by up-and-comer Tami Chynn. The playlist peaks with an exclusive track recorded by one of Asafa's favorite VP artists, Mavado, appropriately titled "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)."

Nike selected Mavado for the project based on Asafa Powell's respect for the emerging dancehall artist's music. One of the hottest new voices to hit the international reggae scene, Mavado recorded "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)" as an homage to the sprinter, as well as an inspirational anthem celebrating the island of Jamaica and its music. "It's a great honor to be recognized as one of Jamaica's top entertainers and to be a part of this project with Nike," says Mavado. "It's a responsibility I take very seriously. I wanted to put out a very positive message on the track as it would be representing not only myself, but Asafa Powell and Jamaica."

"Mavado is one of the leading voices of the Jamaican youth," stated Olivier Chastan, Vice-President of VP Records. "He is a source of inspiration to them by exemplifying that they too can achieve great things despite life's hardships. Music can help your dreams come true in the same way that sports can. This is the message that Mavado and Asafa carry to the world over on behalf of Jamaica and its people."

The track, which includes the lyrics, "Jamaica/The greatest thing inna life/Our music and sports fi try," has a galvanizing message that will no doubt be adopted as a patriotic anthem for Jamaica's supporters around the world as the Olympic Games approach this summer "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)" was produced by Shane Brown for Juke Boxx Productions.

The latest installment in the Nike+ training series, Asafa Powell: Train for Speed is available exclusively in the Nike Sport Music section of the iTunes Store for $9.99.

 

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