Lately I have been taking many more spin classes than usual. With the weather making outdoor rides impossible, and (I just found out today) a stress reaction in my hip which has meant no running, indoor spin has been my go to.
(I’d rather be riding out here!)
Being a instructor myself I really enjoy when I get to go see how others lead classes, however it also makes me much more critical of teaching styles and music selection. I have found that someone can be a wonderful instructor and plan a killer workout but if the music is not exciting me, I have a hard time enjoying the workout. Especially with spin: I think there are great and specific warm up songs, climbing songs, speed songs, cool down and recovery songs.
With spin classes the music seems to really make it or break it for me.
(Saw this on my recent trip to San Fran- was bummed that someone else knew my secret)
After experiencing some classes without the best song selection this past week I set out to make a good playlist for my class this morning. The workout was pretty basic since most people have big workouts on Saturdays we tend to not do anything too crazy but still, the songs start slower for warm up and build as the class proceeds. I like to finish with some upbeat music to leave people walking out of class feeling good and ready to take on the day.
- XO– Beyonce
- Pompeii– Bastille
- The Wire- Haim
- Team- Lorde
- I’m ready- AJR
- How I Feel- Flo Rida
- You Make Me- Avicii
- White Walls- Macklemore
- Neon Lights- Demi Lovato
- Timber- Pitbull, Kesha
- Old School Love- Lupe Fiasco
- Tippin Point- Dallas Smith
- Best of 2012 Pop Mashup – Anthem Lights
- This is How We Roll- Florida Georgia Line
I hope this music either inspires you as an instructor or for your next workout on your own!
Does music make or break a group fitness class for you? What are some of your favorite workout songs right now?