Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Every now and again when I'm building spin playlists...
Wait, let me pause for a moment and address something: The other day my trainer warned me that when I teach my programs, I can't call them "spin" classes because apparently it's a trademarked name and I can be sued. So, I am attempting to transition into calling what I do "cycling" or some variation.
Anyway - as I was saying...
When I google playlists for *ahem* cycling, I am always nothing short of appalled at the song choices that people have. I have cycled to some wild stuff, trust me, but for the most part I know people need a seriously awesome cadence to keep them in the game - especially toward the end of a 60-minute class when the carbs have burned out of their bodies and their quads and hamstrings are functioning through sheer will power alone.
I find most of the songs that others choose to be without emotion or emphasis behind the cadence - I believe in using songs that evoke a mental image for a lot of people - or at least have the potential to. And maybe not everyone's workout has as big of a mental component as mine, but hell, maybe they've never had someone conjure those emotions through the power of loud music and a piece of equipment with two wheels. And that's what I aim to do when I build cycling programs...
Encourage you to leave it *all* on the floor - sweat, tears, pain, anger, frustration. Nothing left but pure power.
Beach Boys - Help Me Rhonda (warm up and stretch)
Michael Jackson - They Don't Really Care About Us (hover hill climb)
Glee Cast - Burning Up (seated to hover hill jumps)
Eminem - No Love (seated climb to push backs)
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It (jump sprints)
Bruno Mars - Grenade (hover hill climb)
Matt and Kim - Daylight De La Soul Remix (jogs/isolations)
Devedas - Dola Re Dola (4 count / 4 positions jumps with variations)
Ting Tings - That's Not My Name (fast hover hill climb)
Basement Jaxx - Raindrops (8 count / 4 position jumps)
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up (push back jumps)
Phil Collins - I Don't Care Anymore (seated hill climb to cool down)
Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye (cool down and stretch)