Tuesday, July 28, 2015

45-Minute #Spinning Playlist

I've been teaching group fitness for almost five years now, and I'll say this: Spinning has always been my biggest challenge. I can't just sit down and whip out a class in five minutes. I mean, I could...but not if I want the class to coincide with the playlist. So put a lot of effort into planning my Spinning classes, which is why I've been feeling a little burned out over it. That is, until I went to IDEA World. That "Pimp My Playlist" class changed me and I'm newly motivated to ride hard.

So I sat down on Monday night and played DJ for awhile, ultimately coming up with this 45-minute playlist for today's class. It lends itself naturally to a ride with a lot of variety. My students loved it:

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That standing climb in the middle? Christina Aguilera helped me motivate one of my riders: She stood up for the duration of the climb, which is something she's never been able to do before. She was totally a fighter, per the song. As for me, I definitely enjoyed it, too. The workout, and seeing one of my students push beyond her previous limits.

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If you're not a Spinning instructor or Spinning student, you can totally use this playlist while you're running...especially if you're running on a treadmill. Create a hill when the ride calls for a climb, and definitely play with your speed as indicated. Otherwise, just run your little heart out to some party music. That's always fun, too.

Question: Do you have a theme song? Is there a song that you turn to when you really need some motivation?

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