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Find Yourself Spin Mix (59 Minutes)

Just had two weeks off the bike on sunny Isla Mujeres, Mexico, so was excited to ride tonight.  This is my latest playlist, a melange of some of the songs I’m enjoying at the moment.  All have appeared on the blog before.

Without You (feat. Usher) – David Guetta and Usher (3:28): Warmup.

Brand New Chick – Anjulie (3:32):  8 count jumps for the verses and 4 count for the choruses; medium tension (5/10).

We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) – Rihanna (3:36): Rolling hills, out of the saddle.  Start with tension at about 50% of your max (5/10) and do two or three small increases every 15-30 seconds, then ramp it down the same way.  There should be time for two small hills.

Niton (The Reason) (Radio Edit) – Eric Prydz (2:45): Five minutes (two songs) of tempo ride, no break between them.

Find Yourself (Radio Edit) – John O’ Callaghan (2:32): Second half of the tempo drill.

U and Ur Hand – P!nk (3:34): Let’s veer into rock and do some sprints: 30/30/60 seconds, at the choruses.

What a Night (DJ Kontrol Journey Mash) (feat. Claude Kelly) – Kontrol & L’il Jon (3:34):  One of my favourite mashups from Dirty Mexican Lemonade.  Let’s do some jumps: 8/4/2 counts, one minute each.

Summer Rain (Alex K Klubbed Up Mix) – Slinkee Minx (6:08): A combo climb: seated, aggressive, regular, standing jog (30 seconds of each).  You’ll have time for three sets.

Barbra Streisand (Original Mix) – Duck Sauce (4:57): Recover for the first minute, then move into some high tension (7/10) jumps: 8 counts (90 seconds), 4 counts (90 seconds), 2 counts (to the end of the song)

Cobrastyle (feat. Mad Cobra) – Teddybears (3:00): A seated climb, adding tension at 0:35, 1:15, and 2:00.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet (3:37):  Grueling seated sprints, 30 seconds on, 15 off.  Did I mention it’s the beginning of a three-song sprint fiesta?

Professional KillerKMFDM (4:34):  More sprints: 15/15/30/30.  They’re at 1:04 – 1:20, 1:52 – 2:08, 2:40 – 3:12, 4:00 – 4:30.

This is How a Heart Breaks – Rob Thomas (3:51):  We’re almost done.  Three more sprint intervals 15/20/1:15 at 0:44 – 1:00, 1:32 – 1:52, and 2:20 – 3:35.  One of my favourite go-to sprinting songs, this one never fails to get me going.

Hard Sun – Eddy Vedder (5:22): Cool down.  I could listen to this song every day and never tire of it.

If I Were a Boy – Beyonce (4:09):  Additional cool down and goodbye music.  Another favourite.

A recent article in Canada’s Globe and Mail explains why music energizes us and helps us with endurance during exercise.  It also points out that music’s effects aren’t just in your head: there’s a reason music is banned from many marathons.  It works.  (My husband runs without music, and even though I ride outdoors without music, I would sooner go to the dentist than go for a run without my iPhone.)

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  4. laura Reply

    Thanks for your playmixes – try Rob Thomas’s Fire on the mountain for a seated climb – it’s awesome.

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Yup – I agree, thanks Laura! I downloaded it. Love the drums on Rob Thomas songs.

  5. Charlene Reply

    Your website is simply fantastic! I started teaching spinning classes while I was in graduate school a few years ago and I am absolutely obsessed. I currently teach 7-10 classes/week and I am always looking for variety in my workouts so thank you!

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Hi Charlene,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I would implode if I had to create fresh material for 10 classes a week! (I would also have a hollow leg – I’ve noticed that anything over 4 classes a week and I am just hungry all the time.) You probably have lots of great material so please do drop by again and post a favourite playlist or two on the Reader Playlist page for us.

  6. K.E.P.T. You Fit Reply

    Seriously-thank you SO much for posting these playlists and describing what you do with each song. As a new cycling instructor, I’m constantly looking for new ideas and then putting my “spin” (I had too :) ) on them. Once I get more comfortable in this format, I’ll return the favor!!

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Hey, no worries KEPT. Looking forward to seeing your spin ;) on them.

  7. nickykaye Reply

    Cool mix! I hate it when the music at spin sucks..

    1. Cynthia Reply

      My pet peeve is when instructors ask riders to do something completely inconsistent with the music, like sprinting when the music is slow. For me, the music has to support the ride. Pet peeve #2: instructors who recycle the same three CDs (and it’s always CDs).

  8. Stephanie Meacham (@Stephatto) Reply

    Cool site! What a great resource for spin teachers. Curious, do you make playlists like this > http://bit.ly/JQW7X3 for each of these posts? I can see the drawbacks; e.g. iTunes didn’t have two of these songs available.

  9. cnymike Reply

    Just discovered this blog. Awesome. I’m an avid cyclist and have just started taking spinning classes again. I also own a spin bike and want to make my own workouts as I also happen to be a DJ and have the music and equipment to do so. And by the way, that Rob Thomas tune, This is How a Heart Breaks, somehow slipped by me in 2005. Wow, what a crankin’ tune. I love it and can’t get it out of my head for the moment.

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Hey Mike, yeah, I didn’t catch that Rob Thomas tune until about 2009. The official Spinning website posted a list of the Top 20 Spinning Tunes of All Time and this one was on it. I heartily agree. It never fails to get my heart pumping and the last 1:15 sprint is just brutal.

      Please drop by again and post some of your favourite songs or a playlist or two.

  10. nypdental Reply

    Great playlist for spinning class. I would definitely love to give the beach bike a go!

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Thanks NYP – This is the beach we vacationed on, but I didn’t get to try the beach bike. Maybe next year.

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  12. ash Reply

    I taught this ride last night and had a great response. Thank you so much for a fantastic profile and the music to match!

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Thanks Ash! Glad it worked for you. Four of my regulars told me it was one of the toughest classes I’ve ever thrown at them.

  13. philarnott Reply

    I work at a remote mine site and we don’t have a full spinning class but we do have a couple of spin bikes so I had a go at this and have to say that it’s awesome! Will still go to classes when I’m back in the city but this is a great substitute while i’m away to keep the legs working!
    Thanks

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Thanks Phil! I got started spinning by myself when I couldn’t get to a class. I really like riding that way, but teaching is even more fun. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. You can also check out sites like The Sufferfest (see my links section) for rides that include video AND music.

  14. Stephane Reply

    1. Cynthia Reply

      So cool Stephane – I didn’t even know you could do that on Youtube.

  15. cyclingwithanattitude Reply

    Reblogged this on cyclingwithanattitude and commented:
    I love this blog it. The song selections are perfect and they flow well. If you have a bike at home these selection will turn a dull work out into a jam packed session.

  16. Tim Reply

    I love this, lots of great songs in this playlist! :)
    I’m the exact same, I wouldn’t even consider running without my ipod, it’d be too boring!
    I don’t outdoor cycle while listening to music, mainly because of the fact that it’s a bit more dangerous (can’t hear traffic, etc.), but if it was a traffic and hazard free environment, I would listen to music – I really do think music makes a huge difference to workouts, it’s very motivating!

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Always great to hear from you, Tim!

  17. Heather in North Carolina Reply

    Just want to say I love this website. It gives great ideas and tips. I have been taking spin classes for about 6 months now. I have started to fill in for instructors if they can not make it. I love teaching the class and hopefully will soon find a class to get certified. I don’t think any of the instuctors we have now are certified so I’d love to have that edge.

    1. cyclingwithanattitude Reply

      hi heather thats how i became a instructor filling in,then i got certified best thing of my life love it
      cant live without it hopefully i can introduce this to kids,teens etc,

    2. Cynthia Reply

      Thanks so much Heather. I also recommend getting certified. It will give you confidence in your teaching.

  18. joan Reply

    Hello from Ireland ,love your site. I have been teaching spin for about four years, 6/7 classes per week so i get through quite a lot of music and i’m always looking for new ideas . i was just wondering what you mean when you talk about tempo rides ?

    1. Cynthia Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Joan. Glad you like the blog. I am so sorry to be this tardy in responding – hopefully you’ve tagged your comment for a reply. A tempo drill is just steady spinning at a particular cadence. Typically I coach riders to choose an intensity that they can maintain for the duration of the song but not much longer, and one where they could say a few words to another rider but are working too hard to want to chat.

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