Spinning is a form of indoor cycling set to music in which an instructor leads the class through a series of drills simulating an outdoor ride. Most classes run 30-60 minutes. It’s a fantastic, addictive workout.
Here’s a video that captures the energy of a Spin class (the soundtrack is The Crystal Method’s Keep Hope Alive) (and yes, that is Johnny G leading the class).
About this Blog
Great music is one of the things that makes an indoor cycling class. The right song can give you the push you need to climb to the top of a hill, or sprint for 20 seconds longer than you thought you could.
I started this blog to offer other Spinning/indoor cycling instructors and enthusiasts a place to share favourite songs and playlists. I will post the playlists I use in my own classes, along with ideas for songs to use for particular types of drills. I’m a huge fan of Canadian music so I try to showcase Canadian artists as much as possible, especially newer ones.
I get most of my music ideas from two sources: iTunes, and a local radio station called 101.3 The Bounce. The station posts it’s playlists and you can listen live online.
The iTunes charts are ideal for finding new music. After looking at the main chart, I often peruse the pop, rock, and electronic charts as well. With iTunes, you can listen to a snippet of a song and usually get a sense of whether it would be good for a cycling class before downloading it. They also flag (most) songs with explicit lyrics, which is a plus, since many gyms don’t permit instructors to play songs with explicit lyrics in classes. If you’re concerned about this, any version of a song listed as a radio edit is a clean version.
Some of my older mixes are posted on the Canadian iTunes by title as Sport iMixes and from January 2011 through 2012 I posted most of my playlists on iTunes Ping as Spinning Music. With Apple discontinuing Ping as of September 30, 2012 I don’t have an easy way to share my playlists. If you have any ideas, please drop me a note or leave a comment.
I believe in paying artists for their work. That’s why I absolutely refuse to download or play pirated music.
What songs do you love to spin to? Which ones fire up your classes and get requested again and again? You can post song suggestions for the different types of drills as comments on the page where they fit best. I’ve also got a Reader Playlists page for posting entire playlists/profiles. Even if you don’t post a song or profile, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
The latest addition to the blog is The Bike Cafe, a page for us to ask questions and receive answers from experienced indoor cycling instructors from all over the world. Drop in, pour a cup of coffee, and join the conversation.
I took my first indoor cycling class and immediately got hooked. I started making my own playlists and cycling by myself when I couldn’t get to a scheduled class. When I showed my trainer the playlists on my iPod he commented, “If you like indoor cycling that much, you should teach it!” It was the push I needed to take the training.
I started teaching indoor cycling classes at my gym in February 2008. I love teaching classes as much as I love taking them. (That’s me on the left, with my sister, before an outdoor ride.) I am certified through Schwinn but I also draw on elements from other schools in my classes.
When I’m not on the bike, I enjoy yoga, writing fiction, and cappuccino. I live by the ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with my husband and our daughter. You can reach me at spinningmusicblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
Have fun cycling!