my life as a dj…

I mean, Spin instructor!

Spin classes have a reputation of being for super athletic and highly in-shape individuals, but what I have always loved about spinning is that it truly is an all-levels workout. Everyone gets to choose their own intensity, speed and resistance. No matter what your fitness goals are, spinning is an excellent choice for a workout.

spin to the music
Billie's spin class about to ride to their favourite tunes!

If you ever talk with someone who loves spinning, they will tell you that it's all about the music. Do you have any idea how much time your instructor spends finding motivating music and putting together a challenging ride that every level of athlete will enjoy?

I've been taking spin classes for over seven years, and this year I decided to become a certified spin instructor. I've found that I spend a lot more time putting together my playlists and ride profiles than actually teaching the class, but I know that I need to invest that time to ensure that I’m creating a unique and engaging ride for every class.

I know I've succeeded every time I catch someone in class singing along to the chorus of "Living on a Prayer" or "Spirit in the Sky". If there is a song or style of music that you are dying to spin to, ask your instructors if they are open to suggestions. Most likely they will be grateful for your recommendation and add it to their playlist before the next class!

pump it up!
Time to sing along to the sweet songs in class.

My personal favorite spinning tunes right now:

"Pump It" - Black Eyed Peas
"So Fine" - Sean Paul
"Kodachrome" - Paul Simon
"Reggaeton Latino" - Don Omar
"Paper Planes" - M.I.A.
"Calabria" - Enur
"Smoke on the Water" - Deep Purple
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
"Krazy" - Pitbull

Just imagine all this, baby. It’s enough to make you go krazy!

Please leave a comment with your favorite spinning song(s) so other instructors and I can incorporate them in our future rides.<-->

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List of demands by Saul Williams! It’s amazing and I feel like I spin 3x as fast when it comes on!

Comment by Shawna — December 14, 2009 @ 11:32 am

Nine Inch Nails-The Hand That Feeds!

Comment by RJ — December 14, 2009 @ 11:41 am

(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer and Right Now by Van Halen. Both great spinning songs.

Comment by Lindsay — December 14, 2009 @ 11:54 am

music makes the workout! my fave: Matchbox Twenty – How far we’ve come.

Comment by Marisa — December 14, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

Hell’s Bells- it’s great for a big hill climb section.

Comment by Whit — December 14, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

Just saw your note on Twitter. Love the site and the blog! I’ve posted over 7 hrs of music all set up by BPMs to match w/ your pace. All songs are carefully selected to be either inspirational, about running, or just fun :) The playlists are specifically designed for running a marathon, but work well for fitness or any running. There are bands like Killers, Queen, Smiths, Prince, Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Vampire Weekend… Check it out at

My fitness playlist suggestions:

• Going On – Gnarls Barkley (150 bpm)
• I Fought the Law – The Clash (151)
• It’s Okay – The Kings (165)
• Nine in the Afternoon – Panic at the Disco (150)
• Lasso – Phoenix (152)
• Car Alarm – The Sea and the Cake (153)
• Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John (138)
• Just Like Heaven – The Cure (155)
• Good Tradition – Tanita Tikaram (155)
• Talk to Ya Later – The Tubes (155)
• Keep Your Head – The Ting Tings (156)
• You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon (146)
• Getting Down – The Kills (150)
• Kick it Out – Heart (157)

Comment by John @ aboldpace — December 14, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

Awesome resource John!!!! I’ll definitely be using that.
Some of the best spin instructors I know have always had a knack for putting together great play lists. Its a necessity when you are indoors but when I’m outside, I gotta go music free.

Comment by Brian — December 17, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

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