Summer’s Almost Over

new playlist to celebrate the approaching end of summer.  have a lot of new tunes from some artists you may not recognize– support new bands!  here is the link to spotify : cycle tunes 8.23.12  enjoy, please post in comments if you have suggestions!

  • kenny chesney – feel like a rock star (3:28) : warm up/stretch
  • of monsters and men – mountain sound (3:31) : rolling hills
  • calvin harris ft. ne-yo – let’s go (radio edit) (3:46) : sprints
  • dragonette – let it go (3:32) : climb
  • madonna – turn up the radio – r3hab remix (5:42) : climb, lifts in and out of the saddle
  • capital cities – safe and sound (3:13) : continue climb, lifts
  • angels and airwaves – the adventure (5:13) : endurance word, lifts
  • the wanted – chasing the sun (3:19) : sprints
  • nero – promises (skrillex remix) (4:29) : climb, lifts
  • florence + the machine – dog days are over (4:12) : recovery, endurance
  • kelly clarkson – whyyawannabringmedown (2:43) : last set of sprints!
  • sia – breathe me (4:35) : cool down/stretch
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Get Your Sweat On

not only is it friday, but it’s also the opening day for the olympics!  go team USA!  can’t wait to see the opening ceremonies and cheer on our olympians!  (if you cannot tell, i am really excited)  as if that were not enough, it’s also the weekend of my favorite event in charlotte– 24 hours of booty.  a 24 hour course is set up in the heart of charlotte as a fundraiser for cancer research.  i will be out riding on saturday, and i can’t wait to cheer on the riders who may need a little encouragement from a full night of riding.  check it out if you are in the area this weekend.

this is an older ride, but full of every good thing to make you sweat: sprints, endurance work, jumps and climbing. enjoy:

  • rhianna – we found love (3:36) : warm up/stretch
  • coldplay – every teardrop is a waterfall (4:03) : steady, quick climb
  • liquid soul – adrenaline (7:54) : endurance work for the full 8 minutes.  uncomfortable resistance for the first four minutes.  add a tiny bit of resistance.  two minutes out of the saddle.  final minute in the saddle surge.
  • pitbull – rain over me (3:52) : jumps
  • simple plan ft. natasha bedingfield – jet lag (3:25) : sprints
  • flo rida – good feeling (4:07) : jumps
  • lady gaga – edge of glory (5:20) : sprints
  • t.i. ft. rhianna – live your life (5:39) : jumps.  i cut this song off early to keep within a 45 min class
  • katy perry – last friday night (3:51) : finished with sprints.  these caught everyone off guard at the end, but a great way to finish the ride.
  • hillsong live – the lost are found (8:02) : cooldown/stretch

Somethin’ Bout Sprints

today’s ride was the hardest one i’ve put together in a while.  i definitely regretted teaching back to back classes and using the same playlist for both.  great range of music here, so a little something for everyone.  enjoy!

  • white stripes – my doorbell (4:01) : warm up/stretch
  • kip moore – somethin’ bout a truck (3:34) : first climb.  this was fun because i never play country, i may have to do that more often!  i increased intensity with each section of the song.
  • lady gaga – marry the night (4:25) : sprints  30/30/30
  • adrenaline – liquid soul (7:51) : this was super fun.  moderate incline, one minute out of the saddle climb, one minute in the saddle surge.  sounds easy, but a total of 4 rounds with no recovery really wears you out.
  • adam lambert – never close our eyes (4:08) : recovery for the first minute, then back to sprints.  30/30/30
  • neon trees – everybody talks (2:59) : out of the saddle sprints, 20/20/20
  • cream – white room (4:58) : what a great, classic rock song.  some additional recovery time in the beginning and then straight uphill ascent.  in last 2-3 minutes, i had class hit the in the saddle peak, then out of saddle peak, and then back in the saddle for final 30-45 seconds.  intense!
  • marianas trench – haven’t had enough (3:30) : sprints again, but i had a 5rpm increase for 10 seconds, and then when chorus jams out, we sprinted all out for 15 seconds.  there were 3 of those.
  • justin beiber & nicki minaj – beauty and a beat (3;48) : jumps.  rotating 30 seconds in, 30 seconds out.
  • i had another set of sprints built in at this point, but everyone looked like they were going to die, so i didn’t go for it.  i’ll save that one for later!
  • katy perry – wide awake (3:41) : stretch/cool down

Summer Endurance Ride

summer is officially here, and i love it!  this playlist is a pretty random mix of tunes, but i love focusing on sweat-inducing endurance work during the summer.  here is the spotify link: endurance ride 5.31.12

  • lecrae – walking on water (3:41) : warm up/stretch
  • benny benassi ft. gary go – control (3:29) : endurance pushes, focusing on speed – 90rpms, adding gear until you hit a 70% perceived rate of exertion (PRE).  1 min at 70%, 45 sec 80%, 1 min 70%.
  • britt nicole – amazing life (3:34) : sprints on chorus.
  • queen – another one bites the dust (3:35) : steady, in the saddle climb.  heavy peak.
  • ok go – here it goes again (3:00) : back to endurance work.  1 min 70%, 1 min 80%, 1 min 70%.
  • the ataris – boys of summer (4:18) : sprints on chorus.
  • bruno mars – runaway baby (2:28) : in and out of the saddle climb.  it is quick, but don’t skimp on intensity.
  • tom petty – running down a dream (4:23) : long, steady run.  4 min in the saddle.  increases on each minute.  class needs to get in the zone here, but don’t let them slack on speed!
  • marvin gaye – ain’t no mountain (2:26) : if the class really gave their all on the last four minutes, i use this for recovery.  if they slacked off, i would bring them out of the saddle for a climb here.
  • LMFAO – party rock anthem (4:26) : endurance pushes.  90 sec at 70%, 90 sec at 80%, 90 sec at 70%.
  • katy perry – E.T. (benny benassi radio edit) (3:21) : sprints on chorus.  last set.  three, heavy 30 sec sprints.  i took these out of the saddle to give the bottom a break, but if you used the earlier recovery for out of saddle climb, it may not be necessary here.
  • the black keys – lonely boy (3:13) : final climb, quick in the saddle.
  • the lumineers – stubborn love (4:39) : cool down, stretch.

Back to the Basics

this is my first attempt to link my spotify account with the Jollyspins blog.  if all goes well, you’ll be able to subscribe to my new playlists and link directly to my account if you are trying any of these rides on your own.  if you aren’t familiar with spotify, i highly recommend the app.  as an instructor, it is has given me the ability to create a new playlist each week, which is a huge treat for both me and my classes.  whether or not you’re an aerobics instructor, i highly recommend that you check it out!  this week’s playlist is a fairly simple profile: hill, flat road endurance and then sprint.  here is the spotify link : cycle tunes 5.25.12

  • kris allen – live like we’re dying (3:33) : warm up/stretch
  • shinedown – the crow and the butterfly (4:14) : steady, in the saddle climb.  one min quick seated, one min push speed 10%, one min out of the saddle.  increasing resistance every 30 seconds.  my classes love shinedown, so this is always a hit.
  • young and the giant – my body (4:04) : flat road, steady push for the entire 4 minutes.  you can switch up by adding a little gear and holding for a minute, backing off, etc.
  • FNA – take me home tonight (gregory ferguson remix) (3:25) : 3 sprints.  0:47 – 1:09 (20 sec); 1:48 – 2:17 (30 sec); 2:50 – 3:20 (30 sec).
  • the beatards – don’t step on my sneakers (3:13) : back to the climb.  this one is in and out of the saddle.
  • maroon 5 – moves like jagger (3:21) : flat road endurance work.
  • elton john – saturday night’s alright for fighting (4:55) : sprints.  i usually go for longer sprints here.
  • whitney houston – i wanna dance with somebody (junior’s happy handbag remix) (4:25) : this is a bit of recovery, finishing with an in and out of the saddle jog.
  • thousand foot crutch – move (3:29) : i love this jam.  back to the climb.  heavy load and quicken speed uphill on the “move” command.
  • john o’callaghan – find yourself (2:32) : quick, flat road endurance work.
  • hinder – born to be wild (3:59) : sprints.
  • florence + the machine – the dog days are over (4:13) : cool down and stretch.

You Keep Me Spinning On

apologies for the cheesy title, but i tried to incorporate “spin” into the title of each song on this playlist and that was the best i came up with.  if the title doesn’t give it away, this is an 80’s themed ride.  it was so fun, a great success!  i had participants debating with me that certain songs weren’t actually recorded in the 1980’s (there is one on this playlist, take a guess in the comments– no googling!)  such a fun ride and with so many great songs from the 80s, i already have a volume 2 going.  here is the spotify link: 80s tunes.

  • kim wilde – you keep me hanging on (4:15) : i played this one before class started, folks setting up their bikes.  this is the warning that the next 45 minutes are all 80s music, here’s your last chance to hit up the zumba class.
  • michael jackson – rock with you (3:40) : stretch and warm/up.
  • queen – we will rock you (2:02) : this is a short, first climb.  adding 2 gears every 20-30 seconds.  out of the saddle for the last 30 seconds.
  • fine young cannibals – she drives me crazy (3:36) and hall & oates – you make my dreams (3:11) : pyramid work for the next 8 minutes.  adding 2 gears, hold for 30 seconds, and then add 5 rpms every 30 seconds.  last minute, slowly reduce resistance to initial flat road.
  • eurythmics – sweet dreams (steve angello remix) (5:31) : this one is sort of a cop out because i have played it before and it’s actually a remix of the original song.  but it’s a good remix and a much needed faster paced song for our only set of flat road sprints.  get that resistance ready for the quick pace.  4, 30 second sprints at 0:55, 2:27, 3:27 and 4:30.
  • huey lewis & the news – power of love (3:54) : quick, cool down from the sprints.  flat road, steadily adding on.  quick jumps out of the saddle.
  • pat benatar – heartbreaker (3:27) : heavier sprints, uphill.  they are short, so don’t be afraid to add heavy gear.  0:39 – 1:01, 1:24 – 1:45, 2:20 – 2:50.
  • j. geils band – centerfold (3:37) and the romantics – what i like about you (2:55) : here are lifts in and out of the saddle.  for the first song, we are getting in the groove.  6 count on first chorus, 4 count on second chorus and 6 count on third chorus.  holding gear in the saddle during the lyrics.  for the second song, 6 count for the first minute, 4 count for the second minute and 6 count for the final third minute.  so important to protect your knees on this and keep that resistance at a slightly uncomfortable level.
  • billy ocean – get outta dreams (5:37) : i didn’t play this entire song (although, it is probably one of my favorite songs ever) but used as a recovery from the sprints for the first 2 minutes and then out of the saddle run for another 1-2 minutes.  just a chance to catch your breath before the final climb.
  • joan jett – i hate myself for loving you (4:07) : final climb.  make this one as heavy as possible.  sprints uphill are heavy.  start at moderate incline, on my cue add several gears, enough to make it heavy and uncomfortable.  then break into 20 sec sprint.  0:50 – add gear, sprint at 1:02 – 1:32.  back gear off for break.  2:05 – add gear, sprint at 2:11 – 2:22ish.  break.  2:50 – add gear, sprint at 2:56 – 3:26.  break.  final push at 3:44 – 4:00.
  • john mellancamp – jack & diane (4:16) : seriously, this really could be my favorite song ever.  time for cool down and stretch.

enjoy this playlist!  i got a lot of great feedback, so an inspiration to do more themed rides!  any suggestions?

Sprint, Climb and Repeat

this is one of my favorite, most random playlists.  the profile of the ride is simple, and one that i will using frequently in the summer months: sprint, climb, sprint, climb, etc.  very easy to remember as the warm weather seems to fog our mental abilities, but more importantly, a great calorie burner and easy for each class participant to make as hard (yay!) or as easy as they would like.

  • robyn – show me love (3:39) : i will say this several times over the course of this playlist, but this song makes me smile.  great one for warm up/stretch.
  • chris brown/benny benassi – beautiful people (3:46) : starting up with some “pick-ups.”  not quite sprints, but just picking up the pace 5 rpms.  quick run.  at 1:03, 20 sec at +5 rpms, 20 sec at additional 5 rpms.  slow and back to beginning speed at 1:45.  2:23 – 2:39, quick pick up to make sure no one is taking it too easy.  at 3:08, 20 sec +5 rpm, 20 sec at add’l 5 rpm.
  • muse – uprising (5:05) : this starts approx 10 min of climbing.  starting quick, this climb is focused on speed.  adding 1-2 gears every 45 sec.  maintain speed until relatively heavy.  toward end, in and out of saddle.
  • big gigantic – high and rising (5:52) : this is an interesting song.  play once all the way through and you’ll get what’s going on here.  you have backed the resistance down a bit from the prior hill, however this is a heavier climb to the top.  i added in out of saddle jumps at the end.
  • katy perry – E.T. (benny benassi remix) (3:21) : clearly, i’m on a slight techno kick.  here is our first real set of sprints.  at 0:50, 45 sec sprint.  recovery, moving into quick speed until 2:33 – 45 sec sprint.
  • steve miller band – rock’n me (3:07) : this playlist is officially all over the place.  we are back into climbing.  heavy climb here.  adding at least 1-2 gears every 30 seconds.
  • florence + the machine – shake it out (4:35) : back that resistance down a bit from prior climb, starting slow up this next mountain, bringing in and out of saddle on chorus at the end.
  • lady gaga – marry the night (4:25) : next set of sprints.  0:42 – 1:12 (30 sec sprint), 1:50 – 2:20 (30 sec), 3:00 – 3:30 (30 sec).  if the class seems able and ready, there is room for a final 15 sec push at the end.
  • billy squier – the stroke (3:38) : final climb!  heavy, in and out of the saddle.
  • eva simons – i don’t like you (4:12) : final set of sprints!  1:03-1:33 – 30 sec, 2:18 – 2:48 (30 sec), 3:30 – 4:12 (45 sec).
  • bon iver – skinny love (3:59) : you made it!  great work.  cool down/stretch.

hope you enjoy this eclectic music selection!  i’m working on an 80’s themed ride for this week.  stay tuned!