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Dogmama2010-05-02 09:45:56 +0000 #1
When you sit down to put together a set, how do you do it? Here's my situation:

I'm working at the YMCA - talk about a diverse crowd! The day people are older & the evening people are younger. I've been using more show tunes & short perky things for the older crowd. For the evening folks, I use more challenging tunes like Kashmir for hills (I toasted some smart a$$ed kids who thought talking through their workout was a good idea

.) I picked up some great ideas on the other thread listing songs - thanks!

Anyway, I've been trying to make them blend one "type" of song into another & move into different types of music - jazz into hard rock into country, or whatever. I also have to be mindful of naughty words since it's the YMCA & the day care is down the hall. Anyway, I'm getting bored with my "blended" sets. Is it so bad to put Charlie Daniels "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (GREAT sprint song!) with Cher's "Believe"?

I'm trying to stay very mindful of separating sprints vs climbs vs tempo because many of the students aren't experienced. It's really hard when I use blended sets because I have to match my cadence with the beat. Too many years of music lessons. My brain fries if my feet aren't spinning to the beat of the music. So, I end up trying to shoehorn a tempo-type song into a sprint or a hill or whatever.

So, how do you do it? Am I over-thinking this?

tulip2010-05-02 09:52:59 +0000 #2
My best spinning teacher ALWAYS matched the music cadence to the cycling cadence. I really hate when spinning instructors don't do that and just have the music on as background.

iTunes is invaluable in putting together sets. I'm not an instructor, but I make my own sets for my trainer now that I no longer belong to the Y. I like to make sets that have a theme--something I learned from a very good instructor. So if your theme is spring, say, you search itunes for any song about spring or flowers or sunshine. That's just an example, of course.

I would just be aware of repeating your sets too often. If it's boring for you, it's most likely boring for the students, too.

Another thought--if you "dumb down" the workout to the lowest level participant, only that student will get anything from it, and you will lose participants. Make a good, solid, challenging workout and be sure to tell those who are new to go at a slower pace (and make sure they don't overdo it). That way, everyone benefits.

I miss my spin classes, but my favorite instructor has moved on and the others just weren't worth my time and money. Good instructors are hard to come by!
Raindrop2010-05-02 09:51:53 +0000 #3
For about $57.00 you can download a program called Mixmeister which I've been using for at least the last five years to blend my music, remove questionable language and create loops. It doesn't take long to learn and it makes your class "seamless". I highly recommend it!

As far as music tastes go...I have a variety of people in my classes (I teach seven classes weekly) and the thing that has always worked for me is to use an eclectic mix of music. I'm always on the lookout for new stuff and when I hear anything that sounds remotely "spinnable" I track it down. Just don't rely on one genre of music per class. I'd want to stick a pencil in my ear if I was subjected to an hour of hip-hop, country or show tunes!
Catrin2010-05-02 10:55:21 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by tulip

My best spinning teacher ALWAYS matched the music cadence to the cycling cadence. I really hate when spinning instructors don't do that and just have the music on as background.

I must agree with this - when the music is just treated as background, it becomes irritating. My body wants to match the tempo of the song, but when what we are doing at the moment is counter the tempo of the music - it isn't fun. I am not an instructor, this is just from my experience.

Our best instructor actually carries a list of 25 sets that he has put together that go with 25 different play-lists on his iPod. It is obvious that he put a lot of work behind creating those, but it serves him well. Interestingly enough our two male instructors do this, our two female instructors pay no attention to the music - which is one of the reasons I no longer attend their classes.

This is just my experience, but when talking with other regular students in my spinning classes I've found that we all pretty much feel the same way about the importance of the music tempo matching our activity in spinning class.
tangentgirl2010-05-02 09:58:32 +0000 #5
Funny, this just popped up on my fb feed today:


And, yes, match the music to the cadence!!



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