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jc232010-05-02 14:21:32 +0000 #1
Hi All

I'm new here! I received my Reebok cycling certification last November and just started teaching this past February.

I'm looking for tips on great music and what technique you use. I'm finding that some of the music I've chosen is a little short in length and there fore it cuts my piece a bit.

Thanks for any input you may have!

Irulan2010-05-02 14:29:25 +0000 #2
you might just read a bunch of the old threads here. Lots of dicussion from both the instructors pov and the class-attendee POV on what sucks, what doesn't, what we love/hate about spinning and so on.

Welcome aboard.

AutumnBreez2010-05-02 14:48:20 +0000 #3
Here is a link for music for teaching/training

Search around on the site think you will find what your looking for.

Raindrop2010-05-02 15:10:27 +0000 #4
Congratulations on becoming a indoor cycling instructor. I've been doing it for nine years now and am still excited about it.

As far as music goes...choose music that motivates you. I'm assuming that you probably attended other instructors classes before deciding to get certified? If so, you know what type of music really works in a Spinning class.

I find that every club I teach at seems to have a different "vibe". I don't completely cater to that, but I do choose music to fit my profiles based on whether they like head-banging, techno, or classic rock etc. I use a variety of music in every profile so, if a member doesn't like one, they'll probably like another one that comes up. I also steer away from top 40 type stuff. It dates your profiles, and choosing music less often heard, but fitting your profile works best.

For some great ideas on music and developing profiles check some of the following sites:

(cycling board on TBB)
doc2010-05-02 15:17:39 +0000 #5
I agree that top 40 dates you very quickly BUT, old top 40 is really fun. Top 40 from the 80's and 70's usually makes everyone laugh. Assuming your class is not a bunch of 18 year olds! Then everyone can agree that they loved/hated that song and it brings back memories of this boyfriend, that year in college etc. Have fun!
han-grrl2010-05-02 15:58:26 +0000 #6
My two cents:

1) pick music that inspires you to teach. If you ReALLY hate your music, it will come out in your teaching

2) you can't make everyone happy. You are bound to encounter music complainers. Don't take it personally. By having a variety of styles in your mix, there is probably a little something for everyone

3) please don't sing to your music. I see some instructors singing away. ugh (need i say more).

4) delirium and crystal method are probably two bands that i use a lot in my spin classes.

Happy Spinning!

fasteryet2010-05-02 17:15:20 +0000 #7
4) delirium and crystal method are probably two bands that i use a lot in my spin classes.

Those are bands? Delerieum and Crystal Meth are some things that I remember from my earlier days
Balrog2010-05-02 14:59:53 +0000 #8
I see this thread is a tad "stale," but ... what o' that?


Now, not so much so that on gorgeous bright spring days such as this, I'd rather be in the basement staring at the stairs in front of me, grinding away chanting "Om Tara tuttare ture soha." But! Almost that bad.

I have used my 9-year-old Cycleops wind trainer and my 13-year-old twelve speed to lose 40 pounds over the last two years, by intervals as well as plain old 40-minutes-at-78%-hrm. Sometimes I get up at 5am to ride 80% for 30-35 minutes before eating anything, a trick a lot of pro ironbuilders use to jump their metabolic fires from fasting/glycogen to that stored stuff (and seems to work for me).

Or, I just want to listen to the beat:

Psychotrance 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 (Moonshine Music) and Hard Desert Trance (same distributor)

No: traffic/stop signs/pot holes/road rage/headwinds/rain/flat tires

Sometimes I just want to concentrate on the Void! "OM Tara ... "

Anybody else?!



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