Happy Up Here

Week 2! Wanted to make sure I keep my playlists fresh, and not play the same song twice until I have to (or want to because it’s THAT great for spin class ūüôā ).

Still pretty intimidating walking into that Spin Studio, but didn’t want to vomit from nerves this time around ūüôā I was pretty psyched about this playlist. Has a few of my favorites on here.

1. Annie Lenox, Walking on Broken Glass (4:11) – This song goes on the top 100 songs of all time. Never heard of anyone who doesn’t want to break it down when this song comes on. ¬†Walking on Broken Glass was my introduction song, and I chose it for it’s pump-up potential. ¬†It worked.

2. Jay Z and Linkin Park, Numb/Encore (3:23) – This song has a hefty beat… I don’t usually like Linkin Park, but when you listen to the Jay Z version it makes you wanna become a rapper. ¬†This was my secondary warm up song, starting off at a low resistance like 6 or so, and gradually increasing and going from position 3 during the verses up to a standing running in position 2 during the chorus. ¬†I think we got up to an 8 or so by the end, just increasing after every chorus a little bit.

3. ¬†MGMT vs. Daft Punk, One More Time to Pretend (Immuzikation Remix) (4:48) – Obsessed with this remix. ¬†It’s MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” and Daft Punk’s “One More Time”. ¬†These songs, combined, sound like they were made to be played over one another. ¬†This was a “freestyle” song where the students were instructed to create a goal for that song, and that the movement that we’d be doing the whole song is jumps. ¬†They could chose which positions to go from, how many jumps to do, and how quickly to do it. ¬†I think it’s important to remember what Spinning Certification Class taught us, is that jumps are NOT actually meant to be performed to the count of beats to music. ¬†But it’s still SO FUN! ¬†One student told me she liked the freestyle idea for a song a class, which I try to do in every class.

4.  Kanye West, Love Lockdown (4:31) РThis was a fun song to spin to!  Here we hung out in position 3 until the chorus parts, where we would bump up the resistance to an 8 or so and do some standing running.  Verse comes back in, and so does position 3.  Gradual increase throughout the song.

5. Edward Maya ft. Alicia, Stereo Love (Extended Version) (5:21) – I love the romantic vibes of this song. ¬†The accordian makes me feel like I’m in Italy (or what I’d picture Italy to be…). ¬†Low resistance, in the saddle and if I can remember correctly, we jumped up to position 3 during the chorus parts? It’s been a few weeks since I did this playlist…

6. Chromeo, Fancy Footwork (3:18) – Chromeo is great for electronic music. ¬†Fun, silly, 1980’s sounding-synthesizer music. ¬†Hung out in position 3 until the chorus, where we’d get our standing running on. ¬†I want to say we were at a resistance of 7 or so for this one.

7. ¬†Florence and the Machine, The Dog Days are Over (3:45) – LOVE Florence! BABE! This song, if you haven’t already thought to use it yet, it fantastic for sprints. ¬†We kept the resistance light, sprinting during the tamborine, high-energy parts in position 1 until it slows down again, where we would recover in position 3. ¬†Tiring.

8. ¬†DJ Tripp, Paper Rump (Wreckx-n-Effect vs. M.I.A.) (3:49) – Another mashup that sounds like the two songs were meant to be played with one another. ¬†Take M.I.A.’s hot beats, and Wreckx-n-Effect’s (CLEAN!) freestyle lyrics, and we climbed. ¬†Verses were done in position 3, while M.I.A.’s chorus sections were performed in the saddle. ¬†Gradually increasing all the way up to a 9 or 9.5 by the end.

9. Daft Punk, Billie Jean (Daft Punk Remix) (6:39) РA long one, but high beats per minute and a fun remix here.  The chorus is where we jumped to 4 counts, from position 1 to position 3.  Low resistance to recover after the hill!

10. ¬†Royksopp, Happy Up Here (2:44) – I called this one my “focus” song. ¬†This is a chance for the students to take a little break from intensity, and instead, think of ONE particular thing. ¬†Are you focusing on breathing for this song? Keeping your shoulders down, open, and relaxed? How those glutes feel? Pick one thing, and focus on it. Stay in the saddle for the whole song, and don’t worry about resistance–just focus!

11. Black Eyed Peas, Just Can’t Get Enough (3:39) – This songs fun for spinning. Slow and heavy beats in first 3/4 of the song, and the final 1/4 is a high energy changeup. ¬†Started out with a little climb, and then the final 1/4 is where we PICK IT UP! Whole song can be done in position 3.

12. Justin Timberlake, Sexy Back (Patrick Alavi Remix) (4:53) РOur second to last working song, which I like to make sure is saved for sprints with low resistance.  Great remix of one of my favorite guys out there-JT.

13. Kanye West ft. Rhianna, All of the Lights (4:19) РGreat song for a final climb.  This songs got some sort of triumphant vibe to it, and we pushed our legs up to a resistance of 9 by the time it was over.  Position 3.

14. Royksopp, Royksopp Forever (5:00) – Once you listen to it, you’ll see why I picked it for a cool down song. Royksopp is an electronic band from Norway, who will certainly be making their name known in the states in no time with their progressive and contemporary electronic music.

Stay Happy ūüôā

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