iTunes (mehhh not tonight… sorry, I’m tired!)
I hope you all took some action today in being apart of the SOPA + PIPA protests online today. I figured out how to blackout my site (thank you WordPress!) without completely and utterly ruining my life’s work here on this blog.
In more important news (so self-centered) I also, if you haven’t noticed yet, did a little theme change-up on this piece. I would love any feedback you may have – I think it’s a little easier to read, and it feels more organized. I tried not to stray too far from the theme that I previously had so it was still easy to maneuver around. I like that each post is shortened on the homepage, so that you don’t have to scroll for days to find older posts. Let me know what you think, and a huge, HUGE Cheers to my best friend Brandon who has been working on a logo for my blog. He gave me a bunch of different types of logos (all belonging to the same family though) to use for different things, so expect some new things to pop up once I have them organized on my computer. I have already uploaded the banner, which you should be able to see at the top of the page. He is the greatest, isn’t he?
I only taught one real class this week – had something come up for another class, but, exciting news, I survived my first audition! I am now on the sub list for the Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs around Boston, which I am psyched about since two are super close to my apartment. The audition was about a half hour long with just me and the group fitness director, and it felt super quick and painless. One might even say I had fun.
Question for you: Is there a device that I can buy that will tell me my RPM’s for any bike I put it on? I’d also like something to give me total distance. Does anyone have any suggestions? I haven’t done much research for this, but what I have found is that some of these devices need to be drilled into a bike. Not going to happen. I am a wiz with tools since my full time job requires manual labor at times (it’s tough being an environmental scientist, okay?), but I do not own the instructor bikes, and I’m pretty sure the owners of the studios would not appreciate that.
Now, onto the tunes:
1. Ben Lee, Catch My Disease (4:14): Warmup.
2. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears, Booty City (2:41): Fast flat. This song is full of soul and makes you want to dance. Be prepared.
3. Cascada, What Hurts the Most (3:42): Sprints during the chorus, there is about 3 sets of 30 seconds of sprints, methinks.
4. Pheonix, 1901 (3:19): Just a few 20 second pickups with moderate resistance on during the chorus.
5. The Rapture, How Deep Is Your Love (6:26): Thanks to Jimmy for this song – he sent it to me on Spotify, and I am embarrased at how addicted to it I became. It reminds me a lot of LCD Soundsystem, and I really liked it for it’s length, and the constant steady beat of the song for a climb.
6. DJ Earworm, United States of Pop 2011 (4:41): This is quite an interesting mashup. It’s sort of similar to the one I posted a few weeks ago, whereas it’s mostly the most-overplayed songs of 2011 all smashed up into one song. We did a 15 second sprint at 45-1:00, a 45 second sprint at 1:30-2:15, a 30 second sprint at 2:30-3:00, and then one final 1 minute push from 3:24-4:26.
7. Of Monsters and Men, Little Talks (4:27): This is a really cute song. It reminds me a little of The XX, where it’s a male and female duo. We did little pace pickups during the chorus when it gets fast.
8. Avicii, Levels (3:22): We did a Sprint in the FULL sense of the word “sprint” in spinning. We found our “10”, and did 30 seconds all out from 53-1:16, and then recovered the rest of the song. Spent!
9. The Talking Heads, Psycho Killer (4:21): Heavy, steady to the beat, and switching the positions during “psycho killer – que’s que ce… fa fa fa fa” etc. (pardon my french), have fun with this one!
10. Jane’s Addiction, Jane Says (4:46): I used this as a “this is YOUR song” song, suggesting that they go pretty heavy with resistance and just find a nice 4.5 minute climb in their own zone.
11. Nelly Furtado, Say It Right (3:45): Keep up with a climb.
12. Smashing Pumpkins, Tonight, Tonight (4:21): There are a few little fast parts in this song where we picked up the pace, but then at around 2:45 until 3:50 it gets pretty fast, so we picked up the pace with moderate-heavy resistance for 65 seconds.
13. The Killers, Read My Mind (4:07): A few perfectly executed 30 second sprints during the chorus. Don’t you love when song chorus’ are always ending in a 0 or 5!? It totally helps you remember.
14. Aimee Mann, The Scientist (Live) (4:20): Beautiful Aimee Mann cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” to end the class. Mr. Foley, I totally thought you sent this to my Spotify and I wanted to give you credit for it but now that I look at my inbox I don’t see it. This is what it’s like to get old, I suppose.
Audition Playlist (about 34 minutes long total) (Not posting the songs since I’ve used them all before):
DJ Vitamin, No Love For The Hard Times (Gramatik Remix) (3:30): Warmup.
Outkast v. Deadmau5, Ghosts Over Baghdad (3:40): A few 15 second pickups to warm up, you can hit it right usually on the 00, 15, 30 and 45’s however you want to. Or make the pickups 30-45 seconds long, play around with it!
Pretty Lights, Jay Z Empire State of Mind Remix (4:37): Love this song – jumps on a serious hill during the chorus on a slow 8 count.
Big Gigantic, High and Rising (5:52): Another favorite. Stay on that hill for 2.5 minutes, until you hit 2:35 or so where the music starts to speed up. Take a little resistance off as the song gets faster until the end. By the end, you’ll be hauling ass on a flat road.
Matchbox 20, How Far We’ve Come (3:31): Great song for sprints during the chorus – a few 23 second sprints, and one 50 second sprint to end. You’ll hear it.
Rusko, Hold On (ft. Amber Coffman) (4:35): Rolling hills, I love the subtle wobbly bass lines in this song and Amber’s beautiful voice.
Adele, Cold Shoulder (Basement Jaxx Remix) (2:53): A few 15 second pickups and a 30 second pickup.
Michal Menert, Tomorrow May Never Come (5:38): Cool down!