This week went by so friggen fast. I love it! Tonight I’m going out for a HUGE Italian dinner in Rhode Island for my brother’s birthday and I am honestly just fantasizing about the bread and its only 10:30AM here.
Today I am presenting you with an update on my fitness life – particularly my spin classes. I haven’t posted my playlists or talked about my classes in quite some time!
So – in my spin classes lately I have been loving patterned rides as well as a lot of speed. Usually I am a quality over quality girl with the sprints and speed themed songs, but this past week we hit it it hard. Don’t get me wrong I love my jumps, my tapbacks and my isolations but being in the saddle and grinding out a hill and sprinting to the finish line are the meat and potates of my ride.
Here is the ride I did all last week. We ended the ride with three speed songs…
We started with Kiesza’s “Give it to the Moment” for some pick ups in standing on a low hill. 30 seconds each. When students come up into standing, I always tell them to use their legs. The handle bars are there for support; not a crutch and they should float up and float down. For speed cues, I tell them I want you to run – but it’s not a sprint and sure as hell ain’t a jog…this helps people find their groove in standing without the pressure of going too fast… if they feel the pressure then they don’t put the right resistance on. You gotta play with them a little bit.
The second speed song we did was Christina Aguilera’s “Let There Be Love”…banger. I have been playing this since I started teaching. It’s a PC song and has the quickest and most motivating beat. After we did standing accelerations, we did this song in the saddle on a 5 (which is beneath a low hill where you take off like a bat out of hell but you are not on a flat at all). For this we stayed in the saddle and did 75% of max. This way they are movin’ and groovin’ without sprinting JUST yet.
Last song – the finale! Ferry Corsten “Feel It”. This will put it all together. What I love about this song is that at the beginning the beat picks up within the first 5 seconds and I use that as an opportunity for the first full sprint. This way students don’t even think about the sprint and they just go for it. Of course, I warn them so when I hit play they are ready. The second sprint is a ladder – 65%-75%-sprint. 45 seconds total with little increases in speed every 15 seconds. They should be doggin’ it after the second round. And third round is a full out 20 second sprint. Usually for my students’ very last sprint I really pep them up. I saw things like “You came here to work tonight. This is your FINAL push, don’t let yourself down” or “I want you to look back and know that you kicked your own ass tonight”. With the right crew, this gets them amped. After I count them down, I turn the volume louder and I don’t say anything…I let the beat take over with the motivation. I usually get goosebumps because they are working it so hard!
Hopefully for some you speedsters or instructors out there that are looking how to spice up your playlists that this could be a little nugget for you! I have been really enjoying thinking out of the box with my playlists.I have been re-purposing songs and using them at different points in my ride to just try new things. I go through phases where I feel more motivated by songs and other times where I’m way more into the thrill of making the perfect choreography sequences.
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a great weekend!