Whether you are preparing for a Backroads trip or are just looking for a terrific way to stay fit, joining a local spin class such as SoulCycle, Flywheel or Cyclebar is a great idea. These classes are usually just under an hour and provide you with high-intensity cardio as well as resistance training while pedaling. Plus, the adrenaline-inducing spin class playlists the instructors blast to accompany your workout are all the incentive one needs to get spinning!
It's been scientifically proven that listening to music while working out "distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency."
But what if you want to get that spin class experience on your own? Hop on the bike at your local gym or in your garage and get moving--we've created a spin class playlist just for you!
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A sufficient warm-up is crucial to a good workout--it helps loosen up your muscles and gets your adrenaline pumping. Start with a steady beat to find your rhythm on the saddle and leave all your stress and worries behind. These warm-up songs will help get you in the zone:
- "Little Lion Man" by Mumford & Sons
- "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
- "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers
- "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World
- "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.
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Increase the resistance on your bike and feel your stamina building as you work up a sweat. It's important that the music has a good build up, a solid drop and motivating lyrics. Here's where you realize your potential and push it just a little harder than you thought you could. There's no hill you cannot climb. Turn up the volume; you got this.
- "Bennie And The Jets" by Elton John, P!nk, Logic
- "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones
- "MIA" by Bad Bunny feat. Drake
- "Jackie Chan" by Tiesto
- "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
The Home Stretch
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Once your blood is pumping, your endorphins are releasing and you're feeling on top of the world, it's no time to quit! Continue pedaling on tempo--try double time during the choruses if you're feeling ambitious. Put on a feel-good song that matches your mood and can take you to the finish line strong. One of these upbeat jams should do the trick:
- "Any Way You Want It" by Journey
- "SOS" by Avicii
- "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
- "Carry On" by Kygo & Rita Ora
- "Ramblin' Man" by The Allman Brothers
The Cool Down
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Now you can relax and wind down to more soothing music after a challenging workout--think of this as the yoga savasana of your spin class. Slow down, catch your breath and release any lingering tension you may have. You can use your bike as a prop to sufficiently stretch your legs out, which will help prevent muscle soreness in the week ahead.
- "Drops of Jupiter" by Train
- "Where is The Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas
- "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
- "Four Five Seconds" by Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney
- "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" by The Eagles