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How to Create a Playlist for Spinning Class

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 9, 2014 10:57:00 PM / by NicNac


Since I took my Spinning Instructor certification back in October, one of the most important things I have learned is how to create a playlist for a spinning class.   I don’t mean just any 9-song playlist, I mean crafting the perfect playlist for an awesome workout.

Winter is among us here in Boston and I know a lot of my outdoor cyclists have moved their training indoors.  If that sounds like you, or, you are just looking to do a solo ride, having a great playlist on hand will be key.

Here are 4 easy steps for how to create a playlist for Spinning class:

  • Think about your experience level:  The level of experience and where you are in your training schedule will dictate the intensity of the class.  Are you working in an aerobic or anaerobic zone?
  • Consider how long your ride will be:  Is this one of your first rides of the season or are you 5 months into training? For a 45-minute ride, be sure to give yourself 1-2 songs to warm up, 8 or 9 songs for the core workout, and then 1-2 songs for cool down
  • Map out the routine.  Based on your level of experience and where you are in your training, decide on what type of workout you want.  An interval workout will include a good combination of hills and sprints at different resistance levels.
  • Choose your songs!  Song choice is 100% personal preference.  Personally, I LOVE house music and remixes to Top 40 songs because you can easily pick up on the beat! 

Here is a sample 45-minute ride:

Song 1:  Warm-up – seated flat, increasing RPMs

Song 2:  Seated flat, adding resistance to warm up the legs further

Song 2:  Jumps

Song 3:  Standing climb

Song 4:  Seated climb

Song 5:  Heavy Sprints

Song 6:  Jumps

Song 7:  Standing Sprints

 Song 8:  Seated Climb

 Song 9:  Seated sprints

 Songs 10 & 11:  Cool down/stretch

Enjoy the ride!  Leave me a comment below and let me know your favorite workout songs!

Topics: spinning, indoor cycling, spotify, create playlist