For me, the most important part of a great spin is the music! The music you spin to, should not be chosen as a means to achieve a result. It should be what I like to call: choreographed spin instruction (CSI). I hope I don’t get sued! Of course, spinning by yourself at home is not for everyone. Some people need the motivation of an instructor and the shared experience of others in a class, and there is nothing wrong with that. My spin lists (I have over 100 and continue to add new ones) are designed and ordered in a way to simulate as closely as possible an outdoor bike ride on varied terrain. My lists include music from a wide variety of genres: Dance, EDM, Electronic, House, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, and some Classic Rock, with a noticeable preference for the first four genres! My pedal rotation and choice of tension (gears) are all governed by whatever song is playing and alters accordingly when the tempo/beat changes. I group songs in my lists to create a great workout and to simulate varied “terrains.”
These six terrains are labelled as follows: Quad Burners (Q.B.) – Hills & Mountains; Quad Challenge (Q.C.) – Inclines & Hills; Quad Fitness (Q.F.) – Rolling Inclines & Inclines; Quad Maintenance (Q.M.) – Rolling & Rolling Inclines; Quad Speed (Q.S.) – Flat & Rolling.
They are grouped in three categories as follows: 1. Workout Balance (Q.F./Q.C.); 2. Quad Burn (Q.B.); 3. Cardio Overload (Q.S./Q.M.).
I have organized the links below into the above three categories: 1. These lists contain songs that are in between fast and slow spinning; 2. These lists have more climbing songs; 3. These lists will have you spinning more quickly.
WORKOUT BALANCE – QF/QC
QUAD BURN – QB
CARDIO OVERLOAD – QS/QM
Thirty lists to get you started, more to come. Enjoy the workout!