I work really, really hard on the music that I use in my group cycling classes. There are some music companies out there that put out CDs which are premixed and ready-to-use, but I have never liked those for cycling. In order for me to really, really enjoy teaching these classes and working out on the bike, I have to use music that is 100% motivating to me. (oh yeah, and hopefully to my class)
Because of that, I spend hours on every playlist, and sometimes quite a bit of money on new stuff. There used to be a DJ store right near my house where I used to shop for the electronica and pulsing dance music that I love to use, but it closed a couple of years ago (probably a good thing because each CD I bought there cost about $25-30, and I would only use two or three songs!). Now it’s iTunes all the way, and I also trade music back and forth with my friend and instructor mentor Diane.
I’m going to keep a list in the margin over there (on the left, about halfway down) of the songs that I am currently most motivated by in my classes, in case you need some good workout music!
Also, just for giggles, check out this Youtube video featuring one of my favorite climbing songs. My friend Deanna sent it to me because everytime I play this song, she thinks of this video. I think you’ll agree it’s quite hypnotizing. Hang on til the end; it’s worth it!