If there is something that I love about the classes is that they combine the two things that I like most in this world: music and sport. But perhaps in the classes of spinning more that in no other, music is a special, becoming important in the backbone of the sessions.
Ask any instructor classes: I am sure that all they will say you have a music library enormous, and with topics pertaining to all musical genres. From soundtracks to recent hits that sound in the discotheques, passing through remixes of classics and the 1980s temazos, everything has a place in a session of spinning: you just have to match it with the right job.
The first structure of the work; After the music
As discussed in previous posts, the first thing we need to do is to think about the work that we do on the bike and designing the graphics of our session. Will it be a work of muscular endurance? Will be no sprints? Will we make Plains of foot?
Once we have clear all this, we can move on to choose the music that we will use in the session. It is important that steps are being made in this order and not vice versa: there are times that I’d get a great song that is playing on all radios, but can not coming within a session in concrete. Adapt the music to work is a must for instructors.
The music library
Usually, music sessions are recorded at home, before class: I’ve lucky enough to work with some great teacher playing it is and live mixing, and the truth is that it was a sight to see it. But to do that we must control a lot the program mix and have very clear what is the work to be carried out in class.
By means of a mixing program (the Mixmeister tends to be the Bible of spinning instructors) created a musical sequence combining different songs. With these programs you can see what speed or BPM (Beats per minute) of each song, mix them or go simply stringing them without pausing, always smoothing the moments in which two themes come together.
Cadences, rhythms, and types of work
Each BPM or speed of a track corresponds to a different Cadence on the pedals. The Cadence is the number of pedalling, we perform per minute (RPM or revolutions per minute), whereas a full ride turn learns a same standing around the shaft, and must be in line with the BPM, although it does not have to coincide.
Practical explanation: what I put here, “Feel so close” by Calvin Harris, has a 128 BPM. If I use a 128 RPM Cadence, i.e., to match the BPM, and I make a full turn of foot in every beat of the song, would be to train speed (is a very high cadence that makes me hold little weight).
However, also I can “split it” and carry a 64 RPM Cadence, i.e., make a full turn of the pedal every two times. Follow the 64 RPM Cadence It will allow me to put more cargo bike, doing an escalation.
There are “rules” that say that not should you pedal 110 RPM above or below 60 RPM, but in my personal opinion, depends on many factors, among them the objective that you want to reach or the level of the students.
Motivation through music
Music at the session of spinning is very important since, in addition to the figure of the instructor, it is the only motivating element that I can use. Pedaling can be monotonous: perform the same movement hurt for 45 minutes, and in an automated manner, can be tedious. Why should we play with everything at our disposal to make unique, fun, but mostly useful sessions.
The music gives much play in a session of spinning: from thematic classes (80 years, dance of the 90s… even I remember a session with cartoon series music), to make “small tests” attendees. Personally, I usually put songs from soundtracks, and it is the perfect time to see who is the first who finds film belongs the theme.
In addition to as motivation, we can also use the music as customer loyalty tool students to our school. Several times I heard people say: “kinds of foo I don’t like because your music is a roll”. A session themed successful and well mounted can make a simple appearance session a success.
What music used in classes?
But music can also be a double-edged weapon instructor of spinning: do put music that I like to me or which may like it to students? First of all, it must be music that suits the work we will do in each session.
In terms of taste, I think that everything can be accommodated: both the instructor and participants. It is best to try to be eclectic so everyone can enjoy the session.
That Yes, each instructor tends to have his own favorite genre, and this seems to me to be very positive: in this way is is creating a kind of personal branding that can be enhanced in each of their classes.
And you, what music do listen on your spinning session?