Master Class: I Dare You To Fly!

One of the reasons why I am, and have always been, so passionate about Spinning/indoor cycling is that more than any other group fitness format, you can use your profile combined with your motivational words and empowering music choices to inspire your participants to achieve incredible success. While this success can be fitness and wellness goals, it also translates to all areas of life. We use the challenges we encounter in a Spinning class as a metaphor for challenges in other areas of our lives.

At the Indoor Cycling Association, we have a special place in our hearts for these types of inspirational profiles. New Year’s rides have always been some of my favorites. I’ve been planning and preparing this particular profile, I Dare You to Fly, for many months now, and I’m so happy to bring it to you.

Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly

While this profile can certainly be used for a January New Year’s Resolutions ride, it doesn’t have to be. You can bring out this powerful motivating ride anytime you want your riders to commit to doing more of what they want and need. In fact, this ride is probably most effective as a post–New Year’s reminder, about 6 weeks after the New Year when most people start falling off their resolution wagon and need a boost to remind them of their goals. 

It’s also great if you are planning on incorporating some sort of 30-day or 60-day challenge at your studio or club. 

The songs are powerful and encompass several genres. Many are current mainstream recognizable songs, with a few classics thrown in.

Use this profile in its entirety, or just pick out a couple of songs and the associated cueing and throw them into other profiles that need a motivational boost.

As usual, I would love to hear your comments after you teach this ride, or if you have some ideas for similar songs that you would add to the playlist.

The profile PDF and Spotify playlist can be found below.


  1. Happy to be able to use this tonight as our club started a promotion for members to consider resolutions. I shortened it to 45 minutes and delivered my version of the message to a receptive audience. The variety of music from different genres helped to hold our interest. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I used this yesterday and the class loved it. I threw in a few favorites like Dare by Gorillaz, If You Dare by Jazmine Sullivan and Learning to Fly by Tom Petty for stretching. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. I did this last week and they really liked it!

  4. Thank you from across the pond 🙂 I am a UK based instructor.

    I’d just like to feed back that I have used a 45 minute version of this playlist (with a UK tone down of motivational cues) and even though we in the UK are a bit more stiff upper lipped, my classess absolutley loved it – thank you so much. In fact I also ran outdoors to the playlist this morning, and it sounded even better – best wishes and thanks Dave

  5. Here’s another song for an inspirational ride:

    Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life

    (It was the FIFA Women’s World Cup song for 2015!)

  6. I used this profile this week with a few different songs to take out the New Year’s reference since it’s June. I also had a song “If I Could Fly” – Jaytech Remix by OceanLab (can be found on iTunes) that I immediately thought of when I saw this profile.

    A few other song options that I used were “Roar” – Katy Perry for the warm-up, “Believer” – Tiesto Remix by American Authors, “Do Life Big” – Jamie Grace, and “Wings” by Little Mix

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      Those are awesome songs Tracy! Thanks for sharing. They can be used for any inspirational theme ride! =)

  7. Did this routine this morning. Very good workout! Thank you for all the profiles I’ve used so far from this site. I am improving so much as an instructor! 🙂

  8. I did this playlist last night. My classed loved it. Comments were, “I loved all the songs” “It inspired me” “It made me want to power up those hills” Thanks so much for making me look good. Sylvia Stoner

  9. I think that Fly by Nicki Minaj would fit very well with this profile. Could be a bridge to a cool down or cool down track.

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