The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have officially started. It seems strange that they kept the 2020 and didn’t change it to 2021, but alas, we live in strange times!
Indoor cycling participants love classes that are based on the Olympics; these profiles are motivating, inspiring, and often quite challenging. As an instructor, you can pull out your most motivational cues and use songs that you might not typically play.
We have three fabulous Olympics profiles in our archives that you can modify to use for these Tokyo Olympics. You can swap out a few of the songs using ideas from hundreds of song options from three motivational playlists below: our Olympics playlist, one with songs about winning and victory, and another we call “Game Time,” with tracks good for just about any sport.
The first profile is my personal favorite by Christine Nielsen: Faster, Higher, Stronger. I’ve done a modified version of this profile for years, swapping out a few songs every time.
The next one is a profile by Billy Coburn for the PyeongChang Olympics: Legends. It includes a tabata at the end, which would be perfect for the Tokyo Olympics, seeing as the exercise physiologist Izumi Tabata is Japanese!
The third is another one by Christine Nielsen: Olympic Dreams. While it is much more specific to winter sports, you can get some great ideas from the concept. And all of Christine’s profiles contain excellent cueing.
Bill Roach wrote an article almost 10 years ago about how cycling instructors can learn from the powerful words and delivery of the coxswain of a rowing team.
Below is the our updated Olympics bucket playlist, now over 100 tracks. I didn’t find as many songs created for this year’s Olympics in Tokyo as we’ve seen in the past; this is likely due to the pandemic and uncertainty of whether the games would even go on.
I did find this one, which would make for a good recovery song. It’s the only song I found that has a Japanese feel to it.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve found other songs that would work well for the Tokyo Olympics.