Angela van Baal is an ICA member from the Netherlands. She is planning on playing some of the old classic songs first used in the early days of Spinning® for her International Indoor Cycling Day ride this weekend.
WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA!!
Johnny G and his early Spinning master instructor team introduced the fitness world to incredible electronic beats, including trance, dance, down-tempo, world beat, and chill music that you were more likely to hear on the beaches of Ibiza. What better way to celebrate this activity we love so much than to honor some of the great music from back then?
Angela contacted me today and asked if I had any recommendations.
Oh, boy, do I! Most of you who know me know I started teaching Spinning 21 years ago and that I became a Spinning master instructor in 1997. The photo above is of me and master instructors Michael Ferrante and Josh Taylor from WSSC 2008.
This music populated most of my playlists back in the early days. While I have become much more diverse the past decade and use songs from almost every genre (well, maybe not country!), I still often gravitate toward many of these longer electronic tracks, especially for more mind-body and mental strength profiles that work best with songs that have fewer lyrics or a mesmerizing rhythm to them.
At ICA, we have had a bi-weekly music series since 2011 called Wednesday Timeless Classics. This series contains song suggestions from the early days of Spinning. I curate this series along with Bryon Black, an instructor with over 20 years of experience who worked with Johnny G back in the day. Bryon and I have hundreds of classic “Spinning” songs from this era that we love to share with other instructors. In each of our posts, we give you the bpm and explain how to optimally use the energy, emotion, and rhythm of the song to match the message of your profile or of your cueing. We also often explore the history of the songs.
MY FAVORITE CLASSIC SPINNING SONGS