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Best of 2010 Spin Mix (47 minutes)

I had a blast putting this playlist together and listening to it while I mulled over what drills to put with each song.  I’m using two songs for the first time – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love and Club Can’t Handle Me.  The rest of the choices appeared on at least one playlist over the last year (many of them on the Dynamite Spin Mix). The profile is simple: a climb, two sprint drills, and some jumps (two sets), then a seated climb and a final drill of jumps to take us through to the cool down.  The word of the day?  Relentless.  Ready?  Here we go!

Check it Out (Main Radio Mix) – will.i.am and Nicki Minaj (3:58):  Love the sample from Video Killed the Radio Star in this song.  Warm up your legs for 2 minutes of easy spinning, then add some tension and take a small hill to finish off the warmup.  Make sure to download the radio edit – I wasted $1.29 on the regular version, which is too filthy even for me – there’s a mofo in there.

DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love (feat. Pitbull) – Usher (3:42):  Let’s continue with some rolling hills.  Come up out of the saddle, adding a little tension here and there, then taking it off again.  At 2:15 – 2:55 (40 seconds) sit down and jack up the tension; at 2:55 dial it back and come up out of the saddle again.

Raise Your Glass – P!nk (3:23):  First sprint drill of the day (woo hoo!)  We’re going to do 25/30/45, seated or standing – riders’ choice.  The sprints are at 0:39 – 1:03, 1:34 – 2:06 and 2:30 – 3:18.

Firework – Katy Perry (3:48):  A tougher sprint drill.  This time, out of the saddle for everyone.  Climb during the verses with the resistance of at least 4/10.  Sprint for the choruses: 15/30/30.  They’re at 1:10-1:25, 2:12 – 2:42, 3:14 – 3:48.

We R Who We R – Ke$ha (3:25):  Some jumps or lifts: 8 count, 4 count, 2 count, 60 seconds of each.  Do 8 count lifts from 0 – 1:12, 4 count lifts from 1:12 – 2:15, and 2 count from 2:15 – 3:25.  That’s the first set down.

Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) – Flo Rida (3:53):  Recover from 0 – 0:45, then we’re going to climb, FAST, out of the saddle, for 30 seconds (0:45 – 1:15).  At 1:15 add some tension and relax your pace for 30 seconds.  From 1:45 – 2:45 we’re back to a relentlessly fast out of the saddle climb.  At 2:45 add some tension and gather yourself for the last minute – push it on with more tension but at the same relentless pace.

Witchcraft – Pendulum (4:13):  First of two sprinting drills.  This one is 45/45/45 seconds:  They’re at 0:45 – 1:30, 1:50 – 2:35 and 3:22 – 4:07.  Standing or seated – riders’ choice.

Naturally – Selena Gomez & The Scene (3:23): Second sprint drill, same as the first set.  Climb out of the saddle for the verses and sprint out of the saddle for the choruses: 30/30/30.  They’re at 0:47 – 1:17, 1:43 – 2:12 and 2:30 – 3:00.

Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) – B.o.B. (3:16):  Peppy jumps here!  16 counts, 8 counts, 4 counts (one minute of each)

Memories (feat. Kid Cudi) – David Guetta (3:31):  Jack that tension up to 7/10 and focus on a seated climb at a much faster than usual pace.

Telephone (feat. Beyonce) – Lady GaGa (3:41):  Recover to 0:24, then finish up with some jumps.  4 count for the verses, 2 count for the choruses.

Dynamite – Taio Cruz (3:24):  Cool down with this happy club tune.

Airplanes – B.o.B. (3:01):  The mood of this song couldn’t be more different than Dynamite.  Taio Cruz has his hands in the air; Hayley Williams could really use a wish right now.  Some stretching and goodbye music.

Every athlete who’s bonked knows how important carbs are to performance.  But how long can you exercise before you need to refuel?  Is a 45 minute spin class okay?  60 minutes?  Longer?  The conventional wisdom is that if you’re exercising for less than two hours, you can get by on the carbs you’ve got stored in your body.  But in placebo-controlled studies, researchers noticed performance improvements when people took sports drinks even for hour long exercise.  What gives?  A recent study from Loughborough University shed some light on why.  Exercisers who’d fasted before exercise performed better when they took a sports drink.  Exercisers who’d eaten three hours before exercising did not.  The fasting exercisers had depleted their carb stores.  But here’s another twist: the fasters got the same benefit from the sports drink, even if they swished and spat.  Researchers think previously unknown carb sensors in the mouth signal the brain that it’s okay to giv’er – more fuel coming in.

Bottom line for spinners?  If you’re taking in an early-morning class without breakfast, grab a sports drink.  If you’re spinning at lunch time or after work, you’re good to go with just water, unless you skipped the previous meal.  (You didn’t, did you?  Even if you’re flat-out busy, you can always have a protein shake.  That’s my go-to meal for times when I just don’t have time for a meal.)  If you skipped the previous meal – grab a sports drink before class.




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Spinning Music’s Top 25 Spinning Tunes of 2010

This is Spinning Music’s third annual list of the top 25 Spinning tunes of the year.  I have to admit, I struggled a bit to find 25 worthy songs this year.  I usually try not to include multiple songs from the same artist, but this year I have multiples from Katy Perry, B.o.B., and Taio Cruz.  David Guetta makes a couple of appearances as well.  There are a disproportionate number of songs suitable for climbing, but unlike last year, many will do double-duty for jumps.  We’re shorter on good sprinting tunes this year, with only five making the cut.

As in previous years, to be eligible for consideration, the song had to be released in 2010.  I used Wikipedia to confirm release dates.

Without further ado, here they are:

1.  Dynamite – Taio Cruz (hands down, one of the catchiest songs of the year for a climb)

2.  Naturally – Selena Gomez and the Scene (a chorus that just makes you want to sprint)

3.  Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) – B.o.B. (a cheeky song for jumps, and challenging too)

4.  Raise Your Glass – P!nk (hurray for sprints)

5.  Memories (feat. Kid Cudi) – David Guetta (a relentless beat to propel a climb; also works for jumps)

6.  Witchcraft – Pendulum (a great big juicy sprinting song)

7.  Firework – Katy Perry (my favourite Perry song of the year, perfect for sprints at the choruses)

8.  Telephone (feat. Beyonce) – Lady GaGa (climbing or jumps)

9.  Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) – Flo Rida (climbs)

10.  Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) – B.o.B. (a haunting melody that sent me scrambling to find out who does this song.  Hip hop cool down energy)

11.  Teenage Dream – Katy Perry (climb, with a push at each chorus)

12.  California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) – Katy Perry (climbing or jumps)

13.  We R Who We R – Ke$ha (climb)

14.  DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love (feat. Pitbull) – Usher (great for a climb or jumps)

15.  I Like It (feat. Pitbull) – Enrique Iglesias (climb for the verses, sprint at the choruses)

16.  Stuttering – Fefe Dobson (ahhh…. cool down time)

17.  Whoa is Me – Down with Webster (perfect for a grind of a seated climb)

18.  Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) – Eminem (classic Eminem, another seated climb)

19.  Check it Out – will.i.am and Nick Minaj (love the sample from Video Killed the Radio Star; climb or jumps or as a warm up)

20.  Stay the Night – James Blunt (as catchy a cool down as you could ask for)

21.  Blah Blah Blah (feat. 3OH!3) – Ke$ha (climbing or jumps)

22.  Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira (cheerful warm up energy)

23.  OMG (feat. will.i.am) – Usher (climb)

24.  Higher – Taio Cruz and Travie McCoy (climbing or jumps)

25.  Dead – Buckcherry (pure hard rock sprinting energy)

What do you think?  Did I get it right?  Did I forget any of your favourites?

I’m working on a Best of 2010 playlist – look for it in the next few days.

Need more song ideas?  Fitness Magazine offers a list of the 100 best workout songs, divided by genre, here.  Lots of current stuff!