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Ho Ho Holiday Mix 2012 (60 minutes)

Santa on Spin BikeI’m teaching my last class of 2012 tonight and I want to tip a hat to the fast-approaching holidays, but since it is only December 12, I don’t want to run an all-holiday themed playlist.  This is the ride that I put together for tonight – a little bit holiday, a little bit kick-your-ass.

O Saya (iSweat Dance Mix) – iSweat Fitness Music (5:17):  Warmup, easing into a faster pace for the last couple of minutes.

Thunderstruck – AC/DC (4:52):  How excited was I when the AC/DC catalog appeared on iTunes the other week?  I’ve been scheming on how to use AC/DC ever since.  Kick up the resistance and let’s head into some rolling hills.  This is no wussy holiday playlist, no siree.

Stoned in Love (Commercial 12″ Mix) – Chicane feat. Tom Jones (5:02):  Needed an extra song.  Rooted through my music and came up with an extended mix of this old favourite.  It’s a combo standing climb/sprint 30/30/45 seconds.  The sprints are at 1:14 – 1:44, 2:28 – 2:58 and 3:27 – 4:11.

Deck The Halls – The Festival Rock Orchestra (2:59):  A seated flat.  Singing optional.

Hallelujah (Remix) – Mannheim Steamroller (8:10):  A combo standing climb/jump, mid-tension about 6/10.  One minute of climbing followed by a minute of jumping.  Two sets of 8 count jumps, two sets of 4 count (can do 2×8, 2×4 or 8/4/8/4).

Christmas in Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra (3:25):  Recover to 0:32 then tackle one mother of a hill in this seated climb.

Run Rudolph Run – Bryan Adams (2:43):  We need some speed after that one, and here it is: sprints 15/30/50 seconds on/off.  The sprints are at 0:10 – 0:25, 0:40 – 1:10 and 1:40 – 2:30.  Whee!

Right Now – Rihanna (3:02):  We’re going to do a jump sandwich with rolling hills for the bread.  Rolling hills start here.

Little Bad Girl (Instrumental Edit) – David Guetta (4:03):  Jumps on a hill – 8/4/2 count – 2 min each at 7/10 resistance.

Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin] – Swedish House Mafia (3:33):  The rest of the sandwich – more rolling hills.

Aisha (Aly and Fila Remix) – Gaia (7:12):  A combo surge/climb/jump.  Take some recovery, and when you’re ready, head into a surge until 2:30.  At 2:30, come out of the saddle into a standing climb.  You’re going to get a minute of easy recovery here from 2:55 – 3:55 but stay up if you can.  The music builds from 3:55 to a &?*?#!! 40 second uphill sprint from 4:34 – 5:15.  Recover to 5:35, then from 5:35 – end we’ll do 8 count jumps.

Some Nights – DJ Space’C (4:34):  Another combo, this one a tempo drill with three 15 second sprint intervals to keep us on our toes.  From 0 – 1:15 take recovery and ease into your tempo pace.  The first sprint hits us at 1:15 – 1:30, and is immediately chased with 30 seconds for recovery from 1:30 – 2:00.  The second sprint runs from 2:00 – 2:15, with another 30 second recovery.  The final sprint is from 2:45 – 3:00 followed by (you guessed it) 30 seconds of recovery.  From 3:30 – 4:30 we’re going to ride tempo again to the finish.

Carry On – Fun. (4:38):  Some well-deserved cool down with this inspirational song from Fun.  (Another one I’ve been trying to use for a while).

We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Weezer (1:25):  You didn’t think I could leave all the holiday songs in the middle?  Some extra stretching and goodbye music.

Some songs I wish I could have included are Candlelight by the Maccabeats (a funny take on Taio Cruz’s Dynamite) and anything from the Twisted Sister Christmas Album (yep, they have a Christmas album).

If you are looking for more holiday-themed playlists, here is Schwinn Master Trainer Denise Druce’s holiday playlist for 2012 (notice I stole a couple of song ideas from her):

Schwinn Master Trainer Chris Roche put me on to an awesome resource – Schwinn’s Indoor Cycling Official Facebook site.  If you’re on Facebook (and who isn’t?)  cruise on over and join the 3,700 others who like it for indoor cycling discussions, advice from Master Trainers, song ideas and more.  (My only beefs are that they rely heavily on Spotify, which I can’t get in Canada (yet) and quite a few of the older links seem to have expired.)  Instructor Amanda Ebner posted her holiday ride on the site here (look under ‘recent posts by others’ to find it).
And here is another Schwinn holiday playlist that you can find on Spotify here (sorry, playlist doesn’t mention artists, but I’m sure they won’t be hard to find, especially since the exact times are given):
 Do you have a favourite holiday song we haven’t mentioned?  Tell us, tell us!
Look for two more posts before year end – my interview with Schwinn Master Trainer Chris Roche (before the holidays) and Spinning Music’s Top 25 Spinning Songs of the year (after).


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Got a Question? Ask Schwinn Master Trainer Chris Roche!

christopherjrocheI had a chance to ride with Schwinn Master Trainer Chris Roche (at left) a couple of weeks ago.  He’s a rare breed – one of fewer than 60 Schwinn Master Trainers around the world, so I was stoked to come out for his class.  Like the true cycling geek that I am, I showed up early and staked out a bike in the front row.

I wasn’t disappointed – Chris pushed us to test our limits and give just a little more than we thought we could.  He also had us encouraging and urging each other forward – a neat trick I’d never seen before.  I’m guessing that after nine years of training indoor cycling instructors, there are quite a few more tricks in his bag – and I wanted to know about them.

I had to go to work after class and Chris was doing a full-day training the next day before heading for the airport, but he agreed to be Spinning Music’s first interview on December 10 via Skype.

Got a question for Chris?  Drop it into a comment and I will ask him.  I’ll post the interview later this week.