Music makes a huge difference when you’re working out. The right music at the right time can inspire you to finish one more set, one more rep or one more lap. It can increase your intensity and focus, and it can help you push through the more difficult moments of a workout.
Not surprisingly, music is a key design element in group fitness classes. The right music delivered with the right exercise is a winning formula for success when it comes to your weight loss and fitness goals. In this new series of posts, we’ll be asking our Elevate Fitness group fitness instructors to share some of their favorite motivating music with you.
For our first installment, Certified Spinning instructor and outdoor biking enthusiast (and Elevate Fitness Marketing Director) Jason shares his favorite tracks getting him fired up in his Spinning classes this month.
I like music with a driving beat and a unique sound. Music should make you WANT to push a little harder, ride a little faster and turn the resistance level up a little bit more. That being said, it should also make you want to listen to it when you’re NOT working out, too.
I try to change up my music for every workout so that my athletes hear something new and stay connected and motivated while they’re riding. These are my favorite tracks so far for June.
Heaven – Avicci
This is a newer track that starts off easy and builds in intensity as it goes on. It has a great beat and a slow build. I like using it toward the beginning of a workout in a warmup when I’m starting to build intensity.
Medellin – Madonna & Maluma
The queen of pop is back with an awesome album, and this track (the first single from the new album) makes for a great slow-jump track. It’s slightly electronic with a touch of island-vibes. I like a seated climb during the verses and some long eight by eight jumps during the Spanish language sections. I’m so glad to have new Madonna tracks to geek out to!
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) – Eurythmics
Here’s a throwback. This popped up in my recommendations recently and I was reminded how much I love the driving beat. Makes for a great cadence track.
123456 – Fitz and The Tantrums
I found this by accident, and I’m SO glad I did! It reminds me a little bit of the weird indie-rock stuff I was obsessed with in the 90’s with a little new-wave vibe in a progressive fun new sound. It’s got a lot of interesting sounds, cool rhythms, and inspiring vocals.
Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
I don’t know where Billie Eilish came from, but I’m totally obsessed. She’s quirky, spooky and FUN. This is a great tempo march with a cool beat and funky, staccato vocals that make you want to fall into sync with the rhythm.
Bury a Friend – Billie Eilish
Kind of creepy, sort of spooky and definitely cool and different. When I’m riding alone I love to hit a hard climb with my eyes shut and my focus on my cadence – this song has a great beat and a weird vibe that I’m TOTALLY into.
I Feel It All – Feist
This throwback song reminds me that even when a workout hurts – it hurts so good. I try not to hide from what I’m feeling when I’m riding, but to embrace it and grow from whatever it is. This song is a nice reminder to do that. It’s also a good active recovery track. I like to throw this in after especially tough jumps or a long climb.
Old Town Road (Remix) – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Let’s be totally honest – we ALL love this song, right? When I hear those initial notes on the guitar I want to dial up the resistance and slow climb. And I don’t even get mad when this song gets stuck in my head for days!
Waiting for Love – Avicii
Another Avicii song makes my June list. With a nice driving beat, with slower sections that build (creating nice moments to slowly increase resistance and come out of the saddle), this makes for great interval training.
Venus Fly – Grimes (feat. Janelle Monae)
Driving percussion, crazy vocals and a fun chorus (that reminds me of Gwen Stefani and her bananas, for some reason) make this a really fun song to race to. Dial down the tension, stabilize those hips and fly!
Dance Apocalyptic – Janelle Monae
I’ve been a long-time fan of Janelle Monae. There’s something that’s simultaneously cutting-edge AND vintage-feeling about her music. This up-tempo song is the perfect sprint track.
Never Really Over – Katy Perry
Even if you don’t think you’ve heard this one yet, you have. It’s everywhere – it’s going to be a big summer song for sure. I love to use the slow-build sections to pile on some resistance and then jump right into four by four jumps through the chorus. It’s so infectious – it makes you want to jump forever!
This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris (feat. Rhianna)
This is another slow build song, I like to put it toward the beginning or end of a workout. It builds nicely, and at the beginning of a ride it’s a nice reminder (lyrically) that you’ve come to class to work!
ME! – Taylor Swift (feat. Brandon Urie)
I used to be embarrassed to admit I liked Taylor Swift’s music. I don’t know why now – she’s a hit-maker. I love this duet between her and Panic and the Disco’s Brandon Urie. It’s fun, percussive and a great summer bop!
I Like It – Cardi B, Bady Bunny & J Balvin
I love a good seated climb. It makes me feel powerful and strong, and this song makes a GREAT seated climb at a high resistance level, okurrrrr?
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