Monthly Archives: June 2015

Spin Saturday Playlist

Good morning! Here are some new tunes coming your way ( a couple days late)! This weekend was a fun and busy one. Angus’ dad and his girlfriend came down for the Barenaked Ladies Concert on Friday and it was a blast. Now, if a song from the Barenaked Ladies popped up on my spotify radio I would probably just hit “next”. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the concert. They were very entertaining and fantastic to hear live. Saturday was teaching class, and then meeting up with our guests down in the Old Port for some snacks and shopping. 

Sunday was a lazy, rainy day and Angus and I enjoyed brunch at the Treehouse Cafe right here in our neighborhood. I can’t believe we had not been there before and I already can’t wait to go back! (The crab omelet was fabulous!) In the afternoon we did a quick kettle bell workout at the Y and then headed out for my friend Sarah’s surprise birthday party! 

 

Countdown Workout

Good morning! Here is a quick, easy workout that you can do almost everywhere! All you need is a kettlebell. I recommend going slightly heavier than you would normally go for a typical circuit class because you will not be doing that many repetitions in a row. The workout only takes about 20 minutes to complete. Rest as needed. 🙂 Have fun! 

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Spin Instructors- How to Organize Your Spotify Music

I’m writing this post because organizing my music for the spin classes I teach is definitely one of the more challenging aspects of teaching. In the winter I teach about 6 cycling classes a week so it is so important for me to keep my music organized. This way I can quickly make new playlists, and I won’t get too bored with my music. I’m sure there are lots of other spin instructors out there who would agree that when they can’t find new music they just end up more or less playing the same songs over and over and that gets BORING. Okay, so here’s what I do to stay organized and keep those playlists fresh and fun.

1. First off, you can’t find new music unless you look for it. If you teach many classes a week listening to the radio and playing those hits you hear is going to get real old real fast. You’re not going to find new music on the radio. Well, maybe you will… like once a month. Where do I find my music? I look on blogs for playlists, search spin studios in larger cities on Facebook and they’ll usually have a playlist posted every so often, you can also search for spin studios on Spotify, Spotify top 100 playlist. Like I said, it’s a process! I’ll find a playlist from somewhere else, listen to all of it, and end up choosing a song or two to add to my library. Like I said, it’s a very time consuming process. We don’t all have the same taste in music!

2. Okay so now you’ve found some new songs you like… what do you do with them? I’ve created playlists labeled with the current month. So if I found some songs that I liked today, I would add them right to my “June” playlist. 

3. From there, you have all your current favorite songs in one location ready to make your playlists. But what about those old songs you might want to revisit? I put all my older music into 6 playlists: warm up, flat roads, sprints, hills, games, and cool down. 

4. When June is over, I will go through the June music and add the songs to the appropriate playlist. This way they’re ready and waiting to get used again and I can find them quickly and easily. 

5. I will date each of my playlists and keep them around for a week or so, incase I want to reuse a playlist. Then they get deleted, but all the songs are still saved in either the current month’s playlist or one of the categories. 

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So there you go, a great way to organize your music. This works really well for me and saves me a lot of time and keeps me from getting too bored listening to the same song over and over again!