Creating a safe, quality workout is my number one priority, but I also pour a lot of time into the playlists I create for my classes because I know a motivating workout playlist can make a huge difference in the level of enjoyment many people get out of a class. I love selecting upbeat music that makes you instantly want to hop off the bike and dance, but I also get a lot of joy out of choosing songs for the climbs I incorporate into my spin classes.
For a climb, I like music that is slower and just a little more intense. I prefer music that makes you want to dig deep for climbs and below I am sharing some of my all-time favorite songs that I’ve used in my classes that seem to go over well with my class participants.
Best Spinning Climb Songs
- Kiesza – Hideaway
Such a cool song! It’s a great one because there are a lot of moments where the music kicks out which oddly seems to help increase intensity and gives me the perfect moment to encourage class participants to push a little harder. The more I’ve used this song for climbs, the more I love it!
- Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
This is my all time favorite song to use for a climb! For this song, I guide the class through the first half of the climb in position one and have everyone come up out of the saddle when the beat drops at 3:40 and finish the climb in position three. It’s a slow song to start, but when the beat hits, I love seeing everyone dig deep to finish strong! My classes love this one!
- Fort Minor – Remember the Name
It’s hard not to feel motivated when you’re climbing to a song with these lyrics:
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name
The original version of this song has some curse words, so be sure to look for the clean version if you use it to teach!
- 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
If you teach a class that always seems to get into music from the ‘90s, this one is a great one to include. It’s an easy one to get lost in and I’ve even had people scream, “What’s Going On!?” aloud along with the song a time or two which makes things a little more fun! At almost five minutes long, this song allows you to get a little creative and the last 20 seconds slow down significantly, transitioning perfectly into a cool down or active recovery.
- Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
This definitely is not a song everyone enjoys, so knowing your audience is important, but I’ll use “Cinema” for a crowd that seems to get into dubstep/EDM music. It’s gritty and intense!
- Ella Henderson – Ghost
This song is just pretty. Though it’s a newer song, it’s a good one to use in classes where you get a wide variety of ages because it seems to appeal to most people. I’ve had a number of some of my older participants come up to me after class and request the name and artist of this one.
- Foreigner – Juke Box Hero
As a big-time fan of classic rock, I may be a little biased toward this song! About 30 seconds in, it really picks up but it continues to ebb and flow through the nearly four and a half minutes, which I love. It’s another one that tends to cross generations and appeals to a variety of class participants.
- Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
“Bring Me To Life” is another song that isn’t a hit with everyone. It’s slow and intense but those who enjoy this song really seem to get into it. I am a big-time fan!
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Question of the Afternoon
- Fellow indoor cycling lovers: What are some of your favorite songs to hear during a climb that always make you want to dig a little deeper?