Are you participating in indoor cycling or spinning classes? Are you over the age of 35 or just a fan of classic rock? Here are five great classic rock songs that are perfect for your next class…
Indoor cycling classes, often called spinning classes, are becoming more and more popular group fitness options. Not only are they low impact, but they provide an excellent cardio workout in a fun, motivational setting.
Of course, the music plays a big part in the enthusiasm level. Chances are, if you like the songs, you’ll work harder and gain more benefit from the class. Most instructors have a programmed set list, but they are always agreeable to suggestions. And if you’re not a techno or hip hop music fan, you’ll be happy to know there are several tried and true classic rock stalwarts that are perfect for an indoor cycling routine.
In no particular order, here’s our list of the top five classic rock songs for cycling classes:
“Crossroads” by Cream: The driving beat and brilliant musicianship of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton, collectively known as Cream, really vault this four minute classic into overdrive. Clapton’s guitar solos at the 1:30 and 2:35 minute marks make ideal “push aheads”. “Crossroads” is a perfect choice for the middle section of class when effort level is nearing its peak.
“Train Kept A’ Rolling” by Aerosmith: Thumping bass guitar and a mid tempo beat make this song a great choice for a seated hill climb. Catch the beat with a moderate resistance level and your heart rate will surely be kept a’ rolling.
“China Grove” by The Doobie Brothers: Everyone knows this Doobie Brothers song, so it’s a good warm up choice to get everyone in the grove, err, groove. Lively, energetic, and long enough to really warm up the legs.
“Fire” by Jimi Hendrix: This Hendrix classic is perfect for sprints. The guitar solos and chorus sections are reasonably brief interludes for four sprints of almost equal duration.
“Do You Feel Like We Do” by Peter Frampton: The ultimate “Can I make it to the end of this song?” choice. The live marathon version can be used for a combination of standing and seated climbs, flat road work, and just about anything else for that matter. It’s every bit of 14 minutes long, so it’s a challenge for sure, but hey, who doesn’t like to sing along with Frampton and that mouth harp?
So, for a welcome break from pop songs and techno, ask your instructor to slip in one of these classic rock standards into your next indoor cycling class routine. You’ll be certain to feel young again!