Starting a new year, for some, means getting back on the fitness train. Just like a new pair of shoes or outfit can give you that extra edge of motivation, updating your playlist with some fresh beats can have the same effect. Fitness instructors that use music to amp up their classes are the DJs of the fitness world, always staying up-to-date on the recent hits and hottest remixes. We asked some of our favorite instructors to tell us what jams are topping their charts to begin 2018.
Verticity Cycling Instructor
My favorite part about combining spin and music is the total connection you have between your body and mind. You get 45 minutes to become completely in tune physically and mentally, removing all thought from the process so you can lose yourself in the music. It’s like dancing for those of us (me) that don’t dance.
During a workout, I want my riders to feel empowered. I’m less focused on the physical outcome of the ride than I am on the mental. It’s all about leaving the room feeling a little stronger, a little braver, and a little more badass than when you clipped in.
When I want to get serious about a workout and crank up the volume, “Say Less” by Dillon Francis (ft. G-Eazy) is one of my gotos. It’s just angry and in-your-face enough to be motivating without being too overwhelming.
A song I like that gets into people’s heads (in a good way) is “Power” by Kanye West. It’s a classic pump up jam that everyone knows, and as soon as it comes on you can see a switch flip in people and they really get into their ride.
Another song I turn up when I want to feel inspired is “Pumpin Blood” by NONONO. It’s one of those songs where you feel like you can take on the world.
Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach
Music is the canvas I paint with my physical efforts. If I’m lifting heavy and need to summon some more strength, I’m throwing paint at a canvas of hard-hitting, hip-hop beats, or bass heavy EDM. If I’m listening to classical music, my exercises are more precise and focused brushstrokes.
As a personal trainer, I always want my clients to know that their self-love and envisioned future are worth creatively overcoming obstacles. When I want to feel strong, I listen to “Sleigh Bells” by Kids.
When I want to feel happy, I listen to “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. It’s a classic.
When I want to feel inspired, I listen to “Requiem: Lacrimosa” by Mozart.
HOTBOX Kickboxing & Yoga Instructor
My favorite part about being a DJ and a fitness instructor is much like my love for teaching. I get to create a unique experience with others by making something out of nothing. Without people there would be no DJ. Without students there would be no teacher. Realizing this and putting yourself in the shoes or on the yoga mat of others makes you a part of the experience with them. It’s about getting together and creating a moment.
Music has always been a part of my life. Ever heard of the stanky leg? Yeah, the doctor grabbed mine, ripped me out of the womb, and I immediately started dancing! Music is also the main reason why I moved to Nashville seven years ago. If you told me I would eventually become the No. 1 DJ in Nashville, I would have called you crazy!
My body is like an engine. Music is my fuel. When I slam on the gas I feel exhilarated. The same feeling you get when that song hits you. And when it hits you, you almost don’t want to let off the gas pedal. You want to go faster and harder. Hold on to that feeling. It’ll take you far. One song that’s fueling me right now is “Humble (Skrillex Remix)” by Kendrick Lamar.
I honestly don’t have a go-to warm-up song, but I do enjoy throwing on “Can’t Get Enough” by Lookas. I think it’s important to “play to the room” though, so I always have a couple songs in my pocket I can go to if my planned playlist isn’t fitting the room. If it’s a yoga class, I like “I’m God (San Holo Edit)” by Clams Casino to get everyone moving.
When it’s been a lit kickboxing class and it’s time to cool down, I’ll play “Issues (Encore Trap Music)” by Julia Michaels while I guide my class through some stretches. When it’s a euphoric yoga class, I may end it with “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky for savasana.
Above all, I really just want everyone to have fun and push the pedal to the floor! Music is life, enjoy the journey.
CycleBar The Gulch Instructor
Indoor cycling is more than just a workout to me; it’s therapy. I love getting the chance to help my riders reach their fullest potential every time they clip in. If I’m able to help just one person change for the better, that is everything to me.
I grew up in a house that celebrated all types of music. Some of my earliest memories include listening to some of the most iconic artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, and Madonna.
To me, music is the ride. When I want to feel strong, I listen to “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West. I don’t care what people say about him, I feel powerful when I’m riding to his music.
I listen to “Love On Top” by Beyoncé when I want to feel happy. She is my favorite artist of all time. Every song— sad or emotional—puts me in the highest of spirits.
Most people come into our cycle theatre to escape, relieve stress, feel strong and comfort. Whatever it may be, I want my riders to feel their absolute best during a workout with me. Before I get on the podium, I try and center myself to a place that will give them just that. I never want someone to leave feeling less than, out of place or overwhelmed. We ride to be better versions of ourselves, and I wholeheartedly believe that.
One of my favorite EDM remixes is “Big Girls Cry” by Sia (Odesza Remix). That song inspires me and can change my mood in seconds. It’s not only great to ride to, but it’s also an amazing song to run to as well.