Have you ever gotten on the trainer, spun the pedals for about 3 seconds and then decided you just weren’t feeling it? You decide to slog it out, so you shift down to an easier gear and spin. After an eternity of riding in what surely must have been a multi-hour, 900-calorie crushing session you look down at your computer, to see that a paltry 6 minutes have passed. We’ve all been there.
There are many reasons this can happen. Sometimes, it might just be your body telling you you need a break. Winter is a good time to take a long rest, relax, and let the legs recover from a hard season. Other times, though, it might just be a lack of motivation.
The problem is that motivation can be very difficult to find from within. On those tough days, sometimes motivation needs an external nudge to get going, and one of the best of these is music. In 2008, Sports Psychologist Costas Karageorghis found that by listening to music you can reduce your perceived exertion by up to 10% . Plus, we’ve all experienced that sensation when a good pump-up jam comes on. Suddenly we hear the song (we’re pretty partial to the Karate Kid theme…), you get a second wind, the legs seem strong, the form feels better. You just feel faster and stronger than before.
The secret though, is to find music that you enjoy, and that is tailored to your work out. Most indoor workouts should be roughly separated into three distinct phases: warm up, workout (base building, intervals, threshold, etc…), cool down. Building a playlist that helps you move through those phases with different types of music can help you pace yourself, and make the workout feel more natural. Plus, it’s fun.
To help get you motivated, here are a few employee trainer playlists to get you started (note, you must be signed into Spotify to listen to these playlists).
Brian: Indie/Punk: Reformed skateboarder turned roadie.
- DIIV: Sometime
- Austra: Spellwork
- Naked Raygun: Soldier’s Requiem
- Black Flag: My War
- The Misfits: Skulls
- Bad Brains: Sailin’ On
- Gorilla Biscuits: New Direction
- Bleached: Lookin’ For A Fight
- Minor Threat: Small Man, Big Mouth
- The Business: National Insurance Blacklist
- Beach House: The Hours
- Caveman: Old Friend
- Youth Lagoon: Posters
Bob: Classic rock: “If you ask me tomorrow it would probably completely different, but for today this is my riding list.”
- Band of Heathens: Jackson Station
- Janis Joplin: Piece of My Heart
- New Riders of the Purple Sage: Louisiana Lady
- Van Morrison: Jackie Wilson Said
- Shooter Jennings: 4th of July
- Led Zepplin: Hey Hey, What Can I Do
- Cheap Trick: Southern Girls
- Bruce Springsteen: Promised Land
- Phil Collins: Behind the Lines
- Procol Harem: A Whiter Shade of Pale
- Bright Eyes: Waste of Paint
- The Doors: LA Woman
- Allman Brothers Band: Soul Shine
- Paul McCartney: Instrumental (junk)
Devlin: Electronic: One album, many rides
- Tycho: Dive (full album)