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Crying?!?! There’s no crying in spinning!

OMG. We have entered a new phase with the Tiny Man. Well, a couple phases…

The first is the “sticking everything in his mouth” phase. Seriously, it’s amazing what they can find on the floor. I mean, I Swiffer our floors every other day and have just mandated a clean the kitchen floor ever day rule and he is still picking up God-knows-what and sticking it in his mouth. We are lucky he hasn’t killed himself yet.

The second phase is the “cry at the top of my lungs for any reason” phase. He is happy one minute, screeching the next. And I wonder why I have a headache nearly every single day. Still, I tell myself, it may be allergies. It most definitely is allergies if I am allergic to babies. Wouldn’t that be something? Don’t fret. I just had my allergies tested and alas, I am not allergic to babies. Seriously though, he goes 0 to 60 is .1567 seconds. It’s unreal.

He cries/screams when you take something away from him, when you are eating and won’t give him a bite, when you walk away from him, when you pick him up, when you put him down, when he’s done/doesn’t want to get out of the bath, when you put him down for a nap, when you pick him up from a nap, when you put on his clothes, take off his clothes, change his diaper… I think you get my point. It’s exhausting. I’m told this phase is going to last a couple years, so I guess I better buckle up and stop complaining. It’s really not that bad most of the time. He is such a good baby that it really is just a pain in the buttox when he decides to turn his enchanting two tooth grin in to an open mouth wail. The good thing is that although the crying happens pretty much every day, it’s spurts of crying that really don’t last that long…depending on how fast you can change a diaper or change him.

Luckily, I do have an escape from the crying. Spin class. Oh, glorious spin class. How I love thee, let me count the ways….

  1. Babies aren’t allowed in class.

Good list right?!?!

Sometime the screaming babe does accompany me to the gym where he happily plays at the daycare until he hears my voice in the hall. Then BABY WANT TO GO HOOOOMEEEEEEE! Yeah, that’s what I envision him saying when I hear his cries from afar.

Let’s go back to that dark spin room with awesome beats and the only crying going on is….well, there is none. Ok, maybe a little when I tell the class we are doing tabatas. Muah ha ha. If sweat is fat crying, then that is allowed in the room too.

Now for a few of my favorite songs that I’ve been using lately. So good, they will make you cry. Well, probably not, but they may get you up and moving!

This first one is a find by the hubs. I thought the “ooohs” in it sounded familiar and that is because it has been sampled in that “Barbra Streisand” song by Duck Sauce. If you watch Glee, you’ve heard it. Yes, I watch(ed) Glee. I’m not ashamed. Well, ok, I kind of am.

I’m not sure where I first found these, maybe on FaceBook? I don’t know, but I love them.

First heard Riptide on The Voice. It’s funny when I’m running to grab my phone to Shazam songs…at home, at the mall, in the grocery store. Yeah, I’m a nerd and I think I’m kind of in love with Vance Joy. Well, at least these two songs…

Finally, I absolutely LOVE this one by Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson. “Gotta kiss myself, so pretty!” Sidenote: just watched this video…kinda takes me back to the 90s.

 

 

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Spinning & Drinking & Eating

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving???

I’m sure if you take spin/cycling classes, you’ll hear a lot of “work hard so you can eat more” or “we gotta burn off all that food we are going to eat”. Yeah…I don’t say those kinds of things. I don’t believe in the “you ate it, now negate it” motivation. Now exercising in order to drink a delicious libation….I’m all over that! If you need a Thanksgiving themed drink, try this Pumpkin Margarita. It is Mmm, Mmm good! I didn’t create the recipe, but I can’t find the link to it.

Ingredients
For Pumpkin Simple Syrup
1 can organic pumpkin puree (canned actually works better than fresh in this case)
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups water

For Margarita
1 1/2 oz organic tequila (try 4 Copas)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 organic lime

For Garnish
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
A pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Make a pumpkin simple syrup by combining pumpkin puree with brown sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and water in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir constantly for 20 to 30 minutes, until cinnamon flavor is present and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool. The Simple syrup should have the consistency of a thin smoothie.
  3. Pass the thick syrup through a fine mesh sieve (or a strainer), using the back of a spoon and discard the pumpkin pulp.
  4. Prep margarita glasses by combining sugar, allspice, and salt and pouring the mixture onto a small plate. Run a wedge of lime around the rim of each margarita glass, and then dip the glass rim into spiced sugar.
  5. For each margarita, combine the juice of half a lime, tequila, Cointreau, and 2 oz pumpkin simple syrup. Shake well and serve on the rocks. Enjoy!

 

I was planning on reviving an old Thanksgiving playlist or creating a new one, but time got the best of me and I figured since my classes are Monday & Tuesday this week, there was no need to theme it up.

You guys know how I love a theme though. Saturday’s class theme was “One Hit Wonders” and it was cheezy, and fun, and all kinds of wonderful. All kinds of wonderful filled with sweat. Appetizing.

Here is the playlist! Full of some amazing 80’s and 90’s “classics”.

As always, I had a couple remixes in there. I put the original’s in the Spotify list for you since the remixes don’t show up. Here they are, if you are interested.

So that’s all from this neck of the woods. Just spinning, eating, and drinking in store! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you are celebrating!

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Spooky scary spin

Boo!

Did I scare you?

No.

Okay then. I’ll try harder next time.

Welp, it’s almost Halloween time. Do you have your costumes ready? We do! We are having a little Halloween shindig at our place on Saturday and our first Halloween costume (the one that required me to sew a new zipper) is pretty much ready to go. It’s a secret, so I can’t tell you what we are going as. Ah, the suspense!!!

I was so excited that I got to teach a Halloween class this year! Yesterday, I subbed for the official Y Halloween class. The class was bummed the regular instructor wasn’t there (they were excited for her costume), but they put up with me and my antics. I did dress up a bit. 80’s spinning instructor, anyone??? Let me tell you, wearing leggings during class get HOT, but I’ll take any chance I can get to wear my highlighter yellow leggings.

The class went well, although when I asked them “Who you gonna call”, they did not want to yell “Ghostbusters”. I mean….c’mon. I rarely ask for class participation, but how can you resist yelling out Ghostbusters??? Thunder stealers. Oh well, some classes are vocal and some are not. The class was fun, but it was hard work too. The perfect combo!

I did use some of the songs that I posted as ideas last year. I also had some music on before class started…Time Warp, MC Hammer’s Addams Family, and Hungry Like the Wolf. I’ve got some ideas for next year too! So what did the final playlist look like? Here you go….

Yes, Werewolf Barmitzvah made the cut! I think that song is hilarious. Not sure anyone else got it or recognized it, but oh well, we were stretching anyways.

I got super sweaty during this class (both times- I taught it last night and this morning…mama’s legs are tired). It was a good mix of intervals and hills. Bad Moon Rising was our little break halfway through class. It was really fun to put together this playlist. Some honorable mentions that will probably be on the playlist next year will be:

  • Long Road to Hell by Avicii
  • Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys
  • Last Night Daft Punk Saved my Life by Scott Melker

What do you guys think? What would you have put on your Halloween playlist?

I hope everyone has an awesome Halloween! Stay safe and warm! Especially if you live in Tennessee– they are forecasting snow for Saturday. Craaaazy!

 

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All kinds of fun

Ah, all kinds of fun has been had around these parts:

  • We took the little nugget to a pumpkin patch. He wasn’t thrilled. I don’t know why.
  • We’ve been getting ready for Halloween. This means sewing a new zipper on my costume. I haven’t had that “fun” yet, but it’s on the list. I bring out my sewing machine once every blue moon, so it should be interesting!
  • The little nugget has been teething real bad. Super fun.
  • The Giants have been playing in the World Series. Probably more stressful to watch than fun, but we’re glad they are up one game at this point.
  • Spinning has been happening, sometimes twice in one day. Always fun!
  • Blowing bubbles in the house for the little nugget. So much fun!
  • Passing my exercise physiology course to complete my CEC’s to renew my Spinning certificate. Not fun at all while taking it, but soooooo fun to pass and be done with CEC’s….for now.

So, I have a few new playlists/rides that I haven’t shared yet. This one I called “Weekday Fun” because let’s face it, sometimes you need a little weekday fun. Plus, I start running out of ride names when there is no real theme. As always, due to my mashuptastic/remix loving self, a few aren’t going to show up here, but I’ve mentioned them all before. I have a couple new songs that I am loving as of late. First up in my new song lust is “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and the other is “Fireball” by Pitbull. Now, I normally wouldn’t love Pitbull, but I do think he is great for spin and this song is just fun.

Here is the “Weekday Fun” playlist that I used a week ago. I hope it adds some fun in to the start of your week!

weekdayfun playlist

Here is what we did:

  1. Warmup- easy peasy.
  2. Alternating seated and standing flat, moderate pace between 85-90 BPMs.
  3. Hill to sprint x3- Start in 3rd in a medium hill, take one turn off & speed up legs, take off another turn & sit to sprint.
  4. Seated flat with varying resistance and speed
  5. Resistance loading hill. Start out seated on a small hill, add resistance every 45 seconds until you can’t keep pace and stand to 3rd. Keep loading on resistance until you are on a medium hill. Once you get there stay there.
  6. Reverse hill. Add one more turn, still up in 3rd, to take it to a heavy hill. Every minute take a good sized turn off (so you can feel a difference). End seated on a flat for the last minute.
  7. Power surges x3. Seated flat, add resistance to stand and surge.
  8. Seated and standing hills. Feels like rolling hill because resistance stays the same. Medium hill seated, feels easier when you stand.
  9. Tabatas- 8x. 20sec on/10sec off
  10. Easy flat to recover
  11. Stretch

Yeah! Fun! What kind of fun have you been having lately?

P.S. Speaking of fun rides, I actually get to do a Halloween ride this year. My playlist is ready, now to tweak the profile! Cannot wait for Thursday!

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New playlist alert!!!

Whew! Finally…got a post in before the week was over.

Music inspiration has been coming from some various blogs (<–links to Chris Spins and Spinning Freak) and Spotify. If you teach spin, follow Julz Arney on Spotify, she’s got some great music!

This profile was all about hills and intervals and it was a good one! I heard some “oof’s” and “ugh’s” and “woo’s”and heavy breathing from participants, so you know it was a good workout. I did use a couple of Robin Skouteris’ mashups, which I posted about last week. Of course, those songs aren’t on Spotify, but be sure to check them out…if you’re in to that kind of thing.

Here is what we did:

  • Pumpin Blood- Warmup: nice and easy
  • Love Runs Out- Power surges in the saddle. 3 total surges
  • Tongue Tied: rolling hills- added resistance to go up to 3rd, took off resistance & added speed to go downhill in the saddle
  • Run Away Baby- Power surges- run in second, sit & surge. 3 total surges
  • Breaking a Sweat: Sprints. Start at :30, 30 on 30 off, 5 total
  • 25 Miles: Start of 10min hill. Started off easy (seated) and added tiny turns every 30 seconds till reach a medium hill (stand)
  • Rock This: staying on a medium hill (standing) with jumps
  • Run this Town: last stretch of hill, going from medium to heavy (standing). Transition to seated for the last 45 seconds.
  • Train in Vain: recover/flat road
  • Wings: Power surges. Start up in 3rd, add resistance and go a bit faster, add a bit more resistance and sit & surge
  • Girls Just Wanna Dance: Sprints.  30 on 40 off. Work hard to earn that extra 10 seconds of recovery, start at 1:00
  • Some Kind of Wonderful: start cooling down
  • You Shook Me All Night Long: stretch

Hope you all have a great weekend! Let me know if you try out this ride!

 

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Mash it up!

You guuuuuuuuuuy’s!!!!

You said that in your best Oprah voice, right?!?!

oprah

You know that mashups makes my favorite things list like every.single.day right????

Well…I stumbled upon a new site today with some pretty fantastic stuff. I haven’t picked out an absolute favorite yet (One More Jump is up there), but there are a few that are tickling my fancy (Disco Boys & Girls, Girls Just Wanna Dance, ROCK This).

Head on over to Robin Skouteris’ site to check em out! Free downloads too! Now if that doesn’t make for one fantastic Friday, I don’t know what does.

You get a free song! And you get a free song! And you get a free song! (<—that’s Oprah again!)

 

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Gettin’ Loopy

Last week was a bit loopy. I accidentally slept through my alarm for class Monday morning…not the best way to start the week. Had to go to the doctor again for my damn sinuses. I have a CAT scan scheduled this week and an appointment with an ENT, so I’m hoping to get to the bottom of all of it. Looking like I’ve been punched in the eyes is not the best of looks.

Luckily, I was able to get my act together later in the week and put a new class together. After not teaching for a week, I thought I might fall off the bike and need to be rescued by one of my students. That didn’t happen. Thank goodness!

This playlist went through three loops. First, we warmed up, then we got on a flat road for some endurance in first, second, and third position, then we moved to a hill, and then rounded it all out with sprints. We repeated that loop two more times and ended with a cooldown.

Here are the tunes:

Two of the mashups aren’t there. One of my all time fav’s “Call me on broken glass” (which was an endurance song) and “We found somebody that I used to know” (which was a sprint).

This week I have no clue what I’m doing for class on Thursday. Gotta make some magic happen. Any song suggestions?

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