What Can You Do If You Don’t Like the Spinning Class Music?
Indoor cycling instructors make their music selections quite carefully. Some of them select their music, then create routines around it. Others work in the opposite direction. In both cases, music plays an integral role in how instructors help riders reach their exercise goals. But what can you do if you don’t like the spinning class music your instructor has chosen?
It goes without saying that your typical instructor searches for high-intensity music that complements the high-intensity nature of indoor cycling. It would seem kind of strange to attend a spinning class featuring Beethoven or Chopin playing quietly in the background. Perhaps that kind of class exists somewhere, but the instructors at Mcycle in Salt Lake City, UT say that heart-pumping modern music is the norm.
Music As a Motivational Tool
Before discussing ways to address music you do not appreciate, it is important to first understand why instructors choose the tunes they do. Music is used as a motivational tool in organized spin classes. This is no accident, by the way. Science has proven that music can be motivating when used the right way.
Indoor cycling is intentionally designed to be a high-intensity form of cardio exercise. As such, instructors want equally energetic music. They make their music choices based on what they hope to accomplish in a given routine. They also change up the pace of their selections according to what they want to accomplish in each section of a ride.
Instructors do not choose their music based on a desire to drive some of their students crazy. They likely show some preference to particular styles they enjoy listening to, but the end goal of an instructor’s music choices is to enhance the ride while simultaneously motivating riders.
Talk to Your Instructor
If you find your instructor’s music selections more annoying than motivating, the first thing to do is talk to them about it. They probably will not change their selections to accommodate just one student. However, they may know of other instructors who play music more to your liking.
If volume is the main issue (spin class music is too loud for a lot of people) there may be no need to actually change the music. An inexpensive pair of foam earplugs might do the trick. They do not completely block the sound, but they do take the edge off considerably.
Search for Another Studio
The second option is to search for another cycling studio in your area. However, do not expect to find drastic differences in music selections. Instructors often teach at multiple studios, so you might find that your current instructor is the only one teaching at your level in another studio. And even when teachers aren’t the same, you might not be able to find a local studio that utilizes the kind of music you prefer.
Cycle at Home
Your third option is to cycle at home. You can ride without an instructor, or you can ride along with instructional videos you find online, turning on subtitles so you can read voice commands but keeping the volume down so the music doesn’t bother you. As a side note, you can also ride at a local gym when no organized classes are taking place.
Music is an important part of organized spin classes. Instructors use it as a motivational tool. Unfortunately, the modern music so my instructors prefer isn’t well received by all of their students. If you are a student in that category, you do have options. Just don’t let a dislike of studio music keep you from exercising.