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… “that’s the fun thing about working in a record store..” – did you hear those line in the clip above?  Well – whether you are a spin instructor or rabid fan you will KNOW that what we do is fun.. and that’s the BEST thing about a great indoor cycling class.  And that is the purpose of this blog – to inspire instructors and spinning fans to have not just good classes But GREAT classes!!

I Made this Blog therefore – Itself a Special Mixtape of sorts for you fellow Instructors, Workout Music Fans and MOM (of course)!

I am your indoor cycling wanna be DJ aka Cyclemixes and welcome to my blog – this my gift to you – an online diary of musical sorts but even better a personal “mixtape” of my great obsessions as they relate to health and fitness as seen through the eyes of me – a spin instructor.

My goal is to create powerful indoor cycling mixes and provokative rants and raves.  It’s here to challenge, inspire and inform you.  If I am of good service perhaps one day Indoor Cycling Mixes will be admired world wide no less as one of the most acclaimed voices of spinning instructors and our fans.  I invite you to help me get there.

The Aestheic of this blog of is that of a “mashup” and of a “mixtape”: and is the merging my obsessions into a narrative soundscape arc – which I hope you share – some are obvious like of course indoor cycling, Music, health, art, diet,fitness …others are not.

When I started as a spin instructor I became fascinated by the role of music in my classes.    I started using remixes and mashups almost immediately – shying away from “commercial” pop.  Looking back when I first created mixtapes, I was confronted like many music fans of my generation with the practical and aesthetic challenges involved in the mixtape format.

Technically – we wanted to eliminate click sounds and blank noise spaces but much more importantly “from an aesthetic point of view, we enthusiasts believed that because a tape player, unlike a CD player, lacked the ability to skip from song to song, the mixtape needed to be considered in its entirety. This requires the mixtape creator to consider the transitions between songs, the effects caused by juxtaposing a soft song with a loud song, and the overall “narrative arc” of the entire tape.” More on Mixtapes

So as an instructor or workout music fan you to are really creating mix tapes for your class or training sessions.  We may call them “playlists” now and they may exist on the “Cloud” on Spotify or Soundcloud etc.  Buts it all the same.  Even more so for the indoor cycling instructor.  We are creating musical soundscapes.  As Tim Ingold put it:

“It is of course to light, and not to vision, that sound should be compared. … Sound … is neither mental nor material, but a phenomenon of experience – that is, of our immersion in, and commingling with, the world…”

In our classes we ride in emotion on a virtual landscape full of hills and valleys – glorious mountains and wonderful runs!  And that is what I find missing in the world wide web of drowning fitness blog clones out there – in their narcism – all slopping out the same advise more or less.  I hope to consider the “entirety” – the proper “juxtaposing” of form and function – music and teaching idea’s in this blog .  If this blog is of any use give it will inspire your in class mixes and perhaps it too will be your personal fitness mixtape…

I’ll leave you with this for now – it means something to me – maybe it means something to you:

“To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got to Get You Off My Mind”, but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and…oh, there are loads of rules.”

Enjoy.  Every playlist you create, every drill and profile, every word of motivation and if I dare write a few Love Letters in sweat – sometimes filled with joy, often anger, the oddregret and hopefully that inner peace we all find lost in the musical soundscape, one with the inner landscape …

Love and Tolerance… Matt (AKA CYCLEMIXES)

from Nick Hornby‘s High Fidelity:

Leave a comment below!  Where do you teach?  What is your mixtape?

  • jean

    you are AWESOME!!!

  • Mackenzie

    Love your ideas from you blog! Thank you for always sharing. I noticed you post songs through Sound Cloud… How do you play your music in class? I use iTunes to purchase stuff then download it onto the Schwinn Class Tamer app to play during class. But maybe there’s a great way to use Sound Cloud music??? Looking for new ideas!

    • Hi Mackenzie..I am glad you like the drills! I also use iTunes a lot (lots of $$$) but more and more am streaming from Soundcloud. I use Soundcloud a lot because of the fresh remixes you find there. Always lots of oldies that have a new twist. It keeps classes fresh. In 2016 I will be creating more spotify playlists as well. Lots of instructors using that service. How do you find the Schwinn app? I do not use but am thinking to give it a go..