Add These 8 Songs to Your Playlist for a DIY Spin Class

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Ride a stationary bike at home or the gym and you’re likely to maintain the same medium-intensity speed the whole workout. It won’t get your heart revved—and it’s boring to boot. Even if you’re a group-cycling regular, it's tough to re-create the class experience on your own. Cycling instructors carefully make each playlist—paying close attention to each song’s beats per minute so riders pedal at various speeds throughout class—to imitate the sensation of going uphill, downhill, and fast on flat roads.

“When I create a playlist, I create a journey,” says Holly Rilinger, creative director of Cyc Fitness in New York City. She practically has a cult following for her high-energy, beat-based classes. To start her classes, Rilinger plays a song with a beat that eases students into the ride and lets them leave the day behind. Then throughout the class, she alternates between intense intervals and more slow-paced, chill moments. “When you have depth to your playlist, it allows you to switch gears,” she says. “The music is the wave that you ride. It’s your road map and your guide—it’s everything.”

Rilinger created the playlist below for an amped-up, rolling ride. Cue up these tracks to get a taste of her fan-favorite workout—and get a quality bike session anywhere.

1. "HEADING HOME (FEAT JOSEPH SALVAT)" BY GRYFFIN

Bumping at a quick 120 beats per minute, this song makes for an ideal warm-up. “Close your eyes, detach from your day, and pedal fast to spring ahead of the beat twice,” says Rilinger.

2. "LOVE ON THE BRAIN (DON DIABLO REMIX)" BY RIHANNA

Once your muscles are a little warm and your heart is pumping, settle into this 80-beats-per-minute song like a slow jog. “Get out of the saddle [seat] and groove to it,” says Rilinger. Make it more interesting: Lean back a bit to tap your butt against the seat with the beat, she says.

3. "INTO WAVES" BY A LITTLE NOTHING

At 60 beats per minute, this song is perfect for pedaling through a heavy climb (meaning, you should increase your bike's resistance here), says Rilinger: “Ride sitting or standing, up out of the saddle. Push during the chorus.”

4. "PAPER AEROPLANE" BY ANGUS & JULIA STONE

Think of riding along a flat road while pedaling to this song, which clocks in at 128 beats per minute. But don’t just sprint: Rilinger challenges you to crank up the resistance three times, for 30 seconds each interval, and try to keep pedaling to the beat each time.

5. "THUNDER" BY IMAGINE DRAGONS

You’ll slow it down a bit again with this 80-beat-per-minute song. Slowly dial up the resistance, riding in the saddle or standing up to jog as needed. Says Rillinger: “This song is everything—get lost in it!”

6. "IN MY MIND" BY MATY NOYES

Consider this song a fast jog. Pump up the fun by standing while you pedal and leaning back to tap the seat with your butt on the beat.

7. "SPACESHIP" BY COMET BLUE

Rilinger loves using this song, at 60 beats per minute, to mimic the climb up an incline. "Push against the beat during the chorus or add resistance and keep the beat,” she advises.

8. "SHAPE OF YOU (NATHAN C REMIX)" BY ED SHEERAN

Get ready for the grand finale. This upbeat tune will get you going like you’re sprinting along a flat, fast stretch of road. “Get out of the saddle and run when you feel it,” says Rilinger. “Lose your breath. Cross that finish line and live!”

This Gorgeous Vintage Edition of Clue Sets the Perfect Mood for a Murder Mystery

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Everyone should have a few good board games lying around the house for official game nights with family and friends and to kill some time on the occasional rainy day. But if your collection leaves a lot to be desired, you can class-up your selection with this great deal on the Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue for $40.

A brief history of Clue

'Clue' Vintage Bookshelf Edition.
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Originally titled Murder!, Clue was created by a musician named Anthony Pratt in Birmingham, England, in 1943, and he filed a patent for it in 1944. He sold the game to Waddington's in the UK a few years later, and they changed the name to Cluedo in 1949 (that name was a mix between the words clue and Ludo, which was a 19th-century game.) That same year, the game was licensed to Parker Brothers in the United States, where it was published as Clue. Since then, there have been numerous special editions and spinoffs of the original game, not to mention books and a television series based on it. Most notably, though, was the cult classic 1985 film Clue, which featured Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren.

As you probably know, every game of Clue begins with the revelation of a murder. The object of the game is to be the first person to deduce who did it, with what weapon, and where. To achieve that end, each player assumes the role of one of the suspects and moves strategically around the board collecting clues.

With its emphasis on logic and critical thinking—in addition to some old-fashioned luck—Clue is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time and evolved with each decade, with special versions of the game hitting shelves recently based on The Office, Rick and Morty, and Star Wars.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition

'Clue' Vintage Library Edition.
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The Vintage Bookshelf Edition of Clue is the work of the WS Game Company, a licensee of Hasbro, and all the design elements are inspired by the aesthetic of the 1949 original. The game features a vintage-looking game board, cards, wood movers, die-cast weapons, six pencils, an ivory-colored die, an envelope, and a pad of “detective notes.” And, of course, everything folds up and stores inside a beautiful cloth-bound book box that you can store right on the shelf in your living room.

Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition is a limited-release item, and right now you can get it for $40.

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7 Online Tech Course Programs That Will Help You Build New Career Skills

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It's always a good time to build new career skills, and with these tech-related courses, you can learn anything from the basics of Python to the ins and outs of G Suite. These courses will boost your knowledge of the digital world and help you put some valuable new bullet points on your resume. Many of these courses allow you to read through the materials for free, but if you want to take advantage of graded coursework and earn a certificate of completion to include on your LinkedIn profile or resume at the end, there will be a fee of anywhere from $39 to $49.

1. UI/UX Design Specialization

In this four-class specialization on UI/UX design, you’ll discover how to design digital experiences that users can navigate with ease. Over about four months, you’ll learn the basics of visual communication and you’ll be able to practice gathering user feedback to build intuitive, attractive websites and interfaces.

Sign up on Coursera to take all four courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

2. Python for Everybody

Python is quickly gaining ground as one of the most in-demand programming languages for employers. Plus, its fans say it’s highly readable and approachable for new programmers just starting to learn a coding language. If you want to understand the basics of Python, from 101 principles to more advanced database design, these courses will get you started.

Sign up on Coursera to take all five courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

3. Data Science Professional Certificate

Data science is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this nine-course professional certificate program, you’ll start by learning basic data science methodology before moving into how to use Python and SQL to analyze and visualize data to forecast future trends. IBM estimates that you’ll complete the entire certificate in about 10 months if you commit four hours per week, but the timing is flexible enough to suit any schedule.

Sign up on Coursera to take all nine courses in this specialization for $39 a month.

4. Computer Architecture

This course, taught by an electrical engineering professor at Princeton, teaches students how to design computer hardware that supports powerful software. But be forewarned: This is an advanced class intended for students with extensive knowledge in computer science. If you’re looking for a beginner-level course, this class—also from Princeton—may be a better fit.

Sign up on Coursera for free.

5. AI for Everyone

If you’re worried that artificial intelligence will drive you out of the workforce, this course will help. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll learn the basics of what is and isn’t possible through AI—and you may even gain some ideas for how to use AI to augment your own career.

Sign up on Coursera for $49.

6. G Suite Administration Specialization

Become a Google Cloud expert with this series of courses put together by Google itself. Over about two months, you’ll learn management tactics and security guidelines for using Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Calendar. This specialization prepares participants to become G Suite administrators at their respective companies and organizations.

Sign up on Coursera to take all five courses in this specialization for $49 a month.

7. Introduction to Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is near the top of the list of skills employers are looking for, according to LinkedIn. In this introductory course, you’ll gain a basic understanding of cloud-based networks and get some practice working with IBM Cloud.

Sign up on Coursera for $49.

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