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


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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!”


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.


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.


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!”

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Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Breath? There Are a Few Theories

Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
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The fact that we rarely catch a whiff of our own breath seems fishy. For one, our noses are only a philtrum’s length away from our mouths. We also don’t have any trouble inhaling other people’s stale carbon dioxide, even with a solid few feet between us.

Though we don’t yet have a decisive scientific explanation for this olfactory phenomenon, there’s no shortage of promising theories. According to BreathMD, it could be that we became so accustomed to smelling our own breath that we simply don’t notice its odor anymore—similar to the way we can’t detect our own "house smell." This kind of habituation doesn’t just inure us to unpleasant aromas, it also leaves our noses free to focus on unfamiliar odors in our environment that could alert us to danger.

As HowStuffWorks reports, another hypothesis suggests that we’re more conscious of other people’s halitosis because breath released when speaking is different than breath released when exhaling regularly. All the tongue movement that happens when someone talks could push odors from the back of their mouth out into the air.

But if that’s true, it seems like you’d be able to smell your own breath—at least when you’re the one doing the talking. Which brings us to the next and final theory: That your bad breath dissipates before you get a chance to inhale it. When someone else exhales, you’re inhaling their air almost simultaneously. When you exhale, on the other hand, you have to wait until you’ve reached the very end of your expiration before breathing back in again. By that time, the malodorous particles may have already dispersed.

Even if you’re blissfully unaware of how your own breath smells, it could be a little nose-wrinkling for others—here are some tips for getting rid of halitosis.