Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Cycling Instructor's Playlist

So lately I've been going to cycling classes and today I was reflecting on why I like it so much:

-It's a good workout, so it fulfills that requirement.
-Endorphins and all that fun stuff.
-It's not social. When I'm conducting in physical activity at a strenuous level, don't talk to me! In cycling, you can't really talk because you have to listen to the instructor and the music can be on the loud side. Fine by me.
-Which brings me to my last reason and my most recent observation: the music!

I think the fact that the classes always have music and instructors are the ones that pick the songs, is interesting to me. I'm always curious what the instructor will pick. What genres are they into? What's their favorite song at the moment? This stuff fascinates me. And I have to say, there are times where I pick instructors based on their music choices. "Oh, the Saturday one picks a lot of Keith Urban. I'll go to the Sunday class instead..." If only they knew there are people that do this.

Here are some songs my favorite cycling instructors play:

Iggy Azalea ft. Jennifer Hudson, "Trouble"
I'm pretty sure every damn cycling instructor at the cycling gym I go to have played this in their class. It wasn't even really on my radar until I kept hearing it during class. It's a good song to exercise to, it's very "girl power".

Foo Fighters, "The Pretender"
Many of you know how much I love the Foo Fighters and this is one of my favorite songs by them. They usually like to play this towards the end, when everyone is tired and can hardly see because sweat is in your eyes. It certainly gets me pumped and gives me an energy boost to finish the next song or so.

Selena Gomez ft. Zedd "I Want You to Know"(Oh, excuse me Zedd ft. Selena Gomez. Even though Selena Gomez sings throughout the entire song and Zedd just DJ's in the background. I can't stand that 'trend' of crediting the DJ before the singer. Like, why not credit guitar players, drummers, etc. before the singer then? ANYWAY...)

The Weeknd "Earned It"
Okay. Yes, I like this song. What I DO hate about it, is that it's affiliated with "50 Shades of Grey". Someone as respectable as Toronto born and bread Abel Tesfaye (otherwise known as The Weeknd,) should not be affiliated with that. But it's a great song and I've stopped trying to deny that fact. They usually play this for a "climb" - when you're supposed to pretend you're actually climbing a hill but instead you're just turning a knob to increase the resistance and you're still on a stationary bike. But whatever, I like doing it and it kicks my ass.

Imagine Dragons, "I Bet My Life"
Oh hey, remember these guys? I liked them. Or do I still like them? The instructors sure do because they play this like it's their job...but it kind of is, though. Anyway, Imagine Dragons - I want to like them but they're getting what I like to call "The Fray Syndrome". That song "How to Save a Life" by The Fray, released in 2009? Yeah, it was awesome until Grey's Anatomy and every damn car company got the rights to it and played the crap out of it to sell their product. It just became that song that had a super sappy positive message and then beat you over the head with it. Those two combinations don't exactly mix with me. I'm all for positivity but there's only so many songs like this I can take. And after "How to Save a Life," it became The Fray's THING. Well, that's now what Imagine Dragons are to me - these positive, uplifting ballads are now their THING. "It's Time," "Radioactive," "Demons," now this?! All great songs but they were great the last 100 times I've heard them. Let's move on and write a song about something else, shall we? Because you're way more talented than this and way more talented to get "The Fray Syndrome".
For now, I will say that I approve of this song though, especially because Dane Dehaan is in the music video and get it.

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