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80s Classic Rock Spinning Workout Playlist That Hurts So Good

80s Classic Rock Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

When you combine my love for 80s workout songs and classic rock workout songs, you just know this routine is going to be unforgettable. This spinning routine has some of my favorite 80s classic rock singers and bands, including Robert Palmer, Don Henley, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Journey, and Bon Jovi.

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (55-minute ride)

Here’s the series. Do it four times through.

  • Song 1: Climb. Climb from moderate to hard intensity, adding resistance and/or increasing RPM to increase intensity. (Note: for later series, you will need to use some of this song to recover from the previous song’s challenging interval.)
  • Song 2: Chorus surge – RPM. Find 70-80 RPMs during the verses. Find a resistance that will give you a moderate intensity. At the chorus, increase your RPMs by 10+ to find hard.
  • Song 3: Distance test.
    • First series: go as fast as you can for 2 minutes and track your distance on the monitor.
    • Second series: double the time, double the distance. Go as fast as you can for four minutes, aiming to double the distance you went in the last series.
    • Third series: meet your original distance within the same time frame (2 minutes).
    • Fourth series: double the time, double the distance. Go as fast as you can for four minutes, aiming to double the distance you went in the last series.

The 80s Classic Rock Songs Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen
Song 1: Climb“All She Wants To Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
Song 2: Chorus surge – RPM“Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
Song 3: Distance test, 2 minutes“Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Song 1: Climb“Addicted To Love,” Robert Palmer
Song 2: Chorus surge – RPM“Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne
Song 3: Distance test, 4 minutes“Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen
Song 1: Climb“Hurts So Good,” John Mellencamp
Song 2: Chorus surge – RPM“Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi
Song 3: Distance test, 2 minutes“Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
Song 1: Climb“You Give Love A Bad Name,” Bon Jovi
Song 2: Chorus surge – RPM“Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
Song 3: Distance test, 4 minutes“Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue
Cool Down “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs to my Spotify playlist here.

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