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Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

Cinco de Mayo is tricky to get right in a group exercise class for a couple of reasons. First, there are mixed feelings about the holiday, commemorating a Mexican victory in the Franco-Mexican War. It’s not really celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. it’s hugely popular. Second, it’s hard to find the perfect Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling music playlist. Do you play only songs in Spanish? Do you play popular songs in Mexico right now?

Ultimately, the answer lies with your riders. What will they like and appreciate? For my classes, I know that a good mix of songs from a bunch of different genres and themes will be well-received.

Here are the types of songs I have included in prior Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling workout routines and music playlists.

  • Popular songs in Spanish with a good beat. There are some songs that transcend their borders. Just like I picture Pitbull coming out of speakers across the globe, I know that there are Spanish songs that Americans enjoy. I listened to a couple until I found ones with a workout beat.
  • Songs by American artists of Mexican descent. This includes folks like Santana, Demi Lovato, and Fergie.
  • Songs related to “Five”. For those of you that know my spin playlist style, I tend to throw in a few wacky songs into the mix. They always get a positive reaction from the crowd, since they’re just a little bit silly, but still provide a good workout. I couldn’t find any songs I liked with “Cinco” in the title, but there were a couple related to “Five” that I wanted to include.

Here are songs I did not include. 

  • Songs by Latin artists that were not of Mexican descent. I frequently find artists like Pitbull and Shakira at the top of a Cinco de Mayo playlist. Neither of those artists are of Mexican descent. Pitbull is Cuban American and Shakira was born in Colombia, of Spanish and Lebanese descent. IMO, it’s okay to play a variety of Latin artists. Just acknowledge that this is a Latin playlist and introduce it properly. 

Without further ado, here’s this year’s Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling routine and playlist.

The Series (47-minute Workout) 

Do the following exercises, three times through. 

  • Song 1: Chorus surge. Find a moderate intensity by riding to the beat of the song. At the chorus, find hard intensity by increasing your RPMs (or pace). 
  • Song 2: Hard intensity; moderate at chorus. Now, do the opposite. Find a hard intensity by riding to the pace of the music and adding heavy resistance. At the chorus, maintain your pace, but take off the resistance to find a moderate intensity. 
  • Song 3: 1 minute intervals. Do a 1 minute interval for each intensity: moderate, hard, and very hard/breathless. 

In between each series, throw in a surprise sprint song where you call out the duration and intensity level. 

The Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

(The artist of Mexican descent is bolded.)

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Senorita,” Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
Song 1: Chorus surge“Fergalicious,” Fergie,
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Single Soon,” Selena Gomez
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Confident,” Demi Lovato
Surprise sprints!“La Bamba,” Los Lobos
Song 1: Chorus surge“Paint a Smile,” Jasmine V
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Me & U,” Cassie
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Get My Name,” Mark Ballas
Surprise sprints!“Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue (lead singer Vince Neil)
Song 1: Chorus surge“Faded,” Cierra Ramirez, Casey Veggies, Honey C
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Bam Bam,” Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Shower,” Becky G
Cool Down“Smooth,” Santana, Rob Thomas

Want the songs? Listen to them on my Spotify playlist or here:

Other good Cinco de Mayo workout songs that didn’t make the cut:

  1. Matador, by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
  2. Sky Might Fall, by Kid Cudi
  3. Die Romantic, by Aiden (guitarist Angel Ibarra is Mexican American)
  4. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody, by Fergie feat. Q-Tip, GoonRock
  5. The Glamorous Life, by Sheila E.
  6. Come & Get It, by Selena Gomez
  7. Testify, by Rage Against the Machine (Zack de la Rocha is Mexican American)

I’m still looking for the perfect Selena workout remix to add, so if you find one, please share!

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.