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Spin Routine of the Week #008: Punk Rock Christmas Spin Class Playlist

Spin Routine of the Week: Punk Rock Christmas Spin Class Playlist

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With the holiday season in full swing, I know spin instructors are looking for great themed Christmas songs to work into their playlists. The problem is most holiday songs are slow and, frankly, a bit repetitive. One of my tried-and-true methods for upping the energy of a classic song is to find a punk rock version of it. Punk rock songs tend to have faster BPM (beats per minute) which makes them perfect candidates for spin!

This week, let’s take a look at some fast-paced, head-banging Christmas spin class songs that are great for sprints, interval training, and pumping up the energy.

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do twice or three 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 (45-minute class)

The series includes the following four exercises, done three times through. Then, I have an extra sprint song at the end to get us to a full 45-minute class.

  1. Song 1: 30/20/10 drill. 30 seconds moderate intensity, 20 seconds hard intensity, 10 seconds breathless intensity. Repeat 3x.
  2. Song 2: Climb Part 1.
  3. Song 3: Climb Part 2.
  4. Song 4: 20/20/20 drill. 20 seconds moderate intensity, 20 seconds hard intensity, 20 seconds breathless intensity. Repeat 2x.

The Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm-up“Christmas Every Day,” Simple Plan
Song 1 (30/20/10)“Jingle Bells,” Skid Row
Song 2 (Climb Part 1) “Last Christmas,” Loveless, Downer Inc., Kellin Quinn
Song 3 (Climb Part 2)“My Christmas List,” Simple Plan
Song 4 (20/20/20)“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” U2
Song 1 (30/20/10)“Mistress for Christmas,” Halestorm
Song 2 (Climb Part 1) “Here Comes the Snow,” Talia Denis
Song 3 (Climb Part 2) “Xmas Time of the Year,” Green Day
Song 4 (20/20/20)“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight),” Ramones
Song 1 (30/20/10)“Missing You This Christmas,” Theory of a Deadman
Song 2 (Climb Part 1) “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Misfits
Song 3 (Climb Part 2) “SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN,” Fefe Dobson
Song 4 (20/20/20)“Run, Rudolph, Run,” Otherwise
Sprints“Christmas, Baby Please Come Home,” Anberlin
Cool Down“All I Want for Christmas is You,” My Chemical Romance

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

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.