Oh, Valentine’s Day! While many people love to love this holiday, I know others that love to hate it. I personally fall somewhere in the middle. But personal preferences aside, Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to use for themed spinning classes, since there are so many songs out there about love. With everyone having different opinions about the holiday, I think it’s important to make a spinning music playlist that’s not all mushy gushy love songs — add some spunky single swag, and songs about self-love, friend love, etc.
Have fun with it, and don’t take the spinning music playlist theme too seriously. I would look for love songs with a solid beat or high emotion to bring the energy in the Group X class, and throw in a few spin songs that will have everyone singing along.
Here’s my Valentine’s Day spinning music playlist and routine.
I like to teach my spin class in a series that we do twice or three times through, depending on the series. So, I pick a couple exercises to make up my 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 sprint around the corner.
For this Valentine’s Day-themed spinning music playlist, I took us through the arc of a relationship — the crushin’ phase, the romance and finally the break-up.
Here’s the series — do it twice through.
- Song 1: Moderate pace with hard (uncomfortable) surges on the chorus. If your bikes have monitors, choose a fast RPM (between 80 – 100), then ask participants to add 10+ to their RPM during the chorus.
- Song 2: Sprint intervals. 30 seconds breathless effort, 30 seconds recovery. Do this three times through.
- Song 3: Climb (Part 1). Starting at moderate intensity seated, resistance slightly above flat road. Add resistance throughout the song, ending at hard intensity.
- Song 4: Climb (Part 2). Keep resistance from prior song, and stand up. When you’re out of the saddle, resistance should feel moderate. Add resistance throughout the song, until you’re at hard intensity at the end.
- Song 5: 45 seconds each — moderate, hard, harder and breathless intensity. You can add resistance, leg speed, sit or stand to increase intensity with each. If you’re using a monitor, you can ask participants to add RPM with each increase (approx. 80, 90, 100 and 110).
The Valentine’s Day Spinning Music Playlist:
- Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen [Warm-up]
- Got My Mind Set On You, by George Harrison [Song 1]
- Emotions, by Mariah Carey [Song 2]
- Buttons, by Pussy Cat Dolls [Song 3]
- The Other Side, by Jason Derulo [Song 4]
- Hey Leonardo, by Blessed Union of Souls [Song 5]
- Crazy in Love, by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z [Song 1]
- Best Days of Your Life, by Kellie Pickler [Song 2]
- Can’t Feel My Face, by The Weeknd [Song 3]
- Forget You, by Cee Lo Green [Song 4]
- Since U Been Gone, by Kelly Clarkson [Song 5]
- Fresh Eyes, by Andy Grammer [Cool Down]
Hope you enjoy! If you’re looking for more spinning songs and playlists, check out the workout routines and playlists page.