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Valentine’s Day Spinning Music Playlist & Routine For All Types of Love

Instructor listening to Valentine's Day spinning music playlist

Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to use for a themed spinning playlist and workout routine since there are so many songs about love. 

But, beware! 

With everyone having different opinions about the holiday, I think it’s important to make a spinning music playlist or workout routine that’s not all mushy gushy love songs — add some spunky single swag, and songs about self-love, friend love, etc. to make sure all of your riders are happy. 

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.

Over the years, I’ve created a wide range of Valentine’s Day spinning music playlists and routines. Here are a few: 

  • The relationship arc: taking riders on a journey through the ups and downs of a romantic relationship. 
  • Catching feelings: this one’s sure to give you ALL THE FEELS you need on Valentine’s Day
  • Love, love me: a playlist all about loving the most important person—yourself. 
  • Dirty secrets: a playlist all about unrequited, naughty, risque types of love.  

Reminder! As you explore these Valentine’s Day workout routines and spin playlists, remember that 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.

Valentine’s Day Spinning Playlist & Routine #1: The Relationship Arc

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.

The Series

Do the following exercises, 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:

  1. Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen [Warm-up]
  2. Got My Mind Set On You, by George Harrison [Song 1]
  3. Emotions, by Mariah Carey [Song 2]
  4. Buttons, by Pussy Cat Dolls [Song 3]
  5. The Other Side, by Jason Derulo [Song 4]
  6. Hey Leonardo, by Blessed Union of Souls [Song 5]
  7. Crazy in Love, by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z [Song 1]
  8. Best Days of Your Life, by Kellie Pickler [Song 2]
  9. Can’t Feel My Face, by The Weeknd [Song 3]
  10. Forget You, by Cee Lo Green [Song 4]
  11. Since U Been Gone, by Kelly Clarkson [Song 5]
  12. Fresh Eyes, by Andy Grammer [Cool Down]

Valentine’s Day Spinning Playlist & Routine #2: Catching Feelings

This Valentine’s Day spin routine theme has me catching feelings, well, because that’s actually the name of it. All of the songs have “feel” or “feeling” in the title. And, let me tell you: this playlist is SO GOOD. Can’t wait for you to catch feelings for it, too.

The Series

The series includes the following four exercises, done three times through.

  1. Song 1: A march at moderate intensity. At the chorus, increase pace and resistance to find hard intensity, then come back to that moderate pace.
  2. Song 2: Climb. Maintain the same pace but increase the resistance periodically to go from moderate to hard intensity and from seated to standing by the end of the song.
  3. Song 3: Keep the resistance from the last song and continue to stand. Intensity should be between moderate and hard (feel free to adjust resistance slightly to accommodate). At chorus, keep the resistance and have a seat to find a hard intensity.
  4. Song 4: Keep a heavy resistance, but can adjust slightly. 30 second breathless interval with 30 second recovery.

Between each series, I added a surprise sprint song, where I yell out a random time duration and intensity level that participants must comply with.

The Playlist

Series Song / Workout Song
Warm-up “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
Song 1: Moderate intensity march; hard at chorus “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
Song 2: Climb (Start seated, end standing) “Feel Invincible,” Skillet
Song 3: Stand (mod. intensity); sit at chorus “The Way You Make Me Feel,” Michael Jackson
Song 4: 30 sec. breathless / 30 sec. recover “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man
Surprise Sprints “Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue
Song 1: Moderate intensity march; hard at chorus “Feel This Moment,” Pitbull, Christina Aguilera
Song 2: Climb (Start seated, end standing) “Feel like Makin’ Love,” Bad Company
Song 3: Stand (mod. intensity); sit at chorus “Can’t Stop This Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
Song 4: 30 sec. breathless / 30 sec. recover “Feeling This,” blink-182
Surprise Sprints “Take on Me,” a-ha
Song 1: Moderate intensity march; hard at chorus “Hooked On A Feeling,” Blue Swede, Bjorn Skifs
Song 2: Climb (Start seated, end standing) “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
Song 3: Stand (mod. intensity); sit at chorus “Feel Again,” OneRepublic
Song 4: 30 sec. breathless / 30 sec. recover “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
Cool Down “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” REO Speedwagon

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

Valentine’s Day Spinning Playlist & Routine #3: Love, Love Me

“Leave your baggage at the door. This is your YOU time,”

— Me, in class as recently as a few months ago.

But, I’ve changed my mind. I want my class to show up as 100% themselves. Baggage? Bring it. Tears? Go for it. Don’t want to talk to anyone? We’ve got a seat right in the back for you.

I follow @mychal3ts on Instagram, and this post of his inspired me to change my tune.

Besides giving my class a killer workout, all I really want is for my participants to feel accepted exactly as they are. So, this  playlist is all about showing ourselves some love.

The Series (60-minute class)

The series includes the following four exercises, done done four times through.

  1. Song 1: Seated Climb. Increase resistance throughout the song to go from moderate to hard intensity. At the chorus, stand up and ride out of the saddle.
  2. Song 2: Standing Climb. Stand for the duration of the song, increasing resistance to go from moderate to hard intensity. At the chorus, sit for a hard interval.
  3. Song 3: Climb to Breathless. Stay standing, keep the prior resistance and continue to increase resistance until you find breathless intensity near the end of the song.
  4. Song 4: Tabata sprints. After a quick recovery from prior song, 20 second sprint, 20 second recovery, done 8x through.

The Playlist

Series Song / Workout Song
Warm up “ME!,” Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
Song 1: Seated Climb “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” Shawn Mendes
Song 2: Standing Climb “I’mma Shine,” Youngbloodz
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Rise Up,” Andra Day
Song 4: Tabata Sprints “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
Song 1: Seated Climb “Geronimo,” Sheppard
Song 2: Standing Climb “Confident,” Demi Lovato
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Love Me More,” Sam Smith
Song 4: Tabata Sprints “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
Song 1: Seated Climb “Be Alright,” Ariana Grande
Song 2: Standing Climb “Good To Be,” Mark Ambor
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Love Me Like I Am,” for KING & COUNTRY, Jordin Sparks
Song 4: Tabata Sprints “Break Free,” Ariana Grande, Zedd
Song 1: Seated Climb “Be OK,” Ingrid Michaelson
Song 2: Standing Climb “Selfish,” Nick Jonas, Jonas Brothers
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Build a Boat,” Colton Dixon, Gabby Barrett
Song 4: Tabata Sprints “Love Today,” MIKA
Cool Down “Stand By You,” Rachel Platten

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

Valentine’s Day Spinning Playlist & Routine #4: Dirty Secrets

This playlist is 100% not holiday related.

A few years ago, I was minding my own business, listening to a nondescript Spotify playlist when I got smacked in the face by a fun, upbeat, and playful song: “Ms. Marianne,” by Levon. I knew what I had to do: drop everything and create a spin playlist.

And, this wonderfully wacky, albeit a bit naughty, playlist was born.

It’s all about forbidden crushes and unrequited love, with a couple of dirty songs thrown in for good measure.

Let me tell you. This is a FUN one.

Oh, and if you’re anything like me with a wicked sense of humor, then I lied about this being holiday related, because this could totally pass for a Valentine’s Day themed ride. 😉

The Series (60-minute class)

The series includes the following four exercises, done done three times through. Plus, a surprise sprint thrown in between.

  1. Song 1: Seated Climb. Increase resistance throughout the song to go from moderate to hard intensity. At the chorus, stand up and ride out of the saddle.
  2. Song 2: Standing Climb. Stand for the duration of the song, increasing resistance to go from moderate to hard intensity. At the chorus, sit for a hard interval.
  3. Song 3: Climb to Breathless. Stay standing, keep the prior resistance and continue to increase resistance until you find breathless intensity near the end of the song.
  4. Song 4: 40/20 sprints. 40 second sprint, 20 second recovery.

The Playlist

Series Song / Workout Song
Warm Up “Girlfriend,” Avril Lavigne
Song 1: Seated Climb “Ms. Marianne,” Levon
Song 2: Standing Climb “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “My Best Friend’s Girl,” The Cars
Song 4: 40/20 sprints “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” Bowling For Soup
Surprise Sprints “Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen
Song 1: Seated Climb “It Wasn’t Me,” Shaggy, Rik Rok
Song 2: Standing Climb “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Crush,” Jennifer Page
Song 4: 40/20 sprints “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects
Surprise Sprints “1985,” Bowling for Soup
Song 1: Seated Climb “Dirrty,” Christina Aguilera, Redman
Song 2: Standing Climb “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
Song 3: Climb to Breathless “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield
Song 4: 40/20 sprints “Hey Ya!,” Outkast
Cool Down “Layla,” Derek & The Dominos

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