ICI/PRO Member Dennis Mellon introduced us to the concept of Harmonic Mixing our playlists. A technique used by many of the top DJ’s, Harmonic Mixing involves sequencing your music tracks in the same or a complimentary musical key, to avoid clashing Keys and harsh transitions. The net effect is to create a pleasing feel to the flow of your music, increase / decrease energy or craft in some emotional response.
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I lead a fairly busy life. Amy and I own both Cycling Fusion and ICI/Pro which keeps us pretty busy and I am on staff at Carnegie Mellon University in the Athletics Department and their Triathlon Coach. Add to that teaching a few classes a week to keep my edge and I do not find myself with a lot of free time. Then came Spring Break….. At CMU our schedule
This week’s ride focused on cadence work…..I absolutely love cadence work. While I think the hardest work we do is speed work (that is next week), I find cadence work to be the most satisfying. I love working on the control and building the leg’s ability to accurately respond to the work. So, in working on this week’s ride I came across Down Dirty by Rivero. This song has a
This is post one in a multi-post series that will explain how to use and select music to compliment your class. As the series progresses, I will be sure to include the links to the previous posts so that the entire series can be found in the latest post. As an instructor, music can become the most challenging part of any indoor class; however it can be one of
Sprints, speed work, accelerations, cadence building drills-whatever you call them, we all use them in our classes. I love collecting songs that have a natural pick up (usually on the chorus) to use for this purpose. Today I’m sharing two of my favorites along with the timing that I use in my classes. I hope you can work them into your next cycling profile! Both songs are by Danish metal band Volbeat.
Ride Name: The Loud Ones Work Set Length: 13:44 + 7:17 recovery [21 minutes] The Sprint Shift on the new Stages SC3 bike is your interval training solution. Left position for easy, Center position for medium, Right position for hard. Make micro-adjustments with the resistance knob during the interval. Could it be any easier? Now, I am a big believer in training with power, benchmarking your effort, and documenting your
Have you ever watched a commercial and wondered, “What’s that song?”. I’ve seen this Diet Coke commercial dozens of times and every time I see it, I find myself humming this song for hours. I googled it, but could just have easily Shazamed it if I’d had my phone next to me. (If you’re not Shazaming, you should definitely try it! It’s a great way to find and save new
I’m not embarrassed to say that I like country music. Country is a genre that many indoor cycling instructor avoid, but I embrace it. I get more complements about playing country music than any other genre. Country music IS popular and has a HUGE following. I live in Denver and a few weeks ago U2 was playing the Pepsi Center, a 20,000 seat venue and Luke Bryan was playing Mile
This AM at around 6:23, I dripped sweat onto my iPhone’s screen and accidentally switched on Shuffle. Of course I didn’t realize my error until this great new track I’m using for openers comes on, for the second time. Wait… didn’t we already do this song? Oh, Crap! Now what do I do? There are few things that scream ROOKIE INSTRUCTOR louder than manually switching between songs during a class. Unsettling
I’ve taught Indoor Cycling classes for about 15 years and thought I understood all of the Do’s and Don’ts of delivering music to my classes. Based on the technique offered in this podcast, I’m realizing I still have a lot to learn… Dennis Mellon is one of those Instructors who really gets music. His understanding of creating great playlist is probably one reason he was voted the top Instructor where
I get a lot of questions about Spotify, but the one question that I get over and over from people that are interested switching from iTunes is: “Do you own the music?”, or “Can I sync music from Spotify to my iPod or burn it to CD? “ And my answer is always the same: “No, you can’t, but you won’t believe what you CAN do for only $9.99 a month!” Now I