One of the areas that takes up a lot of time for Group Fitness Instructors is creating playlists. Some classes provide the music and the workouts for a specific duration, but mine don’t, and I have to get a bit creative. If you have ever downloaded a song, though, you know that by creating new playlists weekly, I probably spend more money on songs than I even make teaching!
Shortly after beginning teaching, and realizing there was no way I could download songs every week, or pay for CDs all the time, I discovered Spotify. I should say, I had heard of it, but never took the time to really learn about it.
Honestly, Spotify has totally saved me! It can be free to use, but I will warn you that the free version will run ads every few songs, and you can’t skip too many in a row. However, if you pay a small fee monthly (I believe it’s around $5 if you are a student, and only a bit more if not), you can search for songs, create the playlists, have zero ads, and even set it so the playlists work offline, meaning you don’t need your internet to play them. This isn’t a huge deal, but since I use my phone to play them, I set it on Airplane mode so texts don’t interrupt, and therefore need the music to keep playing.
I search for songs based on a lot of factors. I look for songs that are upbeat, I look for remixes, I’ve searched by a specific BPM, and even found workout remixes. I can also look into the top 100 and see what songs are out there. I simply create a playlist for that night (or a lot of times, place multiple songs in one Months playlist) and can use them when teaching.
The best part of Spotify are there are thousands of playlists already made! You can go to Top Lists and find songs that way. You can head into categories, and find workout, and then it breaks it down from there. I am honestly more impressed with this every time I use it.
You can download it on multiple devices, too. The only disadvantage is you can only play it on one at a time. I haven’t downloaded a song in months, but always have the new music that my classes like. Actually, we’ve used it on every vacation this year, and on the boat. It’s so fun to just click a playlist and hear a lot of new music!
Now that you know how I create my playlists, how about a new workout to do while listening to your new music!
Today’s workout focuses both on cardio and strength. Some of my favorite workouts incorporate both a HIIT cardio and then a strength segment after. You are in and out of the gym in less than an hour, but conquered it all.
You will first complete the cardio segment once, and the strength segment three times. Use dumbbells for the strength segment, and complete it three times. Take your time doing the exercises, and focus on both proper form and controlled muscles.
Check out my exercise dictionary for videos on each exercise!