“D” Day 537

Today's theme ride is a tribute to many D-named artists over the decades...from DEPECHE MODE and THE DOORS to DUA LIPA and DRAKE; from pop artist DEMI LOVATO to alternative group DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE; and from classic rockers DEF LEPPARD to contemporary Christian LAUREN DAIGLE. Yep, an eclectic mix of music for your spin-tastic … Continue reading “D” Day 537

Thanksgiving 🔥 536

It's been a while, and I know this ride is posted at the 11th hour...but better late than never! HAPPY THANKSGIVING and wishing you the best for the holidays. ENJOY THE RIDE! Playlist & Summary Ride Profile 1 Warm-up: I'm a Mess / Avril Lavigne, YUNGBLUD 2 Combo flat: Let Yourself Free / Fitz and … Continue reading Thanksgiving 🔥 536

Indoor Cycling over the years…A DECADE IN THE SADDLE, still enjoying THE RIDE INSIDE!

This week is my 10th anniversary of being a certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (and blogger).  And WOW, what a ride it has been! Coincidentally, Monday is also 10/10...PERFECT! My indoor cycling journey actually started a few months earlier than October 2012, while I was an adjunct finance professor at Davenport University.  The University purchased about … Continue reading Indoor Cycling over the years…A DECADE IN THE SADDLE, still enjoying THE RIDE INSIDE!

RE-POST: Start a Fire 🔥 500

Today, Monday night studio cycling at Mary Free Bed YMCA goes to a FULL HOUR ride! Time to FIRE UP! More 60-minute fresh mixes to come, but this week I'll be doing an encore ride with this popular pre-pandemic ride (just barely "pre") from January 2020. https://fortherideinside.com/2020/01/01/start-a-fire-500/ Original post: January 1, 2020 NEVER FORGET! Completely … Continue reading RE-POST: Start a Fire 🔥 500

So Good 534

The name of this says it all...Enjoy the Ride! Many current pop tracks and a few multiples for these artists: John Newman, Hey Violet, and Harry Styles. Also a couple extended tracks at 5+ minutes. CHECK OUT ALL OF THEM...have a great week! Don't miss the featured news at the end of this post...tough times … Continue reading So Good 534

Coast (“NEVER COAST”) 533

Hailee Steinfeld & Anderson .Paak's recent track COAST, is the inspiration for this ride post and tribute to former favorite boutique cycle studio FLYWHEEL. Co-founded by boutique cycling "powerhouse" Ruth Zukerman, Flywheel "obtained a cultlike status among riders for its competitive leaderboard system, had 42 indoor cycling and barre studios around the United States, including … Continue reading Coast (“NEVER COAST”) 533

Windy City Warrior: A guest post by Brent L. 387

After reading this IG post from a fav CHI cycle instructor, I thought I’d send this 2017 guest post reminder.

BRENTLOCEYX2: Vulnerable post seriously asking for feedback…

I’ve been thinking about putting this up for awhile but my pride/ego has told me, “You don’t need to do this.” But I’m at the point where I want to figure this out. I want to put my head down, go to work, do everything I can do bring back the magic, energy, and community we had before. I’ve been trying things here and there, I’ve been waiting for the world to “come back”, I’ve been waiting for many people I’ve rode with for years to come back. I finally looked myself in the mirror this week and said, “It’s not happening, it’s not working, you need to DO SOMETHING!”

First – for all of you who are reading this and have been back in our CHGO studios, masked and unmasked, I seriously cannot thank you enough for rallying our community. I think you would agree with me that we are physically doing more on the bike than we ever were before and are reminded every time we clip in how great it feels and how @soulcycle truly makes our day better. Thank you for being in this with me!

For those who are reading this and used to ride but I haven’t seen in months, years or since COVID hit, I’m here to ask you what I can do to remind you of the fun, strength, and truly MAGIC we used to create together. Do you miss it? Have you found something else that lights your fire up as much or more? Do you work out at home now or have moved away? What could I do to get you back?

I’ve also heard from others that…
“Brent’s class is too hard!”
“Brent’s class is too fast!”
“Brent seems intimidating.”
“I don’t like Brent’s music.”
Well I’m here to change ALL OF THAT. This is where I’d love to know what I CAN DO for you. I’m open to and appreciate all comments or DMs.

What are you looking for out of class?
What music do you want to here?
Should I do more theme rides?
Let me tell you what seems to be working,
ACTIVATE and Country!
Let me tell you what’s not working,
Club Bangers, Mashups, Rap Battles and heartbreakingly TBT.

For those who do reach out to me with their thoughts, I’d love to have you come back or even try my class ON ME.

I am 100% committed to making our community whole again and better than ever! Thank you

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Living on the other side of Lake Michigan, Chicago has always been a favorite family getaway…usually around the November/December holidays. Old Town (a north-side Chicago neighborhood) is the current home for my youngest daughter and home to one of four SoulCycle studios in greater Chicago (SoulCycle Chicago). My first SoulCycle class was at the Old Town studio (my blog post from May 2015).

So…for November, THANKS to Brent Locey for sharing his Soul Story in this month’s Guest blog post…

My journey to being a SoulCycle instructor is one that I never planned for but consider myself so lucky that life threw me some unexpected twists that lead me to the podium. My current passion for fitness was born from my obsession with sports growing up, specifically football, basketball, and swimming. While I loved competing as my own athlete throughout my career, I quickly discovered that…

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Stronger 3.0 277

HAPPY AUGUST 2022! A look back at this August 2015 post & playlist…

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Inspiration: TGIF! A big mix here with a little bit of everything. The new Kiesza and TobyMac (and Fifth Harmony) tracks are great for a group ride inside…check them out. Time to get on with the weekend…
Genre: Alternative, Christian, Country, Electronic/Dance, Pop, Rock.
Approximate time: 48 minutes
Preview and Purchase at iTunes:
Warm up – Do You Feel the Same? (Radio Edit) – Hercules & Love Affair
Seated / Standing Flat – I Can Be Somebody (feat. Erin McCarley) – Deorro
Sprints – This Is Not a Test (feat. Capital Kings) – tobyMac
Seated / Standing Hill – It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) – AC/DC
Sprints – I Can Feel It – Hey Violet
Jumps – I’m In Love With a Monster – Fifth Harmony
Quick Seated Flat – Heavy Metal Detox – Wavves
Running with Resistance – Alive Tonight –…

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Speed Limit 198

Found this ride from 8 years ago…Let’s GO!!!

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

A truck passes a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign
Inspiration: Clearly a SPEED theme with this 45+ minute mix that I put together for a busy week of subbing classes at the 5 different YMCA branches in and around Grand Rapids. Remember, the max RPMs for all these sprints is about 120.
Genre: Alternative, Dance, Pop.
Approximate time: 49 minutes
Preview / Purchase on iTunes:
Warm up – Am I Wrong – Am I Wrong – Single
Seated / Standing Flat – Bright Lights – Bright Lights – Single
Seated / Standing Hill – Speed Limit – No Limits
Sprints (15/30/30) – D’Ya Wanna Go Faster – Good To Go
Seated / Standing Hill – Slow Down – Amsterdam Twerk Music – EP
Seated / Standing Flat – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – Single
Standing Hill with Seated Sprints (15/15/30) – Fast In My Car – Paramore

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