S(pi)nthesis 281

Inspiration: After discovering Pyramid from the WAYF soundtrack, I found their Synthesis track on Spotify and came up with the obvious name for this ride...a blend of Spinning and Amazing Spotify Tracks: S(pi)nthesis. This mix is packed with enough good music to fill your full hour ride...and more music from the WAYF movie soundtrack. Hop … Continue reading S(pi)nthesis 281

Schedule: Fall 2015

It's that time of year again, back to school...back to the gym...and back to work! Looking forward to a great fall and more great classes! WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE FAMILY YMCA / Rockford - MON 5:10 - 5:55AM - SAT 7:00-8:00AM (rotation schedule) DAVID D. HUNTING YMCA / Downtown Grand Rapids - SAT 9:15 - 10:00AM … Continue reading Schedule: Fall 2015

…Faster 280

Inspiration: Surprise...lots of quick footed sprinting on tap for this ride, with a few hills along the way to mix it up. Thanks to fellow Y instructor Marcia for the tip on Andrew Ripp and a few great riding tracks, including Falling Faster for a sweet warm up. Cole's Memories is one of several great … Continue reading …Faster 280

Take You Higher 279

Inspiration: Another Thursday AM class is just hours away and another fresh ride-ready mix is on Spotify. Lots of current tracks here, but don't skip past some classics: Somebody To Love, Let It Happen, Won't Get Fooled Again. I'll test the sound system with Deadmau5 Avaritia and Shake The Earth. We'll have a great finishing … Continue reading Take You Higher 279

SoulCycle LOOP

This morning I was at this Soul Cycle studio for a class with Naz. A good class, great music and lots of sweat! By far, the most impressive cycle studio I’ve been to yet! And should be for the price of admission (although my ride was free this time!)


Last weekend, my boyfriend (Nick) and my parents and I traveled to Chicago for my Uncle’s wedding weekend!  We had a fabulous time with family and friends, but it was also an opportunity for us to explore the Windy City, as out of the four of us, only one of us had ever been there before.  One of the many things I was looking forward to was a class at one of SoulCycle’s newest location – LOOP.

SoulCycle is comprised, currently, of 45 indoor cycling studios spanning the US from NYC to California.  Since the studios are mainly located in bigger cities, at this point in time, I wanted to take advantage of having access to a studio and see what the SoulCycle experience was all about!

The LOOP is located at 111 West Wacker Street, and my experience began as soon as the studio came in to my view!  The studio…

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Light It Up 278

Inspiration: Got an early start on my ride playlist & profile for next Thursday's early morning HAPPY HOUR ride. Today it'll serve as my car ride playlist for this weekend's trip to Chicago...planning to use my FREE ride ticket to ride at the SOULCYCLE studio in the loop...their newest location and windy city FLAGSHIP studio … Continue reading Light It Up 278

TEST RIDE: CycleBar – Royal Oak (Metro Detroit)

This past weekend I was in the Detroit area for a special Dad/Daughters weekend. It was a quick trip away from my home in NE Grand Rapids, but we managed to squeeze lots in: lunch in Royal Oak, trip to the Holiday Market for dinner items to cook at home, a movie...Trainwreck!, checked out an … Continue reading TEST RIDE: CycleBar – Royal Oak (Metro Detroit)

Stronger 3.0 277

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 … Continue reading Stronger 3.0 277

The Warrior 276

Inspiration: This past week I final took my first Les Mills RPM Indoor Cycling class. The Grand Rapids area YMCA has been rolling out many of the Les Mills group ex programs (BodyCombat, BodyPump, Body Flow...and RPM) since early this year along side all other "free style" classes previously offered. My class was a good … Continue reading The Warrior 276

Heatwave Run and Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s Wednesday!
Did you say SPIN PLAYLIST?
Check it out…


7 mile heatwave run done this morning. Holy heat and humidity…this was a tough one but I always feel happy to be done! Thankfully I got it done before the triple digits hit later today.


Let’s get straight to this week’s spin playlist! One of my favorite things I love about being a spin instructor is seeing folks have fun with it and groove on their bikes to the music. Having fun and working hard for me go hand in hand!


Enjoy the ride!

Fun- Pitbull feat Chris Brown: Warm up
I Don’t Like It, I Love It- Flo Rida feat Robin Thicke: Jumps
2 Reasons- Trey Songz: Standing run
Got Me Good- Ciara: Sprints
New Flame- Usher/Chris Brown/Rick Ross: Active recovery
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell: Climb 5/6/7
Wobble- V.I.C.: Rolling hills
Around the World- Natalie La Rose: Seated/standing run
Patron Tequila- Paradiso Girls feat Lil Jon: Accelerations
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