Let's talk about sex and the Spin room. Did I get your attention? Just about a year ago, there was a Facebook challenge going around among my friends to list 200 things about yourself. They could be random, deep, factual, opinions, whatever you wanted. It was actually a great challenge and I highly recommend it. Very telling, introspective and also amusing to see how the mind works. I offered up some small facts and some deep comments, but it was #17 that got the most attention..from everyone who read it. It said: "I know what you are like in the bedroom by the way you ride the bike." Come on, instructors, you know exactly what I mean. And, if you don't, have fun in your next class. It became a hot topic of conversation, among students and instructors, with interesting stories coming out all over the place.
I'm not sure exactly what it is, but there is something about sex and the Spin room. I think it's a combination of things: the "obvious" seat position, the darkness, the close sweaty bodies, the relaxation that occurs, the endorphins, the positions, the noises people make, the thumping music....you get the idea. I have always found there to be a fascinating duality between it being a "group fitness" class and an individual journey. I continually observe students embracing their own journeys, moving beyond their limits and, literally, letting go. A while ago, I read a study (and I cannot find the reference, even though I had it clipped out and carried it around with me for a while...Google it...you might be amused by what shows up) in a fitness magazine which found that women were more aroused while watching porn after a Spin class than those who just watched the porn without Spinning. Hilarious, I know, but what's really telling is that someone was even compelled to do the study.
Whatever happens, I think it's a factor that brings people back into the room. Every once in a while, I do a ride in which the music is just sexy...sexy artists, sexy songs, sexy hills. Just how far you can take it depends on your audience. I am not as blatant as a male instructor/friend of mine who once titled an entire ride "The Big O," and has no problem playing Madonna's "Erotica" or "Justify My Love" or various other songs...I'm a little more subtle, but it can be just the thing to heat up the room when you want to.
There's tons of music to play with, but I've listed some of my favorites, not a ride, just some ideas. Oh, and if you have any of those good stories, I'd love for you to share....I'll share mine, if you share yours.
-A Little Bit More/Jamie Lidell
-Give it To Me Twice More (Mash-up of the 2 below and more)
-Gimme More/Britney Spears
-Give it To Me/Madonna
-You Shook Me all Night Long/ACDC
-Sexy Chick (feat. Akon)/David Guetta
-Faster Kill Pussycat (club mix)/Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy (yes, that Brittany Murphy)
-Let's Get Loud (Pablo Flores Remix)/Jennifer Lopez
-Come on Get Higher/Matt Nathanson
-Relax (NY Mix Version)/Frankie Goes to Hollywood
-Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (Ralph's Retro-Disco Vox)/Rod Stewart
-Sexy Back/Justin Timberlake
-Do Ya Think Deceptiback/Mash-Up of the 2 above by dj Lobsterdust
-Can I Creep Like That?/Mash-Up by dj Lobsterdust
-Everybody Do It Again/Mash-Up by dj Lobsterdust
-Booty Pressure/Mash-Up by dj Lobsterdust
-any version of Wild Thing/Tone Loc (Mashed-up)
-various Rolling Stones and Doors