We’re all about the workout music. After all, nothing pumps you up for a workout like some good heart-thumping tunes. But an album that combines workout music with an actual workout led by a fitness expert? Well, hello, that’s even better! So when our pal Deekron of Motion Traxx—you may remember the name from the Fit Bottomed Dudes playlist and Spin playlist he created for us—offered us the opportunity to try his new mix Spin Coach Volume 1, we happily obliged.
As one might imagine with the word “Spin” in the title, this workout is for the bike. Whether you’re on a trainer, an actual Spin bike or a stationary bike from the 70s (nothing wrong with that), as long as you have the ability to change your resistance, you can get a helluva one-hour workout with this album. Mixed by Deekron himself, the beats are fun, techno and timed to meet the pace of the music.
After a quick warm-up, Spin Coach Gregg Cook leads you through intervals, hills and sprints. And Mr. Cook is cooking! (Sorry, had to. Too easy.) It’s hard to do a cycling workout on your own that has the energy of a group Spin class, but this download just about does it. Although his voice is a bit hoarse, Gregg gives you just the right mix of motivation, cuing and energy. You’ll get super pumped up when he tells you to “drive, drive, drive, drive, DRIVE!” and “push, push, push, push, PUSH!” and you’ll find that your pedaling begins to match the beat of the music, which is exactly what the Spin Coach wants you to do.
You can download the workout as individual tracks (there are 12 total), thereby making the workout as long as you’d like, but we recommend just getting the whole thing. Yes, sometimes you don’t have an hour to work out, but for the times you do, you’ll want this. Plus, the whole thing just goes so darn well together. At $9.99, it’s probably one of the best and cheapest Spin classes you’ll ever do.
Have you ever downloaded workout music that includes a workout? What was your experience? —Jenn