Whether you’re riding inside—or getting ready for an outdoor cycling session—picking the perfect music is vital to getting pumped up. That’s why I want to share two of my favorites with you.
Below, the indoor cycling playlist I’d use for a challenging ride. I opted to kick off the 15-minute warm-up with a classic song you might already know and then mixed things up a bit for the main set (about 26 minutes) and the 18-minute cooldown. Listen via speakers or with your Fitbit Flyer headphones (available for pre-order now).
Indoor Cycling Playlist for Hard Efforts
|Republica||Ready to Go||5:00 min|
|Anouk||R U Kidding Me||3:20 min|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Otherside||4:15 min|
|Guano Apes||Open Your Eyes||3:00 min|
|Beastie Boys||No Sleep ‘till Brooklyn||4:00 min|
|Farmer Boys||A New Breed of Evil||4:00min|
|Metallica||King Nothing||5:00 min|
|Anouk||It’s So Hard||4:30 min|
|Linkin Park||In the End||3:30 min|
|H-Blockx||Here I go again||4:00 min|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Give It Away||4:45 min|
|Daddy Yankee||Gasolina||3:15 min|
|Boomfunk MC’s||Freestyler||5:00 min|
Music for When You Just Want to Ride
I would listen to this playlist on an any-old-kind-of-day indoor ride. Nothing too aggressive—just a normal ride when you’re feeling happy. It’s only right that we start with an oldie but goldie: “What a Feeling” by Irene Cara, because what a feeling it is to be on the bike, right?
The rest of the playlist is a mix between softer songs and songs with a little more pep. And yes, I am obviously still stuck in the eighties.
|Irene Cara||What a Feeling|
|Men at Work||Down Under|
|AC/DC||Cover You in Oil|
|Clawfinger||Burn in Hell|
|Kid Rock||American Bad Ass|
|Rage Against the Machine||Testify|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Under the Bridge|
|Farmer Boys||We Sow the Storm|
|Blink 182||What’s My Age Again?|
|Guns N’ Roses||November Rain|
|Linkin Park||In the End|
|Scorpions||When the Smoke is Going Down|
|Billy Talent||Devil on My Shoulder|
|Evanescence||Bring Me to Life|
|Journey||Wheel in the Sky|
|Kansas||Dust in the Wind|
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.