If you’re following Schwinn Indoor Cycling on Facebook (and why wouldn’t you be?), you might have seen a post recently that linked to a Wall Street Journal article titled: The New DJ’s: Fitness Gurus. It came at a good time for me, as I was just showing another instructor at my gym how to use the iPod Nano that she received for Christmas on the stereo there. I asked her if she had made some playlists to use and she admitted that her teenage sons had helped her pick out the music and load it onto the iPod. (This same instructor had previously asked me to burn some CD’s for her Pilates and Boot Camp classes with some of my music-which of course I was happy to do!)
This all made me stop and think: Was she feeling the pressure from members to step up the music selection in her classes? She does come to my class from time to time. Maybe she liked what she heard and felt that she wanted more of it in her own classes. Whatever the case, I realized that a great majority of the instructors in my gym are not changing their music (I’m really not kidding here-some have used the same CD’s for years. And I’m really, really not kidding when I tell you that one instructor uses cassette tapes. Seriously. Cassette tapes.) Most of the instuctors where I teach are not using iPods or similiar devices to deliver music to their classes.
Maybe things are different where you are. I don’t work in a big city. It’s a small YMCA in a cozy little town outside of Syracuse. But still, I feel like our members pay enough that they deserve some good tunes, not just the same old CD playing 80’s classics class after boring class.
So I approached our director and asked if she would be interested in me leading a workshop to teach our instructors how to create playlists in iTunes and either burn them to a CD or **gasp**, download them to their mp3 player. I might even throw in a little Spotify information, although that might be too much too soon. She was on board. But will THEY be? We’ll see. I’ve created a survey to see if there is interest.
I would love to see some of them become the DJ’s that The Wall Street Journal article described. Will they? Not sure. I’m not even sure if any of them will be interested in attending the workshop. But I’m sure I’m going to give it a try. And if I get even one of them to convert, I’ll be happy. Share the music love people, because no one wants to hear the same stuff over and over. Trust me.
Are you one of the few instuctors in your club using technology and changing up your tunes? Have you ever or have you ever thought about helping fellow instructors learn how to do it?
Here’s the playlist for this evening’s class: