Dig Down Cycling Mix

14 Jun

My newest cycling playlist features some of my favorite tunes along with a few recently released songs from bands like Muse, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.

Here are the teaching notes:

Sinner by Andy Grammar (3:40) warm up

Great Night (feat. Shovels and Rope) NEEDTOBREATHE (2:55) warm up continued, seated to standing

Let Me Know by No Wyld (4:12) :00-1:00 Seated climb; 1:00-2:00 Standing climb; 2:00-2:30 Seated climb; 2:30-3:00 Standing climb, 3:00-3:30 Seated climb; 3:30-4:12 Standing climb

Devil Drums by Scooter (5:24)  seated accelerations 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.  5 accelerations

Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran (4:21) Standing climb (64 rpm) with jumps on the chorus (8 count and 4 count)

River by Bishop Briggs (3:34) seated climb at 64 rpm

Dig Down by Muse (3:48) standing climb (heavy gear) at 64 rpm

Gimme Gimme by Beenie Man (3:04) standing climb (lighter gear) at 64 rpm

Big Love by Fleetwood Mac (3:06-music ends at 2:47)  seated accelerations at :20 (20 seconds)’ 1:20 (20 seconds) and 1:15 (30 seconds)

Warp and Weft (dr. trippy remix) Banco De Gaia (4:29)  :00-2:00 seated climb 65-70 rpm; 2:00-4:29 seated flat road 95 rpm

Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons (3:22) 68 rpm standing climb

He’s a Pirate by Klaus Badelt (1:30) flat road recovery

Tabata:  8-20 second accelerations with 10 second recoveries.  I give my riders the option of doing some of the accelerations in the saddle and some as a standing acceleration

Torches by X Ambassadors (3:27) Cool Down

Mercy (Acoustic Guitar) by Shawn Mendes (3:39) Stretch

I hope you enjoy using this one in your classes. Feel free to comment and let me know how you liked it or share any new songs you’ve been riding to lately!




11 Responses to “Dig Down Cycling Mix”

  1. Robyn Rourke June 18, 2017 at 1:42 am #

    Hi Chrispins,

    I am a brand new subscriber; thank you for this great looking playlist! What 4 minute song did you use for the Tabata?

    Thank you,


    • chrispins June 18, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      Hi, If you check the Spotify playlist embedded in the post, you will see the exact song that I used (Tabata WOD). You can find this track and many others by searching “Tabata Songs” in iTunes or Spotify.

  2. Robin June 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    Great playlist and routine! Looking forward to using it tonight in my spin class

  3. cycleslice July 18, 2017 at 12:15 am #

    GREAT playlist! I think I’ve used about half of these songs in my playlists and will be adding Let Me Know to my next ride 🙂
    I love to see other’s interpretations of the music’s energy. I have used the Scooter song for years and have found it to be timeless. I’ve used for rolling, out of the saddle hills and the short breaks in the music and short in the saddle recoveries.

    • chrispins July 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you! I just dropped over to check out your blog-very nice!

  4. Katy July 18, 2017 at 5:54 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your playlists! We think the same it seems so I find it very easy to use your approach. Let’s see…tomorrow I am doing an Around the World mixed terrain ride. A fun song I am using is From Paris to Berlin by Infernal (3:32). Seated Flats alternating with Surges. Adding resistance while increasing rpms to 100 on the surges. Another one I am using is Gyegyr Meso (feat. OD4) by Ewura Esi (5:20). SEC alternating with Run/w/resistance. I threw in Signs by Drake. Combo hill climb with stand accelerations.
    🙂 Thank you again for all you share.

    • chrispins July 18, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks for commenting! I will definitely check out the tunes you mentioned!

      • Katy July 19, 2017 at 4:21 am #

        Signs by Drake turned out to be slower than I thought so I skipped it for a faster song. Of course Despacito Remix (3:49). Love that one though I think it is a little raunchy if you speak Spanish. There’s Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes (3:19). So Tied Up by Cold War Kids (3:10). A longer song I really like is Blue by Eiffel 65 (6:27). 🙂

  5. Anne Louise Blaikie August 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi! I am a new cycle instructor at the YMCA is Greater Toronto. Canada. Thank you for the great playlists and teaching drills! I used Dig Down last night and it was a hit!

    Anne Louise

    • chrispins August 1, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      You’re welcome! I’m glad your class enjoyed Dig Down! I’m really liking that one this summer.

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