How Chrispins Began:
I first started this blog for my spin class participants because they were always asking about the music that I play in my classes. This was the easiest way I could think of to share my music with them.
Enjoy and happy listening!
About Me:

I fell in love with Spinning when my gym finally purchased Spin bikes and started a program in 2008.  I loved everything about it and before I knew it, I was creating my own rides and playlists to work out to on my own.  Even though I had been athletic and fit my whole life, I felt stronger and more fit (and I was having more fun) than I ever had.

Another instructor noticed my enthusiasm and persuaded me to become certified to teach in 2009.  Our program was growing and we needed more classes and another instructor.  I never thought I could do it, and I questioned myself even after becoming certified. In addition, I had just watched another member become certified to instruct and fail miserably.  I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me, so I told the gym at the time that I would be happy to sub, but I didn’t want my own class.  Well, I started subbing and I fell in love with Spinning in a whole new way.  People wanted more and I immediately started my own class and have helped to add many new classes since then.

I truly enjoy helping others and seeing them succeed and have fun reaching their fitness goals.  I also really enjoy helping other instructors and sharing what I’ve learned in the process.

You can find me teaching 2-3 cycling classes a week at the Oneida Tri-Valley YMCA

Keep on Spinning!
Remember:  Do what you love, and love what you do!

39 Responses to “About”

  1. Angela November 30, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Hey Chris! Love the new layout! I just joined spotify, thanks to you and I have been loving it!! I was wondering how you link it to your blog (if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me). I think my blog readers would like a handy link 🙂 Thanks!

    • chrispins December 1, 2011 at 12:02 am #

      Hi Angela! Glad you found me here! Spotify is pretty cool, I agree. I stopped posting and linking my playlists there, but I’m thinking of starting up again b/c iTunes has been difficult lately… Anyway, once you’ve created your playlist, I use (Control then Right Click-I have a Mac) on the title of your playlist, which is in the upper left corner. Then click ‘Copy HTTP link’ and paste onto your blog. I hope that works for you!

  2. chris jordan December 15, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    Chrispins, just curious what problems youve been having with iTunes. I run a similar site and found yours tonight. I actually just moved to the blogosphere having done everything on Facebook up until about a week ago. Any advice would be appreciated. Spinning Freak

    • chrispins December 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      Hi there! Welcome to the world of spinning blogs! Are you on iTunes ping? Several other instructors that are on Ping as well have been having trouble like me. We have never had trouble posting our playlists before. I have always linked my playlists from my blog to itunes, so it was frustrating when my playlists would not even publish on at all. That’s it. Sometimes it lets me publish and other times it doesn’t. Right now I am able to publish. Hopefully the problem has been solved. Itunes help was not much help either.

  3. Martha March 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Chris, I teach a cycle class also and so glad I found your blog. I have been enjoying your playlist and using some of the music. I’m in a smaller Y and have to use CD’s for my class. I’ve always bought the songs off of ITunes. I have Spotify now to listen to your tunes but it’s all new to me. Is there a way to burn songs off of Spotify? I’m always looking for new music!

    • chrispins March 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Martha! Thanks for checking out the blog! You can burn from Spotify…..HOWEVER, the only songs that you can burn are the songs your PURCHASE from them directly, or songs that you have previously purchased that are in your iTunes library and are transferred to Spotify. I have the Spotify Premium membership, which allows me to basically ‘borrow’ an unlimited number of songs at any time, but these songs could not be burned to a CD or played on a regular iPod. Only on iPhones, iPod Touches, or similiar devices with wireless access. I hope that answers your question.

  4. Ryan Archdeacon July 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Hey Chris! I just stumbled across your blog while looking for playlists, and I’m glad I found yours because I’m loving the songs. Also, I’m thinking of starting one of those workout plans, so seeing your reviews are a help. Thanks and keep on doing great!
    Also, I hope I can be a resource for you.
    Best regards,

    Ryan Archdeacon

    Founder, OneAura


    • chrispins July 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Thanks Ryan. Glad you found my blog!

  5. Stacey Williams November 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    HI Cris, I wanted to know if we could use your pic from Nov 2011 of the bicycle with lights. It would be used in a Newsletter to 280 Ride Leaders for Cascade Bicycle Club.

  6. Maura January 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I love your playlist on Spotify. How do you get the music to transition so quickly to the next song? When a song has a few seconds left at the end with no music, can you adjust it on spotify to begin the next song?


  7. nystitcher March 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Chris!

    I want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I love your music selection and have used many of your song suggestions for my cycle class. I pay special attention when you say you LOVE a song cause I know that’s gonna be a great one! 2 songs that I used recently are “Timeless” and “Life is Beautiful”. LOVE THEM!!!!! I will be using a few of your Irish song suggestions for my class tonight, especially love “Kiss Me I’m Irish”, “Old Black Rum” and “I Don’t Think I’ll Love Anymore”. Fantastic songs from groups I didn’t even know existed, lol. My classes and also my Ipod thank you! 🙂

    Take care,

    • chrispins March 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! You are so kind!! I’m glad you love my selections. “Timeless” and “Life is Beautiful” are two of my absolute favorites and I go back to them all the time. 🙂


      • nystitcher March 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

        You are very welcome – I cannot stop listening to those songs, just fantastic! And I think of this as my “go-to” idea place – I’ve been teaching fitness classes forever but only cycle for about a year so I really need all the help I can get, lol! Thanks again and take care! Dawn

  8. nystitcher March 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    p.s. – forgot to mention all the Irish songs in class last week were fantastic also!! 🙂

  9. Michelle Yohon August 19, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Hi Chris! I have been following you for a month or so. I found you through Steve C. He’s a great guy too! I have been teaching for about 18 months and have been “spinning” for 7 years or so. You inspired me to pay for Spotify Premium to try it out and conversely I have borrowed a few of your music playlists. I end up writing out a ride plan in Excel like I normally do but it’s faster with your music and suggestions. I wanted to mention that I teach Cycle and Sculpt at my gym. It’s a 45 min cycle and a 15 min sculpt with resistance tubing. We ride then stretch then get the tubing to work our upper body off the bike. If you want to give me your email address I can send you one of my profiles. I agree that 15 minutes isn’t enough but I don’t think I could get everyone to stay longer than an hour total. Some members take a cycle and then a back to back total body class at our gym. My other class is an hour cycling that I teach. I also wanted to ask you about your Figure 8 profile and playlist. I printed it out a few weeks ago and just decided I wanted to give it a try. I got the music all downloaded and as I was reading your tips I noticed the playlist is different. I can’t decide which one I should use. I can’t tell which is the original one and which is the new one. I don’t have the Bruno Mars one but the one that starts with Here’s to Us. Any suggestions – it’s for my hour class but I did see your notes for the Figure 5. Thanks! I am spoiled as we ride on Keiser M3’s so we have a computer in front of us at all times. Hence I wanted to put some RPM’s to your moves. Is your idea of a fast flat 95-100 or 100+? I was thinking flat is 90-95 in my mind. We have gear numbers too so I am thinking of making them increase gear as we move through the profile from easier to harder. Specific to each movement obviously but a little harder than the last ride through. What do you think? Thanks so much for all your great tips and ride plans! I appreciate the fresh ideas!

    • chrispins August 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      So glad I could get you on the Spotify bandwagon! I’m really not sure how I survived without it for son long! Also glad that you have used and enjoyed some of my playlists. Don’t forget, they are subject to change, so it’s always a good idea to reproduce the playlist as opposed to just using it as is. The cycle and sculpt class sounds great, but I’m sure you wish you had more time.

      I do think I may have changed out one of my figure 8 playlists at some point (see above…) so I can’t be sure which is the original, but i have several and they all work well with the profile. The figure 5 would be great for your 45 minute class!

      The fastest I usually go for flats is 100, maybe up to 105. I 90-95 is about average. I sometimes use the beat of the music as a guide, sometimes not. It’s easy for you with the beautiful bike computers on the Keiser bikes to cue RPM’s, not so easy for me, so I do use the music when I can.

      Also, a lot of people ask this about my ‘standing flats’- they are really like ‘faster’ standing hill. On the high end of the hill cadence range. I find that my riders can’t maintain a standing flat with good form over 75-80 for any length of time, so I really am doing a hill on those ‘standing flats’ if that makes sense.

      Just remember, have fun and don’t over-think it! Your class is guaranteed to have fun with this profile.

      • Michelle Yohon August 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

        Hi Chris! I have used the Figure 8 and 5 a few times successfully! Thank you! I really appreciate the new ideas/music. I always copy your playlists per one of your suggestions on a previous blog topic. I love the Keiser bikes! I have another question for you. How do I share a playlist of mine with you? I swear that you had this play list in Spotify and I copied it to my account. It shows up now under my name and I can’t find it in your name or on your blog. I really like the songs but can’t figure out how to ride to a couple of them. I just wanted some food for thought and I am racking my brain trying to search your pages on your blog, your spotify playlist and my saved documents to find it. I am wondering if I actually copied your playlist or something else. Can I send it to you and you can look to see if you recognize it? How do I do that? Thanks! Michelle

      • Michelle Yohon August 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

        I think I found how to share the playlist with you! Tell me if you can open this playlist link

  10. chrispins August 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi Michelle! Right click on the playlist title in Spotify and choose “Share”. You will be prompted to enter friend’s name. Type my name in (Chris Spin) and that should allow you to send it to my Spotify messages. If that doesn’t work for you, you can always send me the songs titles and artists that you are referring to and I can see if that jogs my memory. 🙂

    • chrispins August 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

      I see the playlist and it doesn’t look familiar to me. I’ve used many of the songs in it, bur I’m sure I haven’t used “Fancy”-because I’m still trying to figure out how. lol! I’ve also never used ‘Problem’. Sorry I can’t be more help.

      • Michelle Yohon August 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

        Ok thanks for looking! I am sorry I posted my comment late and it came after your comment. I really like the Skrillex stuff and wanted to use them. I will work on it and let you know what I come up with for it. I think the playlist would be good for a 45 min class or add a couple songs for an hour class. I may rearrange it a bit though. If you do anything with it let me know. Thanks! M =)

    • Michelle Yohon August 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Chris! It won’t let me share it with you using Chris Spin and I noticed it doesn’t show us as Friends so I think that’s why. I can’t seem to add you although I added Steve C. I posted it above in reply to your previous message. Can you see it? I believe it’s called Thinking About You (which includes that song and others). It’s 54 minutes long & has 14 songs. And before I forget good luck with the kiddos next week! My daughter is in 2nd grade and my son is in 10th grade – we love our teachers at our school! They make all the difference in the world! Thanks for teaching! M =)

  11. cusickniedenzu January 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi Chris, I began following your blog about 5 years ago, when I became a cycling instructor at Kennett Square (Pa.) YMCA of the Greater Brandywine Valley. I have used so many of your playlists and profiles that I feel I owe any personal success as an instructor to you. Thank You!
    I attended my first indoor cycling class in September of 2009, when I received a free membership to the Y as a perk of my employment as a part-time Montessori preschool director. I was quickly “addicted” and within a few months had registered with MaddDogg for instructor training. I have been leading classes since 2011, when one of my favorite instructors (whose classes I attended like a religion and who knew that I was certified to teach) went on maternity leave.
    I have continued to love cycling and have enjoyed leading regular weekly classes. My husband joined me in his first cycling class about a year after I took my first class and my younger daughter has been a regular cycling class attendee for the past year and a half. It is truly enjoyable to attend classes and work through personal challenges together and we keep each other motivated.
    I also continue to work in a Montessori preschool with children aged 15 to 36 months. My Montessori colleagues frequently inquire “how do you do both of these challenging activities” and the answer is easy: cycling helps me maintain my stamina for my work with the kiddies and makes me feel sane after a particularly hectic day.
    I just read several of your updates on your experience and progress with the LiveFit Trainer. I have used theFirm video workouts since the birth of my first daughter 22 years ago and have found them effective also. Now, you have inspired me to try the LiveFit 12 week challenge! Just in time to support my new year’s resolution to put more effort into muscle strength and toning and to keep me from feeling all of my recently accomplished 49 years!
    So, here is my big THANK YOU! for your continued motivation, great playlist ideas, and fantastic cycling profiles!
    Sincerely, Lori

    • chrispins January 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      Thanks so much for the nice comments Lori! I hope you enjoy the LiveFit Trainer. I really liked doing it and saw great results.

  12. Sarah July 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Chris, I have a spotify question that I am hoping you can help me with. I have done something to change a setting on my Iphone/ipod, all devices except my laptop, where I can no longer see the time counting down on my song that is playing. I see the progress bar, but my timer starts when the song begins, then goes away within three seconds. Do you know how I can get it to stay there? This has only been for the past month, it was staying before. :(. This is pretty much driving me crazy.

    • chrispins July 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      I use a good old stopwatch as my timer, so this issue doesn’t affect me, but I have heard several complaints about this being an issue recently. John at ICI PRO wrote a warning on his site for instructors not to update because of the issue you are describing so my guess is that you started to have this problem after a recent update? Here’s the post: http://www.indoorcycleinstructor.com/icipro-instructor-training/music/dont-lose-your-track-length-timer-wait-on-updating-spotify/

      I have an email in to him just to check and see if anything has changed with the Spotify/timer issue, so I’ll let you know when I hear back from him. 🙂

      • chrispins July 16, 2015 at 12:50 am #

        Here is John’s response. I hope it helps!

        “Chris the only solution is to; start the playlist, click the button at the top of your iphone (it has a name, but I can’t remember it) to turn on the home screen. Then if you swipe up it will show the player and the timer will show continuously. “

  13. Michelle July 15, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Ladies, I am having the same issue and it was after a Spotify update. Unfortunately, they have not fixed the timer issues in updates after. If you touch the screen at the end of the bar where it used to have the timer it will show up for a few seconds. It’s not a great fix but better than nothing until its fixed. Our cycling rooms are pretty dark so I can’t really use a watch like I used to and the Spotify counter was great till it disappeared. I have been converting my ride plans when I can but some actions are driven on the song time. Good luck & keep complaining to Spotify to fix it. Thanks again for all your great ride plans/song playlists Chris!

    • chrispins July 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

      Thanks for the update Michelle! That stinks but hopefully Spotify will change it back soon!

  14. Rachele October 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    I miss your blog! And playlists! I always get some great new ideas from you. I hope that all is ok and you are just too busy to blog!

    • chrispins October 17, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

      Awww..thanks Rachele! Yes, just been very busy. Look for a new post soon from guest poster Natalie with her Halloween playlist and profile and then I’ll be posting a new playlist/profile in November. And as always, I’ll share my favorite picks at the end of the year! In the meantime, follow me on Spotify if you’re not already and don’t miss a playlist!

  15. DEIDRA M SMITH November 19, 2016 at 3:00 am #

    Hi Chris. I’m an owner of a small studio in Westerville, OH. I found your website about a year ago..I love looking through your playlists and building playlists of my own. Love the inspiration!!

    • chrispins November 19, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration here! Thanks so much! Best of luck with your studio. ~Chris

  16. Awkward Cupcakes July 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    You have an amazing spin blog!! We made a comedy sketch about indoor spin called “Intense Spin Class”, thought you’d get a laugh! https://youtu.be/08SMxeVvsQY

  17. Susan Small January 17, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi Chris!! First of all, I’d like to thank whomever on the Instructor Group page on Facebook sent me to your website!! I’m a long-time Spotify user for classes, but new to Spin, just certified in December. I’ve been listening to your profile playlists and love them! I can’t find the profile you used for the “Too Darn Hot Cycling Mix”. Could you provide the link to that? I can sort of feel out the RPM but it helps to see how you would have taught it, too. I LOVE the Black as Night playlist and have used it a few times. Thanks again, GREAT WORK!!!

    • chrispins January 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

      Hi! Thanks so much for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t post profiles for every playlist that I’ve made on Spotify on the blog and I can’t seem to find Too Darn Hot (it’s been a while since I taught that one). Here’s a brief overview of how I might use each song though, so I hope that helps:
      Whatever Forever: Warmup
      Budapest: Standing climb/seated climb alternating
      Breakin’ a Sweat: seated accelerations @ 1:15 (25 seconds), 2:11 (25 seconds), 3:33 (25 seconds) and 4:27 (30 seconds)
      Terre Mere: Alternating seated/standing climb with jumps on a hill
      I Put A Spell on You: heavy standing climb
      On Top of The World: seated flat road
      My Songs Know What You Did: seated accelerations on the chorus
      THunder: Seated climb
      Mona LIsa: :00-2:20 Seated climb; 2:20 fast flat; 3:24 Standing climb;5:10 seated climb;9:00 fast flat
      E-Radio Edit: Standing climb or rider’s choice
      Angel: recover
      Zorbas Dance: seated flat road-at 1:00 pick up cadence and continue to pick up to 100-110 RPM, sprinting the last 15-20 seconds
      Mercy: Cool Down
      Banana Pancakes: Stretch

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