Liam Hallam is a sports science graduate. He is also a keen cyclist and a lover of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.
Get the right music to inspire your cycling climbing workouts
Inspirational music for your climbing workouts
As the nights get dark and the weather gets worse over the winter you'll find yourself either stuck in your spare room or an uninspiring cold garage which can really destroy your motivation.
Using an indoor trainer over the winter can help you maintain and develop your fitness, however many riders struggle with the boredom. Cycling should be inspiring and with the right music for your workouts it can really help your develop your abilities.
What is the key to a good climbing workout track?
The main aspect of a great climbing workout track is in the beat. You need a relatively fast beat for you to match to your cadence. When you're considering workout music a steady melodic beat for you to match your cadence to is a great stimulant during cycling workouts
The right beat will help you find your own zone, whether you're sat in the saddle trying to grind out an interval or stood up and running through the pedals to the rhythm. The right music for climbing makes the difference between a good workout and a mediocre one.
Have a listen to Kleerup feat. Robyn "With Every HeartBeat" and simply listen for the beat. That's the kind of continuous beat you're looking for to work on your climbing ability
Listen for the climbing beat- Kleerup feat. Robyn "With Every HeartBeat"
Dance music for climbing workouts
When you're looking for a strong incessant beat it's hard to discount dance music. Dance music has many genres and over the years has fused with other types of music to create many infectious workout tracks to inspire you while challenging you to be a better cyclist.
A personal favourite is the 'Barbara Steissand' track by Duck Sauce (AKA A Trak and the legendary Armand Van Helden). It's a a relatively fast beat for climbing workouts but is such a feel-good track that will help develop your fitness and turn your garage into a discotheque at the same time. Dancing while on the turbo trainer is difficult unless you 'Dad dance' with just your upper body as you spin.
More dance music tracks for your climbing workouts
Yolanda Be Cool Vrs DCup - We No Speak Americano. ACatchy old school jazz over a steady dance beat to power over those climbs.
Far East Movement- Like a G6- Turn the base up high and align your cadence for a great interval. This is a great track for slower cadence climbing out of the saddle. In spinning terms it might be considered a 'jumps' track such is it's versatility.
Greece 2000- Three Drives. A seminal late 90's dance classic with a great beat and summer vibe
Robin S - Show Me Love. A cult classic from 1993 that still sounds as good today
Faithless- Insomnia- a fantastic slow melodic climbing beat coupled with the dulcet tones of Maxi Jazz mean this is a great workout song. Just beware that there are versions out there over 7 minutes long so go for the radio edit!
Basements Jaxx- Jump and Shout- a real out of the saddle climbing track to really grind out those revolutions.
DJ Dan Presents Needle Damage- That Zipper Track- an insiduous electro beat just urges you to turn those cranks and power up the climbs.
DJ Dan Presents Needle Damage- That Zipper Track
Wildcard Dance Track for climbing workouts
David Morales - Needin'u- Learn to climb with a fast Lance Armstron-esque cadence with this feel good dance anthum which will have you imagining you're on the legendary terrace in Space, Ibiza.
David Morales- Needin U- a fast climbing track
Azzido Da Base- Dooms Night for your cycling workouts
Back to the old school. UK Garage Tracks for your indoor cycling
The two-step beat that inspired the underground UK Garage explosion of the late Ninety's and early naughties may have passed some of America by but it can still inspire your workouts. The author grew up with a brother who really wanted to be a Garage DJ and had an extensive catalogue of some of the best UK Garage music of the time.
If you're not familiar with UK Garage music have a listen to Azzido Da Bass- Dooms Night as featured below
Azzido Da Bass- Dooms Night is the ultimate dark and dirty UK garage track for training in a dark cold garage over the winter. The heavy bassline actually sounds like it's urging your legs to turn the cranks to really nail your climbing workouts.
So Solid Crew- Oh No (Sentimental Things). While So Solid Crew are best known for their '21 Seconds' track it's Oh No (Sentimental Things) that provides another great dirty climbing bassline to turn your pedals to. Spinning Instructors might also consider the track for jumps interval sessions as well.
Fancy some Rock Music to Inspire your cycling climbing workouts?
If dance music isn't your thing you might be more inspired by rock music for your spinning workouts.
Featured below is The Whitestripes- Seven Nation Army. With it's heavy base rift creating a fantastic base beat for your climbing this could really help you imagine you're meandering up Brasstown Bald in the Tour Of Georgia, or tackling the hairpins on L'Alpe D'Huez in the Tour De France.
The Whitestripes- Seven Nation Army to rock through your workouts
Rock music tracks for climbing workouts
Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit. Rock out your climbing workouts in a way Kurt Cobain would have approved.
Prefer some easy listening to inspire your workouts?
Not everyone wants to hear dance music or rock music for their indoor cycling workouts. Sometimes some easy listening is required to help inspire your workouts. Whether it goes back to your youth or you simply like a song how it should be played and sung
Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody. A great head banger of a climbing track with changes of rhythm. Begin with a slow steady cadence seated climb before the changes in beat gives you alternating cadences to adapt your pedalling rate and run out of the saddle.
Soft Cell- Tainted Love. That infectious synth gives a great beat for steady climbing whether you're sat in the saddle or grinding out a climbing interval.
What's your favourite climbing track for indoor cycling workouts
What's your favourite climbing track? and if it's not on the list above please let us know why- we'd love to hear from you about your workout experiences,
We would love to hear about other music genres too
Julia on January 16, 2013:
My favourite climbing songs for my cycling classes:
Eric Clapton - Layla
U2- Mysterious Ways, Elevation, Beautiful day
Metallica - Enter Sandman
EMF - Unbelievable
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Offspring - Self esteem
Melissa Etheridge - Like the way I do
Muse - Supermassive Blackhole
Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on October 15, 2012:
Great hub! I often listen to music while out for riding for fun. It especially helps me when taking on hills. I am always looking for good songs, so thanks for the ideas!
Liam Hallam (author) from Nottingham UK on October 01, 2012:
Thanks jimmy. We all have tracks we like to exercise to. Bat out of hell certainly gives some gusto to your movements though I think it's more tailored to faster efforts than climbing in terms of cycling focus.
Jimmy the jock from Scotland on October 01, 2012:
In my younger days I was an amateur boxer, I used to train to the songs of Meatloaf, Bat out of hell always got me pumped up and ready for almost anything.....jimmy