By Christianne Phillips
I am a Flywheel instructor and a mama, but I’m also a DJ, and a major music and fitness lover. Bringing them together for a living is this girl’s dream come true! For so many of us, music is a major motivator when it comes to getting our sweat (life!) on. It makes us move, push harder, show up, and, most importantly — have an insane amount of fun while doing beautiful things for our bodies. I would say, out of all group fitness, this is most true with indoor cycling, and especially Flywheel. A well-crafted, carefully designed playlist is EVERYTHING, and along with the #fly instructor, of course, makes it magic in that dark sweaty room full of bikes leading to nowhere… or everywhere! (They don’t call me a drama queen for nothing!)
Putting together a playlist takes a bit of time. The best instructors don’t just throw it together minutes before going in to teach — we put the time into designing the flow, and figuring out how to use the music for a great class. I take this process one step further. Because I’m so music obsessed and want to pull my riders deep into the experience, I mix my playlists together, as well as cut, remix, and enhance a lot of the tracks in my mixing software. Essentially each playlist is a curated musical production. It is designed to be a journey that, I hope, takes the class through different drills, eclectic musical genres, unique moods, varying tones, shifting energy — a great playlist inspires more than just sweat and physical work in that room.
I think about my riders all the time when I select and mix my music. Just today, I put together a playlist inspired by several fierce, strong, smart, and sexy girlfriends in my life, lucky lady I am. (It was incredible, just take a look at the repost on my Instagram!) My playlists can also be autobiographical, and I often get personal with the music and boundaries blur. When my class prep comes from an authentic and inspired place, connections end up happening in that room and it all comes together in a pretty amazing way.
I also try to appeal to everyone and keep it interesting by mixing it up and not getting predictable. I almost always throw in edgy dance tracks, electro pop, ‘80s/‘90s remixes, G-House (my new favorite genre), reggae, and remixed current music. What you won’t hear is anything that gets over played on the radio. I also like to push boundaries with music, I occasionally throw in insanely inappropriate tracks that even make me shift a little in that saddle. My riders like to be challenged.
Music research is something I do every single day — it can be a issue because I often lose hours of my day doing it! I’m all over SoundCloud, as well as more than a dozen music blogs daily. I’m very particular and will not use anything I don’t at least like, if not love. It’s hard when I get requests and I’m not that into the track. I just can't go there. Music is so much a part of my every day life, that I can often OD on it — on my days off, I turn it all off and just listen to the sounds of my boys playing. It’s great to hit that refresh button — and then go right back to falling in love with the music all over again the next day.
The Flywheel x The Sweat Life playlist is up on SoundCloud. It is mixed into two parts, up to the arms section of my Flywheel class, and then arms plus two tracks to finish. There’s some Queen B of course, a throwback remix, INXS remixed, as well as some new, different tracks and hip hop, of course. I hope it moves you like it does me.
I Want You - Bob Sinclar ft. CeCe Roger
Through the Roof (feat. Young Tapz) - Hermitude
Everybody Does (Original Mix) - Natema
Regulate (Destructo & Wax Motif Remix) - Warren G
Bad Girls (Barbaric Merits ChaininBangin Remix) - M.I.A.
Uptown Funk (Fabian Arche & Esteban Carrascor Remix) - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Boom Clap (Club Killers Twerk Remix) - Charli XCX
Black Beauty (Night Crime Remix) - Lana Del Rey
Turn Down For What - Boom I Got Boyfriend (Dio & Vergara Extended Mashup)
Fade to Black (feat. Tyrant) - Craziness
I Don’t F*ck With Classics (Big Sean Vs. The Knocks) - The Hood Internet
In Da Club (Naxsy & Rolf Dyman Remix) - 50 Cent
Check On It (Unknown Remix) - Slim & Beyonce
One More Time (Delirious & Alex K Mix) - Daft Punk
Christianne Phillips is a Flywheel instructor, fitness professional, writer, DJ, and mother. Authentic, fun, motivating and inspiring, Christianne brings an unparalleled passion to every facet of her life. With an undergrad degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, she blends mastery of craft with strategic communication skills. Prior to moving back to New York City, she worked as a live event producer for a number of high-profile charities and organizations in the D.C. metro area. It was during this time that she turned her passion for music, movement, and fitness into a career.
Christianne grew a loyal following as Creative Director & Master Instructor at Revolve Fitness, and has now found her teaching home at Flywheel Sports. Christianne is also consulting to boutique studios across the country; DJ’ing, curating, and mixing music for the fitness industry; and training privately in fitness and overall health management. In 2006, Christianne gave birth to identical twin boys, making the role of “mother” her most physically demanding and spiritually fulfilling performance credit to date. Christianne currently lives on the waterfront in Brooklyn, NY with her twin boys, husband, and Pitbull rescue, Olivia.