JoyRide’s Rhodie Lorenz shares 3 secrets to her magic
Rhodie Lorenz seems to do it all! From commanding the cycling studio, leading intense pilates or barre classes, to being an actual boss as the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of JoyRide Fitness Studio, she’s one of those people who seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. So how does she do it all AND continue to create group fitness classes that keep so many people coming back for more?!
1. Organization is key
After years of teaching and refining a “method”, my music is organized by BPMs. This works particularly well because it ensures a well-rounded ride with a variety of tempos. Once the BPMs are hit, then you can layer in genres and different decades to ensure that you are appealing to a wide audience of riders and music lovers.
Designing a class takes a long time. Probably too long.
For real, it used to take me longer. So building my music library and organizing my music by BPMs and genres has helped narrow down and provide a road map for my playlists. Striking emotion while keeping the athletic component to each ride requires being thoughtful. Being thoughtful takes a lot of time. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 3+hours. I find music in so many places: Apple music, Spotify, Crooklyn Clan, mp3poolonline, youtube, digitaldjpool, mashstix.
2. Emotions + Format + Music= INSPIRATION
Music is so personal. Music is what connects us in that room as we challenge ourselves and the lights go down. I bring a lot of emotion and what personally inspires me in on that day to my playlist. If I am feeling more light and playful, my playlist will reflect that and if I need some introspection and quiet, I will build some heavier climbs and allow us all to “go there” mentally and physically.
The ride is deeply personal for me, and I want my riders to experience that too - because even though we are all on our own individual journeys we are also human and share the spectrum of emotions, so being along for the ride strengthens all of our foundation to deal with the challenges we face outside the studio.
FORMAT! The format is the roadmap for the workout. At JoyRide we create the format to ensure a high intensity workout that has layers of speed, resistance, and endurance. I have experimented with creating a playlist in all different ways. When I first began teaching I only had cassette tapes (dating myself!), so the music had to be first and we had to do “that” playlist many many times because it was so time consuming to create.
3.in Pilates, Music is Secondary. with Indoor Cycling, Music is Integral.
In Pilates the music is inspirational in maintaining a mood and keeping a beat that the movement of the class connects with. With that said, when I teach Pilates I cue and speak so much to ensure that people are focused and moving through the movements correctly that the music, while motivational, is secondary to the cueing and precision of movement. I also encourage questions along with banter in a Pilates class so there is a personal connection. I typically maintain the same BPM for a Pilates class because it does not require the same variation and diversity of “road” as a cycling class.
Music plays a different role in indoor cycling for a variety of reasons. In cycling, the “music is your road.” The music is what holds us accountable to the rpm and the resistance and we aspire to be in synch with the music and each other. The choreography in a cycling class is defined by the BPM and the lyrics/tempo. Planning to teach a cycling class is much more tightly linked to the music, choreography and message the instructor is defining.