The 16 Types of Spinner Personalities from RateYourBurn.com

I *heart* this so much. So much.

This is me.

A must-read if you love spinning: This list of indoor cyclist types. So true and so hilarious. I love these “What type are you?” posts on RateYourBurn.

What type are you?

Oh yes, and happy new year, everyone!

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Top 10 Spinning Songs of 2013

To celebrate getting my new kicks, I thought it’d be fun to compile a list of my favorite spinning songs from this year.

Spinning instructors out there, please weigh in on the type of drills these songs would be suited for. I could definitely be wrong!

[REVISED 12/31] And I just realized I was short one song for the 10. Oops! See that missing 10th song at the end of the list.

Avicii. Does this put you in the NYE spirit?

Top 10 signs you’re addicted to spinning

Totally true image courtesy of RateYourBurn.com

You know you’re a spin addict when…

  1. You spend more time browsing workout gear than regular clothes
  2. You are very attached to your special spin class water bottle (you know, the one that holds the perfect amount of water for a class, fits in the cup holder, and has a fliptop or nozzle)
  3. Your car smells perpetually like sweat
  4. Your musical taste has likely gone down a couple notches
  5. You mentally categorize a new song you hear as a sprint, climb, or jog. And when you hear a new song, your first thought is often “Can I spin to this?”
  6. You schedule important appointments around your favorite spin class
  7. You have taken one class earlier than 7:00 am
  8. You get more excited than needed when you hear a requested song played in class
  9. You feel elated when an instructor compliments you in class
  10. When a favorite instructor stops teaching your class time, your response is close to mourning

Any of these describe you? If you exhibit more than 5 of these signs, you’re surely one of us. Welcome! We are a very nice bunch.

No-Bake Energy Bites / Bars / Mini-Muffins

That’s right – these are ridiculously easy and extremely versatile. Just make sure to play with the quantities of wet to dry ingredients to make sure the mixture adheres properly. One bowl, no bake, with the right amount of sweetness.

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Yes, it was a brand new mini-muffin tin.

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No-Bake Energy Bites (Adapted from Gimme Some Oven)

1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes or chips (I love these from Trader Joe’s – they give an extra little crunch)
1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ (I used ground flaxseed)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional add-ins
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp chopped nuts (any kind)
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1/2 cup dried cranberry

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

  2. Once chilled, roll into balls, into a cake pan, mini-muffin tin — really whatever shape you’d like.

For my next batch, I’m going to try making them with maple syrup and forming them into these shapes. Don’t they look like buttons?