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Baring your soul via playlist

Volunteering my iPhone tunes for a music-less spinning class turned out to be an exercise in bravery.

It must be tough picking music for an exercise class when the ages range from 25 to 60. How can you possibly keep everyone happy? Sometimes in my spin class at a local gym, I’d think, “My music is so much better than this!” Recently, I had a chance to test that opinion.

As class was about to begin, the instructor was looking frantically for a charger. Her iPod was almost out of juice. Finding none, she started the class without it. If you’ve ever taken a spin class, though, you know music is an essential part of the experience.

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