So a ton of cycle instructors have started to say it "hit the beat," "stay with the beat," "keep up." Yeah I do it to, but I have a purpose behind it. Best compliment ever? One of my Pilates faithful checked out my spin class tonight...and told me that it was the first time that riding to the beat made sense! Yes! Rock on!
Try to chose your music that will challenge you! I grew up in Vermont, yeah we are a wicked hilly state (you should try it sometime) and I love to push people up those hills in my spin classes. I use the beat of the songs to really push my spinners beyond the comfortable joy ride, to the power training ride (#NoGimmicksJustSweat). I like to say keep up with the beat of the song like it was a metronome for your workout. It will tell you when you start to slack off.
These are two of my fav songs by one of my fav Djs (Kill_mr_DJ) plug it in & try to keep up with the song at a heavy resistance. With both these tunes I have people crank up the resistance 3 times (2 seated and 1 standing). Try it out & let me know what you think!