Indoor Cycling Classes: FlyWheel Sports

That’s me, at the door of FlyWheel, getting ready to get my butt kicked. Yesterday was my second FlyWheel class, and my 4th indoor cycling class since I began my ClassPass adventure. This is one of those perks of the $99/month ClassPass membership because FlyWheel classes are $34 for one clasIMG_20141217_122113993_HDRs, or $30/class for a 20 pack, or unlimited classes for $375 a month! One of the catches with the ClassPass membership is that you can only go to 3 classes at any one studio per month. For FlyWheel Sports that includes their other studio classes called FlyBarre as well. So even if those were the only 3 classes you did all month, you’d have gotten your money’s worth out of ClassPass.

Ever since I first heard the buzz about SoulCycle (which isn’t a part of ClassPass) and FlyWheel, I’ve been wanting to try an indoor cycling class. I will definitely be using my 3 classes per month at FlyWheel. I also really liked the SWERVE Rides class I tried.  In 45 minutes you get an intense cardio workout with some added strength-training for your arms. The time flies by because the teacher has you switching speeds and positions and pumping your legs to the beat of dance party music. The room is dark so you can close your eyes, let yourself go, and not worry about anyone in the class thinking you’re a weirdo since they can’t really see you anyway.

Here’s a breakdown on my FlyWheel experience. Stay-tuned for a comparison of FlyWheel to SWERVE and Pedal/FIT RxN.

FLYWHEEL

There are six different locations in Manhattan (I’ve been to the Lincoln Center and Flatiron locations). You’ll be asked to create an account on-line prior to going to class. Then upon arrival, you can check in to track your progress and participate in races during the class (if you want to). After class you’ll get an e-mail with all your stats including your average and fastest speeds, calories burned, and the total distance you biked in miles. They provide you with cycling shoes, towels, and water. The friendly staff will help you set up your bike. As you ride, you adjust the torque (or resistance) on your bike and try to reach an RPM goal that the teacher requests of you. You’ll also be asked to rise out of the seat to pedal standing off and on. After class, you can take a shower using Bliss Spa body products and grab a complimentary apple or banana.

PROS: Water, towels, cycling shoes provided; high-tech bikes and a system that tracks your progress; intense cardio workout with fun music in 45 minutes.

CONS: Some classes have better music than others; isn’t really a full body workout even though about 5 minutes of weight work with arms is included; unisex locker area (and many of the electronic locks on the lockers were broken at the Flatiron location)– there are private changing rooms though.

WHAT TO WEAR: Good sports bra and tank and pants that are fitted (capris are probably best). You don’t want any flowy yoga panta because they could get caught up in the bike; good socks of course. You can bring your own spin shoes, but FlyWheel does provide them.

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