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FlyWheel Sports: Not Your Ordinary Spin Class!

by Nellie

FlyWheel Sports

In an effort to mark something else off  my Fitness bucket list for 2014, I decided one day to attend a FlyWheel class, I had heard so many great things from other bloggers and I know people who are full on obsessed with these classes! I really wanted to see how these classes were compared to my regular spin classes that I take weekly. It couldn’t be that bad…right?

The registration online was painless. I filled out all of my info in the morning, picked a lunchtime class, gave them my shoe size and went on with the rest of my work day until it was time for class.

I had to take the train downtown two stops and unfortunately underestimated how long I would take to get there because by the time I arrived I had exactly four minutes to undress, grab my shoes, and get set up on my bike. Ooops.

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During my hurry to get ready I noticed all of the amazing amenities…ponytail holders and hairclips everywhere I turned, deodorant (spray), hair spray, free bottled water and more. I put all of my things into a locker that required no physical lock just a code you have to remember. This is brilliant right? Except I put my code in and forgot to take the locker number down. Second oops. It took me 15 minutes and several wrong locker attempts to actually find my locker when I was done! lol!

The spin shoes were a bit weird for me, I have been spinning for 7 years but I have never invested the money to purchase spin shoes. So these were a bit weird…and although I was late and it was dark in the room, one of the FlyWheel employees set me up on the  bike that I picked during registration quickly and easily. I felt weird on the setup but eventually I got into the groove of the class.

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The music was SO GOOD. I am a huge pop music fan so I loved every second. I was drenched in sweat within a few minutes. This is NOT an ordinary spin class folks!

Stats

So as a part of the class you can choose whether or not you want your stats displayed on the screen for everyone to see. Of course I put my stats up! A) I am a stats person and B) I wanted to see how I would do against the regulars. Although I started 6 minutes late I held my own with the rest of the class, I came in last place but I also noticed other riders that chose not to show their stats and went at their own pace. Despite coming in last I will always continue to put my stats up to see if I could beat my last score!

Weights

So the one part that  I was NOT prepared to deal with was the weights. In the front of each bike are two 4 pound bar weights. Towards the end of the ride the instructor yelled told us to take them out. She had us doing bicep curls, tricep curls, slow lifts–everything while still spinning on the bike. Tough is not even the word! Every single muscle in my upper body was burning!

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When it was all said and done, I felt like I could pretty much do anything. My legs and arms felt like jelly but my spirits were boosted, it is the PERFECT cardio workout. I promised to treat myself to one session per month (Hello its $34 PER CLASS!) and I can’t wait until I take my next one!

Have you ever taken a boutique spin class? What kind of amenities would you love to see at your gym?

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28 comments

Kristina Walters March 24, 2014 - 5:29 am

Wow! That’s pretty cool! At $34 per class I guess it better be. LOL! I have never done one. I don’t even think they have those here yet. When we had our substitute spin instructor, she had us do weights at the end too. I thought it was a great addition to traditional spin.

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Yes, its brutal, but the weights are awesome!

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Allie March 24, 2014 - 6:29 am

That class sounds like my dream come true!!!! I swear I need to MOVE! Although I cannot believe it costs $34 per class – wow. But, with all those amenities…
Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m hoping I can take a few classes like this when I come into the city for the Healthy U conference. I’ll have to check the weekend schedules – they’re probably packed!!

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I know. The amenities get me pretty much every time. I can’t afford $34 more than once a month. Maybe once I hit the blogging big time LOL!

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Janine March 24, 2014 - 7:34 am

I have never done this before, but love how you talked about feeling so empowered at the end of it. I would love to try this and seriously sounded like a great workout. Can’t wait to hear if you try it again now 🙂

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:25 pm

You gotta try Janine! It’s so much fun!

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Carla March 24, 2014 - 7:47 am

It all looks so intimidating to me.
STILL 😉

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:25 pm

Its a totally friendly environment Carla!

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Jai March 24, 2014 - 9:19 am

Ponytail holders! Genius! I usually wear one as a bracelet constantly but sometimes I do forget. I really need to start hitting the gym again I only went once last week. 🙁

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Once is better than most!

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Kim March 24, 2014 - 10:20 am

I’ve never taken a spin class but love the idea of incorporating some strength work!!! That gym sounds awesome!!

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Patty March 24, 2014 - 12:06 pm

I’ve never taken a spin class. I like that they provide the shoes. I will have to check out their website and see if they have an intro class. Sounds like an awesome workout!

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:24 pm

You gotta try Patty!

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Kita March 24, 2014 - 3:22 pm

I have always been curious about taking a spin class I saw one on youtube and they had so much energy and it looked so fun I was like hmmm I might have to join in one but will I last is the question……….

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Girl, you can just go at your own pace, the music really keeps you moving.

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FitBritt March 24, 2014 - 3:28 pm

I love Flywheel so much! There is usually a whiteboard where you can write down your locker number and your initials so you don’t forget. That might help you next time! 🙂 Also, you can opt out of the weights and keep spinning if you prefer to not do the weight section–a lot of people do this in the classes I have been in. I sometimes do this if I have lifted the day before. My favorite part about Flywheel is the numbers and the torqboard because I love seeing numerical progress and “competing” with my classmates!

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:22 pm

oh. LOL thanks for that because I TOTALLY spaced on my number!! I totally don’t feel so bad anymore!! lmbo!

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Tamara March 24, 2014 - 4:22 pm

I’m pretty sure we do have something like this near us and that it has always intrigued me. I’m sure it’s called Flywheel too. It’s in the next town over.

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm

You should try it! You might even get hooked.

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Carla March 24, 2014 - 8:38 pm

If I ever have the opportunity to come up and visit you gals on the East Coast we are so doing this! I’ve seen bloggers talk about the class but didn’t really get a good feel until your review. I’ve never taken a spinning class before because I can’t find any out here but for some reason I feel like I’d like this.

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Nellie March 24, 2014 - 9:21 pm

You would love it Carla! I bet one day you will come and I promise WE WILL GO!

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Leslie March 24, 2014 - 9:52 pm

$34?! That’s more than my monthly gym membership! Though that class does sound like fun. I love the idea of including the weight bars…but then again I’m not very coordinated and would just be likely to fall off my bike. (No, seriously, I would fall off…..)

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Nellie March 25, 2014 - 9:35 pm

lol! If you fell you your feet would still be snapped in by the spin shoes and that would be incredibly uncomfortable! LOL

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Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) March 25, 2014 - 12:47 pm

I’m so glad you liked it! I was obsessed when I got out of the class…but then I remembered how much it was per class and calmed my behind down. lol

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Nellie March 25, 2014 - 9:30 pm

right?! omg I need a flywheel fund. stat!

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Losing in the City March 25, 2014 - 11:19 pm

You know i’m semi-obsessed with spin. I have been going to Soul Cycle and haven’t tried flywheel yet. definitely need to try it.. based on how you described it, they are both very similar.

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