Health & Fitness

By Marni James

Flywheel Sports, the newest indoor cycling studio located in the hip Flatiron district, was founded by a bunch of truly passionate cyclists, including legendary instructor Ruth Zukerman and former New York Giant and TV personality Tiki Barber. I’m a huge fan of indoor cycling because the classes are usually very intense, inspiring and you leave feeling amazing. Let’s not forget that you’re forced to push yourself to the limit because you are in a dimly lit room with others, listening to fun music, while locked into this bike, there’s definitely no looking back but sometimes that’s just the push you need.

Flywheel is a top-notch studio, as you’ll see from the moment you step food into the place. It’s a chic and modern space, clean and organized and although not huge, has everything you need to have an amazing class. Upon entering, guests can check-in via kiosks for a quick and efficient arrival. All members have access to free cycling shoes, water and towels, changing facilities and a comfortable lounge area. In addition to the indoor cycling studio, Flywheel also features a 600 square foot yoga and exercise studio.

The climate-controlled stadium-style studio seats 48 riders in a truly state-of-the-art facility with unimpeded views of the instructor and outstanding acoustics. One very cool feature is that each bike displays and monitors the riders’ performance across a variety of metrics: rpm/cadence, resistance and energy. Each Flywheel bike is hooked up to the central system in the studio and individual performance data from each ride is stored and made available on your “my performance” page at http://www.flywheelsports.com, enabling individual goal setting and performance tracking. I loved this feature, as I was able to see the statistics of how I was doing and could push myself based on the directions from the instructor and how I felt. This really gives you a healthy dose of competition, knowing that you can push yourself harder and have something to work towards at your next class.

I hadn’t been to a spin class in awhile and so my first class was definitely challenging, but also so much fun! You really get into a groove after the warm-up and the class is over before you know it, leaving you (or maybe just me) a sweaty mess but also high off endorphins. Flywheel offers a variety of rides, designed to provide guests with the best and most fun workout possible. Each ride is taught to a high-energy music play list, ranging from hip-hop to rock and roll to pop music, here are some of unique class offerings:

• Fly 45: This 45 minute signature ride is a physically challenging, mentally inspiring, high
energy, rhythm-based ride! Guaranteed fun, a full-body workout that will have you pedaling your way to a leaner, stronger body in no time.

• Fly ‘n Flex: Pair the signature 45 minute ride with an express 30 minute Pilates or yoga class. With a goal of strengthening and lengthening spinning-specific muscle groups (abdominals, hamstrings, outer hips, etc) either pre or post-spin, the Fly ‘n Flex combo class will take your workout to a whole new level.

• Power Fusion: A 60-minute high-energy fusion of core-strengthening and functional fitness (and it’s barefoot!)

• Fly High: Go the distance in this non-stop 45 or 90-minute endurance ride. Emphasizing endurance work and fat/calorie burning, this ride challenges both your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds. You won’t find a harder or more fun workout, anywhere!

So, whether your focus is burning calories or reducing stress, Flywheel will certainly leave you flying high.

Flywheel Flagship Studio: Flatiron, 39 West 21st Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenue)

Flywheel at the JCC: Upper West Side, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th street)

Flywheel Sag Harbor: Hamptons, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY

Visit: Flywheelsports.com for more information and for a complete class schedule

Originally published October 2010
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