Phewee. Happy Tuesday!! On Sunday I went with a few girlfriends (all huge fans of Flywheel) to my very first class. I was a bit apprehensive, to say the least. I'm really not a 'class' person. I don't like going to classes at my gym, I hated Barre the one time I tried it and Yoga was never really for me either. But alas, I do like riding my bike and thought it would be a fun thing to pick up if I could continue going with girlfriends, so I hopped in the car for an 8:30 am class - ouch! I'd rather do like... noon on a Sunday, but I survived!
For those of you who don't know, Flywheel is similar to SoulCycle and many of those other cycling classes out there. You show up 15 minutes early, check in and find your cubby which has shoes in your size ready to go. They also have a water bottle station, lockers you can use (that lock with a code) for your stuff, and towels to use during class. Once you're all set, you go into the actual room full of bikes which are on 3 or 4 different levels so everyone can see the instructor in the front/center of the room and find your bike. The staff is happy to help you adjust the bike to your height and show you how all the different components work (like torque, the reader board, when to hold where on the handles, how to hook your shoes into the pedals! etc.).
I was intimidated walking into the class but they really couldn't have made it any simpler! Once the class gets started the lights go out and you have this tiny reader board on your bike as well as reader boards at the front of the class to track not only your own performance, but you can also track it against others in the class. I loved how techy the class was. The instructor will yell out 20-30 and you adjust your torque accordingly - I stayed on the low end of each range, which I highly recommend for your first time - and the instructor will yell things out like okay, let's push it, 30 seconds with 90-100 RPM, ready, set, go! and you go. You adjust your torque with a little wheel on your bike and you can see your speed, torque, and power at any given time right on your bike.
It was the perfect level of intensity with a lot of high speed, high torque sessions split up by slow riding to catch your breath and recoup a bit. I loved that it was dark so no one could see how much, or how little, I was struggling at any given time and I loved that it was broken up into sitting, standing, fast, slow, you name it, we did it all. I also really loved that it is only 45 minutes and it's broken up about 2/3rds of the way in with an arm workout. Each bike is setup with 2 bars, I think they said one is 4lbs and one is 10lbs, when it's arm time you grab your choice and do a 2-3 minute (killer) arm workout. I had been told by a friend before starting that you're almost done once you finish arms so I felt like I could totally finish at that point.
Along with the tech side of things, they also have an app that allows you to track all your stats from every ride you've done. You can reserve bikes in classes and buy new packs or single rides right from the app as well. I'm pretty much on board with anything that has an app.
Long story short, it was great cardio and basically, my whole body hurt on Monday, so also a great muscle workout. I burned a ton of calories, all I did the rest of Sunday was eat and sleep, I was starving and totally exhausted - which has to be proof that I got a killer workout in, right? Like I said, I was apprehensive about this but I absolutely loved it and plan on buying a 10-pack and going back as often as my friends go! Even if they do the 7:00am class (yikes).
This post was not at all sponsored by Flywheel, but I do honestly recommend it if you're interested in getting a good workout and if you love classes. I know that Flywheel is part of class pass (at least in Seattle), so something to check out if you have a pass. Lastly, you can take your first class for $15 right now which is on the very cheap end of classes so it's a good deal! Check out where there are studios near you and definitely try Flywheel if it sounds like it would be something you'd enjoy!