I believe that things come into your life when you are ready. Call it weird, call it crazy, but it’s my philosophy. Before moving to Chicago, I had not done spinning in a while. I had a major affair with it in college, but when I moved to Cape Town, I only did it a couple times for my group exercise instructor internship.
The other week I was at a birthday party downing pink bubbly and chit chatting with the girls when my blog was mentioned and one girl suggested I try FLYWHEEL. She actually invited me the following morning, but I didn’t really think much of it, and filed it in the back of my mind. Then something else happened. Sunday afternoon I was at a Blogger Book Club at Kelsey’s house and again…FLYWHEEL was brought up. Lindsay and Christina had been to a Lady Foot Locker event and tried FLYWHEEL for the first time and were raving about the workout.
Two times FLYWHEEL had been mentioned! I had to check it out. Clearly, the world was telling to go check out this magical cycle studio.
So…I went on their website and booked. The first class is free, so there was nothing stopping me.
This morning I walked over there to see what all the hype was about. I had a 9:30 appointment for a class with Michael, so I checked in at the front desk and announced I was new. That announcement of my inexperience was important in case something embarrassing happened.
Then they gave me shoes. Real cycle shoes that clipped into the bikes and made a clinking sound when I walked on solid surfaces. Clipping in on road bikes scares me, but for a stationary bike, I’m game. The shoes were surprisingly very clean, had no smell, and were comfy. I grabbed a towel (also provided) and saddled up on my assigned bike.
See that little blue knob on the bike above? That measures the resistance, but it isn’t just a subjective measure of how hard you are working like I was used to. The resistance of that knob shows up on a little monitor on the bike called Torq (See image below). The other important measure is the RPM or “rotations per minute” which is essentially the speed.
That little screen was a great motivator and ensured that I was working to an appropriate and challenging level. I love measurable results (like wearing a Garmin when running), so this was awesome.
Besides all the techy stuff on the bikes, the class had incredible energy. I loved the instructor, his music was rocking, and his verbal cues and motivational tidbits were awesome to push me through the challenging workout. You even get some light strength training in with the addition of basic movements performed with weighted bars.
The icing on the cake is a little summary of your workout that you can log in and see on their website. Nothing like some stats to keep yourself accountable and see your progress.
I feel bad calling this a spinning or cycling class because it is SO MUCH MORE. It is an experience!
At the moment, I am gymless, but this is a great option I will be considering. I also think this great cross-training for those fast-twitch muscles if I ever think about training for a half PR.
What are you waiting for? Go try a class (for FREE!) and tell me what you think.
Have you ever tried spinning?
Do you find stats of a workout motivating or distracting? Motivating for sure. I am a little bit competitive with myself and I love to monitor my progress. Improving is a huge motivator for me to keep working hard.