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.
I feel like spinning is usually pretty easy to "cheat on". You are in charge of how hard you work, so it's easy to slack off or convince yourself you are working hard. FLYWHEEL is different. There are measurable stats and the instructor used them to gauge the workload of each song.
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.
*The only thing I am not sold on is that Total Calories Burned. This calculation is based on a rider that is 145-165 lbs. My weight is below that range, so I burned significantly less calories than 951 (I wish!). I am very interested in how much I did burn, so I will try to remember to wear my Garmin with the heart rate monitor to my next class.
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.