Smarties, there’s a new workout in town and it’s AMAZING. Flywheel and FlyBarre – have you been yet?
Flywheel Stadium Cycling is a super high-energy, fast-paced cycling cardio extravaganza. You will leave a sweaty, hot mess, but you’ll be on endorphin overload. Trust me.
I, along with the rest of the Smarty party sisters, have been trying it out over the last couple of weeks and I just have one thing to say: addiction. I can speak for my other Smarties that they are all hooked as well.
I’ve never been a spinner – I am a runner through and through, and the spinning classes at the Y stress me out so much with the get-there-30-minutes-early-to-get-your-pass thing. So I hesitated to hit FlyWheel because I thought it was just another spinning class – I was so wrong.
First part of the awesomeness is that you can reserve your bike online. You and your friends just tell each other what bike you’ve got and get next to each other (word of advice: if you’re uber competitive like myself, make sure to get to the left of your friend. You can see her performance but she can’t see yours hee hee). Clip-in shoes are provided – and they’re clean. No bowling shoes here. Make sure to grab one of the free towels because you’re gonna need it in about 5 minutes.
It can be intimidating starting a new type of work out, but Flywheel does an exceptional job in making you feel welcome. Someone helps you figure out how your bike should be (seat height, etc.) – I have that person help me every time I go. I never can remember my numbers. They explain everything before class starts so never is there a time where you feel like you’re in the dark.
That is, until they turn the lights out and start class. Flywheel is set up with stadium seating so you can always see the instructor. The music starts pumping and after the first song, wham, you’re sweating like Tina Turner and her Proud Mary cronies. Speaking of music, it’s um…awesome. It’s curated by an in-house DJ – think remixes, mash-ups, and everything in between.
There is a screen at the front of the room where class members can share their performance (this is optional and I haven’t been brave enough to do it) – it’s a great way to gauge how hard you’re working. Even if you don’t opt for this public display of your awesomeness, every work out at Flywheel is tracked on your online account. You can log right in and see how far you went, how well you performed and how many calories you burned. This is the best part…you can burn an average of 500-700 calories in 45 minutes. Yes, you read that right.
It’s 45 of the most intense, I-think-I’m-having-a-heart-attack-or-might-hurl minutes you’ll spend on any given day but it is SO worth it. You’ll be an endorphin high for the next 6 hours.
If you need a little strengthening and toning, check out a FlyBarre class – it’s a total body sculpting class that blends the best of light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. Using small intense interval exercises choreographed to the same great music, FlyBarre quickly reshapes the body for lean, strong, and elongated muscles.
If you need to shower after either class, no problem. All you need to bring is your clothes and make up. Seriously – they have towels, shampoo, conditioner and body wash (made by Bliss especially for Flywheel – not that mystery stuff in most gyms), hair dryers, even rubber bands if you forget yours!
Now’s the time to go because: 1. There is an open house all next week (starting October 22) at the Blakeney location. ALL classes are free. You can just walk in or call 704.209.7612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; and 2. They have a whole new pricing structure at both locations – single rides are $18, packages as low as $14 a ride, and intro monthly memberships rates for $99 for unlimited cycle or barre or $149 both. Click here for more info on packages or here for more info on monthly unlimited (pricing is the same at both locations).
The SmartyFly Giveaway
Smarties, it’s your lucky day because TWO of our readers have a chance to win a FREE MONTH at Flywheel/FlyBarre – that’s a month of unlimited FlyWheel and FlyBarre classes at both the Providence Road and Blakeney locations – a $149 value! Winners will be announced next Friday, October 26.
It’s SO simple to enter – just “like” this blog post by clicking on the icon under that little thumbs up in the left side bar and make a comment below about why you NEED this free month of free wheelin’ and barre-ing!
Go to it, Smarties, and see you on the bike (you better not be to the left of me, though! :-))!