Fitness Files: Flywheel Review

Out of all of the classes I’ve discovered through ClassPass, Flywheel is one of my favorites. I especially love starting my Monday with the 6:30 am class – it’s such a great way to start the week. Major thank you to my friend Kait for introducing me to Flywheel and for always being up for trying fun new things in the city. Also, thank you to Flywheel because they hosted MS Cycle for a Cure. My mom and I participated and it was such a great way to raise money for a cause that’s important to us. Learn why it’s my favorite class in my Flywheel Review.

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Flywheel Review

The Workout: Flywheel has 45 to 60 minute spin classes that incorporates climbs, descents, and weights. The instructor recommends certain revolutions per minute (RPM) and your torq – aka your resistance. Your bike has a small tracker that shows your RPM, torq, and power output so you know exactly how you’re performing. They periodically show the Torqboard which is a leaderboard ranking everyone’s performance. I may or may not get a little bit competitive but it makes the workout even better because I don’t B.S. turning up the torq. (Not that I’ve ever done that in other spin classes…) The playlists are all selected by in-house DJs. I’ve loved all of the playlists I’ve heard so far which is important because it’s fun to ride to the beat of a great song. The class includes tap backs and fast switches between first, second, and third position. There is also a weight component of the class. You use two or four pound bar weights to do a series of arm exercises. It is truly a full body workout!

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What to Wear / Bring: Wear what you’d normally wear to a spin class. They have “free” spin shoes there. They also have “free” water and healthy snacks like bananas and apples. I’ve been to the locations on the Upper West Side and Lincoln Center and they both have showers with Bliss products if you want to shower before work. They also have lockers with key pad codes so you don’t even need to bring a lock. They also have mints, gum, hair ties, and bobby pins. I haven’t quite figured out why boutique gym studios give out gum and mints but I’m not complaining.

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What to Expect: I find spin classes (and working out in general) to be very cathartic. I get my best ideas when I’m working out and working out in the morning sets me up for success the rest of the day. I have more energy, feel more focused, and love having some “me” time before getting to work. You’ll feel great (albeit sore) after Flywheel. Your stats for every ride will be recorded and available on your account on the website or through their app. It’s great because you can track your progress over time! I also love their motto, “Never coast.”

Flywheel Review

I received a free month long membership for ClassPass in exchange for reviewing some of my favorites on my blog. This is an honest Flywheel review. 

All photos are by moi (and the kind man who took the photo of me and my mom)! 

28 Responses to Fitness Files: Flywheel Review

  1. This sounds like a great way to start your day! Flywheel has been on my list of classes to try — and you’ve definitely inspired me after this post to give it a go.

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

  2. I’ve heard such great things about classpass, and I might have to give it a try! I love SoulCycle, so I would probably love Flywheel too! Xx

  3. Tiffani says:

    Flywheel is becoming so huge in Dallas, and your post solidified that I need to get my butt in to one of their studios! Bliss products in the showers? Thats my kinda after workout shower!

  4. Sarah says:

    Love this post! I recently became a huge fan of flywheel and flybarre and have been spending (probably too much) money there, but I can’t help it! Such a great investment 🙂

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

    • Elana Lyn Gross says:

      Thank you! It really is such a good investment. I’m also so glad they are on ClassPass.

  5. Jenny says:

    This sounds like a pretty cool workout class.
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. Jordyn says:

    I haven’t tried class pass or fly wheel but I’ve heard so so many wonderful things about both. You make spinning sound like such a great workout!!!

  7. Alexis Reliford says:

    This looks so fun! Taking a spin class is on my bucket list, and I can’t wait to move to a city where classes are offered.

  8. Marie H. says:

    I LOVE ClassPass and Flywheel also happens to be my favorite as well. They have such great music that really makes the experience enjoyable.

    XOXO
    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  9. Jessica says:

    I love how much motivation you have! Sounds like fun!

  10. This sounds amazing! I don’t think my body can handle a spin class (I took one in college, and I genuinely thought I might die.) but I would love to have a boutique gym like this in my area!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  11. We have a FlyWheel nearby. I’ve been curious about it, but I am intimidated by spin classes. Thanks for outlining what to expect, I might try it one of these days. 🙂

    Ade

  12. This sounds like an amazing class! I’ve only done a spin class once, and it’s so intense.

  13. I’ve never heard of FlyWheel, but it sounds similar to SoulCycle.. I used to spin in my early teens, but stopped years ago and now that I’m starting my 20s I think it’s about time I start again. I’m gonna try Class Pass when I’m back to school in August!

  14. Lauren says:

    We have something like this in Miami called Soul Cycle but it isn’t half as impressive! I mean I love it but we don’t get to track our progress like that! Love this. I hope they open one in Miami soon, if they haven’t yet (time to go check)

    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    http://www.thefashionistasdiary.com

  15. I loved ClassPass when I was a member, but man, Flywheel was SO hard!

  16. claudia jane says:

    Sounds awesome!! I would love to try it!
    xo, claudia
    http://www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

  17. Sounds awesome! I’m going on a cycling holiday around France in August, so definitely need to start spinning to build up my fitness.

    – Obiter Darling

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