When using ClassPass you get unlimited classes but you can only visit each studio three times. FlyWheel is one of the few studios that kept me coming back more than once.
My first experience left me slightly confused whether I liked it or not. I enjoyed the instructors music choice and although I wasn’t familiar with many of the songs they always provided a great beat to match your pedal stroke with. The bikes were comfortable, the spin shoes were great and they have a digital screen that allows you to see how fast you are pedaling and how much resistance you have on. This is partially why I felt confused. The instructor would gives us a range like set your resistance between 15-20 so we had a range to work within but I couldn’t feel any resistance until I had at least 25 on the wheel. So based on that I was never in the right range but I think it is just a guide and you really have to figure out what works for you. The second thing that left me unsure of whether I liked the class was due to the instructor. For one song she told us to find something to get really angry about. The whole song she kept telling us to get angry and use that to push harder, dig deeper. Maybe it is the yogi side of me but I have no desire to get angry and actually find it difficult to get angry about anything anyways. I just thought it was a little odd to use anger as a motivation in a fitness class. I think it would have been great to visualize a goal we deeply want in life and push hard and be determined to get to the top of the hill and reach our goal.
My second experience left me impressed. The instructor was absolutely amazing and there was nothing I could critique or would have wanted any differently. The other unique part of FlyWheel is that there is a score board up front that lets you know where you ranked in the class. I think it takes the amount of resistance and the speed and turns it into a number to gauge how hard you are working. The first class I was in sixth place and the second class I was third. I’m not sure that really is a good gauge in how fit you are because really it is based on the people you are in class with but maybe I got a little stronger/faster! I got another great workout and left knowing that I would try FlyWheel again but I will definitely look for this specific instructor.
For my third class I decided to check out their Barre Class. The instructor was extremely friendly and actually took the time to check in with each person, learn their name, and check for injuries. The class was challenging because it worked the smaller, weaker muscle groups in the core, hips, glutes, and shoulders but I didn’t break a sweat. I was lying their thinking that this could never be the only workout I do but I do think it is a very nice compliment to spinning. It will help people balance out all the spinning by strengthening the muscles you need to engage in a spin class.
All in all, FlyWheel is a great studio. I don’t think I will get a membership here but I may drop in for an occasional spin class with the instructor I loved.