I have always been a huge fan of group fitness classes. There’s something about the vibe and energy you get from being surrounded by others that are motivated to stay healthy and get fit. That being said though I always find it extremely difficult to work group fitness classes into my schedule because certain classes are only offered at certain times. I feel like that’s one huge disadvantage to living in the suburbs, we don’t have nearly as many gym or class opportunities. I often go to visit my sister in DC and I will use her gym guest pass so we can explore and try different classes. Then one day I read a class review by one of my favorite west coast bloggers A Lady Goes West about Flywheel Sports and about how they offer both spin and barre. Two classes that I have been wanting to do more of because of the low impact on the joints. I immediately looked up to see if they had a DC location, and they DID in Dupont!!! Not even a week later my sister and I were signed up for our first class and I have since become obsessed with Flywheel and am so excited to share my experience with you.
First of all I love how Flywheel Dupont is set up. The staff are super friendly and give you a quick tour upon your first arrival. They have lockers, restrooms, changing rooms (with bags for dirty clothes), showers, and a large vanity with fresh fruit and all your hair essentials for after a workout. To prepare for the workout they also have a water station (cold and room temp water offered) and you get shoes for the bike and a towel. They have so many amenities and pictured below is where you find your shoes along with your bike number for the class. And they sell super cute Flywheel workout gear.
So what’s a Flywheel class like? It’s like no other spin class you have ever taken in that it will leave you dripping in sweat and feeling so motivated and accomplished. Most classes are 45 minutes in length. Each time I have been the staff have been great assisting me on the bike since I’ve never ridden with spin shoes before and setting the bike for my height. Once everyone is settled in their bikes the instructor turns off the lights and you’re riding in the dark which is a cool experience. The instructor plays certain tunes, a traditional class includes a warm up followed by the workout which includes sprints, hill climbs, a short upper body sequence with weighted bars, and the class ends with stretching off of the bike.
As opposed to other spin classes, at Flywheel they have digital devices that tell you your RPM (speed), torque (resistance), and power points for the class. The instructors tell you what you should have your torque set at for each part of the class and what RPM you should be pushing for. And the microphones are so easy to hear! I can’t tell you how many spin classes I have been to when I have no idea what the instructor is saying or I’m not sure if I have my torque set at a resistance too high or low. This is never a problem at Flywheel.
There is also a Flywheel TorqBoard, which is a large TV screen in the studio that the instructor will occasionally put on throughout the class listing participants names (or alias) and rankings (by gender). Being on the TorqBoard is completely optional but adds a competitive factor. I really like when the instructor turns on the TorqBoard during a 30 second sprint, because it really motivates me to push harder. Then at the end of class the instructor will show the final rankings. I have usually fallen in the top 10 for the females but have come no where close to the top spots. There are some serious cyclists in there!
Interested in trying a class? Well it’s super easy to sign up and create an account where you can also track your progress at Flywheelsports.com. Once you have an account you will receive one FREE credit for a class. It’s super easy to schedule and there are so many different times classes are offered and 7 days a week. Once you pick a date and time you also get to pick your bike, so it’s easy to sign up next to a friend. After my first class Flywheel sent me a promo offering 5 classes for $75 and 1 free FlyBarre class, which I’m trying this weekend. Such a great deal compared to many of the other competitive cycling studios.
After your first class you could log into your account to see your power score, distance, and a range of estimated calories burned. One of my classes I rode 24.2 miles and burned an estimate of 759-834 calories!!! So crazy since class is only 45 minutes. And you can track your performance as you take more classes.
Seriously the only down side about Flywheel is that it’s extremely addicting! Between the setting, music, and instructors I have had such a positive experience and always want to come back for me. And I have loved meeting my sister and friend Jess on Saturday mornings for a ride and then grabbing lunch at one of the many healthy spots around Dupont. Flwheel has about 35 locations in 10 different states and I’m sure it has to be expanding because ever class I have been to has been completely full.
Maybe one day I’ll see you on that Torqboard!
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