Come Fly With Me!

On Saturday afternoon, after having run the Jingle Bell Jog in the morning, I got talked into trying Flywheel with my friend Sara in the afternoon. I ended up accidentally leaving her at our high school reunion, so I felt like I couldn’t say no to her Saturday. Plus, I really wanted to try Flywheel!

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I went on their website and booked a bike in the 4pm class with Chris T, who is a really cute guy that looks like he’s in his early 20s.

The classes are usually $30, but I found a coupon code and ended up paying $20 for it.

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What makes Flywheel different from other spin classes?

First of all, there’s those two bars. You use them towards the end of the workout for a section of arm exercises. There’s also a little screen on the left of the bike that shows your torq (basically how much resistance you have on the bike), your RPM, and two different numbers that show total power burned and the current power being burned. There’s also two giant flat screens that show a leaderboard of who’s burned the most.

What I liked:

  • The room was completely dark, which was mostly a good thing. I liked that I couldn’t really see myself in the mirror and that others couldn’t see me, either.
  • There’s complimentary bottles of water and Powerade Zero when you walk in.
  • The class fee also includes free shoe rental. (Sara said their clips are a little different than usual spin shoes, so it was nice to not have to lug mine.)
  • The instructor. He was adorable and played lots of fun, poppy music.
  • I liked that there were numbers to associate with the amount of resistance on the bike, rather than “just turn it more!”
  • It was a really good workout!

What I disliked:

  • I also disliked that it was dark, and I couldn’t check out my form in the mirror (and compare it with everyone else’s, which helps sometimes.)
  • I also disliked the torq board, mostly because my legs were so tired from the race that I was always second to last on it.
  • I disliked the little monitor on the bike sometimes, too, because it is nice to just ride by feel–especially since spinning is not my primary form of cardio. I focus so much on numbers in my running that the numbers on this little monitor were a little much for me at times.

How is this different from Soul Cycle?

This felt like a better workout than Soul Cycle, although I did like the sort of spiritual side of Soul Cycle.

Would you do it again?

For $30 a pop, not often! I liked it, but other than the torq board, Equinox spin classes are pretty similar–and also have the little screen with all kinds of stats, too.

NYC fancy-spin-class people: do you like Soul Cycle or Flywheel better?


20 comments on “Come Fly With Me!

  1. Jess

    That’s becoming an age old question here in NYC. =) It totally depends on my mood.

    Although, I don’t like the torq board and always opt out for being on it. I don’t workout to compete with others I workout for myself.

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  2. Corrie Anne

    Adorable instructors don’t hurt!!! I would love that there’s a number associated with the resistance!! That really bothers me when I feel like I’m just guessing. And it’s totally like a secondary or farther down the list form of cardio for me!! Haha.

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  3. Kimra

    I like the idea of having numbers associated with my spin (I *hate* being told “crank it more” or “hit your 85% level” — look, yo, I’m not an expert spinner, I have no idea what my *anything* is). BUT I would also want to keep those numbers to myself!

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    1. Theodora Post author

      @Kimra: I think the fact that I was doing the workout on tired legs, and for the first time, made me care about the board a lot less, since I knew there was no way I would be “good” at it.

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  4. Dori

    I like FlyWheel so much better. So much that I just bought a package! SoulCycle is a bit too competitive, I got yelled at by an instructor for not pedaling to the beat.

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    1. Theodora Post author

      @Dori: Whoa. When the instructor asked who was a first-timer, and I raised my hand, he came over to chat with me. I mentioned that I’d run a race in the am, so if I was sluggish, that was why. I did that just in case he was a yeller… (he wasn’t.)

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    1. Theodora Post author

      @KAY: I think it was Yelp10–I think I found it on Yelp months ago, and my computer autofilled it when I registered. It may only be a first-time thing.

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      1. Rachel L.

        Soul Cycle also has a first timer discount – they don’t advertise it on the website but call and ask for it. I think it’s something like $20 and you get free shoes.

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  5. Keren

    I totally agree. I tried out FlyWheel in Chicago (although here it’s only $25/ride here, but that is still SUPER pricey)and I loved it. I’m uber competitive so I loved watching my power go up even though I almost threw up at the end. Good workout I guess :)I just joined Equinox in Chicago. We are lucky we have such great spin classes at our gyms!

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  6. AmandaRunsNY

    I’ve never done Flywheel or Soul Cycle since I can’t justify the cost, but two of my very favorite teachers from NYSC (no longer there) teach at Soul Cycle, so I’m guessing I’d like SoulCycle.

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  7. Sam @ Mom At The Barre

    Flywheel for sure! There’s no denying that Soul Cycle is fun (they play great music and it’s like a big party) but I always feel like I get a much better (read:harder!) workout at Flywheel. The monitor is one my favorite things about the ride because it keeps me from cheating! 🙂

    Also, Flywheel has a first-timer’s discount if you call them. Like SC they don’t advertise it.

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  8. Samantha

    I LOVE Soul Cycle. I always leave drenched in sweat, and the instructors really push me. I’ve never been yelled at by any of the instructors. They’ll come up to my bike (I try to ride in the front row) and push me or turn up my resistance, but only in an encouraging way (and they never turned up my resistance until they knew me). And it always feels like a big party in there when you go to a themed ride 🙂

    I like Flywheel too, but I think it’s mostly because they have shoes and water included in their fees. I don’t like the board because I go to workout for me, not to compete with others.

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