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!
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.
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?