Flywheel — Never Coast, Never Give Up
Last summer the latest fitness craze – indoor cycling – came to my neighborhood. And by neighborhood I mean directly across the street from where I live. I was never really sure what I thought of spin classes, mainly because whenever I would see one happening at the gym they always scared me what with the over-caffeinated, hyped-up instructors barking orders at riders over the loudest and often times most annoying music ever. I’m all for being motivated, especially when it comes to exercise, but do they have to scream that loud?
One day Sarah, my son’s rock star babysitter at the time, tells me she tried a FlyWheel class at the studio across the street from me and I had to come take a class with her because it was awesome. It’s important to note that Sarah is half my age, a half-foot taller than me, and not an ounce of body fat on her — anywhere. Of course she loved it! To her it was like, well, riding a bike.
If not for the fact that the front door to the studio is like 100 feet from my own front doorstep, I probably wouldn’t have tried it, but because it was convenient, and I would have a buddy there to resuscitate me when I inevitably passed out, I thought I’d give it a try.
My first and worst class
My first FLY class was anything but easy and I just knew this would be my last class. I huffed and puffed my way through 45 minutes of rigorous riding (and loud music). I could barely get through it and my overall power score was less than impressive. Even though I was in a cool, dark room where other riders couldn’t see me, much less cared I was there, it may as well have been Moab. I could not stop sweating. I was dead. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t sit down. But strangely, I wanted to come back. It was awesome, minus the not being able to walk or sit down thing.
It’s a little over a year later and I’m happy to report that I’m still FLYing! Some days I have great rides and other days they’re very challenging but I’ve gotten much stronger and no longer need padded cycle shorts. The music is still loud but I really don’t even hear it anymore. The staff and instructors are awesome and motivating (special shout outs to Wendy, Jen P., Josh and Adam!), but not annoying. And of course, it’s never boring when a celebrity like Sting shows up to class and rides on the bike in front of you.
My best class
At Flywheel they have a big TORQ board at the front of the stadium where you can add your name to compete against others in the class for bragging rights. I’ve yet to put my name up there. Mainly because the only person I’m really competing against is myself. In fact, I recently had one of my best overall power scores and it felt amazing.
I’m so thankful to Sarah for introducing me to this whole new experience, and Flywheel for opening a studio so close to me. But mainly I’m so proud of myself for not giving up after that first class — and actually going back for more. Never Coast, Never Give Up.