Preface: I’m a decently active person—I try to engage in some form of exercise for 15 -45 minutes on average per day. I love rock climbing and Zumba and yoga, and—well, frankly, I like a wide range of exercise–but I’d never done a spin class before.
Confession: Flywheel has probably ruined every other spin class for me ever.
Let me back up and explain. I arrived fifteen minutes early at the Bellevue location so I could get checked in and squared away before we started. Lockers were available for all personal effects as well as water, towels and shoes provided to all bikers.
I was greeted by one of the managers, Brooke, who was more than kind and understanding to this first-timer. They made sure my bike was the right height for me to get the most out of my workout, that I knew where everything was, and that I understood just what I was getting into. She also explained that the shoes would enable me to literally lock onto the bike pedals—which if you’re like me and you’ve ever been cycling hard and had your feet slip, you’ll understand why this is a definite plus. Though, it was also bit telling in regards of what was to come…
Our instructor Barbra, and I mean this as the highest of compliments, had so much drive and energy that if Starbucks could figure out how to bottle her, they’d never need to sell another skinny vanilla latte again. She set the energy for the whole room and you could feel us all buzzing with anticipation.
The lights went down, the music cranked up and there was no turning back. Without time to even think, we were setting our torq/resistance and ramping up to the designated RPM. Definitely not like anything I’d experienced. Imagine working out in a night club, only you actually care what the DJ has to say and no one spills their drink on you. Barbra was fantastically supportive and kept us moving even when we thought we couldn’t go any more.
For the more competitive bikers, prior to the class you could opt in to participate in the Torq Board which would anonymously show your distance in comparison with the other bikers during certain sprints. Even if you aren’t terribly competitive, it was an amazing extra motivator to push you just a little more. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the class balance out the body by incorporating weighted bars to work the upper body and biceps in congruence with all the leg and core work.
Needless to say, 45 minutes later, I was dripping with sweat, feeling like I’d biked up Everest and absolutely glowing.
After the class we were invited to hit the showers to clean off or grab a piece of fruit to keep our energy up. Talk about really caring about their clients!
It’s more than worth noting that these are not your typical gym showers: two private rooms equipped with Bliss products to get you feeling human again, including body butter.
It’s not a question of if I’ll back to Flywheel, it’s when. I cannot recommend this experience enough. Intense, energizing and addictive… And like every addictive stimulant: first one’s free.
For more information about their two Seattle-based locations, or to register and try it for yourself, visit http://seattle.flywheelsports.com/.
Flywheel Spin Class Locations
South Lake Union
224 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
1032 106th Avenue
NE Suite 124
Bellevue, WA 98004