Summer Cardio: A First-Timer’s Guide to Flywheel Cycling


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It blows my mind, but my most common FAQ is, “What is your workout routine?” I would never say that I’m in stellar shape, but I do like to get a quasi-weekly dose of cardio. It gives me the energy to maintain my insane schedule and keeps me feeling like I’ve challenged my entire body in one sitting. Systematized workout routines can get boring fairly quickly, so I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative physical activities. Since a lack of coordination prohibits me from partaking in any barre or yoga programs,  I’ve turned to cycling almost exclusively when I feel the urge to be workin’ on my fitness. Since I’ve been jam-packing this week with work and virtually nothing else– including exercise– in preparation for a long weekend in the Keys, I stopped in Boca Raton on my way down south to take a Flywheel cycling class and exhaust some of my built-up life frustration.

Why Flywheel cycling? Vaseline is in partnership with them this month, and they currently have a two-week sampling program going on. Flywheel features Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizers in all the communal areas of the studio, and anyone who attends a class gets a free sample. This intrigued me, so I snooped around the Flywheel Sports website, and since there isn’t a location in the Central Florida area, I couldn’t resist booking a class with Ashley Brooke on our way to the Keys.

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Flywheel cycling is crafted by Ruth Zukerman, the legendary instructor and driving force behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon. A class lasts either 45 or 60 minutes and includes climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars. Their studios offer stadium-style seating, making every seat in the house a good one– or a bad one if you want to hide, and the instructors integrate fun music in the dark to sync their rides to the beat and allow you to completely lose yourself in the rhythm.

What’s my main suggestion for first-time Flywheelers? Be prepared to drink a TON of water. Because Flywheel is so focused on promoting healthy levels of hydration, they’ve even worked in a contemporary– and hygienic– water station in all studios.

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Second piece of advice? Be sure your outfit is conducive to sitting and sweating on a cycling bike for an hour. No short shorts, no baggy clothing– stick to tight pants and tops that fit your shape. For me Lululemon does no wrong, and you won’t catch me in a non-LuLu gym outfit– if, per chance, you happen to see me during my 1 of 10 workouts throughout the course of a year. For this active wear look, details are here:

Top: Lululemon | Leggings: Zella (on sale now at Nordstrom) | Shoes: Flywheel 

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As for the class itself, be prepared to challenge yourself in the best way possible. Every bike has a tech-pack that displays your resistance, aka torq for you physics people, your speed, and your power output, so you’re literally monitoring your performance at all times. If you’re one of them competitive types, you can opt in to participate in the in-studio Torqboards, which are large-screen displays that occasionally flash leaderboards showing top performers. Although in a few weeks– and after multiple classes– we may decide otherwise, Ashley and I did not op into the Torqboards for obvious reasons.

What’s super cool is that your stats for every ride will be recorded and made available in your private account on our website. You’ll see your own metrics for every ride you take with Flywheel, including RPM’s, Torq, Speed, Power, Distance and Estimated Calories.

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I try to never sugar coat the truth; you’re going to be exhausted, and you’re probably going to look real attractive during and after the class. See below for evidence. It’s okay, though, because in a Flywheel class, your instructor leads every step of the way, suggesting target resistance levels and RPM’s to strive for, so everyone looks like a hot mess. However, you’re in full control of the technology of your bike, so if you’re feeling pumped, you can ride harder and faster than the targets. If you’re just a beginner and/or slightly out of shape like me, you can take it down as many notches as necessary.

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Oh, and you’ll of course enjoy all the extras they don’t consider extra, including free towels, bike shoes, lockers. and the aforementioned water station to keep you comfortable and riding at peak performance. Plus, Flywheel and Vaseline are running a two-week program ending July 20th, where anyone who takes a Flywheel or FlyBarre class gets a free sample.

This partnership between Flywheel and Vaseline means that a handful of Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizers will be in all communal areas for the convenience of anyone who takes a class. Yep, you get to take home a bottle for being active, which I think is pretty awesome– and also convenient,– considering most locker room showers lack any form of gentle body wash or lotion and have a tendency to dry our your skin.

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Not to toot our own horns, but dannggg– we look good. At least these “You’re So Fly” official Flywheel tees and Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moiturizers photograph well.

In all seriousness, this stuff is a gym-goers lifesaver. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer is a quick and convenient spray lotion that absorbs in seconds to heal dry skin. Your skin instantly feels soft, not sticky or greasy like other spray lotions I’ve tried, and a full range spray contains micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly to lock in moisture. It’s easy to apply, quick to dry, and immediate relief for dry skin in seconds. I’ve started keeping multiple bottles at home, in my gym bag, and in my gym locker. Obsessed much?

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizers are between $5.99 and $7.99 at mass retailers nationwide, so they won’t break the bank– but don’t let that stop you from snagging your free sample at Flywheel. If you don’t have access to the Flywheel in Boca Raton, FL, where the instructors are literally amazing, try a class at one of their other locations in 13 states across the country. You can create an account on the Flywheel Sports website and start scheduling– and reserving your preferred bike for– your barre and cycling classes online right away.

 

Has anyone else tried Flywheel or FlyBarre yet? What did y’all think?

 

Thank you, Vaseline, for sponsoring this post. 

 

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2 thoughts on “Summer Cardio: A First-Timer’s Guide to Flywheel Cycling

  1. Rosie

    I just had a solo spin this morning. Miss it! I used to be the master of the fake resistance turn up. Because obviously everyone in the class is focused on me and my resistance level.

    I need the vaseline spray baaaadly. Zara is totally cool by herself unless I dare to shower. By the time I get out she is NOT happy which leaves no time for my thirty layers of moisturizer ritual. šŸ™

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