Flywheel Sports: A Bike Ride Experience

Flywheel Sports: A Bike Ride Experience

Since P90X ended at the beginning of summer, I have been spinning consistently at my local YMCA to keep up with my cardio.  The spin classes are challenging and enjoyable.

Yet, I continue to read and hear about Flywheel Sports, the latest workout craze similar to Spin.

The Flywheel experience is crafted by Ruth Zukerman, the legendary instructor and driving force behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon.  An experience lasts 45 or 60 minutes and includes climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars.  Music is also an integral part of the Flywheel class.  Instructors choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat, assuring a fresh ride every time, and showing a little glimpse of their unique personalities.

In a Flywheel class, your instructor will lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels and RPM’s to strive for. But you decide exactly what’s right for you by controlling the technology on your bike.

After putting it off all summer, I finally arranged to go to a Monday at 9:30 a.m. class with Colleen.

It was a rainy morning and traffic was somewhat a problem as I inched along on the highway headed to the Gold Coast.  Luckily, I found metered street parking on State Street and I was also told the adjacent lot is available for $5.

I was greeted and given a tour of the small space.  The registration and check in is all computerized.  Flywheel offers free shoes, towels and lockers, which is a plus in my book, as I don’t have to remember to grab a towel or lock before I head there.

Surprisingly the studio was smaller than I expected with about 20 bikes in a semi circle in a dark room.  The staff helped me adjust my bike to my body size, although it did seem a little uncomfortable during class.

This was the first time I’ve worn spin shoes that lock into the bike.  In theory I see how it can help with speed if your feet are attached the bike.  In reality, my toes were in serious pain the entire class.

Colleen lead the class through an intense 45 minute ride accompanied by loud music.  Occasionally she showed us the speeds of other rides on the television overhead, which helped to motivate me to pedal faster.  Sadly, all I could think about were my poor smushed toes.

Halfway through the class we slowed down our pace and picked up 2 and 4 pound weights that were attached to the bike and worked our arms until they burned.  This was my favorite part of the class and unique to any other spin class I’ve been to.

The class went by quickly and I got a good workout. I would go again if my shoes were the right size (or maybe I need to wear thicker socks) and ideally if they opened one on the north side of the city. There also is a Flywheel Sports in Highland Park.

If you would like to try Flywheel Sports for free, create an account at  Once the account is created, you will automatically receive one complimentary Flywheel credit in your account.

Try it and let me know how your experience went.

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