If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while, you know I love spinning and fitness, in particular high intensity classes.
We signed up for Claire’s Saturday 9:15am class. Erin and I got there a little bit early to take a few pics (obvi, bloggers!) and see the studio.
We’ve both been to tons of cycling classes in the past, so Flywheel had a lot to live up to.
We were greeted by the front desk staff, who immediately helped show us the studio, get us signed in and and situated.
They made sure our shoes fit properly and the biggest thing that stood out to me (aside from the extremely friendly staff), was how clean the studio was. Like smelled clean, which is hard to do for a sweaty spin studio. Super impressive!
Inside the studio is a dark room, with about 60 bikes or so, facing mirrors and an instructor bike on a pedestal. There’s also two large TV screens, used to show your stats should you opt in for a more competitive spin sesh.
About 10 minutes before the class, we were welcomed into the studio, shown to our bikes (which had our names on the light up productivity screen) and offered assistance in setting up our bikes. I’ve been spinning for years, so I’m fine with setting up my own, but I appreciate that they come around and make sure you’re comfortable! That can make or break your experience.
The thing I love and always look for in a good spin class (that I can’t get at home), is high energy (which really comes from the instructor) and a dark room with great music.
Claire was our instructor, and she was this super cute, fit, inspiring instructor. She had some awesome music (some of today’s hits, some electronic music, and some Whitney Houston – which I absolutely died for!).
Ok dark room may sound silly, but it honestly makes me feel like I’m somewhere else! I’m not thinking about anything except how hard I can push myself during my 45 minute sweat sesh. I just LOVE a dark room in a hardcore spin class.
About 30 minutes in, the instructor always has a weight portion. I love that, because really spin is all legs, with some abs and butt. This really allows you to get a full body workout, and slows you down a bit at the same time. I love catching my breath with just a few songs left. I feel like I can push myself harder to finish strong at this point.
The thing that differentiates Flywheel from other spin classes, is that you can make it a competitive ride. You can opt in or out of having your username on the big screen so you can see how you compete against other riders (they separate it by male/female, to make it a level playing field, as well).
I like to say I’m not competitive, but when I’m riding and see someone has passed me, I find I challenge myself even more! Claire did a good job only showing these stats ever so often, so it doesn’t over consume you during your ride.
After I got off the bike, I felt SO good. I was super sweaty, but in 45 minutes I burned a ton of calories, and started my Saturday off super strong.
The Next Day
I woke up on Sunday and my legs were definitely sore, but I didn’t feel like I over did it. I also felt my abs for sure got a workout, which I love!
I can’t wait to go back! I loved the overall experience, and was thrilled Flywheel invited me to come ride with them.
They also were generous enough to give my readers from the valley a free first ride! Use code FLY-SCOTTSDALE at check out to get your first Flywheel ride on the house.
I would love to hear what you guys think about Flywheel if you end up going!
If you’re looking for more info on what I’ve done to stay fit and prep for my wedding, check out my post here!
PS: My outfit is from a while ago, so here are some similar looks!