flywheel review

Classes 
Method 45 with Mike: Their signature high-intensity interval training ride, where you climb heavy hills, sprint through fast flats, jog up-and-down mixed terrains, and race against others in the epic class that’s changed countless bodies and minds. This class included an upper-body series for a full-body workout.

Location
Center City Philadelphia, PA

Length
45 minutes

Sneakers/Props
You don’t have to bring anything. They give you a pair of cycle shoes every class, a towel, and they have refillable water bottle fountains. The sneakers are a little different from the ones I’m used to, instead of clipping in around the arches they slid in by the balls of your feet, which left my ankles a little unsupported.

Shower/Locker Situation
FlyWheel, Center City had a unique layout, causing the locker rooms and showers to go along a hallway. Although it was extremely clean, up to date, and provided plenty of lockers, it was a little tight going in and out. I did enjoy the big boxes for used towels and shoes, which made it really convenient to get out after class.

My Hot Take
It wasn’t great. Although I loved walking in and seeing my name on the chalk board and the initial hospitality was great, I was immediately turned when we walked into the class and the instructor said “we’re running a little late but we’ll still to 45 minutes so you get your monies worth.” There is nothing I hate more than when a fitness instructor talks about money, it almost makes me feel like they just want us to get this over with and get what we paid for, when in reality we pay for the feeling of the class and the workout we get.

The music in the class reminded me of the end of the year remixes z100 used to play that week between Christmas and New Years. There was no creativity from the instructor or personalization about the class, it just felt like he was reading a script.

I did really like how much the instructor focused on form throughout the class. I do spin classes often and this instructor really taught me how to use my core, open my chest, and lift my legs to gain speed instead of pushing them down. Spinning in the proper form allowed me to go much faster when I needed to and raise the resistance gear significantly more than I could when I’m loose and unfocused.

Overall FlyWheel was a lot of ClassPass credits (10) and I didn’t gain that much from the class. So, especially since they don’t have an NJ location, I probably will not be going back.

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