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Flywheel Spinning, Sleeping in the Shower

Posted Oct 05 2010 8:46am

4:42 a.m.

That’s the time I woke up this morning. Typically, I’ll hit the snooze button four or five times and wake up about 30-45 minutes later than I intended, but this particular morning I had a 6 a.m. date with Kate. Kate is my favorite spin instructor one of the spin instructors at Flywheel Sports. She’s an incredibly motivational and challenging instructor; just the type of person you need during a 6 a.m. spin class.

I needed something to kick my butt in gear since I felt like I’ve been slipping on my HB challenge , especially in the exercise arena. It’s frustrating to me since for years I used to hop out of bed every morning with ease and hit the road running. I thought maybe I had fallen into a rut, so I scheduled a class at Flywheel .

If you’re in NYC and haven’t checked out Flywheel, I highly recommend it. What differentiates Flywheel from the rest of the spin pack is that each bike is equipped with an on-bike monitor that tells you how much power, torque and RPM’s you are clocking. For me, this eliminates any cheating or confusion. You know when spin teachers say something like “turn two full quarter turns to the right and max out at 80%?” Unless you are a seasoned spinner, you have to guess a little bit as to what exactly that means. With Flywheel, the instructor says something more along the lines of, “Torque should be at 25, RPM’s at 80.” You have the monitor attached to your bike, so you can see exactly how fast you are going or how much resistance you need, without the guessing. Flywheel also has a “TorqBoard,” which monitors your performance against the rest of the class and keeps track of each of your rides. The TorqBoard is displayed during class so, if you’re shy, you have the option of opting out, although it definitely gets you into the competitive spirit. Following class, you can log online to your Flywheel account and keep track of your progress.

Similar to rival SoulCycle , Flywheel also incorporates arm and core exercises during the class. For me, a solid spin class has the whole package: energetic instructors, heart pumping music, challenging rides, a full body element and a motivational atmosphere. Flywheel fulfills all of these standards. The only reason I don’t drag myself to this studio every single morning is because classes cost $30 per ride, with packages available. It is important to note, they provide free water, free shoes, towels and lockers with locks, so it includes more than just the ride. Still, it’s an investment.

Class this a.m. was very successful and just the exercise slap in the face I needed. After class, I felt sweaty, strong and energized. Unfortunately, this feeling did not last long. Disclaimer: I only got about 6 hours of sleep last night. I hopped in the shower quickly before work, leaned up against the wall and fell asleep for a good twelve minutes or so. After a jolt of panic and confusion, I was ready to start the day. Seriously, who falls asleep in the shower. Note to self: get 8 hours of sleep.

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For breakfast, I had a Trader Joe’s blueberry raspberry bran muffin (vegan) and I’m hoping my temporary narcolepsy doesn’t stick around for the remainder of the day. Mark and I are having dinner at The General Greene in Brooklyn tonight and I would rather not pass out on my plate. :)

P.S. Here’s your reason #4 for going veg: because animals feel fear.

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