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blogger flywheel class

By Kristina

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Today was another big post-baby fitness milestone: the first spin class! I took a blogger class via Blog and Tweet Boston, opting for the spin one with Catie Macken. I’d taken Azure Campbell‘s Flybarre class with Jen and my sister the week before, and that kicked my butt just as much as it did when I tried it for the first time earlier this year (with pregnancy modifications).

It was great to see familiar faces like Danielle, Jessie, and Elissa when heading into the studio. I chose a bike in the back–was really glad that they let us choose our bikes this time. Spin felt a lot better than I expected it to. It really is so much easier without an enormous baby bump, heartburn, and decreased cardio ability. I couldn’t hit some of the higher RPMs but could handle the recommended torq (and, with my newfound mommy upper body strength, felt a lot better in the arm song than I expected). I like that all past performance data is saved for you so you can make accurate comparisons and track progress.Since the last class I took in June, I improved my total power by 52, average mph by 2, and average torq by 2. I was really surprised to find that I’d gotten my highest total power ever in spite of not being in shape.

I found Catie very motivational, with easy to follow cues and a good variety of speeds and resistance. It’s hard to have spin workouts that feel like all hills or all sprints. Her playlist was fun too–a little Justin Bieber, a little Taylor Swift, and a little rock. She offered helpful tips such as “think of it as a forward-backward motion, not up and down” and direction on how to position our upper bodies. She also offered us earplugs at the beginning of class. I didn’t take her up on it, but some other bloggers mentioned that they’d had trouble understanding her and wished they’d taken them. We only saw the Torqboard at the beginning of class and during the final races during the last song. I’m glad she did that because I didn’t feel demotivated by it (which I may have done if it had been shown a lot).

Some promos that are happening this month (from the Flywheel newsletter):

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BACK BAY!
We’re thankful for two years of flying with you, Boston! To celebrate, we’re offering you an unlimited wheel membership for only $220 per month, or you can become a FlyPlus+ member (unlimited Flywheel & FlyBarre) for only $270 per month – that’s $50 off our regular rates! Sign up now – this amazing offer expires on November 30.

FREE FLYIN’!
December’s cold. Warm up with a free class, on us! For every 4 times you ride in November, you’ll get one FREE wheel credit to use in December (if you pulse 4 times, you’ll get a free barre credit). See the front desk to get started!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary class. I was not paid to do this post. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

happy first birthday flywheel!

By Kristina

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Flywheel’s Prudential Center location has just turned 1! I’ve gone a few times via ClassPass, Pact, a blogger class and the first-time-is-free class. From October 8 to October 12, there were lots of theme rides and goodies such as salads, tote bags, and cold-pressed juices to celebrate. I attended Melinda‘s Thursday J. Lo-themed class and ended up on the bike next to Elissa from Style-Wire.

I’ve been a fan of Melinda ever since I started taking her Core Fusion Barre and Sport classes at Exhale. Both her barre and spin classes will make you *work*, but since they are peppered with hilarious stories, they go by fast! The barre ones fill up notoriously fast, so I was glad to snag a spin class spot. Melinda went around to greet everyone in the studio, and she mentioned that she’d changed her playlist to include Elissa’s request for “First Love”–that was really nice of her! The playlist covered all eras of J. Lo, from On the 6 to A.K.A, and the ride included a good mix of hills, tapbacks, and sprints. True to Melinda-style, the ride was tough, but her motivational tactics helped keep our minds off how much the 35-torq hills or the 6-pound arm song hurt.

After trying other spin studios, I grew to appreciate Flywheel’s torq- and RPM-based instruction much more. It makes it much easier to push oneself vs. just guessing what “super heavy” or “flat road” mean. I also like being able to see my progression through the stats that are available on the website (miles pedaled, power, etc). I still sometimes have to modify the torq level in order to keep up with the recommended RPM levels though–one day I hope to be able to keep up!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary class I was not paid to do this post. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.