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Why I’m a Fan of FlyWheel (Review and Tips) #nevercoast

This is not sponsored, asked for, or probably even wanted. But as an “opinionated opinionator,” here is my opinion. Link up with Wild Workout Wednesday, Fitness Friday, and Friday Favorites!

Welcome back to my house, all! Happy to have you here 😀

It is no secret that I love spinning, and that I harbor covetous delusions of grandeur of getting a road bike.

blue argyle bike cruiser

PS, How flipping sweet are these wheels that I spotted on my way home from a Windy City Bloggers event at Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Wednesday night? Ange, Sam, Maddie, and Sam (just to make things confusing) are already planning a blogger biker gang to roam the streets in our respective cities. We do need a representative from the west coast and a few more Canadians–who wants in?

I'm RIDING THE CRAP OUT OF THIS HILL

I’m RIDING THE CRAP OUT OF THIS HILL

While I’m at it, Beth made an excellent suggestion to make “Vote For Suz” shirts a la Napoleon Dynamite for my campaign for the Runners World Cover Search. Any takers for that?

VOTE FOR SUZ so that she can get on the cover of @runnersworld #RWCoverSearch #437… Click To Tweet

Alright, where was I? Oh yes, spinning and Flywheel and such.

During my “off season” and now especially while recovering from my stress reaction, I have been taking advantage of my precious time with Class Pass to hit up spinning classes and pilates (as opposed to yoga, the reasons for which I explained a bit here). I have access to spin bikes at my work (the ones at my apartment are STILL broken WTF???), and I utilize them throughout the year, training or not. It is a huge part of why I am able to run fewer miles but still work on my endurance. Tiffy Tiff Tiff is a great source of info on spinning btw! I’ve referenced this before, but Runners World/Times did a fantastic article a year or so ago about a high school cross country team who ran way fewer miles during the week but were tearing it up at meets and staying uninjured due to replacing more frequent runs with cross training on the bike. #itsscience

So, Class Pass + Off Season = Spin Class for Suz. Spin Class for Suz = Flywheel. 

flywheel nevercoast suzlyfe

Now, what about Soul Cycle, you ask? Glad that you did. I did try Soul Cycle, but I promised you that I would wait until I went back before giving you my final answer about it. Even so, the more I think about it, regardless of the instructor, I think I understand enough about Soul Cycle to know why it isn’t the right class for me. I would like to return before doing a full review, however. So instead of doing a full up comparison of Flywheel vs Soul Cycle or any others, I am going to talk about why Flywheel is a good fit for me, as well as how you might be able to manipulate it to work for you if you had misgivings.

Here we go:

Flywheel Spinning Class in a Nutshell (from their website):

[Class] lasts 45 or 60 minutes and includes climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars…. It’s an amazing escape that challenges your body and relaxes your mind… Our music playlists are choreographed to each class and make the time fly…. Our instructors 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.

Your stats for every ride will be recorded and made available in your private account on our website. You’ll see your own metrics for every ride you take with Flywheel, including RPM’s, Torq, Speed, Power, Distance and Estimated Calories. This will allow you to set your own goals and measure your performance over time.

Why Flywheel is Unique to other Spin Classes:

  • Torq Board, which provides a “leaderboard” type of experience.
  • The “Technology” on the bike refers to mini bike computers on each bike that show your “torque,” or resistance, RPMs (your cadence, or rotations per minute of the foot pedals), your current (like wattage on a treadmill, this is your power output), and total (the amount of work you have amassed). 
  • Instructors often incorporate mini “races” of 30-60 seconds into their workouts, where you try to max out for that amount of time.
  • The studios are in the round so you always feel like you have enough space to get in/out–this is very much appreciated!

Why Flywheel works for me:

  • As someone who is, yes, competitive, I do like seeing my little Suzlyfe moniker pop up on the torque board. But I tell you what: often I am pedaling my little brains out and by the end of that 30 second race, I couldn’t care less.
  • I love the use of the music and the beat to help you find your cadence.
Happy dance version, not post-spin version.

Happy dance version, not post-spin version.

  • I like the mixture of “flats,” “hills,” “active rests,” “shocks,” arms, a final interval, and then a stretch. Variety makes the time fly!
  • I like the immediate feedback provided by the bike computer. Because I do not have one otherwise, I like to be able to set myself up properly–> like a treadmill, you are doing this at this speed and this incline. And I love seeing progress over the weeks–I’ve noticed that I’m much stronger and better at certain resistances and stances than before! And on Wednesday, I actually led the class! It was a small class, but still. 
  • I am able to tailor my ride to my day and my body. I had a morning where I had signed up for a class and honestly would have preferred to rest, but I was stubborn and went regardless. So my legs weren’t as fresh, I couldn’t go as hard. But I still followed the workout, took note of the change in my performance, and reduced the resistance as necessary–this was my ride, for me. This past time? I was feeling good, feeling great, so I increased the resistance.

fist pump

  • I like the way the instructors do the arms section. As a personal trainer, I know when I see crap, I know how fast and such that you should be doing the reps, and I appreciate tempo for what it can do. In my opinion, the instructors use appropriate tempo, form cues, and integration of isometric as well as dynamic movements to get the most out of the section. This was a big issue for me at Soul Cycle, which I did not think did it properly.
  • I like the businesslike but still fun and open approach of the Flywheel crew. They are serious about what they do, but they don’t take themselves seriously, and they truly love what they are doing. There are some instructors that I like more than others, but isn’t that always the case? Regardless, I have been pleased with all of my classes. 
  • The staff is incredibly helpful and check in with everyone as they come in to make sure that bikes are fitted properly.

Why Some People take Issue with Flywheel:

  • They get caught up in the competition and feel pressure from the Torq Board.
  • They get nervous about not being able to keep up with the instructor’s guidance of RPMs or Torque/resistance.
  • Music is too loud.
  • People feel intimidated by the bike.

kimmy spirit cycle

My Suggestions for Negating those “issues”:

Torque Board:

  • If you think that you are going to get needlessly caught up in the competition, don’t give them a username to put on the board. Your name simply won’t show up.
  • Ask to be put on a bike all the way to the side (so that you only have one person at your side). Because the screens face out, you will find that you don’t see them much. 
  • Realize that the Torqboards are only “active” for pieces of the classs–sometimes only 2-3 times, and for only 20 or so seconds each time. 

Nerves about keeping up with RPMs and such:

  • This is your workout–scale it appropriately. I know that leg turnover (cadence) is a struggle for me, especially out of the saddle. So I do the best I can, and I love seeing my improvement when I am more easily able to get to or maintain an RPM goal.
  • Guidelines. Safety is first and foremost. Don’t pull something. Your workout, your ride, push yourself just enough to improve, but also know that the RPMs are there to help you when you are, let’s be honest, getting lazy.

Music:

  • Simple–they provide ear plugs. Plus, there are themed rides.

Intimidation Factor:

  • If you can walk into a gym and ask where a locker room is, you can ask for help at Flywheel. Ask for help with your bike, talk to your instructor. 
Herky, be my heeeroo!

Herky, be my heeeroo!

Bottom Line: Flywheel works for me.

I like the approach, the workout format, and the execution, which I feel they do with proper form, guidance, and they aren’t preachy. Also, they don’t belittle your effort or lack of pain, as a certain instructor at the Soul Cycle class did–which you know that I take offense to as someone who came to the class IN A WALKING BOOT–and again, I realize that every instructor is different.

I respect that Soul Cycle is a “dance party” to some. But in my mind, if I am coming to a class, I am coming for work–if I wanted to flagrant about, I can do that on my own time. Or go to a dance party. I didn’t feel like I got as much out of my ride at Soul Cycle because of lack of feedback from the bike. 

I respect that I am able to turn the voice in my head off when I see someone beside me doing better. The Torqboard doesn’t bother me–it inspires me to know that more can be achieved! Like, how on earth did that person accomplish that much! You go, Glen Coco!

spot me dog

Want another opinion? Check out Erin’s and Lauren’s recent reviews of Soul Cycle. And then go out and try for yourself. 

How @flywheel gets it right + tips to make it work for you! #fitfluential #nevercoast via @suzlyfe Click To Tweet

What workout are you a fan of? Are you able to get as much out of your workout when you don’t have that feedback?

Dance party, or workout party?

Who’s joining the biker gang? T-shirts? I call the blue bike!

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74 Comments

  • Reply Coco

    Great analysis! I have tried any fancy studios — first they are expensive, second none are close to me — but I do appreciate a good class with music cued to cadence/exertion. I prefer classes without the weights, but don’t mind if they are done correctly, like you said.
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    May 15, 2015 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They absolutely must be done correctly. Otherwise, i get soooooo mad.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    The spin class I used to take at Lifetime was awesome for the instructor, the music, the mix up of techniques and the use of light weights for arms while riding. I just loved it. I don’t have FlyWheel local to me but we have SoulCycle which I want to try. I am sure FlyWheel will make its way out here soon from the city so I can try that too! have a great weekend
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    May 15, 2015 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally want to hear what you think!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    I am a just OK on Flywheel. I take myself off the board and sometimes do my own thing. I prefer it to Soul Cycle fo sho! 😉

    I want a Vote for Suz shirt!
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    May 15, 2015 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, regardless of your workout, as long as you do it in a Vote for Suz shirt, I don’t care 😀

      May 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I love flywheel. WE don’t have one in DC yet but I’ve done it a few times. I love competing with myself on the leaderboard
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    May 15, 2015 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so much fun–I love the progress.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I never got into spin. I’ve tried it a handful of times but just never really liked it. It was always an INTENSE workout, maybe too intense, but honestly I’ve always felt claustrophobic and way too over heated in spin rooms! I do enjoy biking outdoors though. It’s obviously not as intense a workout but I just prefer to be outside. Also after I go on my own bike rides I can still walk the next day, which was not the case every time I’ve gone to spin!!!
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    May 15, 2015 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was intimidated when I first went, and then I settled down. I’m more intimidated by yoga sculpt!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Ive never been to FlyWheel or SouCycle, but I did try a Baltimore cycle studio through classpass. It was a good change for me, and we did get some individual feedback on the bike. If I am taking a class, I am there to workout and want to get my money’s worth! However, it would bother me if there was too much pressure from an instructor, especially if I were trying to keep within my own limits.
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    May 15, 2015 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely not too much pressure–you tailor it to you!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    Eeeee so fun you are going for the cover of RW! Go girrrrrrl!!!!
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    May 15, 2015 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! VOTE FOR SUZ

      May 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I have never been to Fly Wheel (not offered where I live) but would love to try it out! Seems like something I’d enjoy!
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should go while you are here!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Nooooooo Soulcycle is so sad now. You’ve hurt its feelings. Ha jk–I’m glad you like Flywheel bc I am hurting its feelings by not.
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They didn’t want me, anyway.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I feel like I need to give FlyWheel a shot… I am in love and fully obsessed with SoulCycle but I am totally open to trying other spin studios as well. I think its an interesting balance for me in regards to the spin workouts. While I am a super competitive person and would probably push myself harder in a FlyWheel setting (from what you described), I think that SoulCycle also allows me to push myself but listen to my body. Since I primarily use it 1-2 times a week as cross training, it’s not a “rest” day per say, but more of an active recovery. And I feel like I might get too caught up in the competition/competitive nature I have in a FlyWheel class and push a little too hard. But in the off season, I think it would be great to try out!! Googling studios now…. : )
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey–to each their own, right? Flywheel is definitely not an “off” day for me–they work me gooood.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I’ve never done a spinning/flywheel class before!!! Sounds like a TON of fun!!
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I love it. Seriously.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I don’t think we have a Flywheel in my little ol’ desert. Or a Soul cycle for that matter. I tend to be competitive so I’d probably like the torq board. I’ve actually only been to a couple spin classes ever, so I have little to compare it to. I think I just need to get back on my real bike.
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love the format of the class and the extra push. But you do have a bike, so there is that…

      May 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Renee

    As a spinning instructor you know I love a sweet ride! I’ve never been to a flywheel but a zero coast attitude makes me think I’d like it! LOVE the bike pictures 🙂
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    May 15, 2015 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to hear your thoughts–I think that you would totally dig it.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    I haven’t tried Soul Cycle of FlyWheel. My sister raves about Soul Cycle. I’m intrigued by the tech involved with FlyWheel. It sounds like a fun way to get competitive!
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    May 15, 2015 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would be really interested as to what you thought in comparison!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I wish I had a FlyWheel here! Spin class is the only group exercise I like, just for the fun and cross-training factor of it.
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    May 15, 2015 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For real. I pretty much do yoga, spin, and pilates. I would also kill for a reformer.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Beverley Cheng

    never heard of, OR tried to fly wheel before, but i feel like if i ever do i know exactly what to expect! thanks for the great review
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    May 15, 2015 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So welcome! I hope you get to try it!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Great review Susie. I wish there was a FlyWheel in my area. I totally understand what you mean by tempo when lifting weights. Since Alex became a personal trainer and started training me I am now a big critic of certain instructors who teach the classes that I take. Now I go at the pace I know is right instead of flinging the weights up and down at a fast speed.

    May 15, 2015 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See?? OMG it drives me nuts. NUTS

      May 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply carissajaded

    Nice! I’m glad to learn about flywheel, id never heard of it before. You’re teaching me so much! I was just now looking online at bikes because i want a new one so bad. Mine is old and rusted and it’s not pretty and I think i would ride more if i had a pretty one. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want a bike so, freaking badly. SO BADLY. But there is no $$$ for that.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Spin/biking group classes are the best! I would love to go more often, they are just so fun and upbeat! SoulCycle was amazing the one time I got to go! By biking is so my #1 form of cardio! FlyWheel sounds awesome!
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m totally spoiled by Flywheel. What am I going to do when I can’t go any more??

      May 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I love a good spin class, but I’m one of those who can’t stand the music too loud. I have some mild hearing loss and believe it or not, loud noises hurt my ears and many times trigger a migraine. So ear plugs are must for those instructors who crank up the music. Flywheel sounds like fun and if given a pair of industrial strength ear plugs, I can see myself fitting right in.
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, they have them sitting next to the door when you walk in haha

      May 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Hanna

    Hey! Maddie passed along that you wanted to be added to the 2015 Fall Marathoners Blog Roll I put together, and you’re now on the list! Yay! Not gonna lie I’m a little jealous of all you Chicago Marathoners. I would love to run it one day – maybe next year when I can time qualify 🙂

    http://themillennialnextdoor.com/2015-fall-marathon-blog-roll/
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There is always the charity option 😀

      May 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Rae

    I’ve never tried Flywheel or SC, but there’s a local spin studio I’ve gone to a few times and liked. Their bikes are in no way as advanced, but I feel like the instructors do a great job of really leaving your resistance up to you, and while they encourage you to push resistance or turnover, they don’t judge or belittle you if you do your own thing. I liked it because I definitely worked harder with someone telling me what to do versus being on my own.
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH for certain. Even when I did a spin class totally apart from this type of thing, you totally get after it when you do it in from of people.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I would LOVE this I think. I’ve been dying to take a class but just haven’t gotten on the ball! It sounds like so much fun and love that they work the arms too!
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you totally would dig it. You love numbers, you love results, you would get them.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Love your review! I’ve never taken either class and I didn’t realize there was so much of a difference between Flywheel and SoulCycle. I think I’d have fun in a Flywheel class…just wish they were cheaper!

    May 15, 2015 at 10:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Your words to God’s ears (on the $$) I can only go because of class pass. Otherwise, there is no way.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I love that Torque Board. I’m such a numbers person and I like watching my name creep higher and higher on the board. Competitive to the max!
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    May 15, 2015 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would lol. You would bitch slap me in a class. I’m certain of it.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I gotta say, I’m not a fan of the bike. It hurts my nether bits and it feels like mental war torture. BUT, when I was injured, I had no choice but to ride and I really did notice that it kept up my cardio and leg strength considerably.
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    May 15, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I used to hate it, but then I realized that I was on the bike improperly–that made a huuuuge difference

      May 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    This sounds really similar to the spin studio I go to with the exception of the weighted bar (we use dumbells) and the leaderboard.

    There are some tracks where I KILL it an am in time with the music and others where I feel like a drunk white chick dancing – hahaha.

    Also BIKER GANG I LOVE IT.
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    May 15, 2015 at 11:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      loooollllzzzzz I know so much what you mean. LIKE WHY WON”T MY LEGS WORK. Oh wait that is my life.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Tracy @ dirtyeating.com

    It’s always so interesting to me that some people are 100% SoulCycle people and some are 100% Flywheel. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of people who like both equally. I’m a Flywheel person, and my sister’s a SoulCycle person, and when I have gone to SoulCycle with her I always feel like it’s not as balanced a workout as Flywheel. I’ve been going to Flywheel 4 times a week, and while I haven’t seen a lot of improvement in my “Power Scores” I’ve noticed that it’s easier for me to stay up in 3rd the whole time the instructor asks me to, and the arms are definitely getting more doable, so I count that as a win.
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    May 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really love the improvement. I think Soul Cycle totally has its benefits–like when you just want to jam out. But I guess I just have the bike access, so I don’t have to!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i took a spin class for the first time in yearrrrs this past wknd — the morning after my cousin’s wedding, actually, in Amelia Island — and i mean to check out FW or SC sometime but never have. i love that cruiser bike — obsessed with them bc they make me want to move to the beach and ride those around town. which i should do.
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    May 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. It was the life you were meant to live!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Smitha @RunningwithSDMom

    I ahve never taken a spin class. Ever ever ever! How can I even call myself a blogger? I should be ousted! HA! But if I get to stay in the blogger world, did I hear a call for a West Coast blogger?

    May 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES YOU DID. Pick your bike color!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    We don’t have a Flywheel in little ol’ Cville, but I’d love to try! I teach regular spin from time to time and love it 🙂
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    May 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would never leave Cville for realz if they got a flywheel.

      May 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Michele

    There’s a flywheel right by me but I’ve never tried it since my gym offers spin classes that I’m already paying for as a member. I could see the torque board fueling my competitive juices, not sure if that’s a good thing! I sort of hate that I get competitive with almost every class I take, it’s one of the reasons I don’t take many! I guess it’s more of a love/hate, I know you know what I mean!
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    May 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why I suggest that there are ways to take the competition out of it–make it work for you!

      May 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I thought FlyWheel was really fun too. I don’t mind the Torq board and when I took my first class I was pregnant but not telling my friend that I went with. I am super competitive and it was hard to keep my pace at a level that wasn’t too intense but I found that I could still see how I was doing and be proud of the progress I was making.
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    May 16, 2015 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See!? You can be competitive and still do what you need to do in order to protect yourself!

      May 26, 2015 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Well gosh now I want to try one of these! At this point I don’t think I’d share my name just because my fitness is decreasing due to babe but it’s hard to realize! ha I try hard to be ok with it though 😉
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    May 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I’m sure BB appreciates it haha

      May 26, 2015 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Farrah

    hahaha, you find the most hilarious gifs and pictures ever. <3

    I've never actually heard of Flywheel (sigh, blaming my middle-of-nowhere status), but it sounds like a lot of fun! I like no-pressure classes where I can have fun while getting in an awesome workout! Otherwise, I just work out on my own, hehe. :]
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    May 17, 2015 at 11:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And then blitz yourself of your own accord, lol

      May 26, 2015 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Yes, you go, Glen Coco! 🙂 I need to get my butt into the city to take some fitness classes. You know I’m loving barre lately, because you can really control how hard your working you get exactly what you need out of class. Although I can do the same thing at a yoga class or on a run, I suppose. 😉
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    May 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, but when you are in a class setting, it is so nice to feel that you can still control your fate, even while someone is telling you what to do! Some people unfortunately don’t know when to say when, and they pay the price.

      May 26, 2015 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Amber

    this was a very interesting post for me, I never even heard of flywheel!
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    May 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As you can tell, I’m a fan! I love that they are absolute professionals–that makes a huge difference for me!

      May 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

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