Jonathan Baskin
A spin class is just a spin class, right? not when it’s a Flywheel Sports spin class. Created in New York in early 2010, Flywheel classes are designed to give riders the maximum effective and enjoyable workout. The experience starts with the amenities: stadium-style seating; disc jockeys who create mixes for each class; custom-engineered bikes; complimentary water, towels and cycling shoes for riders; even bowls of fruit for a little after-ride ­pick-me-up. As for the bikes, each comes equipped with a Tech Pack — part of Flywheel’s proprietary TorqBoard technology — that allows riders to see real-time stats like speed and energy spent. For a little friendly competition, this information can also be relayed (if you so choose) to several large, flat-screen displays at the front of the room. At the end of each ride, these stats, including the number of calories burned, are added to the rider’s personal Flywheel page so participants can track their progress. Many Flywheel locations also offer FlyBarre, which reshapes the body into lean, strong muscles using small, intense interval exercises set to contemporary music. Flywheel has more than 23 studios in the U.S., including locations in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Seattle, as well as its first international studio in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.