Flywheel Spin Class: Round 2

Flywheel Spin Class: Round 2

4 May, 2011|Posted in: Exercise Class Review, Uncategorized, Workout

I used to take spin class at least three times a week when I was a member of New York Sports Club. I took it more than any other class because I knew that it burned the most calories.  While I did feel great afterwards, it kind of felt like torture during the class! I stopped suffering through spin once I discovered intenSati. When I first tried intenSati, I finally realized what it was like to have a great time in a gym class. I now feel more powerful and positive as a result of the practice, and happen to burn the same, if not more calories in class than I do in spin. I’ve tried taking spin a few times at Equinox but always find myself staring at the clock and thinking very negative thoughts for the entire hour. I decided to give spin one more try last week after receiving an invitation to Flywheel Sports, a fancy spin studio in Flatiron. Holly Ringer, a spin instructor at FlyWheel, sent me a very nice email that really got me excited about trying her class.

Missy, I enjoy your blog and especially enjoy your motivational and optimistic spirit!  I have been using my life’s journey to help inspire and motivate people to acheive their fitness goals.  I am currently a spin instructor, personal traininer and group fitness instructor based in Manhattan.  I would love to invite you as my guest to one of my spin classes at Flywheel.

I tried a class at Flywheel last May and really loved the studio but was not a huge fan of the class. I had a feeling that I would enjoy Holly’s class this time around since she seemed very positive and inspirational just from the emails we had been exchanging. I walked into Flywheel on a Wednesday night and saw my coworker sitting in the waiting room. It was great to see a familiar face; and it made me feel even better when she assured me that Holly was the best instructor at Flywheel! I walked up to the desk and told the receptionist my name and that I was on the guest list. I definitely felt special when she said, “Oh, you are Holly’s guest!” She told me my bike number and gave me a pair of spin shoes to wear. She also invited me to a free apple or banana from the fruit bowl and showed me wear to pick up my complimentary bottle of water before the class. I felt very welcomed and of course, very excited about the free food and drinks!

One of my favorite things about Flywheel is the cool stadium seating.

Every bike is a good spot in class but I did find it nice that they placed me in the center of the room, in the second row. Holly came up to me before class, introduced herself to me, and helped me position my bike correctly. She explained the torque system to me as well:

Flywheel has a TorqBoard technology package that allows you to see your rpms, torque, and total power expended while you ride. There are also big screens in the studio where you can see your stats in comparison with other riders.

Holly had so much energy from the beginning of class to the very end. She was very inspiring and kept saying familiar affirmations that really motivated me to work as hard as I possibly could. She played really great music which is very important to me during a spin class. I loved that she did not just sit on her bike the entire class while giving us directions. Instead, she danced around the room, helped us with our posture, and yelled fun things like, “Yes! Let’s do it Wednesday night!” I could tell that she really had a passion for spin and fitness and loved every minute of teaching the class.

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I never felt the urge to look at a clock and the 45 minutes flew by! I loved that halfway through the class, we were instructed to pick up mini body bars for some arm exercises.

The bars seemed light but my arms were burning after doing several repetitions of the exercises. This was a great way to break up the class and made me feel one step closer to getting amazing arm muscles like Holly’s!! I felt great after the class and really worked up a sweat! I was excited that I actually liked a spin class again.

After the class, Holly and her assistant took some time to talk to me about the blog. They were both really sweet and invited me to come back again soon. I highly recommend trying Holly’s class if you ever take spin at Flywheel. Her positivity and encouragement made the class very enjoyable and fun. Holly teaches at Flywheel on Monday and Tuesday mornings at 9:30am and on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Check out HollyRingerFitness for details on her bootcamp and personal training packages!

Are you a fan of spin class? How often do you take it?


  1. Joleen
    4 May, 2011

    If you need another spin class to try, Darryl Gaines’ Transcendcycle class at Equinox is life changing. Not a traditional spin class, and you won’t look at the clock once – I promise!

  2. Sam @ Mom At The Barre
    4 May, 2011

    I love spin classes and try to go once a week. I especially enjoy going to the Flywheel studio. The Torq method works for me because you can’t cheat since they tell you exactly what resistance and rpms (rotations per minute) you should be working at. Holly’s class is a lot of fun. Great review!

  3. MissyMaintains
    4 May, 2011

    That sounds great! I will definitely try it!

  4. Monique
    4 May, 2011

    i have a love hate relationship with spin. I hate the way i feel during hte class but LOVE the high i am on after class… could be a combination of relief and endorphins…
    Glad you had a positive experience!!

  5. Amber
    4 May, 2011

    Loved this review – this class sounds awesome! I’m like you in that I used to go to spin all of the time, and hated it, but I haven’t been since I started going to Core Fusion religiously. I think I would like to try a class like this!

    And Holly’s arms look amazing!

  6. MelissaNibbles
    4 May, 2011

    That sounds like fun! You have so many different workout options available to you in NYC. I’m jealous!

  7. Rach @ Girl on the Run
    4 May, 2011

    I can barely stand my standard spin class at my local gym after going to FlyWheel…it’s just not the same! Glad you had a more positive experience the second time around

  8. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    5 May, 2011

    I looove spin class!! The instructor totally makes it, so that sounds awesome!

  9. Dori
    5 May, 2011

    This is so awesome! I am really happy Holly reached out to you and you loved the class. I am going to try a FlyWheel class at their new UES studio very soon — excited!

  10. Jess @ Fit Chick in the City
    5 May, 2011

    I’ve heard amazing things about her class and have been trying to get to one, but I they never work with my schedule. So glad she helped you like spin again!

  11. Abbey
    8 June, 2011

    I love, love, love spin but don’t often get the chance to take a class. I haven’t been a member of a gym in a while, and spin studios’ in NYC are ridiculously expensive.
    I woud love to try something like this someday… when the funds are a little more plentiful!

    Kudos to you for doing it!

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