Flywheel Sports, a hot new fitness studio in Buckhead, is offering free classes at its open house Sunday to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Flywheel is a spin class on steroids, basically. The spin cycles are set up in a way to allow the cyclists to "compete" against each other, tracking their progress by screen names of their choosing shown on a large screen in the room.
The Flywheel instructors help push riders to a new level, and the resulting explosive workout amounts to tons of calories burned.
Additionally, Flywheel offers its Flybarre classes, which incorporate ballet technique using the barre and unique stretching. (See Editor Kiri Walton's review below.)
Nine classes are offered between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. as part of the Flywheel Open House on Sunday.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for one of the classes. Bring your friends and come join the one-year celebration!
Here's the open house lineup:
- Flywheel: 8:30 a.m. -Ashley, 9:30 a.m. -Dani, 10:30 a.m. -David, 11:30 a.m. -Ann Marie, 3 p.m. -Jeremy and 4 p.m. -Cathy
- FlyBarre: 9:30 a.m. -Erika, 11 a.m. -Kelsey and Christie and 3 p.m. -Cara
My FlyBarre Experience
I recently took a Flybarre class at Flywheel Atlanta, and I can sum it up as intense. I'm not in top shape and am a beginner when it comes to fitness, so if I can do it, anyone can.
The description of FlyBarre on the FlyWheel Sports website is:
FlyBarre provides a revolutionary form of body sculpting. It combines the disciplines of yoga, dance, circuit training, pilates and strength building with the Flywheel touch. Every instructor is experienced, creative and eager to push limits — yours and theirs.
A full-body workout based on high repetitions at low weights, FlyBarre is designed to lengthen, tone, and sculpt. Classes are highly energetic, fast-paced, and challenging. We use a wide range of props to tighten muscles and keep things interesting.
The class is broken into periods, during which core body parts are targeted, such as abs (especially abs), legs, glutes and hips. In addition to utilizing the barre, we also used a resistance ball, weights and resistance band.
This class will definitely help you build stamina and muscle strength, along with improving your balance.
By the end of the class, I couldn't stand on my toes without my legs shaking. Try holding onto the barre with both hands in a seated position with a ball between your legs while being up on your toes and see if your legs don't start shaking just a little bit.
Believe me, your muscles will burn! I would say that many of the women in my class were beginners when it came to Flybarre. During some of the stretches or sets, I had to stop for a second before pushing myself again. And that was completely OK. I didn't feel like I was the only one in the class who had to pause every now and then, especially because this high-intensity class has no breaks.
It's a relatively small studio, so it made the floor leg stretches a little interesting because you had to position yourself so that you didn't hit your neighbor and you may have to be OK with having someone's foot in your face for a little bit as we move our legs in specific angles and rotate them just the tiniest bit, building that stamina.
Overall, I'd recommend this class to anyone– women, men, those in great shape and those on their way to being in great shape.
You WILL be sore and you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. I definitely plan on attending again.
The first class at Flywheel is free, so if you can't get a spot at Sunday's open house, drop in anytime and try it out!