August 27 2014

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Spin Cycle


I’m no stranger to various exercise protocols, but the appeal of indoor cycling has somehow eluded me. Perhaps it’s the recumbent bikers at my gym who read magazines as they make s-l-o-w circles with the pedals—does this constitute a workout, I ask you? So my first official spin class at the just-opened Flywheel Sports was a happy surprise. No clunky bikes at this complimentary press preview—instead, a fleet of top-of-the-line, fully adjustable Schwinns was arranged stadium-style on levels so everyone had clear sightlines to the instructor. Even techier, and more useful: the small screens affixed to each bike, which monitor individual cadence and resistance levels. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep up for the full 45-minute class, but by the time our warm-up had morphed into tougher work, teacher (and Flywheel co-founder) Ruth Zukerman told us we should be “feeling good”—and I was. Zukerman took us from low-resistance flats to high-resistance hill climbs and back again, all peppered with sprint intervals and “jumps” in and out of the saddle. We schvitzed, we spun, we towel-blotted, and we shvitzed some more, fueled by gulps of water and blasts of hip-hop. All too soon, we were winding down, doing upper-body work with light weights while we pedaled, and finishing up with stretches after dismounting. I was actually bummed the class seemed to end so quickly, but thrilled to have found a new workout obsession—especially now that the rigor of fashion week has subsided, in New York at least, making my I’m-too-tired-to-go-to-the-gym excuses null and void.

Flywheel Sports, 39 W. 21st St., NYC, (212) 242-9433.

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