September 1 2014

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The 411: Flywheel’s Ruth Zukerman


The past few years have seen the spinning trend reach dizzying new heights, and leading the two-wheeled, stationary charge are fashionable studios like Flywheel—and, more specifically, its co-founder Ruth Zukerman. Widely credited as the pioneer of New York’s indoor cycling scene (she opened the first dedicated studio here in 2006), Zukerman is more than mere cardio enthusiast: The Mount Holyoke grad has studied anatomy and exercise physiology extensively, and that education, plus her background as a dancer, figured largely in the creation of her cult fitness destination. Devotees of the studio’s intense hour-long classes appreciate the carefully curated soundtracks (courtesy of an in-house DJ), the personal tech packs on each bike (the better to record your metrics like speed, power, distance, and calories burnt with), and of course, the body sculpting results. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Zukerman herself, now in her fifties and looking more fit than ever, is the best advertisement of this. Here, Flywheel’s driving force shares her own beautifying go-tos, with some healthy food mainstays thrown in for good measure.

The Body-Conscious Masseuse: Jacob at the Standard Spa
“Jacob at the Standard Spa in Miami is a wonderful massage therapist. I always look for someone who really knows the body, and he is a wealth of knowledge. He knows how much pressure I need and has been known to literally stand on my calves and hamstrings. With all of the indoor cycling that I do I need this kind of treatment. After I leave him I feel as if I’m floating.”
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The Hair Team: Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon
“I have been seeing River Lloyd, currently at John Frieda, for 20 years! I admire his impeccable taste and skills with scissors. He knows me well and always knows what to do, and I trust his instincts. I put my hair completely in his hands. And Sharon Dorram is my hair color guru. While she’s big on blondes, she knows just the right brunette shade for me—always a rich and radiant color.”
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The Solo Getaway: Miraval
“When I want a spa vacation, I prefer to go alone for the ultimate in peace and quiet. My favorite would be the Miraval spa in Catalina, Arizona. Surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains, it is absolutely beautiful. I practice yoga in a room facing these mountains and feel, and appreciate, the distance from New York City. The facial and massage treatments are all given by very experienced therapists and aestheticians, and I always leave feeling relaxed, buffed, and ready to get back to work!”
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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.