A dusky room blaring with funky music and muffled gasps of fatigued, yet fervent cyclists can only mean one thing…you’ve entered the “Fly Zone.”
For 45 heart pounding, sweat drenching, muscle cramping minutes, your physical and mental endurance had better be made of steel. It’s like having an out-of-body experience on a stationary bike.
And Flywheel Sports wouldn’t have it any other way.
As director of the Boca studio, and the soon to be open South Beach location, Angela Lutin’s students get their money’s worth. By creating an atmosphere of infectious energy, Lutin’s classes are always filled with enthusiastic participants who push themselves to the limit…and then some.
” I think my classes are well received because I have fun with it while also challenging the riders to take their performance to a level they didn’t think possible, “ Lutin said. “ I like to say we are getting “comfortable with uncomfortable” in my classes. “I can’t ask anyone to do something that I haven’t done myself. “I talk the talk but I also walk the walk. “People see that and respect it. “
Lutin, a Baptiste trained Power Yoga instructor and an avid runner, has been the studio director at Flywheel, Boca since December 2010.The New York based studio, which is redifining the indoor cycling experience, has 8 other locations including Atlanta and Chicago.
So what puts the “fly” in Flywheel?
Unique equipment & weight training
According to Lutin, Flywheel’s cycle classes cannot compare to your “typical” spin class. Top instructors, theatrical lighting and stadium seating give Flywheel participants the ultimate experience in indoor cycling. Additionally, a “TorqBoard” that tracks personal performance data allow participants to see their progress and compete with themselves or others.
“Flybarre” is an additional weight training segment where students can receive core workouts that sculpts and tones the body.
Complimentary cycle shoes
Cycle or spin shoes can be a bit pricey,however, Flywheel provides them at no extra charge. Cycling shoes allow more powerful pedal strokes due their stiff soles, according to Lutin. By attaching the shoes to clipless pedals, efficient pedal strokes are easier by facilitating a “push and pull action.” Towels and water are also complimentary at Flywheel.
No membership requirements
Participants can pay for as many classes as they’d like without the pressure of signing up for a membership. A single ride at the Boca studio is $25.
Having the right blend of music
Inhouse DJs supply Flywheel spinning instructors with fresh and upbeat music, steering away from the trance and techno found in so many other spin classes. Lutin also does her own research by listening to satellite radio, searching for that unique song. According to her, a special song can make a rider feel emotionally connected during class.
Flywheel instructors take their profession seriously. A teacher’s enthusiasm (or lethargy) is contagious, so it’s very important to keep the energy level to a maximum. According to Lutin, spin class also means leaving your troubles at the door and focusing on having the best ride of your life. “Nothing is better for me than to see someone bopping their head to the music, “ she said. “ And, of course, the ultimate compliment is when I see them give a fist pump. That’s when I know I’ve got them in the zone!”
For more information on Flywheel, visit their website here or call 561.368.3246. Be sure to see the attached video on Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zuckerman.v