Flywheel Santa Monica Grand Opening & Free Classes!

Flywheel Santa Monica

Flywheel Santa Monica is officially opening 5/8/17, but this weekend they are offering free classes! For more information and to sign up, head over to their blog.

Class: Fly 45

Location: Santa Monica

Work-out: Indoor cycling/spin

Difficulty: 4.5

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 45

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking, validated lot

Amenities: Towels, showers, filtered water fountain, lockers, free shoe rentals, mints, hair ties, ear plugs

Requirements for class: socks

So this was actually my very first Flywheel class. My friend Cassie had actually previously reviewed one of the other locations, but due to how far the studios were from me, I never got around to trying Flywheel until now. I did the Fly 45 with Victor Self, which is the signature class, and WOW was it hard! Afterwards, I learned that Victor is one of the tougher instructors (which made me feel a little better), but still, I was trailing way behind for most of the class.

First, the fact that each bike had its own screen which showed you your Torq level, your RPM (revolutions per minute), your distance and your power really made you feel accountable. The instructor gave guidelines for you to be at certain levels (such as mid 80s RPM at Torq 20) and I was definitely cruising at 60 feeling like my legs were going to fall off. It really puts in perspective how hard you should be working and how you compare. Ultimately though, you know your body best and Victor gave the advice that when choosing between torque and RPM, always maintain RPM and lower the torque to keep up with the class. If you’re in a competitive spirit, you can opt to have your stats displayed on the “torq board” which shows the 10 highest performing riders (broken down by male and female) in the class. My friend Becca crushed it and was #1 in the female category and #5 in the overall category. Go girl!

What I really appreciated was that Flywheel took service to the next level. When you sign up for an account, you choose what shoe size you are, and once you get to the studio, your spin shoes are already in a little cubby with your bike number. Furthermore, after class, your account updates with the stats from the class you just took including your min and max torque levels, your speed, distance, calories burned and total power. Super useful and definitely something that’ll keep you going back.

If you’re looking for a spin class to challenge you and push you to your limits (without the ability to really slack), this is it! This location will also be on ClassPass once it’s officially open. Free classes all weekend until the official opening on Monday 5/8/17, so now’s your chance to try it out!

Pointe Studio’s Sanity Not Vanity Series @ SoulCycle Manhattan Beach

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to join Pointe Studio in its Sanity Not Vanity class at SoulCycle Manhattan Beach. Pointe Studio is an athletic sock brand specializing in cute grippy socks. This is the second class in heir #SanityNotVanity series, which is a free workout series and campaign with a great message:

A bit about it from Allie at Pointe Studio:

We are getting a little fed up with some of this unrealistic #fitspiration shit and are pretty bummed out that people are losing sight of the mental benefit of breaking a sweat everyday. Personally this has been a huge breakthrough for me. Working the brain is just as important as the booty in our minds. To combat this we have started doing pop up classes focused on the value of mental strength and empowerment- we have nicknamed it sweat therapy LOL.  You can read more about it here and here
To participate in future #SanityNotVanity events, be sure to follow Pointe Studio on social! Thanks for hosting such an awesome event with a great message! Now onto the review of the class.

Class: Soul 45

Location: The Point, Manhattan Beach

Work-out: Spin

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level💦 💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot at the Point

Amenities: Showers, shoes for rent and water/swag for purchase

Requirements for class: socks

This is SoulCyle’s newest LA location. The studio seats about 60 people and is conveniently located. Jake, my instructor, was one of the best SoulCycle instructors I’ve had. His energy was excellent and his class was just the right amount of challenging and motivating. I was even sore from doing the weight work the next day! I would definitely recommend checking out SoulCycle MB, and pre or post workout, there is plenty to do at the new shopping and dining center!

Reform & Ride @ Studio Elevate LA

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Class: Reform & Ride

Location: Culver City

Work-out: Hybrid Pilates + Spin

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot behind studio and metered parking out front

Amenities: Water fountain, bicycle pedal cages so you don’t need spin shoes

Requirements for class: Grippy socks recommended but not required, and sneakers for spin if you don’t have spin shoes

I’ve been meaning to check out this studio since it opened a few months ago and I’m glad I finally did! The girl at the front desk was super helpful for my first time, which is something I appreciate as so many studios have neglectful front desk staff when it comes to giving the rundown for first timers. The studio is new, clean and minimalistic.

The workout itself was unique because it combined 25 minutes of pilates on the proformer machine with 25 minutes of spin. It wasn’t as challenging as some of the other reformer pilates or spin classes I’ve taken, but I like the tone and cardio combo and it might be great for someone just getting into a regular workout regimen. The spin bikes though, I was not a fan of. It was hard for me to tell what resistance I was at and the cages for my sneakers made me feel a little off balance. I’ve read that Leah, the owner and a former Pilates Platinum instructor, leads great classes so I’ll probably come back and take just a pilates class with her.

DASH x Cycle House Charity Ride

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Class: House Ride (40 min.) with Aaron Hines

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Cycling

Difficulty: Level 5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 40 min (normally 45-55 min.)

Sweat Level💦💦💦 Drenched

Parking: Lot across La Cienega, first 75 min. free ($3 for the charity event)

Amenities: Shower, water fountain, free shoe rentals, apparel for purchase

Requirements for class: Be in the mindset to push yourself.

I came here for the DASHxCHgiveback charity ride to fight cancer (not on ClassPass) and it was PACKED. With Cycle House gaining popularity due to its new reality TV show, Hollywood Cycle, the crowd was a mix of regulars along with many starstruck fans hoping to get a real life taste of what Hollywood Cycle is all about, and a glimpse of a Kardashian. Khloe was there for Nichelle’s class, and nice enough to take selfies with many fans who asked. There was also some cool swag (featured in the pic above), my favorite being the signed copy of the Skinny Confidential and delicious Suja juice.

As far as the class went, those 40 minutes with Aaron really KICKED my butt. I was recovering from a bad cold, so it may have added to the struggle, but it was rough. And if you don’t know, Cycle House’s normal classes range from 45-55 minutes. AND my friend tells me that Aaron went easier on us this class because about half the class was new. I’ve taken classes at CH before with Heather, Mikki and Maranda and none of those were as hard as this class. Maranda’s was still pretty killer. My favorite has been Mikki because she’s encouraging in a non-frightening way and her class was still a good workout. I might add that I’m also not a cardio person so I struggle especially with spin classes. Aaron is all about the cranked up resistance, and sprinting with cranked up resistance, which almost killed me. However, people who are better at cardio than I am tend to love that. If you’re new to Cycle House, I’d recommend taking an easier class and working your way up. Nichelle, Aaron and Nick all have really intense classes, but as they say, “the strength is in the struggle.”

Fly 45 @ FlyWheel

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Class: Fly 45

Location: West Hollywood (there’s also one in Larchmont)

Workout Type: Spin

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Validated parking available in the building

Amenities: Lockers, showers, spin shoes and towels are complimentary.

Requirements for class: Bring water

Unlike most spin studios, Flywheel has a monitor on your bike that keeps track of your RPMs, resistance (referred to as torque in class) and Power output (the cumulative level of your workout). You’ll see how hard your worked and how you ranked compared to the riders next to you. There are positives and negatives to the monitor — I find myself very focused on making sure I’m on the right torque but at the same time I want to know how far I’ve gone and how many calories I’ve burned. The great music and instructors will keep your focus on the ride like Karen Maxwell. Get ready, no cruising allowed!