As if cycling in place isn’t a discouraging enough concept, too many studios have sweaty riders crammed together and forced to listen to bad techno. So when Ruth Zukerman, a certified fitness instructor for more than twenty-five years, cofounded Flywheel in New York in 2010, she wanted to offer a motivational and hard-core experience.
At $25 a class, Flywheel provides stadium-style seating that allows riders to easily see their instructor and the TorqBoards—large flatscreens at the front that display the class leaders and performance data. Talk about motivation! Each bike is also equipped with a personal data tracker to record your progress. Add in personalized music mixes by an internationally renowned DJ, and this style of cycling is a fun (but still sweaty) way for you to get your full-body workout. Atlanta is the latest city to become hooked on this fitness sensation, which already has locations in Chicago and throughout Florida; the Buckhead studio opened in late January. Flywheel also offers FlyBarre, a yoga-meets-Pilates circuit training mashup that’ll tone your body in a sixty-minute group class.
98 West Paces Ferry Road
Illustration by Shaw Nielson