Dilan produced a well-balanced class – sprints, hills, and tap backs combined with an athletic Torq ranging from 27-40. As we sprinted and climbed, we never lost sight of our form, since we were consistently reminded to engage our core and “push, pull” our legs. Dilan’s down-to-earth personality coupled with her upbeat demeanor inspired us to crush it for a full 45 minutes. She also pulled together an epic playlist consisting of electronic dance music and hip hop – a perfect pick me up for Saturday afternoon!
We kicked off class in the saddle hitting 90+ RPM and reaching 30 Torq shortly thereafter. Dilan led us through an ab-specific exercise called “around the world” – moving between 2nd, 3rd, and the saddle, while engaging our core and focusing on riding without bouncing (note: vastly different from and not to be confused with SoulCycle’s version of around the world, which incorporates pushups and some abs). Her ride was endurance-based with a ton of 30, 60, 90 second sprints. She crushed it, and so did we. Done and done.
Dilan has been a FlyWheel instructor for less than a year, which is hard to believe given her confidence and strong presence on the stage. She went the extra mile to make first timers feel comfortable, saddling up next to them prior to the start of class to show them the drill – no guessing in her class! Whether you’re new to FlyWheel or a frequent rider, you must ride with Dilan. She always let us know where we needed to be, and we executed and finished the ride drenched in sweat! Dilan has an innately motivational style; you won’t experience overkill.
The space has a simple layout, but the studio is clean and airy, and is centrally located to many of the NYC subway lines. There are individual, gender neutral showers and bathrooms, but no men’s or women’s locker rooms, so if you’re into doing your hair/makeup in peace, you may want to consider showering at home. Check out the apparel and grab some fresh fruit!
245 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011 Chelsea Spin $$$$
FlyWheel Sports Chelsea
Chelsea Spin, $$$$
245 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
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Let us introduce you to the powerhouse of all powerhouses. This Crossfit guru is not shy on burning out the legs – just look at those calves! Jared had us out of the saddle in third position often. He was consistent in his demonstration of the various positions (good for first timers) but could have given the class a little extra umph with words of encouragement. The class was sold out, which is a good indication of his popularity, but it didn’t feel cohesive. We’re looking for our instructor to bring the class together to spark some healthy Flywheel competition. That said, if you’re up for a killer workout, he’s worth a shot.
DJ Emmy G. in the house! Emmy crafted one of the best playlists we’ve heard. Majoring in music might have something to do with it … and we’ve heard she spends her free time producing electronic music. So prepare yourself for an epic playlist! That aside, Emmy is genuine, composed, and focused. Her smile and politeness should not fool you because Emmy crushes it. HARD.
At times, you’ll think “Am I still alive?” If that’s the case, we recommend adjusting the Torq to your liking and doing what you can. We hit steep hills and sprinted our hearts out. Emmy is light on the choreography because she remains focused on form. You’ll leave Emmy’s class feeling stronger and with a clearer mindset than when you walked in. What else do we love about Emmy? She introduces herself and always make sure riders are set, which is a personal touch you don’t always see. She got on our level.
“18.104.22.168. 22.214.171.124.” Jordan was thorough in his count downs, keeping us on track every moment of every song. We later found out why he was so diligent in his count downs: he was a ballet dancer prior to his FlyWheel life. With a soothing, yet powerful voice and consistent focus on form, you are guaranteed to leave class feeling stronger. Whether you’re a first timer or an advanced rider, Jordan’s class suits all levels. Advice for first timers? Follow Jordan’s instruction and no one will know you’re a newbie! Side note: He is ripped, super athletic, and easy on the eyes!
Jordan’s formula equals long hills and a lot of torq. Being a dancer himself, we thought he’d be heavier on the choreography but he surprised us with only a couple of tap backs. We enjoyed the more athletic ride but if you’re into choreography and bouncin’ back and forth, you might want to reconsider. Jordan’s class is tough (expect to have heavy legs after class) but it was hard to not have fun – we rocked out to Nikki Minaj, Coldplay, and a variety of party songs.
Looking to re-energize and clear the cobwebs in your head? Jordan has come to the rescue!
From the moment you enter the studio, Nowani is there for you! Whether you’re a beginner and need help setting up or you’re an experienced flyer trying to get stronger, she will not let you down. Nowani led an energetic, athletic and endurance-focused class. The 30-second sprints were manageable but once we hit longer sprints, our endurance was tested. Although the lactic acid was building up in our legs, begging us to give up, her nonstop encouragement got us to push through! Nowani exudes a toughness that made us want to go harder and faster. Her music selection was well-balanced spanning a variety of genres. You will not be disappointed!
Warning: enter at your own risk. This class is not for beginners.
There’s something about his multi-colored hair and kind spirit that made us fall in love with Mario immediately. He led a perfect FlyBeats class (note: this is Flywheel’s version of “riding with the beat”) – focusing less on RPM and more on cranking up the Torq and staying with the beat. With lots of electronic dance remixes and heavy beat drops, Mario’s playlist would do just as well at a Brooklyn warehouse rave. The best part was getting lost in the music and PRing our Torq levels. Plus, his style was smooth and uplifting – no wonder the stadium was packed!
It’s hard to know how to rate Johnny because he can be a super kickass instructor with amazing playlists when he is feelin’ it, but he can also be pretty inconsistent. We recall fondly one particular class where songs bounced around from Justin Bieber to Shania Twain to the original Broadway cast recording of the musical Aida, and his energy was unflagging. However, we’ve also attended numerous classes where his playlist was much less inspired, where he doesn’t join the class in riding along, and where his direction was the same from song to song, each one ending in a 30-second sprint. We’d love for Johnny to bring his A-game more consistently and keep varying the direction, with more tapbacks or longer sprints that are fewer and further between, or with more of Johnny actually riding with us. We will say that if you sign up for an hour long class with Johnny, you are likely to get your butt kicked – he always shows up and shows up HARD for these ones.