Danielle Devine-Baum is one of the best known FlyWheel instructors in the city and we were honored to get in off the waitlist for her Thursday morning class, which was full of regulars. Her years of experience created a really smooth FlyWheel class, which we felt went by in a flash and where we hit a new high power score. The studio is located in a complex that is boutique fitness heaven – FlyWheel and Flybarre each have their own floor, and the popular Fhitting Room and SLT have taken over the fourth and fifth floors of the building. The location is great unless you live far from the UES – try to seek out Dani’s class if you’re in the area!
This was a deceptively difficult 45-minute class that left us feeling exhausted and sweaty but also refreshed relative to other FlyWheel classes we’ve taken.
The structure of the class was similar to most other cycling classes, with a two song warmup, and then several songs alternating between long hill climbs and faster-paced sprints. The beginning section of class went by really quickly as we found that Danielle used really long songs with a slower beat than we’ve seen in other spin classes. Yet she managed to keep us all cycling over the beat as we listened to some Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. Later on in class, we listened to a few more recent pop hits and remixes, which mixed well with the tabata and tapbacks. The arms section of class was short and sweet as in all Fly45 classes, and we liked that Danielle didn’t let up on her instruction for our leg pressure throughout. We found ourselves sweating very hard and posting a pretty solid score for our arms song. When all was said and done with arms, we had two quick songs to finish off class, which was just enough time for us to engage in a couple of races. The pace of class and the length of songs was perfectly varied, letting us work out all of our energy without running low on steam before the finish line.
This class was a little late in the morning on a workday and we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that most of our fellow classmates are neighborhood locals, as the studio emptied out pretty quickly after class and there was shockingly no line for the four-stall shower.
Dani is a true pro – she clearly has a loyal following and we felt lucky to have this class with her after initially getting waitlisted. She knew some of the classgoers by name and called them out regularly and very clearly had a whole plan for how each section of class would go before she sat down – we love when an instructor has that aura of control over our workout. She used much lower-tempo songs than most spin instructors, and this suited the class very well. We definitely heard some classic rock mixed in with Beyonce and Rihanna. Some instructors seem to misjudge how long a song is and end up filling in time with extra rounds of tapbacks or sprints, but not Dani – the overall timing and pace of her class was well-controlled.
FlyWheel UES is located on the third floor of a fitness hub – we’ll have to come back to try all 5 of the studios here, which all have amazing reputations. We’re pretty sure FlyWheel, which is more than 5 years old, is the original tenant, but we like what they’re doing with the space. You climb to the third floor and stroll through a narrow but breezy front desk area with lockers, racks of shoes, and shelves of water bottles all available. The studio itself felt a little smaller than some of the other spin studios we’ve seen but still fit about 50 bikes, and we never sneezed on our neighbors, so it worked out. After class, we had to ask at the front desk where the showers were and were informed we had to go down to the second floor FlyBarre studio to get there. This was a little inconvenient to lug our sweaty stuff downstairs and through several doors. However, we were thrilled to discover that these showers are both brand new and somewhat of a secret – there was no line to use them, and we really appreciated the Bliss shower products.
201 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065 Upper East Side Spin $$$$
FlyWheel Sports Upper East Side
Upper East Side Spin, $$$$
201 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065
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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!
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.
Prepare yourself for a ferocious ride. You will get serious, focused, and motivated right away. Expect this to remain for 45-minutes. Crystal is not laid back, she is an all business badass and a force to be reckoned with. She led us each step of the way and helped us reach a PR. Something we enjoyed that you don’t see with all instructors is that she rode her bike, HARD, the entire class. She demonstrated proper poster and form showing the newcomers what it’s all about. Her playlist was spot on – a mix of heavy beats, hip hop/pop, and some awesome throwbacks. Her workout was tough – from all out sprints to heavy climbs, she had the perfect mix. We burnt some serious cals and it was worth every penny.
As for the arm section, we will warn you – Crystal is ripped which meant the arm section was not easy. Actually far from it.