If you love to spin, you geek out over data and you get the feels from teamwork, then SWERVE may be your next fitness jam. The class is tough – be prepared to go breathless and have your legs burn. Dyan’s spunk and encouragement will keep you engaged and motivated to reach your team goals. The SWERVE Midtown studio has a lofty downtown feel smack in the middle of Midtown, which exceeded our expectations.
When you book a SWERVE class, your bike color (green, blue or red) dictates what team you’re on, and colored lights in the studio indicate where the teams should sit. SWERVE uses Schwinn spin bikes, which have a red console that captures the RPM output and gear setting during the ride. The team score is the average output from each rider on that team, and this overall score is tracked on the instructor’s iPad and displayed on two flat screens at the front of the studio.
The class is what you’d expect from a spin class. We rode in the saddle, out of the saddle, there were fast pushes, all out sprints, hill work and arm exercises with weights. They provided three pound weights under our bike but it was unclear if there were other weight options available. The twist at SWERVE is the element of gamification and the use of team data. For example, Dyan gave us RPM goals to hit at several points during class – we needed to hit the goal RPM and hold it for about three seconds in order to get two points awarded to our team. All three teams had their data displayed on the flat screens and we were competing against each other for points. Again, the data is based on the team average so it can be frustrating if you are working really hard but you don’t see the results in the team output. Once class is over, they send an email with your individual information so you can see how you stacked up against the rest of the class. You have no way to access this information during class though, which is a miss – it could be used as motivation!
Dyan was extremely tuned in to the class, and was attentive right from the outset. She was made aware of the new people in class and helped people get set on their bikes before class started. She was very vocal, talking us through the ride from start to finish. Dyan offered motivation and encouragement, morphing into an auctioneer when we were in “game” mode, recapping the data as it was displayed in real time on the flat screens and letting us know where each team was stacking up. Dyan also had a lot to say about the power of teamwork, which is to be expected since that’s the cornerstone of the class. She pushed us hard and had great music to back up the ride. We especially loved Avicii’s “Levels” remixed with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
SWERVE Midtown is three levels & it feel spacious! The ground floor and the second level are open to each other creating a downtown loft feel. The actual spin studio is in the basement. As you walk in, the check in desk is the first thing you encounter and just beyond that is a communal space and the “SWERVE bar”. They serve smoothies, shakes and some small snacks (Larabars!). You’re able to order your drink before you ride, charge it to your bike and pick it up as soon as you dismount. They also have a “tap” for riders to fill up their water bottles before class – a gimmick we can get behind.
There are lockers adjacent to the SWERVE bar as well as on the second floor closer to the ladies locker room. All of the lockers have numeric key pads so you can leave your lock at home! The ladies locker room did not disappoint, even though there was a bit of a line for the shower. It moved fast because there are six showers in total, and they have ample products available, which makes getting ready after class that much easier. An added bonus, they’re all organic products with essential oils – we especially loved the Grapefruit & Mint shower gel. They have great dryers and enough of them to go around. Hallelujah! The countertops have plugs and USB jacks so you can charge up as you get ready – so thoughtful.
21 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 Midtown Spin $$$$
SWERVE Fitness Midtown
Midtown Spin, $$$$
21 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
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