I really liked this dude. Attentive and encouraging to new students; focused on getting the whole room to act as a “team”. I never really felt like we actually were a team, perhaps because I spent the whole class pissed off that I wasn’t on the leaderboard and tasting my lunch in an attempt to get on it.
...Turns out I hadn’t signed up. I actually came in 2nd. Which is still not 1st. FML.
- Lesson 1: I’m a moron and need to chill out.
- Lesson 2: Leaderboard = (inspiration) X (8745) to work harder. Pretty sure I
burned off a pint of Ben & Jerry’s going Sisyphus on that shit. As a side note,
Sisyphus probably has a super hot body. Thoughts?
On the class:
Flywheel classes are generally the same format – spinning with an arm strength sequence with weighted body bars.
On the arm strength section:
Each bike is equipped with two mini body-bars. In the middle of the class, you whip out one or both bars, depending on your strength level, and continue pedaling as you do various arm exercises. The section was about 5 – 7 minutes. I found that this sequence didn’t do much damage on my arms, but it was CHALLENGING – because I had to balance and do weights while simultaneously pedaling (and trying to get on the f^#%#ing leaderboard). Ab pain.
General class notes:
- Jesse is a sweetheart, makes you work HARD, and has awesome music. He
singles people out to encourage them.
- I went to a mid-day class, and Jesse told us that if we came back that
evening to do the 7PM class, he’d put us on his guest list for free. I LOVE
this. I wish I had been able to go.
- Room was almost pitch black. Tremendous! Didn’t realize what an effect the
lighting can have on the vibe. When the Flywheel studio is dark, all you see
is the low light on the instructor and the blue lights on everyone’s bike. Not
all instructors make it that dark – so I put this as a huge pro for Jesse.
- Jam-packed sequence. I can’t remember the order because there was so
much. He expressed the remaining time in the class in terms of how many
songs were left.
- Lots of sprinting.
On the crowd: There was a mix, but a high saturation of NYU 20-somethings from the Long Island trust fund circuit (http://vodpod.com/watch/1768664-daily-show-long-island-wants-to-secede). A nice note: one fellow classmate approached me after class to ask me how I liked it. And she didn’t work there. I’m not used to this type of friendly behavior in $30+ per class studios. Like.