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Carrie Kaschak: November #FlyFam Feature

November is all about gratitude and community. This month, we’re featuring our instructors to speak about why the #FLYFAM is important to them.

Meet Carrie Kaschak, a Master FlyBarre Instructor in Charlotte!

What do you love about the Flywheel community?

The Flywheel community is a group of like-minded individuals.  People who prioritize their workouts, enjoy maximum efficiency, and respect the craft of group exercise.  Regardless of the studio or city you are in, the community that is present expects consistency and a superior class.  I knew I needed to be a part of this group.

What was it like when you first began to have ride-or-die clients?

When people scheduled work meetings or childcare around your teaching schedule, you have arrived 🙂

How has Flywheel made an impact on your life outside of the studio?

I credit the FlyBarre workout for keeping me in-shape and feeling great throughout two pregnancies.  I also saw the quickest changes in my body after I came back to a regular teaching schedule post-partum.  I 100% believe in the power of FlyBarre to shape and tone the body in a low-impact and non-stressful way.  I also use Flywheel rides as a cross-training method while training for running races.  I am currently training for a couple of half marathons this fall, and I ride twice a week in order to improve leg turnover, increase my endurance, and build upon my cardio base without the impact of running every day.

How has the Flywheel community evolved since you’ve started teaching?

The instructors and staff at our studio in Charlotte are some of my best friends.  We laugh, cry, and live our lives together.  We have children that play together, celebrate birthdays together, and hang out at the studio in-between classes.  The FlyFam fills a huge space in my life, blending work and play.  I was also pleasantly surprised to discover some close girlfriends within my classes.  I have developed some close relationships with my most loyal clients—it goes beyond the FlyBarre studio!  We support each other in life events, go to dinner or coffee, have playdates….and we even workout at Fly many days of the week together, too!

Juliette Lagasi: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

 

“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August 2017 at 29 years old. It was an absolute shock to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the dreaded C word. A month after my diagnoses and after many many scans, I had lumpectomy surgery & sentinel node biopsy. After the surgery my treatment plan consisted of 4 months of chemotherapy and 34 radiation therapy treatments. I lost all my hair and invested in a bunch of fun hats to wear. It was a long year with lots highs and lows, but I battled through and came out stronger on the other side. Although the fight is never over, I still have monthly check ups and now doing hormone therapy to prevent re-occurrence,  I am proud to celebrate this October for 2 years cancer free!

During my cancer journey, Flywheel was my outlet to forget everything else and ride for me. I never felt like a cancer patient while riding in the studio. I worked through all my emotions on the bike and the Fly Fam was by my side the whole way, celebrating all my milestones with me.  I knew if I could ride 45 minutes and push it to the limit on the bike then I sure as heck could crush cancer as well!

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.”

Margaretha Ehret: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

“My name is Margaretha Ehret and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am 32 years old and I am an Elementary school teacher and a high school sports coach (field hockey and lacrosse). I went to University of Pennsylvania, and played field hockey there…Go Quakers!

This past summer I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is any form of breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to the liver, lungs, or bones.  As a fit, active, healthy 32 year-old with no family history of cancer, this was certainly unexpected and overwhelming news.  I went from taking Flywheel classes and coaching youth sports one day, to spending two weeks in the hospital going through test after test, to eventually receiving this life-altering news and starting chemo treatments within days. While only 5% of cases happen in people under 40, I have a new sense of awareness and understanding of how shocking that original diagnosis can be regardless of your age or medical history. Breast cancer can happen to anyone with what feels like no reason or explanation.  Although I have a long journey of chemo and surgery ahead of me, I feel positive about the direction my treatment is headed and have great trust and a deep respect for my oncologist and medical team.  I am slowly trying to learn and appreciate all the things cancer is teaching me as I take some time off work to focus on my health and treatment. One of the things I have learned is that while you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you react.  My family, friends, and the giant support teams of all the communities I have been a part of have been nothing but encouraging and motivating.  As I face this phase of my life I am so thankful for their love and support and they inspire me to have a positive mindset and continue my fight.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had issues with a lot of swelling and nausea due to my body adjusting to all the new medications and the chemotherapy.  Those first few weeks were very challenging for me.  As a college athlete, a fitness enthusiast, and someone who coaches sports and fitness to high school athletes, it was hard for me to understand how it was even painful for me to lift myself out of bed. I found myself thinking “this isn’t my body”.  As I have slowly been learning to be grateful for all the things cancer is teaching me, one of those things is just how amazing the human body is.  How amazing my body is!  I have gone from being bed-ridden for several weeks, to slowly going on 15 minute walks and stretching, to doing 30 minute run-walks with family and friends, to now on my “chemo off weeks” taking classes like Flywheel and barre.  It is therputic for me to just be in the dark room, listening to great music, and feeling a sense of normalcy after feeling like my whole world has been flipped upside down. Although I am nowhere near the shape I used to be in and I am careful to push myself, it is incredible to notice and celebrate the small incremental growth and know that my body can thrive and do a lot more then I ever thought it could while battling cancer!

Although cancer can be daunting and I have moments of anxiety, uncertainty, and pain, I have chosen not to be scared of my diagnosis and focus on the things that make me feel joy, happiness, and most like myself. Working out and being fit has always been a part of who I am and I feel incredibly lucky to be in the Flywheel community, particularly during this time in my life. So many fellow riders, friends from class, and instructors have been so encouraging of me getting back on the bike and the energy and spirit from the classes always leaves me inspired.

Metastatic breast cancer is technically considered the deadliest form of breast cancer as the average life expectancy is 2 to 3 years with over 40,000 deaths in women and men across the US each year. The Breast Cancer Research Fund is the largest private funder of metastatic breast cancer research in the world funding both their own researchers as well as grants for lab groups across the country. More and more people are thriving significantly beyond this three year mark thanks to research that has created more cell targeted therapy and preventive medicine research.  So please when you are thinking pink this October, consider donating to BCRF and supporting all those fighting metastatic breast cancer!”

Spring Williams: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel is sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

 

“On Friday, April 12th 2019, I received a phone call from my breast surgeon sharing news that no one wants to hear.   I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer.  In that moment, I was flooded with fear.  The world around me seemed to be moving in slow motion, but thoughts of my family, friends, and responsibilities raced through my mind like a movie being fast forwarded.

Just a few weeks before, I passed my audition to become part of the Flywheel team and was looking forward to going into training.  I was challenged by a dear friend to decide whether I would let this diagnosis defeat me or strengthen me.  Through each of my 7 rounds of chemotherapy, I continued to walk into the stadium at Fly. The motivation and energy permeating from each instructor on the podium combined with the metrics on my console encouraged me to FIGHT.  It emphasized the importance of cardiovascular fitness and strength at this time in my life more than ever.  It also made me more aware of people in the stadium as each one has some story/reason of their own that brings them into the stadium. Through this journey I am learning that extremely difficult situations yield extreme strength.

Each of my 7 rounds of chemotherapy killed cancer cells, blood cells, hair cells etc, but most importantly it killed things in my life that prevented me from growing and seeing beauty found in myself and other people.  The surgery and reconstruction that I am undergoing will always symbolize how breast cancer did not take my life, breast cancer gave me life.  The radiation that follows will polish the new me and give me a special glow.  The hormone therapy will keep me balanced so that the old me stays in the past.  This journey has had plenty of pain, tears, and emotional distress, but it doesn’t compare to the joy that has been produced in my heart .  My hope and prayer is for all people to allow trials that come in their life to bring greater character and joy.

“Embedded within each person are diamond-like qualities waiting to be mined bringing joy to our Maker, others, and ourselves.” (Prevail Magazine)

An organization that is near and dear to my heart is Healthy Life.  This organization has provided me with care to support the integrative treatments that I was in search of.  I am being treated by Penn Medicine and Healthy Life has provided me with passes to hot yoga, private infrared sauna treatments, massages after each chemo treatment, organic food deliveries from Hungry Harvest, books and much more.  This organization not only provides care to people with breast cancer, but to people with all forms of late stage cancer looking for holistic or integrative care.

Thank you again for allowing me to share my experience; this means more to me than I could ever explain.

You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram, and I also just started a Youtube channel to share the surgery portion and beyond.”

Spring Williams

Ilene Osherow: Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October, Flywheel will be sharing stories from members of our #FlyFam community relating to their experiences with Breast Cancer. 

Please stay tuned for more throughout the next few weeks, and thank you for reading!

“My name is Ilene Osherow. One year ago today  I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, metasticized in my liver. My prognosis was dire. My protocol equally as bad. Inoperable. Chemotherapy indefinitely…

And a new treatment called immunotherapy that was approved days before my diagnosis. I was always a flywheel person, here in Tribeca (where I live) and East Hampton. I knew that I needed to stay strong so I tried to keep my daily routine… spinning 4 days a week.

My instructors: Natalie Ortiz , Rochelle Eldridge , Holly Rilinger, & Natalie Cohen. I have to mention Valentina & Antonio too. Each of these people inspired me (genuinely and open hearted).

From every text , shout out , hug and words of inspiration…. They kept me strong and focused.

I don’t really think I could’ve done it, and am doing it, without them. My gratitude to flywheel and most importantly, my instructors…. I’m just filled with gratitude.

Please make a generous donation to the Dubin breast center at Mt Sinai Hospital. They are saving my life.”

Thank you for listening,

Ilene Osherow

At Home Ride with Boomer!

At Flywheel’s live studio located in the LSQ Studio, Flywheel held two rides with Boomer Esiason in order to raise money for his organization BEF. Our amazing instructor Emily Fayette led the two rides in the live studio where live and on-demand classes are filmed for Flywheels at-home bike.

What is the Boomer Esiason Foundation?
In 1993, NFL Quarterback, Boomer Esiason, learned that his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the incurable genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF). Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and reproductive system of about 30,000 Americans by causing a thick build-up of mucus that leads to blockage, inflammation, and infection.

Never ones to back down from a fight, Boomer and his wife, Cheryl, founded BEF and decided then and there to fight for a cure and for the cystic fibrosis community.

What does BEF do?
BEF supports the CF community in the here and now in a number of ways, including financial aid programs and educational resources, as well as supporting research, CF centers, and lung transplant programs.

Learn more about our programs at www.esiason.org.What is Team Boomer?
Team Boomer is the athletic division of BEF that:
encourages people living with cystic fibrosis to incorporate fitness and nutrition into their treatment program, invites all interested to participate in a variety of marathons, bikes, and more to raise money and awareness for the CF community.

Back 2 FLY Valedictorians!

Back 2 Fly is officially over…and here are our 2019 Valedictorians!

Buckhead
Sarah Patton
Center City
Robin Alpher
Charlotte
Bernie Weidman
Bob Zweier
Catherine Schwartz
Kathy Horvath
Kristen Kille
Lindsay Hoffman
Lisa Hart, Myra Zweier
Rhonda Aucamp
Shrader Burns
Flatiron
Christine Yi
Miami Beach
Tila Levi
Midtown East
Michelle Ma
Annie Gugliotta
Carla Robbins
NoHo
Lauren Tamarkin
Lauren Thul
Scarsdale
Sophia Hershman
South Lake Union
Celine Abell
Warren Hartell
TriBeCa
Alex Selby
Upper East Side
Josh Rubin
Kelly Willinger

Congratulations everyone! Everyone who chose to participate gathered a combined total of 4251 stars! You all did a fantastic job! Stay tuned for our next challenge…

AKTIV + Flywheel

Aktiv Against Cancer is our partner for the month of October for breast cancer awareness month.

Flywheel is going to be hosting rides in 5 markets in the first week of October, donating 100% of the proceeds to Aktiv:
10/2 – NYC
10/3 – Boston, DC, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Please click here to check out our class schedules, and sign up for class.

AKTIV Against Cancer works to ensure physical activity will become an integral part of cancer treatment. Physical activity can be positive for the vast majority of cancer patients, both during and after treatment. It helps reduce unwanted side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and sleep problems while increasing endurance, strength, and energy. It can also help build a sense of empowerment and improve quality of life. Recent research indicates the benefits of physical activity extend beyond controlling symptoms and side-effects of cancer therapy; it is shown to reduce cancer progression and improve a patient’s response to anticancer therapy.

AKTIV Against Cancer has pledged $3.3 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fund exercise oncology research via Dr. Lee Jones, PhD. The results of Dr. Jones’ latest study show that physical activity helps to reduce tumor growth in breast cancer patients and renders tumors more responsive to chemotherapy. Adidas is a global sponsor of AKTIV Against Cancer. The brand selects certain products, including shoes and apparel, to carry the foundation’s logo – helping to raise awareness of AKTIV Against Cancer and its mission. adidas generously donates a percentage of proceeds from the sale of these products back to AKTIV.

Please click here to donate to Aktiv Against Cancer and support our partnership.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Cycle to End Cancer with Flywheel!

In September, Flywheel partnered with Victoria’s Secret and held a charity ride, “Victoria’s Secret Angel Cycle to End Cancer.” The angels raised over $50,000 for Pelotonia and 100% of the proceeds from the ride were donated directly to The James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Also joining the event was Dr. Rosa Lapalombella, a Pelotonia-funded cancer researcher and the youngest woman to ever serve as Director of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program.

Our amazing instructor Sherica Holmon taught the class featuring the Victoria’s Secret Models: Josephine Skriver, Martha Hunt, Gizelle Oliveira, Alexina Graham, Josie Canseco, Daniela Braga, Sofie Rovenstine, Lorena Duran, and Chey Carty.

As a fitness brand, Flywheel is dedicated to health in every sense of the word and it was such a joy to be able to host this ride at our NoHo studio in New York City.

To all our riders and donors, we love you all and thank you for helping researchers get one step closer to finding a cure.

For more information on the event, feel free to read about it on DAILY MAIL. For more information on Pelotonia, please click HERE