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At Home Ride with Boomer!

At Flywheel’s Live Studio, located in Lincoln Square, NYC, Flywheel was honored to produce two live rides with Boomer Esiason and Team Boomer. Our amazing instructor Emily Fayette led these rides – both of which can now be found in our On Demand library.

What is Team Boomer?
Team Boomer is the athletic division of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (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, cycling events, and more to raise money and awareness for the CF community.

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 cystic fibrosis 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 BEF programs at www.esiason.org.

Back 2 FLY Valedictorians!

Back 2 Fly is officially over…Congratulations to 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

Thank you to all who participated – You earned a total of 4,251 stars! Enjoy your extra credit and we’ll see you in the studio soon.

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

Back2Fly Community Events!

Here’s how our amazing studios are celebrating teachers, students, and education as a whole!

Free walk-in Classes for Teachers

Back Bay – 9/23-9/27
Bellevue – 9/23-9/27
Boca Raton – 9/24
Buckhead – 9/23-9/27
Center City – 9/23-9/27
Charlotte – 9/23-9/27
– Additional in-studio bake sale!
City Center – 9/23-9/27
Dupont Circle – 9/23-9/27
Flatiron – 9/26
Midtown ATL – 9/23-9/27
Millburn – 9/23-9/27
NoMadone day only
Raleigh – 9/22
TriBeCa – 9/23-9/27
– School staff evening classes 9/22-9/28
Scarsdale – 9/23-9/29
Evening classes, also “Musicals and Showtunes” theme week!
Union Station – 9/28
– Additional in-studio bake sale!
Upper East Side – 9/23-9/27
Upper West Side – 9/23-9/29
– For the teachers from Harlem Children’s Zone!

Other Amazing Activities:

Chelsea – 9/28 at 10:30am – SUPPLY RIDE!
Participants will receive a $20.00 drop-in credit for bringing in an approved item. Any faculty/PTA member from Public School 11 is encouraged to ride free of charge in other time slots!
East Hampton – 9/20
Free class for East Hampton High’s girls’ soccer team!
Lincoln Square – 9/22
Charity ride for Public School 22
Miami Beach – 9/22
– Charity ride, also North Beach Elementary is hosting a silent auction featuring 5 classes on 9/20
Midtown East – 9/23-9/24
University students and staff ride for free!
NoHo – 9/23 + 9/27
NYU students and staff ride for free!
Old Town
Students and Teachers can bring a friend for free!
Raleigh – 9/29 at 1:30 pm
Private ride!
River North – 9/28 from 8am-12pm
Bake sale in support of Ogden Elementary School, hosted by one of our rider’s daughter on behalf of her school!
Scarsdale – 9/22
Dual Ride with Lindsay and Eve!
South Lake Union
– 9/24-9/26 – $15 walk-in credit for students and teachers!

Studios are also hosting school supply drives so please, consider helping out a school or student and dropping off some supplies at your home studio!

Back to School? Back2FLY

Summer’s almost over and that means it’s back to school season…but we’ve got you covered! Through the month of September, you’ll have the chance to earn gold stars for completing assignments in-studio. The more stars you collect, the more credits you can earn. Get a head start, and stock up on credit pack(s), or be a scholar and upgrade your Superfly Pack Membership, and you’ll automatically receive extra credit(s) with each purchase.

Activities Include:

  • You CAN Fly with us: Automatically earn a star for being an existing member
  • Make a new friend: Bring a first-timer to Flywheel
  • Perfect Attendance: take five consecutive days of classes
  • Take an Elective: Take a theme class
  • Ace the test: Get a PR
  • Earn AP credit: Take a Master Instructor
  • Field Trip: take an instructor you’ve never taken before 
  • Photography 101: post a pic of you at Fly, and tag your favorite Instructor and @Flywheelsports 
  • Cover-to-cover: Book end classes (morning & night class on the same day)
  • Double-dutch at recess: Double up (take back-to-back classes of any class format combo)
  • Summer school: Three classes on a weekend (any class format combo)
  • Teacher’s pet: take the same instructor three or more times in the same week
  • Head of the class: sit in the front row or mat
  • Parent-Teacher-Conference: bring a family member to class
  • Play Hooky: Take a class between 9:00am and 4:00pm
  • Go abroad: visit a Flywheel studio and take class away from your home market
  • Transfer student: try a new class format 
  • Supply drive: bring in an approved item for a local school
  • Go Digital: Take a streaming class on the FLY app
  • Honor Roll: Reach the top of the Torqboard 
  • The New Kid: Take a class with an instructor who just joined the team within the past six months
  • Friday Night Lights: take a Friday afternoon or evening class 
  • Final Exam: complete and submit the Flywheel trivia quiz

Complete each of the assignments above, and you’ll receive one gold star per assignment, to proudly display on your studios’ activity board.

Earn 5 stars = 1 extra credit
Earn 10+ stars = 2 extra credits
Earn 15+ stars = 3 extra credits
Valedictorian – 20+ stars = FREE 6 person group class

Studios will also be hosting community events as well as school supply drives, so check in with your studio about what event they have planned and book your class here!

Assignments cannot be repeated, and participants cannot earn more than two stars per class.
Classes booked through ClassPass are not eligible to receive stars
Bonus credits expire within 60-days.
Activities can be completed, and stars earned, at multiple locations, but tracking of completion should be at your home studio.

September Events

Glutes+Abs
An all-new class focusing on- you guessed it! Glutes+Abs is a 50 minute class for our more intense FlyFam!
Here’s what Brian Slaman, NYC instructor and Talent Development Director has to say:
“Glutes + Abs: We are so excited to announce the new class format, which focuses heavily on glutes and hamstrings, and majorly targets the core. It’s a 50-minute advanced level class featuring brand new exercises and longer sequences for a more intense burn. Think of it as a compliment to our ‘Arms + Abs’ format. Check your local precision training schedules, and come try out our newest barre offering!”
Your next class is just a click away!

Race for the Cure – September 8th
Flywheel Sports is the official partner of this year’s Race for A Cure on September 8th in Central Park. There will be 3 amazing FlyFIT and FlyBarre classes starting at 8:30 AM in the Naumburg Bandshell so be sure to stop by and join us!
You can sign up for our 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 AM classes taught by the wonderful Kara Liotta, Rachel Genise, Brian Slaman, and Alex Lyons by clicking here.

Back2Fly – September 5th-29th
Summer’s almost over and that means it’s back to school season…but we’ve got your back! Through all of September, we’re giving you the chance to earn some extra credit! For every assignment you do, you’ll receive one gold star. The more stars you collect, the more credits you can earn!

Studios will also be hosting community events as well as school supply drives, so check in with your studio about what event they have planned and book your class here!

Jam Like an Instructor

A workout is only as good as the playlist that accompanies it…that’s why our instructors are so great at making fire playlists! Most of our instructors have some sort of music background and it shows. Here’s how the pros go about making the best playlists for the best workouts!

-How do you build a playlist for a class?
April:  I always start with the last song in the playlist– the big finish of the ride. Then I build from there, focusing on a couple solid mood shifts, and making sure there’s something in there for everyone’s music tastes.
Greta: I am constantly listening to music on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, and Youtube (yes I use all 4) and anytime I hear something I like I add it to my music library right away so throughout the day I can add up to 50+ new songs to my library. Once I’ve added them I listen to each one again, figure out the BPM and count the builds and drops so I can better understand the structure of the song and teach to the music. Then I start to drag them into a playlist! I always add the songs I know I want to play for sure first and then add songs around those to make it time out.
Jared: I usually pull from different genres and different decades to start. Since my audience is so diverse, I like to make sure there is something for everyone. Along with the different genres, I also try to make sure the RPMs are varied and that I’m giving a good mix of flats, jogs, and hills. And with all that being said, I like to build my class like I’m creating a one-act musical. I start with a crowd-pleasing song, something that everyone knows and will get people fired up. I like to choose more introspective, moody songs halfway through class and then like to end with a big

-How does your background inspire your playlist or class?
April: I was a professional tap dancer and theatre major, so I have an appreciation for almost every decade of music and I hear it in a very performative way. I bang hip-hop and rap, but I also LOVE to find remixes of older songs that are fresh, current and wild.
Greta: Music is my life. I grew up surrounded by it and *shocker* used to be a singer! I was actually a professional actress at the age of 13 and studied musical theatre in college but fell in love with fitness before I graduated and decided that was what I wanted to pursue after school. I strongly believe all my musical education growing up has helped me every day at Flywheel.
Jared: Growing up as an only child, my musical taste was inspired by what my parents played in the house. My dad loved classic rock (ie Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, etc) and my mom was a disco queen (Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind, and Fire, etc). One of my first jobs in NYC was working at a famous music venue, Joes Pub, in downtown. The club was very genre blind and would have an R&B/Soul group one night and then a country music artist the next. So needless to say, my taste is pretty eclectic. I definitely have an appreciation for all types of music.

– How do you keep your playlist fresh and new?
April: Every week on the same day I scan my DJ sites to see what’s trending. I also go through the top songs of the week on the charts and promise myself to find at least one or two great new remixes of older (2000 or earlier) songs.
Greta: Like I said I am constantly listening to new music but I also love going to see DJs and steal a lot of my music from their sets. I like to think that whenever I go to a concert I’m doing field research haha. You can catch me making notes on my phone to scour the internet later and shazaming here and there but definitely dancing my little heart out too.
Jared:  I’m constantly on the lookout for new, fresh music. I follow various music blogs and DJs around the globe and am shamelessly using shazam wherever I am! I’m that idiot on the chair in a restaurant aiming my phone towards the speaker trying to capture the song. Anything for my music! I also take advantage of our in-house DJ, FlyDJ, which has awesome redrums and mashups each month.

-What’s your favorite genre to play during class?
April:  My taste is so eclectic it’s easier to say what you won’t hear. Two things you won’t find in my class: country music or really metallic and harsh EDM. Not my thing.
Greta: This is an easy one. I’ll give you a hint: I went to the biggest music festival in the world for this genre (Tomorrowland). Don’t you know yet? EDM. It’s my number one. Better believe my classes are like mini-festivals.
Jared: Although I am very eclectic, I’m a pop boy. Anything from the late 90s/early 2000s really gets me fired up (ie Backstreet Boys, Britney, Ricky Martin, JLo, etc). I was born in the mid-80s, so the 90s was my musical generation.

Hear their playlists in person! Take a class!

Be sure to follow April on Instagram @april_townsend, Greta @gretabradbury, and Jared @jaredpoulin

Stay Fit Like An Instructor

Alex Sweeney (Wheel-Seattle), Alyssa Marsh (Wheel-Philadelphia), Olivia Fernandes (Wheel/Precision Training-Miami), and Marc Daigle (Wheel-NYC) talk about everything Fitness! From mantras to marathons, get the inside scoop on what our instructors think about workouts.

-Fitness related plans for the summer? (Training for a marathon, Tri, Ironman, etc.)
Alex: Already tackled a Half Ironman and Sprint Triathlon! Up next: Seawheeze Half Marathon & some good, scenic hikes with my boys!
Alyssa: Training for my second amateur boxing match at Gleasons gym on 8/24
Olivia: Currently training for my first NPC bikini competition in October.
Marc: I just completed my second Ironman this summer. It was challenging since I was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease 2 years ago called CMT and 2 months ago I was hit by a car while riding my bike and broke my elbow.
 

-Name your role model in fitness or sports and explain why?
Alex: I don’t really have one role model in fitness/sports, but I absolutely find motivation in fellow fitness professionals who are also mothers. As a mom of two, I sometimes feel like I’m creating my own path in my fitness goals, simply because it’s not the standard “norm” to be a mom of young kids who chooses to tackle big fitness goals. So anytime I find others around me attempting to balance their lives as mothers AND lead fitness-driven lives, I find motivation! Badasses like Serena Williams who are relentless and keep kicking ass after having babies!
Alyssa: Mikaela Mayer. Pro-female fighter. She’s got some great messages about staying feminine, embracing your femininity and being tough all at once. “It’s okay to hit like a girl!”
Olivia:  I don’t necessarily have a fitness role model. I push myself because I want to be the best version of myself.

-How did u get into fitness?
Alex: I wasn’t super athletic growing up. In my early twenties, I started running to help get me through a tough breakup. It was a mental & emotional space for me to reset. Running became a passion and soon after I discovered an inner competitor. Distances grew and I took on a few half marathons but was too scared to do a full marathon, so I started triathlons (haha). Fast-forward several years and I finally did my first full marathon while training for my first full Ironman (which includes a marathon after biking 112 miles!). Along the road of running, I found yoga and cycling and got my yoga certification and fell in love with coaching. I discovered Flywheel and the rest is history! I am passionate about my own fitness goals and passionate about coaching others to find their mental and physical strength as well. Next up: getting my NASM CPT!
Alyssa: It’s in the family! My parents both grew up playing sports. Therefore naturally I grew up in the gym with them. Starting lifting weights at 12, I started playing soccer/cheerleading in 1st grade. Starting boxing freshmen year of high school for fun.
Oliva: I came from a dance background, so movement was always apart of my life. After graduating from college I missed the thrill I got from performing. That’s when I found group fitness and realized I could have that same feeling in my classes.
Marc:  Fitness was always a passion of mine. Growing up I was very active and played a ton of sports. I started working for a fitness center back at home in Missouri and realized that.

-What you love about working in fitness?
Alex: EVERYTHING! I have zero excuses for getting in a workout because it’s my job! I love my wacky, unusual schedule – I often have free time in the afternoons or late mornings to hang with my 1 & 3-year-old boys. I have flexibility. And the relationships! I love meeting so many incredible people! I’ve been inspired more times than I can remember, and created several life-long friendships.
Alyssa: The music and energy. For a short moment, everyone is on the same wavelength, we are all in that moment together! I enjoy pushing myself to a level that I haven’t before or helping others to do the same.
Olivia: I love that I get to meet so many different people. You build genuine connections with your clients and everybody comes from different walks of life, you can learn so much from each person!

 -If it wasn’t fitness, what would you do?
Alex:  I honestly have no idea! I lucked out falling into this career! Maybe movies. I studied cinema in college and always loved the idea of working on films (Cameron Diaz’s job in “The Holiday” for example)
Alyssa: I don’t feel that there is any other profession for me. I work full time in mgmt and operations in fitness, work at Flywheel and amateur box. Fitness is me.
Olivia:  Honestly, I can not imagine my life not working in fitness. It’s a beautiful thing when you find your passion.

-Favorite workouts out of the studio?
Alex:  Running around beautiful Seattle in the summer – no music, just the open air. Moderate strength training. Yoga.
Alyssa:  strength training! Love to crush some heavy weights!
Olivia: Wheel.

-Mantras/Motivation that keeps you going
Alex: “Be Fearless” and “Anything Is Possible” – both are tattooed on my body 🙂
Alyssa: there are always low moments in everything that we do. I try and remind myself that you have to work with the best to be the best… you have to hit the bottom sometimes to get to the top. Fail at practice, so that you can shine when the bell rings.
Olivia: My motto for life is “Do better, be better.” You have to create the change you want to see.

-How to spend your rest day?
Alex: With my boys at the park, zoo, aquarium, exploring the city or relaxing at home
Alyssa: I try and get a deep tissue massage twice a week. If I can’t get a massage, then I roll out for a good 30-40 minutes, do some yoga, and sleep!
Olivia: A rest day for me is just staying home with my husband. I move my body so much that it is so important to take advantage of downtime.

 -Day of the week?
Alex: Sundays
Alyssa: Sunday’s are my reset days. My boyfriend and I meal prep for the entire week on Sundays. 7 meals a day, for the entire week.

-How do you take care of yourself?
Alex: Eat lots of food, try to drink lots of water (I struggle with drinking enough water!), NAPS, assisted stretching, and pedicures 😉
Alyssa: I usually train and teach 2-3 times a day, with my busy training schedule and work, it’s helpful to lay out clothes for the week as well!
Olivia: Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition! I am on a very strict meal plan, due to getting ready for my competition.

-What do you eat?
Alex:  Everything. Current favorites: peanut butter, butter, avocado, any fruit, and bacon. Not necessarily together…
Alyssa: I stick to a pretty consistent schedule with my meals. Lean protein sources 4 ounces/ greens 4 ounces and 3 ounces of a good carb like sweet potatoes something whole grain.
Olivia: A lot of veggies and eggs. I’m pretty sure I am going to turn into an egg soon.

-How do you prepare for the week ahead?
Alex: Create playlists, plan out time to be with my kids and do at least one thing for me-time (pedicure, stretch, haircut, etc).
Olivia: I always have to make sure I have all my meals ready for the next day, so my planning for the week consists of a ton of meal prep. Oh and laundry…the laundry is never-ending.

-How do you unplug?
Alex: Read a good book or watch something on Netflix (Workin’ Moms & Stranger Things). Or look for a new scary movie I haven’t yet seen!
Alyssa:  I unplug by doing something fun, going to a park to run that has a view of the water or any activity that is outdoors is good for me!
Olivia: Unplugging for me is sitting in bed…with my super fine husband…watching netflix.

Feeling motivated yet? Take a class with them!

Be sure to follow Alex on Instagram @AlexandraSweeney, Alyssa @Alyssaannemarsh, Olivia @mrslivfit, and Marc @marcdaigle