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“Why the heck do I do triples? Because I can"

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Shawn after class with Flywheel instructors Danny Zapata and Kari Nicolle. 

People always ask me, “Why the heck do you do triples?” I’m known for taking three classes a day at Flywheel. I have always been an athlete, but it hasn’t always been easy for me to get up and get that work out in. I have had epilepsy for 43 years. I take medication daily. I have Generalized Tonic Clonic seizures, previously known, as Grand Mal. I know they are scary for others to watch. They are scary to have. Seizures like this can cause extreme muscle pain and fatigue. One can sleep for hours after having one. For the most part, my seizures are under control. I am a very active person with a full-time job. I work in the theatre (which in New York City is a whole other type of work out). I help playwrights write. I receive about ten play submissions a week. That means I stay busy and I have to read fast. That’s pretty much how I have always lived my life. Busy and fast. Continue Reading

I FLY For Boston: Lisa Conti Remembers the Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing

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CNN recently covered Flywheel Boston rider Lisa Conti’s experience witnessing the Boston Marathon bombings last year. Although she didn’t run the marathon herself, she was deeply affected by the events, and as a result created the Make Room for Love Foundation which has raised over $10,000 for marathon victims in less than a year. Read her touching story on the progress MRFL has made, and how Flywheel Boston became an incredible source of support for Conti: Continue Reading

"I was #1 on the TorqBoard the day I went into labor!"

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Seattle rider Alison Mitchell shares her story:

I am a 34-year-old, type A personality, who was instantly hooked on Flywheel when I was dragged by a friend in October of 2012. I walked out of the stadium thinking, “Wow, that was more intense than running a 10K!” I had previously been a runner. A week later, my boyfriend proposed and I knew this would be the best way to get in shape for my wedding the following July. When I found out I was pregnant in February of 2013, not only did wedding plans have to change a bit (dress must now accommodate a baby bump), but I thought for sure I would have to slow down my exercise intensity. Much to my surprise, my physically active OBGYN told me that Flywheel would actually be better for me than running, since there would be an instructor in the room in case something happened, and my impending lack of balance would be stabilized by handlebars! Continue Reading

How I Found—and Kept—the Motivation to FLY

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Meet Feifei Sun, the girl who can no longer fit into her jeans: 

“I once read in a women’s magazine that whatever habits you want to have for life, you need to have by 30. So last September, six months before I was to turn 28, I signed up for the FlyBarre Challenge with the hope that I’d find, once and for all, a fitness plan I would actually stick to. Continue Reading

Andrea Amiel's FlyBarre Challenge Transformation: "I lost more than 9 inches!”

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“My confidence is at an all-time high,” says Andrea Amiel, senior story editor at ABC News for the primetime news magazines. After many years of neglecting her health and her weight, the busy mom decided it was time to “change the balance in favor of me.”  Andrea began to take classes at Flywheel on the Upper East Side.  She later participated in the FlyBarre Challenge. Now,  Andrea says, “I feel good about myself in a way I hadn’t thought possible.”  Read Andrea’s journey here:

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“I Love Being Back On The Bike!” Alana Trubitz’s Story of Survival

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Alana Trubitz’s life was turned upside down just seven months ago.  During a routine breast exam at her gynecologist’s office, she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.  While the tumor was confined to one area, the cancer was so aggressive that the doctors wanted to treat her entire body.  A self-proclaimed “Flywheel junkie,” Alana turned to Flywheel for encouragement and support both mentally and physically.  While her doctors prohibited her from exercising prior to her first chemo treatment, she was back on the bike just seven days later.  Alana was determined to fight and get through what she called “the worst days of [her] life.”

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Success Story: How I went from stage fright to rockstar

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Meet Jessica Gorman, from Miami Florida:
I’ve lost 30 pounds in the last seven months. It’s definitely been a combination of eating clean and working out like a maniac. I eat a modified paleo diet. When I say “diet,” I really mean lifestyle—it’s not a short-term fix. This plan works for me. Flywheel has also given me the motivation to feel like I can conquer the world. What keeps me going, you ask? When someone says to me (which is quite often these days), “You look amazing! What’s your secret?” Nothing feels better. I tell people that it’s no secret, just a lot of hard work. And then I proceed to tell them how Flywheel has changed my life…
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“45 MINUTES JUST FOR ME:” ROBERT HALL’S WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY AT FLYWHEEL SEATTLE

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Meet Robert Hall, a 32-year-old Account Manager from Washington State. The father of two “crazy and amazing little guys, Ethan and Remington” received a wakeup call from his doctor just one year ago. He learned that that his unhealthy habits were slowly killing him. He had developed two irregular heartbeats and was pre-diabetic. It was time for a change and Robert was ready to do whatever was needed to set a healthy example for his young sons. With a clear head and 60 pounds lost, Hall shares his success story with us:
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FlyBarre Challenge Success Story: Arden Elizabeth says "The change is unbelievable"

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My first experience with FlyBarre was tough. Very tough. I thought I’d glide into class. I’ve completed triathlons, I’ve done weight training and ab work for years and I was a regular in Pilates. I felt pretty strong. The FlyBarre workout was something different than anything I had ever done and even though the workout was insanely rough, I was immediately hooked!
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