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Eight FLY Years. Eight FLY Loyalists.

By February 25, 2018 No Comments
Happy 8th FLYversary to us! To celebrate our special milestone, we’re highlighting eight dedicated members of the FLY Fam who have been with their studio since day one (#THROWBACK). Read on to hear about how they keep crushing it, year after year. And if you spot them in class, say hi!

 

Stevie C.
Brent W.
Linnie R.
Kathy B.
Lisa F.
Casey Z.
Helen F.
Jeff C.

Stevie Chu, Market Street

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the first time?

I was living in Chicago and recently graduated from college, without a job. I was probably at my most unhealthy point after college and I needed something to keep my spirits high and to keep me motivated in my job search. I had friends who raved about Flywheel, so I knew I had to give it a shot.

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class. 

I took my first class at Flywheel Gold Coast with Lindsey and could barely make it to the end of class. It was the reality check that I needed and Flywheel provided the perfect amount of competition to help me stay motivated and accountable. Seeing everyone’s Power scores on the Torq Board helped me to see what I could achieve with more time and effort. After moving back to the Bay Area, my first class at Market Street felt a lot like coming home. The staff and instructors could not be more amazing!

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

It means constantly being surrounded by good people. The FLY Fam pushes me in class and helps keep me focused on my goals, but they’ve also encouraged me to Never Coast in my life outside of the stadium.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

Last year, I completed my first Flywheel Challenge and it forced me to prioritize my heath and make time for myself. The Challenge taught me the importance of self-care and helped to shift my mindset around my personal fitness and health. I used to dread (or completely avoid) working out, but now my day feels incomplete without stopping by the stadium. I’m grateful that I get to ride at Flywheel every day, something I couldn’t say that about myself a year ago. I feel physically and mentally stronger than I was before coming to Flywheel and more confident in who I am.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

The dual ride with PJ and Henry to kick off Pride weekend in San Francisco was one of my favorite memories at Flywheel! The love and energy in the room was amazing, and I could not stop smiling. (Those who know me know I never smile on the bike, and that I’m usually rolling my eyes and giving the instructors sass.)

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or Flybarre?

It may be intimidating, but don’t back down from the challenge! You’ll always feel stronger than when you started, and no one ever regrets the feeling of accomplishment after a class. Plus, everyone else in the room is in it with you!

 

Brent Wilson, Santa Monica

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

Christina (my wife) found the Gold Coast studio in Chicago while she was working there one summer. I was training for Ironman Switzerland, but it’s difficult to get bike miles in when you’re in downtown Chicago (other than the “stop and go” biking on the lake path). She had a friend in town, and we all decided to go take a class together – I figured it would be a good way to get a bike ride in. So, I must credit Christina for my FLY love. If I didn’t, she’d kill me.

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class.

I have two first classes in my mind. Candy Morales was the instructor in Chicago, and I remember how she was an incredible force on the bike. She was crushing it and expected everyone taking her class to do the same.  My first class in Santa Monica was right after the studio opened with Steven Goldsmith. Every class he teaches is a perfected performance, and I feel lucky to be able to take his classes multiple times a week. Thanks for being a Rockstar, Steven.

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

I love the diversity and celebration of differences at FLY and the fact that we all have a common goal of celebrating the awesomeness of the human spirit through extreme sweat. Everyone has a different story and reason for being there, but we’re all in the same room together working to better ourselves. Also, it’s nice seeing the FLY Fam staff every day. Shout-out to Ashley, Lydia, Nicole, Greg, Jess, and Tiffany for always being awesome, smiling at 6am even when it hurts, and taking care of all of us.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

If you’re talking about at Flywheel, I was pretty proud of myself when I figured out how to get emojis on the torqboard. Outside of Flywheel, I’m proud of 5 Ironmans. I told myself I’d get a tattoo after the 5th one, but I’ve been too much of a wimp to do that yet.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

The day Flywheel announced their partnership with Strava I was pretty excited. All of my runs/swims/outdoor rides/hikes are in Strava, and now I can track my Flywheel rides with them, too.

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre

All of the instructors are great teachers and trainers, each with their own personalities and styles. Trust them, and torq it up!

 

Linnie Rainey, Raleigh

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

From the moment I saw the sign go up on the building back in 2014 I was on board! I’ve always enjoyed cycling classes, but never had a studio nearby! After my very first class at the Raleigh location I was hooked!

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class.

I distinctly remember my first time at Flywheel as ‘The day working out became fun again’. I always knew exercise was important, but getting motivated to work out was a challenge. Going to the gym was no longer fun, but along came Flywheel and the rest is history!

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

I have met so many inspiring people through Flywheel. The instructors and staff at the Raleigh studio are always motivating and there to greet you with a smile. Exercise is my therapy! The results extend far beyond the health benefits. Because of Flywheel, I’m much more connected to the fitness community and have met so many people that have become lifelong friends.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

I remember the day I became a member of the ‘300 Club’! It was amazing to see how drive and perseverance could turn into such incredible results. I also love Flywheel’s ‘Power Up’ program! The prizes are a great way to stay motivated and help me keep track of my goals.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

My favorite Flywheel memory is the charity ride I hosted back in 2015. I had the opportunity to rally the community together for a fun class to support the Durham Rescue Mission’s annual Easter dinner! Each year, the Durham Rescue Mission hosts several events that are free and open to families in need. I’m proud that we worked as a community to collect $1,500 and more than 50 Easter baskets for children!

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre

Sometimes people are intimidated by Flywheel, but I always encourage them to try it out. After all, it’s just riding a bike! You can make the workout as intense as you want by changing the resistance, but at the end of the day, it’s one of the best workouts in town. Even if you’re not that into fitness, come and enjoy the music. The playlists are always top notch (especially is there’s a live DJ ride)!

 

Kathy Buckley, Back Bay

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

I was at my local cycling studio in Boston and started hearing rumblings of a new studio opening called Flywheel. Much to my surprise, my favorite 5 instructors from my local studio – Christina Lodde, Rachele Pojednic, Melinda Sarkis, Meredith DeJesus Caradimos, and Ann Unger – all headed over to Flywheel. It was a no brainer that I would be joining the migration with them! I joined Flywheel the minute it opened in Boston and was lucky enough to grab one of the Founder memberships (with an upgrade to include unlimited Flybarre classes along the way)!

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class.

I remember my first class like it was yesterday. I was totally nervous and maybe even hyperventilating a bit. It was a 5pm class and the instructor was Melinda Sarkis. I remember thinking that it was the most difficult class I had ever encountered – with a whopping 175 Power Points as my final score. I can’t believe how much stronger I have gotten over the years.

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

Being part of the FLY fam is like nothing else in my life. It is a total sense of belonging to something great, an extension of home, friends, and good health.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

I have achieved an overall sense of well-being.  There is so much positivity in air at my Flywheel studio, which makes me feel that I can confront anything the day throws at me.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

I am a relatively shy person, but there is always something fun going on at my studio. I remember on October 31, 2014, Christina Lodde taught an early morning Halloween class, costumes encouraged.  I convinced a coworker to join me with the hopes of winning free classes for her (my attempt at getting her to become a member).  No, we did not win, but we had a lot of fun trying!!

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre

I would say just do it, because there is a whole lot of love, health, friends, and good times waiting for you! My alarm rings at 3:30am Monday thru Friday just to get me into the city for the 5:30am wheel followed by the 6:30am barre class. Sometimes I change it up for a double wheel – I can’t get enough of Power 45 – and I NEVER hit the snooze button. This speaks for itself!

 

Lisa Fine, Dupont

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

I had been taking cycling classes in DC and tried Flywheel when I visited my sister in Dallas in 2013.  I just loved that class, and the day I saw it was coming to DC, I kept watching for the day it would open!

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class. 

I really count my first class as one with Alex Rob at Dupont.  It was within a week of Flywheel opening in DC, and that day I joined the Flyfam!   I started taking barre soon thereafter, and I can’t remember if it was Destinee Smith or Stephen Murray, but they both helped me feel comfortable with barre classes and next thing I knew, I actually enjoyed working out!

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?                                    

The Flyfam is a real thing!  I have gotten to know some great people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise – from the team at the studio, to the instructors to all of us riding and pulsing.  The best part is that we are all doing something healthy and fun together.  The minute I walk through the door at Flywheel, no matter what the day has or will bring, I feel happy.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of? 

In 2016, my goal was to power up for the full year.  I travel a lot for work and it was a monthly challenge, so it was a real challenge some months, but I did it.   In 2017, my goal was to get 60,000 points.   I am not a torqboard person (and not a front row rider), so these weren’t for numbers or score, but a huge milestone for me and my fitness.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

Probably making Flywheel part of my birthday celebrations.  It is in December, so it’s great to do something good for you during the holiday season.  The first 2 years of Dupont, a group of friends joined me for a big ride and then brunch.  This year, my birthday weekend started with double riding with Zach Jones and Arms & Abs with Destinee, and ended with Arnie Gaither’s class, and all of them played some of my favorite requests.

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre

Try it!  It’s very fun, and you’re doing something good for yourself.  For wheel, if you are concerned about the torqboard, don’t be – it is up to you whether you are on there, and you get to see your own progress.  Also, the wheel and barre instructors are all great, and have different teaching approaches, so try a few different classes, and look at the bios and learn about the instructors and their styles and music.

 

Casey Zacher, Gold Coast

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

In the winter of 2013 I started working with a personal trainer in my building and in my gym was a spin bike.  I would tell him all the time how I wanted to learn how to use it and build up the strength and stamina to try one of the new indoor cycling studios that opened in the neighborhood.  He continuously told me I wasn’t ready (seriously what a great trainer) but one day that summer I decided to go with a friend and test it out on my own.  I couldn’t believe how wrong he was! Needless to say I stopped working out with him…

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class. 

My first class was with Erin Schirack on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (I obviously celebrate this milestone yearly) and I felt amazing.  I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so great after a workout. I think I finished 2nd to last with a power score of 198 but I loved every second of the class and immediately bought a 5 pack.  About a month later, I joined as a member and don’t regret it for a second!

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

First and foremost it’s such a welcoming community from the people working behind the front desk, to the instructors, to the riders, everyone is there for the same reason.  I would be remiss not to say that the friends I have made through Flywheel are the main reasons I try to ride 5-6 times per week.  I have a group of 4 other riders who I’ve met who have become not just my “gym friends” but my real friends in and out of the studio.  We have been texting each other schedules, going out for meals, and riding together 4 years strong.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

Well…if you ask Lindsey Mcmeen it’s got to be my 2nd position transitioning to 3rd during Miley Cyrus.  But aside from that, I think this is the healthiest I’ve felt in a really long time.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

Glenn’s monthly rides, the New Year’s Eve ride with Alicia when Marley, Will and I rode together and rang in the New Year, Saturdays with Lindsey, Candygurlllll cheering me on after every class, and riding with Flywheel legends like Aleah, Victor, Holly and of course Ruth…I could go on and on.

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre?

Don’t be afraid…just hop on and don’t look back!

 

Dr. Helen Fronshtein, Flatiron

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

A friend told me about the opening of Flywheel Flatiron in our neighborhood. She raved about the classes and so I finally checked it out in September 2010.

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class. 

I felt unusually energized after my first class. It was at Flatiron, then the only studio. Unfortunately I don’t remember who taught that first class but I definitely remember that second class taught by Grant. The playlist, instruction, and calm fierceness he’s known for… I was sold. I’m pretty sure I bought my monthly membership that same day.

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

The community is very meaningful to me. I start my day at Flatiron around 6am daily (except weekends). I’m always genuinely and warmly welcomed and the entire staff knows me by name. I feel valued and cared for from the moment I walk in to the moment I leave and head to work. Seriously, where does that even happen anymore?! And there’s a lot of laughs all around. It’s like the exercise studio version of Cheers.

Special shout out to morning staff- Sara, Sarah, Eddy, Steven, Elissa, Daniella, Maya, Annika, Joe, Brendan, Harron, Adam, Kelsey, Phoebe, Taylor, Katie, Nathan, Caroline, Isabella, Victoria, Tiffany (I’m sorry if I missed anyone!) and the awesome morning spin instructors (Grant, Crystal, Ben, Kara). What a fantastic bunch you all are.

Real talk, the dedicated staff and instructors make the company and brand. THEY are its success. Everyday. Flywheel is celebrating 8 years due to their hard work, talent, and dedication. Never coast on that!

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of?

Recently, midway through a class I took on my 40th bday, I remembered thinking I can’t believe I’m still into spinning all these years later. It’s the only form of exercise I’ve never given up on.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

Since I have to pick just one, it’s the first Triple Threat class around 7 years ago. It was a 90-minute class led by Grant, Chris, and Jesse. Scores were in the 600s-800s. It was crazy. My spin shoes took a week to dry. Then a bunch of us did a double the next morning like it was no big deal.

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre?

See you at 6:30/7:30am. Grant, Crystal, Ben, and Kara, teach then!

 

Jeff Campbell, Bellevue

1. Who or what brought you into Flywheel for the very first time?

My Dad! He informed me that a new exciting indoor cycling studio just opened across the street from my work in Bellevue, WA and that I should be one of the first to experience it.

2. Tell us how you felt after your first class. 

My first class was with Aina on September 20, 2012 in Bellevue, WA at 6:30p.  What I remember the most was that I felt inspired! I had finally found an exercise class that I really enjoy, and I am able to calculate a score based on my performance. I love numbers and I was hooked.

3. As one of the most dedicated members of the community, what does being part of the FLY Fam mean to you?

It means respect. I found an exercise class that I feel welcomed in. It means to want to be part of a growing exciting movement. It also helps that I enjoy sweating along with the kick-ass instructors.

4. What goals have you achieved that you’re the MOST proud of? 

Since my very first class, I have kept track of my performance for every class on a spreadsheet. I’m very proud of achieving 100, 200, 300, and 400 classes. My ultimate goal is to achieve 500 Flywheel classes. So far, I have taken 464 classes with 36 different instructors at 5 different studios – Bellevue, Seattle, New York City, Miami, and San Francisco.

5. Favorite Flywheel memory?

I have two favorite memories – (1)  Being on vacation in New York City with my wife. We were very fortunate to take a class with Ruth, the co-founder of Flywheel. After class, Ruth spent a few minutes chatting with my wife and me, and we even had a group picture taken. (2)  After my very first Flywheel class, an employee informed me that the ‘bar’ would open soon upstairs. I thought wow, how cool is that! After doing a Flywheel class, I could go upstairs to a bar that serves alcohol. Well, I was then told it was a “barre” studio, not a bar! We all had a very good laugh.

6. What would you like to tell others who might be considering trying Flywheel or FlyBarre.

It takes at least 3 times to finally get hooked on Flywheel! Make sure to try different instructors, types of class, and times of day. Also, make sure to download the easy to use App to track your performance and to book classes.