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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

Blue Apron x Flywheel

Written by NYC Flywheel Instructor Sarah Ballan @sarahballan

I order the best food. I simply do not cook. I’m not sure if it’s laziness, or maybe I just don’t know how. Not that I’m all that lazy – I teach eleven Flywheel classes a week, freelance, and babysit whenever I have a free night. I always get slightly intimidated when I go to the grocery store. I food shop when I’m hungry and end up buying a lot of items I don’t need, or sometimes an excess of one particular item. After a long day, take-out is usually the best option, and in New York City, the choices are infinite.

I decided to give Blue Apron a shot because Flywheel gave me the chance. The ordering process was simple. I created an account online, then I chose my meals from a lengthy list of recipes. There are multiple categories: Signature meals, Weight Watcher meals, and Vegetarian options. Each order serves two people, but there is an option to upgrade to four servings. You can pick your meal based on cook time. If you know you won’t have a ton of time, opt for a 25-minute recipe instead of an hour-long ordeal. After scrolling through the virtual cookbook, I decided the Garlic-Caper Chicken and Curry Beef Burgers.

The large cardboard box containing my two meals for two arrived on Tuesday night, which was fairly quickly since I ordered over the weekend. Shipping and processing the orders usually take a few _____ business days. Blue Apron does a good job of telling you exactly what day and time you should expect your delivery to arrive. If you aren’t home at the delivery time on the dot, don’t worry because there’s a ton of ice in the box to keep the ingredients fresh. I did a fancy Instagram-style unboxing and carefully took out the contents of the box, only to stock the items in the fridge because it looked too intimidating. Needless to say, I settled for sushi instead.

The next day it was time to tackle Blue Apron. I looked carefully at the ingredients and directions I had been so quick to dismiss the night before. Each ingredient – quantity and all – was perfectly packaged, ready for immediate use.

I went with the Garlic-Caper Chicken: 35-minute cook time, 580 calories. The ingredients were as follows: a small bag of orzo, one zucchini, a lemon, dried oregano, chili paste, two sizable chicken breasts, and parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top. The only thing I needed on my end was a pot, a pan, and some EVOO. I had wine in my apartment, but you can opt to add a wine pairing to any blue apron recipe if that’s your thing.

The directions were clear and concise. I neatly arranged the contents on my counter and began boiling the water for the orzo. As the water boiled, I sliced my zucchini and simmered it in a pan with the pre-portioned mix of oregano, chili paste, and lemon squeeze. The aromas of edible food began to fill my kitchen and I felt accomplished.

From start to finish, the meal took me an hour to prepare, instead of the allotted 35 minutes. If you are a more seasoned cook (pun intended) perhaps it would take the suggested amount of time, but just in case I would leave an extra 20 minutes or so as a cushion.
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I am by no means an experienced cook, but Blue Apron gave me a confidence boost. My Instagram followers joined me on my journey and gave an overwhelmingly positive response. My friends who usually joke that I burn water seemed impressed by the aesthetic of the final Blue Apron product. Those who don’t know me as well were conned into thinking I can cook! I didn’t have a surplus of ingredients leftover in my fridge for once! I used all of the ingredients and didn’t spend the extra time or money in the grocery store. And who knows, maybe soon I’ll be able to finish a recipe in the allotted cooking time.

Verdict: I can definitely see Blue Apron in my future as a feasible dinner option. My second box arrives tonight.

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

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!

Staying Motivated

Written by NYC Flywheel Instructor Sarah Ballan @sarahballan

Hey guys, Sarah here!
It’s a common misconception that a fitness instructor’s job is to “work out”, but our main job as instructors is just that; to instruct. While we do break a sweat when we teach a class, we just can’t physically push ourselves the way we would in our own personal workouts. Still, working out multiple times a day, every day? How do we manage to stay motivated?

It’s easy to stay motivated and active when the weather is nice and crop tops and shorts are stylish. Now that it’s getting colder and sweatpants are looking all the more comfortable, we may forget about being active and getting that workout in. Here are a few things to help keep you motivated no matter the season!

1. New music. 
As instructors, part of our job is to scour the internet on our never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest hits and remixes. There is nothing better than a brand new remix to switch things up at the gym. Even when you walk around the city, headphones in, your mood and motivation are greatly impacted by your music choices. If you’re ever in a music rut, shuffle your music library to rediscover old songs and go from there. It’s also fun to take new instructors’ classes and feel inspired by their instrumentals.

2. Set Rituals. 
Incorporate some sort of physical activity into your daily routine that will get you closer to your actual, tangible, sometimes numerical, goals. For example, I want to do a triathlon (goal), so I will take Flywheel 3x a week after I brush my teeth in the morning (ritual). Get into a routine that works for you and turn it into your lifestyle. Once you’ve trained your body to work out a certain amount of times a week, you will feel weird not doing it. And remember, getting started is the hardest part SO….

3. Get a Workout Buddy. 
Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated especially as it begins to get colder. You opt to couch potato and Netflix it instead of sweat it out. Making a pact with another person holds you accountable and keeps you on your feet (and off your booty).

4. Switch it up. 
Once you’ve established a baseline workout routine, be sure to spice it up and add new things to it. Routine is nice because it keeps you grounded, but it’s always inspiring to try new workouts to keep your body moving in different ways. Try our trifecta – FlyBarre, FlyWheel, and FlyFit classes if you haven’t already. Walk or run around the city and enjoy the foliage while the leaves are still on the trees. Walk home from work instead of using public transportation. Go at your own pace, listen to your own music and enjoy the alone time because it’s oh so mentally and physically therapeutic.

5. Keep a fitness journal
Write down your goals and check off accomplishments to look back on your progress and see just how amazing you’re doing! What’s better than crossing something off your to-do list? Yes, that was a rhetorical question, but TBH I cannot think of anything better.

Let’s stay MOTIVATED and ACTIVE together. See you in class soon!