When the kind folks at FlyWheel reached out to me about trying their Thursday morning barre class with a friend, I quickly texted Jojo to see if she was game, and within minutes we were both signed up for the class. We actually already had plans to take a barre class together at Biker Barre that morning, so all it took was a little rearranging and we were good to go.
Jojo had taken FlyWheel’s barre class before, but it was new for me and I was pretty excited. I’ve taken a bunch of other barre classes around DC, and have had mostly positive experiences (in order of favorite to least favorite I’ve tried Barre3, Barre Tech, Biker Barre, and Studio Body Logic). Considering how much I loved FlyWheel’s cycling class, I have to admit I had pretty high expectations for their barre class. Spoiler alert: it surpassed them.
The studio itself is located on the top floor of the FlyWheel Dupont location(you can read more about this location and its other amenities here).
It was a rather small room but was set up to maximize the functionality. Upon entering, I grabbed two sets of weights – 2 and 3 lbs. – and a fresh towel.
As is pretty customary with these types of classes, each station had its own mat, resistance bands, and a ball. Plus a spot at the barre, obviously.
As soon as I arrived our instructor for the day, Stephen, came over to introduce himself and ask if I had any injuries. Can I just tell you how awesome it is not to have to mention my foot injury in these types of classes anymore?! Woohoo! Anyway, Stephen was really upbeat and charismatic, and I could tell he was going to make this class awesome.
Well let me just tell you, Stephen absolutely killed it in this class. I don’t think I’ve ever been in so much pain during a barre class (in a good way). I can usually push through all the moves, but for almost every sequence in this class I found myself having to take little breaks to shake out my quaking muscles. All of the moves we did were timed perfectly to Stephen’s music, which, by the way, was perfectly loud and energetic. I always think a playlist can make or break a workout, and Stephen’s playlist was on point.
I left the barre class feeling like my whole body got worked, and I can’t wait to go back and do it again. Now I understand why these FlyWheel classes are so popular; I loved both the cycling and barre class so much!
Luckily for us, the Protein Bar was having a special event at FlyWheel yesterday, so after class Jojo and I helped ourselves to some free bottles of fresh juice.
You guys should know by now how much I love fresh juice (I have a glass almost every day) so this was definitely a nice treat.
I wound up trying the “Beet Box” juice which was made with beets, carrots, apple, lemons, and ginger. It was delicious, and tasted very similar to some of the juices I’ve made at home!
Jojo opted for the “POW juice” which was made from pineapple, orange, and wheatgrass. Hers was delicious too, and definitely tasted a little less “juicy” than mine (i.e., it was sweeter). We both agreed that it was perfect for people who don’t drink fresh juice too often and want to start incorporating these drinks into their diets.
Anyway, I just have to thank FlyWheel again for inviting me to this awesome class! Now that I know how great their classes are, I will definitely be back.
Don’t forget, FlyWheel has studios all around the US (and even some in Dubai)! To see where they are near you, check out their list of locations here. To register and create an account, go here. (<– affiliate link, FYI!)
*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way, and all opinions are my own. I was offered to take a free class with a friend in exchange for this review.*
Question of the day: Do you like the taste of fresh juice? What’s the hardest fitness class you’ve ever taken?