In early January (in anticipation of starting this bloggity-blog), Meg and I took our very first class at the epic FlyWheel/FlyBarre. Literally EVERYONE in Atlanta has been talking about this “fly” place, so we decided to start our #roadtofitness here. We were a little freaked out by the idea of FlyWheel as our “entre” back into the fitness world, so we opted for a 45-minute FlyBarre class.
My first impression when we walked in was WHOA – there are a lot of
hopped-up high-energy, fit people running around this joint – and I kinda liked it! High energy is essential to getting back on the exercise train. The place was packed and we really had to throw some bows to snag a locker to put up our things before class. You reserve your mat online ahead of time, which is nice given how crowded the studio is, so we walked right into the little FlyBarre studio to our spots. Easy-peasy so far.
I don’t know if it was our too-tight-for-us clothing or our nervous glances around the room, but the sweet blonde instructor (Lori Beth) walked right over to introduce herself and ask us if it was our first class. We nodded yes and she took a few minutes to describe what to expect.
From their website: “Using small intense interval exercises choreographed to immersive and inspiring music, FlyBarre quickly reshapes the body for lean, strong, and elongated muscles. Classes are highly energetic, fast-paced, and fun. We change our routines frequently and use a wide variety of props to tighten muscles and keep things interesting. You’ll never experience the same class twice.”
The class was really entertaining with great music, and you knew the current “area” of the body you were
twerking working out was almost over based on when the song was about to end – love it! [Sidenote: I have a BAD habit of watching the clock during workouts to see how much time is left – I have places to be people!] For it being called a “barre” class, we didn’t really use the barre a ton, but used a stretchy band, ball and weights more. The barre room is pretty tight and I was constantly knocking into Meg and the girl beside me. I guess I’m not coordinated enough to stay put on my mat.
The funniest part of the class was during the freestyle song – they choreograph a new song each month (I believe that is the frequency anyways) – where she completely lost us. I just sort of danced along to the music and tried not look like a complete fool. What I want to know is – how did everyone else know the moves??? I guess they have a lot of loyal followers over there, from what we could gather anyways.
The good news is that your first class is free at the Buckhead location and you can choose from either FlyWheel or FlyBarre. Monthly memberships for either FlyBarre or FlyWheel run you about $220, with a membership for both running you $280, so a little pricey, but in line with some of the other workouts we’ve tried. The only thing I will caution is that it seems like you have to sign up for classes pretty far in advance (a couple days), because they fill up quickly.
Location: 9 (right in the heart of Buckhead and huge parking lot)
Instructor: 8 (for cuteness and energy-level)
Workout: 6 (compared to some of the other workouts we’ve done, this one was probably not as challenging, but we also may not have been doing everything right, so take this one with a grain of salt, around the rim of a margarita glass if you please)
Ambiance: 5 (a little too much energy and not a lot of frills for my liking)
Will we be back? Meh…but all the reviews have said a combo of both FlyWheel and FlyBarre classes will deliver serious results, and they have pretty late class schedules which is a plus – definitely considering!
See you at the gym!