The entrance to our 45 minute workout studio Flycycle.
When Flycycle approached us to offer a trial beginner class, it was a no-brainer. Who better to experience a spin class than the two juniors of the Marie Claire team – EA and intern? Joanna and I took on the challenge. After a bit of frantic searching for the Flycycle studio on the sixth floor of Verve Suites, we arrived 20 minutes early to change, clip our cleats on, and get a feel of the studio.
Our instructor for the day Ishaq had a strict no-phone, no-talking policy. We were introduced to the basic controls of the bicycle – besides pedals and handle bars – and safety controls. Once we clipped our cleats into the strong holdfast pedals of the bike, there was no going back. We were going to sweat the next 45 minutes out.
Ishaq started us out with a decent beat – enough to get the mood going but not ridiculously pumped. I thought spin classes were just about cycling – oh boy was I very very wrong. We did semi-pushups, stretches, and pulls, all fit for a full body workout. By the end of the second song my thighs were straining. By the end of the fourth set my shoulders were screaming. By the end of the fifth I no longer cared about my whiney body, I was riding the beat and singing along to the music (as much as I could while panting, cycling, and doing semi-pushups at the same time). It was a high-intensity, music-immersing, soul-energising workout.
We finished with leg and full body stretches. Gave ourselves a pat on the back and everything, until Ishaq told us that what he guided us through was even less intense than their beginner classes. I still gave myself a pat. 45 minutes actually felt like 15 minutes, I was too deep in the sweat-out zone to worry about anything else. My favourite thing about the studio was the lack of bright lights, they dimmed the place down to neon lights for an immersive experience. It felt very much like dancing!
Joanna and I looking rather pleased with ourselves and our small 45-min victory.
Overall? A Saturday evening well spent sweating our bodies out to hip-hop. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t work out frequently (or work out at all, period) because the ultimate push factors absent are discipline and interest. I’d definitely come back for another class, I actually had fun.
Also despite what Ariana Grande said, I wasn’t walking side to side by the end of the class but my upper body definitely bore the brunt of it.
Flycycle is offering first-timers two classes at the price of RM75, or if you’re looking to hop back into spin classes, check out their Fly Miles packages!
6-1A floor, Jalan Kiara 5