Catchin' the Feels... the [Fitness] Feels
[hey-o. welcome back. let’s chat about fitness.]
I’ve always been a pretty active gal. Well, from high school and on, I suppose. I played school sports and have belonged to various gyms and such. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago that I got sucked into the world of boutique fitness. I’ll be honest, it's a dark hole, and I’ve never turned back.
It all started with PureBarre. It was a ‘phase’ [alright, I’ll confess, it was a hardcore obsession]. Then I moved onto ClassPass where I was given access to a number of fitness studios throughout Chicago. For anyone who has workout ADD - like myself - it was a dream. At that time, ClassPass was brand spankin' new. There was the option to purchase an unlimited month which included access to a HUGE variety of studios and classes, with very little restrictions on available time slots. From what I understand, it's much different now. But anyways, I digress ... through ClassPass I discovered spinning, more specifically Flywheel. If you’ve never been, let me help set the stage … picture a studio with rows of bikes in stadium-style seating. You ride for 45 or 60 min with the lights down low and the BEATS bumpin’. You leave looking like a sweaty betty and feeling oh so accomplished.
For a solid 2 years that was my go-to workout. M-F I was a dawn patrol gal - 6AM. I loved it.
Then, as you can imagine, a burn-out phase started to creep up. Two years is a long time to stick with ONE type of workout. I was itching for something new, something different. I needed to shake things up. So I decided to pause my Flywheel account and take a mini hiatus. I switched over to Shred415, a HIIT style of workout that involves combinations of treadmill and weighted floor exercises. The workout is a challenge [to say the least!]. For the first two weeks, I weebled and wobbled all around because my muscles were SO sore and achey. I love Shred, don’t get me wrong, but at some point I knew I would be venturing back to Fly.
And now, after about a 4 month break, Beezy is back on the bike, as I've reactivated my Flywheel account. My first returning class was a power-hour this past Saturday. It was glorious… mainly because the music was ON POINT, but also because I was reminded of how much I love to spin. Who knew that spinning my legs ‘round & ‘round in endless circles while in a dark room could fuel so much joy.
Kooky? Nah. I caught the feels, people, that's the point. The Fly feels! It's a workout I'll continue to boomerang back to because I enjoy it... and it's a heck of a challenge. Somehow Fly has figured out the "secret sauce" ... you know, equal parts kick-ass-huffin-puffin-workout to funlovin-beeboppin-jammin ALL mixed together on a bike. And believe me, I’ve tried many workout classes in my day and I'll continue to bop around the city and experiment with new studios that pop up. But the feeling I get after a Flywheel class is hard to replicate.
Sure, working out builds a healthy body. But it also powers a healthy mind. Nothing is better than leaving class in the wee morning hours and feeling strong, proud and accomplished. I’m set, ready to take on the day. A class like Flywheel pushes you to do that hard ‘ish you don’t always want to do; but in return, the practice builds a healthier body and stronger mind.
I am grateful I have found and will continue to have the opportunity to Fly. Ah, fam. Thanks for welcoming me back with the biggest of smiles [and the best-est of jams!].