About a month ago, there was a new gym that was promoting their then-upcoming indoor cycling boutique on Facebook. With that simple but sufficient description, Flycycle Malaysia piqued our interest and we knew we had to try it out for this month's #FitnessFriday. Imagine our surprise when we found out it wasn't just any ordinary spin class that tests and trains your stamina. Read on to find the team's testimonials (it was a full team turnout!) and watch the video of our Flycycle session below.
Cai Mei Khoo, Editor-in-Chief
Spinning was never my choice of workout as I always thought it to be boring - sitting on a stationary bike for almost an hour just doesn't do it for me. This session at Flycycle, however, has made me do a 180. I thoroughly enjoyed cycling to beats I used to club to, whilst doing push-ups on the handlebars. I also liked that it was a full body workout with core and arm work thrown into the mix. It was fast-paced, intense, and left my legs sore for days. I can't wait to go back for more.
Gwen Ong, Deputy Editor
Not for the faint-hearted! If you're unfit (like me) and lack lower body strength (also like me), you're in for a wild ride! While I started out great, somewhere in the middle I began to falter and had trouble keeping up with the class. It took a lot of willpower to just ride and forget the pain creeping up my legs. The good thing is our instructor for the day was encouraging and motivating us, so you feel you owe it to yourself to just push one more lap. You can nurse the soreness later.
Jason Lim, Fashion Editor
The sports I truly excel at are drinking and shopping (and when you put the two together—even better) so getting on a bike for a full-body workout seemed a little bit advanced for sedentary me. The idea was to oh-so-gently ease me back into an exercise regime but Flycycle threw me headfirst into the deep end replete with ball and chain. Far from being the most coordinated person in the world, there were times when I found myself dangerously close to smashing my face into the handlebars because apparently pedalling and upper body movement combined is a lot more difficult than it looks. Our instructor was great if you enjoy torture but she did have an excellent playlist that was a welcome distraction from the nausea and threat of tears. The best part of my weekend was collapsing into bed every night and thinking of the many ways to exact revenge on my editor who hurt me terribly. But nearly a week later and in considerably less pain, I find myself thinking of when my next class will be. I am, after all, on the hunt for a Kardashian level posterior and if pain is proof of working muscles, then Flycycle is bound to get me there very quickly.
Wei Yeen Loh, Fashion and Beauty Writer
The last time I was on a bike was a few years back when I had to cycle to classes in university (it was a small college town.) I was a little nervous before the class at Flycycle—that perfectly synchronised video on Instagram had me doubting my physical abilities, and also the fact that this is my first ever spin class (yay). But I have to admit, the club-like ambience, flashing lights, adrenaline-pumping music and intense pace pushed me in a way that made me feel like I wanted to sprint my fastest and give it my best shot. Jess's instructions and upbeat personality were motivating and helpful, and despite what felt like an umpteenth number of add-on crunches and push-ups, I'm actually contemplating signing up for more classes in the near future.
Yi Suen Chong, Digital Designer
Having done some spin classes before, I went to my first Flycycle class thinking, what's so hard about riding on a bike? After a good ten minutes on it, I wanted to eat my words. It was 45 minutes of jam-packed cardio (imagine sprinting while hovering above the seat) topped up with an extensive variety of push-ups (did I mentioned there are weights involved?); and to make sure we worked our body from head to toe, there was some core work incorporated as well. Doing sit-ups on a bike? That was a first for me too. Overall, I really enjoyed the class. The coaches were all very encouraging and helpful, and the environment and music were on point. I left the class feeling like my thighs were on fire, and somehow I can't wait to go back for more.
Rachel Au, Lifestyle Writer
When I was looking up Flycycle, I thought it was just a class where you ride, or at the most intense, sprint on a bike (kind of like what Calvin Harris seems to like doing in his Snapchats). I thought, "Well, that's doable for unfit me." Then I met with Crystal, the co-founder of Flycycle to organise our session, and she mentioned there will be push-ups, sit-ups and even lifting weights while on the bike. Oh, crap. I went into the class, dreading that my fitness level won't be able to match the intensity. To my surprise, while I faltered behind a few times and just aimlessly cycled while the others were continuously doing the push-up routine, I enjoyed it. It was intense but the kind that kept me going. I might have just found another workout I could get into (the last time I felt this was during the Muay Thai/Kickboxing class).
Su Fen Tan, Editorial Assistant
To be honest, before the class, I didn't think I'd like it that much (given that I don't usually favour stationary workouts). But I have to say, Flycycle came as a pleasant surprise for me—I really enjoyed it. It felt great working out to the beats, as Jess led us through ab and weight exercises, push-ups, sprints, and more—all with pumping, upbeat music. Yeah, all that in one spin class. I definitely underestimated how fun an indoor cycling class can be. My poor stamina did hinder me at times, but Jess's energy was amazing, and rather infectious. At the end of the 45-minute adrenaline-filled class, I was quite beat, but already thinking of going back for more—on another day, of course.
*Classes at Flycycle are usually held in a dark LED-lit room but we had to leave some of the lights switched on for the video recording.