Flywheel Sports Charlotte, NC (@FLY_Charlotte)

Although I am not new to spinning, Flywheel as a brand was new to me, until today.  Dropped in for my first class (which was free, by the way!) after a suggestion from a work colleague in Charlotte, NC (@FLY_Charlotte)

Address: 2907 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.  There are entrances on Providence and Sharon roads as the entrance (seen below) is located in the back of the building (main signage is essentially on S. Sharon Ave)

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Long and short: Great first experience.  I legitimately logged into the website, created an account and signed up for a class as my plane to NC was taxing on the runway of BWI airport.

I walked in and was greeted by these two; computers on the right for easy class sign in; and, a cubby with my spin shoes waiting for me.  In addition to the clean, fresh towels waiting for me, there were 2 bathrooms (that I saw), changing rooms and free lockers.

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Abbie (@Abbsfly) was the instructor and she killed it.  Taught with the beat and pushed us above tempo where needed.  Nothing ever felt too contrived or repetitive.  I came in 6th or 7th in my class and found my performance (what seems like immediately) online.

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For a traveler, the set up was perfect and efficient.  45min, in and out, clean facility, nice people, ample parking, easy registration.  Done and done.

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