It’s been four years since FlyBarre began in New York City; since then the class has spread to Flywheel studios nationwide. To mark the occasion, we checked out a class to see how it holds up among the increasingly crowded field of fusion fitness.
Program director and master instructor Kara Liotta says don’t worry about bulking up with the muscles you’ll build at FlyBarre. “It’s about lengthening muscles and body sculpting,” she says. “The fundamental shapes are dance. But it’s not dance. It’s not yoga or Pilates, but it includes yogic disciplines and lots of core strengthening.”
A former professional dancer with certification in vinyasa yoga, Liotta designed the class with fusion elements in mind. The class comes in three formats: a 60-minute workout with a yoga-style stretch in the middle; a more intense 45-minute blast; and the sports class, with more cardio and heavier weights. “Men often prefer the sports class, because the moves are bigger and more familiar,” says Liotta.
There is a fourth way, though: “People do them stacked,” Liotta adds, meaning back-to-back Flywheel and FlyBarre classes. “That gives maximum benefit.”
For lesser mortals who still want Flywheel’s intense cardio, alternating the two classes jazzes up your routine and covers all bases.