Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that New York City’s revolutionary, high-energy spin studio, FLYWHEEL® Sports, will open a location on board the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, when the ship launches in May, bringing another element of NYC out to sea. The latest addition to Norwegian Breakaway’s state-of-the-art fitness centre complex will give fitness enthusiasts the ultimate adrenaline rush as they step into the authentic, high-tech FLYWHEEL spinning studio to experience a cycling class unlike any other.
Named “Best Fitness Classes in NYC” by Daily Candy, FLYWHEEL has quickly become a New York City indoor cycling phenomenon with a cult-like following. In each FLYWHEEL class, highly motivational instructors lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels and RPM’s for each rider to strive for. But, ultimately the riders decide how far they want to push themselves by controlling the technology on their individual bikes, arranged in stadium-style seating. Channelling the high-energy of New York City, each ride leaves the participants feeling pumped, and motivates them to ride harder and faster than the targets set by the instructor.
An amazing escape that challenges the body and relaxes the mind, each FLYWHEEL class is fully choreographed by certified FLYWHEEL instructors and taught in the dark, giving riders the opportunity to get lost in their workout and really push themselves to the limit. Each ride is set to a heart-pumping custom playlist created by the instructors from a collection of music carefully curated by FLYWHEEL DJs and rides are synchronised to the intoxicating beats. The 45- or 60-minute class includes “climbs” and “descents,” along with an arm workout, utilising weighted bars that are attached to each bike.
Unlike any other spin class experience, the custom FLYWHEEL bikes are tailor-made and can be customised for each rider. Guests can set the positions that fit their body and comfort levels, from which they can best control their “tech-pack,” another unique FLYWHEEL feature, that displays the rider’s resistance (“torq”), speed (RPM’s) and power output (current and cumulative for the class), allowing riders to stay aware of their performance at all times. Riders with a competitive edge can even opt in to participate in the in-studio “Torqboards,” large, flat-screen displays that occasionally flash leaderboards that show how each rider is performing in relation to others in the class.
Part of the ship’s 23,000 square foot spa and fitness area, Norwegian Breakaway’s Fitness Centre was inspired by an “urban New York City playground.” In addition to FLYWHEEL, guests can choose from a range of innovative fitness options to really get their heart pumping. The ship will feature the first-ever Nexersys® interactive fight training modules at sea, offering guests the opportunity to engage in high-intensity, interval training against an avatar, through the use of a simulator. Boxing lovers will also enjoy Norwegian’s all new “Freestyle Fight Klub,” which combines Nexersys® training with a cardio boxing class, utilising the fitness centre’s 12 heavy bags.
The fitness centre will also offer a variety of all-new low-impact classes such as “Spirals,” a Pilates-inspired class that utilises weighted balls for added resistance; and “Chi Balls,” a group class inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, combining elements of yoga, tai chi and meditation that completely exercise both the mind and body. Additional fitness offerings include TRX, the biggest fitness phenomenon of 2012, kettle bell training, yoga, Pilates, reformers and body sculpting boot camp style classes. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a fitness class developed by the Rockettes, one of New York’s most illustrious and beloved icons, who will christen Norwegian Breakaway as the official Godmothers. Personal training sessions will also be available, along with nutritional consultations and metabolic testing.
Guests who prefer to workout independently will enjoy the latest Technogym® cardio equipment and weights. All cardio equipment synchs to iPod music devices and features a large, HD screen from which guests can watch television, follow a set training programme or navigate the playlist on their iPod.