Day 1 of Fitness – Indoor Cycling at Flywheel

by Best Self staffer: Flannery

Lindsey Cloninger, Sherri Fregia, employees at Flywheel

Lindsey Cloninger and Sherri Fregia, employees at Flywheel

To kick off the new year, we started our 30 Days of Fitness at Flywheel in Buckhead. I went to the 7:30 a.m. class on New Year’s Day, taught by Jeremy Levison (who was voted Best Indoor Cycling Instructor in our Best of 2013 contest!). I don’t normally work out early in the morning–I’m an after-work kind of girl–but his class promised to be worth it. I arrived at the studio on West Paces Ferry, where there was plenty of accessible parking. Lindsey greeted me and gave me a pair of cycling shoes that clip into the bike’s pedals. This was unexpected! I’ve only ever worn my tennis shoes to cycle, so I was excited to wear a true cycling shoe. I put my regular shoes and my bag in the convenient lockers they provided. Another Flywheel staffer helped me set my bike to the right height, and then the ride began.

The cycling studio was set up almost like a theater–each row of bikes had its own level, higher than the first, so we all had a clear view of the instructor’s bike right in the center. The room was dark, as with most cycling classes, and the music was at a comfortable volume and was a good mix of current Top 40 and classics like Journey. Jeremy’s instruction was enthusiastic and detailed. He regularly let the riders know what resistance and speed we should aim for to get the best workout, and in between direction, he would sometimes sing along to the music. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole class, and the workout was challenging. It ended with light weight training, doing a few easy movements using a small weighted bar while still spinning and cooling down.

Melissa Jacoby, a class participant, and Jeremy Levison, instructor at Flywheel

Melissa Jacoby, a class participant, and Jeremy Levison, instructor at Flywheel

One of the neatest parts of cycling at Flywheel, I thought, was the performance tracking that the instructor will occasionally show on screens in the cycling room. The screens show real-time information about which bikes are performing the highest, which provides a little extra motivation for you to pedal faster and add more resistance. If you cycle there regularly, you could easily keep track of your own performance and set goals for yourself by using that tool.

At the end of the 45-minute ride, I felt pretty worn out–cycling is tough. But regardless of your fitness level, YOU are in charge of the speed you pedal and the amount of resistance you put on your bike. So if you’re thinking about trying cycling, don’t shy away because you think it’s too hard. You can make your ride as manageable as you need, and as your legs and heart get stronger, you can gradually increase the difficulty until you’re conquering a tough ride with your classmates. Visit Flywheel’s website and sign up for your first class for free!

Flywheel AtlantaDetails: 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Suite A, Atlanta, GA, (678) 702-5684,,


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Image consultant Drew Sisselman gives his best advice about keeping your New Year’s resolutions and finding your perfect style in the new year.

Drew Sisselman, Image ConsultingQ: What resolution did you make this year?

A: I will publish at least one book this year. I plan to do that by writing every day, and if I’m stuck, I’ll do a creativity exercise to stimulate material.

Q: What is a common resolution you hear from people?

A: That they want to update or transform their style or image and reorganize their closet. Others are “I want to meet my soul mate” or “I will change careers.”

Q: Why do you think people fail to keep their resolutions?

A: They’re too focused on the word “resolution” (its inherent pressure or fear of failure) and lose sight of why they are making their resolution, like, “I want to look more fashionable,” or “I’m frustrated trying to figure out what style works for me.”

Q: What is one action a person can take to stick to their resolution?

A: Commit to a fulfillment structure like a coach or specialist in that area to help you realize your goal. Keep something present as a visual inspiration or verbal affirmation.

Q: What advice would you give someone who is struggling?

A: Ask yourself, “What would I feel like if I accomplished that goal?” or more importantly, “How much suffering and frustration have I already endured by not achieving it?”

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Last year’s 30 days of fitness was quite a success. To become part of the list for 2015, email Chela Counts at

Best Self Atlanta 30 Days of Fitness blog seriesAll of us at Best Self Atlanta Magazine wish you a very happy New Year. But this year, we’re going beyond wishing: we’re here to jump start the New Year with you through our 30 Days of Fitness blog series.

Beginning January 1, we will travel around town to participate in a variety of fitness classes and activities – one per day. Our Best Self staff will take turns visiting the newest gyms and the tried-and-true workouts, getting a diverse view of the fitness options in the city. As we complete each day of fitness, we’ll blog about it to let you know where to go and what to expect from each gym or workout class.

Our daily blogs will help you stay inspired to achieve your resolutions, and they’ll give you new ideas of ways to change up your workout routine. Be sure to like us on Facebook to catch each update, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the links as we go through the month.

Below are the links to our posts about each day of fitness. If you’ve tried these workouts as well or have favorites of your own, tell us about them in the comments!

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30


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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month

I was recently invited to try Orangetheory Fitness when they launched in Atlanta, and even better for me, in Sandy Springs. My friends in New York and Los Angeles love this place, and even though the classes sounded tough and competitive I was up for the challenge to reach the “Orange Zone.” The class structure is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, burning up to 500 to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute session. What makes this workout different and highly motivating is each person wears a heart monitor so he/she can follow their heart rates on TV screens throughout the session, with the target goal of reaching the “Orange Zone”, resulting in the Orange Effect — a.k.a. maximum fat burning for up to 36 hours post-workout! Grab your free first class pass on their website

Orangetheory Fitness

For more information about Jessica Dauler, visit

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Hydro-Clinic, BuckheadAfter overindulging during the holidays, sitting through a long flight, or recovering from a nasty cold, you may need a pick-me-up. The new Hydro-Clinic in Buckhead, led by internal medicine physician Dr. Robert Kaufmann, can assess your needs and then administer a minimally invasive hydration treatment through an IV. The treatments last about 30 minutes, and you can enjoy a spa-like environment as you revitalize. Treatments start at $29.

Details: 3872 Roswell Road, Suite A-3, Atlanta, GA,

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Authentic Beauty‘s Alyson Hoag is here with her tips for party-ready holiday makeup to help you look your best this New Year’s Eve.

Alyson Hoag from Authentic BeautyWhat is one way to glam up your makeup for the holiday season?

Try adding a bold lip color. It will always transition you into being party-read! Also think about lash extensions so your lashes always loo gorgeous.

What is the one staple every makeup bag should have?

Lip gloss. I love the Beauty For Real Gloss in my bag because it has an LED light on the wand and a mirror on the packaging. It’s great for touch-ups.

If someone wants to make a big change, what would you recommend?

Try taking an Image Journey and discover what you want to look like. We offer a self-discovery makeup lesson to assist you in having your image be a reflection of your authentic self. Having the clarity of what you want to achieve before shopping for makeup will save you tons of time, money and frustration.

What is a popular makeup trend to try this season?

Metallic shadows with a liquid liner and the highly glamorous look of a strong eye and red lip.


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Blissful Blue Razz GNO Margarita This New Year’s, share a fun, fruity drink with your friends from Girls Nite Out Margaritas, who recently launched four ready-to-serve flavors of margaritas: Blissful Blue Razz, Mystical Mango, Wild Watermelon and Playful Pomegranate. GNO Margaritas was created by local resident Tess Trippi, who is passionate about giving back to the community and donates a percentage of annual sales to the Autism Speaks Foundation. $16.99


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Recycle your Christmas tree at Bring One For The ChipperThis year, keep your Christmas tree out of a landfill by recycling it at the statewide “Bring One for the Chipper” event on January 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chris Helm from The Davey Tree Expert Company explains that recycled trees are used in many ways: as mulch for landscaping projects, as fish habitats in lakes, and as fuel. Last year, 164,806 trees were collected, and the program has recycled 5.9 million trees in its 20 years. To find your drop-off site, go to

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Donate pet supplies to the Helping Hounds ClubIf local shelter dogs could talk, they would be saying “thank you!” to Michelle Osborne from Pope High School for founding the Helping Hounds Club. She founded the Helping Hounds Club at her school in East Cobb, and the group’s mission is to promote awareness of the plight of these homeless animals. Michelle and 73 of her classmates do so by volunteering their time and energy cleaning shelters, collecting and distributing much-needed pet supplies, and participating in pet adoption days.

To make a donation to the Helping Hounds Club, contact the club sponsor Megan Smith at The group is also accepting pet supplies like food and treats, gently used collars, leashes, bowls, toys, towels and blankets.

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Dr. Jeffrey Gallups of The ENT InstituteIn this Best Health article, Dr. Jeffrey Gallups from The ENT Institute encourages you to learn about silent reflux before resorting to surgical measures to treat sinusitis.

When patient Beverly R. suffered through her twentieth bout of sinusitis, her primary care doctor recommended surgery to fix the problem. Unfortunately, it was after the pain, expense and downtime of the surgery that Beverly discovered the source of her continuing sinus infections wasn’t blocked sinuses. It was her diet and silent reflux.

Often overlooked and misdiagnosed, acid reflux affects 40 percent of Americans. The backflow of stomach acid can not only irritate your esophagus, but your ears, nose, throat, vocal cords, sinuses, mouth and lungs. American diets have become very acidic. Bottled and canned food, carbonated sodas and fried food all contain high amounts of acid and contribute to the reflux epidemic.

There is a wide range of common silent reflux symptoms, including hoarseness, cough, sinusitis, burning throat, trouble swallowing, snoring and apnea, asthma and shortness of breath. Sadly, most physicians don’t test for reflux because they don’t know it can be the root of all these problems.

Through a series of diagnostic tests, including sinus scans, esophageal and lung screenings, physicians can determine whether the patient may be treated through medical therapy and lifestyle changes, or if surgery is required. A Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication tightens the valve between the stomach and esophagus, preventing acid from refluxing up into the esophagus and sensitive areas of the throat, nose, lungs and sinuses. Luckily for Beverly R., her silent reflux is under control with medication and diet. She now tells her friends with sinus issues to visit an ENT before a visit to the surgery center. Today, four out of five patients don’t have asthma; they have reflux. The good news is, with the right medication, diet and guidance from your doctor, you can get silent reflux under control.


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