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Make no mistake: Working out at Flywheel is not your ordinary exercise experience.

The New York-based indoor-cycling franchise--which just launched a flagship Texas studio on Oak Lawn Avenue, across the street from legendary steakhouse Al Biernat’s--offers the kind of endurance-testing, high-intensity classes that could burn off a petite filet mignon and then some.

Cycling novices that we are, we recently took a sneak-preview spin to see why Flywheel--whose cofounder Ruth Zukerman is credited with helping to start the spinning craze--is so lauded.

Into the dimly lit studio we tentatively entered, choosing a bike at the back of the room. But there’s hardly a bad seat in the house, which has stadium seating.

And speaking of seats, if you’re all-out participating, you won’t have much of a need for one. Our instructor went full throttle for the duration of the class, and that, coupled with high-energy, DJ-curated music, made for an exuberant environment.

As we pushed to the top of imaginary hills, we were asked to adjust our resistance and RPM, and our metrics were displayed on the “tech-pack” on our bike and on the Torqboard at the front of the room.

Who knew cycling could be this revolutionary?

Flywheel, 4252 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-504-2205 or

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