DISCLOSURE: ClassPass offered me a trial month of classes at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. As always, opinions and thoughts are my own.
For the past month, I’ve been cheating on a traditional gym membership with a trial membership with ClassPass.
What is ClassPass?
ClassPass is a new way to workout in your city. For one rate, members have access to a number of gyms across the city. Rates vary by city but are between $79 – $99 a month – on par with a membership at a boutique fitness studio. In Denver, there are more than 50 gyms participating with ClassPass and the team is adding new gyms rapidly.
How does it work?
With ClassPass, you can search for classes and studios online. The website is super intuitive and allows users to search by class time, neighborhood, exercise type or studio. Once you find the class you’d like to take, you simply click the ‘Reserve’ button and you’re all set! When you arrive for your first class at a studio, you’ll need to fill out the studio’s ‘first timer’ paperwork so they have you on file. I was nervous that the studios wouldn’t know or understand what ClassPass was when I showed up because it’s a new program in Denver but no one questioned me; in fact, a few instructors were excited I was their first ClassPass-er!
What I Love
So many things! I really enjoyed my month using ClassPass – here’s why:
UNLIMITED CLASSES. With ClassPass, you’re able to take an unlimited number of classes – the only restriction is that you’re only able to take 3 classes at each studio.
TRYING STUFF. Want to try a new yoga studio? Interested in finding out if you like crossfit or spinning or martial arts? ClassPass is for you. There’s a wide variety of studios on ClassPass allowing you to hop into classes that would usually cost money to attend.
CHANGE UP. Because you’re not limited to one studio, you don’t fall into the dreaded routine where you feel burnt out by taking the same classes with the same instructors at the same time.
TRAVEL BUG. Traveling for work or pleasure? ClassPass is available in 20+ cities and is expanding like crazy. When you’re away from home and in a ClassPass city, you can sign up for classes just as you would at home. This is AWESOME! While I don’t travel as much as I used to, I remember feeling frustrated at not knowing where I might be able to take a yoga class and wasn’t interested in paying an extra $20 drop in rate. ClassPass is a sound solution – find a class near you at a convenient time and GO!
Overall, I loved ClassPass but did find a few aspects to consider before signing up.
THREE CLASSES. While classes are unlimited, I can see that allowing only 3 classes per studio to be limiting. If you find a studio you really love, it could be disappointing to know you’re not able to go once a week during a month. However, the 3-class-limit resets with your next month’s membership. Personally, I found that in my first month, I did not go to (or want to go to) a studio more than 3 times so I don’t see this as a huge detractor.
NEW GIRL. If you’re not an outgoing person or if you’re someone who’s not comfortable always being in a new or unfamiliar situation, ClassPass might not be for you. A nice aspect of signing up at a gym is that you find the ‘regulars’ who take the same classes at you or maybe you’ve convinced a friend to sign up with you; working out with people you know keeps you accountable and is more fun! With ClassPass, you’re constantly the new girl without the opportunity to form a regular group or regular workout time (see 3 Classes Rule above).
LOTS OF YOGA. When ClassPass first launched in Denver, the majority of the schedule was full of yoga classes. I am certainly not one to complain because I could use a lot more Namaste in my life but I know yoga and pilates aren’t everyone’s jam. In the month I participate, ClassPass added martial arts, dance and pole fitness classes so I expect as ClassPass continues to grow, studio selection will become even more diverse.
I loved my month of ClassPass. It’s great for people who are looking for a new gym, people who’ve recently moved to a new city or people who travel frequently and still want a way to workout. It’s perfect for someone who’s not ready or not interested in committing to just one type of exercise, someone who wants to dabble in a variety of classes.
Would I lay down my own money for ClassPass? I definitely would! I’m a gal who likes some routine in my schedule and I do enjoy seeing familiar faces in my fitness classes so I’m not sure I’d love this for the long term but I really enjoyed access to new gyms across Denver. I took a few yoga classes at different studios, a ski-fit class, a barre class and a spinning class. There are so many gyms on the schedule that I’d still like to check out – like the Dailey Method or YogaCross. And if I was still traveling frequently for work, there would be no question if I’d continue using ClassPass; HUGE benefit right there!
As of the time I’m posting this, ClassPass is in 22 cities – check to see if ClassPass is offered in your city here. Get out there and #livethesweatylife!