Thursday, February 2, 2017

ClassPass: An Honest Review

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I heard somewhere that the average number of days that people hold a New Year's resolution is 12 days. That means that by January 12th, most people have given up on their goals to eat better, get fit, or be a nicer person. Honestly, this shocked me.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to be active every day. I started off with the Blogilate's Beginner's Challenge but about 12 days in, I started to get bored. I needed more oomph. I was craving the feeling of pushing my body to the limit and pilates wasn't giving that to me.

I had heard about ClassPass and they just happened to be running an awesome deal for three months, so I figured why not?

If you don't know what ClassPass is, I'll try to explain. Essentially, for a flat rate (depending on what plan you chose), you can visit any kind of studio you want (as long as they participate.).

Now, there are some quirks with it.

  • It's not available in all cities. I just happened to be lucky and live in one of the cities that they do have, but if I was still living in Cincinnati, I wouldn't be as lucky. If you want to see what cities are on their list, click here.
  • You can only go to a certain studio a couple times a month. I'm on the 5 classes/month plan and the maximum number of times I can visit a studio is 2. This forces you to mix up your training and try something new. It's definitely worked for me.
  • Going to a class alone might seem weird. Seriously though, this thought is in your head. Yes, I did sign up for Class Pass with a friend, and we do go to classes together, but there are times that I go without her. Whether she is there or not, I push myself just as hard (and maybe a little harder because I want to show off.) Also, working out is not social time, sorry to admit.
  • If you don't use all of your classes for the month, they disappear. Yeah, it's kinda sad. I have the "base" plan (5x/month) so it's easy for me to make time to go once a week. If I were going any less, they have a "go" plan (3x/month). They also have a "core" plan (10x/month) for all you overachievers. You just have to pick the plan that best fits you.
  • You can only schedule a week in advanced. For all you planner ladies, this might be a bad thing... I know I like to plan things weeks in advanced. Of course, you can see what's available, but the class doesn't open for registration on ClassPass until 7 days before. Another downside is that if the class fills up from members of the studio, they won't even open it on ClassPass.

I've only been a member for a month, but I'd already know which studios I'll be frequenting. Also, this doesn't mean that I'm not willing to try something new. I know Zumba and Hot Yoga are definitely on my list... and maybe even pole dancing (yes, that is a thing here.)

Cycle614 was the first studio that I tried and is probably one of my favorites just because of the feeling I get after I've completed a class. Here's a tip: Check online to see if a studio that you are curious about offers a free first class. Cycle614 did and honestly that is what got me addicted.

My friend Nicole (from Class to Closet) and I went together for the first time, and this is also somewhere that I've gone by myself. Not going to lie though, I pick Chris's class on purpose. (He's pretty good looking and has decent music selection.)

If you've never gone to a spinning class before, I will warm you that your butt might start to feel uncomfortable in the riding seat, I know mine did. It also might be sore the day after. But, for some reason, I keep coming back.

Each spinning class is around 45 minutes and I have been averaging about 400-500 calories burned.

Barre3 is another kind of workout that I've been wanting to try, and thanks to Class Pass, I was able to. As someone with a dance background, not to mention the numerous times that I've started the Blogilate's challenges, I felt confident going into my first class. Boy, it still kicked my butt. I burned about 380 calories in the 1-hour session and was definitely feeling muscles that I haven't worked in a long time.

The class started off intense, with harder poses and quicker movements, but by the end, we were stretching in the dark on the mats, which was the perfect way to end the night.

I'll definitely be back for another barre class in the future. I've been out of the dance game for too long and really want to get my flexibility back. I can see this helping, a lot.

Wanting to try something new, Nicole and I headed to BrickHouse Cardio Club for a BodyPump class. What is BodyPump? I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Working with a barbell, this class was everything I loved and hated about working out. I definitely felt like a beast... especially when I added too much weight during squats.

In the 1-hour BodyPump class, I burned about 350 calories.

Some studios offer multiple types of classes, and I know that BrickHouse Cardio is one of those. I have heard rumors that they have an awesome Hip Hop class, so I might need to get my white-girl butt into one of those.

Overall, I'm pretty happy that I took the chance on ClassPass. There are so many different types of workouts available in my city, I feel like I will never get bored. Going into month number two, I know what I like, but I do want to step out of my comfort zone.

If you're interested in trying ClassPass, I'd love if you used my referral link. When you sign up with that link, you get $30 off your first month and I get $30 too! Again I say, definitely worth a try, especially if you are wanting to try something new.

Have any questions about ClassPass or my experience? Leave me a comment and I'll do my best to answer.

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