When it comes to workouts, I prefer to go solo. So when ClassPass reached out to us to participate in their St. Louis launch, I was skeptical. Excited, but skeptical.
ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. As a ClassPass subscriber, you get access to participating fitness studios in your city AND any city that also has ClassPass. During a one month subscription cycle, you can attend unlimited classes and you can visit each studio up to three times. The monthly fee varies per city. In St. Louis it costs $79 per month- a pretty sweet deal considering most class in St. Louis cost around $20 a pop!
Our new friends at ClassPass gave each of us a free month subscription to test drive their St. Louis studios. We crammed in as many classes as we could during February.
Here is our ClassPass Review:
Find your “thing”
If you are new to exercise, new to a city, or just looking to shake things up, ClassPass is a great way to tour the fitness scene. I discovered a few studios that I will return to even if I am not a ClassPass subscriber.
The variety of studios is excellent- spinning, yoga, barre, boxing, weight training. pilates… If you're in an elliptical rut, ClassPass will pull you out of it. I thrive on variety in my workout schedule, so this was my favorite thing about ClassPass.
The atmosphere of a class holds you accountable and pushes you to work harder. A month of ClassPass definitely opened my eyes to fact that my solo workouts had gotten a little wimpy. For better or worse, their cancellation policy holds you accountable too. Canceling a class within 12 hours of its start time means you owe ClassPass a $20 late-cancellation fee. Ouch.
Although they offer access to a lot of awesome studios, none of them are home to my beloved yoga teacher Kim Winn. If one of her studios was on the list, I'd be set.
So many choices!
The ClassPass scheduler pulls all the class options from all the studios into one MindBody scheduler. You can sort it by time/workout type/studio… but all the options paralyze me a little. I end up spending WAY too much time trying piece together a week of workouts from all the class listings. I'm sure this gets easier the more acquainted you become with various studios. At first it's overwhelming.
I don't know about you, but I like to feel “at home” at a workout studio. I want the teacher to know my name, and I want to know where to put my stuff, and I want to know what to expect from the hour I spend there. With so many different studios and the 3 class limit per studio, this “homeyness” is harder to cultivate.
Overall, I heart ClassPass.
I don't want to say I'm addicted… but I'm addicted. Sign up for $79 a month here! You only commit to a month, you can cancel if it's not for you.
If you just want to give it a try, ClassPass is offering 10 days of unlimited classes for $10! That means even if you just go to ONE class, you'll get more than your money's worth.
Thanks for kicking our butts last month ClassPass! We're going to go ice and stretch our aching bodies now…
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