I am not one of those people that "enjoys" working out. I loathe going to the gym, and if I do find my way there, I have no idea what I'm doing. But I am also getting much, much nearer to my mid-thirties and realize that I need to be healthier. I want to feel stronger. I want to feel more confident in my own skin. But I need structure, a fitness spirit guide (that is much cheaper than a personal trainer), and I don't know where to begin.
Here's how it works: You pick a plan, mine is a 90 credit (formerly the 10 class plan). You receive a number of credits to use each month. Some classes cost more than others, ex. peak time, post-work yoga will cost more that an hour of free gym time at 11pm. I can go to the same studio three times per month (or more, it will just cost you additional credits). If you don's use your full credits that month, you can roll some over to the next. I can set a filter to find classes by time, neighborhood, credit cost, and activity. Once you find a class, you reserve it (as close as up to 5 min before class time). Show up. Work out. Done.
I signed up for this app last year. I did pretty good with it for a few months. Then, as usual, life happens. You get sick so you take a break. When you're feeling better you're on to a vacation. The excuses pile up and you can no longer justify the expense. But much like this blog, here I am, coming back for more. If any of this sounds familiar, let me introduce you to 5 reasons why ClassPass may be for you.
1. It helps you figure out what does... and does not float your physical fitness boat.
I knew I hated the gym. I knew I liked boxing. This is all I had going for me. The app gives you the options of finding and trying hundreds of fitness studios across your city. I tried one spin class a few years back and it wasn't my thing. Turns out I just needed to find the right studio. Once I found my place (The Monster Cycle in SoHo where you can enjoy such theme rides as "Emo Night"), I now try to work it in as one of my cardio workouts weekly. This is also how I discovered I did not enjoy rowing (If I wanted gnarly blisters on my hands I would have joined CrossFit). I'm also not a fan of Barre classes. They are just not for me. But I like low impact toning (aka, wont make me sweaty before work), so I used the app to try a couple of Pilates reformer classes. It took more than one try to find a studio/instructor that I liked, but now I'm addicted.
Basically you get to try some of the newest, most exciting fitness classes in your city, find what works and doesn't work for you, without having to commit to a package or dropping a $25-40 single class for a drop-in fee.
2. It helps you work out around your schedule.
I do not work M-F/9-5. So I have a hard time justifying buying a monthly membership to a studio when my schedule is not always conducive to their available class times. I also am not someone who will work out first thing in the morning. I like sleep. I do my best work-outs after work as a stress reliever. With the app, I use the filter to find classes in certain time frames and neighborhoods. So if I work until 7pm and want to hop into a yoga class after work I can search for that specific activity after 7:30 in a neighborhood thats close to (or a quick train ride from) my job. This means I don't have to join a 24 hour gym franchise to get in a good sweat session after a long day at the office/store/whatever. I can also book classes about a week or so in advance. So I take a look at my work schedule, reserve my classes, use the feature on the app to add the classes to my phone's calendar, and get myself set up for success.
3. It helps you adjust to what your body needs.
I've gotten into a good groove with two cardio classes per week (boxing and spin) and one strength/toning class (pilates reformer). But I am currently looking for more specific strength training classes to layer into my routine. So I am trying out a new weight studio next week as a way to supplement my training. I have also discovered that I need to limit the number of high impact cardio sessions I do (32 year old knees, man). I love my boxing gym, but right now my body can only handle one class per week. So this gives me the chance to find the cardio I need with the physical parameters that won't destroy me.
4. It travels with you.
It gives you the option of exploring other cities fitness offerings. So when I travel to Austin, TX in a couple of weeks, I can use the app there. Eliminating the vacation excuse I mentioned earlier and keeping me in my 3-4 times per week groove.
5. It's social.
The app will often give you the opportunity to invite someone to a class for free or search for classes that have more than one spot available. I have dragged multiple friends to spin class with me over the last year. If you're someone that loves to work out with a buddy, this also gives you the option to add a "friend" via the app. So you can see what classes each other has gone or is going to. This is also a great way to find new studios!
If struggle with finding what you need to get you excited to work out again, I cannot recommend this enough. Click here to try it out for yourself! No ClassPass available in your area? Share what tools you use to stay motivated to work out in the comments.