As you read in my last post (which seems like ages ago, I know), ClassPass was nice enough to give me a month of classes on them.
After trying out the service for a month, I’m happy to report that ClassPass lived up to all the hype. It was great to be able to try out a bunch of different fitness classes without commiting to one studio, or paying the hefty (in the case of some studios) membership fees.
As a quick review, here’s the skinny on ClassPass:
- Pay only $79-$99 per month(varies by city) to take classes at hundreds of studios in 20 cities in the US
- If you upgrade to ClassPass Flex, you can take classes at any studio in any city, regardless of your home city, so it’s great for those of us who travel a lot for work (and play!)
- Take up to three classes per month at a range of popular studios including: Orangetheory Fitness, Barre3, FlyWheel, and MANY many more.
During my month long trial, I got to try classes at Orangetheory Fitness, Bar Method, FlyWheel, FlyBarre, 5Focus Kinesis, Ripple Yoga and CorePower Yoga. As you can see, that’s quite the variety, which is one of the reasons I loved ClassPass so much. If this sounds like fun and you’d like to join ClassPass, use my affiliate link to skip the waitlist and join today! If you want to learn more about ClassPass, check out the FAQ here. Okay, now that you’ve gotten all excited about ClassPass, read on for an in-depth review of the workouts I tried during my month with ClassPass.
Summary: I have become a FlyWheel addict. I tried out my first class in Philly over the summer and being able to take three additional classes as part of ClassPass was the icing on the cake. I love the upbeat music and instructors and the workout is always challenging. I always exit the class a sweaty mes (exhibit A below).
Summary: I proclaim this the best barre (at least for me). It’s offered at a few FlyWheel locations across the nations, so it’s the perfect compliment to a sweaty spinning session. So I am not a ballerina or a dancer, but this class made me feel like one. Think of your regular barre class with a little hip hop infusion; it’s set to pop music and is mildly choreographed, but not so much so that you need to be a regular to get in the groove. The class featured a lot of abs and booty (like any good barre class should) and the warm instructors made me feel like a graceful swan instead of the sweaty, mildly uncoordinated mess that I was.
Summary: This class is centered around using the Kinesis pulley system. The class is a set of circuits-some cardio and some resistance based ones on the Kinesis machine. Something about this class was just off to me (maybe the instructor was having an off day?) and I didn’t feel like the workout was super challenging. Maybe I’ll have to swing by again just to see if I like it more the second time around .
Summary: I had been waiting to try out this class since my best friend Kristen started raving about it a few months ago. The class lived up to the hype-I loved mixing it up with treadmill running, rowing and weights. The great thing about the class is that it is customizable and great for every exercise level. Extra points for the CUTE frenchie at my location-
Summary: Solid yoga class at a local Seattle studio. The owner was warm and friendly and although I think it was the instructor’s first time teaching, she offered a great practice. Extra points for pop music and no OM-ing
Summary: This studio is a national chain and I’d actually been to this location before since it’s right across the street from my apartment. The classes are challenging, hot and always get my abs in the game (hence “Core” in the name). It was great to be able to take advantage of a few CorePower classes without paying the $25 drop in fee.
Summary: I’ve actually been to Bar Method before, but this was my first class in Seattle. I think the class was okay-I didn’t like how dogmatic it was (I felt like I was consistently being called out by name) and I felt like this was more for the ex-ballerina poised and perfect set. It’s okay-at least I tried it!
Summary: I went to two different classes at this studio-the Groovin Flow class I took on a Sunday night was the perfect way to unwind from the weekend and prep myself for the week ahead. The class was challenging, the instructor was encouraging and offered plenty of corrections (and mini massages) and they played pop music, which gets an A+ in my book.0