Ever since I moved to Dallas after graduation, I have been slacking super hard on fitness. I was pretty good about going for a nightly run but then it started getting dark early and cold and staying in and watching Community on Hulu was way more fun (and warm) than going on a run. Also, I've never had to pay for a gym before since in high school I was a swimmer and in college it was included in my tuition...which made it hard to commit to going somewhere for $100 a month plus contract when before I got it for essentially zilch.
Enter ClassPass -- Jessica reached out to me asking if I would try out a unique fitness program that just started in Dallas (and is already in a ton of other big cities). Basically for $99 a month you get unlimited fitness classes at a TON of different studios (I did the math -- if you do 5 per week its essentially $5 per class -- although as hard as I tried there was NO WAY I was going to be able to do 5 Boot Camps a week). A non-committal unlimited workout program?...Hallelujah!
literally has everything (at least in the DFW area), from yoga and Pilates to boot camp and spin...plus there was some really cool ones like rock climbing and a surfing fitness class. My favorites are the high intensity ones -- especially spinning. I didn't try any of the yoga or pilates classes, because I KNOW how good it's supposed to be for you but I just get way too impatient holding poses.
I only found 2 downsides:
1. You can only go to a given studio 3 times per month, which did keep me getting a good variety and it wasn't that big of an issue because there are multiple studios offering the kind of workouts I was looking for (Spin, HITT, Boot Camp, TRX, etc.) However, at the end of the month the studios I was interested in that offered classes in my time slots did start to get a little skimpy, and it would've been nice to go to the studios in my area more than 3 times (Dallas traffic SUCKS)...but one of my favorite studios I tried out was about a 20 minute drive.
2. If you cancel after 24 hours before your class you are charged a $20 cancellation fee (and lose 1 of your 3 classes at that studio for the month)...and I had to miss two classes unexpectedly. One because of a work meeting that ran super late and another because I found out the day after my office Christmas party that I apparently cannot drink red wine (I had one glass and Red Wine Headache is a thing...I'm not an alcoholic I swear). It definitely takes some planning and coordination when signing up for classes but on the other hand it definitely made me think twice about skipping on the days when I "just didn't feel like working out."
All in all I LOVED ClassPass and the idea of basically a Netflix for working out. If you're one of the people (like me!) with the New Years Resolution to get in shape, ClassPass is a great option instead of a traditional gym, especially if you're still figuring out what you like and what works for you.
How are you staying in shape during the new year?