It’s official, I’m a member of ClassPass– the pass that gives you access to the largest network of fitness studios. I’m only one week into my CP journey, but I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed. They are currently offering a 2 week trial for $19. Such a steal considering that the monthly membership shoots up to $119 after that. Ouch. Going to have to cut out a few Starbucks runs to justify that splurge but I think it will be worth it.
So let’s get into the nitty gritty of what this magical pass has to offer. First of all it is nationwide so this isn’t just some sort of Orange County cult. And if you’re traveling you can still get an awesome workout in. The types of workouts are pretty endless but a few examples are Yoga (all levels and any type you can think of), Cycle (everything from your standard classes to unique ones like “Glow Cycle”), Kickboxing, Self Defense, Meditation, Pilates, Pure Barre, Paddle Boarding, and access to several of your standard gyms. You book your spot online. Unfortunately classes can fill up fast so the goal is to plan your workouts ahead of time to make sure you get a spot. But if there are still openings you can book up until the start of class. If you are unable to make it to class make sure you cancel at least 12 hours before class or else they hit you with a $15 cancellation fee. And if you’re just a total no show it’s a whopping $20! At least that’s good motivation to get your booty to class.
So far I’ve taken 3 classes and the fact that I can barely walk up the stairs is telling me that these classes mean business.
I started with a half cycle half yoga class at YAS Fitness Center in Costa Mesa. I’ve never thought about doing the two together but it was the perfect combination of high and low impact exercise.
Later in the week I opted for a jump pilates class at Club Pilates also in Costa Mesa. I was really intimated when I walked in the class and saw all that scary looking equipment (aka the reformers for all you seasoned pilates folk). But the instructor put my fears at ease and helped me set everything up and frequently checked in on me. What makes a jump class different from a regular pilates class is that you add the jumpboard to the reformer. So essentially it feels like you are jumping laying down. SO MUCH FUN and an incredible workout. I’m still feeling the effects from this class and it’s been several days since I took it.
Most recently I took Pure Barre. Mad props to anyone who takes this regularly because I DIED. I pride myself on being into fitness and I will be the first to admit that I was struggling even through the warm up. PB claims to be the fastest and most effective way to change your body and I don’t doubt that for a minute. I was under the impression that I would be doing some squats while leaning on a ballet bar and call it a day. But the reality was a fast paced full body workout that left my legs visibly shaking halfway through class. It’s a combination of floor work, weights/bands, and of course some use of the bar. Even though I was a little frustrated by my struggle I was glad there were other newbies in my class who were feeling my pain. The instructor assured us that it takes a few classes before you really start getting the hang of things. I’m looking forward to challenging myself and taking another class soon.
As you can see I’m really enjoying trying new studios and getting outside of my usual gym routine thanks to ClassPass. If you are on the fence about joining then give the trial a shot! For $19 you have nothing to lose!