Sunday, February 19, 2017

Barre, Hot Yoga and Cycling - ClassPass Review

So I know I may be a bit late to the party, but I. Love. Classpass. Starting my clinicals for school meant LA Fitness was no longer convenient for me. So, after years of putting up with the mediocre zumba and bootcamp classes that came with that membership, Classpass feels like a major breath of very fresh, very bougie air. And I love it. Let me tell you more:

The app is amazing. All the classes available at all the different studios in my area are incredibly easy to search. It's so much simpler to compare class times, studios, and reviews than it is trying to compare by navigating to individual websites. I can view my schedule of upcoming classes really easily. I also love opening up the app after a workout to be congratulated and asked to give a quick rating or review. I find the app easy, and most of all, motivating.

One of the major critiques of classpass is the penalty when you miss a class; you are charged a whopping $20 (and that's Philly area prices. I'm sure it's more in upcharged New York). I have to admit, this seriously sucks. However, you better believe this penalty made me get my butt to class on days that I surely would have skipped if no penalty was attached.

Another less than ideal limitation that comes with classpass is the studio limit per month. With my membership (5 classes a month) I can only visit the same studio twice. However, once you hit that limit you can purchase individual classes from the studios, through the classpass app, at reduced prices. The cost of an individual class from my favorite Barre studio is $19, but I can get it for $14 after I've hit my twice monthly limit and buy it through the classpass app. This limit forces you to diversify for at least 3 classes a month (something I think is a GOOD thing), and still lets you get classes for a reduced price after the limit has been hit. In my book, that's a win.

So, with my love for classpass made clear, I want to share with you the three studios classpass has helped me discover that have become my weekly routine to get ready for the wedding: barre, hot yoga, and spin!

1.) TruBarre Lafayette Hill

This was the first class I tried with classpass, and I loved it! I was always intimidated by barre, but somehow signing up for classpass gave me the oomph I needed to finally try this studio. I'm so glad I did! Barre is hard, like everyone always says, but it's definitely not impossible. You burn out each muscle to the point where you think you can't do another rep, and then it's over. And you stretch. I love it, and I feel like my posture has improved immensely even after only doing barre once a week for a little over a month. This workout works, and this studio is great!

2.) Dana Hot Yoga - Glenside

I've attended this studio in the past, but I was thrilled to find out it was on classpass. I've been doing hot yoga Sunday mornings after doing barre on Saturday, and let me tell you, by Monday I'm sore! I enjoy the ambiance at Dana and in winter the warmth is wonderful. I can't recommend this studio enough!
3.) Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness

I'll confess, I HATED spin at LA fitness. Spin at college was ok, but still something I suffered through just for the calorie burn. I've taken 2 classes so far at Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness, and I can't believe I actually ENJOYED my classes there! They are 45 minutes, which is perfect, and I've found the music to be great and the instructors to be so motivating. I've been cycling once mid-week, and I think a 45 minute cardio blast is the perfect after-work workout.

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