Make a Dash to ClassPass!
Are you bored with your same old treadmill routine? Are you curious about the numerous posh workout studios around Atlanta? Do you want to try a fitness class but don’t want to commit to the high prices or contracts? Look no further than ClassPass.
This wonderful creation began in 2013 in New York City and was founded by Payal Kadakia, Mary Biggins and Sanjiv Sanghavi. It allows you to try out different activities and studios without having to join each facility separately. The program is currently available in multiple cities across the US and a handful of international cities. The list of cities continues to grow due to its popularity. Gyms elect to participate in this program, which enables them to market their facilities to a new group of potential members. It is a super way to advertise and keep classes full!
There are several plans you can purchase depending upon your budget, time and inclination. The one I purchased was $100 for 10 classes. $10 a class is a steal as most drop-in rates are in the mid to upper $20’s. You have 1 month to use the classes. The premise is that within each package you may go to the same class a certain number of times. That pushes you to try new studios and activities.
There is an app that allows for easy booking of the classes and management of your account. You can download the app thru Apple or Android apps, and on either platform it is free to download and easy to maneuver. You have a profile that shows your upcoming classes, previous classes as well as what remains in your package. It is important to keep that date in mind because it will auto-renew unless you cancel 1 day before. When you’ve booked a class and need to cancel, it’s important to do so within the specifically allotted time that each studio allows. If you don’t, you will get charged for the class.
If you find that you are zooming thru the class package, you can add on classes to your currently monthly cycle: you can purchase an additional 3-pack for $30 or a 10-pack for $80. These extra classes do not roll over into the next month; cancellation policies and the maximum number of visits to a studio per cycle remain the same. Generally, the class options populate 1 week in advance.
The program is highly customizable. For example, I limit my search of classes to Sandy Springs and Buckhead because of where I work and live. I decide the day and times of the class as well as the type of workout based on what I want to achieve. In Atlanta, the options that populate include yoga, spinning, weight training, boxing, barre class, pilates, dance, rowing, various cardio/strength combo classes or 1 hour of “open” gym time.
You can read reviews on each studio to see what amenities they provide, how to prepare for your class and what fellow ClassPassers thought about their experience. I find this helpful because each studio is unique. For example, one studio I took a Spin class at in Midtown last week charged $3 for the mandatory shoe rental whereas the Spin class I took this weekend in Buckhead included that as complimentary. Other amenities include shower, lockers, yoga mats, towels and free parking. For me, the details create my experience and little things can go a long way in helping make the decision about which studio to pick.
Say you have a vacation or business trip coming up and you want to work out during your trip. Simply change your location in the membership section of your profile and select your new city. We no longer have an excuse to remain sedentary on our trips unless we are so inclined! (My cat, Savannah J, is a very cute example of this tendency.)
The only negative aspect I can see is that ClassPass is not available in all cities across the country at this time. Other than that, I am hard pressed to find an undesirable quality.
If you are interested in giving ClassPass a whirl, let me know so I can help you save on your first purchase. My friend did that for me and I saved $40 on my first package! Cheers to saving money and fun workouts!
Erin has years of experience in the healthcare and non-profit sector. She brings her skills and passion to benefit Network 1’s team, clients and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.
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