How did 30 days just pass by?
November 21st marks the last day of my first cycle through CLASSPASS! It was a little physically draining to have the urge to try as many classes as possible, while trying to keep up with my regular gym program. But, I managed to do it and it was fun!
Just a little blurb for you who have never heard of Classpass before…
Classpass is a monthly membership that gets you access to unlimited classes around the city (with 3x max at each studio per cycle). With the diversity of classes offered, it lets you take classes that match your style or even mix-up your regular routine. They have anything from yoga to pilates to kickboxing to weight training. It’s offered in a number of major cities around North America.
(photo via Classpass)
So, how did I do? Over the last month, I did 15 classes throughout Toronto. The primary reason why I signed up with Classpass was to try new classes/studios without having to commit to their intro special or drop-in prices. This membership was a perfect choice for a frugal university student and I saved over $150CDN from using Classpass. Also, it’s on a month-to-month basis, so no worries on being in a committed long-term relationship with Classpass if you two don’t work out.
(Photo via Classpass)
The website and app are extremely user friendly and super convenient. You can filter within a time frame and type of workout when you are looking for a class. I’m everywhere and Classpass is great for that. I just whip out my phone wherever I am and find classes nearby. Really…this membership is a good tool to kick your excuses to the curb for not moving that booty (extra perk – it even tracks how many workouts you been to during your cycle! Ouu…fancy).
Most studios allow you to register up to 5 minutes before the class – this was perfect on days where you don’t know whether or not you’ll be stuck in Toronto traffic after work…or days where you’re not sure if you’ll be up to being beat up at a boxing session at 7am.
What I love the most about Classpass is that it can help you find a balance. With one membership having access to over a hundred of classes, you can pick anything that you are feeling up to. For example, on days that I felt really drained from work, I was able to find a yoga class that still got me moving while leaving rejuvenated for the next day.
(photo via Elle Canada)
But, who won my heart this month?
Being a pilates instructor, I was kind of skeptical of “pilates on crack”. But, once I tried it – I was addicted. It’s definitely not the rehabilitative type of pilates, they just have their own designed reformer that makes them different than a regular pilates reformer class. The class very fast-paced and intensive – in 50 minutes, they will hit your arms, legs, back, and definitely your core. I’ve been recommending everyone to try Bianca for their first class – she helps you get set up for your first class, keeps an eye on everyone throughout the class (and will correct you if she sees anything wrong), and has such great energy. Always a great class!
Sounds too good to exist eh? But, there are a couple of drawbacks of Classpass…
Although I think $89CDN for this membership is completely worth it if you can take at least 5 classes or more throughout the month, there are some downsides. They do have a 12-hour cancellation policy. Yes, I understand the reason behind it – studios are being paid less than their normal studio fees to save spots for Classpass users. But, a lot can happen in 12 hours…what am I even saying? A lot can happen within the hour after I register in a class. If you register and cancel within 12 hours, you will be charged an $15 fee. And if you just don’t show up, it’s a big ol’ $20 taken from your pocket. Something to keep in mind if your schedule is a quicker flipper.
Another issue that I found throughout the month, is that studios have been slowly pulling out classes (especially during the evenings). And some studios even dropped out of the program, so it sucked seeing a studio I really enjoyed the first week not being offered the week after. I got attached to one particular class at one particular time slot because it worked soooo nice with my schedule. But, once it got pulled off, I felt like I couldn’t find another class to compare. So, my tip – be flexible and open to trying new things (and don’t grow any emotional attachments…literally). On the bright side, there are still tons of studios left on the list and more studios constantly joining.
So, have any of you tried Classpass yet?