As I have mentioned before, I had the pleasure of getting to try out ClassPass for its launch in Houston. My month is up this week and it has been an awesome experience. I have met a few other people doing ClassPass and they have also all really enjoyed their time with it. I am going to break down some of my favorite parts of my ClassPass experience and some things I didn’t like.
Refresher…what is ClassPass?
ClassPass is a monthly membership to some of the best boutique fitnesses classes in your city. For a monthly fee (varies by city), you have unlimited access to all of the studios in the ClassPass network. You can take as many classes as you would like but you may only visit each studio three times a month.
ClassPass made it extremely easy for me to work out. There are SO many choices for a work out and the have classes that start at 5:00am and go all the way until 10:00pm. You can search by time, neighborhood, activity, studio and date.
With having so many choices, you really have no excuse as to why you can’t go work out. They also have an app you can download and schedule your class directly from your phone! I also love the variety of work outs. One day I could do a boot camp and the next day I could do a pilates reformer class. It was nice to be able to try a bunch of different studios in Houston that I had never been to or some even heard of. This is such a great way to learn new work outs and find out what works for you! By the end of my cycle I had been to 11 classes and here is the breakdown:
Pure Body Studio- TRX Class (1x): I really enjoyed this class! TRX is a killer workout and works your whole body. I somehow managed to schedule this class with out doing the required studio orientation and then couldn’t book anymore with out going to that…which I did not want to waste a class on.
Body Rock Pilates (1X): I had never taken a pilates reformer class before and this is a killer work out! The reformer machine is a torture device on its own. I was sore all over the next day. This studio was really great and the instructor was super friendly and helpful about showing me how to move around on the machine.
H.I.P Fitness (1x): This was another pilate reformer class I took and it was a little different than my other class. Maybe because I went in the morning and was half asleep but I did not enjoy this class as much.
Centre Fitness Fusion (2x): This is a studio I have driven by a million times and always wondered what it was. I took two classes here, Hit Fusion and Strength Fusion. Both class were great and I really enjoyed the Hit Fusion class which is a mix of cardio and strength training. I was SUPER sore from that work out and could see myself going back for that class again.
Studio Fitness Heights Booty Camp (1x): This gym’s layout is really great. They had a ton of space for cardio machines and weights. They also had multiple bootcamps and personal training sessions going on while I was there. I attended the thirty minute booty camp and it was a good work out. Short, sweet and to the point. The teacher was funny and made the class fly by.
The League Elite Training (1x): I went to The League for the S.T.A.C.K. workout. Stack stands for Stability/Mobility, Tactical, Aerobic, Circuit, Keep Moving. I really enjoyed this work out! A little stretching, a little weight training and all high intensity. I would definitely go back and take another class here.
Bombshell Bootcamp (2x): I have been to this bootcamp before and was excited it was one of the ClassPass options. Bombshell Bootcamp is a killer workout..I mean running 10 hills as your warm up is pretty intense! They incorporate Tabata style work outs and every class is different. You also use a resistance band or weights plus your own body weight for strength training. This bootcamp is for all levels but is a challenging yet fun work out! The now have two locations so it makes it easier to get to. Fun Fact: one of the trainers trains the Houston Rockets Power Dancers and two of the trainers were Rockets Power Dancers!
Bar Method (1x): I have tried Bar Method before and have never been a huge fan. I love Bar classes but this is not for me. I thought I would give it another shot and I still do not like the class. I do not like how they constantly call people out for their form (which I understand is important but just come fix me) and I feel like I don’t even break a sweat.
Pure Barre (1x): As an avid barre class taker, I was excited to try Pure Barre. I had never been to this studio but had seen and heard about it around town. I did enjoy the class and left feeling like I had a good work out out. I do love the low impact work out that works your whole body. I woke up the following day with my legs super sore!
While I did love ClassPass there were some things that I would change. A lot of the studios are not convenient to my house and it made it difficult to get a work out. I made it work but I wish their were more options a little closer to me. I also wish that there were more options for spin classes or higher intensity classes. I felt like there was a plethora of yoga and pilates classes, which are great but not my absolute favorite kind of work out.
What I Thought:
Overall ClassPass was an awesome experience and I do think that I will do another month later down the line. I love that I was introduced to so many studios in Houston that I had never been to or had even heard of. If you are looking for variety and to save money, ClassPass is for you!