Ring the bell; ClassPass is in session and schooling us on the art of discovering the best boutique fitness classes in 30+ cities worldwide!
What is it?
For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass’s monthly membership program will give you access to thousands of classes, including cycling, Pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts and more. Members can take up to 30 classes per month and can visit the same studio up to three times per monthly membership cycle.
Do the math; when we’re talking drop-ins that cost anywhere from $15-25 a pop, as well as memberships that run upwards of hundreds of dollars per month, it’s easy to see why ClassPass has taken the fitness market by storm.
As much as we like to pretend it’s not happening, the city is booming in just about every facet. And with a studio scene that rivals cities twice its size, Portland — aka America’s Fittest City — is a prime spot for ClassPass to set up shop.
Although I’ve officially been here since last August, I feel as though I’ve barely been able to scratch the surface of what’s available for us fit-minded folks. So when ClassPass asked me to check out their service and give my thoughts, I recruited my workout buddy Carolyn and we embarked on a #30ClassesIn30Days personal challenge.
Like kids in a candy store, we explored the entire workout spectrum of Stumptown. From unleashing while kickboxing to finding release through meditation, from swinging kettlebells to swinging through the air in aerial yoga — you name it, we’ve tried it. And had a blast in the process.
Where’d we go?
Read on for a sampling of all the spots that Carolyn and I were able to hit during our first month using ClassPass.
Our goal this next month is to keep branching out; not only is the variety a breath of fresh air, but it’s fantastic to be able to connect with — and support — some of Portland’s
sweatiest hardest-working small business owners!
9Round: Get an efficient, yet effective, full-body kickboxing workout in just 30 minutes
a-wol Dance Collective: Fly through the air with the greatest of ease in aerial dance classes
The Bar Method: Reshape your
booty body in an hour in an upbeat, barre-based class
The Bhaktishop Yoga Center: Celebrate yoga in a warm, friendly, bhakti-based practice
CorePower Yoga: Exhilarate body and mind; be prepared to sweat buckets in the process
Firebrand Sports: Don’t make more time to workout, just up intensity at this place. ‘Nuff said!
Honest Training: Focus on finding your personal best (bonus: owned by Coeur pal, Paisley)
Hush Meditation: Better your mind through simple and accessible guided mediation classes
Pil-oga-robic: Receive a balanced butt-kicking in a yoga, Pilates, cardio & strength combo
POINT: Train hard indoors here to build functional strength so you can play hard outdoors!
Revocycle: Transcend cycling with this moving meditation that works both mind & body
Skogg System: Convert your body’s vulnerabilities into strengths with kettlebells
Studio Blue Pilates: Develop strength and find your center through yoga and Pilates
Xtend Barre: Strengthen, lengthen and chisel your body with dance, ballet & Pilates
Yoga Pod: Rejuvenate your body, refresh your mind and replenish your spirit
Too good to be true?
By now you’re probably wondering, “So what’s the catch here?”
Well, while some question whether or not it’s a sustainable business model, others say ClassPass is worth its weight in gold when it comes to advertising and customer acquisition, especially for new studios looking for traction in a crowded market.
From the consumer perspective, I’ve found it to be an excellent discovery tool — not only for studios I’d never heard of, but also for workouts I may not otherwise have tried. Plus, if you’re like me and like to keep your body confused with all kinds of crazy cross-training without completely emptying your wallet, it can be the best of both worlds.
Wanna check it out?
Here’s a list of the cities in which ClassPass is currently available (if you’re not on it, don’t fret — they’re adding more all the time).
And if you’re ready to take the ClassPass plunge, I can sweeten the deal — simply use this link (good for ANY location but expires tomorrow, 3/24) to sign up and get $25 off your first month!
What’s your take on the “boutique fitness membership” movement?