Have you heard of ClassPass? It’s a new-to-me business model of getting fit, headquartered in New York City. It’s a monthly service where members can choose up to 10 classes per month for $99/month. Last month, ClassPass launched their Los Angeles program and I had a one-month membership to try it out!
What’s great about ClassPass is that you can try out many fitness studios without having to commit to just one. You choose 10 classes of your choice from participating studios, pay your $99/month, and you’re off to yoga, spinning, bootcamp, barre, pilates, and more. If you’re not into gyms, this might be the way for you to go.
Classes I Chose
I drove out to Flywheel Sports West Hollywood to meet the Classpass team and to try out Flywheel’s spinning class! I loved it! (I usually spin at my local Crunch Gym.)
Yep, this is me at 33 Weeks pregnant – w00t!
Flywheel WeHo is set up in a small room with elevated rows of bikes. The bikes are state-of-the-art with little computer monitors that show you how fast you’re going and how much energy you’re putting out. They also have two weighted bars that you can pick up to work your arms and shoulders while you spin. Hardcore!
In LA, there are two locations you can choose from – West Hollywood or Larchmont. If you’re in the Hollywood area, Larchmont might be an easier location to get to. Both locations offer spinning shoes, lockers, showers, and a fancy water fountain!
The next class I chose was prenatal yoga. While regular yoga like vinyasa flow yoga is my favorite, I figured I should check out prenatal yoga… because pregnant.
I went through ClassPass’s list of yoga studios and clicked on each one to see what classes were offered. I chose The Yogi Tree which was nearby in Toluca Lake.
The Yogi Tree is a quirky studio. It’s located on the third floor of an office building and the teacher is on a “stage.” At my prenatal class, the instructor came down to help us with our yoga which was great. I mean, you’re talking about students who are carrying more weight than just their body, trying to balance and get inline and breathe.
I ended up working like a crazy person through my subscription month and missed signing up for a few more spinning classes via ClassPass. Totally on me, not on them.
Ease of Use
The ClassPass website is quite easy to use. Each studio/gym is displayed with a short intro. Click on a studio and the class schedule is displayed as well as teacher bios and map/location. You don’t have to click out to the studio’s website to find out this information. It’s all there. You can reserve a class right there.
The one thing I wish the website would do is sort the studios by location. I scrolled down the 50+ studios offered often because they’re sorted alphabetically.
Once you book a class, you receive a confirmation email and a reminder email. You may not be into emails, but for me, it was beneficial for me to receive a reminder, in case I didn’t save it on my calendar. (Remember – preggo brain?)
After completing a class, you also get an email asking to rate the studio and class! As a business, I’d want to know how my partner studios are doing and whether students enjoyed the studio or class. Very smart, in my opinion.
Many of the studios are located on the Westside, West Hollywood, or Hollywood area. There are some studios in the Valley and Silverlake area. If you live on the eastern side of LA, you’ll probably be driving a little bit to get to a studio. I assume ClassPass will pick up more studios and gyms east of the 101 later this year, which will make it more enticing for folks who live on the Eastside.
Overall, I like the idea of ClassPass. It offers flexibility for people who want to try out different fitness classes at different locations. I noticed a lot of studios (ClassPass or not) charges $20-25 per class, so if you do the math, you’re saving some coin if you sign up at $99/month and have 10 classes to choose from. ($25 x 10 classes = $250. You save $150 in your first month.) Ta da!
Check out the ClassPass website and tell me what you think! What classes would you want to try out?
Big thanks to the ClassPass team for inviting me to the LA Launch Party and for my complimentary 30-day trial membership!