A couple of young women I work with recently headed out of the office to a Barre class together, excited about their new ClassPass memberships. I too wanted to be going to a fun class instead of the treadmill at my $15/month no-frills gym.
The magic words were “Two Weeks Free,” and “No commitment.” And, I’m back in the class-hopping game. I have abandoned FitReserve (although I’m definitely willing to try them again too) and am taking the new face of ClassPass for a spin! (Pun intended.)
The first class I tried was a 45-minute spin class at Cyc in Hell’s Kitchen which reminded me of all the reasons I both love and hate spin classes. More on that in my next post. And then, yesterday I went back to my first ClassPass love, Barry’s Bootcamp (UWS location).
Barry’s still tops the charts of my all time favorite, most challenging, and most effective workouts. They may well be what they claim to be, “the best workout in the world,” at least the best that I can access on ClassPass (since Orange Theory Fitness still isn’t available as an option). I feel stronger an leaner after just one class.
ClassPass has switched up its pricing and plans to be more reasonable and sustainable. When I first joined back in 2015, it was $99/month (the price of an average gym membership) for UNLIMITED classes. Then about the time they suddenly upped the price to $125/month, I jumped ship to FitReserve that had more flexible pricing plans. See an updated comparison of the two here.
Currently, I’m still in my two-week free trial (which limits your visits to some studios including Barry’s, and FlyWheel), but I’m leaning toward signing up for either the $49/27-credits a month plan or the $79/45-credits a month plan.
Assigning different studios different credit amounts was a genius move. I’m willing to dish out the 16 credits class for Barry’s, but as my credits run low, I can hit up a Crunch Gym for open gym time at a mere 2-3 credits (depending on the time of day). Up to 10 of your unused credits will roll over to the next month. You can also buy extra credits if you run out, but they aren’t cheap. If money were no object, I’d opt for the $159/100-credits a month plan. (They have higher priced plans that include an unlimited membership to Blink Gym as well, but with so many open gym time options in the class selection, unless you live right next door to a Blink, I don’t see the point.)
I’m down to only 10 credits after running and lifting with Barry yesterday, but it was so worth it. Shout out to instructor Kat S who had me feeling strong enough to push myself, and confident enough to know my own limits and to celebrate my personal progress instead of comparing my capabilities to my neighbor’s. She gives just the right blend of challenge and encouragement with a big, warm smile!