My friend Raquel has been a member of ClassPass for a few months now – for $99 a month, you get 10 classes to boutique studios all around the city – think RowHouse, Revolve, Barry’s Bootcamp, classes that are normally $35 a pop and you see on the pages of US Weekly. While $10 a class was still a good deal, I would always find myself on the sign up page, then chickening out telling myself I should use the gym more that I’m already paying for.
But then I saw one day on Facebook (thanks Facebook targeting) that for the summer, ClassPass has a special deal where you’ll get unlimited classes per month for the same price. If you sign up before Memorial Day, you’ll have access to this deal through Labor Day – pay $99 a month, get unlimited classes. I know, this is a little out of the price range here on 89th and Broke, but you can make this totally worth your while.
I signed up last Wednesday, as I’m trying to shed some lbs before my engagement shoot this fall. So far, I have to say that I’m hooked. With ClassPass, you can only go to one studio 3 times during the month, so it forces you to try new places. I’ve tried Simply Cycle in Astoria, where I sweated my butt off, and Simply Fit Astoria, where I tried the Simply Move It class – a mix of cardio dance (so much harder than Zumba!) and body sculpting (note: I’ve spent the last two days walking around like an old woman). I’m already looking forward to a few more classes this week, and the threat that I will have to pay $20 if I do not show up has been a major motivator (if something comes up last minute, you can always email ClassPass). There are plenty of time slots available, but I will caution that if you are an AM gym goer, you may want to call ahead to make sure there is a shower if you plan on getting ready there before work (note to my colleagues: you will see me in a ponytail for 85% of this summer).
If you need a new workout for summer or want to try some place new, consider ClassPass. There is normally a waitlist to get in to ClassPass, but sign up from this link to skip the line.