I was lucky enough over the past month to be offered the chance to try out ClassPass.
If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s basically a monthly membership for a huge amount of the boutique studios in London, from spinning studios to pilates and yoga studios and everything in-between. There are a huge variety of studios across the city, with more being added all the time. There are plenty of classes on offer, you are somewhat spoilt for choice, although you need to book the popular ones a while in advance to avoid missing out. I also found that they don’t have all the selections of classes from certain studios, so you might find that there are no options for you at your favourite studio during the time you are looking for.
Basically you can visit any studio three times during the month, there is so much variety in studios available though that I don’t see this really being an issue as if you hit one studios quota, you can probably find something similar elsewhere, and then next month you get to visit your favourites again.
If you cancel a class at short notice (less than £12) you get charged a flat £12 fee. For me this was not ideal, as sometimes you do need to cancel at short notice. I had to cancel three classes throughout the month, once due to major transport issues- something which regularly happens in London-and the other two due to waking up ill. I think the flat charge is a little unfair, as sometimes you do really have a good reason for cancelling at short notice and I don’t think you should be penalized for that. Perhaps losing a credit for that particular studio, or having a strike system might be a better option.
In terms of the classes, I actually only managed to make it to about 5 classes across the month, due to the fact that I was away three times during the month and then had to cancel those several classes I was intending to go to- sad that I still missed trying Project Fit!
I visited my favourite spinning studio Cyclebeat twice, and thoroughly enjoyed adding spinning back into my week. However, I was disappointed that the beat board which displays your stats during the class, did not work for ClassPass users. I find this one of the main perks of the studio as I always work pretty hard when I can see the data, you also don’t get emailed out the stats afterwards. Cyclebeat said they were working on a solution to this, so hopefully they can get it sorted.
I returned to Frame Shoreditch for a much needed stretch with their flow yoga class. Frame is an ideal studio for me as it’s so close to my work, and I can get to the late classes if I am finishing late on a weeknight. They also have a good variety of classes, and I think most of them are on ClassPass too.
The final studio I tried was 1Rebel, this was the first time I had been there, and I absolutely loved the setup of the studio. The ride class included free towels, clip in shoes, and water. There is also a Roots and Bulb juice and food bar for a post workout refuel. I went to a Ride class on a Sunday morning so it was fairly quiet- I imagine it’s busier on a weeknight or on one of their themed rides. We only had maybe 10 or so people, so within a huge studio it felt a bit empty, although the instructor was great and worked with what we had. The class included upper body weights which I am not a big fan of during spinning classes, I just think it’s a really unnatural thing to do when on the bike and interrupts the flow of the cycling. I would love to go back and try one of their reshape classes.
Overall, I really like the idea of ClassPass, when you consider a lot of these classes are around £20 a pop, and gym membership at most decent gyms in London is in the region 80-90 pounds a month, it’s actually pretty fairly priced. You would only need to go just over once a week to make it pay, and I certainly think it’s a great, varied way to mix up your routine.
I haven’t decided whether to sign up for it yet or not, I would like to try the 3/6 month options, but I am a bit put off at having to pay the full amount up front. Also the fact that there aren’t many studios close to me puts me off, as I have to factor in transport, when I am not in the city for work/studying. I also don’t want to feel like I have to go to classes to make it worth my while, stressing about getting into the city early or on days off to make the most of it. Though I think it would be a good idea to add a few classes a week to my running routine.
- A monthly ClassPass membership is £89 pounds for unlimited classes
- As a limited-time launch promotion for first London users, they are offering unlimited classes for £79 a month. (Be quick- this ends soon!)
- If you are really ready to make a fitness commitment, you can sign-up for 3 months for £69 a month or 6 months for £59 a month. (This has to be upfront, and also is ending soon).
- You can cancel any time although you have to then pay a rejoining fee £69 to sign back up again, which sees a bit steep for me.
- You can put membership on hold for a month for £19, which is ideal if like me this month you are spending more time out of the country than it it during a particular month!
Thoughts on ClassPass if you have tried it out?