ClassPass es su ventanilla única para el fitness boutique
On any given day, there are hundreds of workouts that I would love to try. I have always said “I am not a carpenter, I am a trier”. You won’t see me become a CrossFit fan or a die-hard yogi, but I would love to try a week at CrossFit and would love to try acroyoga, Bikram yoga, and yin yoga , just to see what they’re all about. In a sentence, I like variety.
Most boutique fitness studios charge a lot of money for their workouts. While there are ways to try programs for free, if you like a class, you will still have to raise about $ 20 to $ 30 per class to return.
Enter ClassPass . The concept is pretty cool. For a fixed monthly fee (ranging from $ 79 to $ 99, depending on the market), members get unlimited access to boutique fitness studios within the ClassPass network. The only limitation is that you can only attend three classes per studio, per month.
For example, if you really like Bikram yoga, you could only attend three classes at any given Bikram studio per month, even though you could take other classes at other studios as desired as long as they are not part of the same franchise.
I was so intrigued by the concept that I approached ClassPass to see if I could test their membership for a month. They agreed and I started my program on January 12th. So far, I have attended seven classes, I have another class scheduled, and I still have almost two weeks left to test things out.
El sistema ClassPass
One of my biggest concerns was the system: how well would it work? Would it be easy to navigate? What if I need to change or update my schedule?
In all respects, ClassPass is incredibly easy to use. Classes can be searched by date, time, studio, neighborhood, and activity type, such as yoga, cycling , strength training, or dance. When you click on a class, you can learn more about the studio, the instructor, and what to expect, as well as tips on what to bring, how early to arrive, and even what to wear.
Booking classes is incredibly simple – just click the “book” button next to the class you want to attend. The system asks you to answer a question about whether you have been to the study before and reminds you that all cancellations require 24-hour notice or you will be charged a late fee. If you still want to book the class, confirm your reservation by clicking the “confirm reservation” button.
Cancellation of classes
In fact, I’ve booked and canceled quite a few classes because, you know, life happens! Cancellation is as easy as booking. As long as you cancel at least 24 hours in advance, simply click the “cancel” button next to the class you have reserved.
As long as you cancel a class 24 hours in advance, you will not be charged a fee.
See upcoming classes
When you log into your ClassPass account, you are greeted with a personal home page that lists your upcoming classes and your past classes. By clicking on an upcoming class, you can access a map of the study, as well as the same general class information provided when you originally booked the class. You can cancel upcoming classes directly from your home page.
Email notifications and calendar options
After booking a class, you have the option to sync your booking with your calendar (I sync mine with my Google Calendar). The only thing to note about this timing is that it does not take into account driving time.
For example, I live about 30 minutes outside of Austin. If I book a class downtown, I need to allow at least an additional 45 minutes to drive to class, not to mention traffic, parking, or any early studio requirements. I sync the classes with my calendar, but change the class time to reflect the time I need to get to the location.
The system also sends an email notification confirming your reservation, as well as one reminding you of your reservation about 36 hours before your class starts.
This reminder email is especially good because it gives you time to cancel the class more than 24 hours in advance, in case something comes up.
The ClassPass experience
So far, the ClassPass experience has been phenomenal. I have had access to several programs that I probably never would have attended, and the integration into the studies has been seamless.
All studio personnel appear to be knowledgeable about ClassPass, and have simply asked that the accountability documents be signed before pointing out any information needed for the class or facility.
The only negative experience I’ve had so far seems to be a lack of communication between a studio owner and ClassPass. I signed up for a class that was not supposed to be open to ClassPass participants, and did not receive notification of this until I arrived at the study.
Fortunately, my trip was not in vain because I signed up for two classes in a row at the same facility and was allowed to attend the other class. It was a bit of a hassle, but after talking to the owner of the studio, they asked me to come back and try the other class at a later date.
Access to classes
There are a few important things to note about ClassPass:
- Not all classes are available in all studios . Studios want to fill in the spots in their classes that are not yet well attended, not fill in the spots that they take away from loyal customers. For this reason, studios may choose not to make all classes available to ClassPass members. Additionally, most ClassPass classes can only be registered up to a week before the actual class date, while many studios allow their members to register for classes much earlier. This means that even if a class is open to ClassPass members, only a few spots may be available during peak hours, which can make it difficult to get into the class you want to take. To be fair I have never come across this problem because there are many classes that I want to try,
- Not all studios are ClassPass members . ClassPass hasn’t been in Austin for long and has 62 impressive studios participating in their program. But there are some studios I’d love to try, like Blue Honey Yoga’s AcroYoga , that aren’t available. Also, as I mentioned, I live about 30 minutes outside of Austin; I wish there were more studios in the program that were closer to me. I can’t really complain about this as they are obviously targeting the Austin market, but it would definitely be a benefit if they branched out further outside of the Austin city limits.
That said, there are literally hundreds of classes available each week, and I never felt limited by the technical limitations of the program. My hope is that they continue to grow and expand, opening up even more options for those interested in participating.
Just to give you an idea of the classes available, these are the ones I have attended so far:
- Bikram yoga
- Brazilian Ju Jitsu
- City Surf Fitness
- Tabla City Surf Buddha
- Yoga anatomy optimization
- Cardio Ro
- Muay Thai Kickboxing (this was the class I attended, but was unable to participate; I’ll be back to officially try it out next week)
I’m also enrolled in a “Roll and Restore” class, and I signed up and canceled a specific boot camp class about three times …
While I will not continue my membership after this month, it is only because most classes are a minimum of 30 minutes away; I can’t add an hour or two of driving time to my daily workout.
Otherwise, this type of membership is perfect for someone like me who likes variety and doesn’t want to commit to just one studio. If you bring more studies to your program that are closer to my area, I will definitely enroll again.