There’s nothing I love more than fitness classes. High-energy group classes with skilled instructors beat lonely circuits at the gym any day. But as I purchase one-off pilates, boxing and spinning classes at $35 a pop, my feel-good fitness habits leave my wallet feeling pretty lean, too.

Enter ClassPass: the monthly membership service that grants gym goers access to boutique fitness classes at a smaller price tag. Rather than committing to a large package at one gym, you can take classes at gyms all around your city—or any city you happen to be visiting.

How it works

For between $79 and $99 a month, members get unlimited access to classes in the ClassPass network. You can only go to a specific studio three times per month though, so don’t blow those FlyWheel classes all in the first week.

To ensure nothing stops jetsetters from a having a great workout, ClassPass recently rolled out its ClassPass “Flex” allowing members to take classes across the country—not just in their home base. You can get your sweat on at Barry’s Bootcamp in NYC on Monday then say Namaste at yoga in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Why I Like It

For me, the breadth of classes is ClassPass’ biggest selling point. For better or for worse, there’s no workout class I won’t try (trampoline classes, yogilates, HIIT with heart rate monitors—you name it, I’ve tried it). I’m constantly discovering new types of workouts that are being offered—it’s like exploring your city all over again.

ClassPass frees commitment-phobe workout junkies like myself of the anxiety of selecting one gym and sticking to it. Rather, I can take barre, cardio and strength training classes across the city each week, and throw in a boxing class or two when I feel inspired.

The Watch-outs

There are a few things to consider before committing to workouts. Sign-ups go live at noon one week in advance. Popular classes at convenient times have low availability and fill up quickly If you’ve ever experienced the SoulCycle weekly sign up rush, you get it. Arrive online a few hours late for a particular day, and the best class left might be a quirkier one like “Ratchet Zumba”—but don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

Additionally, the cancellation policy period is a strict 24 hours (with a hefty $20 fine for no-showing). With a little planning and diligent browser refreshing when the clock strikes 12 though, you can save big—and have a blast.


Author: Julie Grauel