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As part of my 2018 resolutions, I need to become stronger, healthier, and more flexible. Because I didn’t want to commit to a gym or studio or a type of exercise I hadn’t tried, I decided to try out Class Pass! What is Class Pass you ask… according to their site:
“ClassPass is a new kind of gym membership that grants you access to thousands of different classes at studios and gyms in your city and around the world.
Price of membership depends on your plan type and city, and you can book and explore classes ranging from yoga to barre to cycling to martial arts – the options are truly endless!”
What is it really? A service where you pay to receive a certain amount of points, you can then use those points to reserve a spot in classes and gyms at participating locations. I wanted to try barre, spin, get back into Yoga and discover other new options, all near my home BUT I knew it would be a challenge to find one place with all of this. So I got the biggest Class Pass (100+ points) and COMMITTED. With most classes between 4-7 points,
Do you need accountability when it comes to exercise and eating better? Yea, me too! And while I don’t have a buddy (yet) to lean on, Class Pass has a bit of accountability built in beeeecauuuuse if you cancel a class less than 12 hours before or you flake and miss the class altogether, Class Pass CHARGES you. So uh, DON’T MISS. And it really makes you think twice about booking that Spin class at 630AM on a Saturday.
Classes I’ve Taken:
(A month in and I already look like this, obvi) Source
Pop Sculpt is the hip version of Barre and Yoga and weight training all thrown together to Chainsmokers and Rhianna. It looks hella easy and then you step into the studio and it’s like a murderous ballet meets Taylor Swift in a mic yelling at the class to ‘pop, pop, squeeze, squeeze, WORK YOUR ASS!” It’s pretty crazy but I also really like it. Between the endorphins and the very targeted workout, it’s a class I’ll keep taking.
Helpful tips: Buy some fun barre socks with nubby things on the bottom so you stick… and bring a towel and water because you will SWEAT.
(When in doubt… child’s pose) Source
A few years back I took a Yoga class very regularly and was excited to get back into it. Beyond toning and endurance, Yoga is something I need to build my flexibility and maintain muscle tone so that my reoccurring plantar fasciitis and lower back and neck pain will go away!
Helpful tips: Obviously bring your own mat but use the blocks to help modify the poses as you’re starting out. They can make it easier as you build up to being a Yogi.
I’ve taken this class a few times and each class was the youngest person minus the instructor, which is not bad but different considering all the PYT’s at Pop Physique. Zumba is a latin influenced dance aerobics class where you’re consistently moving and sweating to Despacito and if you’re lucky some Selena. If you’re looking for a cardio dance type class, where you might be next to your mom’s BFF and her neighbor, Zumba is a good fit!
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a crazy intense workout where you do different high calorie burning activities for specific time periods to max out your heart rate (without dying). I had to wear a heart monitor while switching from rowing to trampoline moves to kettle bell swinging and something with pullies and straps. If you’ve seen your friends posting about Orange Theory, this is essentially the same thing. My class consisted of two instructors and two groups of five and you worked in groups to keep your rates up. The instructors were a little yell-y ie: COME ON GUYS, I DON’T SEE EVERYONE IN THE RED! YOU CAN MOVE IT HARDER! ROW MORE!!! So if you know me, yelling and drama are NOT motivating factors for me so that was not my cup of tea. I did like that the class was 40 minutes so you burn hella calories and it’s over pretty quickly.
Helpful Hint: Before you buy an expensive heart rate monitor that jibes with the studio’s system, check if you can rent one to try it out. I did this for three bucks.
When the instructor tells the class you’re going to do 100-150 burpees before the class it up, you know they’re not playing. I haven’t worked up the courage for a legit spin class (I will, I will) but this was my soft entry into the world of spin. The instructor walked us through a series of movements with mats, kettle bells, weights and lots and lots of burpees. Whew.
Helpful Hint: If you’re not an Olympic Athlete who is fit, TAKE THE MODIFIERS if offered by the instructor or ASK for one. I have wrist issues because of a cyst and just general over usage, so I’m all the time doing my planks on my elbows.
Now that it’s February, it’s officially time for me to re-up for another month and yea, I’m definitely going for month two of Class Pass! I mean after all I still have to try that Spin class… and that bikini shoot in the middle of a Pop Physique classroom.