This is my honest review of ClassPass. A membership where you pay per month to get credits and you can use those credits towards fitness studios around town.
I really have liked using ClassPass a lot. Overall it has been a great tool for trying out different studios in Austin.
Exploring New Fitness Studios Made Easy
And affordable! I first signed up for classpass and got 2 full weeks free. This meant that when I started my trial I got 23 credits to use toward whichever studios I wanted.
Depending on the studio, the particular class, the time and popularity of that class will determine how many credits it will cost. Some more popular times like an after, evening time are often a few more credits than normal.
It is an easy way to try studios with friends as well. A lot of places will offer first class for free but most here in Austin cost money to take a single class. So it is financially more affordable to use credits on class pass.
What Studios Did I Try?
First I did SolidCore – which is a Pilates studio. It is a widely known company, popular for working out “Under the Blue Lights!”
This one I tried with two friends. Each class is about 8 or 9 credits on average to take. If you want to buy one class at the studio it is $20. So for this particular one it is about the same to pay for it through the studio directly or class pass.
Also sadly I did not like SolidCore as much as I thought I would. I know lots of people who really enjoy it but I do not think it is the workout for me. It felt pretty confusing and would have been helpful to have an instructor who explained in more detail. Often me and my friends felt like we were doing it wrong.
Okay next up, CorePower Yoga. This one was 5 credits for the class. They actually offer a free week which is awesome! So for new people you can actually do an unlimited week to try as many classes as you want.
I personally thought that the studio was much too hot. I enjoy hot Yoga but not that hot. It was suffocating to me. Glad I tried it though.
Breath & Body Yoga, this one is not a franchise but a locally owned Austin yoga studio. It was awesome. This class cost 4 credits, so very affordable. They offer some introductory pricing which is lower than normal but not free.
I overheard the owner talking to a man who was in our class. Asking him where else he uses his classpass account because she felt like he was in so often! He told her that he only used his classpass for Breath & Body so naturally I continued to eaves drop.
She told him that if you could come to at least 3 classes per week you would be saving money as compared to a Classpass membership! This was great information to have. So it would be more cost-efficient if you could only come a couple times a month to use a classpass membership instead of paying for the studio directly.
Practise Yoga was another place that I tried. The convenience of using classpass was great but this is donation based yoga. Therefore, you could come anytime for any amount of cash that you are willing to give. I really enjoyed this studio, it is a little more hippie yoga which I enjoyed.
The one thing that kept me from wanting to join was the parking. It is in a part of the city with limited street parking and mostly pay for parking spaces. If you pay for a monthly membership of $99 then they give you a parking pass! That is awesome.
I even went to the Grinning Yogi with Meaghan while I was up in Seattle. This app allows you to use your credits for any studio they have, in any city that you like!
Black Swan Yoga – Favorite By Far
I cannot say enough good things about BSY. It was actually the first place I went with my classpass and liked it so much I could have stuck with it.
They offer so many classes, all times of the day! They have at least 10 a day, from the 6 am to the 8:30 pm. Lots of options.
There is also a little parking lot behind the building on East Cesar Chavez, and if that is full there is plenty of street parking for free walking distance away. This is a big deal for me, if I have to pay to park – I will probably not go.
The studio is also less than a mile from my house. That’s a total bonus.
So my favorite class is probably the Hot Onnit which is a 45-minute class with less yoga and more body weight workout. There is even 10 pound mace bars and small kettle bells for added weights to lots of the workouts. This is a quick but slow burning workout, always leaves me sore.
They also have lots of Flow, Vinyasa and Power classes. Something really cool about Black Swan is each teacher is unique and brings their own flare to their practices. I enjoy mixing it up and taking different classes with new teachers. Never really know what you are gonna get but it is always great!
If you are wanting to cancel your membership you will lose any unused credits. The credits that you paid for, so you have to make sure and use all of your credits up before the month is over. Also, that only 10 of your credits will roll over to the next month. So if you pay for 25 and then only use 10 of them and have 15 left when your membership renews, you will lose 5 of the credits you paid for.
This is something that didn’t make me very happy. So I had to pay for a lite membership for the next month so that I didn’t lose all of my credits but only a few of them.
So once I want to finally cancel I will have to be sure and use up each credit or they disapear forever.
If you are interested in joining ClassPass and exploring the fitness studios around your city learn more here!