Hi all 🙂
As some of you may know, I am currently on a journey towards improving my physical health. Something that is steadily assisting me in achieving this is ClassPass, and having been signed up with the program for a few months now, I feel like I’d like to share my thoughts on the concept- the good and the bad.
What is ClassPass?
To put it simply, ClassPass is an online system that partners with various gyms and studios, and therefore enables its users to sign up for classes with different studios/gyms without the hassle of committing to one studio/gym. It is currently available in London (where I’m based), various US cities, and major cities in Australia.
Pro: The variety
What I love most about ClassPass is the abundant amount of class options available to members- you get all the popular classes like pilates to the more adventurous ones such as pole conditioning (I’ve yet to have the bravery to try this one out). I did however try aerial dance (the one where you climb and dance glamourously around silk ropes). I was thrilled to try this class as I am obsessed with watching aerial videos on YouTube and Instagram. I am so glad I tried it, and while I did sign up for a beginners class, I was nowhere near prepared for how much arm strength it would require (it is all in the arms)! I am currently trying to build some arm strength before I give it another go :p
But in all seriousness, there is something for everyone! ClassPass has even partnered with different gyms for members who solely want to use gym facilities on their own (e.g. treadmill)- they refer to this as ‘gym time’. Personally, the three classes I have become most committed to are Zumba, Reformer Pilates and DIVA (specifically with the London Dance Company, Ten Health and Fitness, and Seen on Screen Fitness studios respectively). If you’re interested in finding out more about my take on these classes, you can read my reviews here 🙂
Con: The Price
Okay, let’s talk about the not so pleasant stuff earlier rather than later- the price.
Here’s the breakdown cost for ClassPass:
10 classes per month: £105
5 Classes per month: £55
3 classes per month: £35
Unless you already have a gym membership and buy the 3 classes per month as an add-on to your membership, you are likely to go the 10 class plan. £105 per month is a hefty price- there’s no denying that. You have to consider that with gyms such as PureGym around, where you can get a membership for just £14.99 p/month that includes classes, committing yourself to £105 p/month might seem extortionately unreasonable.
Pro: The Price
No, this isn’t a typo, the price is both a pro and a con.
£105 per month is a lot of money, but you get what you pay for. More often than not, you will find that the classes/studios on ClassPass are fantastic quality classes that you won’t necessarily get at your local gym.
Most gyms, for example, do not offer reformer pilates as the machines are so expensive. The studio that I have signed up with, Ten Health & Fitness, charge £30 for a single session, so it works out cheaper than solely committing myself to one studio.
Also, ClassPass always offer crazy discounts (up to 70% off sometimes) for new members for the first month.
Sidenote: If you’re interested in trying out, I’m happy to give you all my promo code (all ClassPass members get it), which gives you £30 credit. Just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m happy to pass it on 🙂
Con: The Studio Limit
As previously stated, the ClassPass package plan is broken down between 3/5/10 classes per month. Within in that, you are limited to signing up for a class with the same studio a certain amount of times per month depending on the number of classes you signed up for. So that means:
3 Classes: 1x studio visit per month
5 classes: 2x studio visits per month
10 classes: 3x studio visits per month
If you become really passionated and interested in one class or studio, it can become frustrating to have to limit the amount of classes you can take from your favourite studio each month. It is important to note however that ClassPass now allow you to buy an extra class after you’ve reached your studio limit for a discounted price. For example, an extra reformer pilates class from Ten Health & Fitness is £21 (versus purchasing directly with the studio which is £30). This is considered an add-on class so it will not be deducted from your membership class balance.
That being said, it’s perfectly reasonable if you do not want to pay more money on top of what you’re already paying- as mentioned, it’s a hefty price to pay per month especially if you choose the 10 class plan. If you do not want to pay for an extra class from the studio you enjoy the most, the best way to spread out your classes on the 10 class plan is to sign up with the same studio once a week (so a maximum of three classes from your favourite studio per month).
Pro: The Flexibility
As mentioned, ClassPass takes the hassle away from committing yourself to one gym/studio.
This is a big plus, especially for studios that only specialise in one activity. I previously discussed that reformer pilates is difficult to find included as part of most gyms- as the machines are so expensive, so mostly there are studios that will specifically specialise in it. Ten Health & Fitness, for example, primarily offer reformer pilates (with some additional classes like barre and TRX).
As I am currently on a journey to become leaner, stronger, and shed some body fat- I want to take a variety of cardio and strength building classes. ClassPass is perfect because I don’t have to commit myself to one studio, and I can try a variety of class combinations that allow me to find the best combination for myself to achieve my goals. As mentioned, the best combo for me so far is Zumba, Reformer Pilates, and DIVA (hip hop class for beginners).
You may also find that 10 classes per month might sound limited if you want to consistently workout. That essentially means between 2-3 classes per week. For the goals I want to achieve, that is not enough. However, ClassPass does allow you to buy add-on classes and as mentioned you can buy an add-on class from your favourite studio.
You may also discover that your favourite studio offers great discounts for first time members, or that purchasing block classes from them works out cheaper in addition to your ClassPass membership. I’ll use my favourite classes/studios as an example:
. Zumba with the London Dance Company: I discovered through their direct website that they had an offer for first time users which was £15 for 10 classes- an absolute bargain! As the class I like is only offered once a week, this means I can spread the classes out over 2 months.
. DIVA with Seen on Screen Fitness: Nowhere near as a generous bargain as the above, but I purchased a 10 class bundle for £85 (this is not a deal, this is the standard price). Again, the class I like is only offered once a week, so I can spread the classes out over 2 months.
. Reformer Pilates with Ten Health & Fitness: From the multiple times I’ve mentioned it in this blog post, you’ve probably noticed that I’m quite the fan of reformer pilates. Ideally I’d like to take the classes 2 to 3x a week, and I just discovered the studio has a bundle offer for new members of 3 classes for £49- not cheap, but considering that one class is £30 it is beneficial and I am very committed to the classes as I feel like it is really improving my overall health and strength.
Back to the benefit of ClassPass and its’ flexibility, you do not have to commit yourself to a fixed term contract like many gyms require (e.g. minimum 6 months). You can cancel your membership at any point for no cost. Now, they do say that if you want to rejoin later that you have to pay £79, however in my experience you can often get around this. Once you leave, ClassPass often email you with a ‘one time offer’ that will waive the cancellation fee, I regularly received this email after I temporarily cancelled my account (when I joined Virgin Active, a gym I will dedicate another review to). When I eventually signed up again, I did not have to pay the rejoin fee.
Con: The Late/Missed Class Cancellation Fees
This may sound like it contradicts the point of flexibility I just discussed above, but ClassPass charge you extra money on top of what you already paid for if you are late to a class or miss it. This is how it works:
. Late Cancellation: If you cancel a class within 12 hours of the starting time, you can be charged with a £15 fee. This is frustrating as of course sometimes circumstances may happen that may make this unavoidable, such as suddenly becoming ill.
. Missed Class: If you don’t bother to cancel the class, you can be charged £20. Again, frustrating as this may have been completely accidental, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
In the defence of ClassPass, I do understand this principle. With classes that have limited space, there needs to be some incentive to entice members not to cancel last minute as it takes the spot away from someone who didn’t reserve the class in time. Also, and yet again in defence of their flexibility, ClassPass is very reasonable if you email them explaining why you missed the class or cancelled late (they will be much more understanding if you cancel late because this at least opens up a last minute slot to another member). I’ve had multiple occasion where I have genuinely been unable to make a class (whether it be due to illness or getting stuck at work)- they have always waived the fees for me.
ClassPass has a variety of Pros and Cons. The biggest unique selling point is the variety of its classes, whereas the biggest off-putting factor is by far the price. All I can end with is to speak with you whole-heartedly based on my experiences, and my opinion is that it is worth every pence 🙂