This “Is it Worth the Hype” post is going to be a little different from my previous ones because today, I am not reviewing a beauty or skincare product, but a workout membership. If you couldn’t guess by the title, it’s ClassPass! I’ve been on ClassPass for about a year and a half now and I have personally been through all their membership changes, so keep reading if you want an in-depth review on ClassPass and whether or not it’s worth the hype and the price tag. Prepare yourself because it’s a pretty hefty post with lots of information!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with ClassPass, it’s a monthly workout subscription service. Based on where you live, you pay a monthly flat rate and you can take an unlimited amount of workout classes at any one of their partnered studios. An added bonus to the ClassPass subscription is their complimentary ClassPass Flex which allows you to take any class in any of their participating cities when you’re traveling outside of your home city. The only caveat is that you can only visit one studio three times in one month.
At the time that I joined, ClassPass was $99 for unlimited classes and reservations at any given time. What really sold me on ClassPass was the variety of classes that were offered. I can do a boxing class one day and a pilates class the next. ClassPass also holds you accountable to actually show-up to class – they charge you $20 if you don’t show up for class and $15 if you cancel within 12 hours of the class.
Before I joined ClassPass, I was a member of 24-Hour Fitness and I was less than thrilled about it. The gym gets really boring for me and I eventually become very unmotivated and end up not going to the gym altogether. I also went to the gym at peak hours – after work. I spent more time waiting for a machine than actually on it; not a super efficient use of my time if you ask me. With ClassPass, I can sign up for a class a week in advance, show up, do my 45-60 minute workout, and leave feeling accomplished. I also prefer a workout class atmosphere over running on a treadmill for 30 min. All the classes I attend are relatively small and the instructors are always attentive and knowledgable. It is a no fuss process, and to me, that’s worth the extra money.
The one thing I was weary about with ClassPass was the number of studios I would have access to. I don’t live in San Francisco and I work in the East Bay, so most of my classes would either have to be near my work or on my way home. Thankfully, I found a bunch of studios close to home and work so I never have to worry about finding a class to go to or running out of classes to go to. The 3x per studio restriction has never been an issue for me.
So where is ClassPass now? Gone are the $99/month and unlimited reservation days and now I’m stuck paying $175/month and am only allowed 4 reservations at one time. On paper, I am paying almost 2x as much with no added benefit. In fact, they took away the benefit of having unlimited reservations at any given time! To me, the price is something I’m not a fan of, but it is something I can deal with because I average 22 classes a month, so even with $175/month fee, each class I take comes out to $7.95 – a lot cheaper than if I paid for every class on its own. I realize that it’s unrealistic for a lot of people to average 22 classes a month, but to break even on ClassPass, you really only have to take 6-7 classes.
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The one thing I can’t get down with is the “4 reservations at a time” restriction. Since ClassPass opens up reservations for classes a week in advance, I like to plan out my workout schedule and just book classes a week in advance. With the 4 class reservation restriction, I have to strategize and prioritize which classes I think will fill up quickly and which ones I can just reserve the day before.
During my time with ClassPass, two studios I visited regularly left ClassPass. One of them did eventually come back, but it’s a little frustrating to find a studio you like and then find out a few months later that they are no longer with ClassPass. I think a lot of studios hope that ClassPass users will eventually become regulars and pay the studio price, but for me, I like the variety of classes ClassPass offers, so I am just not inclined to sign up with one particular studio.
I know I’ve just dumped a ton of information on you, so I made a good ole Pros/Cons list!
- Access to a variety of classes
- Don’t have an issue getting into a class I want to take
- Can schedule in advance
- Flexible with my work schedule
- Good for travel
- Don’t have to go back to the gym (this is key for me)
- They have an app – you can easily schedule your classes on the go
- Only need to take 6-7 classes to break even
Now for the Cons:
- Price is pretty steep – about the same as Equinox
- I don’t live in San Francisco so I don’t reap a lot of the benefits when they add new studios
- I can only have 4 reservations at a time
- I can still only go to a studio 3x per pay period
So, am I still on ClassPass? Yes, I am. With the number of times I use it, it’s still a good deal for me even at the higher price point. I love that I have access to so many class options and since I travel a good amount, I can normally find a class within walking distance of where I’m staying. The convenience, for me, is why I think ClassPass is WORTH THE HYPE.
Now, I don’t think ClassPass is for everyone. I think for ClassPass to be totally worth it, you have to take advantage that you can take an unlimited amount of classes. I used to rave about ClassPass to all my friends and a few of my friends and co-workers have signed up for it because I spoke so highly of it. With the the current price, I don’t advertise about it as much because it’s no longer accessible to everyone and it doesn’t fit in with a lot of people’s lifestyle.
ClassPass works for me because I can switch up my workouts daily and I never get bored. It keeps me motivated to workout and accountable for actually attending all the classes I signed up for. For me, it’s worth paying more for ClassPass because I use it a lot more than my old gym membership.
Well, my friends, you have reached the end of this long post, so thanks for sticking around! I hope my review was helpful and I will be doing a few more posts on my favorite studios and how to get your money’s worth on ClassPass, so stay tuned!
What are your thoughts on ClassPass? Would you try it out? Have you tried it out? Let me know in the comments below!