I'm naturally a sloth. I was the kid who much preferred reading to running around, the one who was picked last for the team and who would wail, "Do we haaaaave tooooo?!" when we would walk more than a single city block. That's still a part of me, for sure, but I've somehow learned to love working out - if they're the right kind of workouts. I don't mean if they're the hottest (hey Crossfit) or the hardest (back off, Soulcycle), I mean the ones that bring me some weird kind of joy and, for me, that means dancing, hiking, a splash of yoga, and pretty much anything as long as you play Beyonce while I'm doing it (not running though. Never running). But most of all, it means variety. I'm bored easily, and that's why I decided to give ClassPass a go when my gym membership at Gold's Hollywood expired at the end of 2014. It's not that I hated the gym, but it had become routine, I was skipping classes and just felt generally blah about working out. And holy hell, I need to lose weight STAT.
So what is this ClassPass business? Basically, it's a membership to a whole ton of boutique studios in your city. You pay $99 a month, and that gives you access to unlimited classes at 'participating studios' (in Los Angeles, there's a ton of awesome places on board). When individual classes run from $15-35 a pop, it works out cheap as chips - if you use it, of course. The catch? You can't visit the same studio more than three times in a month, and if you don't give them more than 24 hours notice that you're not making class, they'll charge you $20. I hesitated and hesitated over whether I could make it work for me, or whether I'd get tired of driving around to different studios all the time. Well, I've done three weeks now and I couldn't love it more. I haven't hit my maximum of three classes at any one studio, because I've been trying all sorts of new classes - there as SO many to choose from. As for that $20 penalty? It's been a surprise motivator: I have thought about not going to class every second day since I started (I try to book in all my classes at the beginning of the week), but because I don't want to be stung with that cancellation fee, I've shown up and got my sweat on.
So far, I've been working out six days a week to try and manage my PCOS and lose weight - and the only downside is that my all-time favourite dance class (Muev8 at Heartbeat House) isn't part of the network, so I'm paying extra for it. That's more regular exercise than I've done in a long time, and I've tried kickboxing, Crossfit, Pop Physique, cardio barre, yoga, kickboxing, Pilates, and dance at a bunch of studios within a five-mile radius of me. Some I've loved, others I've decided aren't a great fit (SPX Total Body Workout at Pilates Plus, I'm looking at you - I won't be back until my Pilates skillz are a little more advanced) but I haven't been bored once. I'm seeing results, too: I've been losing half a kilo (that's a pound for my American friends) a week; I'm also doing Whole30 for the second time. I find it really tough to lose weight (thanks, PCOS, you hormonal bastard) so for me this is a really good result.
Have you tried ClassPass? Did you start any new workouts this year?