ClassPass is a subscription membership that allows you you can take a variety of classes in the available areas and visit the same studio up to 3x a month, depending on your plan. This makes it ideal to find and try out a wide range of gyms and studios. It is super easy to find what works for you and your schedule. It costs between $79 to $125 per month, depending on your city, but with options like yoga, cycling, barre, pilates, strength training, dance, martial arts, boxing, rowing, gym time, and even personal trainer time, it can totally be worth the chunk of change!
The last 2 weeks I have been using the trial of ClassPass for $19 (which is a steal!). I have visited many places on the eastside near Seattle.
Skip to the bottom to pass all the locations I visited and read my review of ClassPass itself.
Day 1: Barre3 (Issaquah Highlands)
I went to this studio for 2 months right before I got married in August 2015 and had a wonderful experience. The staff there are so nice, the facility and equipment is kept clean and well maintained. So when I saw that they were on the ClassPass, it was a no brainer I was going to be going there my maximum of 3 times!
Confession: I have not had a proper workout since early August so this ended up taking much larger toll on my body than I had imagined. I got through about 20 minutes of the 60 minute class and felt hot and dizzy. I sat down at my part of the bar, drank water and caught my breath. I got up and a few minutes later the feeling returned but worse. I decided to get out of the classroom and called my husband, who was luckily at a coffee shop around the corner, to come quickly. As I was walking over to the bathroom to splash some water on my face, I got sick and saw the all the water I drank in a short period of time on the floor in front of me. The girl that was at the front desk was very gracious and kind when I told her what happened and gave me the mop and Clorox I asked for. I was starting to clean when my loving husband came and assured me that I shouldn’t be embarrassed and that this happens to a lot of people. I finished cleaning and we drove home.
I returned for another 2 sessions later in the trial period.
Day 2: Serious About Fitness (Redmond)
Serious About Fitness is a cross between a regular gym and a crossfit gym. I walked in not quite knowing what to expect other than that I wasn’t going to be in a traditional class setting. As I entered, Chris, one of the trainers, approached me, we got liability paperwork done and it was time to start! We spent 1 hour together (as he bounced between his other clients) doing a treadmill and stairmaster warm up and proceeded to ab, agility, and strength training workouts. He was great at offering alternative workouts when I was having trouble and was very kind about lowering weights when they were too heavy with no judgement. He was also very encouraging to me and his other clients. After the hour session, my body felt so sore and shaky, it was great. I walked out knowing I was definitely returning!
I return one more time later on during the trial.
Day 3: Nia at DanceWorks Studio (Redmond)
Nia cardio-dance workouts is described as a combination moves from dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. I would describe this class as a very toned down zumba class for the more mature audience. I am not sure if Nia as a whole focuses on “connecting with the earth” and other such “nature connectedness”, but the instructor put out candles and energy rocks in the front of the classroom. Honestly, I didn’t really like that much but I decided to participate fully since I was there and had committed to this class. It was an hour of simple and easy to follow set of dance routines with some simple yoga at the end. It was a good way to get moving when you have sore muscles (which I was VERY sore from the awesome workout from the day before). I won’t be returning myself but at least I know about this and can keep it in mind to recommend t0 someone else this would fit!
Day 4: Sattva Yoga (Redmond)
The Yoga Basics class was very fun and relaxing! This class is perfect for those who have never taken a yoga class (like me) or those who are wanting to refine their skills. All participants had to bring was a yoga mat and some water. The instructor was very good with breaking down the moves for those who needed it and was attentive to people who needed adjustments for physical pain. The class was so relaxing, tranquil, and easy going that when it was over, it felt like waking up from a nap at the end! I returned for another 2 classes during the trial.
Day 5: Fit 1 Fitness (Redmond)
This barre class was very different from all the other barre classes I have attended in the past. The instructor focused on more traditional ballet exercises. She kept the workout intense and adjusted the class to fit my needs (since I was the only student). I felt energized for the rest of the day after the 1 hour class. Side note: The class was not held at a traditional gym, but at a gym of an apartment complex.
Days 6 & 7: I couldn’t attend any classes because of my schedule.😦
Day 8: Bassline Fitness (Kirkland)
This high energy, dark, with colored lights and loud trendy music is the perfect place to do cycling. I joined their MashUp class which gives you the options to cycle, run on motorless treadmills, krank, or row in a group class. I loved how intense the class was, but you can set your own intensity and choose what exercise you wanted to do. Upon entering for the first time, the instructor helped me adjust my bike to fit my height and explained the options that were available to use. The combination of using the bike and krank was awesome. It gives you a workout in both your arms or legs, while giving the other a rest. If I ever move to the Kirkland area, I would definitely consider a membership.
Day 9: Barre3 (Issaquah Highlands)
I signed up for a 9:00am class, which isn’t too early, but I was very unmotivated to attend the night before. I am glad I did! It was an easier day with lots of toning and Annika was a great instructor! My favorite thing about Barre3 is that they always encourage you to “make it your own”. By that they mean, No getting dizzy and passing out this time.🙂
Day 10: David Barton Gym (Bellevue) and Sattva Yoga (Redmond)
My experience at David Barton Gym can be described in one word: awkward. The decor is quite odd for a gym and there is a large seating area with 3 couches in the middle of the gym separating cardio equipment from the other equipment. The people there were the type who were obviously very fit and active, which intimidated me and made me feel super uncomfortable. I spent most of my 1 hour on the cardio equipment, away from the weight training I would have actually liked to use because of the men that were in that area.
At Sattva Yoga, I took a vinyasa class. I got there almost 10 minutes late because of traffic, which kills me because I really do not like being late. I don’t know if she was the owner, but upon clearly running from my car to get there and apologizing for being late, I received a very mean glare and attitude from a lady. She rudely told me”You know you’re 10 minutes late right?”, I responded politely saying that I know I was caught in traffic and that I was sorry (again). She checked me in and sent me in the classroom and told me to sneak in quietly. I went in and of course, the class was facing the door instead of the back like my first class was so everyone saw me walk in late. After only one beginner class, I regretted taking vinyasa. It was difficult and I needed more foundation training before jumping to this level. I was able to be follow it and keep up 75-80% of the time but the other 20-25% was a struggle. I learned that I need a proper sturdy yoga mat to fit my body’s needs next time I want to take a series of yoga classes.
Day 11: Serious About Fitness (Redmond) and Sattva Yoga (Redmond)
I had a great time at Serious About Fitness again! Chris was my trainer again and kicked my butt (in the best way) by challenging me to do ropes and bar squats for the first time. We moved on to ab workout, which killed since my abs aren’t strong. We ended with 10 minute elliptical that burned over 100 calories. I was so sweaty and ready for some yoga to unwind and relax!
At Sattva Yoga I returned to the same yoga basics class I took a week ago. It had 2 great meditation times, at the beginning of class and at the end, which I used to focus on praising God and singing worship songs in my head. I
Day 12: Fitness and Faith NW (Redmond/Woodinville)
This yoga class was great! Playing worship music instead of listening to meaning less music saying who knows what in one of the many Indian languages. I was surprised at how much of a workout they gave us! Constant downward dogs and so many planks… We had time to pray and read scripture and pray again during the time. The people there were very friendly and welcoming. They also encouraged us to talk to one another and that it doesn’t need to remain silent like most other yoga classes ask you to be. The price for each 1 hr. 15 min. session is great at only $7. I would return here when I am in the mood to return to a yoga class than other places purely on the fact that they are faith focused.
Day 13: Barre3 (Issaquah Highlands)
I canceled this class since I was feeling very sore throughout the day before and the evening before. I had gotten through the initial sore period when I first began and was not expecting it to return with a vengeance on my thighs.. I wish I wasn’t in pain and could have gone to this class.😦
Day 14: Off on vacation to California!😀
I had an overall good experience with ClassPass. It was great to try yoga, cycling and having personal training all for the low trial rate! Their website is easy to navigate and classes are easy to book. There are a few downsides to Classpass. First, the booking segment will not allow you to reserve a spot more than a few days in advance. Another is the site only can reserve 4 classes at a time. The combination was a pretty large disappointment since I like to plan my schedule as soon as possible. Lastly, the 12 hour cancellation policy is a bit ridiculous. With life being so busy and unpredictable, I don’t see how people can be expected to know what is going to happen and be accountable for having to cancel 12 hours in advance. The charge for canceling less than 12 hours in advance is $15 and a no show costs $20.
Despite the scheduling limitations and possible fees, I did save a ton of money on classes during the 14 days! The classes/training sessions drop in rate/ regular price would have been $262! (Since the trial costs $19, this means I only paid 7.25% of the full price!!)
If you decide to try ClassPass keep in mind that at the end of your trial, they will automatically charge your card the full price dues for the following month unless you cancel 2 days before the trial is over. Happy exercising!