I have fallen out of love with the gym. Yes, I said it. The gym is just… it’s boring now. I’ve been going for about two years and I try to diversify my workouts as much as possible. But with a tiny, crowded space to work out in and not enough opportunity to utilise all of the equipment (well, what there is of it in my gym), I have just found myself completely de-motivated. £50 a month is a lot of money to spend on working out, especially if you’re not enjoying it and you’re not seeing any changes. So I sought out something different and exciting instead.
ClassPass is an app that gives you access to lots of different exercise classes around London. From weights training to yoga, to pilates, to rock climbing, there are so many different classes to choose from. So if you’re bored one day and thinking about trying something new, then having a ClassPass membership is a great way to do that.
I’ve really enjoyed each of the classes I have been to so far. The instructors are all very welcoming to newcomers and you can select classes based on ability level. So don’t worry if you’ve never tried something before, you can go to a beginners or an open level class and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a mix of different people. The instructors help you through the classes too. This gives the classes a group personal training feel, which is great for perfecting your form and increasing your ability. The classes absolutely fly by too! Nothing like when you’re forcing yourself to do that last set at the gym. During these classes, you will work so hard that you won’t even realise you’ve done an hour. The instructors motivate you, the other people in the class motivate you and I have left each of them feeling very sore afterwards.
I don’t know about you but I love that feeling. This is something that I was starting to miss out on at the gym. I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough and I felt like I didn’t really know how to anymore. Signing up to ClassPass has given me the opportunity to learn new exercises and to push my body in different ways. I have been to a weights training class, a beginners pilates class and a kettlebells class so far. Each have been very different and have tested my body in different ways.
You can choose classes based on distance, the number of credits they cost, the length of class and the time of class. This makes it super easy for you to find something that fits in with your schedule.
Just beware of a couple of little things. Booked classes have to be cancelled 12 hours in advance to avoid a cancellation fee. Missed classes also incur a charge. I think the charge for both is between £15 and £20 – so quite pricey! Instructors also will not let you into their classes if you are late. I repeat, they do not accept lateness. Classes start pretty much on the dot and even being 5 minutes late is risky. I’ve been in classes where the instructor has outright said that he won’t be letting anybody else in.
There are different types of membership. £15/month, £35/month, £60/month etc, so you can choose one that fits in with your budget and schedule. The more you pay, the more credits you get. Each class varies in terms of how many credits it costs. There are also credits for “gym time”, which just give you standard gym access.
ClassPass is a great way to challenge your body and to try a little bit of everything as and when you feel like it. Yoga one day, hardcore strength training the next. What more can you ask for?