If you love fitness but hate the boredom that comes from a routine, ClassPass is designed to provide you with some diversity beyond the daily treadmill grind. After purchasing one single monthly membership, ClassPass helps you accomplish this by granting you access to classes at some of the best studios in select cities.
And with over a thousand classes available, you’ll be able to choose between cycling, yoga, pilates, barre workouts, strength training, bootcamps, dance, or any other fitness craze that suits your fancy.
How ClassPass Works
ClassPass will cost you $99 per month, and automatically renews on the same day that your membership began. Signing up doesn’t require an annual or long-term commitment, and you can cancel anytime. To sign up, visit classpass.com (be sure to check that your city is currently being served) and request an invite. An email with further instructions will be sent to you shortly.
Once you’ve signed up and paid your dues, ClassPass members are allowed three classes per month, and you can start attending them right away. However, your ClassPass membership does require that you reserve your spot in any given class in order to make sure there’s always enough room.
How to Workout With ClassPass
If you don’t have a specific class in mind, you can head to the ClassPass homepage and click on your city. From there, an interactive map will be displayed that shows all participating fitness centers in your area. This function is great if you’re concerned about distance; or, you can click the “list” icon for the names of all your options.
Reserving your spot in class has to be done via the ClassPass mobile app:
- Click on any of the fitness venues in your area.
- Select the class you would like to reserve.
- Press the “reserve” button next to the class.
- Confirm your reservation.
- You’re added to the list!
No printed vouchers are required to attend, just be sure to bring your photo id when you show up.
New classes open up to reservations each day at noon, and are generally available a week in advance — signing up early is definitely recommended if you’d like to ensure a spot in a more popular class. However some venues don’t open their registration that early, so be sure and check.
The reservation system is in place to make sure each member gets the most out of ClassPass, so cancellations must comply with their rules or you’ll find yourself out one pass (and a possible $20 fee):
- All reservations and cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before the class time.
- Missed classes or late cancellations will result in the loss of one class allotment and a $20 no-show fee.
- To cancel a class, log into the mobile app and do so next to your reservation.
- If you’re not able to do so, email email@example.com and they’ll take care of it.
Assuming you made it to your class a-ok and completed it, ClassPass will require you to rate each one in order to record your “fitness journey.” Your reviews will remain confidential, but ClassPass will use them to make future recommendations, as well as to help ensure the classes offered are being enjoyed by everyone.
What If You Need a Break from ClassPass?
If you’re ready to stop your ClassPass membership, you can either put it on hold or cancel it completely.
Putting your membership on hold costs $19 per month, but you’re still allowed to use it for one class a month. It might be a nice option if you’ve enjoyed your membership, but know the next couple of weeks will be really busy.
To place your membership on hold, notify ClassPass at firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days prior to your next billing date. There’s no fee to reinstate your regular membership when you’re ready to return.
Members can also cancel their ClassPass enrollment at any time, although you’ll be required to give fifteen days notice via email at email@example.com. If you choose to cancel instead of simply putting your membership on hold, you’ll be charged a $79 reactivation fee if you ever want to start up again.
All payments are final, including your initial one (so no grace period for getting cold feet), however those who cancel will continue to have access to the service through the end of their current billing cycle.
What You Get With ClassPass
ClassPass only offers one membership level at $99 per month, which will give you access to three classes around town, and works out to about $33 per class. Depending on the cost of fitness classes in your city, that may be a bit steep or a slight discount. Ultimately, the value of ClassPass depends on your personal preferences, so here’s a quick breakdown:
- Variety! You get hundreds of classes to choose from and new places are added weekly.
- You never have to bring cash to attend your favorite fitness class.
- Paying in advance might make you feel more accountable to your fitness goals.
- Scheduling workouts at the beginning of the week lets you know that your spot is saved.
- It’s easier to try new workouts or studios when you don’t have to search individual websites for schedules and costs.
- It’s only available in select cities (49 at last count).
- Your choices might be limited by times and inconvenient locations.
- Super-popular classes have been known to fill up in less than a minute.
- Three classes per month is fun, but not enough for a serious fitness junkie.
- Your ClassPass classes aren’t transferable to friends.
- Having to rate classes is a bit of a pain.
- The cancellation rules are strict, which could become irritating if you’re busy.
- You can’t make last-minute reservations, even if slots are available.
Final Thoughts on ClassPass
ClassPass appears to be a very customer-oriented company, and fitness bloggers who’ve reviewed their membership experience have nothing but positive comments to share.
Whether or not the service works for you is completely dependent on your personal tastes and schedule. It might be prudent to take a peek at class times and locations before signing up, but for those who crave a little variety, ClassPass offers nearly infinite options without a huge commitment.