The Pros and Cons of ClassPass

The Beginner’s Guide to ClassPass, a Club for the Fit-Minded

From The Dailey Method to SoulCycle, there is no shortage of boutique fitness classes in major cities across the nation. That’s because the modern workout no longer involves simply frequenting a gym, but rather specialty classes that challenge, change, and inspire. Naturally, an entrepreneur like Payal Kadakia noticed the trend toward class-based group fitness and three years ago, she launched ClassPass, a workout membership service that has disrupted the fitness world. ClassPass users pay a monthly fee and are allowed to take classes at hundreds of different fitness studios in 39 cities. Signing up for ClassPass is a great first step toward getting in shape, but there are a few things you should know before you get started. Here we break down the essentials of ClassPass’s subscription service.

The Basics

  • It’s incredibly easy to use. Sign up, download the app, and then search for a class. Filter based on the time of day, location, activity type, level, and amenities (showers, parking, etc.). The app keeps track of the classes you’ve taken, so if you enjoyed an instructor, but can’t remember their name, check your profile and view your past classes. You can also quickly re-book a class. The app provides all the necessary information about a studio, including a map, and the ability to quickly add the class to your smart phone’s calendar.
  • There are levels of memberships so you can choose the one that works for you. Although it initially launched with an unlimited option, the model changed, and now ClassPass users can choose from three ($40), five ($65), or 10 classes ($115) per month. Note that prices vary depending on your location.
  • Memberships can be put on hold. Heading to Bali for a month to research opening an online boutique? You can put your membership on hold and resume it when you get back.
  • Enjoy expensive classes for a fraction of the price. In San Francisco, pricey studios like Barry’s Bootcamp and Core40 are on ClassPass. The five-class plan costs $65. A single class at Barry’s costs $32, and at Core40 it’s $35. Taking two classes at Barry’s and two classes at Core 40 on ClassPass is a steal!
  • The opportunity to experiment with lots of different class types. If you’ve never taken hot yoga, mat pilates, or spin, now is your chance to try out a variety of different workouts. You may discover a whole new way of moving your body that positively affects your well-being. Once you find a studio that you like, you can experiment with instructors until you’ve found the perfect combination of class and teacher.

Good to Know:

  • There is a limit to the number of classes you can take at each studio. On the three-month plan, you can visit the same studio once a month. On the five-month plan, you can visit the same studio twice a month. On the 10-month plan, you can visit the same studio three or four times a month, depending on where you live.
  • Unused classes don’t roll over. If you only take three of your five classes during the month, you don’t get seven classes in the next month. You still only have five. This is an incentive to use them all!
  • Studios limit the number of ClassPass users permitted per class. Some boutique fitness studios have smaller class sizes, and therefore, they might restrict the number of ClassPass users that are allowed per class. This means you’ve got to stay on top of the system and sign up for classes earlier.
  • There’s a virtual community. If you miss the community environment that comes with going to a single gym regularly, you’ll be pleased to know that ClassPass has a virtual community where users are invited to post and share reviews of classes and instructors. Plus, once you sign up, you’ll likely find you have a lot of friends who are members, too!

Are you a ClassPass user? What do you like and dislike about it?