ClassPass in Portland—My First ClassPass Class:
(Say that ten times fast!)
ClassPass is a fitness membership program that allows members to try several different types of classes and studios in the area. The ClassPass in Portland just launched mid-November and I was asked to try out the membership this month. Just when I was trying to push myself to work on my fitness more this opportunity landed in my inbox… I couldn’t say no even if I wanted to!
I’ve not been thrilled about group fitness classes in the past and was very nervous reserving my first class. But, the experience was awesome and I can’t wait to go again. My goal this month testing out ClassPass is to try as many different studios as I can fit into my schedule both to see how the process goes and to try out new-to-me fitness styles.
I signed up for Candlelight Yoga at The Art of Movement on SE Divsion in Portland. The later start time was perfect for my work schedule and the idea of doing yoga surrounded by candlelight sounded incredibly relaxing. It was an all-levels class which worried me at first because I am most definetely a beginner. I had nothing at all to worry about. The instructor was fabulous about suggesting (and showing) different moves that might be better for beginners and then working her way up for the class members who needed more of a challenge. She also took care in suggesting different moves to avoid back pain, wrist pain, knee pain… etc.
Checking in was a breeze. Since it was my first time at that location I had to sign a standard release, but my name was on the list and I didn’t have to explain that I was part of ClassPass.
- ClassPass membership costs $99 a month.
- ClassPass is currently located in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, and San Diego.
- You can workout in ANY city on ClassPass. We just announced ClassPass Flex (read more here!).
- It is an alternative to a gym membership.
- Allows you UNLIMITED classes at participating studios. You are limited to 3 classes per studio per month. However, once the next month starts, you can visit that favorite studio again for 3 times!
- Allows you to build a workout routine full of variety visiting studios of all types (barre, yoga, pilates, indoor cycling, bootcamps, martial arts, strength training and more!).
- Provides studios with a marketing platform to get their name and classes out there to a group of fitness enthusiasts actively looking for new classes in their area.
- Helps studios focus on what they love to do–teach–while ClassPass helps them grow their business!
More About ClassPass:
- The ClassPass website is beautiful and allows for you to schedule your classes pretty instanaeously. I did have problems trying to schedule my first class, but switched from my Google Chrome browser to Firefox and it worked great. It was likely a small glitch, but if you have problems signing up for a class I’d just suggest switching browsers.
- Like many local classes, cancelling without enough notice comes with a fee.
- Going on vacation? You can put your membership on hold. You’ll be charged a $19 hold fee to hold for the month, but you’ll be able to take 1 class that month as well.
- There is no commitment for the membership. However, if you do deactivate your account and then want to reactivate there is a $79 reactivation fee.
- Read even more at the ClassPass FAQ page!
A big thank you goes out to ClassPass for giving me the opportunity to try out their services. I will try some more classes and post again about my experience near the end of my month!