Classpass: London’s Best Workouts (Part 1)
As someone who practically lives in gym wear, I used to turn up my nose at classes. Classes brought to mind women in sweatbands a la Jane Fonda, or Yoga and Pilates classes. Whilst I have no issue with Yoga or Pilates as a practice, I always like my workouts to be, well, high intensity, heavy weighted workouts which leave me dripping with sweat.
So when I was introduced to Classpass, I was initially unsure, but I decided to sign up for a two week trial… skip forward months later, I’m still here and a happily paid member. So here’s the lowdown on why I’m obsessed and am going to be holding onto my membership for a while now.
Well, what is Classpass?
Let’s start with the basics: what is it? For £79 a month, you get access to a range of London’s swanky fitness classes and studios, including yoga, pilates, spin, barre, high intensity bootcamps, boxing, aerial yoga, Zumba, pole… the list goes on. £79 may sound quite high – it did initially to me – but when you consider that one class in one of London’s fancy studios tends to cost between £15-30 (and can go higher), you only really have to do 4 classes in the month to make it worth it. Also factoring in that it can stand in as a good substitute for paying for a gym… well, it’s absolutely worth your money.
The only downside is that you can only visit a studio 3 times in your month cycle. Whilst this is just the wrong number so you can’t do 1 a week, it does force you to go out and find new classes and activities, especially if you are as into filling up your workout schedule as I am. I have definitely been urged to find some great new studios and new classes that I wouldn’t normally do because of this – as much as I would love to visit my beloved Project Fit twice a week!
You also have to pay a cancellation charge if you cancel within 12 hours, which is actually the biggest pro to me. I find you are most likely to cancel/decide not to turn up to a class within the 12 hours, which is when you wake up at 5.30am for your class. This adds an extra incentive – hold on, you don’t want to pay NOT to go to a class, do you?
Where are the classes?
All over London! Classpass is continuously adding studios on, and class times range from early morning to relatively late after work, so there is a good time for everyone. As someone who lives out East, but works and goes to Uni out West, I love a good morning workout in central London – it’s essentially on my way, and classes are offered from 6am, allowing plenty of time. I also like to sometimes fit in a workout after work, or if I have a day off, I will venture out and travel further to go to a new studio I haven’t tried.
What classes are offered?
With the range of classes all over London, there’s definitely something for everyone. Hardcore Yogi? There are enough studios for you to get your om on all throughout the week. Exclusively into Pilates? Have no fear, you’ll have your pick of mat/reformer pilates to choose from. Spin fiend? Boomcycle, RideRepublic, and plenty of others are there to meet your needs.
As a gym fiend/high intensity obsessive, I mostly stick to these type of workouts. My favourites list is littered with high intensity full body classes, as well as boxing, which I have now started thanks to Classpass! I do throw in a few barre/barre inspired toning sessions a week (I love Frames’ “Ass & Abs” class, mainly because I love telling people I have just come from “Ass & Abs”) and have now added a flexibility class onto my round up!
Look out for Part 2 to find out my most recommended Classpass studios!