When I received an email asking if I would be interested in ClassPass for a month, I jumped on the chance not really knowing what it was or how it worked. My physical therapist had given me a list of exercises and I had been hitting my home gym for months. It was time for me to get back out after being isolated for most of the winter after surgery.
I am an outdoor girl, but a fitness flunk-out. I’m that person in the back row that falls over while balancing and knocks over all the fitness balls. Yep. That’s me, but I was ready to try, try again.
The way it works.
For $79-99 dollars per month (depending on where you live), you can visit each participating fitness club in your area three times each month. I was totally down for that. You can also attend classes in participating cities while traveling. I looked forward to checking out the clubs.
Going for it.
I checked the list. With yoga, dance, barre, spin, fitness, core, Pilates, kick-boxing, step, and more to choose from, I concentrated on muscle-building instead of aerobics. Coming off a partial knee replacement, I was all about rehab, but hoped I could keep up with classes. There was only one way to find out.
Reserve a spot and go!
I logged in and clicked on the gyms in my area. After scrolling through the available classes, I reserved a spot. The club would receive the notification. A no-show results in a $20 penalty, so I always followed through with my commitment.
All clubs requested an early arrival. Directionally challenged since birth, I left with extra time to locate the facility and parking.
After arriving, I checked in at the front desk and told them I was from ClassPass. They always asked, “Are you Susie?” Super cool! They were expecting me. I felt all special-like.
Once I located the room where the class would take place, I introduced myself to the instructor to let them know I had knee issues and may have to adapt some of the exercises. Then I picked out my torture chamber equipment like a mat, elastic bands, weights, etc., whatever was needed for the workout.
Added benefits of working out.
What I didn’t expect was the endorphin rush. Not only from the class, which always raised my heart rate, but from meeting new people, experiencing something new and challenging myself. After my first class, I didn’t stop smiling for hours afterward.
New ways to exercise.
Along with mat Pilates and knee-stabilizing, I reserved a spot in a TRX class, not having any clue about this new fitness craze. I entered the gym where straps dangled from the ceiling. With hands or feet, we used our body weight to stretch and strengthen. This was developed by the Navy to keep their soldiers in shape since storage on ships is limited. Go Navy Seals!
I was a Pilates Reformer newbie and this one scared me. Oh man. You climb onto these shifting beds and try to stay upright while pushing and pulling. The last thing I wanted to do was fall, but I completed the class without any modifications. Score one for me!
Barre, based on ballet and micro movement, had been a class I had wanted to check out for a couple of years. I had heard it could be tough, so I braced myself. The room was packed. The first time I took class, the instructor stayed on count and she moved very quickly through a lot of exercises. I could see why her class was packed. I LOVED it.
My favorite class.
It should be no surprise that dance was my fave. It was a little early for me to dance barefoot since I’m not supposed to run until my doctor sees me in July, but I figured I could stay on the ball of my foot.
The large studio was packed with women of all ages. Some warmed up and had obvious dance experience. After cuing up lively music on her iPad our instructor announced there wouldn’t be any videotaping that night. No videotaping? Thank the Lord! She was in the process of compiling a number of DVDs to be used in State Prisons. How cool is she?
The last song was about loving yourself. I was moved to tears at one point when I saw the lady in front of me beaming at her reflection as she reached out with her hands and stepped toward the mirror and then drew back as part of the dance.
Wow. Love. That’s what it’s all about. We have to accept ourselves and our bodies whether we miss the steps, knock over the fitness balls or adjust the exercises to our level. It’s all good and ClassPass is the way to go!
I could have paid to put my membership on hold for the summer. While held for $19 per month, a member can still go to one class each month. Instead, I’ll pay the $79 penalty (reactivation fee), in October to start it up again. By then I’ll be indoors preparing for ski season. I can’t wait to kick-box, spin and may even try burlesque dance class. Could be interesting and good for the thighs…
There is a special going on!
Click on THIS LINK to get $50 off your first month! That is insane. That means you could try out ClassPass for $29-49 for one month! This offer ends on Tuesday, May 26th.
How about you? Are you ready to ClassPass?
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