If you are looking to add some variety to your fitness routine, there’s a new monthly subscription service that has quite the following in the area.
ClassPass provides access to a network of boutique fitness studios and gyms. Available in more than 2,500 cities around the world, including Houston, Dallas and Austin, ClassPass launched in Houston several years ago.
The program’s local devotees are many.
“I love ClassPass,” Cara Ramelow said. “I’ve been using it for a long time now. I get bored doing the same thing all the time, so it’s perfect for me. Also, the cost of classes are significantly cheaper than what you would pay at a studio.”
Selena Crochet is a longtime member of the Foster Family YMCA, who uses ClassPass to try different classes at a reduced rate.
“I adore (the Y’s) instructors,” Crochet said. “But when my schedule doesn’t allow me to make it to one of their classes, ClassPass is a great way to ‘fill in’ that gap.”
Kinsey Livingston, senior director of partnerships at ClassPass, said the company was founded by Payal Kadakia after she struggled to find a dance class to take after work in New York City. Kadakia never made it to a class, and her experience was the seed for a business model that allows members to choose from yoga, cycling, Pilates, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports, videos and more.
“It’s a great way to discover new fitness studios, try new workouts and find the perfect routine for your lifestyle,” Livingston said.
Some who use the service worry they undercut local businesses. Livingston said studios list their excess spots on ClassPass and are paid for every reservation ClassPass facilitates.
“It’s completely free for partners to list their classes and open spots on the platform,” Livingston said.
Re/forme Lagree Studio owner Meghan McAlpine at Revive’s Ella Oaks development said she welcomes ClassPass users but hopes to convert those users to re/forme clients.
“We have actually found a lot of success in converting ClassPass users to clients once they realize how reasonable our prices are, and once they realize that the results they see from re/forme come with consistency in their routine, coming three to four times per week, which just is not economical through ClassPass,” McAlpine said.
Livingston said ClassPass partners with all types of fitness companies, from small businesses to global brands, fitness studios and big box gyms. ClassPass users can use an app to filter by location, type of workout, day and time. The app also allows coordination with friends and gives users access to ratings and reviews.
Molly Vitek said the service has inspired her fitness on the road.
“I’ve used it in multiple cities,” Vitek said. “It always makes me work out when I am going to have credits left at the end of the cycle, and I get to try new places.”
For more information, visit https://classpass.com/locations/houston.