After teaching dance fitness for over five years, keep reading for more on why I signed up for ClassPass NYC.
A New Fitness Need
One of the hardest parts of heading to NYC for work at the beginning of 2016 was that I had to give up my weekly dance fitness classes. Both classes were on weekdays, and I was now needed on site in NYC Monday through Friday. While missing my participants, fellow instructors, and assistant team was a sure-fire thing, the gray area for me now was fitness, in general. After struggling to find a workout I actually liked and briefly falling in love with yoga, I’d now been doing dance fitness pretty much 100% since 2007.
At first, I loved dance fitness for distracting me from the fact I was working out. In the last couple years, I started doing a class the company created that featured toning, yoga, and pilates moves in one session. It felt more like a workout, but I still really enjoyed it. Over time, teaching kept me motivated on the days I wanted to stay home and eat potato chips on the couch. Where I may have lacked the motivation to get to class for myself, I knew I had to pull through for my dance peeps. I couldn’t let them down. And we always had so much fun in class dancing and singing and letting loose for that hour. How could one replace the irreplaceable?
The answer? You couldn’t. I decided that this was a great time to get out of my comfort zone. It would be interesting to see if there were new workouts I liked. And I might even pick up some new instructor skills along the way. And the best way to do this? ClassPass.
I’ll write a longer review later if you’re interested, but basically, instead of signing up for only one studio or gym, by joining ClassPass, you get access to their entire network of locations, from gyms to boutique studios.
My New Fitness Goal
My goal: maximum growth.
How do you grow? By getting uncomfortable and trying new things. It isn’t easy, but it is worth it.
While I wasn’t avoiding doing the usual completely, the goal was primarily to get out of my comfort zone. I would try non-dance classes. I would try new kinds of dance classes. I would try workouts I wouldn’t normally expect that I’d like.
Before deciding on ClassPass, I considered joining a local gym in NYC. But, when I looked at the price tag, I couldn’t pull the trigger to sign up. The cost would have been roughly $300 for a really complicated “breakdown” of fees I still don’t understand. It was something like…you had to pay for the previous month, plus the current month, plus a registration fee, plus some other fee. Suddenly, the $125 price tag for ClassPass was looking more attractive.
Not to mention some boutique studios could cost even more. It’s not unusual for a single class to cost $30 or even more!
If I only did two workouts per week, that would be roughly $15 per class. Not bad for NYC prices. And if I went more than twice a week, I’d do even better.
Discount: Speaking of cost, if you’re interested in signing up for ClassPass in your city, you can use my referral code/link, and we’ll both save some money ($20 currently) – click here. This is part of their referral system that’s open to everyone, not just bloggers. At the time of this post, I’m three months in and loving ClassPass.
I considered signing up for a small boutique studio. But, I didn’t want to do just yoga, or just dance, or just whatever. I wanted to do all the things. I wanted to try as many new workouts as possible.
What I really liked about ClassPass was how many different studios you could find. In my research, I found classes I expected, from dance to yoga. But I also found ice skating, toning, boot camp, rowing, and almost anything you can imagine. I even hear there may be golf and paddle boarding available soon!
And you may be thinking, “But, Diana…you don’t golf.” Well, I’m writing this post after the fact, and I can tell you that my experiments have been successful, and I’m learning that I’m enjoying workouts I never would have tried back home. Pushing myself to try new things has been one of the best things I’ve done recently. And I’ll be blogging all about it, so stay tuned for my ClassPass recaps!
Why I Signed up for ClassPass NYC
Cost, variety, and the chance to get out of my comfort zone. This is why I signed up for ClassPass NYC.
Thanks for stopping by! And check back soon for my upcoming ClassPass posts!0