ClassPass Experience

It has been a while since I’ve posted.  This is mostly due to the fact that I haven’t had much inspiration lately and I don’t want to write forced posts, I want my topics to come organically.  I have, however, been crushing my 2016 fitness goals so far and have become hopelessly addicted to ClassPass in the one-plus week I’ve had it so I thought I’d share my ClassPass experience in San Francisco!

Prior to signing up for ClassPass, I was going to SoulCycle and dance classes regularly, as well as the occasional aerial silks, pilates, barre and yoga classes.  I wanted to cut down on my workout costs without sacrificing my fitness so ClassPass seemed like a viable option.  I asked my fitness friends in the Bay Area and everyone I talked to had great things to say about it so I decided to give it a try.

If you’re new to ClassPass in San Francisco, they have a two-week trial special for $19.  I’m not sure of the deals elsewhere but Canada didn’t have a deal when I signed up there (though it is cheaper for my Canadian friends in Vancouver and Toronto).  Yes, I had to sign up “in Canada”, as I have a Canadian credit card and billing address but that worked out fine, as I signed up with Vancouver as my home base and still get to work out globally!

So, let’s get to it, over the past one-plus week, I’ve tried the following studios:

  • Aerial Artique (SoMa):  This is the aerial fitness studio that I’ve been attending for the past month.  I’ve been taking Level 1 Aerial Silks and it has been a lot of fun!  The negatives about this studio are its location on 9th and Mission (fairly sketchy, especially at night), as well as the fact that the Level 1 class has complete beginners every week, so it is difficult to improve and learn new tricks when the instructor covers the same intro moves each week.  Also, the classes book up immediately so it is fairly difficult to get a spot with ClassPass and the alternative is paying the $35 drop-in fee.  On the positive side, it is really fun and I am noticing that I am becoming stronger each week, particularly as my arm and ab muscles reawaken!  It is a really good strength workout and I am going to continue going there, so long as I can book with ClassPass.

 

  • BodyRok Studios (Mission):  This is another studio that I tried, prior to purchasing ClassPass.  It is a pilates, cycling and yoga studio, with locations in the Mission, as well as the Marina, but I’ve only tried pilates at the Mission studio so this review is based on my experience there.  The negatives are that the staff weren’t very friendly when I attended my first class, there were very limited lockers so not everyone in the studio could use one and there were no change rooms.  Also, using the reformer for the first time was very difficult and I think it would have been beneficial for the instructor to give me a quick run-down of the machine prior to starting the class – I was 25 minutes early for a reason, after all!  The positive of this studio – the amazing workout!  Not sure how often I’ll be back here, as I’m probably going to try out some other pilates studios to see how they compare.

 

  • Pop Physique (Mission):  This is a barre studio, located in the Mission and Russian Hill, but I have only been to the Mission location.  I was a huge barre fan back home in Canada so I am searching for a particular style and this class didn’t do it for me.  It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason, but it wasn’t similar to the method I like, I suppose.  Negatives – the instructor’s music choice was terrible (in my opinion, of course) and I just wasn’t feeling the studio.  Positives – it was a good workout, as my legs were shaking and I was feeling it after class!  Again, I’m not sure if I’ll be back to this studio, as I’m interested in trying out some other barre studios in the city instead and it isn’t very conveniently located for me.

 

  • Crunch Gym – XPole (SoMa):  This was a pole fitness class I attended at Crunch Gym – New Montgomery.  It was AMAZING!!  For those of you who don’t know, I used to take and teach pole fitness classes back home in Canada and I’ve been dying to get back to it because it is a fantastic workout!  When I first entered the gym, I was greeted by very friendly staff (who checked my ID to ensure I was the ClassPass member who signed up – heads up!), followed by a tour of the gym by a friendly trainer.  I was told that I could use the gym before or after my class if I wanted to, which was an unexpected gesture!  The class itself had maybe 25-30 people in it, with 10 poles (poles were shared between 2-3 people).  It is an all-level class so the instructor provided instructions for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, which was great for me, as I used to be fairly advanced but my muscles need some re-awakening with some less intensive moves first.  Negatives – there were a lot of students so the instructor couldn’t be very hands-on, fine for me, as I have a lot of experience, but maybe tough for newbies.  Also, the lockers in the locker room don’t have locks, you have to bring your own or you can bring you bag with you into the studio.  Additionally, I don’t think you can purchase additional classes at Crunch Gym, just a Crunch membership, so I can only attend three classes per month, as per ClassPass rules.  I sure would like to come to more classes but it isn’t worth it for me to purchase a gym membership.  Positives – A fantastic class that was exactly what I needed, not beginner but not full of only advanced students.  It allowed me to work on strength and tricks, as opposed to the dance aspect of pole.  It was a place for everyone, regardless of their current level and I can’t wait to return!

 

  • Sheila Kelley S Factor – Super Pole 1 (Financial District):  Another pole fitness class I tried this week!  In the class description, it says that this is a class for levels 1-3, however, everyone in my class were beginners, aside from me.  Negatives – Very beginner class, comparable to the level 1 classes I taught at Aradia Fitness.  Although there were four poles and only five of us in class, the instructor had us share poles, with two people at one and three people at another.  As I was sharing a pole with beginners and very adept at the fireman and ballerina spins that we were learning, my polemates asked me for tips, but I didn’t want to step on the instructor’s toes so it was a difficult line to balance.  Positives – It was a 90 minute class and the warmup was fun, sexy and a good pre-pole stretch and workout!  I will probably be back, as the warmup was amazing – lights down, eyes closed, no mirrors, just feeling confident and sexy, but I will likely go on weeks when I can’t go to Xpole at Crunch, as the actual workout wasn’t as intense.

 

  • Barry’s Bootcamp – Full Body (SoMa):  I finally tried Barry’s this week.  I’ve been wanting to try it since I moved here and honestly don’t know why it took me this long!  Barry’s Bootcamp is a workout that incorporates 25-30 minutes of cardio on the treadmills, intermittently with 25-30 minutes of strength training on the floor.  I attended on a Saturday, which meant it was a full body workout, but each day has a different target group.  Negatives – I had no idea what I was doing when I stepped into the room.  I started on the treadmill (which did its toll on me!) but when I moved to the floor, I didn’t know which weights to grab – I’ve only really used 1-3 lb weights at barre, pilates and SoulCycle so when I saw the lightest weights were 5 lbs, that’s what I grabbed, but I don’t think they were heavy enough for me.  I wish the instructor would’ve given me and any other newbies a quick heads up on what to expect prior to starting class.  Positives – the location, the amazing workout and the Fuel Bar!!  The location in SoMa is across the street from AT&T Park, right along the embarcadero, so it was a beautiful area!  The workout was intense and I definitely did not keep up on the treadmill when the instructor had everyone going “10s, 11s or 12s” (I maxed out at 7) but I did my best and have been feeling it for the past two days!  The Fuel Bar is Barry’s in-house smoothie bar and you can pre-order a drink prior to class so it’s ready and waiting for you when you exit!  I tried the Yogi Berry smoothie and it was a delicious way to refuel with carbs and proteins after an intense workout.  I can’t wait to go back to Barry’s and get my butt in shape, literally!!

 

This coming week, I have a friend visiting so I’m cutting my workouts back to three classes, plus my regular Sunday SoulCycle class.  I’ll be at the following classes and may add a yoga class in for good measure:

  • XPole at Crunch Gym
  • Aerial Mixed Apparatus at Acrosports
  • Matbox at Pilates ProWorks (Marina)

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