Earlier this summer, I told you about ClassPass – for $99 a month, you get 10 classes to boutique studios all around the city like RowHouse, Revolve, Barry’s Bootcamp, classes that are normally $35 a pop and you see on the pages of US Weekly. While I felt that $10 wasn’t worth it to spend per class when I saw that they were doing an unlimited summer deal where you could take unlimited classes for $99 a month, I signed up – and in the past 14 weeks, have taken 64 classes (yes, 4.5 classes a week – a big jump from my one class a week).
I was devastated that summer was coming to a close and my unlimited deal was over but guess what – IT’S BACK! To take advantage of this deal, you must sign up through 2014 and commit to paying $99 a month in order to get unlimited classes. I totally recommend you try it over the gym – it’s been fun to go to places around the city and try different workouts (I even tried adult gymnastics). Plus, if you are scared to try other workouts, ClassPass kind of makes you – you can only attend one studio three times per month.
If you sign up – and happy to answer any questions on the blog – here are my top 5 classes that I’ve tried this summer:
EVF: At the start of the summer, I couldn’t do a pushup. Now, I can do a tricep pushup – and several in a row. I head to EVF on Tuesday ams – mostly because I overheard the instructor, Travis, saying Tuesdays are the hardest class of the week. EVF is a high intensity strength training class – we usually start with a warm up, and then go into a 30 – 40 minute routine consisting of rowing, burpees, squats, situps, etc. Definitely worth checking out and you will sweat a lot.
Throwback Fitness: Throwback is like EVF, but with games. The guys who run it, Brian and Ryan, are awesome – lots of 80s music and they even wear retro gym outfits. Usually in the beginning you start on the rower, alternating between rowing and squats, situps, or pushups, but then we go into the games. Games include capture the flag, where in order to try to capture the flag, you have do a series of workouts first before you can attempt to play. Note I have nicknamed this class Throwup Fitness. I haven’t puked yet, but on the first night I went, a guy in the hallway had mentioned to me that he threw up. Every time I walk in now, I’m petrified that will happen to me.
FlyWheel: I love the Lincoln Center location because of Darryl who teaches on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 am. Darryl is just so upbeat during his spin class and motivational. What I like about FlyWheel is that the instructor will shoutout your torque, aka how much resistance should be on the bike, so you know where you should be in the class. If you create a FlyWheel account, they show a leaderboard on and off during class and your score is calculated by your torque an RPMs.
Swerve: Swerve is like Flywheel in the sense that you have a torque, or a gear as what Swerve calls it so you know how much resistance should be on the bike. What’s different about it though is that you are broken in to teams. During the class, each team will compete against each other during sprints. After the class is over, you get an email with your score, class rank, team rank, etc. I think it also might be the toughest spin class I’ve ever been to – I always think I am going to have a heart attack during it.
Title Boxing: Sometimes, I need to hit shit. And that’s what I can do at Title Boxing. The first 15 minutes is a combination of high knees, jumping jacks, etc, but then for the next 30 minutes, you can actually hit a bag. With boxing gloves. And it’s awesome. There’s nothing I like more than pounding the crap out of something midweek during a tough week in the office. Totally recommend it!
If you want to get unlimited classes through the end of the year for $99, you must sign up by 8/31. Sign up here and tell me what classes you love!