ClassPass vs. Gym Membership

By Caroline

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So I’m going to be honest, it took me a while to be a ClassPass subscriber. Being a committed and loyal Crunch member, my feeling was “why should I pay for ClassPass to get unlimited classes (at that time, only the unlimited membership was offered–at just $90–how times have changed…) when Crunch has all the classes I need. And if I replace Crunch with ClassPass, then I won’t have anywhere to just go run on a treadmill or use machines on my own (also, at that time I was running about six miles a day, training for the NYC marathon)”.

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Plush Fitness Abs and Agility Review

By Caroline

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One of the best parts of ClassPass is the being able to take new and different classes with friends. About once a week or so, I do this with two girlfriends. The class pick is always an interesting one- usually right after work (6:30pm), somewhere near-ish to where we work (midtown), and a class that everyone agrees on (easier said than done). Trying to switch it up, we were looking for a boxing class (we’ve never done boxing before!) and found one at Plush Fitness, located on 30th between Madison and 5th Ave. One of the worst parts of ClassPass is that, sometimes,there are a limited amount of CP spots, even though the class might still have spots open on their regular site. When only 2 of the 3 of us were able to get Plush Fitness’ boxing class, we decided to switch to Abs and Agility so we could all be in class together.

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The Movement ReXist360 HIIT Review

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By Caroline

This past week, I found myself in a bind. I wanted a sweaty, satisfying workout that wasn’t running (since I ran the day before) and would give me an accomplished feeling with no fear that I would be extremely sore or get injured. Since I am still recovering from my back injury, high impact and weight training classes aren’t the best for me right now. Pilates wouldn’t get me sweaty enough, but a boot camp or TRX would make me too sore. After doing some searching, I decided the go to The Movement and try their ReXist360 HIIT class.

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JumpLife Review

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By Caroline

There are those extremely unique, so random, crazy fun, boutique gyms in NYC that you just have to try at least once. THINK- AQUA Studio where you can take in spin class in the water, SurfSET NYC where you get interval training on actual moving surfboards, ANYA yoga where yoga is practiced in the air using an AntiGravity hammock, and Boing With Kangoo at Crunch Gyms, where you strap on Kangoo spring boots to hop and jump through class. I was looking for a fun class to take with a few girlfriends, and wanted to find one of these really random, cool, gotta try at least once classes. Enter JumpLife.

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Megaformer! (CST50 Westport Review – 5/8/16)

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By Caroline

Sometimes after a pilates reformer class, I feel like I didn’t really break a sweat. Now I know, pilates is a “different type” of exercise and “you don’t have to sweat to get a good workout” but I guess I just love the out-of-breath, sweaty face feeling you get after a good class. Meet CST50, a beautiful hybrid between pilates and strength training with a cardio kick added in. I have heard how amazing (but impossible to get on ClassPass) Brooklyn Bodyburn is and how SLT can change your life (alas, SLT is not currently on ClassPass…maybe one day?!), so I was very excited to get to try CST50, located in Westport, CT. So, during our recent trips home to Connecticut (for reasons ranging from getting ready for our move-in together to family brunch for Mother’s Day), along with getting home-cooked meals, doing suburban life grocery shopping (in Connecticut, we can go to Trader Joe’s and not have to have Jon run around the store while I wait in line!), and getting to do laundry at mommy and daddy’s house (no quarters needed!), CST50 was on the to-do list. And I’d say this has definitely become one of my favorite types of classes.

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ChaiseFitness Review – Cardio Chair – 4/26/16

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By Caroline

Being French, I often notice that, in the United States,  giving a relatively mundane thing a French name is often done in an attempt to make it seem fancier, cooler, trendier.

So when I saw a studio named “Chaise Fitness” advertised on Classpass, my first reaction was, “um, ‘Chair Fitness’, a class based around a chair, how……intriguing.”

But hey, That Class Couple likes to give everything a shot, so why not see kind of physical activity can be accomplished on….a chair.

Well, after a day to recover, I can say that this is definitely a workout that is unlike any other.

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Modo Yoga Review – Modo – 4/5/16

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By Caroline

Having heard that this studio is the “Hamilton of Hot Yoga”, I felt like my visit to Modo Yoga was long overdue. I reserved the 7:30pm class exactly at noon the week before via Classpass (for the coveted right-after-work classes, set that Classpass sign-up alarm!). As I walked into Modo, I was eagerly greeted by the receptionist who I wanted to instantly become my new BFF. He gave me a quick run-down of the studio, locker rooms, class that I am taking, and because it was my first time at the studio, offered me a complimentary mat and grippy mat towel rental. Because I go through the hot yoga routine once every week or so, I was already prepared with my own mat and towel, but still opted to use their cute and brand new looking Modo towel (because come on, who would say no to one less sweaty towel in the laundry?). I was very impressed with the large space and all the amenities at the studio. Filtered water, hot tea, and an assortment of cute yoga clothes for sale filled the large reception room. I made my way to the women’s locker room and was SHOCKED to see that the lockers had electronic code pads. I have been to many, many yoga studios and have never seen this- very impressed! The locker room was very spacious with plenty of lockers to go around, had 4 bathrooms and 4 showers, and had all the little amenities you would be expect at a high end studio (also shout out for the Mrs. Meyers soap- my absolute fav!).

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