Although I obviously had a really hard day on Monday, I had a fun fitness event on the calendar that I’d been looking forward to for weeks, and after talking to my friend Megan who was supposed to be my plus one, I decided that getting out of my apartment/distracting myself for a couple of hours was exactly what I needed.
Where was I going, you ask? To the DC launch of ClassPass, of course!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with ClassPass, it’s essentially an alternative to a gym membership that allows you access to a variety of boutique fitness classes in your city. There are more than 1,000 classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.
ClassPass is $99 a month, and allows members to take unlimited classes at studios within the ClassPass network. It’s worth pointing out that while a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio three times per month. Overall I think it’s a pretty good deal, and it’s definitely cheaper than paying a drop-in fee each time.
Since I haven’t had a gym membership in ages, the idea of ClassPass sounds great to me! I actually read about it a while ago and was hoping they’d come to DC soon, so I was ecstatic when they invited me to their launch and told me I could bring a friend!
At 6:30 pm on Monday, Megan and I arrived at Sculpt DC, the venue for the launch, and the district’s only studio for cycling, yoga, bootcamp, barre and pilates.
Once we checked in with the ClassPass folks, we had to choose which class we wanted to take – spinning, indoor bootcamp, or rooftop bootcamp. It was a beautiful evening, which made our choice easy…rooftop bootcamp!
We were led up to the roof by our instructor for the evening (I think her name was Kayley? Something like that?) and were then given a mat and pair of weights. What a great spot for a workout!
Before we got started, Megan and I took the opportunity to snap some pictures. Because how can you be in a gorgeous location like this and not take goofy pictures?
(And this is why I needed to get out of the house on Monday night. Being silly with Megan totally cheered me up!)
Once everyone had their mats set up, it was time for the class to begin!
The bootcamp class was similar to ones I’ve taken at CorePower yoga, and involved a healthy mix of bootcamp-type exercises (burpees, pushups, jumping jacks, lunges) and yoga moves (downward dog, warrior one & two, savasana). The music was awesome too, and there was a huge speaker that made it really easy to hear on the windy rooftop. Perfect!
Although I didn’t break too much of a sweat, there were definitely some moves that left my muscles quaking. I guess I would compare this class to a barre class without the barre – the intensity wasn’t too high but it definitely worked your muscles!
All in all it was an awesome workout, and it was exactly what I needed to break free from the sad mindset I was in earlier in the day.
After the workout was over, Kayley (let’s just say that was her name) led us back downstairs to the studio. On the way down she told Megan and me what a good job we had done in the class, which was a nice little boost (we were right in the front row, so it was easy for her to see us). I love hearing positive feedback from the instructors!
Once we were back in the studio, we navigated our way past all the participants from the other two classes to get our share of champagne, SweetGreen, and fresh juices from South Block Cafe. For my local friends – has anyone tried South Block’s juices yet? The samples were pretty good!
ClassPass also had a few folks doing manicures in the back, which was awesome.
one two glasses of champagne and trying out the new Rad Thai Salad from SweetGreen (delicious!) Megan and I decided to head home. On our way out we were given a ClassPass swag bag filled with tons of goodies, plus a fun CP tank top.
As part of the launch we were also given one month to use ClassPass for free, and I’m already signed up to take my second class on Friday morning. Awesome!!
Thank you Megan for convincing me that working out would be better than staying in and being sad about my grandpa. You were right! And thank you Sculpt DC and ClassPass for the awesome opportunity!
Question of the day: Would you use ClassPass?