My new health journey started a few months ago. I had realized that a few weeks of living in Nashville plus two years in St. Louis, I had gotten out of shape and gained a few (ahem, 15+ pounds) thanks to the plethora of hot chicken, toasted raviolis, and ranch dressing (and, yes, that was even with marathon training).
With my first beach vacation in a while looming and being in a new city looking for hobbies, I explored my fitness and health options. First, I took my diet under control with an 80/20 rule - I would eat really well Monday through Friday and indulge some on the weekends. Second, I decided it was time to revamp my work out from just running and that is when I discovered ClassPass!
ClassPass is a program that allows you to take 3 class each month at your choice of studios available. Those available include barre type classes, hot yoga, cycling, boot camps, HIIT, Pilates, boxing, and even stand up paddle boarding! The first two weeks you can get a deal where it costs $19, and then choose your package. I pay $89 a month for unlimited classes across Nashville.
I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight some items I've learned from ClassPass and about myself:
- It's okay to be the beginner! My first hot yoga class I looked around during inversions and everyone was doing some variation of a headstand or handstand with their perfectly formed abs in a strapless bra as I, using a yoga block, was just trying to get my butt in the air while my tank top was rolling up to my face. Not to mention I was sweating in places I've never sweat before. I sweat so much that my Fitbit broke from the condensation (true story). Update, just last night I did my first supported handstand and yes, my shirt was still rolling up to my face.
- The Nashville fitness community rocks! Last night I had the opportunity to go to a workout and then Happy Hour in 12 South at Bartaco with GetFit615. It was an awesome way to get a HIIT workout in the park and then have delicious eats after and meet new people. At 90% of the studios I've visited I have met some really awesome people and am starting to see familiar faces. Working out in a new city is a great way to manage transition and ClassPass has successfully done that for me.
- It's okay to dislike your workout. With ClassPass I've tried a few different workouts and there was one that stands out that I absolutely despised. The woman instructing sounded like Barbie from the "Toy Story" films and the workout was just not fun. Those two combined did not help. But I don't have to go back, because #ClassPass. And hey, at least I tried!
- Show up or pay...literally. ClassPass literally makes you pay if you don't show up. I learned this the hard way. The night before my trip I was like, "Oh let me do hot yoga at 6am before I go to work, that way I can get a workout in before I travel." I don't like waking up. I know this. I once got participation points knocked in a college yoga course because I fell asleep during class and then stayed in shavasana as everyone else was doing sun salutations. For my non-yogis, shavasana literally translates to "corpse pose". So when I didn't show up, it cost me $20. Cancel within 12 hours, pay $15. They know how to make their money and hold you accountable.
- Variety is awesome! I'm usually the one making excuses and sitting on my couch binge eating Oreos and telling myself it's okay because Oreos are vegan (at least what I'm told). Variety however makes workouts more exciting, more fun, and I never get bored.
I just love ClassPass and wanted to share my love with you all. This post is not sponsored at all and is just me loving this fitness journey I'm on. I feel better, stronger, and overall awesome! Not to mention, my beach vacation was great.