For a little over a year I was a ClassPass member. I namaste‘d, boxed, barre’d, and reformed my way through 169 classes. Every day I had the option to pick a work out from a range of studios; a majority of the times I picked the work out based on how I was feeling. ClassPass was my way of staying active! But with much inner debate, I’ve cancelled my membership.
Reasons Why I Broke Up with ClassPass
Do you remember that time when ClassPass announced they would be getting rid of their unlimited plan? Unlimited members would automatically switch to the Core plan in December. There was outrage from current members as we were forced to start thinking of other ways to stay fit. 10 classes a month wasn’t going to cut it for me but for the next 3 months, Classpass tacked on another 10 classes to help ease members into their new plan. So for the last 3 months, I looked at my options with studios, gyms, and Classpass.
During these last 3 months I found myself not being able to use up all 10 classes, let alone even get to using the extra 10 classes CP gave out. My work schedule is mostly predictable but there were some nights where I’d have to stay late and it ended up with me cancelling my class and paying a $15 late cancel fee. Sure there were options to take classes in the morning before work but many of my favorite studios don’t have showers so getting ready in the morning for work posed a challenge. I wasn’t using up my classes.
How Will I Continue To Stay Active?
My unlimited plan was costing me $190 a month (before tax) and being pushed into the Core plan would have me spending about $145 a month. $145 for 10 classes at boutique studios sounds worth it as these studios charge an upward of $30 per class but a corporate membership at Equinox wasn’t costing me much more than that, plus I had the option of taking an unlimited amount of classes they offered plus gym time. And can I quickly mention that I love getting ready at Equinox in the mornings?
Over the last 3 weeks I dropped myself from Core to Base (5 classes/mo) and after more thought I dropped down to Go (3 classes/mo). I figured I could treat myself to my favorite studios on Classpass a few times a month while still taking advantage of all the amenities Equinox offered. And then the last day of my current cycle happened and I made the decision to cancel my membership.
Why was I still trying to support the company who raised Unlimited prices drastically and often and then later dropped the option of unlimited memberships? Ultimately it was best that I cut myself off from Classpass.
I still think Classpass is a great way to try classes all over the city and supplement your gym membership but the plans have to work for you. It simply wasn’t enough for what I’m looking for.
Ta-ta for now Classpass!
Hi! I'm Mariel, a thirty-something working & living in Manhattan. I write about my lifestyle in the city, beauty, and wellness! - xo, MM