Chloe Licht is a ClassPass superuser — that means she takes 14 to 15 boutique fitness classes a week.
“I’m not married with kids,” she told me. “I have free time, and I’m sure that what I’m doing is by no means a normal attainable schedule for people with different lifestyles.”
ClassPass gives subscribers like Chloe unlimited access to classes at 1,000 New York fitness studios for $125 a month. A one-off boutique fitness class costs about $35, so by attending 14 classes a week, Chloe spends just $2.25 a class — a steal.
I decided to see if I could be as dedicated — and as financially nimble — as Chloe.
Monday. I signed up for a lunchtime Pure Barre class and a 6 pm high interval training class, As One.
My co-worker Molly was my ClassPass guru this week — part supportive friend and part drill sergeant. Together we did Pure Barre, a manageable mix of pilates and ballet. As One was a boot-camp style class that involved lifting large bags of what felt like concrete behind our heads.
“Why do people do this?” I asked the instructor.
“Results” he said.
Tuesday. I woke up exhausted and sore. I quickly ruled out a morning workout.
ClassPass allows you to sign up for classes a week in advance, starting at noon, and members are obsessive about this. They set reminders on their phones, computers, and get reminders from friends. Molly was my reminder.
At 11:57 am that morning I was walking through the newsroom. I hear Molly:
“Oh my god, what are you doing?” said Molly.
“Um I’m walking?” I answered.
“You have three minutes! You have got to be at your desk!”
In just 24 hours ClassPass became my new social media. I was checking the availability of classes like a Facebook (Tech30) feed. ,
Later that day I signed up for a 5:15 pm restorative yoga class at Naam Yoga. It was just what I needed — close to work, the right time, and easy on the shoulders.
Wednesday. I wanted to take aqua cycling at Aqua Studio NY with Molly, but it was booked. I signed up for Core Fusion Barre at 5:40 pm. I had to meet a friend at 7:45 pm yet found myself wondering if I could fit in another class in between.
If I left Core at 6:25 could I technically make it to yoga by 6:30?
I decided that was a little ambitious, and I didn’t want to risk having to pay the $20 cancellation fee.
The Core Fusion class was packed. The classes are high turnover, high volume, and high intensity. My legs felt like jello afterwards.
Thursday. It was 5 pm and I hadn’t signed up for a class yet. With limited options I was left with Trampolean.
I was expecting this class to be a joke. Jumping around on a trampoline? Come on.
By 6:10 pm I was eating my words and working hard to stay on my 2×2 trampoline.
Friday. Dancebody was the class I was most excited for. I was signed up for the 5:30 pm session. Since I have a dance background I expected to look and feel like a pop star.
What I really looked like was a teenybopper flailing around at a Justin Bieber concert. But the challenge made me want to come back to master the moves.
Saturday. A blizzard hit New York City, and everything in the city was closed. It was a much needed day off.
Sunday. The ClassPass app lets you search classes based on their location and time, and I found a 6:15 pm yoga class at The Three Jewels six blocks from my apartment that was perfect.
At the end of the week I did seven classes, half of what Chloe does regularly. Fourteen classes a week isn’t realistic for someone like me who doesn’t have as much flexibility in their work schedule.
But I got my money’s worth. I spent an average of $18 a class for the week.
I probably won’t keep my membership, but before it expires… there’s still an aqua cycling and a Beyoncé dance class to try.