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ClassPass Fitness Adventures

On Sunday morning, I got one of the most awesome workouts I’ve had in quite awhile. My friend Karen and I decided to hit up the CorePower Yoga in Georgetown for their Heated Power Yoga with Weights.

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I first checked out this studio over a year ago and remembered LOVING it (if only it weren’t in Georgetown – kind of hard to get to!), so when I saw it listed on ClassPass as a participating studio I was pumped.

Have you guys heard of ClassPass? It’s basically an all-access pass to your city’s best boutique fitness studios. The DC area membership is $99 per month on a month-to-month, cancel anytime basis (thank you to the DC team for giving me one free month to trial it!), and with your membership you get access to all the classes at the participating studios. As of now, there are 73 studios participating in DC/VA/MD. Considering most area studios have $15-$25 drop in fees per class, if you go to more than 5 or 6 classes per month, you’ll already be saving money.

Anyway! CorePower Yoga offers an awesome first week free deal to new students, so I asked Karen if she’d be up to join me for the adventure. We have yoga + coffee dates at least a couple times a month, and I love them!

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The Heated Power Yoga with Weights class was packed and just as insanely awesome as I remember it being. I can’t believe I hadn’t gone back sooner! Karen and I were both sweating profusely and grinning ear to ear. The workout was fast paced and hard but loud, upbeat music and a great instructor made it awesome. Great total body workout! I’d highly recommend this class if you’re already relatively fit and looking to mix it up. Super fun!

Karen and I originally planned to just grab coffee after but we were both so ravenous after the epic workout that we decided to do brunch, too! We grabbed lattes at Baked & Wired (<—awesome) and took a short stroll along the pretty Georgetown canal to cool down.

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From there, we headed to Le Pain Quotidien and annihilated some omelets. #nom

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The other ClassPass adventure I had this week was last night! I was working out of the UberOffices and had plans to meet my friend Jackie for dinner at 7:30 at Kramerbooks, so I decided to pack workout clothes and try out a new studio beforehand. After looking around on ClassPass I decided to check out the 6 p.m. pilates class at Fuse Pilates in Dupont. My college friend Sarah has been talking up Fuse Pilates for awhile so I was excited to check it out!

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Their studio was in a cute row house and is 4 floors. We were on the top floor for the class, which I enjoyed! Good instructor and good class – they let the students pick what 3 body parts to focus on for each class, and ours chose arms, lower abs, and obliques. Oof! Pilates isn’t my #1 favorite workout in the world but it’s good to mix it up every once in awhile, and those small, tiny movements are sooo tough. Hello, burn! It worked out well, too, because even though it was tough, there was no cardio component so I didn’t sweat and was able to change back into my work clothes and head to dinner after with no problem.

Speaking of dinner, I’d like to share that my dinner was a big beet salad… and a HUGE plate of black bean nachos. Because being healthy means you aren’t always healthy, friends. Remember that! :) It was exactly what I wanted and it hit.the.spot.

As for today – I’m enjoying a much needed exercise-free rest day and trying to stay warm – it’s frigid out there! Have a good one, friends!

What new-to-you workout have you tried lately? Did you like it?

Comments

  1. 1

    I’m anxiously waiting for ClassPass to come to Philly but I did just buy a giftcard for Christmas for my brother’s girlfriend who lives in NYC! I think she’s really going to love it. And I believe they just announced you can use your passes in all participating cities which is really cool!

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    The last time I had Le Pain Quotidien was in Greenwich! I love it. And I really miss the Northeast!

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    I’m always colder on days I don’t work out as well! Need that sweat to get my temperature up! :)

  4. 5

    I’ve been really interested in class pass and am glad to here your take! I think next month this is going to be something that has to happen!

    http://happyandundignified.blogspot.com/

  5. 6

    I haven’t really tried any new fitness activities lately. I tend to stick to my tired and true strength training workouts but this is such a good reminder to mix it up and try new things! Great message about eating what you want and being “unhealthy” sometimes to be healthy. Practiced that this weekend :D makes for a balanced life!

  6. 7

    Cool! There is a Core Power Yoga in Austin I have been debating trying.

  7. 8

    I’ve been so intrigued by ClassPass. How much have you liked it this far? Have you liked it enough to spend your own money on it after your free gifted month is over? I’m so tempted, but I don’t really want to give up my membership to the Y (which I have for pool access) to do ClassPass, particularly when only a handful of the participating studios are convenient to my office or home.

    • 9

      I just started using it on Saturday so I don’t know yet if I’ll continue on, but so far I really like it. User friendly system – it’s awesome if only to be able to see a big list of workouts all in one place! That said, I need to decide if I’d mix it up from my usual favorites enough to make it worthwhile! I’ve really liked all the dupont studio options since I work near there now. That said, if there aren’t many studios near where you live/work it might not be worth it to you! Regarding pools, though, aren’t DC ones free to residents?

      • 10

        Yes they are, which I definitely took advantage of when I was a DC resident! But I moved to Arlington a few years ago, and the Y’s pool in Dupont area is walking distance from my office, whereas none of the Arlington pools are. :-(

        • 11

          Ahh, bummer. Arlington needs to get way more pools. I’m also dying for an outdoor public lap pool in the summers that doesn’t require a $$$$$ private full pool membership!

  8. 12

    Never heard of that! Sounds pretty awesome though—gosh anything to avoid running outside now right? I’m dying in this cold!!!

    LOVE beet salad–beets are the magical veggie that everyone can identify..but won’t ever dare to try hah. Take care!

  9. 13

    I’ve never heard of power yoga with weights! That sounds amazing. I love yoga but sometimes I would like that increased challenge with some strength. I’m going to look if there’s something like that in my area.

  10. 14

    I just moved to Chicago and was excited to try out ClassPass until I realized what it cost. It’s definitely not unreasonable for everything you get with it, but I am still looking for a job here so it’s a little out of the budget right now. I am definitely going to keep it on my list of things to investigate once I’m not in this weird life limbo :)

  11. 15

    Well now i need to go try that yoga class! So awesome!!!

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    I love ClassPass! I’ve heard so much about it– such a clever idea! What a lovely omelette yum!

  13. 17

    ClassPass sounds super. Great idea!

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    I absolutely love ClassPass! I’ve been going 6 days a week, which comes out to about $4 per class, instead of the usual $20ish (or even $30 in the case of Barry’s Bootcamp). It’s been really invigorating to change things up and try new places and workouts. Lots of the places are so small that you get a lot of personal attention.

    That said, there are a few things that everyone should be aware of before signing up —

    1. You can only go up to 3 times to any specific studio per month. This forces you to try new places but can also be a bummer if you find something you really like.

    2. There is a $20 cancellation fee if you cancel a class (or don’t show up) less than 24 hours beforehand. It’s good in terms of motivation but crappy if you really truly can’t make it.

    3. Classes can fill up quickly, and many studios only offer some of their classes to ClassPass members. Getting a popular class right after work can be tough occasionally. Spots open up at noon 7 days prior, so I have a reminder to sign up every day at noon. It’s not too bad.

    In summary — I *thought* I was already in shape, but these classes have been killer and lots of fun. Highly, highly recommended!

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    Jenny Paxton says

    That is probably my all time favorite yoga class, but even their second location in Glover Park a little hard to get to. You reminded me to work it in soon however :)

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      I wish they would open a location somewhere metro accessible! :) Going back reminded me that this class was awesome enough to deal with getting to Georgetown/Glover Park for, though…

  16. 23

    ClassPass is amazing, I’m glad someone is finally talking about it!

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    Do you find the classes you want are always booked? That’s how it feels in NYC but I wonder if it’s easier in DC!

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