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Thanksgiving 2016 Fitness Classes and Workshops – Seattle

I spent a few minutes searching for interesting Thanksgiving Day fitness classes this morning and realized there should be a post about the options.

A few things I noticed:
– The first few which popped up in my search were yoga studio classes/workshops with a focus on being thankful.
– Some of the other studios will be focusing on getting a great work-out before eating a huge meal.
– Many of the studios have picked a non-profit to support and will be hosting a donation-based class/workshop instead of a normal class.

Aditi Yoga & Bodywork (Fremont)
“Join Megan for her 2nd annual special Thanksgiving Day Practice at Aditi. This heart opening slow flow practice will open us up to the energy of the day, welcoming in peace and connecting us with gratitude and thanksgiving. The asana practice will be followed by a long delicious savasana accompanied by a sound bath with crystal singing bowls. Class is all levels.”
When: 9:30am
Cost: Regular class pricing. I found it on ClassPass.
Donation/non-profit: Mom & Baby Benefit Drive (a check or items from their list) for Seattle women’s shelter, Mary’s Place.

Bala Yoga (Kirkland & Fremont)
“Join us for an all levels class in benefit of Yoga Behind Bars – A Seattle based, volunteer powered nonprofit that offers incarcerated people—men, women and youth—the transformative power of yoga as a tool for self-awareness, healing, and a pathway to freedom.”
When: 9:30am in Kirkland and Fremont
Donation: Cash – amount up to you?
Non-profit: Yoga Behind Bars

bFit Bellevue
8:30am Thanksgiving Throwdown
Cost: Regular class pricing? I found it on ClassPass.

Community Fitness – Roosevelt Way
10:45am BodyPump – Thanksgiving Fundraiser
Cost: Not sure. Regular class? Found it on ClassPass!

Corepower Yoga

Eka Yoga (Queen Anne)

FUELHouse (Fremont)
Turkey Day Massacre with Molly – “Every year on Thanksgiving we do one workout as a community. We hope to always maintain this tradition. This year we will be serving up a partner workout that will be very demanding. ”
Cost: Regular class pricing? I found it on ClassPass.

hauteyoga Queen Anne
8:45am Thanksgiving Devotional – “Join Leah for a special 75 minute class on Thanksgiving morning. Give thanks and gratitude for everything we have in our lives, the triumph AND trials. Move through this strong flow, leaving feeling joyful, thankful, and transformed. Start Thanksgiving Day off with your community at hauteyoga Queen Anne!
Cost: $20

Hot Yoga Experience – Issaquah & Sammamish
7:30am Power Class for Thanksgiving
Cost: Looks like a regular class!
ClassPass: Issaquah Studio and Sammamish Studio.

Live Love Flow
9:30am Gratitude Practice (Madison Valley)
9am Gratitude in Motion – PureCycle for Northwest Harvest (Capitol Hill)
10am Gratitude in Motion – Flow  for Northwest Harvest (Capitol Hill)
Donation: $20+
Non-profit: Northwest Harvest
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/249549165443144/

Ritual House of Yoga
9-10:30a Jivamukti Devotional Vinyasa: led by Erika Ramberg
Cost: regular drop-in or membership
11a-12p Donation Vinyasa: led by Aubrey Jenkins
Non-profit: STREET YOGA
Pre-registration is recommended and open online. Email info@ritualhouseseattle.com with any questions.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430926886921494/

Sweat Equity (Bellevue)
9am Lose a Turkey Workout
Cost: Regular drop-in or membership. I found it on ClassPass!

Yogabliss (Mercer Island)
Description: Practice of Gratitude – Thanksgiving Day
8am & 9:30am Hot Fusion
8:30am Power Vinyasa
10am Vinyasa
11:30am BlissBarre
Donation: $25+
Non-profit: Mercer Island Youth and Family Services

Xtra Fitness (Bothell)
9am Turkey Bootcamp Special
“Burn those Thanksgiving calories before you ever sit down at the table.”
Cost: Looks like it’s a regular class. I found it on ClassPass!

Know about any others? Please leave a comment, tweet me, or send me an email!

Inna

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ClassPass Adventures (March 1-15, 2016)

Class: Pilates Chairs & Towers
Studio: 5 Elements Fitness
Instructor: Mary Herzog
City: Mercer Island, WA
Thoughts: My last couple of classes at this studio were surprise private sessions so they ended up not really matching the class description. The interesting thing I noticed this time was the difference in teaching styles of two teachers I like (Kerri and Mary). The difference: Mary talks much more so while I was able to have a long conversation with Kerri during my private session (while also working out) I only really chatted with Mary before and after the class.

Class: Vinyasa Flow
Studio: Metier Racing & Coffee (my first visit!!!)
Instructor: Sarah Ilgenfritz
City: Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
Thoughts: I love the space! It’s a cafe, bike shop, and fitness studio. I took a Saturday morning class and it took me quite a while to get there so I enjoyed a small almond milk mocha before the yoga class. The yoga class was relaxing and challenging. I liked that it wasn’t heated because I didn’t want to need a shower after. I am looking forward to checking out more of their classes!

Class: Ass Blast
Studio: David Barton Gym (my first visit!!!)
Instructor: Ryan Carver
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA

My first @davidbartongymbellevue @davidbartongym experience! LOVED the "ass blast" class (even though I couldn't get myself to say the name to the front desk guy and just showed him the class description in the @classpass app… he said it and chuckled). Ryan Carver did a great job explaining exactly what we were supposed to do and focused on explaining proper form. The facility is cool but a bit of a mess (dirty towels all over the locker room and overflowing garbage bins). They said they are having hot water issues this week so I was glad I wanted but didn't really need a shower🚿 after class. Will I go back? Yep. Why? It's a convenient location and the class exhausted me (in a good way). I'd like to also check out the machines and find the sauna… Bonus⭐️: I just noticed the #microsoft sign in the window. Nice. 🙂 #yelpbellevue

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Class: Dailey Express
Studio: The Dailey Method – Mercer Island
Instructor: Julie Mock
City: Mercer Island, WA

Class: TUM Boot Camp
Studio: The Union Method
Instructor: Alyssa Schnitzius
City: Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Thoughts: This class kicked my butt! I was a little more careful this time than last time I took this class because I injured a weird chest muscle last time.

Class: TUM Pilates Mat with Props
Studio: The Union Method
Instructor: Nariman Sraieldin
City: Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Thoughts: I took this class about 15 minutes after the boot camp class. Guess I was a bit inspired that evening!! I really enjoyed the class (and the instructor’s Australian accent!!) but struggled with some ab exercises because we did a lot of ab work at the end of the boot camp class.

Class: Disco Inferno! Power Yoga/Boot Camp 60
Studio: Firehouse Hot Yoga (my first visit!!!)
City: Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

Totally forgot to post this after Friday's 60-minute heated Power Yoga + Bootcamp class at #FirehouseHotYoga in #KirklandWA! The studio was way nicer than I expected based on the exterior (this was my first visit) and the bootcamp parts were super challenging. I didn't have time for a full shower after class because it was the last class of the day (yoga teachers want to go home/out, too😉) but I was thankful for the quick rinse. Will I go back? Yes!! We had a substitute teacher on Friday so I want to experience what that class is normally like and I also want to check out some of their other classes. 💕 #classpass #classpassSEA #classpassSEATTLE #classpassambassador #kirkland #seattleyoga #kirklandyoga #seattlelife #loveisallyouneed #seattlefitness #yoga #yogaclass #yogastudio #yogalife #fridaynight #totemlake #yelpseattle #activelynw #yogilife #fitness #fitfam

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Class: CP Cardio Sculpt 2
Studio: Club Pilates
Instructor: Nikki Adams
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA
Thoughts: Nikki is my favorite Club Pilates instructor! Their classes seem a bit more relaxing than a lot of the classes I take but they’re still challenging and leave me feeling good…

Class: Fly 45
Studio: Flywheel – Bellevue
Instructor: Chelsea Wyles
City: Downtown Bellevue, WA
Thoughts: Great experience! Chelsea has been added to my list of favorite Flywheel instructors. ;)

Class: Fly 45
Studio: Flywheel – South Lake Union
Instructor: Stephanie Propper
City: South Lake Union/Cascade, Seattle, WA
Thoughts: I loved this class because I hit 222 total power! I was really good about hitting 200+ every time for a while so this was just a little bit better, but recently I’ve been stuck around the 180’s so getting over 200 again felt great. It’ll take me a while to get a new personal record because I totally kicked butt at my first class (total power: 305). I’m guessing the lunch-time energy of the Seattle studio (next to Amazon offices) was a bit more intense than the Sunday morning class I usually take in Bellevue…

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February 2016 ClassPass Adventures

I still have a couple of days to take classes this week and have a few February classes I really want to write/think about, so that’s where I’m going to start.

What is ClassPass? It’s a fitness studio membership that includes hundreds of studios (in a bunch of different cities/states/countries) instead of just one. You can take as many classes as you want (use the website or app to sign up for classes) but you are limited to three classes per month per studio/brand. Example: Pure Barre has a few studios in the Seattle area and I’m limited to 3 PB classes per month, even if each class is at a different location. I love it because it means my one membership covers three studios next to my apartment and many others that I would normally not visit because I would have to either pay a drop-in fee (ouch!) or keep track of a bunch of passes good for 5-10 classes. Plus, I enjoy learning about different businesses and love that now I get to check out several new-to-me fitness studios every month without having to pay extra for visiting studios in neighborhoods I don’t normally spend time in.

If you’d like to join ClassPass, my Ambassador link makes your first month $25 cheaper! (Click here. :)) If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me (@innab) on Instagram or Twitter.

On to the fun part… class reflections and reviews!

Class: Joe’s Tower Class
Studio: Nancy Wallace Pilates in Bellevue, WA

I love #Pilates so I'm not sure why it took me such a long time to visit @nancy_wallace_pilates (they're next to #BellevueSquare/@bellevuecollection). Finding the studio door took more time than expected because it is somewhat hidden in a parking lot but I eventually spotted it. The receptionist was on the phone when I walked in so the paperwork and stuff also took longer than expected, but the rest of my first visit was good. I've taken a lot of Pilates classes so I was familiar with most of the exercises we did but the routine was definitely more physically challenging than some other more relaxing Pilates classes I've taken recently. #classpass #classpassSEA #classpassSEATTLE #classpassambassador #nancywallacepilates #bellevue #bellevuewa #downtownbellevue #seattlefitness #seattlelife #groupfitness #fitness #yelpseattle #yelpbellevue

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Class: Apparatus Fundamentals
Studio: Kinesia Pilates
Instructor: Christl Marcontell

Thoughts: I discovered this studio several years ago, when they were in a different location in Pioneer Square and I still lived in Seattle. I fell in love with Pilates thanks to my first mat class and started taking their mat Pilates class three times a week. A few months later I was 20 pounds lighter and still in love, but decided to give up my unlimited pass because I was moving from Seattle to Kirkland. In 2014 or 2015 they moved into the Salt Room Yoga studio and I was able to start occasionally taking their classes again because I joined fitmob/ClassPass. In 2016 they got their own space again and I started taking more apparatus classes because they were available and a better fit for my schedule. I still love the classes and Christl is definitely my favorite instructor. I haven’t seen Jordan in several months but also enjoyed her classes because they felt like a challenge but also like a massage. I also occasionally also take Gay’s class and they’re definitely good, but I feel like I click more with the other instructors (and they don’t intimidate me…).
The studio: Their 2016 studio has a retail section in the front, a couple of curtained off changing areas, and a restroom in the back.

Class: Express Group Training
Studio: Serious About Fitness in Redmond, WA

Thoughts: They don’t have group fitness classes but they always manage to kick my butt with the work-outs they have me do. I also get more done than I would going to a gym by myself because there’s a trainer telling me what to do and occasionally checking up on me. I’ve been here twice and they usually have me do some cardio, some weights, and some ab work. The facility has a bathroom, a locker room, and (thankfully) a shower.

Class: Beginner Pole Dancing Workshop
Studio: Divine Movement in Kirkland, WA
Instructor: Suzannah Calvery? Except the scheduled instructor didn’t show up and we had a (wonderful) last-minute person lead the class…

Thoughts: I was in the mood to step outside my comfort zone and try something new, so I was really happy when I spotted this class on the schedule. I have never taken any kind of pole dancing class, however, so I was nervous. I spent a few minutes looking over their (very positive!) Yelp reviews and eventually decided it was definitely time to stop thinking and click the “reserve class” button in the ClassPass app. The beginning of the experience was a bit weird because of the industrial location, the windows you couldn’t look into, and the missing teacher… but thankfully the other instructor who was able to step in at the last minute turned it all around. I loved the ~40-minute Pilates (they called it yoga) style warm-up in the beginning and all the dancing, crawling, etc. we did during the rest of class. It was all very… body positive. Relaxed atmosphere and all that. I was kind of sad when it had to end and I had to leave! I haven’t had a change to take any more of their classes but I am *really* glad they’re on ClassPass and I convinced myself to check out that workshop.

Class: Warm Vinyasa and Yoga Tune Up
Studio: Be One Yoga in Kirkland, WA
Instructor: Thang Nguyen

A bunch of high school students wanted to study with their tutor (aka my sweetie) this evening so I decided to check out a new-to-me #yoga class/studio. I liked both of the evening class options #BeOneYoga had available on @classpass (60-minute warm vinyasa and 90-minute "tune up" pressure point massage yoga, 30-minute break in between) today so I signed up for both. New experience: Staying for the next class at a studio instead of leaving after one class! The classes: I liked getting introduced to a couple new moves in the #vinyasa class (can't remember them now 😔) and enjoyed the class in general. I love that they had cold lavender(?)-scented towels for students at the end of the heated class (handed out during #shavasana to anyone who didn't decline by placing their hand on their chest). The "tune up" class tested my patience (felt bored and wanted to leave every few minutes for 90 minutes) but I am slowly starting to feel the physical benefits of that class. The studio: Nice and clean. I like the women's locker room! Hooray showers. #classpass #classpassSEA #classpassSEATTLE #classpassambassador #yogaclass #yogastudio #kirkland #kirklandwa #seattlefitness #seattlelife #pnwlife #yogalife #k5winter #seattleyoga #kirklandyoga

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Class: Fly 45
Studio: Flywheel Bellevue
Instructor: Mat Koelsch, Asher Dickson

Thoughts: Mat is probably my favorite Flywheel instructor so far but I also recently enjoyed Asher’s class. I looooove Flywheel because it’s really challenging but not as difficult for me as something like running. I love the dark room, the loud music, the instructor guidance. Sometimes I let the instructor guide me and sometimes I do my own thing. Sometimes I walk out exhausted and sometimes I walk out energized. Every time I walk out super sweaty and ready for a shower.
Studio: Big! I love the retail area and frequently check for sales because the items to be pretty expensive. They have 2 showers and I always shower after class.
Bonus: I love their iPhone app! It’s interesting to be able to look at the numbers from my last class and from every other class I’ve taken at Flywheel. So far this is the only ClassPass partner studio app that I’ve downloaded.

Class: Hot Hatha
Studio: We Yoga Co

Thoughts: I don’t know if I’ll ever love Bikram style classes but I love how I feel after. I think the heat has a lot to do with it but the poses are probably also important. The class I took here flew by unusually quickly and left me wanting to take another one soon. Hope I have a good other/second reason to visit the U-District again soon (this time it was a movie screening with Yelp friends).
Studio: Big! Lockers and showers. Adorable studio puppy!! Next to the U-District Trader Joe’s.

Looking forward to checking out some other new classes and studios in March! Looks like the first new experience will be a Vinyasa Flow class at Metier Racing & Coffee

Life Updates! Engaged, ClassPass Ambassador, iPhone 6S, Tahoe.

I guess life got a little bit crazy in September (last post: 9/1)!

The things that come to mind:

1. Nels and I got engaged!!! Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.13.11 AM

2. ClassPass asked me to join their new Ambassador team! (Join now and save $25)Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.12.30 AM.png

3. I got the new iPhone 6S! This may seem silly but it’s a big thing for someone who loves her phone. ;)

4. Nels and I visited family near Lake Tahoe!Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 10.12.03 AM.png

WHOA!

A lot of other things have happened since, and the biggest is probably the end of my contract with the mobile advertising company that was my main client for the last two and a half years. I’m very thankful for the experience and love the team I worked with, but I feel like the contract ended at the perfect time for me because I’m ready to focus on other projects. Monday, Feb. 29, was my last day and this past week was absolutely crazy. I’m hoping things get a little more peaceful because I wasn’t expecting things to stay at about the same level of crazy when I said good-bye to one of my jobs!

Anyway… a few goals for this blog:

If you’d like to check out what I’m up to today (and chat!), here are a few places where I’m super active: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (just started!), and Yelp (mostly check-ins, photos, events… need to start frequently writing reviews again).

Classpass Downtown Bellevue (Part 1)

In late February I started taking a lot of classes at a lot of different fitness studios, so I think it’s time to write some blog posts about my experiences at the different studios. Did I get to take the classes for free? Nope. I joined Classpass.

What is Classpass? It’s a boutique fitness studio membership to a bunch of fitness studios instead of just one. You are limited to 3 visits per month per studio*, but I haven’t had a problem with that yet because they have SO many studio partners. It costs $79 per month in the Seattle area and about $99 in some other markets (like San Francisco). They frequently offer trials like “first week free” so make sure to look for one before you join (if you decide to join). I normally use their iPhone app to find and reserve my spot in classes, but you can also do it on their website. It sounds like they’re also working on an Android app.

*Studios with several locations are a little different. For example: Pure Barre has quite a few locations in the Seattle area, but I can’t take 3 classes at the Bellevue studio and then 3 classes at the Capitol Hill studio. I’m limited to 3 total Pure Barre classes per month.

Pure Barre BellevuePure Barre Equipment!

Pure Barre Bellevue: I’ve taken about 30 classes at this studio because it was one of the most convenient studios for me while I was a fitmobber (Classpass acquired fitmob a few months ago). My favorite teacher is Hannah Tripp and I’m not sure if it’s because she was my first PB teacher or just because she’s awesome. I remember getting my butt kicked at the first class (didn’t feel sore the next day, though) and feeling like this studio was a “fitness factory” (in a good way) because they had another class right after the one I took. I still can’t get myself to be off my knees for the entire plank section, but I’ll keep coming back and trying… maybe it’ll happen someday! One of my favorite things about Pure Barre right now is that while many of the exercises are different each class, I’m familiar with the basic outline and know what to expect. Something else… a few months ago, a yoga teacher mentioned that she doesn’t like barre because in her experience they talk too much about heels and bikini bodies. I said that was interesting because while I’ve heard some things like that, the Pure Barre phrase I’ve heard much more frequently is: “You can do this. You are stronger than you think.”
Do you need to bring anything special? They really want you to wear sticky socks (though sometimes I just wear regular short socks and don’t have problems with slipping). They sell Pure Barre sticky socks for about $12 a pair.
Studio: One changing room. Plenty of storage “baskets.” Bathroom is in the main part of the building (so you have to go outside to reach it). Nice retail area. No windows in the classroom.

 barre3 Bellevue

Barre3 Bellevue: I love the location (+ nice view!) and the one super challenging class I’ve taken so far. My boyfriend’s teaching/tutoring schedule changed around the same time I transitioned to Classpass so I sadly haven’t made it to any more classes here yet. This wasn’t my first barre3 class, though. I first learned about barre3 when they had a Yelp Elite event at their Kirkland location about a year ago. My legs were sore for daaays after that class!
Do you need to bring anything special? Nope!
Studio: I believe there’s a shower in the bathroom. Love all the natural light in the studio. I don’t have kids, but noticed that they have a little daycare play-space area.


Flywheel BellevueFlywheel Bellevue: Their 45-minute cycling class was the first class that I’ve taken that really drained me! I have no idea how I made it to their shower (so glad they have them!) because I wasn’t really able to do much physically or mentally after. Had to eat and take a nap just to get close to feeling normal! I was actually too nervous to take that class again after that experience and only signed up for my second Flywheel class because for some reason fitmob had a different class description that looked “safe” because it wasn’t That Class. I was really glad that happened, though, because I loved (most of) my second class and left feeling fabulous and full of energy. I definitely still have moments of “why did I sign up for this?!?!?” during class but by the end I’m happy I got through it and usually feel fantastic. Note: My total power the first time was about 300 and since then I’ve been hitting ~200. Also, their app is great! Love all the stats.
Do you need to bring anything special? Water is a really good idea, but not something I’d consider “special.” They have a spot to refill your bottle if it’s empty. They also provide cycling shoes, towels, and pretty much everything you’ll need for a quick shower.
Studio: Big! At least 2 showers. Plenty of bathrooms. Plenty of lockers. Nice retail area ($$$).

Pilates Plus

Pilates Plus

Pilates Plus: I have walked by this studio dozens of times and love Pilates, so I was REALLY happy to see them on Classpass. I enjoyed my first class (though the Megaformer still intimidates me!) and got way sweatier than I expected, but the second class… Don’s class… was the one that really got me hooked. I wasn’t sure I’d like him at first because he doesn’t look like the boutique studio teachers I’m used to (first impression was… football coach/HS gym teacher?) but his class was great and very challenging.
Do you need to bring anything special? I don’t think you really need to bring a towel (they suggest it) but something like a small pack of body wipes is a good idea. I am always surprised by how sweaty I get during their classes!
Studio: It’s a room with a small waiting area and about eight Megaformers. They do have a bathroom!

Club Pilates

Club Pilates

Club Pilates: I’ve loved Pilates for a while but apparently considered this location a little more “out of the way” compared to Pilates Plus, so I didn’t sign up for one of their classes until I reached my PS limit. I ended up really enjoying my first class and was excited to sign up for my second! The two classes were very different (including the equipment used) but each was challenging. The one odd thing about this studio is that the reception area, storage cubbies, and bathroom are actually in the back room. I am pretty sure I confused a student or teacher-in-training when I came in and started talking about Classpass and how it was my first time at this studio. ;)
Do you need to bring anything special? Nope.
Studio: Good size. Bathroom is in the back.

Old + new BellevueIn the studio

Shakti Vinyasa Yoga East: This is another one of those studios that I’ve been noticing for years and was really happy to see on fitmob/Classpass. Why didn’t I take a class earlier? I don’t live/work in the area, drop-in classes are usually expensive, and carrying fitness clothes with me almost all the time is a new practice for me. I believe I’ve taken 2 classes here so far and have been pretty happy with the experiences. My first class was a 90-minute class and I was really surprised that it flew by.
Do you need to bring anything special? Yoga mat and towel if you’d like to take a shower after class. They have both available for rent for $2 each. The showers have the basic necessities.
Studio: Bigger than I expected! Natural light in the classroom. Men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and bathrooms. Good retail area.

The Yoga Element

The Yoga Element: I was surprised when I found out this studio is basically in the same building as Pure Barre Bellevue! I love the location and am happy to have the opportunity to finally check out Bikram type yoga. One of my friends loved the style so much she actually became a Bikram instructor a few years ago (though I think she’s focusing more on her IT day job right now). Anyway… the class had some poses I’m familiar with and a lot of stuff that I’ve never encountered before. It was interesting. The one part of class that drove me nuts was the… sort-of savasana. I’m used to savasana being the nice and relaxing end of class, so I was pretty shocked to discover that it could be the brief break in-between difficult exercises (don’t remember what they were). I’m really looking forward to visiting this studio again.
Do you need to bring anything special?  Yoga mat + shower towel + mat towel. They have each item available for rent (probably about $2 each).
Studio: BIG! Locker rooms. Multiple classrooms. Windows/natural light. Quite a bit of art.

Downtown Bellevue studios that I haven’t made it to yet:
1. 24 Hour Fitness (gym time)
2. David Barton Gym (gym time & classes)
3. FlyBarre
4. CorePower Yoga
5. bFit
6. Sweat Equity

If you’d like to chat and/or see more frequent updates, find me (@innab) on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Yelp. :)

fitmob and Classpass!

I’ve been trying to focus much more on health and fitness in recent years, and I think I’ve finally found an exercise program/membership that works for me!

I heard about fitmob and Classpass when they launched in the Seattle area in late 2014 but for some reason didn’t think about them much until late February 2015 (when I decided to pick one and start a trial). I liked that fitmob had a local Instagram account and seemed like a smaller company than Classpass (cool thing if you love helping small businesses and start-ups!), so I decided to create my fitmob account and sign up for a 7am class the next day.

Fitmob didn’t have as many studio partners as Classpass, but it wasn’t a big deal because we had unlimited access to most of the studios (Flywheel had a “once a week” limit). Immediately I set a “five or more classes per week” goal for myself and I am still hitting my goal most weeks. It’s not that hard to reach 5 if you always at least try to find a way to fit 2-3 classes into one day. ;)

I love how fitness class exploration fits so well with my hobby of checking out different local businesses (the Yelp app is one of my favorite apps… and not just because I was a Yelp intern once upon a time!) and posting about them on social media. Also, the location flexibility makes a lot of sense for me because I work remotely and frequently from coffee shops and libraries in different neighborhoods/cities because I don’t want to sit at home all the time (and a few other reasons). It’s easy to take classes next to my apartment early in the morning, but being able to take classes at studios near wherever I happen to be at noon and 5pm make more sense for the rest of the day. It’s also for some reason fun to sneak in a class between work and an event (my favs: tech, start-up, foodie) in whichever neighborhood the event is in! Also, I really like the variety (cycling! HIIT! yoga! different style of yoga! mat pilates! equipment pilates! barre! boot camp! kickboxing!) because it keeps things a bit more interesting.

Other great things…
– The requirement to sign up for classes and the flake/no-show fee actually really help. My (now old) gym had no registration option for classes, so it was much easier for me to talk myself out of waking up early or showing up even if I got home in time to make it to a class.
– I lost 5-10 pounds in my first 1-2 months! This was SUPER exciting because while I’m not close to my goal yet, those were pounds that I had re-gained when I tried the “full-time yoga studio membership” experiment. Pilates 3x a week was so much better for me than yoga 3-5x a week. I haven’t lost much since then, but I haven’t yet done a great job adjusting what and how much I eat/drink. Also, I just recently introduced HIIT and “boot camp” classes.

ANYWAY… the subject mentions Classpass but I said I picked fitmob. What happened? Classpass acquired fitmob a couple months ago and I switched platforms on June 2nd.

How was my first month as a Classpass member? I miss one thing about the fitmob app’s map view, the local Instagram account, and visiting Pure Barre Bellevue ~4 times a week (in part because they were the first to learn my name… feeling of community)… but it was fantastic!! My favorite things: Having access to even more great studios and stalking #classpass on Instagram and Twitter. The “3x a month” studio limit hasn’t been a problem so far because there are so many studio options and I only have so much time to dedicate to classes.

Next post will be about which studios I’ve visited so far. I don’t want to do one post per studio so I’ll probably split them up a bit by location.

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First class – Bala Yoga in Kirkland, WA