Wedding Preparation: Exercising with ClassPass
Upon returning to Melbourne and with the lead up to the wedding, I set myself the goal of getting back into fitness and setting a routine. With a new suburb to call home, trialling different studios and classes was key.
Variety was also a top priority. I'm sure all you have experienced a time when you do the same exercises repetitively and you become disinterested and more importantly you don't put in maximum effort. You are not working as hard to keep yourself balanced, upright or in time with the music. I'm not a fan of Bikram yoga for this reason. The class structure never changes. It's the same twenty-six posture series and I don’t find it engaging enough. Though repetition allows postures to be perfected, the challenge to your body and mind diminishes over time.
For variety, choice and simplicity, ClassPass was the way to go. A monthly membership, ClassPass members have access to the best fitness classes, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. With more than a thousand of classes in Melbourne, meant that I was able to choose how I move and create a routine that was right for me. Members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network, and while you can take as many class per month as you'd like, you can visit the same studio up to 3 times per month. To use ClassPass, you simply log in, search through classes on the app or classpass.com website, find a class you want to try and reserve it, simple as that!
Through ClassPass I tried studios that I had wanted to try for a while. Here is my ClassPass experience.
Humming Puppy became my all time favourite yoga studio when I did my first class through ClassPass. I loved it so much I made use of my three classes per studio per month limit there. I did a Unified Hum, a Dynamic Hum and a Deepen Your Hum.
You can read my Humming Puppy post here.
I didn’t know what to expect from the Dance Tone at Dance Dynamics. The class was only thirty minutes, how hard could it be?
It began rapidly, the students followed the fast movements of the dance instructor, learning quick minute long dance routines. With the short combinations mixing different styles of dance including salsa, tango and jazz, the pace was fast and energetic.
Having a dance background, I was expecting to cope, maybe even excel, at my first class, however that was not the case. The combinations were over before I had a chance to pick them up, I was constantly on my toes, my brain in overdrive and I loved it! This was the type of exercise that I enjoy. The type that you don't even realise you're exercising.
Don't be discouraged by the speed and combination of moves. The classes cater to all, with the focus not being on perfecting the dance routine but having fun and moving.
At the end of the thirty minutes, I was sweating profusely and already looking forward to my next Dance Tone class.
I trialled the Barre Beat class. This full body workout used body weight, resistance bands, hand weights, balls along with cardio bursts. It was fun and challenging. We worked towards achieving a long and lean dancer's body, focusing on arms, legs, core and booty burning exercises.
These gorgeous studios are set behind Chapel Street, Prahran, just a stone throw away from ZUMBO's dessert heaven but after going to a class at Studio PP, the last thing I felt like was a macaron. Instead I breezed out of there with an apple and a handful of almonds from the waiting area and a spring in my step.
Next I want to try their reformer class!
Have you tried ClassPass? What was your experience?
Post in collaboration with ClassPass.