Does the prospect of joining a gym seem like too much of a commitment? If the trainers don’t inspire and classes are just ho-hum, you might feel like you’re getting a raw deal. As a result, your sneakers sit idle, while monthly payments are sucked from your account… Happily, there’s a brilliant fix to this sitch: gym services that allow you to sample all kinds of classes so you can find the ones you like. No long contracts to sign and zero guilt about not going every week. Check out the following—and we guarantee you’ll find the right workout for you (no sweat!).
This monthly subscription service connects you with a huge network of classes at more than 8,000 gyms and fitness studios across the country and in a handful of international cities. You’ll flip for the diversity of choices (cycling, rowing, strength training, yoga), as well as save time by filtering picks by location, category and gym amenities. And the company has recently launched add-on packs of three classes—so if you really connect with a particular dance routine (Samba!), you can go more often in that month.
Price: Base plan of five classes from $40-$75/month and Core plan of 10 classes from $75-$135/month, depending on location; https://classpass.com/
Lucky ladies in New York and Boston can save over 50% off the drop-in rate for the hottest classes at dozens of popular city gyms and workout studios. Take up to 4 classes at each studio per month, including boxing, barre, cardio dance and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Click to reserve your class 5 to 14 days in advance and search by workout time, date and location. FitReserve is expanding to other markets and is in the process of developing a mobile app—so bookmark their site for updates.
Price: From $55-$59 for three classes per month, depending on the city, to $249 for the platinum package of 20 classes per month;
Like the water? MoveUSA, which began in Britain and recently opened in NYC, Hoboken and White Plains, goes beyond just gyms and studios so you can gain access to pools, too. Start by creating a Movelist with the classes you’d like to try (kettlebells, martial arts, spinning, trampolining), select the locations near you and then book, either online and by phone, depending on the class. If you’re taking it slow (working out less than once a week), you can pay as you go, but the most popular option is ‘Super Active’, which allows unlimited workouts each month at most locations.
Price: From $20/month for pay as you go, up to $240/month for the premium level;
This service makes sure you exercise outside your comfort zone by only allowing you to use their passport at studios you’ve never visited before. So be brave and give pole dancing a try! Or sign up for any of the other hundreds of classes on offer each week, like hot yoga, CrossFit, Tai Chi or indoor cycling. The YF Passport is good for 30 classes, to be taken within a 6 months period—and for each activity you book, review you write or social media share you post, you’ll earn points that can be traded in for prizes and giveaways.
Price: 30 classes for $300;