My best workouts are classes – spin, yoga, bootcamp, you name it – I just get a better experience from when there’s an encouraging instructor blasting great music.
Thank goodness for ClassPass! It launched in DC earlier this month and allows you to access some of the top studios in the city for $99 per month. There are so many classes in their network that you’ll never run out of options. When I first got wind of it coming to the district, I got super excited.
The lovely folks at ClassPass gave me a complimentary 1 month membership, so I used my first week to dive right in and check out studios I had never visited. I’m the type that when I find something I really like (workouts included), I stick with it, so it was nice to have an excuse to venture outside my comfort zone.
Here’s what my first week looked like:
Class 1: Barre at My Thrive Pilates in Shirlington
This class was an easy pick. I had already done cardio in the morning, so I wanted a good toning class as my evening workout and this place is right around the corner from me. It’s an intimate setting – I think there were 5 or 6 people in my class – and very welcoming. It was also much more laid back than other barre classes I’ve attended, so if you’re a barre newbie and concerned about an intimidating atmosphere, no need to be scared here. The instructor picked fun music and I got a great sweat on.
Class 2: Gentle Yoga at JOURNEYoga
My muscles were aching from all the tucks and plies the day before, so the next day I opted for a Body Ride class at Revolve (not using my ClassPass) followed by a gentle yoga class at JOURNEYoga in Arlington. One of my good friends got her yoga teacher certification here, so I trusted it would be a good class and it didn’t disappoint. The class started AND ended in savasana, which is always a good sign in my book. I left feeling much more relaxed and ready to take on the day.
Class 3: Lunchtime Power Hour at Epic Yoga
Okay, so this wasn’t my first time at Epic Yoga, but it was my first time at JRINK Juicery, the new juice joint attached to the studio. After a great lunchtime pick-me-up yoga practice with April (which included honking cabbies, a crazy downpour, and a leaking roof…but more about that later), I treated myself to two yummy JRINK beverages: Build Me Up (raw almond, cinnamon, vanilla, agave) and Cheer Me Up (raw hazelnut, cacao, gave). They were heavenly! A very welcome addition to a rainy day.
Class 4: Pure Barre Alexandria
I jumped on the barre groupie girl train awhile ago, first with a class at Biker Barre and more recently at Xtend Barre and Thrive Pilates, so I didn’t hesitate to check out Pure Barre’s studio in Old Town Alexandria. The instructor, Jamie, showed me around the studio and verbally walked me through the workout before class, which I found to be really helpful. I did wayyyyy more tucks in this class than any other barre class I’ve taken. Oh, and LOTS of ab work (my favorite!). This was a top-notch barre workout. I’ll be coming back soon.
Whew! What a first week. I’m loving ClassPass so far and can’t wait to figure out what I’ll try next.
Are you using ClassPass? What have been your favorite workouts?