Welcome back to my little corner of the internet! Since a lot of you have likely made personal health and wellness goals for the New Year, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the workout program that I’ve been incorporating. Now before you click away, no this isn’t a Muti-level Marketing ploy to get you signed up to become some kind of health and wellness coach. This is an honest, unsponsored review of ClassPass Live. All the opinions stated here are truly my own. I gain nothing from sharing this with you besides informing you of what options are out there. With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s begin.
What is ClassPass Live?
I stumbled across ClassPass Live purely by accident. Thanks, Facebook ads! In the past, I had been a ClassPass member but I thought the membership of $99 was steep and I could only go to my favorite classes once a month. I ended up finding my favorite yoga studio from ClassPass and then subsequently, just started a membership there instead. Alas after $79 Yoga membership fees, having to leave my house and limited fitness options at the studio, I decided to terminate my membership for a more affordable and convenient fitness routine that offered more variety. Enter ClassPass Live.
It was exactly what I was looking for. Taken directly from the website, “Now you can experience the energy of a studio class from anywhere! ClassPass Live offers both live interactive workout experiences and on-demand interactive classes as well. You can connect to a class and see your real-time metrics on screen.”
How does it work?
So I’m sure you’re wondering, how exactly does this work? With your ClassPass Live subscription you also receive a Starter Kit that includes a Chromecast and a Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor. Pair the heart rate monitor to your phone. Download the ClassPass app and then click on videos.
As long as you have Chromecast set up on your television, you should be able to cast the videos from the app to your TV and your heart rate monitor information such as BPM, Calories burned, and rank in the class will all be available on-screen. Rank is based on staying in your target heart rate to get points. So now that you know what it is, I’m going to tell you what I think about it. Let’s start with the good.
The one-time start-up fee, although a little pricier because of the Chromecast and Heart rate monitor is $79. However, if you already have a Chromecast the start-up fee is just $49. And then the subsequent monthly fee is $19. Which is less than I have paid at any gym or boutique yoga studio to date. It also beats the cost of any Orange Theory (approx. $35/session) or similar HIIT training studio. And since the platform is fairly new, they are currently offering a free trial month. Pay upfront and if you hate it, send everything back for a full refund. You really have got nothing to lose!
With Houston traffic, I have a hard time motivating myself to traipse across town to get my sweat on. With a platform like this, you can take it virtually anywhere! I love being able to roll out of bed and put on my leggings and be ready to crush a workout. I can choose when I workout. whether I’m super ambitious at 5 am or I finally get after it at 10 pm. If you live in an apartment though, I would refrain from a super late or super early workout unless you live on the bottom floor. No one wants to hear you stomping at wee hours in the morning or late at night.
Lots of Variety
I get bored easily when it comes to my fitness routine. If things stay the same too long, I eventually quit. I can’t handle monotony. There is no monotony with this platform.
Workout videos are broken down by Cardio with subcategories of HIIT Full Body, HIIT Upper Body, HIIT Lower Body, HIIT Abs, Kickboxing (a personal favorite), Boxing, and Dance. And then the Stength category with subcategories of Full Body, Upper Body, Lower Body. There are also categories for express workouts (less than 15 minutes) and Mind and Body (Barre and Yoga).
Each workout is around 30 minutes and I honestly don’t feel like I could do more. My typical workout split is 3 Strength workouts and 2 Cardio workouts a week. (M: Upper Body, T: Kickboxing, W: Lower Body Th: Kickboxing F: Abs). Each workout I typically burn about 200-400 calories and sweat a lot.
Competition is what drives me and that’s one of the reasons I really love a studio workout setting. I perform better when I am in competition. The ranking and dashboard that shows me how I’m doing compared to others in the class really motivates me. And all without having to leave the comfort of my own home. Now for someone who doesn’t like competition you can always choose to just subscribe to the video content.
One of my only real complaints is how much I struggled with getting everything set-up. It’s not exactly user friendly and the customer service and frequently asked questions leave much to be desired. No where did it say to download an app and if you don’t download the app you can’t get the heart rate monitor to pair and it’s just a big mess. Maybe you’re much more tech savvy than I and none of this will be a problem for you!
Not all the workouts are interactive
My only complaint about the content is that not all of the classes use the heart rate tracker and dashboard metrics. For instance, I love the Dance category but it doesn’t pair with the heart rate monitor. I am not sure why they choose which ones to be interactive and which ones are not but it feels a bit arbitrary, why not make them all interactive?
Hard on the knees
This is not a problem for everyone but it is worth noting if you have had knee problems or recurring knee injuries. A lot of the workouts involve plyometrics and some kind of jumping, lunging, squatting etc. There are tons of ways to modify these movements but I just want you to be aware of what you’re signing up for if you decide to buy this program.
Final thoughts on ClassPass Live
Overall, the pros definitely outweigh the cons on this platform. Although setup wasn’t so easy breezy now logging in and getting into my workout only takes a few minutes at most. I will continue to use this platform. If you want to learn more about ClassPass Live or get your subscription, you can do so here. Also if you do join, drop me a comment so we can be accountability buddies! I also have a pretty awesome workout playlist here if you need some more motivation to get fit in the New Year.
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