Fitness in Boston: ClassPass has Launched!

Love boutique classes but can't afford to join them all? Me too! Luckily for us, ClassPass has just launched in Boston and they're here to help. The way it works is simple- pay a monthly fee and choose up to 10 classes offered by all different boutique studios around the city. Perfect for anyone who likes a bit of variation in their workouts (most of us, am I right?).
I attended the ClassPass launch party last week at Flywheel (catered by Sweetgreen and Boloco- mmm!) and was then offered a 10 day trial membership. When I logged onto the site, I was surprised to see how many studios they had- 26 already! From spinning to yoga to bootcamp to barre, I was really impressed with everything I had to choose from.
I also like the site's interface- easy to navigate, friendly design, and uncomplicated. I can sort class availability by date, times, and studio; if I only have a window of a few hours on a certain day, I can narrow down the search to only show classes in that timeframe. If I want to learn more about a certain class, I can click on it and it opens in another window, and if I book one, it gives the option to add it to my google calendar. Hey, it's the little things!
With ClassPass memberships at $99 a month for 10 classes, the value is clear- many of the classes they offer are normally upwards of $20 each. I would definitely recommend checking out the site for yourself; there are so many awesome classes in Boston with more being added every day, ClassPass will help keep your workouts from ever getting boring.

Have you signed up for ClassPass? What do you think?

Fitness in Boston: Flywheel Never Coasts

There was a lot of buzz last fall when Flywheel swooped into Boston. The NYC-based indoor spin cycling chain with locations all over the US boasted stadium-style seating, energizing soundtracks, custom engineered bikes, free use of cycling shoes, and a "workout that offers a chance to achieve something more."
 I had the chance to take a class when Jessica of Gluten-free Boston Girl organized a class and fitness networking event with Flywheel's regional marketer, Stephanie Rodolico. The class was led by Rachele Pojednic who immediately got the us going with her energy and upbeat music. One of the things Flywheel prides itself on is the choreographed routines created by its instructors. I found this to be very helpful and several times found myself pushing harder because of the beat.
Another cool Flywheel feature- the Torqboards. These are screens above the instructor that occasionally display how everyone in the class is ranking based on their metrics. These metrics- RPMs, torq, speed, power, distance and estimated calories- are also stored in participants' private accounts on the Flywheel website allowing people to set their own goals and monitor progress. Talk about motivating- seeing yourself in last place on the board will definitely make you push yourself harder! It did for me!

Whew! What a workout. I found it challenging- I had a hard time keeping up by the end. That's the beauty of spinning though- only you know how hard you're working (you and the Torqboard...)! No one will yell at you if you feel like you have to slow down sometimes.
photo courtesy of Jessica Dennis
After class attendees also received a gift bag full of goodies from sponsors/donatations: City Sports, PopChips, Kathie's Kitchen Super Seedz, Artisana, Bare Snacks, Au Bon Pain, JP Licks (my fav! Did you know I used to work there??), Healthy Solutions, and Evolution Fresh (who saved me with their water bottles- I forgot mine! Don't make that mistake!).
Thanks to Jessica, Stephanie, Rachele, and Flywheel for offering this event, I loved it! 

Check out Flywheel, located in the Belvedere Arcade in the Prudential Center (800 Boylston Street in Boston). Your first class is free! Woot!