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Lora Hogan > Yoga  > Five Reasons To Love #ClassPassTampa

Five Reasons To Love #ClassPassTampa

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by ClassPass. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning if you choose to purchase ClassPass through one of my links, I may receive a small commission.

Welcome to Tampa, ClassPass! 

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Yes, y’all, Tampa has finally jumped on the ClassPass bandwagon. And it’s pretty amazing.

ClassPass launched in Tampa, bringing Florida to the front of the fitness fun that the Sunshine State deserves.

I’m in love. Seriously, IN LOVE, with ClassPass.

And you will be, too.

So far, I’ve only completed my first two weeks of ClassPass. And it’s hard to imagine life before.

Here’s Five Reasons I love #ClassPassTampa–and you will too:

1) The Variety!

You can Pole Dance. You can Flow Yoga. You can Pound. You can Cycle. You can Row. You can Barre. You can Boot Camp. You can CrossFit. You can Bikram. You can PRETTY MUCH DO ANY KIND OF GROUP FITNESS CLASS YOU CAN IMAGINE. It’s mind-blowing.

Check out all the studios that are a part of Tampa’s ClassPass.

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Yoga with Amee Joshi at Yogani Studios

Plus, if you you travel a lot you can flex your location to take a class in Boston, New York, Chicago, LA, or anywhere else your travels take you that happens to be on ClassPass.

2) Valuable Cross-Training

As an endurance runner and yogi, cross-training is my bread and butter. It keeps my body strong, it keeps my mind happy. and it keeps my soul awake. (Yes, you read that right. Cross-training helps me to stay inspired, to stay present, and to just have fun in life.)

I tried POUND for the first time ever thanks to ClassPass. When I walked into Soul Rooster Tampa and saw this sign:

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I knew I was in for a treat.

What I didn’t know was that Pound would be amazing cross-training for all my running and yoga.  What’s Pound? It’s that group fitness class with drum-sticks. The motto? “POUND: Rockout. Workout.” There are DRUMSTICKS y’all!!! And you get to bang them. Most of the time from a crazy squat position. It is *so* much fun. What’s more, it’s valuable cross-training for me as a runner and yogi. The drumming involves a TON of cross-lateral and side-to-side movements–something we don’t get when we run, cycle, walk, or go through the majority of our day to-day-life.

Plus, I got super-sweaty.

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See?

ClassPass is great because it allows you to find the cross-training classes you need while providing the flexibility for you as an athlete to work them into your zany training calendar.

3) Because, if you’re like me, there’s no way will do xyz (*cough* ab work *cough*) at home

And that’s why you get into a group fitness class!!! I know that if I had not gone to Alyssa’s Barre Fitness class on Sunday, there would have been NO way I would have been able to do so much core work on a Sunday am. But when everyone else is doing it and you are in the room, then you HAVE to give it a shot–no matter if you want to or not. 😉 (And it helps when the teacher is super friendly and encouraging!)

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Post-Class with Alyssa at Barre Fitness in South Tampa

4) Accountability

Sometimes I just need that shove to remind me that, yes, I should be spending my Sunday afternoon with the ever-fabulous Stephen Jones at Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation working on my personal yoga practice and HANDSTANDS!

Someday, I hope my body will let me balance like him:

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Stephen Jones handstands before class at Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation

While you can cancel your ClassPass reservation with NO penalty as long as you do so 12 hours beforehand, I am the kind of person who sometimes *needs* that shove to get my body to my work-out. It’s probably because I do so many running races. Have you ever noticed how different your running attitude is when you’re training for a big race vs. when you have nothing coming up? For me, I love the extra kick of having something to work towards and a goal. ClassPass reservations have a similar experience for me. I *said* I would be there, I have to be there! (Please note: if you late cancel or no-show your account on ClassPass will be charged a penalty.)

5) It’s just so much FUN!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, thanks to ClassPass, this yoga teacher learned a silly new yoga move called “the crab” in Yin Yoga with Kerri Mersereau at Evolation Yoga Tampa. Let me tell you, it is a HOOT!

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We’re CRABS!!

I’ve been amazed by how fun and enjoyable the group classes have been all over Tampa. Elle Woods had it right. Fitness people are just plain friendly and happy people. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.” Not that there’s any murder trials going on, but sometimes you just have to throw in the applicable Legally Blonde quote, yeah? <3

BONUS:

Oh yeah, and you do burn a ton of calories and get  your body in shape?!? I mean SERIOUSLY folks…what’s not to love?

ClassPass is available in Tampa, New York, LA, SanFrancisco (the city of my birth!), Chicago, Miami, Boston, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Raleigh, Baltimore, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, and Kansas City.

A monthly ClassPass membership is only $79 in Tampa. That’s a steal when you realize you can take UNLIMITED group fitness classes at your favorite studios. Questions? Check out the ClassPass FAQ.

Have you tried ClassPass? What is your favorite group fitness class? What should I try next? Let me know!!!

Comments:

  • Andie Thueson

    February 24, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I LOVE ClassPass!!! So much fun, it looks like you had a blast trying out all the fun classes!

  • Pragati // Simple Medicine

    February 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

    We recently got Class Pass in Orlando, too. Yay for the sunshine state! POUND sounds like the best workout ever #jealous.

  • Bain

    February 24, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I love ClassPass! Since they started in San Francisco they’ve added about 80 new studios (or so it seems–it’s been a lot). Now it isn’t just in the city, but all over the East Bay and South Bay. I’ve taken pilates reformer at Fitwise Pilates, megaformer at core mOcean, and classes at Barry’s Bootcamp, BodyFi, Monkey Yoga Shala, and Bar Method.

    • Farrah

      February 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Ahhh! I need to try it out when/if I ever get to go home for vacation! <3 I lived in East Bay for most of my life!

  • Farrah

    February 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I feel like ClassPass is the only reason why I want to live anywhere near a city. ;_; I’d love to try this out! So glad it’s expanding all over the place! :]

  • Julie

    February 25, 2015 at 3:01 am

    ClassPass has been pretty great in Orange County, CA. There aren’t as many studios near me besides yoga, Pilates, and barre and I’m not a big fan of Pilates or barre. However, each studio has things like boot camp, which are surprisingly well equipped. There are pole fitness, aerial silks, and lyra classes too!

  • Beth Blacker

    February 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I’m so glad to hear that Tampa has many studios now part of Class Pass …now I just need to move to S Tampa since that seems to be where they majority of participating studios are 🙂