ClassPass came to Charlotte early this year and the fitness community rejoiced for what has become one of the most popular ways to get svelte, toned, jacked — whatever you’re after — in the Queen City. ClassPass is a monthly membership to a network of upscale, boutique fitness studios spanning from Lake Norman to Pineville and, despite the price tag, I jumped to join. You can’t put a price on fitness, right? Right.
- $79 per month
- 3 visits per gym per month
- Book online or with the ClassPass app
- Cancellation fees (hello, accountability!)
- Pause for a month at any time for $19 with one class included for that month
As a ClassPass member, you’re able to try so many different gyms and find what’s right for you. The scoop on 5 ClassPass gyms:
Driving principles: Intense, effective aerial fitness training. Combine the best workouts with the use of the silk hammocks to make your workout effective, yet fun and motivating.
Best for: Yogis, athletes and rebels looking for a new, adventurous way to work out.
What to bring: Water and a towel. They supply mats and no shoes are necessary.
Calories burned per class: 500-800, depending on the class.
Location: Providence Road, Myers Park
Driving principles: Every class is given exceptional personal care. The quality of the classes delivers a safe, stress-free experience with noticeable results.
Best for: Eradicating unwanted jiggle and tightening the body for a strong, lean look.
What to bring: Workout shoes for the mix of TRX training and Pilates Reformer sessions.
Calories burned per class: This is about isometric holds or high intensity. No need to count the cals.
Location: Sharon Road, SouthPark
Driving principles: Form, proper diet, community environment, proper breathing to control heart rate.
Best for: Everyone without a great exercise background. They offer personal training in a group setting.
What to bring: Water and a towel.
Calories burned per class: 500-700, 200-300 afterburn
Locations: Pineville, Matthews and South Boulevard
*Saturday classes are free!
Driving principles: They fuse elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels.
Best for: All ages, genders and fitness levels.
What to bring: Grip socks (available for purchase at the studio) and water.
Calories burned per class: 300-500 calories per 55-minute class
Locations: Dilworth and The Metropolitan
Driving principles: Making working out and losing weight fun while building self defense and self confidence.
Best for: All fitness levels.
What to bring: No equipment needed.
Calories burned per class: Anywhere from 800-1,300 calories.
Location: Lake Norman
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Nicole Brantley is a native Charlottean who is equal parts do-gooder, beer snob and exercise enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @NikkiBrantley.