What’s Next

The end of marathon season once again left a bit of a void in my exercise life. After four and a half months of knowing exactly what I needed to do in terms of training (and thus in terms of exercising), I now need to find ways to get movement into my day.

After kinda sorta taking a full week off exercise (if you don’t count dance [which definitely counts] and a run the Saturday after the marathon [which, at 2.83 miles, I don’t think counts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]), I jumped back on the fitness train last Monday with ClassPass.


ClassPass exists in a fair number of major cities around the U.S., but in case you happen to live in an area without ClassPass, ClassPass is New York-based startup where, for $99 per month, you can take a class at any studio within ClassPass’s network. Your $99 buys you unlimited class access in the sense that you can take as many workout classes during that month as you want, but is limited in the sense that you can only visit the same studio three times per month. I don’t know how many studios are in ClassPass’s network in other cities, but currently ClassPass has over 60 studios in its Chicago network. Needless to say, it’s not that difficult to avoid going to one particular studio more than three times in a month.

If you don’t keep tabs on usual fitness studio prices, ClassPass is an INSANE deal. A drop-in class at most studios around Chicago will run you $20+ a pop, so to pay $99 for basically unlimited access is crazy. Unless I won the lottery, I could never, ever afford to visit fitness studios for a month. Heck, unless I won the lottery, I couldn’t even afford one single month at any one studio. I’m taking FULL advantage of ClassPass and hope to hit up as many different studios as possible between now and mid-November when my month runs out. If this past week has been any indication, the next month will involve a whole lot of HIIT-style cardio/strength classes, Pilates and yoga. (I also took one barre class so far, but real talk: I hate barre classes. Loathe them. Despise them. Abhor them. You get the picture. Life (and one month of ClassPass) is too short to waste my time in fitness classes that I don’t like when there are so many other available options, so I doubt I’ll hit up too many other barre classes during ClassPass unless I have no other options.) I’ll keep you posted on all my ClassPass experiences throughout the month ๐Ÿ™‚

I am, of course, still in PT until kingdom come (though I told my PT that we absolutely have to break up by New Year’s Eve, becauseย that’s when my deductible resets, and, barring another lottery win, I DEFINITELY can’t afford to hit my deductible again), but *hopefully* that will all be done in mid-November as well (coincidentally, my last day of ClassPass and my last scheduled PT appointment are on the same day). At this exact moment, I feel like most of my injuries are day-to-day. My knee is just fine when I don’t run, though when I ran on a treadmill during one of my ClassPass classes, it wasn’t happy. My shoulder follow a predictable pattern of progressively getting better throughout the week until I do shoulder-y exercises, whether at the gym, in PT itself, or at dance…so there’s that. But at least it’s kind of getting better?

Speaking of the gym: obviously I won’t be spending too much time there during my ClassPass month, but I still had a few personal training sessions left on my account after the marathon. My trainer thought it’d be silly to throw those away (as did I!), so I’m still meeting with him at least once a week until those run out as well…which, once again, will probably happen in mid-November. Basically, I really need to look into winning the lottery right before Thanksgiving, because all my current fitness endeavors will end at the same time, and I will be gym-less, PT-less, and ClassPass-less all that the same time. Bad news bears.

With the exception of that one 2.83-mile run, I plan to not run at all until November 13, a full month after the marathon (aside from running that happens during a ClassPass class, of course). I want to give my body a break from running so I (hopefully) heal up fully. I have two 5Ks I plan to run in December, but I’m not particularly concerned with my ability to run either one of those, even with taking this much time off running. If nothing else, knowing I have these races coming up motivates me to work harder during my HIIT classes, in hopes that the work I put in during tough intervals will make up for my lack of running.

I’m eventually going to have to cough up some $$ to join a gym once my current membership runs out, but I’m hoping to subsist on workout DVDs and/or “first week free” places for the month of December, since I know most gyms around here waive joining fees around January 1. I’ll be home for at least a week in December anyway with Christmas, and it seems silly to pay for a full monthย andย pay for joining fees when I know I could get a better deal (and use a full month’s membership) later on in the year.

And that’s that! It should keep me pretty busy, and hopefully will help my body get more into a shape I’d like and less in a post-marathon blob sort of shape ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you have a favorite fitness class?
Any ideas on how to work out for free?ย I’m really dreading losing my gym membership :/

12 thoughts on “What’s Next

  1. soooo jealous! I really wish I could afford class pass but with the whole move and stuff I have to pass on that one. I am already itching to get back into running but am waiting till at least this weekend (marathon crazy mind huh?) my exercise at this point is using all my finger power to sign up for #allthehalfs

    • Hahaha no lie: when I was on my way to work this morning, I thought, “I really, really hope Alex isn’t running yet.” Glad to hear you’ve picked up on my thoughts telepathically ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I feel you — moving can be shockingly expensive. Hopefully the move went well, though, and maybe once you get settled you’ll have a chance to give ClassPass a try!

  2. Class Pass sounds like such a good idea! I keep debating on whether to get it here in NYC but I’m worried I wouldn’t actually utilize it because I basically hate everything except for running.

    I have no idea how you’re going to hold out on running until mid-November. I managed to wait 9 days before setting out again!

    • Haha, yeah, if you hate everything other than running, maybe ClassPass isn’t for you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve found these studio classes to be a way different beast than running in all sorts of realms, from the workout structure to the people who show up. But if you ever *did* want to explore NYC studios, I’d definitely recommend a month of ClassPass so you can check out a variety of options!

      And not to totally beat this ClassPass thing over the head, but honestly, that’s what’s keeping me from running. I don’t at all have time (or the energy!) to run AND hit up a ton of fitness classes, so this is a good distraction ๐Ÿ™‚ If I didn’t have it, though, I probably would’ve run on Saturday ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. How to work out for free? Find someone who has a gym in their building and promise to work out with them in exchange for using their gym for free.

    And, by the way, your HIIT classes will DEFINITELY keep in you good running shape. I managed to run a half marathon PR earlier this year with basically no dedicated speedwork training and pretty half-assed training in general ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oooh, that’s a smart idea! I have exactly zero regrets about leaving my old place for where I live now, but it is a bummer I no longer have a gym in my building (even though the gym in my old building barely existed haha).

      That’s great to hear! I don’t have any major hopes of PRing my 5K at these races, at least not right now, since December weather can be so tricky and you can’t exactly bank on good weather, BUT I do hope to be competitive at one (it’s my last chance to do well in the wonderfully slow 20-24 age group at that race!), so this is great news ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Class Pass is an INSANE deal in Chicago. Absolutely, totally and completely worth it. My favorite class is Sculpt at CorePower for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying FlyBarre on Thursday at Flywheel so I’ll let you know how that goes (fingers crossed!) Also I have to reach out to you via email about an AWESOME upcoming class at Bare Feet Power Yoga – all you Chicago bloggers best be coming with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Yay for ClassPass! I am excited to hear more about your month of membership! That is too bad that you don’t like the barre classes – but there are SO many options to pick from. I am considering forking out the $ to buy myself a ClassPass membership because it really is an insanely good deal.

    I’m feeling the blob syndrome, too, as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Which 5Ks are you planning on running in December? I’ve been tempted to try to sign up for some winter races to get myself motivated. Cheers for the “New Year’s Resolution” fitness deals coming soon. =)

    • I think as long as you don’t have a gym membership, ClassPass makes a lot of sense from a financial standpoint. Most of the “mid-level fancy” gyms in Chicago (FFC and CAC are the first ones that come to mind) will run you close to $100/month anyway, depending on which location you belong to, and in my experience up to this point most of these boutiques offer similar amenities to what you’d find at FFC or CAC. But it all depends on what kind of workout you like — if you’d rather do your own independent thing, a gym membership makes the most sense, but if you love group classes and variety, ClassPass seems way more logical.

      I’m doing the Santa Hustle and probably Jingle Bell as well. I have a history of being vaguely competitive in my age group at Jingle Bell, but next year I’ll graduate to the next age group, and that one is WAY more competitive. This is my last chance to place! Haha.

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