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 😉 ]), 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 🙂
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, because 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 month and 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 😉
Do you have a favorite fitness class?
Any ideas on how to work out for free? I’m really dreading losing my gym membership