I'm sure it isn't a coincidence that last Monday I received messages from two separate companies announcing the arrival of a new way to workout in the Emerald City. New York–based ClassPass and San Francisco's Fitmob both launched in Seattle last week, ushering in the latest trend in fitness classes: monthly subscription services for a variety of workouts.
The deal is basically this: for $99 per month, either company will provide unlimited fitness classes at a range of Seattle studios. The studio options and general rules differ between the two brands (more on that in a minute), but the idea is that instead of paying a monthly fee for your one yoga studio, you'll have the opportunity to change up your workout—Crossfit, barre classes, boot camps, etc.—by visiting a number of local classes.
Below we break down the wheres, whats, and hows of each service.
ClassPass grants you access over 40 Seattle-area studios including barre classes at The Bar Method, FlyBarre, and Barre3; yoga at CorePower Yoga, Levitas Studio, and Yogalife; and other fitness options like Flywheel, Pole Fitness Seattle, the Seattle Capoeira Center, and lots more.
And not all classes are in the city center. Some of the studios are as far out as Redmond and Mukilteo for commuters who want to expand their workout reach.
A ClassPass membership offers unlimited classes at studios in its network, but there's a catch: a member can only visit a studio three times a month (even if the studio has multiple locations, like CorePower for example). Members book online through the ClassPass website, with classes becoming available a week in advance.
Can't make it to a class? You have up to 24 hours to cancel without penalty, otherwise you'll be assessed a $20 late-cancellation fee.
Memberships can be canceled at least 15 days prior to the billing date for no penalty. Members can put their subscriptions on hold for a fee of $19 per month, but if you cancel and want to come back at a later date you'll be charged a $79 reactivation fee.
Fitmob calls their subscription a Passport and members are called Mobbers. A Passport grants members (sorry, I just can't use the word Mobbers) access to over 20 Seattle studios including Pure Barre, CorePower Yoga, Pilates on 10th, Urban Yoga Spa, and more.
In addition to studio classes, Fitmob hosts group workout sessions led by certified trainers at random (often outdoor) locations around the city.
Members use the Fitmob app to schedule classes, with reservations coming available about two weeks in advance. A Passport offers unlimited classes, though some studios limit visits to once per week (it's unclear which ones have this stipulation).
Can't make it to class? You can cancel a reserved class up to 12 hours before it starts. Cancel within 12 hours of class and you'll be assessed a $15 "flake fee." A portion of these fees is donated to local charities that give underprivileged kids access to fitness classes.
Memberships can be canceled at any time with no penalty. Members can put their subscriptions on hold for a fee of 50 cents per day, but if you cancel and want to come back at a later date you'll be charged a $59 reactivation fee.
Through the end of November, Fitmob is offering the first month of membership for just $1.