Are Multi-Gym Fitness Passes Worth it?

Workout routines get, well, routine and BORING. And for those seeking more options, there is a new game in the fitness world. Move aside memberships that limit you to one fitness facility, I mean, even if (and that’s a big IF) they can offer climbing, yoga, CrossFit, tai chi, a pool, a cafe and a weight room under one roof, what if you want to work out some where else? Maybe your yoga buddy has another spot?

Welcome to a “new” age of multi-class and facility passes. Its kinda like having an open gym relationship to a very wide range of gym and class options. Currently there are two of these passes on the market in Salt Lake—ClassPass and Freeplay. Let’s kick the tires on these two new, open-pass models.

ClassPass Claiming to have the world’s most flexible membership, ClassPass is the largest currently operating in Utah. We can’t speak to the rest of the world but ClassPass offers a wide variety of classes (yoga, Pilates, boxing, spin…) with no strings attached an a nice 2-week free trial offer. ClassPass is accepted around the country and internationally as well. And like rating your Lyft driver, its participants rate their experience, giving you insights before you even sign up for a class. Reviewers rate according to their exertion level, the instructor, and the ohhh, snap—how sore (that day after burn) they were as well.

Do note: To cancel or pause your membership, there is no penalty, however, to get back in, there is a $79 reactivation fee. After scheduling with ClassPass, canceling within 12 hours of class time costs you $15, and if you miss class without canceling, it will result in a $20 fee. The cancelation fees seem pretty reasonable but be warned. Don’t flake on your pilates class, hmm could actually be motivation.

Freeplay: Another way to move off of that fitness plateau is by using Freeplay, a Utah company which offers all-access memberships to many gyms and classes in—you guessed it—Utah. Simply download their app and sign up, your Freeplay pass will allow you to “check in” at any of their partner gyms or studio locations. Exclusive deals are available to couples and families, and unlike most gym memberships, there are no enrollment or cancellation fees.

Offering both a “Rookie” and “Unlimited” pass, Freeplay’s options include adding a buddy once a month, contracts which are priced month-to-month, and you can add or remove additional members without impacting the group pricing rate.

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Jen Hill
Jen Hill
Former Salt Lake Magazine Associate Editor Jen Hill is a SLC transplant from Bloomington, Ind. As a blogger and feature writer, Jen follows the pulse of the community with interests in urban agriculture, business, fitness & beauty and anything that allows her to get out of the office and into the mountains.

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