I Tried ClassPass Live, and It’s the Modern-Day Version of an 80s Jane Fonda Workout Video
ClassPass Live makes working out in your living room cool again.
ClassPass Live launched this year, and I’m here to tell you that it lives up to the exercise standards ClassPass has set with its uber-popular app and studio class offerings. It's my generation's version of the at-home VHS workout videos my mother used to march along to in our living room, with added technology that promises a workout just as intense as any studio exercise class.
This new workout streaming option from ClassPass lets you workout at home, with a heart monitor to track your effort and a Google Chromecast to stream your video from your phone's ClassPass app straight to your TV. The best part of my sample class—a HIIT-style bodyweight class that had me doing squats, push-ups, and burpies in the comfort of my living room—was the live aspect: My instructor, the upbeat Bakari Williams, could see how class participants were doing thanks to data from the heart monitors and cheer us on throughout the 30-minute class.
By the end, I had definitely worked up a sweat, and my heart rate and calories burned appeared on my TV screen, so I could see exactly what I had accomplished in just 30 minutes. The concept of a leaderboard on the screen (showing how well class participants maintained the target heart rate determined by the program) worried me at first, but it turned out to be a great motivator throughout the class, especially when I wanted to take a break in the middle of a set.
The only equipment I needed was a heart rate monitor and a Chromecast (both of which come in the ClassPass Live starter kit). I used my yoga mat for the floor exercises, but even that was optional. I didn't need any hand weights or medicine balls: Every exercise was body-weight only—think squats, push-ups, burpies, and more. And the best part—in my opinion, as a resident of a fourth-floor apartment with windows that rattle and downstairs neighbors I’d like to keep happy—was that my instructor offered simple adjustments for people who didn’t want to jump up and down, whether to keep noise at a minimum or to reduce impact on knees and joints.
ClassPass Live launches March 14 at classpass.com/live. Live workouts—like the one I took, with an instructor who offers direct encouragement and engagement—stream Monday through Friday at 7, 9, and 10 a.m., but on-demand workouts are always available.
A monthly subscription starts at $10 per month for people who also subscribe to ClassPass’s studio subscription, but those who just want to do the at-home workouts can subscribe for $15 per month.
To start your ClassPass Live workouts, you need a starter kit, which includes a Google Chromecast and a heart rate monitor and costs $70. Plus, for a limited time, you can sign up for an annual subscription, which costs $99 per year and includes the starter kit—a.k.a. $8.25 per month for a year of challenging workouts, with no extra costs.
ClassPass Live offers exactly what its website says: A new way to workout at home. I’ll always prefer going to a studio or an in-person class, but if my schedule is too hectic and I can’t spare more than a few minutes, this is the perfect way to squeeze in a quick sweat session without having to leave home.