When I was approached by a new company, Fitn, which is headquartered within just a few miles from my home, to try countless workout classes in San Diego all under one membership, I was pretty excited. Actually, it made my day (I literally told Asia this via gchat). I really, really love group workout classes and now that I’m focused on getting stronger in 2015, this was the perfect way to cross all of the things I had pending on my growing to-do list. Try a new barre studio. Check! Go to a weekly restorative yoga class. Check! Attend a fun spin class to get cardio outside of running. Check!
For me, group fitness classes are the perfect solution to strength training monotony. I’ve never been one to stick to a strength training plan on my own, whether it be a weight machine circuit at the gym or an printed list of strength moves that I bring with me or do at home. For that reason, P90X was so appealing to me because it took the guesswork out of transforming my body. However, I’ve also come to really like the accountability and community of a class. And we all know that having a friend or instructor counting on you to attend is a great motivation to get your butt out of bed at 5:45 a.m.
Group fitness classes also keep things interesting because they are different every time, unlike a DVD or home workout that repeats itself over and over. Fitn offers the ultimate in variety – under one single membership (priced at $1 for your first month and $99 thereafter for a limited time), you can attend as many workout classes as you want at a variety of studios. There are barre, Pilates, yoga, CrossFit, boxing, boot camp, TRX, and spinning classes. For example, here are all the studios located within the city of Encinitas that I can attend under my membership:
- Body Rebuild
- Califit WKO
- Encinitas Boxing & Fitness
- Soleil Yoga
- US CrossFit
- Vinyasa Arts
- Xtend Barre Encinitas
- Yoga Tropics – Encinitas
- Yoga Tropics – Encinitas West
And Encinitas is not a big city! It’s convenient for me to attend classes in Carmel Valley or Del Mar near my work, or in Solana Beach or South Carlsbad, which are just a 10 minute drive away. That literally gives me access to over 30 studios within a 20 minute drive. It’s truly incredible.
Fitn makes it really easy to schedule and check-in to classes with their free iPhone app. You can easily search for a class and then put in a reservation request (you will either be accepted or denied into the class based on the availability – so far I have always made it into a class but I am sure to reserve in advance as I would with any other class). Then, within 15 minutes of the start of class, open your app and check-in. Show the check-in screen to the front desk and they will check you in. I’ve had no issues checking in and the studios treat me the same as the dedicated members.
So far my favorite classes are Xtend Barre and Yoga6’s Deep Stretch on Sunday nights. I leave Xtend Barre feeling strong and ready to start my day (plus quite sweaty since it is a bit more cardio-based than other strength classes) and I leave Deep Stretch feeling more relaxed than I have all week. I can’t wait to try many of the other options available to me all under this powerful membership!
Unlike companies similar to Fitn, I can attend an unlimited amount of classes at my favorite studio. I’m not restricted to 3 classes per studio per month. This means once I find something I love, I can keep going back! Literally every day if I wanted (but let’s be honest, the point is to keep some variety!).
The icing on this amazing cake that is Fitn? They believe in the philosophy of paying it forward, fitness-style with their philosophy called #fititforward. For every class that I attend, Fitn donates a day pass to the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego to keep children active and healthy. Seriously how it could it get any better?
For now, Fitn is only available in San Diego and Orange Counties, but I’m pretty sure that it’s going to expand like crazy so keep an eye out!
Would you enjoy trying something like Fitn? Do you like trying new workout classes or prefer to stick to the same ones?
I have been given a 3 month free membership to Fitn in exchange for promotional activities. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. I seriously love this membership so far and want to spread the love!