All good things must come to an end. To the dismay of many, ClassPass announced this past week that it has discontinued its wildly famous Unlimited plan. Many can attribute ClassPass to their newfound love of fitness. For others, it played a huge role in their fitness lifestyle. Sadly, its Unlimited plan was what made ClassPass worth it. If you are like me, you might be considering having the difficult “It’s not me, it’s you” conversation with ClassPass. You might be wondering what life after ClassPass looks like. Is it true that there are plenty of fish in the sea? Or is it a matter of the grass isn’t always greener on the other side? Be what it may, now is the time to look at the menu and try some sampling. I’ve come up with four main alternatives that might be worth trying in NYC (although other cities have some similar alternatives): Fitreserve, the gym, Gilt City, and New Client Specials.
With so many boutique fitness studios poppin’ up all over the city, it takes a lot for one to differentiate itself from the rest. Enter: Refine Method. New York’s Smartest Workout. I heard the story and couldn’t wait to try it. When Brynn retired from her professional ballet career; she had to find a new way to keep her body fit. While looking for her first gym ever, she started questioning all the myths surrounding fitness and was disillusioned with the slow progress made with typical workouts. Brynn went in search for the right workout. She traveled the country learning from top athletes, trainers, coaches, and scientists and the result was her own method, the Refine Method. The workout is geared towards achieving fast results. “By ‘refining’ the piles of information out there and giving only the best to our clients, we hope to produce a ‘refined’ body – lean, proportional and fit” (Brynn Putnam).
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now” (Paulo Coelho). As I approach my 30th birthday and reflect over the past decade of my life, I deduce the biggest lesson I’ve learned this past year (which might have something to do with my fear of turning 30): It is possible to coast through life and not have control of anything that happens to you. You can become a passive bystander waiting on the sidelines. On the flip side, it is also possible to take an active role in your life and reach for the things you want. It is ultimately one’s choice. It is fitting that I learned this lesson this past year as I scrambled to squeeze in or at the very least start achieving more of my life goals into this decade before approaching a new era.
There are many stories I can tell that support the existence of a little known theory: If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. The City made me find my inner strength, which I continue to cultivate on a daily basis. This can happen while I’m racing to catch the crosstown bus, running down the stairs at the sound of a subway car approaching, heavy lifting due to moving from apartment to apartment, or walking home carrying (way more than I thought I could handle) Trader Joe’s grocery bags. Since this is my daily life, I can say I am walking the plank all day er’day.