It seems like every LGBTQ person we talk to is obsessed with fitness. but when there are so many options available, finding what works for you can seem overwhelming. In April 2019, Wellness Creative Co. published Gym Market Research & Industry Stats 2019. The report shared that more than one in five Americans belongs to at least one U.S. health club or studio. That means in 2018 there were 62.5 million gym members in the United States. But what about the rest of us? In a survey conducted by ClassPass last December, 59% of respondents said their 2019 resolution was to exercise more. We’re well into 2019 at this point, but it’s never too late to recommit: If you are new to fitness, new to your town, or simply trying to pump some new energy into your fitness routine, how do you find options to start or upgrade your workouts? Tech companies ClassPass and MINDBODY are two great resources for finding something just right for you.
MINDBODY, which describes itself as the leading technology platform for the wellness industry, is one of the top resources for finding both fitness and gym classes (plus local spa and salon treatments). The app even states, “We get it; the struggle is real. But finding & booking wellness services doesn’t have to be. There are no memberships or commitments, so you can drop in at a nearby gym or try a new fitness class at a great price.” If MINDBODY sounds familiar, that may be because it’s been around since 2001. Rick Stollmeyer founded the company in his garage in San Luis Obispo, California and over the years the company has grown to roughly 2,000 employees. MINDBODY offers a wide variety of classes, including barre, CrossFit, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Bootcamp, Dance, Interval Training, Aerial, Gymnastics and more.
You can filter classes by location, date and fitness category in order to ensure you’ll find the right fit. Or, if you’re in a mood to pamper yourself, you can opt to search for local salons and spas. Just how popular is MINDBODY? Well, they process some 5.5 million classes each day.
In addition, the company recently introduced something long in the works: The MINDBODY Wellness Index, a statistical ranking of the overall health of the metropolitan areas in the United States. Their studies found that Austin-Round Rock, TX; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA; Raleigh, NC; Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO; Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clarita, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; and San Diego-Carlsbad, CA make up the 10 best Wellness Markets in America. Are you in one of those cities? Jump into a class! Not in one of these cities? MINDBODY most likely still has some classes in your neck of the woods. Download their app and see for yourself. Get the app.
Looking to find a local gym or studio, but can’t decide where to go? ClassPass can help you to sample a few local options and allow you the flexibility to search and try out various local classes. The company was founded in 2013 by Payal Kadakia, who was struggling to find a good dance class to join after work. Now, it’s a “monthly subscription service providing access to the world’s largest network of boutique fitness studios and gyms.”
In less than a decade, ClassPass has grown to claim that it’s the world’s leading fitness membership and largest fitness network. ClassPass has more than 15,000 partners in 80 cities worldwide. Whether you prefer Pilates, yoga, cycling, barre, running, strength training, dance, sports or videos, they have you covered. Are you a jet setter? They’ve got that covered, too. In fact, ClassPass recently acquired GuavaPass, an aggregator of fitness experiences operating in Asia and the Middle East (including cities like Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore). Recently, the company also launched an option they call “ClassPass Getaways.”
Choose Your Adventure
It’s a series of experiential events exclusively available to members. Getaways transports fitness enthusiasts to luxurious locations for carefully curated adventures, including one-of-a-kind fitness programming from boutique studios, complementary treatments and an assortment of special treats. “At ClassPass we aim to provide stepping stones toward an active and inspired lifestyle, and ClassPass Getaways will do just that. We’re thrilled to give members the opportunity to take a mini-escape from their day-to-day to try new things and explore unfamiliar places. It’s our hope that attendees will leave feeling energized and empowered to continue living life to their absolute fullest,” said Kadakia. Interested in a Class Pass free trial? Check out their Instagram Page for a link in their profile. Book a spot and get yourself moving today.
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Last modified: August 6, 2019