Our Tips for Using ClassPass in Other Cities

For many, the upcoming holidays mean plenty of travel time. Whether you’re driving a few hours away or hopping on a plane across the country, you can always use your ClassPass membership once you get there. That’s right, you can change the programmed “home city” in the app to reflect your current visit situation. So, in between the sky-high plates of turkey, potatoes and pie, sweat your way through a variety of fitness classes offered in that city. Not only will you get your exercise fill, but you’ll also be able to check out the workout scene. Food and fitness?! Love! Bring on that extra scoop of stuffing. We’re hitting a spin class after this!

Before you choose a class

Change your settings

Your account is set to your home city, so you’ll have to adjust your settings when you’re searching for classes in a new city. Don’t worry; it’s easy! If you’re searching on the website, head over to your “Account Settings” and select the city you’re in from the “flex location” drop-down menu. If you’re using the app, tap on the “Profile” tab. Then, hit the current city under your name. A list of all the available ClassPass cities will pop up for you to choose from.

Ask for recommendations

Just like when you visit a new city, do your research first! Ask friends who live or have been there which classes they love most, or check out the ClassPass blog to see which studios have been highlighted in the past. The articles will likely give a little more insight into the studio or its must-take classes. Now’s the chance to decide if you want to take a class similar to something you might normally sign up for or step outside of your comfort zone and try a new workout. Hey, you’ll likely never see these people again, so why not?

Find a class that works for you

You have your city selected and have gotten recommendations—great! Now you need to select a class. Once you’ve filtered which neighborhood you’d like to work out in, adjust the start time, choose from the types of classes you’re interested in and scroll through the available options just as you would at home. The ratings and reviews left from previous ClassPassers can help determine if it’s a class you might like or not. If you’re still unsure, head over to Instagram. Search the studio’s handle or check the hashtag specific to that city (for example, #ClassPassNYC) to see what stands out. Sometimes what’s posted on social gives a better representation of a studio’s vibe. When you find a few classes or studios that you might want to try, favorite them. This will help your search feel less overwhelming once you arrive in the city and are ready to sign up for a class.

Pack the right gear

Because you’ve done your research ahead of time, you’ll know what types of classes you’re in for. Want to visit a Pilates studio? Don’t forget your sticky socks! What about that cool boxing class you read about? Pack your wraps! These items are small, won’t take up much room in your suitcase and you’ll show up to class feeling prepared. If you just can’t decide, a pair of gym shoes and your fave outfit is always a trusty choice.

During the class

Your instructors and other class-goers live in the city you’re visiting and likely have some recommendations when it comes to local restaurants, shopping spots and general things to do. When you’re checking in to the class, ask the front desk workers what their favorite attractions or coffee shops are. They’ll be able to offer a lot more than the “Things to Do” articles you read in the airport. And since you’ve already attended a class, you’re just one step closer to blending in with the locals.

Of course, doing this means showing up a little early, which you’ll want to plan on anyway. Aside from navigating a new city and the possibility of getting lost (which we don’t wish on anyone!), many studios require new students to sign a waiver, which can add a few extra minutes to your check-in. If you get to the studio with at least 15 minutes to spare, you’ll have plenty of time to check in, sign any needed forms and get settled in—plus ask about where to get the best latte in town.

After the class

The app will automatically ask you to rate the class from one to five stars. Feel free to leave a comment to document your experience and favorite it if you liked the studio, class or instructor. If you’re ever in the city again, finishing this step will help you remember exactly what you took when you visited before. Now, it’s time to check out all of those amazing recommendations you got from the locals. Happy exploring!

Emily is a recent graduate and proud Midwesterner who just moved to the big city to start her career in magazine journalism. When she isn't commuting between Brooklyn and Manhattan, she enjoys browsing bookstores for her next read, sipping chai tea lattes at local coffee shops, and playing tourist in the city she always dreamed of living in.