ClassPass 101: Everything You Need to Know About Running Classes

Did you know that treadmill running classes are the fastest growing class genre on ClassPass right now? Running classes are a great way to add diversity to your workout routine, and a great way to build a solid foundation for more intense workouts. If you’re new to running classes, there are a few things you need to know before hitting the studio doors.

How to prepare

You’re probably asking yourself: do I need to do aerobic classes to work up to a running class? This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Just like any workout, there’s a starting point. Yes, there will be speed intervals and longer endurance rounds. However, it’s up to you to determine what’s difficult and easy for you.

Thinking that you’ll be left to your own devices? Not the case! While your class may have 20+ treadmills going at the same time, you’ll be given guidance by your instructor based on your ability level — from beginner to advanced. As a trainer who has taught at Barry’s Bootcamp, I know how intimidating it can be to face your fear of running on tempo. Speed parameters are carefully programmed by us trainers to allow advanced and beginner runners alike to challenge themselves. Don’t expect to start at the advanced level, find your sweet spot, and work gradually up the ranks. We’re not here to judge, we’re here to help you find your challenge point and master your running technique.

What to wear

Outfitting your feet for running is imperative for staying free of injuries, and will also make class less stressful. If your shoe is classified as a “training” shoe, leave it at home. You want a running specific shoe that matches your body’s mechanics. If you’re headed to a hybrid workout like Barry’s Bootcamp, opt for a lighter running shoe like the Nike Flyknit or Newton Distance.

What to bring

Bring a bottle of water and a towel to wipe off your hard work a.k.a. sweat.

When to arrive

Pro tip: get to class a few minutes early to introduce yourself to your instructor. They’ll be more than happy to help you build a starting point, and will know to give you some extra love during class if you need help or motivation!

What to expect

The best part about running classes is that you’ll get multiple types of runs in one class. There are usually three to six runs ranging from four to eight minutes each. Your first run will be a warm-up run, that increases speed gradually. Your middle runs may range from hill runs, endurance runs or shorter tempo runs. Your final runs almost always include sprints, ranging from short bursts to longer 60-second sprints. As always, find a speed that works for your ability level, and keep coming back to push yourself!

What to do next

Celebrate your accomplishments and calories burned with a big glass of water. Then, stretch and recover before you book another class!

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspo.