Tour of Columbus [& Running Field Trips]

Each month we will feature a TOUR OF COLUMBUS ~ visiting and reviewing a new fitness location (gym, park, fitness center, etc) in and around Columbus! Our running group will also do a RUNNING FIELD TRIP once per month to check out a new trail. Come join us!

SHOUT out // Beatz Fitness

Guest post by Ciera B // Read more about C on her blog @ agirlsguidesite.wordpress.com

I have been enjoying Zumba for a few years now, but haven’t found my home. I constantly am trying out new gyms and instructors, but nothing has ever truly stuck with me. Recently I was suggested by a friend to try out Beatz Fitness and thought I’d give it a try. There are two locations one in Westerville and one in Powell (a new one is on the way too) so I went to the Westerville location and immediately fell in love!

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The instructor Bobbi is very lively and an amazing instructor. The dances incorporate many moves that truly work out different parts of your body. It’s hard to enjoy Zumba if you don’t feel the music, but Bobbi’s playlists includes a wide range of very up beat music that truly makes you want to dance! The steps can get very intricate, but that is something I enjoy because I am always up for a challenge.

Every time I leave the studio I am sweating and out of breath, but in the best way possible. The Zumba class is an hour long, but the time passes quickly while dancing. I truly believe going to Zumba is an amazing workout especially when you invest yourself in the dance and the moves.  It is definitely a very different type of workout that leaves me in an energized and excited mood for the rest of the day.

Even though I have been going to this specific Zumba class for months now, Bobbi loves keeping all her classes fresh and different for people who are committed to going and want to learn more songs, dances and moves. I would recommend this class for anyone who has ever loved to dance and wants to change up their workout!

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Beatz Fitness class schedule

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Beatz Fitness Studio in Westerville

Running Field Trip // Columbus Running Co Short North

As we gear up training for some of our fall races (Gildan Esprit de She 5k/10k is next week!), we met up with Columbus Running Co‘s crew last Saturday AM.  CRC offers free group runs at their various locations throughout Cbus and although we’ve joined in on CRC Dublin’s runs a few times, this was our first visit to the Short North location.  Everyone was super friendly and the route was a breath of fresh air, a nice change from our usual out & back up Dublin Rd.  We ventured out of the store, north on High St and jutted over to the Olentangy Trail, turning around at Lane Ave to make the loop back.

It was great seeing new faces, perusing some favorite local brands (CRC carries BEND leggings, and is next door to NATIVE juice bar!) and of course, logging some miles with friends.   Here are a few quick iphone memories from the morning…

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We leave you with this quote (pictured above)… “There are no benches in running.”  See you on the trails soon!

Local Shoutout [Columbus Commons]

 

This summer we are excited to have partnered with the Columbus Commons!  They host a wide variety of events, several of which are fitness related.
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FITNESS CLASSES

We’ve frequented Columbus Commons several times for fit events…we’ve run in races that ended there, attended yoga classes and even organized a RUN+YOGA event last summer with one of our favorite yoga studios, VPower Yoga.  From the Commons website… “No contracts, no excuses! Among the park perks at Columbus Commons are free fitness classes.  Sponsored by United Healthcareand instructed by Ohio Fit Club, you’ll find seven classes every week.”  The summer fitness classes have two sessions, the second one starting August 1 and ending Oct 1.  Stay tuned for another RUN+YOGA event with Living Fit Columbus & VPower Yoga at the Commons in late summer!

 

FOOD TRUCKS

Every Thursday from early May through late October, various food trucks take over! There are several that are there every week, along with rotating special trucks each month.  We checked it out last Thursday and didn’t have any problem finding some healthy options.

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Some trucks have beverages and some do not, so bring your own water bottle or bring $2 cash for your drink of choice.

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Kids are welcome and there are plenty of things for them to do, including Jeni’s ice cream, a carousel and a miniature picnic area.

We really wanted to try Kinetic… but so did everyone else!  The line was a tad too long, so we wandered around to find another healthy option.  We chose the Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, with extra protein and light sauce. IMG_9351IMG_9354

COMMONS FOR KIDS 

Every Friday the Commons hosts special events, just for littles!  We will be attending this Friday, as well as having a GIVEAWAY, so check back soon.  New this year, Kiddie Fitness classes are being offered from 10:30-11AM… we hope to make it to the July yoga class.

 

To enjoy all the other ‘happenings’ the Commons has to offer, check out their event schedule HERE.  Hope to see you this summer!

OrangeTheory Fitness – Six Week Challenge Update

 

We’ve been following Living Fit runners, Peggy and Jen, on their journey to conquer the “Orange Effect”  workouts at OrangeTheory Fitness.  They both took on a six week challenge to push their bodies to the limits and each saw varying benefits.  Jen noticed an improvement in her strength, stamina and overall athletic performance, while Peggy worked tirelessly to achieve a 10 pound weight loss!

Here is what the ladies had to say after putting OTF to the test for six weeks…

Peggy… 

OK, so I’m hooked!  I was excited and nervous when I started out on this OTF journey.  Now I’m just plain excited!  During the 6 week Weight Loss Challenge I’m happy to say that I lost 10 pounds.  I didn’t win any cash or swag awards, but the changes in my body, stamina, and overall feeling of well being are reward enough.  I even completed three of the 90 minute sessions.  Yes, me – at 59!  Who knew?!

Jen (another Living Fit runner that took the OTF challenge) and I went to the beautiful gala at the end of the challenge held at Scioto Reserve Country Club.  What an outstanding venue for the grand finale.  It was fun to see everyone all dressed up – even hard to recognize some of the people without their workout garb and blood, sweat and tears!  We enjoyed cheering for our home studios (Jen/Dublin, me/Hilliard).  And we were very happy for all of those that did win the big cash awards and prizes.  Congratulations to all!!

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Our Living Fit Columbus group runs are starting up again for the season and I’m so glad to know that I’m in such better shape to start out than I was last year.  Did I mention I’m hooked?  Well, I definitely am.  I’ve signed up to continue these challenging, fat-burning workouts, even now that the challenge is over.  
Thank you OTF!  I plan to keep pushing, keep burning and keep going ALL OUT for many more years to come.
Here are Peggy’s before and after photos… 10 pounds lighter on the right! 

 

Jen… 

With long work days last summer, I slipped back into some lazy habits of not working out regularly, and I had been lacking motivation.  So, I was excited for this opportunity to participate in OTF’s 6 week Challenge.

IMG_1869Orangetheory Fitness is broken into intervals of cardio and strength training using treadmills, rowing machines, weights, TRX suspension trainers and free weights. Each class includes up to 36 people.  It is heart rate monitored training that is designed to target a specific heart rate that will stimulate metabolism and increase energy.  The result they are looking for is known as the “orange effect” which allows you to burn calories for up to 36 hours after the workout.  Hence the Orangetheory! Makes sense right?!  

According to their website: The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combining the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories.

 

At OTF, the workouts change every day, so there is always something new and you don’t know what to expect until the trainer tells you what to do.  You can make it as easy or as hard as you want…but the point it to get in that “orange” zone.  The trainers motivate you to get there; yet on an individual basis spanning all fitness levels.  

 

Not only have I found my motivation again, but my increase of muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness is truly incredible.  For example, at the beginning of the challenge, I struggled to run a 60 second “all out” at 7.0 speed, and by the end of the challenge, I was running the same all out at 8.7.  

 

The great thing about Orangetheory Fitness is that your first class is FREE!  They give you the opportunity to try it out and test the product before committing to a membership.  Columbus currently has three studios, in Hilliard, Dublin and New Albany, with several more studios planned. 
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Both ladies seemed to really enjoy OTF… enough that they are both regular members.  Contact your local OTF today, start burning and keep burning!

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT! [Balanced Yoga]

Sunday Shoutout & Tour of Columbus – Balanced Yoga Pre-natal class

[by t gellenbeck and c loncaric]

We’ve checked out Balanced Yoga in Clintonville previously, but since then they’ve done a major overhaul…. and this time we tested a pre-natal class!  Here is a quick recap of our visit…

Thoughts by Teresa:

Having only been to Balanced one other time about a year ago, I was surprised by their renovations.  The entry way was open and stylish, with a small retail section (one of our favorite Bend Active shirts was on display!) and lots of storage for shoes and personal items.  As we headed upstairs, the renovations continued and the studio room we entered had a great vibe to it.  Here is a quick tour, thanks to our handy iPhones…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect, as this was my first ever pre-natal class.  Frankie, the instructor, greeted us with a smile and I felt like I sort of already knew her since I’d stalked her bio on the Balanced web site. She was friendly and very knowledgeable about yoga, pregnancy and momma-hood.  Although I did expect it to be slower than the cardio-like power vinyasa classes we are used to, I was pleasantly surprised that we still did several power poses that challenged me.  Frankie gave many modifications for the various stages of pregnancy and at almost 37 weeks, I had no shame in dropping to child’s pose when needed.  I enjoyed the class very much and if the studio were closer, I would probably go regularly these last few weeks!

Thoughts by Christine:

I love the vibe of a room when you gather with a group of like-minded women. It felt like a special treat to myself to be surrounded by others going through the pregnancy experience with me.  It was wonderful to see some celebrating the start of their pregnancy journey and motivating to see the ladies nearing the end of their pregnancy still take the time to nourish their body and spirit. I felt no judgement in the room and was completely comfortable doing what felt good for my body.

Some things I enjoyed [and observed] about the pre-natal class at Balanced…

  • The vibe of this class, although slower than our typical class, still had some spunk to it!  Music was playing in the background, and the instructor spent time moving around the room and offering assistance or adjustments.
  • The class was a balance of active poses, stretching and relaxation. At my stage in pregnancy (17 weeks) I am still very active and able to attend Power Vinyasa and Flow classes two-three times a week.  It can be hard for me to slow down and take it easy!  I thought this class was great because we still worked on strength building in our legs, and went into traditional poses like down dog and chaturanga (with options to modify) that I love, but we also took it slow and were instructed to pay attention to our breath and our bodies throughout the practice. In all yoga classes we are reminded that if something doesn’t feel good, we shouldn’t do it, and this is especially important during the various stages and changes in our pregnant bodies. Shavasana while propped up on blocks and a bolster was so great.
  • The studio has been recently renovated and is beautiful and inviting. There are three rooms for classes and plenty of bathrooms and spaces for personal storage. The only downside to the location is that parking off High St. can be tough during a busy time of day.

I can see myself enjoying this class throughout the rest of pregnancy, now when I am more active, and then deep into my third trimester when I still want to move, but need to tailor my activity to my pregnant body.

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Christine, demo-ing the modified plank… one of many modifications Frankie offered.

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Christine [left, 17 weeks] and Teresa [right, 36.5 weeks]

Overall we both enjoyed the class very much and give it two (or rather four) thumbs up!  More details…

  • Suggestions:  bring your own mat (rental = $3), get there early due to street parking
  • Drop in class was $15, liked that you could do one pre-natal class (many studios that offer it require a series) 

 

 

 

Tour of Columbus [The Butcher Shop Fitness]

We first visited The Butcher Shop Fitness back in January when we were testing out our Class Pass.  Rachel Wilson had told us about it during our interview with her and Class Pass highly recommended it.  On one visit we tried Lagree Fitness and on another visit, a few girls took the spin class.  We were impressed!  Very challenging workouts, a clean facility and welcoming staff. IMG_8223

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muscle tension, progressive overloading, cardio and more

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We were excited to take another visit with our Living Fit run crew a few weekends ago, this time with Rachel as our instructor. The Lagree Fitness class uses the Megaformer machine and has been referred to as ‘Pilates on Crack.’ You utilize a slow, controlled movement and WILL shake & burn!

Their website explains the workout as follows; Our Butcher Shop Group Class is a 50 minutes of Lagree Fitness, a high energy, body transforming workout. The class incorporates strength training, cardio, core strengthening, stretching and endurance. Butcher Shop Group Classes are all-inclusive classes meant to be a one-stop solution replacing the cardio elements of your workout in addition to the muscle building elements. Our classes are dedicated to creating long lean muscles increasing endurance and flexibility.

Here’s a photo recap…

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Instructor Rachel, giving the girls hands-on instruction and correction

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Team Living Fit Columbus with Lagree instructor, Rachel Wilson

Rachel is a great instructor, providing hands on correction, visual examples & easy-to-understand explanations.  Equally as important is her upbeat encouraging vibe, great music selection and willingness to pose for post-sweat group photos. 🙂 We’ve also taken several of her barre-OM classes in which she uniquely combines her love of barre and yoga.

The Butcher Shop is definitely a good place to check out if you want to challenge your body with something new!  The classes are a change from our norm of running and yoga, which is always a good thing for your fitness routine.

Other details:

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  • Cost ~ Drop in Lagree Fitness classes are normally $23, but first-timers can test it out for only $10.  Bulk Class Pass, Monthly Memberships and more are available.  Spin classes & passes can also be purchased separately.
  • Need to bring ~ if doing the Lagree class, you’ll need non-slip “grip” socks, although they do have loaners
  • Parking ~ plenty of onsite parking

Sunday Shoutout, FIT Spotlight & Tour of Columbus [Rachel Kerr]

We have been lucky enough to meet up with Rachel Kerr several times in the last couple of months.  We first met over coffee and have since collaborated on some fun fitness projects.

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Rachel grew up in West Virginia and has lived in Columbus for the last ten years.  She’s spent years working in marketing & events, yet recently realized she’d be much happier working in her yoga pants!  Rachel followed her passion and sought out to complete her 200 hour YTT certification, while planning The Beauty Barre, a space for women to be empowered.  Her BB site has plenty of goodies for the fitness lover including healthy recipes, powerful workouts, killer retreats and a daily dose of happiness.

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When she isn’t planning events or teaching yoga classes, Rachel spends time with family & friends.  She loves all things healthy, including yoga, barre, hiking, biking, boating and anything involving the outdoors.  We keep hoping she’ll join us for a run sometime!

As of this interview, she is busy teaching at VUE Columbus, V Power Yoga, Bend Active, System of Strength and Fair Trade Yoga Studios.

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TOUR OF COLUMBUS

We’ve been touring Columbus to visit Rachel at various locations.  Our first class with her was a hot Vinyasa Power Flow at VUE Columbus.  It was a beautiful venue and surprisingly, heated right up, even in the middle of winter.  We enjoyed her 60 minute flow and all [of course] headed for coffee after.

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Our latest collaboration was a RUN + YOGA event at Bend Active. The runners met at Bend for a 3.1 mile loop around Upper Arlington – check out our route HERE.

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After the run, Rachel led us in a 30 minute YOGA FOR RUNNERS class, focusing on stretching, hip openers and specific poses & sequences great for runners looking to cross-train, gain flexibility and/or prevent injury.  Check out our previous post on Running, Yoga & Hips and check out our flow below!

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FIT SPOTLIGHT

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We did a little Q & A with Rachel on all things FIT.  Here is what she had to say…

What is your motivation for LIVING FIT?

I want to feel good and live life to the full potential. It’s hard to do that when you feel sluggish, mentally unhealthy, or just unhappy in your skin.

What does your daily diet look like?

I eat ALOT. A past roommate once told me it’s funny how much I eat. Due to that I try to eat pretty healthy, but I don’t prohibit myself from anything. I typically have a protein shake and coffee in the morning, mid morning snack of apple and peanut butter, salad with pita for lunch, mid evening snack of randomness and dinner to include veggies, fish and some type of potato. I believe red wine and chocolate should definitely be included in the food pyramid.

We definitely agree!

What are your favorite ways to sweat?   

Power Vinyasa Yoga or some type of boot camp class. It’s really hard for me to workout alone so I love the energy and atmosphere a class and instructor bring.

We are big on meeting for coffee after runs.  What is your go-to coffee shop beverage?

I’m pretty plain jane…I just love good old fashioned coffee.

Some of your favorite FIT things?

  • FIT place around Columbus:  System of Strength & Native Cold Pressed
  • Healthy eat(s): Chocolate Banana Protein Shake ~ chocolate powder, organic peanut butter, almond milk, banana, ice
  • Inspirational mantra: Live the life you’d be envious of if you saw someone else living it

Tell us more about The Beauty Barre!  

It’s a space for women to come to be empowered, healthy and beautiful. We do this through awesome workouts, restorative retreats, accountability partners, health and life coaching while surrounding you with a community of inspiring and like-minded women.

Any words of wisdom for others who want to begin or continue a FIT lifestyle?

Just start somewhere; you don’t have to wake up at 5am with a green juice or be able to run a marathon. Healthy looks different for everyone.

Anything else you would want us to know?

I love traveling [Guatemala and Aruba recently] and exploring new adventures!

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We have really enjoyed getting to know Rachel and look forward to many future fitness encounters. 

Most photos taken by Living Fit Columbus.  Other photo and info credits to The Beauty Barre.

RUN + Runner’s YOGA event today!

Excited for our complimentary event today ~ come join us at Bend Active on Lane Avenue, public welcome!

Here is our agenda; times are approximate, we’ll try to keep you on track…

  • 1:20 Meet & Greet @ Bend Active
  • 1:30 5K run with Teresa G & Living Fit Columbus
  • 2:15 Runner’s Yoga with Rachel K of The Beauty Barre
  • 2:45 Photos & shopping

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Come do some sweatin’ and shopping at BEND

Lots of fit-fashion leggings, tops and more!

Tour of Columbus [V Power Yoga]

We enjoy traveling around Columbus and trying new studios, new styles of yoga and of course, meeting other fitness lovers.  We struck gold on this studio tour!   Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 6.12.38 PM

Four of us attended a class at V Power Yoga last Saturday morning and unanimously, we can’t wait to go back.   We first heard about it through Rachel Kerr from The Beauty Barre and then found it on our recently acquired ClassPass Columbus.

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Here is a recap from two of us…

[rehash from L nguyen]

This morning it was rainy. I don’t mean just a sprinkle, it was a pouring monsoon out! That didn’t stop us yogis from going to an 8am heated yoga class. This month, we are trying out ClassPass and decided to give V Power a whirl.  I had never been to this studio before, and have only heard amazing things.  Naturally, on a Saturday morning, any normal person would sleep in.  I was so excited to try this place out that I was up close to 6am!

The class, itself, was a power flow.  Great for any morning energy! Erin (our instructor) started the class out with slow stretches to get our muscles juicy and warmed before jumping into our vinyasa flow series.  The class was heated and it felt SO great coming in from the rainy cold!  I especially loved the energizing music – it makes you just want to dance! The hour went by so fast- it was 9am before we knew it. As with any heated yoga class, I took advantage of being warmed up and practiced my scorpion before leaving. Erin provided very helpful tips post-class [ie, to not be scared to keep bringing my feet to head in forearm scorpion].  I wished we lived closer, but will definitely be coming back!

 

[rehash from T gellenbeck]

This was my first yoga studio in the downtown/warehouse area.  I was not up at 6AM like Lan, but I was excited!  🙂  We got there about 15 minutes early and were the first to arrive.  The instructor, who we later found out was one of the new co-owners, greeted us with smiles, got us checked in and moved us into the studio.

Things I loved…

  • The heat.  It was a heated class (which I love, especially in winter), but not TOO heated.  We all broke a sweat and were nice and warm, but weren’t dying.
  • Room to move.  The class was full on the website (a few of our yogis didn’t get in!), but there weren’t a TON of people packed into the class.  It was nice to have arm room.  This likely means to sign up early!
  • The instructor [and co-owner], Erin, was amazing!!  She was nice, easy to hear and very good at giving instruction.  She moved around the room and helped people with modifications, congratulated yogis on their poses, etc.  She gave us some ideas for hip stretches (as runners, they tend to always be tight), chatted with us after class and encouraged us to come back.  We will!!
  • It was the perfect combination of my favorite studio, Harbor Yoga, and other studios that give you a bit more time to practice certain poses [like PAI]. The first half was very fast flow, upbeat music, quick sequences, a great cardio/power workout.  The second half was a bit slower and gave us time for play, something I love as a new-er, wanna-be yogi.  Their site describes their practice as ‘vigorous and athletic.’  My type of workout!
  • This awesome shirt….

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The only downfall for me personally is the location/drive time.  Since we live in Dublin, it took about 20-25 minutes to get there, so round trip, it was about a two hour expedition ~ great if you have a lot of time, but a big chunk if you’ve got a long daily to-do list.

Here is some more info from their website:

V Power Yoga is nestled in the warehouse district of downtown Columbus. Reservations are not required, however new students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before class. Loaner mats are available for $3. Loaner towels are available for $2.

Free parking is available on the east side of Neilston St. Metered parking is available on 5th St. [Meters are coin only!]

252 North Fifth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 22 VYOGA

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Overall we LOVED it and will definitely be going back.  You should really check it out!

Class Pass Columbus

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Like trying new things?

Like making friends in lots of places?

Like cross-training in a variety of ways?

Well, hello ClassPass, welcome to Cbus!

We are excited to try out this new-to-Columbus fitness concept.  ClassPass is a monthly membership where you can visit multiple fitness studios around your city.

Here are the basics:

What is ClassPass?

ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

For $79 per month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

Although subject to change, some awesome ones in Columbus we are excited to visit include V Power Yoga, The Butcher Shop, Pure Barre, Thank Yoga & PAI Yoga.


How long is a ClassPass membership cycle?

Each ClassPass cycle is one month in length, and will automatically renew on the same day each month. For example, if you buy your ClassPass on April 5, your membership will renew on May 5.  Once your new month starts, you’ll be able to re-visit your favorite classes (and also explore new venues!) ClassPass does NOT require an annual/long-term commitment.

How many classes do I get with a ClassPass membership?

You’ll be able to take as many classes as you’d like each month! You can visit any studio in the ClassPass network up to 3 times per membership cycle.

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Watch for our posts on social media as we explore Columbus over the next 30 days with our new #ClassPassColumbus!  And while you’re at it, #PassTheHappy!