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We always consider the same five components:
Location | Schedule + Price | Vibe |Instructor | Difficulty
Each component has the opportunity to score a full pineapple. Yes, we rate using pineapples. Why? Bc pineapples are awesome. They are the happiest fruit, they represent hospitality and friendship, and they remind us of the beach. And we love the beach.
So what does a top rated, 5 pineapple class look like? Check it.
The key to earning full fruits for location is that the studio needs to be accessible for ALL modes of transportation. We’ll consider public transport, walking, biking, parking, and we’ll suss out the neighbourhood and scope out if cute shops and wine bars are nearby, bc that matters.
Schedule + Price
We look at the frequency of the class schedule, the variety of classes offered, and the price tag. Earning a full pineapple isn’t easy here. We’ll consider if classes are being held at convenient times for everybody’s schedule; whether they’re working from home or working 9-5. We’ll layout the price list and compare to the rest of the industry to determine if the prices are reasonable and there’s great value. Example, if a drop-in spin class is more than a yoga class but towel service and spin shoes are included, we’re ok with that. We’ll also consider the variety of classes, workshops or events that are offered. Insider tip – we like studios that give back. We tend to make it rain with pineapples when we see studios that donate the proceeds to their favorite charity, or hold special events for a great cause. We heart that part.
We consider the space and layout of the studio, the amenities, the design aesthetic and the crowd. We’ll evaluate the flow of the space, meaning if there’s a traffic jam after class that forces us to bump uglies with our sweaty neighbor that might not be our favorite experience. We’ll note the little extra’s, like providing mints and hair ties, and we’ll suss out the design aesthetic. We’ll also check out the size of the class and our fellow fitness friends to give you a snapshot of the type of crowd we’re sweating with.
As we all know, instructors can make or break a class, and if they make our fitness class we’ll be loyal 4lyfe. In this section we’ll tell you everything we know about the team at a studio, and focus on the instructor’s style, playlist, energy and how they make us feel. That last part is soft, but it actually matters.
Every class will be given a difficulty level as per below, but note that just because a class is Way Hard doesn’t necessarily mean it will earn a full pineapple, and the reverse;
Way Hard | Hard | Middle of the Roadsies | Chill | Hella Chill
We’ll consider the class write-up and evaluate if the level of difficulty of a class was what we were expecting. We won’t rate a restorative yoga class Way Hard, it’ll hopefully be Hella Chill, but it can still earn a full pineapple. We go to classes with friends that have varying levels of fitness, and we ask others in the class about their experience to ensure we’re providing a well rounded perspective. We break down the flow of a class and explain the exercises, areas of the body that are worked, and maybe an update on our soarness levels after class.
Check out the studios we’ve reviewed and give them a try!