Fit-City Guide is a platform to navigate the incredibly diverse and prolific fitness class scene. It’s not just about incense and tea-tree filled yoga studios anymore or big box no-personality gyms; with so many different types of fitness studios popping up, it can be difficult to know what they all do and if they would have a class you might enjoy. Fit-City Guide offers an unbiased, authentic breakdown of the many different kinds of classes that are out there. Like trampoline classes, that’s a thing. We try Barre, Boxing, Dance, Meditation, Pilates, Spin, Yoga, and anything else that doesn’t fall into these categories.
When reviewing each class, we consider 5 key components:
Location | Class Schedule + Price | Vibe | Instructor | Level of Difficulty
Each component has the opportunity to score a full pineapple. Yes, we rate using pineapples. How come? Because stars are so 1995 and 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.
Location – Although living downtown means any studio near us is convenient as hell, we promise we won’t give gold pineapples just to studios in the hub of it all. We’ll consider what it takes to get to a studio to determine if it earns a full pineapple for this section. We’ll consider if it’s accessible by public transport, check out the parking situation, suss out the neighborhood, scope out if cute shops and wine bars are nearby, etcetera etcetera.
Class Schedule + Price – In this section, we look at the frequency of the class schedule, the variety of classes offered, and the price tag. Earning a full pineapple ain’t easy. First, we’ll check out if classes are being held at convenient times for anybody’s schedule; whether they’re stay at home moms or young professionals working 9-5. Second, we’ll layout the price list and compare to the rest of the industry for a similar experience to determine if the prices are reasonable and there is great value for money. For example, if the cost for a drop-in spin class is more than a yoga class but they provide towel service and spin shoes, we’re coo’ with spending a few more dollars. Third, and only if this is appropriate for the type of studio, we’ll 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.
Vibe – For the vibe component, we’ll consider the space and layout of the studio, the amenities offered, the design aesthetic and the crowd. We’ll evaluate the flow of the studio space, meaning if there is a major traffic jam after class that forces you to bump uglies with your sweaty spin neighbor, maybe that won’t be our favorite experience. We’ll take note of all the little extra’s that a studio may consider, like offering mints and hair ties; #bless the hair ties by the way. We’ll wear our interior decorating hat for a bit and suss out the design aesthetic. Trust us, we’ll notice those mini succulents beside the rose gold faucet, and we’ll be like YUS! We’ll also check out the size of a class and our fellow fitness friends to give you a snapshot of the type of crowd we’re sweating with.
Instructor – 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 (if appropriate), energy and how they make us feel. That last part is soft, but it actually matters, right?!
Level of Difficulty – Every class will be branded with a level of difficulty;
Way Hard | Hard | Middle of the Roadsies | Chill | Hella Chill
BUT, Way Hard doesn’t always mean a full pineapple. We’ll consider the class write-up and evaluate if the level of difficulty of a class was what we were expecting. For example, we won’t rate a restorative yoga class as Way Hard, it’ll hopefully be Hella Chill, but that still means it can earn a full pineapple. We always go to classes with friends that have varying levels of fitness, and we often ask others in the class about their experience to ensure we are providing a well rounded perspective on the level of difficulty. We also break down the flow of a class and give snipits of the exercises, areas of the body that are worked and perhaps an update on our soarness levels after class.
So that’s the deal! Check out the studios we’ve reviewed and give them a try. They’re all pretty great, guys. Also, let us know if there is a studio you’d like us to review, we’re always on the hunt for something new!