Some mornings you just don’t feel like heading to the gym. We checkout ClassPass Live– which allows you to join a live, interactive group high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class streaming on your television.
Fitness app ClassPass, announced plans for a standalone subscription service for unlimited live and on-demand at-home workouts. MensHealth.com got an early look at the new offering — called ClassPass Live — and I can confidently say I got a killer workout without any equipment, and without having to leave my warm, dry apartment.
Before the workout, ClassPass sent me a starter kit that contained a Chromecast and a Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor. The kit costs $70 for subscribers, or $40 if you already have a Chromecast. On top of that, a ClassPass Live subscription costs $15 a month (or $10 if you’re already a regular ClassPass user) to access unlimited workouts.
After setting up my Chromecast on my living room TV, which took around 10 minutes, I downloaded the ClassPass app and signed up for my live 30-minute class. (Workouts stream live Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10 a.m., and you can always do them later on-demand.)
The Morning of the Workout
Just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, I clipped on my heart rate monitor, paired it with my iPhone, and cast my ClassPass app onto my living room TV. (Even if it’s your first time working out with a heart rate monitor or using Chromecast, I can assure you this process isn’t complicated. It took around five minutes.)
The only other thing I had to do was clear a little workout space in my living room — enough to do a burpee, the app suggested.
The ClassPass Live Workout
Going into this thing, I was sceptical about how different it could possibly be from the limitless free total-body workouts you can find in 0.5 seconds on YouTube.
THE ANSWER? THE EXPERIENCE IS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT — AND BETTER.
Let’s start with the workout itself. Instructor Bakari Williams led us through three different circuits, each with around four simple moves. Because it was HIIT, we performed the moves in explosive 30-second intervals that had me struggling to operate my upper body the next day.
Here’s where the heart rate monitor comes in. As it read my data, a little slider on a color-coded bar at the bottom of my TV screen revealed whether or not I was operating in the target heart rate zone for each portion of the workout. The longer you stay in that target zone, the more “points” you’re awarded. Your total score is displayed on a leaderboard at the side of the screen, so you can see how you stack up against other people in the class.
When I’m alone with a YouTube video, it’s easy to half-ass the moves I don’t enjoy doing (looking at you, lunges). But when I was up against strangers for total HIIT domination, I definitely pushed myself harder — even through multiple rounds of bear crawls. Williams had me a personal shout-out when I slid into the top five on the leaderboard — a cool interactive perk I definitely don’t get from YouTube.
If you’re someone who likes the detailed feedback you get from an in-person workout class, this probably isn’t for you. Though your instructor can see the leaderboard, they can’t see how well you’re performing each move.
But if you’re looking for a challenging, efficient home workout that’ll really push you to your limits, I’d definitely recommend it.