Groupon is a great and affordable way to try new things – especially when it comes to fitness classes.
Fitness classes can be expensive, and if you’re trying something new for the first time, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that you’ll potentially hate.
That’s why I like Groupon – they typically have a few interesting deals on fitness classes in town for trial memberships or a few classes for a reduced price. It’s a nice way to try something you’ve always been interested in but don’t think you could afford regularly, or just as a way to spice up your exercise routine.
Take me recently – I’ve always been interested in Pilates, but it’s very expensive so I’ve never tried it in a studio.
Then I saw a Groupon on for Pilates classes at studio nearby so I thought it would be a great fit – but the class schedule didn’t fit with my schedule and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get all of the use out of the Groupon so I didn’t buy the deal.
Instead, I bought a 20 class pass for Moksha Yoga Winnipeg. I had heard good things about them, and while I’ve tried yoga classes in the past, I’ve never been to Moksha.
Before I clicked “buy” on Groupon, I looked at all the classes Moksha offered and what times they’re on so I could see if it would fit flexibly into my schedule. Then I noted the caveat for the 20 class pass: you have to use all 20 classes within 90 days… So I calculated how many classes I would have to attend a week to use up all of my Groupon classes.
I’ve been to two Barre classes at Moksha now, and it’s been a great experience. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing the other 18 classes – and it’s nice to know that I can switch it up and attend a yoga class at Moksha, too, because I’m not limited to taking one type of class with the deal.
Tips for finding a great fitness deal on Groupon and getting the most out of it:
1. Make a list of a few things you’d like to try: Kickboxing? Rock climbing? Dragon boating? Yoga? Then watch for it on sites like Groupon and Dealfind.
2. If you see a deal you like, check the organization’s website. It will give you an idea of their studio and what their classes and instructors are like. Also, make sure to check their class schedules to make sure it will fit into your schedule.
3. Note things the organization offers, like pre-registering for class online. For me, registering online makes my life easy – I can pick a class and save myself a spot, so I don’t have to rush from work to class and be half an hour early to make sure I get in.
4. Read the fine print. Sometimes the deal dictates that you have to use the classes you bought within 90 days after you go to the first class. Calculate how many times a week you have to go to class to use the whole deal.
5. Ask yourself: Do you feel this is really worth it, punk? Sometimes, the savings aren’t that big, and if it’s not a class you think you’ll like, you’re probably better off paying a drop-in fee for three classes than purchasing a deal-pack of 10 when you’ll stop going after three.
6. Tell a friend about the deal! Unless, of course, you like to do new things alone… and are really accountable to yourself to do them. Trying something new with a friend makes it a lot easier (and fun!) to go regularly and get the full value of your deal.
I definitely recommend using sites like Groupon to spice up your workout routine, or even to try new activities with friends or for a date.
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What’s your favourite way to find and try new fitness classes? Leave me a comment.