How to Score Boutique Fitness Classes at a Discount

Less Money, Same Workout

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Truth be told, I love trying new fitness classes, but I hate paying for them - boutique studios can be expensive! That's why I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut costs when it comes to staying fit. Check out these tips for scoring boutique fitness studio access, even when you're on a budget.

1. Check for "First Class Free" Options

There is absolutely no sense in paying full price for your first class at any boutique fitness studio.

Almost all boutique studios know that the proof is in the pudding, so they're willing to offer one or two classes free to anyone who's curious. Even if the "first class free" language doesn't show up on the studio's website, call and ask whether you can preview a class - almost all studios will say yes.

2. Scour Yipit

Yipit is pretty amazing. It curates all the best deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, and other group-buying websites, making it easy to locate the discounts you're dying to score. Yipit is how I found a 93%-off discount on a 30-class Yoga & Fitness Passport, marking the price down to just $20 (that's just $.66 cents per class). Even though you're still sent to the group-buying website each deal is curated from to make your purchase, it's an easier way to find and compare all the deals in your area.

3. Look Into Passport Programs

Multi-studio passport programs, such as ClassPass and FitReserve, are popping up around the country.

If you know you want access to multiple boutique studios, and you don't want to pay the $20 or more per class that most studios command, passport programs give you access to many studios at a discount. For instance, ClassPass cost just $99 per month, and provides you with unlimited access to studios within their network.

If you use it four or five times per month, the monthly membership fee is more than worth it.

4. Subscribe to Social Media Platforms

If you've found a few studios you really enjoy, make sure you subscribe to each studios' newsletter and social media platforms. Many studios release "fans only" discounts through email or social media to reward followers with special classes, discounts, and private events. Even if you're not a regular member, you can still take advantage of these programs. For instance, I once scored a Camp Gladiator 4-week boot camp for just $6 because I took advantage of a special offer I saw promoted on the company's social media page.

5. Ask About Off-Peak Pricing

Fitness centers and boutique studios have very predictable schedules. Most people want to access classes before work, after work, or during their lunch hours. This means 6:00am, 6:00pm and 12:00 noon classes are almost always full.

The same studio that's slammed at 6:00am may be pretty empty during its 10:00am or 2:00pm class.

In an effort to fill these quiet classes, some studios may be willing to offer discounted rates during off-peak hours. These rates may not be publicized, so if your schedule's flexible, it's worth asking if you can get a discount by only attending during certain classes.

5. Sign Up for Extended Memberships

If you fall in love with a particular studio, stop piecemealing your participation by buying one class here and another class there. Individual class rates are almost always more expensive than the rate for buying multiple classes. Go ahead and commit to your favorite facility and ante up for the big class package.

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