Recently I bought a discounted three month yoga pass (Semperviva) that amounted to $80, which is a steal of a deal considering most discounted introductory unlimited yoga passes are about $30-$40 a month. Of course Vancouver is the yoga capital of North America, pretty much (well perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch, though Vancouver is the birthplace of the Lululemon yoga pant) so since it had been a while since I used an unlimited pass (years), I thought it would be a good opportunity to try it again.
Here are some reasons why this three month unlimited pass trial didn’t work for me, and why I presume any unlimited monthly gym/yoga/workout pass might not work for others for the same reasons… however, this is just my experience and might be completely opposite to yours!
I had a specific class I was aiming to go to (namely prenatal yoga) and it was offered twice a week (once during a weekday, during the day and the other time slot was on a weekend day). Of course the weekday option was out of the question since I work Monday to Fridays.
Of course there were other pregnancy friendly yoga classes but they were offered too early in the evening making getting there rushed.
it takes too much time out of my day
I found that an hour and 15 minute class would actually take about two to two and a half hours out of my day. It involved getting there at least half an hour before class and then looking for parking, and then driving home through the traffic (about 10-15 minute drive each way).
I guess this is in comparison to working out via Youtube videos or a DVD which involves the specific time allotted since there’s no travel time or “looking for parking” time. I have so much I like to do (like read, blog, learn about personal finance) that time to me, is of the essence and I want to make things as efficient as possible.
I think that if the yoga studio was walking distance then it would be a whole different ball game and I would probably go a lot more often.
i prefer to be alone
Perhaps it’s because I am an introverted (check out Liquid Independence’s post on which Myers Briggs personality types make the most money) creature and prefer to be alone. Being in roomful of people can be inspiring but at the same time draining for me.
I don’t have a solution for this one except to change my personality, haha.
I can’t do anything after work
A lot of the weekday classes are great but driving through traffic and rushing to get somewhere after work stresses me out and also cuts into meal preparation for dinner, of course! Besides, after work I am absolutely exhausted usually and can’t do anything except veg for a few minutes on the couch before getting my evening started.
getting a cost per use target stresses me out
Finally, ideally I wanted to go to enough yoga classes so that each class was to end up costing $5. However, in my three month unlimited yoga class experiment I was only able to go between nine to 11 times, making my cost per use around $7.00-$9.00. Still not bad but it’s not stellar. I ended up going to yoga class for the sake of going to yoga class so that I wouldn’t be paying $14 a class (perhaps this is a good thing because I did end up “getting my money’s worth”).
I know it seems like a lot of excuses but I really do try and give it a good conscientious effort before I rule something out. I think in the future if the exercise pass was close to me (walking distance) it would make a big difference in my happiness factor with the class. Also, if I needed the united energy of people around me to decompress this would be much more appropriate for me (for example my colleague loves yoga classes and goes almost every day after work). I cancelled my membership and saved my money instead.
Readers, are you good at taking advantage of a monthly gym/yoga/workout pass? Do you have any strategies that you would recommend for making the most of your gym/yoga/workout pass?