5 Ways to Gym-Hop on the Cheap

What's a fitness enthusiast to do? You love the ab and yoga classes at your regular gym, but you've been itching to try out some other classes at nearby studios, like tai chi, spinning, boot camp and Zumba. Thankfully, instead of having to commit to multiple gyms (and pay pricey dues for each), there are several innovative companies out there that allow you to sample classes at a variety of fitness centers in your area, so you save money and never feel bored.

While some of these companies require a monthly membership fee, others peddle passes for a one-time fee that are good for a few months. Prices and rules vary, so we've decided to share the details on five of the best multi-studio fitness passes and memberships available right now. Read on to choose which is right for you. (We've also included a fun option for little ones, too!)

5. ClassPass
5. ClassPass

Available in more than 30 cities around the world, ClassPass offers you the chance to take a variety of exciting classes at different studios in your area, from yoga to barre to cycling to circuit training. A few popular studios you'll have access to include Flywheel, Pure Barre, Barry's Bootcamp, The Bar Method and Crunch Gym.

Members pay a monthly fee, which varies according to where you live (check website for pricing details on your city). For instance, New York membership costs $75 per month for five classes, $135 per month for ten classes and $200 per month for unlimited classes. In Atlanta, members pay $55 per month for five classes, $100 per month for ten classes and $160 per month for unlimited classes. You can visit the same studio up to three times a month, depending on your plan.

Once you become a member, booking a class is a breeze: you can easily make reservations through the online booking tool on the website or via the ClassPass smartphone app (available on the App Store and Google Play).

4. MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass
4. MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Catering to a clientele of mostly women, this discovery pass allows you to sample classes from a variety of studios in your city without having to pay a membership fee or make any commitments. Prices are $350 for 30 classes (expires after six months) or $499 for six months unlimited.

Classes range from strength training to Pilates to kickboxing—just be sure to reserve your class ahead of time through the online booking system. Also keep in mind that this pass can only be used to get into studios you've never been to before.

3. FitReserve
3. FitReserve

Members of FitReserve don't have to worry about any blackout times—they have access to full class schedules at top studios, even at peak times, from dance to spinning, rowing to CrossFit. Right now, FitReserve is only available in the New York and Boston metro areas, but it plans to expand to other markets soon. Studio partners include Barry's Bootcamp, Peloton, Swerve, Exceed, The Bar Method and more.

Members can choose from various monthly or prepaid payment plans, which differ in price for New York members and Boston members. You can even get 20% off your first month by signing up at this website and entering the code GETFIT20 at checkout.

Members can attend each studio up to four times per month and also receive discounts to various fitness, wellness, beauty, nutrition and lifestyle brands.

Booking can be done through the website up to 14 days in advance, depending on the studio. There's no smartphone app yet, but the company aims to launch one in the coming months.

An added perk: for each friend you invite who joins the FitReserve "Gold" or "Platinum" plan and remains an active member for at least two months, a $50 credit will be applied to your account after your friend's second month. Your friend will also receive $50 off his or her first month. (You must be on the "Gold" or "Platinum" plan in order to receive referral credit.)

2. Yoga & Fitness Passport
2. Yoga & Fitness Passport

Hot yoga, boxing, tai chi, martial arts, Zumba and pole dancing are just a sampling of the types of cool classes you can take with the Yoga & Fitness Passport. The pass costs $300 for 30 classes and lasts for six months. You must reserve your classes in advance using the online booking system, and if you visited a location in the past, you can't use the Yoga & Fitness Passport at that location.

A perk to this pass is that you can rack up reward points to use toward prizes and giveaways by booking classes, writing reviews and sharing your activity on Facebook and Twitter.

1. KidPass
1. KidPass

Let's not forget about the kiddos. If you're looking for a variety of fun activities for your little ones to try out, KidPass can be a great option. For a $49 monthly fee, your child can participate in fitness activities such as tennis, yoga, ballet, swimming and martial arts (the pass also grants access to music lessons, arts-and-crafts classes, zoos, museums and more). KidPass even offers prenatal yoga for moms-to-be.

Although KidPass is only available in a few places in the New York metropolitan area right now—specifically Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Jersey City and Hoboken—the company plans to expand into other major metro areas in the coming year.

Here's how KidPass works: Members receive ten credits each month (worth up to $150 in value), which can be used to book activities through the KidPass website or smartphone app. Activities often cost one or two credits each, and additional credits can be purchased for $5 each. Any unused credits from your monthly plan will roll over for up to three billing cycles.

If you're interested in signing up, KidPass is offering a special back-to-school deal through the end of September where new users can get their first month for only $19 (use the promo code BTS19).

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