Working out can be tedious, let’s not beat around the bush. Even more so when you have to do it alone in a gym without a personal trainer. Also, personal trainers cost an arm and a leg these days, making the service a luxury that not everyone can afford. So, it’s no surprise that group exercising has become increasingly popular. Small group classes focus on specific activities or parts of the body and are taught by experienced in-class instructors. Best of all, classes are more fun, more social, and tend to push you to train harder. And they won’t break the bank!
In recent years, the popularity of these group classes led to the launch of fitness apps like GuavaPass, which allows its subscribers to enjoy a variety of classes at different gyms and studios. And just a few weeks ago, ClassPass came bursting onto the scene. With fitness fanatics torn between the two, Ahlan! decided to sign up to both and see what the difference is.
For many of us, price is key, so this factor is perhaps the most important. GuavaPass prices start at Dhs251 for four classes, but serious gym-goers will want to opt for the Dhs359 package (per month, for a minimum of three months), which allows them unlimited classes.
ClassPass works on a different system, with only two price points. Different classes have different credit values. The Dhs229 package will earn you five to seven classes per month, while the Dhs399 package will earn 20 to 31 classes every month.
Verdict: ClassPass is a tad more expensive, and while it’s also not unlimited like GuavaPass, you can still train almost every day. But GuavaPass wins this round by Dhs40.
HOW IT WORKS
GuavaPass is simple. You either buy a certain number of classes, or your unlimited package allows you to book whatever classes you want to go to. Here’s the problem though: GuavaPass only allows you to train at the same studio or gym three times in one month, which can be annoying when you’ve found a place you really like.
With ClassPass, on the other hand, classes are worth tokens. General classes start from about six tokens, while watersports like paddle boarding are approximately 13 tokens. Truth be told, if you have 200 tokens a month, this barely makes a dent. And unlike GuavaPass, you can return to your favourite gym or studio time and time again. Your tokens, your choice.
Verdict: Based purely on the three strikes policy that GuavaPass operates, ClassPass wins. You can plan your week and month accordingly, not having to worry about how many times you’ve visited a certain gym. For instance, we have found two different classes at Fit23 that we like to attend every week. With GuavaPass, that’s not a possibility.
GuavaPass is available in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There are 120 studios and gyms currently collaborating with GuavaPass in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there are 60. In fact, you can even use your GuavaPass app in Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore.
Newbie ClassPass is sadly not available in Abu Dhabi, but it has already accumulated partnerships with more than 145 studios and gyms in Dubai. At this point, it is also available in more than 65 cities worldwide, which is great for people who travel frequently.
Currently, you will find that some gyms and studios appear on both apps, but not many. We love some studios that are exclusive to GuavaPass (shout out to NRG Fitness and UFC JBR), and some that are exclusive to ClassPass (heeeey Tribe Fit). We’re pretty torn.
Verdict: It’s a tie, because although ClassPass has more options in Dubai, Abu Dhabi lives matter. To tell the truth, we signed up to both apps at the same time, and completed six classes on each in three weeks.
The penalties for both apps are the same. If you cancel a class within 12 hours of its start time, you have to pay a Dhs40 fine. If you’re a no-show, you get charged Dhs50. And it’s important to be punctual. We arrived 15 minutes late to a ClassPass class at Tribe Fit due to severe Media City traffic and got fined Dhs50, which made us sad.
Verdict: A tie! The penalties make it more difficult to cancel, but life happens and things change. We think both apps should look again at these 12-hour cancellation periods. A lot can happen in 12 hours that is out of our control.
Everyone has an off-phase when it comes to working out, whether it’s due to illness, travel or pure laziness. Both apps allow you to pause your subscription. GuavaPass allows you to pause your account easily on the app, while ClassPass requires you to pause by chatting to ClassPass customer service. You can then resume your subscription when you’re ready to train again.
Verdict: It’s a close call, but we’ll have to give this one to GuavaPass for making the pausing process a little easier.
INFO: Download ClassPass and GuavaPass from your favourite app store, get signed up and choose your price package. Then start training. It’s as simple as that.