Every year, fitness platform ClassPass releases a data-driven summary of its 2020 workout trends. We’re always curious to see which classes, studios, and genres come out on top, but even more so after an unprecedented year of sheltering in place.
Gyms and fitness studios, especially those that are independently owned, have been hit hard by COVID. They’ve withstood months-long closures, new occupancy limits, and a customer base wary of returning, even when permitted to do so. With the pandemic still raging, gyms are not the safest settings.
ClassPass has worked with their partners nationwide to develop virtual programming, helping over 5,000 studios launch their first-ever livestream classes. As a result, 81 percent of ClassPass members continued to work out using virtual options, the company says.
According to the 2020 trend report, the most popular virtual class types were yoga, Pilates, Barre, dance, stretching, and boxing. These are national numbers, the app company didn’t provide anything locally.
But in May and June, as pandemic stress mounted, ClassPass users unwinded by booking 25 percent more yoga classes. Yoga was also the most popular class genre for those booking their first digital class. Restorative offerings were popular, too–meditation and stretching were among the top 10 on-demand activities booked through the app.
In July and August, ClassPass saw an upswing in outdoor class offerings. Four out of five ClassPass subscribers felt comfortable working out in fresh air.
Eventually, studios began to reopen with new COVID precautions. ClassPass added a feature that allows members to preview the safety and sanitation practices at each studio, like contactless check-in or spaced-out equipment. Because many members don’t have a Pilates reformer or stationary bike to use while sheltering in place, bookings surged for equipment-heavy classes.
The most popular in-studio classes after re-openings were HIIT, indoor cycling, reformer Pilates, boot camps, boxing, and hot yoga.
For the first time ever, says ClassPass, the most popular weekday class time is 12 p.m. (Dallas won the “Lunchtime Warriors” award–we are the city most likely to book a class between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.) The top-booked time slot for weekend workouts was 10 a.m. The most popular day to work out? Wednesday.
Finally, ClassPass shared the most popular Dallas studios for virtual workouts.
Dallas’s Most-Streamed Studios in 2020
Barre3, a national studio chain with locations in Coppell, Frisco, Plano, and Richardson, offers workouts that blend ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates. Intimidated to try barre? This studio is a great place to start. Its instructors are mindful of the fact that everyone’s fitness levels are different, and modifications are offered throughout the class.
Yes, The Barre Code offers traditional barre classes, but the studio also hosts cardio kickboxing, boot camps, HIIT classes, restorative sessions, and more. The Barre Code has locations in Plano, the Design District, and Highland Park.
It’s no surprise that Class Studios’ virtual offerings were a hit. It’s one of ClassPass’s highest-rated studios and won the app’s People’s Choice Award in 2019. Both locations–West Village and Preston Center–offer Cycle and Train classes set to playlists like “Travis Scott vs. Beyoncé” and “Hip Hop Holidays.”
This Plano yoga studio offers several live-stream classes per day, from energizing vinyasa flows to relaxing restorative classes. There’s also a Warriors of Wisdom class, which incorporates mindfulness and feels like “meditation in motion.”
Pure Barre was one of the first barre chains in the country, and with a location in nearly every suburb of Dallas, it’s as popular as ever. Each studio offers its own live classes; first-timers should try Classic, but if you’re looking for an extra boost of cardio or resistance training, try Empower or Reform.