I’ve been trying to get my husband to go to “gym class” with me FOR YEARS. It’s no secret that I love group fitness classes. I’m down for all of them – yoga, HIIT, trampoline – you name it, I’m there. However, my husband REFUSES to set foot in a group class. He will ONLY use a personal trainer. Therefore, we don’t workout together. Ever.
Until last weekend…
Last weekend I opened an app, had a personal training appointment scheduled (in a matter of minutes…not kidding) with our favorite Atlanta trainer for later that day, and officially ended our four year long couples fitness standoff.
This weekend, we are officially welcoming that app, Fitspot, to Atlanta. Fitspot is all about access and on-demand, and (trust me) it’s going to change the already redhot Atlanta Fitness scene. Fitspot lets you seamlessly book workouts with ATL’s most in-demand certified fitness trainers and get movin’ in as little as 30 minutes. It’s not a totally iconoclastic move, given services like ClassPass, but what sets it apart is the access to an entire PERSONAL coaching staff – that will meet you where you want and when you want – at the swipe of a finger.
Not to be that girl, but this is how fitness works for people like Beyonce. In fact, if you have a multi-million dollar tour bus, I highly recommend you ask your Fitspot trainer to meet you there. BECAUSE WHY NOT? Also, you can split sessions with up to two friends, so might as well bring Jay-Z or your husband.
You can choose from a variety of activities such as strength training, pilates and boxing, and take it a step further by selecting your trainer, your location (again they COME TO YOU) and the time that works best. Can I recommend Keisy Bullock? You MUST look her up on FitSpot. Simply enter her trainer code KEISY (all caps) in the ‘My Trainers’ tab of the app. Then you can view her profile, check her availability and book workouts directly with her.
While you’re in investigation mode, checkout the founder of the app, Jon Cohn, who got his BA in economics and history from Emory University in Atlanta (woohoo!). Jon started out as an investment banker at one of the best firms in New York – so he knows a little something about cramming a workout into a busy schedule. Luckily for us, Jon’s lack of sleep and work-life-balance led to his development of Fitspot, allowing us to avoid driving across town (he knows Atlanta traffic sucks) so we can workout nearby – or right where we are (planks at happy hour?)
The app itself is also awesome. Sammy Courtright, director of ops, told us “We bent over backwards to get the Fitspot experience right.” I should mention that Sammy is a nationally certified Pilates instructor, dancer and actress, so bending over backwards is a little easier for her than for most, but the hard work is evident in the sleek design. In fact, I think it’s arguably the easiest online fitness tool to use, and has advanced features like the option to chat with trainers in the app, review, like and follow fitness professionals and add your fitness analytics. It creates a pretty neat online fitness community.
Now, let’s get real for a min…none of this would matter to me if the service was super expensive. No pretty logo or super attractive co-founding couple (Jon and Sammy are an item…AWWWW!) could entice me to spend more than the market demands. The good news here is…the pricing model is awesome. A personalized training session has a flat rate of $69, but if you buy in bulk you get a discount. So that’s weight training in Piedmont Park for $69. Or yoga in your living room for $69. OR you can use the code FITROADIES for 20% off (or $14 for those of you who were not in Jon’s economics class.)
*For those new to the internet, the code can be entered at checkout; use all caps.
#Protip: It’s almost TOO easy to use, so beware of Fitspotting (can we make that a verb?) after a few cocktails – when you’re convinced your sore calves can handle three strength sessions this week. Trust me, they can’t.
Note: I should also mention that FitSpot is a friend, not threat, to trainers. Trainers are able to pickup revenue that they would otherwise have have missed. This win-win situation is critical to Fitspot, because it means that both trainers and trainees have a tremendous amount of skin in the game.