Where would you start if you went looking for a fitness class near you? A gym is the obvious place, but generally its classes are restricted to members and most require more of a commitment (after a short trial) than you may be prepared to make.
You may direct your search to Google but – whisper it, because someone’s Google Home app is probably listening – not everything can be found that way. The truth is that there are probably classes going on right under your nose but which you need a stroke of luck to find out about. For example, there’s a Scout hut opposite one Coach contributor’s house that had been putting on yoga classes for years, but he had no idea until a friend told him.
New website Classfinder aims to make such ignorance a thing of the past. Over 40,000 classes nationwide are already listed on the site, with more being added all the time.
Classfinder is mercifully easy to use and there are many ways to filter the listed classes to find one that suits you. That starts with four upfront suggestions – lose weight, de-stress, 60-plus and beginners – that you can use to narrow down what’s available with one click.
However, if you want to go into more detail you can do that easily, filtering by distance, date, class type, difficulty level, cost and booking, the last of which informs you if you need a membership to attend.
Although Classfinder is still relatively new, the range of classes we found searching a range of UK postcodes was already impressive, and the site has backing from organisations such as Sport England, which should help it expand quickly.
Classfinder is also running a competition to encourage people to spread the word on Facebook, and everyone who likes the Classfinder Facebook page and tags a friend before 29th November gets a two-month KpopX Fitness pass to try its online fitness classes, as well as a Discovery Pass for class booking app and website MoveGB. The prizes on offer include a 12-month Everyone Active gym membership, and many of them are for you and a friend, so you can get someone to attend classes with you.