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Calling all ClassPass devotees: You’ve probably noticed a major change on the fitness booking platform in the past few months, and as of today, that change is permanent. The company announced that it has ended the beta-testing phase for its credits system, making it permanent for its sweaty users across the country.

So now, instead of being limited to a certain number of workout classes per month, now you’ll see a credit allotment. The types of classes you sign up for and the time of day you take them will now determine how much bang you’re getting for your buck. Instead of getting 10 classes for $135/month in New York City, for example, you’ll get 90 credits, which generally equates to 8 to 12 classes.

“If you’re on the old 10 plan, you can go to 10 classes, or you can go to 13, 14, maybe even 15 classes for the same amount if you’re willing to choose off-peak or less-popular classes.” —Fritz Lanman, ClassPass CEO

“Customers can roughly do the same things they were doing before. If you’re on the old 10-plan, you can go to 10 classes, or you can go to 13, 14, maybe even 15 classes for the same amount if you’re willing to choose off-peak or less-popular classes,” ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman tells me. “Or, if you want to go to popular classes at peak times, maybe you’re getting 8 classes—but you’re able to have that choice. We’re empowering customers to now make the decision on how they want to spend their fitness budget.”

Aside from the new credit system, there are some other membership updates, one of the most exciting being there’s no longer a limit on how many times you can visit your favorite studio. Instead of being limited to three visits per month, you can now buy extra visits, but at a higher credit rate, the ClassPass release notes. You can also add more credits to your account if you’re running low and want to attend more classes, and if don’t use them all, up to 10 will automatically roll over to your next month.

With this new model, we’re also able to offer other types of experiences we know our customers really want that are attached to our fitness routine.” —Payal Kadakia, ClassPass founder and chairman

And, according to Payal Kadakia, ClassPass founder and chairman, this current version of that platform, which has weathered negative opinions about its many shifts since launching in 2013, is the best. “With this new model, we’re also able to offer other types of experiences we know our customers really want that are attached to our fitness routine,” she told me.

She’s referring to ClassPass’ recent announcement about expanding into the wellness sphere by offering massages, facials, cryotherapy, acupuncture, infrared saunas, and more.

With these changes, you’ll have more options at your fingertips—and if you play your cards right, you could get even more out of your monthly workout schedule.

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