Today we speak with Megan Smyth CEO and cofounder of FitReserve, the company allowing you to mix-and-match workouts across studios and classes. After spending 7 years on Wall Street, entrepreneurship called Megan’s name. Through cofounding GoRecess and working with the Nike+ Accelerator, the company morphed into FitReserve. Megan, an avid runner and dedicated gym rat, is just as dedicated to NYC’s growing tech ecosystem and goes the distance to give back to the community supporting women and men alike.
"The boutique fitness scene has grown by 450 percent since 2010, with more than 100,000 fitness boutiques across the U.S. for everything from yoga and Pilates to Barre, cycling, boxing and boot camps. Multi-studio memberships such as FitReserve make it possible for consumers to sample any one of the dozens of member partner studios for one monthly fee."
"FitReserve allows variety-loving gym rats to take classes at boutique studios all over town.There are no blackout periods, so any class on a participating gym’s schedule is fair game. FitReserve members also get discounts at wellness businesses including Instacart, Thrive Market, and SweatStyle."
"Gym-goers can build their personalized workout schedule by taking advantage of the complete class offerings at all partner studios. Due to FitReserve, users may attend, say, a pilates class on Tuesday and an indoor cycling class on Thursday, and maybe try a boxing class just for fun."
"Since launching in New York City in 2015, Co-Founders Megan Smyth and Bill Arzt have been able to do just that, growing their studio footprint, bringing on name-brand partners like Barry’s Bootcamp and Bar Method and offering consumers more than 60,000 classes to choose from per month. The company expanded to Boston and has other local roll-outs on-deck for the coming months."
"Triumph Hotels, a collection of seven unique properties located throughout Manhattan’s most coveted neighborhoods, and FitReserve, a premier fitness membership offering access to the top boutique fitness studios, have joined forces to give guests a healthy start to the new year with the debut of a one of a kind TravelPack option created exclusively for guests of Triumph Hotels."
"After bouncing between Equinox and other gyms for several years, [Matt] finally ditched the gym a year ago and now uses FitReserve. 'Your schedule changes, your life changes and you’re kind of all over the city,' says Matt, a Manhattan resident. 'Most New Yorkers move every few years, and to be locked into a gym is inconvenient.'”
"While this ClassPass competitor may seem the same or a bit more expensive at first glance, if you’re going to shell out the dough, it’s a better investment. Gyms who sign up with FitReserve have to offer their full class schedule, instead of reserving some only for members. Plus, you get four visits per month per studio, instead of three."
"If you’re a fan of easy-to-use booking services and live in New York or Boston, you’ll love FitReserve. This fitness-booking membership offers classes for boutique fitness studios at peak class times so you’ll never get to use the “oops, all the classes are full!” excuse ever again when trying to book your workout"
"Gone are the days of trekking miles through the city just to take advantage of your neighborhood gym membership. The new trend? FitReserve, a members-only site that allows you to book all of your classes in one place. Think freedom to move around and attend all of your favorite classes, the ability to book based on your schedule and area and massive savings. Convenience at your fingertips."
"FitReserve is a class booking service that prides itself on having an excellent selection of classes and a great user interface. I can speak to this! After frustrating experiences dealing with other class booking services, I've had the best experience with FitReserve. It's been a breeze!"
"We’ve used other fitness booking memberships in the past and remembering to sign up at an exact time each week gave us severe anxiety. We really enjoyed that FitReserve gave us access to desirable classes at peak times (before and after work) and we were able to book our spots at our leisure. We never had an issue getting into a desired class with FitReserve."
"While the numbers are growing, there are still too few female investors and startup entrepreneurs, which can make it more challenging to raise capital and find mentors," said Megan Smyth, CEO and co-founder of FitReserve. "Network and you will discover that there are plenty of women and men who are eager to advocate for and mentor female entrepreneurs.”