I never really imagined quitting my job. I love the people I work with and had big goals for both myself and the company. I was going to become the sustainability leader, HVAC guru, energy modeling extraordinaire, and master of all.
But I was unexpectedly given the opportunity to work as the Boston ClassPass community engagement manager. If I had to describe the position in one sentence, my goal would be to get Boston to become absolutely obsessed with ClassPass in whatever way I can. Basically, I would have my hobby of inspiring people to be more fit and organizing fun events become my job.
And guess what…I quit my engineering job and took the ClassPass job!
What is ClassPass?
ClassPass is like a gym membership for those who love boutique fitness studios.
Members pay a monthly fee of $99 per month and with this they are able to visit up to 10 classes to any of the participating studios.
Typically studios can cost anywhere from $15-$30+ per class-so if you get to all 10 classes per month, you really get quite a deal! ClassPass is kind of like a monthly Groupon/Living Social/GiltCity/RueLaLa (etc.) deal for the fitness junkie.
The “catch” is that you are limited to 3 classes per studio per month (i.e. you can’t use all 10 classes at one studio). I think this is good thing because it really enforces you to diversify your workouts and meet new people.
To see the participating studios in Boston-check out the ClassPass Pinterest board.
Why ClassPass is perfect for me
Ever since my hips have been injured from Boston Marathon 2012, I have turned to fitness classes. They allow me to get low impact strength and cardio workouts to build my strength back up for running.
My hips are still not 100%-my surprise surgery set me back a bit on strengthening my core-but even if I could get back to running marathons like a maniac right now, I would never abandon my fitness classes.
My classes have allowed me to realize how weak of a runner I was and also how much I was missing out with the fitness community. I loved my running club and running friends, but I also have built so many friendships and connections that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t attend my classes.
In a strange way, I am thankful that my hips got injured. I also have found that I have inspired friends and strangers to be more fit and overcome challenges. It is rewarding to hear someone say that I have inspired them to transform their lifestyle into one that is healthier.
How did I get this opportunity?
I found out about the ClassPass Boston launch party via Fitfluential which is a network of fitness enthusiasts that get opportunities to partner with cool new fitness companies. After the launch party I was given a complimentary month of ClassPass.
Shortly after my month trial, I was in NYC visiting friends and I decided to stop by the ClassPass headquarters to meet the team. They learned about my blog and my passion for fitness and inspiring others. So when the time came to hire someone to help be behind their Boston force, they reached out to me.
But I am an engineer!
I spent probably 250-300 hours studying for my professional engineering exam and worked hard for everything I achieved the past 6 years at my firm-especially since engineering does not come easy for me. I know that my brain doesn’t think like some of my coworker’s brains do. I always feel like I have to work harder for the same knowledge, so I was especially ecstatic when I passed my PE. I proved to myself that I could learn the technical stuff if I really put in my all.
Although I know some may think that the past 6 years are being wasted with all that hard work I put into an engineering career, I do not look at it that way. My engineering degree and career taught me a way to problem solve and that my dedication and drive will allow me to tackle anything. I learned how to collaborate, deal with various personality types, and how to fail and learn from that failure.
I also made great friends who have kind of become like my family. I would not take back any of my years that I have spent in engineering. All that I have learned can be applied to my new career. All my past experiences have made me to be the person I am today.
It’s not you, it really is me!
I didn’t leave my firm because I didn’t like my job or the people-there is no other firm in my industry that I would work for. I received many offers to go to other firms. I don’t say that because I am saying I’m the best-the HVAC industry is a small world where recruiters call you all the time to go to other firms.
But despite these opportunities, I stayed at my firm because it was my ideal environment. Friends who did leave my firm were always curious if I would ever leave and I always told them that if I did, it would be for a career change. It just so happens that day has come.
It was the most difficult decision I have had to make thus far. But with the help of Dave and close friends, I was able to determine that even though I am passionate about my engineering career, my outside of work passions are fitness and inspiring others to be fit.
When I was given this opportunity to work for a fitness company that I am beyond passionate for, I just thought, “If I can accomplish great things in my engineering career-what can I do in something that is my hobby and passion?” I am young, I don’t want kids any time soon, and I would hate to look back and think, “What if…” so LET’S DO THIS!
I’ll talk a little more in future blog posts about ClassPass and my role with them!
Questions for you
Have you ever made a career change?
What are you passionate about?