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Been ClassPassing your way through 2017? Same. For those of us who are commitment-phobic or just obsessed with trying every new fitness trend under the sun, the arrival of ClassPass in 2011 was a major game-changer. ClassPass elevated the way most of us think about studio hopping and for that, we have ClassPass’ tenacious CEO, Payal Kadakia, to thank.

According to Forbes, Payal launched the fitness subscription concept not once, but twice (once as Classivity and again as Passport) before achieving the perfect equation for the successful ClassPass model we all love today.

We asked Payal to participate in our In My Gym Bag feature and, naturally, she had plenty of insights to share. Check out what this fitspirational lady boss is packing to the gym(s) these days and how she stays inspired.

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Payal Kadakia

Moment I fell in love with fitness:

I started dancing when I was 3 years old – it’s when I first fell in love with movement! I also started running when I was younger, and it’s still one of my favorite go-tos!

For motivation:

I remind myself to never stop setting goals and never stop dreaming. Essentially, a goal is just a dream with a deadline!

5 things always in my gym bag:

Barre socks, dry shampoo, a Kind Bar, eyeliner, leggings.

Fave things to wear in the studio:

My long black leggings. I have them in many brands: Lululemon, Tory Sport, American Apparel, Alice & Olivia!

Most exciting thing happening in fitness right now:

On my workout playlist:

”Closer” by The Chainsmokers, “Side to Side” by Ariana Grande, Anything by The Weeknd!

Favorite way to hydrate:


Favorite post-workout fuel:

Energy bars.

Shoe I love:

My custom “ClassPass” Nikes!

I stay inspired by:

Surrounding myself with others that inspire me! One of my favorite quotes is from a dear friend: “Positivity is nourished or impaired by whom you choose to surround yourself with!”

Most unexpected item in my gym bag:

Candy! I have a huge sweet tooth.

I know I’ve had a good workout when:

I get lost in the movement and lose track of time.

Secret weapon tip:

No one can stop you but yourself – opportunities find you when you choose to chase your passions!

Fave outdoor fitness activity:

I love running outdoors the most when I’m on the West Coast!

Braids, hat or pony:


Gym to street tips/secrets:

Amika dry shampoo, a li’l shimmer from Becca and eyeliner!

Current mantra:

“We rise by lifting others.”

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