We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Class Cast Live was born out of two of my passions – building community and self development. During COVID while attempting to stay fit I was watching workout videos on YouTube and they were just terrible. A friend of mine at USC began leading zoom workout classes with just a few friends and it made such a world of difference! I wanted to build a community of like minded individuals that could come together and take a variety of different workout and wellness classes in one place. During COVID I saw a number of workout platforms arise online, but only in their own line of classes – ie you were stuck paying $60 for unlimited yoga classes, but what if I wanted boxing, hiit and yoga? I wanted to bring everything together under one roof for a low monthly fee where you could interact with your instructor and fellow classmates to really get the community feel. The entire concept is built around zoom embedded into our site so every class feels like you are taking it with others all in real time!
What should our readers know about your business?
Class Cast Live is the only online platform that combines LIVE workout and wellness classes together in one space. Whats more, we offer the ability to feel like you are a part of the community with 2 way video where you can see the instructor, the instructor can see you, and you can see other participants work out together. Our model was originally built on hiring instructors with strong social media followings and giving out a free month. Being a startup we work really hard on building the community and I email each subscriber personally welcoming them to the platform and getting their feedback. Instructors welcome each member into class, give them feedback and encouragement throughout each class and answer questions after class. You won’t find that on any other workout platform anywhere on the internet. It has been a lot of trial and error and fine tuning classes to bring the best quality product to users. We are consistently adding new classes to the platform and trying to bring the best user experience to our members.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have lived in LA for over a decade and have lived in a number of neighborhoods throughout. If someone’s visiting I start with taking them to campus at UCLA where I was first raised in the city. I then lived in Marina Del Rey so heading to Venice beach and the Whaler would be our next stop. Finally I have lived downtown where there are a ton of great places to eat and go out – I always love The Standard hotel’s rooftop bar and exploring the Arts District.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am incredibly grateful for my family in setting the example of what it means to work hard and succeed. They all were incredible role models for myself and set the impression for my future success. I am also incredible grateful to be a part of the USC Community and be connected with such a selfless network of individuals who never hesitate to help another Trojan out.