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lululemon just launched a membership program—here's what you should know

The recently-launched membership program boasts benefits that make your life easier as a shopper.

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If you like exclusive member-only benefits with access to special events, easier returns and free perks, the lululemon Essential membership might be just what you need. The recently launched membership program boasts a long list of benefits that is not only enticing but makes your life so much easier as a shopper. Plus—drum roll please—it’s free. Yes, it won't cost a penny out of your pocket.

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If you’re on board with all the perks, absolutely no monthly or yearly costs and an easy sign-up process, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of lululemon's new membership program.

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What is the lululemon Essential membership?

lululemon Essential is a membership program that is free to join and comes with a list of member-only perks, including speedy returns, notification for product drops, returns on sale items, free studio classes, live community events, receipt-free returns and free hemming. You will need an account with lululemon to join.

How much does lululemon Essential cost?

Nothing. Membership is free to join when you make a lululemon account, using your name, email address and providing a password. It's that easy.

How do I sign up for lululemon Essential membership?

Sign-up is straightforward. You can join in-store, on the lululemon iOS version of the app (not available for Android users) or online. You will need your name and email address to create an account. For current account holders, once you sign into your account, you will be asked to accept the terms in order to join. The one downside is that if you ever want to cancel your membership, you’ll also lose your account.

What are the benefits of a lululemon Essential membership?

You’ll be notified through your lululemon app when a new item has dropped.

1. Be the first to know about new styles

As a member, you’ll be the first to know when a product drops. You’ll be notified through notifications from your lululemon app—yes, you’ll need the app—when a new item has dropped. So if you’re a lululemon shopper who often misses out on popular items because your size is in high demand (size 4,6 and 8 are the most bought), this member perk will keep you informed and prevent you from missing out on new items or styles that you’ve been waiting on to come back again.

2. Returns on your sale purchases

If you’ve been shopping at lululemon, you know all too well that sale purchases are final—unless of course, there is a major defect. Well, with your membership, you can now return your sale items purchased in-store, online or on your app, to your nearest store (excluding outlet stores) for an in-store exchange or a refund to a gift card. So for those of you who like to shop the sale section online or on the app and struggle with not knowing if the sizes will fit you (as some run big and some run small), now you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that you can return your sale items if you’re not happy with your purchase. One thing to note: Warehouse sales and items sold at outlet stores remain final sale.

3. Access to curated studio classes

Whether you like to workout on-the-go or at home, members have access to curated studio classes through the lululemon app. Once you log in, you can go to the navigation bar at the bottom and tap the lululemon studio icon to see all the classes that are available to you. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of new classes posted every week including yoga, cardio, strength and more.

4. Live member-only events

If you enjoy meeting people and being part of a like-minded community of wellness and health, this perk is one you’ll benefit from. According to lululemon, you’ll be able to “meet, chat, and move” with the faces of lululemon, including Studio instructors, ambassadors, and expert facilitators at the Live member-only events. Since space is limited, you will have to register early in order to lock in your spot. If something does come up and you can’t make it, lululemon asks that you cancel your ticket so that another person can take your spot.

5. No receipts needed for returns

Forget saving stacks of receipts: All you’ll need to do is make sure that you’re signed into your lululemon membership account when making your in-store purchase, and when the time comes to return, you'll only need your membership. Essentially, all of your purchases will be tracked in your account. For items purchased online or through the app, you can return them online or in-store without a receipt as well.

6. Speedier returns

Yes, fast returns are now available. If you’ve ever shopped online with lululemon and had a return, you know that it does take a bit of time from the time it ships to getting your refund or a credit via a gift card (or e-gift card). With lululemon’s fast track returns, you’ll now get faster refunds on full-priced items that you purchase online and ship back by mail. Your refund will be in the form of a lululemon e-gift card.

7. Free hemming

Although free hemming has been complimentary for lululemon shoppers over the years, it is available only to members now. As always, you do not need tags or a receipt to get free hemming, but you’ll need to be signed up for the free membership so that you’ll continue to have access to the free hemming services in stores (outlet stores excluded).

What about the lululemon Studio membership?

The lululemon Studio membership subscription is available to lululemon Studio Mirror owners only and costs $39 a month with a 12-month commitment. The Mirror is one of our favorite workout mirrors, and by signing up for the Studio membership, your benefits include early access to events, 10% off on gear, 20% off at partner studios, more than 10,000 workouts and unlimited experiential store classes—this is on top of all of the lululemon Essential membership perks.

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