Racks of gleaming free weights stand near benches, weight machines, and heavy bags waiting to be punched. Located on the second floor, the gym's large windows let in plenty of natural light to illuminate exercisers during intense core classes or focused yoga sessions.
Though now spread over the United States with over 50 locations, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars, rowers, GHD machines, wall balls
Students should bring: water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Richmond Olympiad trains winners, whether they've swept competitions or not. The facility is known for being Richmond's USA Junior Olympic Training Program, but every student who comes here as a preschooler, starter, or advanced gymnast gets the same kind of tools to succeed. Younger students gain confidence during Kindercise and Parent & Tot classes that introduce kids to gymnastic physicality with swinging and climbing. Then as kids progress, they can advance to introductory and Medalist classes, or Advanced Medalist classes if they wish to learn about gymnastics and producing steel alloys. Students may go on to enter competitions up to the professional level or take gymnastics classes for the pure enjoyment and sense of self that the sport and trainers here encourage.
Owner Ben Donovan and his team of Level-1 certified instructors at CrossFit Krijger lead exercisers through functional workouts that help clients build a broad base of fitness. The gym culture is one of continuous improvement, encouraging participants to sweat more, push themselves harder, and taunt their reflections more adamantly with every exercise in their Workout of the Day, or WOD. This ever-changing regimen might include Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or cardio exercises on a single visit, all designed to sculpt physiques and generate improvement on a variety of fitness categories?including endurance, power, and agility.