Candace reviews Crunch gyms

I love my gym. Love. Love. Love.

A gym membership is a huge commitment, and I’m cheap. I tried a couple gyms in Manhattan before I decided on Crunch. What drew me to Crunch initially was SurfSet. I’m kind of over SurfSet now, but it got me to buy a 30-day trial for $30. I didn’t plan to commit, but I loved going to the gym with my friend Navani, who is also a member. I was initially offered a price of $100 a month, which I rejected. That’s too rich for my blood.

When the membership guy called me at the end of the month to offer me a $70 membership with no enrollment fee, I bit the bullet.

For me, variation is key. One reason I didn’t join a gym earlier is because I liked buying trials from Groupon and Living Social to different fitness centers. It was fun to make one place my home for a few weeks, then switch to something else before I got bored. I tried yoga studios, boot camps, kettlebells, barre classes and two gyms. I’d sprinkle in runs in the park and paddleboarding in the summer to round out my fitness endeavors.

What made me commit to Crunch was the class schedule. I’ve taken Bosu, Kangoo, aerial yoga, vinyasa, cardio sculpt, The Ride (the Crunch version of spinning), Pound and more. On days when I can’t make a class, I can use the cardio equipment.

The classes are so fun. The gym’s thing is to make it like a party. The lights are down, the music is bumping, the strobe lights are on. Crunch even offers The Ride Karaoke. It’s a fun place to hang out, people watch and get your sweat on.

Even better is that I can use all dozen or so locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Totally worth the extra $10 per month over the one-location membership. Because I want to make sure I get my money’s worth, I mark on my calendar the days I go and divide my monthly rate by that. If I get it less than $10 per visit, I feel like I win. I’m currently trending at $8.88 per visit. Winner!

I just talked my friend Jennie into joining, too. We’re looking forward to trying out the boxing ring. Get ready for the K.O., Jennie.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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