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Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / Posted on April 9, 2012

crossfit gym toronto liberty villageReebok Crossfit Liberty Village has been providing crossfit training to the area for just six weeks when I stroll in, hopped up on Red Bull and ready to take on whatever owner and trainer Jordan Symonds could throw at me. How wrong I was: crossfit broke my spirit (and re-built it) in record time.

reebok crossfit liberty villageI didn't know quite what to expect from crossfit, a concentrated workout that first started gaining steam a decade ago by combining high-intensity cardio, aerobics, as well as strength and weight training. The workouts are fully scaleable: I'm apparently unable to complete even a single pull-up, so resistance bands are brought in to support my weight while still ensuring I'm stressing the same muscles. Through use of sandbags, weighted bars, ropes, and other somewhat intimidating tools, you're promised a more efficient workout in under 20 minutes than a treadmill could ever hope to deliver in an hour. Symonds recites an almost mathematical formula: "increasing power output over time will equal results."

liberty village gymSymonds has worked for 6 years in the fitness industry, and is fully certified in every crossfit division from olympic lift to gymnastics. Along with partners Matt LeFave and Bryan Marshall, Symonds was already planning to open in Liberty Village when they were approached to be the only Reebok-branded crossfit gym in Toronto. The gym can accommodate hour-long crossfit classes of up to 14 participants and offers foundational courses and free 1-on-1 consultations and baseline workouts, as well as 1-on-1 coaching and olympic lifting. Monthly memberships are divided by visits per week--twice ($150), thrice ($195) or unlimited ($250)--or as a flexible 10-pack ($185). The weekly schedule can be found here.

reebok crossfit training torontoThe trainers wear Reebok-branded crossfit outfits, while the gym sells take-home crossfit equipment and has 2 washrooms that also serve as showers and change rooms. Symonds tells me there's no room for bad attitudes at his gym, and his goal is to foster a sense of community while helping athletes attain personal bests. Each crossfit class begins with a 5-10 minute dynamic warm-up--ours includes crab walks and lunges, classic leftovers from high school gym class-- and is followed by a 15-25 minute strength and skill component, which tests balance, strength and fitness. A whiteboard holds the workout of the day, which is timed, and each participant notes their performance, with an "Rx-ed" indicating that the workout was completed "as prescribed."

reebok crossfit gym torontoMy class of four women enters cheerful, becomes mostly bedraggled within minutes, and then shortly after completing the workout, passes through to a wearily blissful state. Our prescribed workout is named a "Running Fran" and entails 21 thrusters and chin-ups, then 15, then 9, each set interrupted by an outdoor 400m run. Crossfit workouts are somewhat glibly named after hurricanes, and we're told the Fran is notorious for its difficulty. The thrusters begin with a squat leading into an overhead lift with a weighted bar. We all vie for the bare 15lb, but are good-naturedly chastised that the recommended weight for women is 65 lb. Who are these women, I wonder.

reebok crossfit liberty villageMark my words: crossfit is hard, physically and emotionally. Even as a former tennis player, I've never once emitted animal sounds during a workout, and while I wouldn't call myself the pinnacle of fitness, I rarely come up against something that I simply cannot do. Confronted with 10 more reps of pull-ups, long after my arms are the approximate consistency of noodles, I grunt, growl, and barely stifle a hiss. The soundtrack of Eminem and Evanescence ends up being oddly motivational, if only to stoke my anger. Half-way during my second 400m run, I slow to a walk, thinking I'd catch my breath while away from Symonds' watchful gaze. Unfortunately, nearby construction workers take over the panopticon: "Keep running," a man calls out, "you're in last place."

"Second-last," I correct him, with more than a touch of vitriol, but pick up the pace.

reebok crossfit training gymI was warned by another participant that crossfit becomes addictive and the endorphin rush is well-beyond anything I've experienced dumbly plugging away on a machine. I finish third with a time of 16:36 and as I record it on the white-board, that sense of competition swells in me. I want to try again, my mind having already cushioned the lung-crushing effort I'd experienced just moments ago. Then, I remember Symonds' words to me when I attempted to flee the pull-up station after a particularly lacklustre attempt: "Was that 21," he asked slyly, "or was that 20.5?"

Well played, Symonds. Well played.
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Discussion

52 Comments

Lesley / April 6, 2012 at 11:26 am
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Awesome, accurate review — I felt the exact same way when I went!
Reebok? / April 9, 2012 at 08:53 pm
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What is Reebok offering?
Brian / April 10, 2012 at 12:58 am
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@ $250.00/month you can pay for a gym membership for 6+ months and another $250 you could train with a personal trainer 2 times a month for 4-5 of those months....... and do a more normal workout that wont leave you motionless the next day.... biggest fad and ripoff going
Mac / April 10, 2012 at 09:21 am
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Brian will get the fitness that he pays for. People that cry about being sore after a workout are not challenging themselves to do more than they thought they could do, and they never will.
Proof / April 10, 2012 at 11:36 am
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I've done CrossFit a bunch of times and yah, after my first try I was in a LOT of pain (going down stairs was not fun). But now, from just one class a week, I can push myself really hard and not pay for it the next day. Your body adjusts. You get strong faster than you'd think.
Moola Moola / April 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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Cool space, but 150-250/month is pretty steep unless you're a pro athlete, CEO or crime lord.
Interested / April 10, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Brian - interested where you can find personal training for $250 a month 2x per week. Thats like 30 bucks a session...? $250 a month is quite a bit more than a regular gym membership. I suppose if the coaching is good, and you were going 4-5 times per week - $10 bucks a class is decent!
Not cheap / April 10, 2012 at 09:17 pm
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Other Crossfit gyms are quite a bit cheaper, no idea why they are charging so much. However I would pay $250/month for Crossfit, it is a large part of my life. You get out of it what you want.
New member / April 11, 2012 at 09:12 am
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I actually just joined here and love it. The prices listed on this article are on a month to month basis - the rates are noticeably less if you join for more than one month at a time
ccm / April 14, 2012 at 09:26 am
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Frankly, anyone who pays money merely to stay fit is crazy. You can do that on your own for nothing. $150 dollars a month to do burpees and boxjumps! Forget about it. I just did some and it didn't cost me a dime.
AgB / May 26, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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TO THE STAFF OF RCFLV:

If you choose to charge your clients a whopping $150/month then DON'T CANCEL CLASSES just to host "celebrities" or "private training". If you must, then maybe you should reconsider lowering your fees. (In the fitness industry, clients who cxl on their trainers are still expected to pay for the missed session. So if the coaches cxl on their clients...)

Also, you've been open only 4 months now so please please PLEASE do not cut your paying clients short by giving half-ass coaching sessions and continually "capping" workouts. If you continually have to "cap" workouts, then maybe you should also consider the level of difficulty in your daily workouts.

This is a wonderful gym in a thriving community. You started off on such a high note, don't start slipping now...
Brent replying to a comment from ccm / June 21, 2012 at 10:45 am
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I think your missing the benefits of joining (paying) a group or anything similar to this. Benefits include: a trainer (good or bad), use of equipment and the best benefit of it: doing it with like minded individuals.
ccm / June 21, 2012 at 11:52 am
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There are no benefits to working with a bad trainer. The best piece of equipment is free and you don't have to visit an expensive gym to utilize it - it's your own body. If you want to stay/get fit with others you can join a group like the Toronto Outdoors Club and sign up for their more challenging hikes. Or start your own group. Staying healthy is easy and cheap.
Jim / June 24, 2012 at 08:46 pm
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just found this and find the comments quite interesting and humorous.
i worked out at goodlife with a personal trainer.
i needed a personal trainer. unlike Brian and ccm, i don't have the discipline to really keep at it unless there is an investment (or a penalty perhaps).
in any event i have moved to RLVCF from good life and find it well worth the investment. a good group of participants with some great coaches.
it works well. give it a try.
jdog / July 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm
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Join crossfit if you want to hurt yourself...not a place for beginners but could work with people who have experience in the gym. For the fees you pay at this gym you're better off hiring a personal trainer from a gym but just make sure it's not Goodlife. Do your research in what to look for in a personal trainer and invest your money there where you will receive structures programs and not randomized workouts.
Trishin / July 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm
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I am a crossfitter and would love to join RLVCF, as i live in the area but the pricing is ridiculous.
$150/month for only 2 classes a month and $240/month for unlimited. Most Crossfit gyms that i have attended are about $140-160/month for unlimited classes.

Just food for thought.
J / November 30, 2012 at 08:04 pm
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For $3000 a Year you can get a membership @ a gym like extreme Fitness or Good Life and get personal Training for two years and still have money left over rip off!. The people who go to these places are the same people you see at star bucks. They like to waste money it makes the feel good.
Joanne / December 1, 2012 at 01:10 pm
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All I can say is cross fit is an amazing fitness approach and if someone wants and can afford to pay whatever amount is quite frankly their money to spend and simply their business (no harm being done). I personally can't afford RLVCF, as a student but koodos to the dedication from any person getting out there and giving back to their body, however they choose to. Though, it would be nice to find a cross fit gym in Toronto area that is student friendly ($$). :)

Cheers people!
Reader / December 3, 2012 at 09:03 pm
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I was a member at rcflv for about 4 months, I recently gave up (did I really just blow $1000? and doesn't that put things into perspective). While the motivation and results were good for a while, I find things have gone downhill in a short while. The same guys teaching the same classes several times a day, how much can they motivate before they're tired of it...? Well, it's starting to show, they're burnt out.

If these guys put half the time into keeping things fresh as they do in their social media efforts, I might cough up the ridiculous $250 per month. I tried it, but don't see the value, Goodlife at $36 a month is a deal.
Johnny H / December 4, 2012 at 10:09 am
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I started at Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village a short while ago; However,I am on the injured reserve list due to a torn shoulder from some of the training at the club. I have realized very quickly that crossfit concentrates on doing exercises as fast as possible, rather then doing exercises with proper form. While exercising I would be pushed to go faster and faster while I could feel my form breaking and my shoulder ligaments tearing and not once was the trainer concerned about my form.

Once I heal up it will be time to move on to a regular gym, with regular prices and real personal trainers that care about the safety of their members.
Lara replying to a comment from Johnny H / January 7, 2013 at 03:15 pm
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Proper foundation and form for the daily workout is not only taught in the six foundation classes required to move on to the regular workouts, but they are also reviewed at the beginning of every class. The trainers might have as many as 20 people in a class so, depending on where they are standing, they may not be able to see that your form is off during a workout. During a workout, your form and speed is entirely dependent on you, and if you felt your form breaking and your shoulder ligaments tearing - as you said - why on earth would you continue?!

Encouragement is there to motivate, not to force you to do anything that is hurting you or causing injury. The weight was probably too heavy for you, and that was a choice that you made. Scaling workouts is highly encouraged at RCFLV because none of the trainers want to see someone get injured. Sorry to hear that you injured yourself, but take responsibility for your actions and don't blame others for your ego.
Jimbo / January 9, 2013 at 10:12 am
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Actually, Lara, I agree with Johnny H here. I left RCFLV after realizing that the classes started to get too big - like you said, often there's 20 people in a class. Maybe the 'owners' could care enough about their members to staff the classes adequately and prevent the injuries.

20 people in that one class represent a $5000.00 monthly paycheque for these guys. I know that Reebok must demand a significant portion for its brand, the turnkey operation (who is doing all the thinking for these juice monkeys anyway? Why start a real business when you can slap on a recognized corporate logo, pay franchise fees, and be told how to run a business? You don't even have to graduate from Western, just ask dad for a loan!). But they should realize that their remaining clients that are willing to give Reebok $250 a month for its brand should be protected! Ask yourself, how many suckers are out there anyway? A non-renewable resource I say!
Johnny H / January 9, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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Lara encouragement is one thing but when you feel like you are back in grade school being bullied just because you are not lifting enough weight...
When I hurt my shoulder I was (Encouraged as you put it) to keep on going, rather than resting and maybe consulting a doctor. Lara you say take responsibility for your actions and don't blame others for your ego; well it seems like you people at Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village are not taking any responsibility for you actions and are now blaming your members for your lack of education in fitness and lack of compassion for people in general.

Shame on you Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village, shame on you!
Rob T / January 9, 2013 at 03:02 pm
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Hey Johnny T, you should start working out for a couple years at a normal gym before you start up Crossfit you out of shape sloth. You probably got hurt because you are a fat f@*k. Get out of our gym posser. You wish you had enough cash to train at RCFLV you peasant!!!! you wish you went to Western Jimbo smfh
Strike King replying to a comment from Rob T / January 9, 2013 at 04:51 pm
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Lmfao Rob soooooo true, newbies tryin to be hardcore. Stick to pilates you cant handle this. Even our girls be stronger then there guys. I would rather less of these newbs in the gym anyway, the more that get hurt the less time for them to get the F otta my way
Daniela / January 9, 2013 at 06:01 pm
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Glad I read these threads, I wanted to check this place out but it really doesn't sound that girl-friendly. I guess you have to be pretty 'hardcore' to join a place like this, can't be all that friendly to the less athletic type I suppose. Good to know...Pilates it is.
Roger replying to a comment from Daniela / January 12, 2013 at 12:05 am
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That gym is right beside Goodlife. Spending 4 times the money just to say you are now into Reebok Crossfit sounds really stupid to me. Just saying but whatever floats your boat
Roger replying to a comment from Daniela / January 12, 2013 at 12:41 am
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I do not think Johnny H is lying, looks like there is tons of proof that injuries are very common in Reebok Crossfit. I attached a few links below

http://www.thedreamlounge.net/crossfit-injury/

http://gawker.com/5928989/

http://www.endofthreefitness.com/is-crossfit-injury-ridden/

http://www.crudefitness.com/training/how-crossfit-forges-elite-failure/
Blackfly / January 21, 2013 at 04:52 pm
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1) Any strenuous exercise can injure you, if you're not prepared, both mentally and physically. Educate yourself.

2) If you talk like a gym douche, you probably are. Your ripped abs and perfect gluts will be masked by the stupidity that pours from your mouth. Think about this when you comment.

3) If you feel it costs too much, go price some real estate in Liberty Village. Its brutal.

4) You can get the same results through other forms of "Cross" training. Join a climbing gym. Join a running club. Join a cycling club. Join a rowing club. Take yoga lessons. Go to chapters and buy books on nutrition, then READ them. Sign up for a boot-camp session. Enrol in a martial arts program. All of this you can do for the price of a year at RBCF.

5) Excuses don't burn fat and tone muscle. Period.
Josh replying to a comment from Blackfly / January 27, 2013 at 09:07 pm
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Thanks for the heads up Blackfly, it seems like you are correct in pointing out that Reebok Crossfit is filled with juice head gym douches as you and numerous posters have already pointed out. There are better and cheaper options that are available, I really like Goodlife as they have fixed rates nation wide and certified trainers.

Thanks Again
Marc replying to a comment from Rob T / January 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm
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After reading these comments from people talking down to someone who is TRYING to be healthy and get in shape .. its disgusting .. I don't know if you represent the company but you are a shameful person. No wonder people have bad impressions of bodybuilders/athletes. inspire people ... remember you started out somewhere too ... I would never go here ....
Marc replying to a comment from Blackfly / January 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm
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thanks for that post .. I was disgusted reading these ppl here.
Clairmonde / February 4, 2013 at 11:09 am
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I used to be very athletic and known for adventure racing and other long marathon endurance sports with very few women and days of hard core endurance (think paddling 742km in 4 days!). Life took me in another direction for a while where I gained weight, lost my strength and destroyed my athletic confidence.

A friend doing crossfit recommended I join to get back to form and back to racing. I have to say some of the attitudes and comments have really turned me off. I am not worried about the cost as I recognize I need a coach to get me through the hurdle and re-create the hard core environment I was used to. Unfortunately, to see people dissing new attendees really made me question call to inquire about a membership. You know, I used to kick ass and I was looking for a place that was tough but safe to get a once dedicated athlete back into shape and help me get over the self confidence hit I have taken falling out of racing form.

It is interesting, in all my races we had rules that you must help a racer in trouble or you were disqualified for life as ignoring a racer in trouble could mean life or death in Northern Canada. This created a great community of hard core and new racers all working towards a common goal of racing, winning, improving, and connecting. I don't get this feeling from the comments.

Perhaps I am wrong and someone else can convince me that these comments are the exception and not the cultural attitude.

Hardcore xfitter / February 9, 2013 at 09:02 pm
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Clairmond

Like it says Reebok Crossfit is the sport of fitness and it has arrived. I am a huge fan and believer yo.
I think the culture of competition of us at RCFLV helps us become better at being us! The culture is eat or be eaten! And i love it

LMFAO

You don't know hardcore like crossfit hardcore!!!

If your in my way when i on fire doing box jumps, damn straight I will step on your face to get ahead of you! I just hope I have my cleats on when I do it!

Go back to paddling your canoe and stay the f otta my gym, we don't need no more noobs at RCFLV - classes are to full already!

Like they said Goodlife down the street, do that for a few years b4 u ready to challenge us


Crotch / February 10, 2013 at 08:13 pm
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Damn straight! That's the way we like it! Hardcore to the core at RCFLV!

And we never paddled anything, ever! Ha ha

Goodlife Clare monde, all the way until you grow some ballz!!!
Howard Smyth / February 11, 2013 at 11:37 am
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Wow, this just made my decision easy. Goodlife it is

Thanks all
Balance / February 20, 2013 at 08:47 pm
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I must say, after having been a xmember at several crossfit clubs now, including rcflv for several months, that rcflv is the most aggressive and testosterone driven club in the GTA. You can decide for yourself what that means.

The owners are simultaneously misguided and über arrogant (as a previous poster eluded, let's call it Western U entitlement). Both owners, N&J, could have used a couple years of training at Goodlife, and if they had, I wish they had picked up a bit more humility and compassion along the way.

As a first hand witness, I can see why the reported injuries are common, and why the cutthroat culture has become rampant. Not sure what Reebok has in mind, but I hope this isn't it.

I am no longer a member, and I don't see myself going back. I don't like the culture, and I don't think a person there would even glance back at a racer in trouble, despite the polished and manicured promotional videos the website portrays. Incredibly (pricey) glossy media, note the self aggrandizing glamour shots of the owners, circa my girlfriend grades 9 thru 10...really? You paid for those? You're hot)

In my opinion, this place would justify $150 a month if it shed the gloss, attitude and arrogance. Unlikely knowing the owners' need for promotion at the expense of paying members.
LBlack / March 17, 2013 at 08:45 pm
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I started at RCLV at the beginning of January and I must say that it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I did not join because I wanted to be extremely fit, or because it is the new hot thing in fitness, I joined because after trying a class with them I absolutely loved it. I do not believe people need to be negative towards one another about prices, egos etc. If you enjoy it then keep at it, if you don't then just walk away. Crossfit is not for everyone and maybe RCLV is not for everyone, but let people decide for themselves. I have tried several different crossfit gyms in the city and I was super intimidated like everyone usually is your first couple times. However, I do support the coaches at RCLV 100%. They have been friendly and supportive, I have never felt like I was being judged and they have helped me in every class that I have taken. If I am not sure if my technique is off I am not afraid to stop and ask them to look at what I am doing. I have also stopped to rest in the WOD and the coaches have been kind no matter how I do in the workout. Being female I have also never felt like the gym has extreme ego's or anything like that. I have actually for the first time started to make friends in the classes that I take and feel a great sense of community being there. If you have never done crossfit it is good to try a few places out if you think you will enjoy it. At the end of the day do whatever you feel most comfortable doing.
TB / March 21, 2013 at 12:08 am
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I'm a fitness instructor, competitive martial arts fighter, and long term fitness fiend. And most of the people here sound absolutely horrendous. You don't own a gym just because you have a membership there, don't tell other people to get the f out. It's not your house. Grow up. You didn't do anything to earn your place there, you just bought it, which doesn't take alot of special talent. Be a bit more friendly, it really won't kill you.
Xfitter / May 31, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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I joined RLVCF a few months ago and at first it was intimidating. However I kept at it and although I am not the strongest in the classes the instructors are always supportive and helpful when it comes to form & scaling back to suit my level of fitness. I don't find this place is about ego's at all, in fact I was a member at Goodlife in Liberty Village for a few years prior and it's there where I found I was constantly being judged and it was more of a "social" and "meat market" stomping grounds. Yes it is expensive but so is clean eating and you get what you pay for. I would highly recommend RLVCF to anyone.
JK / June 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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Yikes! This thread is making RCFLV sound super arrogant and intimidating. I have been a member there for 7 months and I don't feel that way at all!

Coming from GoodLife I was pretty intimidated to start Crossfit but my 6am classmates are like another family to us now and if anything I regret not starting sooner! The 'culty' part of this sport comes from the genuine support and friendship we share with the other athletes and RCFLV does a fantastic job of fostering that in my experience.

As far as injury or unsafe movements, I always feel like I can ask the coaches for tips if I am uncomfortable and we do always review the movements prior to the WOD. I have seen the coaches stop people (without embarrassing them) to correct their form and prevent injury.

For crossfit in general you do need to make sure that you take care to use proper form and to scale your weights to do what YOU can do safely. Injury can happen anywhere if you abandon proper technique to try to beat the clock or to Rx when you aren't ready.... and sometimes the competitor in us forgets that... but that shouldn't be blamed on the gym.
Jordan / November 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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JK, research shows that the 'culty part' is actually an inherent need for lonely people to buy friends / trainers to help motivate them, talk to them, encourage them, or pretend to befriend them. It's proven that people that rely on trainers for over a month or two (after which time, any reasonable person would have learned the basics of lifting weights and would be capable of safely working out alone) have become dependent on the trainer or motivator for reasons other than they initially did. Regrettably, they have illusions that they have gained a friend or, worse, 'family' as you have mentioned above. Sadly, for many people, they only later realize that their 'family' evaporates once they stop paying $250 per month for the cult dues.

I am sure many would agree that your $250/month would be much better spent on a book or video, along with a few hours on learning how to lift weights properly and sticking to a regular weight lifting routine. You WILL see results! The newest fad in fitness is an unfortunate, expensive form of therapy. A stable person would not justify paying $1750 for 7 months of someone showing them how to do simple box jumps or rapid squats in poor form that inevitably lead to injury. You can join several dating sites or see a good shrink regularly for that money and achieve much better results for your self esteem.
Nikyta / January 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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As someone who lives a generally active lifestyle but itsnt "hardcore" like these sad representatives of the whole are talkig about, I would like to add my two cents.

I have a Goodlife membership. It's not bad but I don't feel that it drives me to workout. I've been to RCFLV for three classes now, tomorrow will be 4/5 of the foundations. I find the competitive nature to be just what I need. IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. That being said, there are people from all walks of life there; fat, skinny, athletic, you name it they have it. I have always felt encouraged, not bullied. In every single class I've taken and those that I have been a spectator at, they emphasize that you are in control and no matter what happens, if it hurts then you MUST stop.

Like I said, the intense nature and competitiveness of crossfit is not everyone's cup of tea. I have done my research and spoken with my nutritionist and my MD, both have advocated that for my fitness level and personality, crossfit's HIIT workouts will work well. And they are correct.

The cost? Insane. But it's motivation to me to continue going. The memberships are drastically reduced when you sign up for 6 or 12 months at a a time. But the best part? Cancel at any time without any hidden fees like a gym.

I haven't come across any "juice heads" yet but I'm sure it's bound to happen. However that also happened at Goodlife. Unfortunately, they are everywhere.

I think the biggest mistake being made on here is thinking that one workout fits all. I can't stand Pilates, but that doesn't mean it's not an effective and wonderful form of fitness. RCFLV isn't for everyone, but if your informed and prepared for HIIT workouts and you feel you can thrive in the competitive yet friendly atmosphere, why not try it out? First class is free and if you choose to sign up for a month, your first month is $150 for unlimited classes.

Just my opinion, everyone is entitled to their own!
5minDiane / January 29, 2014 at 10:22 am
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RCFLV has great coaches. It's a beautiful facility, but not a typical Crossfit gym in that everyone looks like they are doing a Lululemon photoshoot %100 of the time and the facility lacked the " grittyness". I felt there was a lack of community, but overall a positive experience because I really value good coaching
Summer / March 12, 2014 at 02:11 am
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I've decided to join this box because I was impressed by the quality of their coaches. But after joining, I quickly realized that most of the coaches care more about their own training and performance than really helping others improve.

This box is way overpriced and everybody agrees about that. Even their most active members are always talking about how overpriced it is and how frustrated they are about it. You get a feeling that as a member you're kinda like a cash cow, if you don't purchase the expensive unlimited membership, you're not worth their time.

Even though the programing is good, most of the time I felt like nobody (except Marg, let's give some credit when it's due) was looking at what I was doing, which really sucks when the programing is weight lifting oriented.

The community aspect of this box is not great, everybody is quiet focusing on their platform, coaches looking at their phone, not much fun or excitement. There is not much talking apart from a core group of ~10 athletes who seem to train on their own in the back and don't really acknowledge you and take themselves way too seriously.

I want to add a special comment regarding Jordan, one of the coaches/owner. Anytime I asked him an advice on training or emailed him regarding membership, it always felt like I was annoying him, not a really good feeling. He's not even trying to be nice or commercial, just doesn't give a sh*t.

So overall, not a good experience.
Never again / March 27, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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I totally agree with Summer regarding the gym and definitely feel the same way, unfortunately, about Jordan. Sad to say, especially since he's an owner of the place, if he doesn't give a $hit, who does? Too expensive, too many injuries, go elsewhere. My opinion is that the owners are getting tired of the same BS ( God, wouldn't anyone?) the same thing over and over, with a revolving door of 'clients'. I ask this: has anyone been with this gym for more than 6 months? I would bet no.
Jenny Sunbeamer / March 28, 2014 at 12:14 am
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OMG like I have been going here for like a week and the guys are like totally creepy. Jordan is so touchy feely and pays wayyyyyyyy too much attention to his "hands on training". Suck a mark zuckerburg, open a gym to hook up with girls. Totally ewwww!
BEASTMODE / April 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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Of all the CF boxes in the GTA, this is one of the top. Programming is intense but thoroughly thought out and progressive! I really like how they break down the phases of the weightlifting component into progressions (trust me, other cf boxes just add the weightlifting part without actually coaching it). Be grateful for the hands-on coaching - it's tactile feedback that gives you a better sense of whether you're doing the movement correctly. Plus hands-on coaching is hard to find these days and is a reflection of the knowledge and expertise these coaches have.

Take classes with Jordan, Nic, Greg and Matt, BUT STAY CLEAR of Jenna's (she's way more interested in making sure she looks good in front of cameras and yelling out commands without actually knowing real movement standards)

Sure, there's a ton of attitude here, but it's LIBERTY VILLAGE! You won't find quality CF coaching elsewhere….unless you live close to TIDAL CROSSFIT
RX replying to a comment from BEASTMODE / May 2, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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I don't know what classes you took, but the experience I had with Jenna was the polar opposite. She was very attentive and knowledgeable. Out of all the coaching here, I actually felt like she enforced movement standards the most thoroughly. Yes, she is strong and stern, but I got the feeling it was because she took her job seriously (and in a ponytail and no make-up - don't know where the picture comment came from...sounds like jealousy to me!). All the coaches here have been the best I've experienced, and I've been to a bunch of boxes in North America.
U / May 4, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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I never ever comment on any posts....but I was so shocked at some of the comments that I felt like I had to share my thoughts.
I've been coming to to this crossfit gym for over a year, and the guys have been nothing but nice, professional, encouraging and supportive. I have never felt intimidated or like I didn't belong. In fact, I found that Jordan was such a good trainer that I started personal training with him and have lost over 20 lbs!

Also....I have to add that I was really overweight when I started and not really attractive at all so I'm absolutely positive that they weren't being nice to me to hook up with me.

I hope that if you are considering crossfit, you do try it out for yourself, and dont go by a few posts....it really has transformed me!
R / May 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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I agree with U. I've also been going to RCFLV for over a year and have found most of the members to be friendly and encouraging. Jordan, Nic and Greg are incredibly knowledgeable, attentive and professional coaches. From day one they have been supportive; though I am usually someone who is easily intimidated in a gym setting, I have always felt comfortable here.

In response to an earlier comment, I suspect that Jenny may be mistaking good coaching for something else.... It must be very difficult living under the assumption that anyone who is friendly and helpful is trying to sleep with you.
Gymmy / September 24, 2014 at 01:19 pm
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I have heard from several people that membership is down at RCFLV and they might be going bankrupt. I was told to not buy a long term membership unless you want to lose your money. Once a gym like this starts to go down, it ends up taking its member's money with it.

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