Crunch Fitness Toronto
Crunch fitness is a massive space located at College Park. It’s the gym’s first Toronto location with plans to expand across the GTA. For the amenities provided, the gym is a cheaper option at only $9.95 a month for the basic plan.
Crunch took over what was once Aura Fitness which was once, Madonna’s gym, Hard Candy. This gym has had many iterations, but Crunch has a loyal following in the U.S. and so far, has produced a following in Toronto as well.
Crunch operates by the “No Judgement” manifesto as an inclusive gym for all body types, fitness levels, race, age and gender without the judgement often associated with gyms and fitness studios.
The gym takes up an entire block of space and because of that, it offers a variety of sections that combine fitness and entertainment.
The gym opens up to a wide Turf zone and expands into dedicated areas for free weights, cardio machines and a HIIT Zone.
There also different rooms where classes are scheduled. At the back is the largest studio space, a former spin studio converted to a regular studio that will host most of the classes.
Crunch has all day classes with the majority taking place in the evening. The most popular are the hatha and yoga body sculpt classes. There are barre classes and bootcamps with names like Belly, Butt and Thighs.
You’ll also find chiropractic and physio services offered via Physiomed inside the gym. Other amenities include Hydromassage beds and tanning booths.
For the price, prepare for some setbacks. While the gym has a steam room, it’s usually out of service and there’s currently no towel service. While the space has large change rooms, they feel old and run down. But a Crunch membership gets you access to U.S. locations as well.
Each new Crunch member is given a one-hour fitness assessment with a personal trainer outlining your fitness goals. There are 25 personal trainers on staff available for 30-min express sessions or 1-hour sessions ranging from $40 to $95.
A one-year commitment to the club will cost you $9.95/month. It goes up to $15/month if you’d prefer to pay month-to-month instead of a commitment.