Crunch Live Online Fitness Review

Crunch Gym's Online Outlet for Custom Classes

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Crunch gyms are well-known for their cutting-edge classes, high-end trainers, and equally high-end clientele. And given the club's ability to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to fitness trends, it comes as no surprise that they were the first national fitness chain to roll out a completely online membership platform, Crunch Live.

For $9.99 per month (or for an even better value, $90 per year), Crunch Live provides subscribers with access to exclusive fitness classes and programs led by popular Crunch trainers.

Classes range in length from 15 minutes to 30 minutes and include Crunch favorites like Stiletto Strength, Ass and Abs, and Brazilian Burn.

After testing the program for a few weeks, I can attest that the video and sound quality are professional, the instructors are high-quality, and the classes are interesting. But there are a few things I wish were different about the program. Check out the benefits and drawbacks:

Crunch Live Benefits

Crunch Live's main benefit is that the online subscription provides you with access to Crunch trainers and programs wherever you happen to be. Whether you live in a city that doesn't have a Crunch gym, or you're a regular Crunch member who can't always make it to your favorite class, you can simply log in and get to work, enjoying the gym's exclusive programs.

When you compare the crisp and clean videography of Crunch Live workouts to the mishmash of poor quality videos on platforms like YouTube, you can feel confident that what you're accessing is: a) professionally put together, and b) programmatically sound, as all workouts are led by certified trainers.

That's a particularly important factor to consider before following any online fitness program.

Crunch Live Drawbacks

That said, I don't think Crunch Live is the best online fitness platform on the market. Their videos are somewhat limited—you have access to just under 100 total class options​—and the longest class is only 30 minutes.

I frequently want to access full-length, 45- to 60-minute classes when I'm working out at home. This isn't an option with Crunch Live.

Also, it's a paid platform. I have no problem paying for services when it makes sense, but it doesn't make sense to pay for Crunch Live when there are other, more versatile online platforms available for free or for a lower price. For instance, SparkPeople TV is currently free and offers high-quality custom videos through a partnership with Acacia TV. Granted, most of these workouts are also less than 30 minutes, but they're led by high-quality trainers, have a wide variety of formats, and cost nothing to access.

Likewise, Lionsgate's BeFiT YouTube channel is a free resource that includes professionally developed, full-length programs from celebrity trainers, including Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, and Mari Winsor. 

My final point of contention is that while the videos are high-quality and the trainers are good, I never felt drawn into any of the workouts—I didn't really "connect" with the trainers. That's not to say someone else wouldn't feel differently—there's nothing about them that's inherently bad—I just didn't get that, "Yes! Let's get going!" feeling that I've had on other platforms and with other trainers.

Who Crunch Live Is Best For

I would suggest Crunch Live to anyone who's curious about Crunch fitness programs, but doesn't have access to a Crunch gym, and to anyone who is a Crunch gym member, but who frequently travels or can't always make it to class.

And because everyone's different, I'd also suggest that if you're curious, go ahead and check it out! Crunch Live offers a free, 10-day trial, so there's certainly no harm in giving it a whirl.

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