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, highly-qualified trainers, and 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, such as Yoga Body Sculpt, Hard Core Court, and Chisel & Chill With GRID.

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

Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest benefits of Crunch Live is that it's an online, streaming platform. You don't need a gym membership or access to a facility to enjoy the workouts. That said, there are lots of online streaming workouts available to the average consumer, but these are the things that make Crunch Live stand out:

  • Access to Crunch Trainers and Programs. Crunch gyms have a reputation for employing the best trainers and implementing the best programs, and Crunch Live provides you with access to these 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.
  • High-Quality Videography. 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 paying for 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

    Just because Crunch LIve is affiliated with Crunch gyms, that doesn't mean it's the best online streaming platform available. Here's why:

    • Shorter Workouts and Limited Selection. Crunch Live's videos are somewhat limited—you have access to just under 100 total class options—and the longest class is only 30 minutes. If you prefer longer, full-length, 45- to 60-minute classes, you don't have this option with Crunch Live.
    • It's a Paid Subscription Service. Personally, I have no problem paying for truly stellar online subscription services, but what Crunch Live offers isn't necessarily better than other, free online workout videos. 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. 
    • A Lack of "Connection" With the Trainers. 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 each video or trainer 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. There's something to be said for gym that has in-person and online class formats that enable you to maintain your regular routine wherever you are.  

      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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