Is Crunch Fitness worth it?

Welcome to your definitive guide about Crunch Fitness! We put together our wealth of knowledge right here, making sure you have a comprehensive understanding of this popular gym chain.

293
Total Locations
22000
Average Size (sq ft)
4.08
Average Google Rating

Welcome to your definitive guide about Crunch Fitness! We put together our wealth of knowledge right here, making sure you have a comprehensive understanding of this popular gym chain.

Amenities offered at Crunch Fitness

Crunch gyms are ultra popular across the country, and for good reason. Their clubs generally have a large amenity set, placed in a fun, upbeat package. Here's what you'll get that'll make your dollar stretch:

  • Saunas (at about 1/3 of their gyms)
  • Turf workout area (about 65% of gyms)
  • Childcare (around 40% of locations)
  • "Miles of cardio" as they say it, aka treadmills and stair-masters at all Crunches
  • Free weights, and various strength machines at all locations

Amenities you'll find at some, but not all of their gyms:

  • Swimming Pool, steam room
  • Racquetball, basketball

Amenities that no Crunch should have:

  • Hot tub/whirlpool
  • Pickleball
Amenities
These amenities are available at some locations
Personal Training
Group Training
Sauna
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95
Locations
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Swimming Pool
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12
Locations
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Basketball
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9
Locations
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Childcare
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110
Locations
)
Steam Room
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12
Locations
)
Tanning
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245
Locations
)
Open 24-hours
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39
Locations
)
Spa/Hot-Tub
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0
Locations
)
Racquetball
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8
Locations
)
Pickleball
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0
Locations
)
Tennis
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0
Locations
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Squash
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0
Locations
)
Retail
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0
Locations
)
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Wi-Fi
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0
Locations
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Women-only Workout
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0
Locations
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Smoothie/Shake Bar
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0
Locations
)
Equipment
This equipment is available at some locations
Cardio Machines (treadmills and more)
Weight Training (free weights & machines)
Locker Room
Shower
Restroom
Cold Plunge
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0
Locations
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Cardio Cinema
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0
Locations
)
Towel Service
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21
Locations
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Massage Chairs
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244
Locations
)
Olympic Lifting
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59
Locations
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Functional Turf
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184
Locations
)
Unavailable

These amenities are not offered at any Crunch Fitness location.

Sauna
Pool
Childcare / Daycare
Basketball
Steam
Open 24-hours-a-day
Pickleball
Tanning
Spa/Whirlpool/Hot-Tub
Massage Chairs
Racquetball
Cardio Cinema
Functional Turf
Towel Service
Olympic lifting
Tennis
Squash
Retail Area
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Wi-Fi
Women Only
Workout Area
Cold Plunge
Smoothie/Shake Bar
Fast Facts

Crunch Fitness was founded in 1989 in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City's East Village. 

The current CEO is Jim Rowley, with headquarters in New York City.

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What time does Crunch Fitness open & close?

No Crunch Fitness locations are open 24/7.

Awesome! 39 of their clubs are open 24/7!

The ones that aren't? Exact hours vary at all clubs, but the most common we've seen for them:

  • Monday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Crunch Fitness by the numbers

293

Total Locations

The total amount of locations we're tracking from this fitness chain.

4.08

Average Review Rating

The average rating of all their clubs combined.

22000

Average Gym Size

Room for activities! Average square footage of their gyms.

$35.42

Average Monthly Membership Cost

How much you can expect to pay for the entry-level membership every month

111

Total Cities

Find a Crunch Fitness in this many cities.

What we love about Crunch Fitness

Absolutely love their approach to fitness: value packed and amenity+service oriented. Crunch is an excellent, all-around gym chain that can be had for affordable prices. 

  • Fun, energetic, and lively brand. Their positive attitude translates into good vibes, which translates into electric workouts.

  • Busy parents can find childcare at Crunch at about 40% of their gyms. We count 110 different locations where you can workout with your kid nearby.

  • Tanning and massage masters! Crunch is the leading gym chain in the country offering these amenities. We count over 245 gyms with tanning beds, and 244 gyms with massage chairs.

What we wish Crunch Fitness would improve

Crunch Fitness already offers a gigantic selection of amenities and services. But, we can still name a few things we'd like to see from this gym chain.

  • Some amenities were more widespread/available. Pools only at 12 of 300+ locations. 10 locations with basketball. 39 locations are open 24-hours-a-day.

  • We wish their pricing tiers were more consistent. Even though basic memberships start at $00—that price can change drastically if you're in an expensive market. Did you know that some gyms in San Francisco start at $55 monthly?

  • Signature clubs should be more widespread, along with larger gyms.  With all that this chain offers, it would be wise to see them grow their clubs to pack in all these amenities.

How much is Crunch Fitness?

Crunch Fitness clubs compete in the HVLP (high-value-low-price) segment, and generally have clear pricing and amenity options. You'll easily be able to compare different gyms both in and out of Crunch with their tiered setup:

  • Base $9.99 to $34.99/month - Single club access - Enough for a solid, basic workout. Cardio, weights and machines.
  • Peak $24.99 to $44.99/month - Multi club access - This level (generally) adds on Group Fitness. Locations like Schaumburg and Long Beach give you HydroMassage. The Creedmoor location will include the sauna.
  • Peak Results $29.99 to $49.99/month - Multi club access - If not already added, this tier will include cycle/ride classes, small group training, guest privileges, tanning and babysitting.

Did you know that Crunch gyms are franchised? That's why the differences between Peak and Peak Results vary between locations across the country. Usually, several Crunch gyms in your area will have similar pricing, and similar amenity access tiers because they're owned by the same group.

The annual fees for most groups was $49.99, but expect to pay $59.99 for Crunch Select and $89.99 Crunch Signature gyms. That is billed 60 days from your start.

Initiation fees range from $79 to $0, and are highly dependent on the location plus promotional period. The higher fees are for the cheaper/more basic membership types.

We also saw a $2 processing fee for every single location. It's small but it hurts, because it's billed every month. Doesn't matter your payment method, the $2 is consistent—essentially adding that to your "$9.99, $24.99 or $39.99" cost. 

Finally, we liked how the terms (contract length) for nearly all gyms were month-to-month no contract.

A word about Crunch Signature locations: these are more boutique gyms from Crunch with enhanced amenity sets. You'll see things like 

  • Dedicated group fitness studios
  • Full service locker rooms with towel service
  • Rituals Products
  • Saunas and Steam rooms

Memberships for Signature locations are similar to the above in a tiered manner. The three options are:

  • Single-club $54 to $93.75
  • All Signature locations in one metro ~$74.25
  • All Crunch locations nationwide ~$112.50

Those metros are San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Miami and New York—totaling 28 Signature locations.

  • "Standard" Crunch aka most clubs have a $49.99 annual fee. "Select" locations are $59.99 and "Signature" gyms are $89.99 yearly. You'll pay that fee 60 days after starting your membership.
  • Initiation fees have ranged from $79 for Base, $59 on Peak, and $39 on Peak Results plans. However, these are often on promotion and you'll see them drop by 50%, or $1 or $0.
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Who does Crunch Fitness cater to?

We all have different bodies, different goals and different fitness journeys. Some gyms may fit a person better than others. So who would enjoy this gym most?

Frequently asked questions about Crunch Fitness

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What are Crunch Signature gyms?

How many Crunch Signature locations are there?

What makes Crunch Fitness different?

Top amenities offered at Crunch Fitness

All the gym essentials

Free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment.

95 saunas to choose from

Nothing like the hot heat to warm muscles up.

Swim laps in 12 different pools

Dive in to relax after your work—or you can swim laps at Crunch Fitness.

Practice your shot at 9 courts

Courts with regulation rims and beautiful hardwood. Just 8% of gyms nationwide have a court.

110 different locations with childcare

What a rare treat. Less than 9% of gyms in the country have childcare/daycare!

39 gyms that are open all night long

An extra early or real late workout—your choice.

Functional turf workouts at 184 gyms

Stretch, sleds, bodyweight or box jumps. The turf area is the place to be.

0 hot tubs FTW!

Relieve pain post workout or soothe sore muscles.  

Additional info about Crunch Fitness

Final thoughts — Is Crunch Fitness worth it?

Gym Pricing Tiers Explained

There are 3-4 main pricing tiers that nearly all gyms across the country fall into. Generally, higher prices = more amenities and services.

$10 - $25 /month — Value

  • Standard/basic equipment
  • Cardio machines: treadmills, ellipticals
  • Various free-weights, strength machines

$15 - $30 /month — High Value Low Price

  • All the above, plus a few have saunas or pools
  • Massage and/or Tanning options
  • Expect newer style amenities like Olympic lifting platforms, functional turf and cardio cinema.

$25 - $65 Monthly — Mid-Tier

  • All the above, placed in larger facilities and spaces. Pools, saunas and steam are a must.
  • Basketball courts and childcare were the main amenities.
  • These are your "older" more aged "big-box" gyms, often with hundreds of locations spanning the country

$65 and up  — Boutique/Specialty/Luxury

  • Highest end cardio equipment with advanced, expensive machines
  • Specialty group training and fitness classes
  • Luxury or boutique locker rooms, workspaces and lounges

"Is this gym worth it?"

Use our guides to help inform and educate what a gym can offer your fitness lifestyle. Only you can truly decide if a gym is worth it!

Over the years, Crunch gyms have started to creep up in size. And it doesn't mean bigger is always better—but more space allows more amenities, services and room to workout! 

New locations open up at about 1-2 a month across the country, and these are mixes of brand new construction gyms or takeovers from competitors. 

Members benefit because newer Crunch locations mean fresher paint, mats, machines, bathrooms and more. You'll be harder pressed to find bench presses falling apart, and cable-strength machines either frayed or broken.

All of this is to say that Crunch is continually improving their product, and is one of the best on the value side of the equation.

Unfortunately, pricing has also started to rise, with some coastal cities seeing monthly pricing at or above $50 a month. Still, the huge majority of locations (especially the new ones) have deals starting at $9.99 or $14.99. If you can snag a membership at one of their "founding" rates, or even monthly dues below $29.99, then Crunch gyms are absolutely worth it. 

At the pricing side, they've got it nailed down for the most part. You put all this together and there's no doubt about it: Crunch Fitness is one of the best gym chains in the country. Their all around blend of amenities, service and value has us recommending to everybody that they are worth every dollar. 

Crunch Fitness - most definitely worth it!

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