Five Things To Consider When Choosing A CrossFit Gym

Just like buying a car or deciding where to send your child to college, most of us want to be sure the hard-earned money we invest in something will yield a return on that investment.

It’s no different when choosing a CrossFit gym.

There are a number of considerations to make before you decide which CrossFit gym you should join, but we want that decision to be as stress-free as possible.

The purpose of this post is to share some considerations that need to be made before you decide to take the plunge.


Cost is, arguably, the most important consideration. You want to get fit, but you don’t want it to break the bank.

We get it.

While almost all gyms offer monthly fees, a few will offer drop-in passes so you can pay as you go.

At Grand Trunk, our pricing starts at $140 for a single to come three days a week, up to $285 per couple for unlimited usage.

While it is a significant investment, we think the cost is worth it and justifiable once you start to see results.


You want to pick a gym that’s close to home or work, since those are the two places where most of us spend the majority of our time.

It’s important that you can fit in a workout in a reasonable amount of time without having to drive all the way across town.

Class Schedules

Whether coming before or after work, you want to pick a gym that offers flexible times. Most gyms will have classes that run throughout the day, with a focus on early morning evening times, since those are popular times.

At Grand Trunk, our earliest class is 5:30 a.m. and our latest class is 7:30 p.m. We think it’s important to offer a wide range of times, and we think this gives current and future members a wide selection to fit their lifestyle.

Is It Kid-Friendly?

A common complaint about regular gyms is that you can’t bring your kids because they don’t offer a spot where they can hang out while you work out.

At Grand Trunk, we have comfortable couches, a play area for smaller kids that is within view of the space where we work out, and WiFi throughout in case your kids are old enough to watch on a tablet while you do the WOD.

And once your kids watch how much you enjoy CrossFit, you can consider signing them up for CrossFit Kids, which is a great way to get them involved in staying fit at an earlier age.

Comfort Level

The ultimate consideration when deciding which CrossFit gym to join will likely come down to comfort.

In other words, does it make you want to come back?

One of the best things about CrossFit is that it gets you outside of your comfort zone, and those first few WODs can be uncomfortable when you’re doing unfamiliar movements in front of a group of people you don’t know.

That’s why we encourage all prospective members to sign up for a free, no sweat intro so you can meet us and decide if Grand Trunk is right for you.

CrossFit is not something you’re used to.

But we believe that once you visit Grand Trunk and learn what it’s all about, you’ll be eager to come back and give it your all.

Member Spotlight: Brian Patrias

Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”. 

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout. 

This month’s spotlight is on Brian Patrias, a Grand Trunk member since 2016. 

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why? 

Brian: I joined back in February of 2016 after moving to New Hudson in October of 2015. It was a progression from starting in 2014 in Florida. I restarted because I knew CrossFit gave me good results and I enjoyed the competition.   

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit? 

I enjoy putting myself through the pain of each WOD and attempting to improve each day. Most days, I’d rather CrossFit than sleep in. CrossFit has become an interest I prioritize and I continue to work at it. I also get to work out with some athletic individuals and coaches at 5:30 a.m. and have made CrossFit a part of the family’s routine. 

What is your favorite movement? 

The clean. 

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of? 

Pistols. I’d never thought I’d be able to do one. 

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish? 

I have many lifting goals I’m working towards that are on the goal board. To keep me on track I am also looking at doing one of the local CrossFit competitions. 

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit? 

For someone who is thinking about trying, don’t be intimidated. The lingo, the movements and the equipment can all be a little scary at first. We’ve all been there.  

As for new members, stick with it and you will improve. It may take one year to complete one double-under or a pull-up. Then you work on stringing them together. Everything is a progression. 

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym? 

It allows me to kick ass on my everyday farm chores.  

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you? 

I do not watch television or see movies. 

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be? 

1000m row buy-in, then: 

(Four rounds) 

8 chest-to-bar 

16 dumbbell snatches (50 lb) 

8 thrusters (115 lb) 

Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): I CrossFit because I like it. 

If you’d like to schedule a free, no-sweat intro, sign up today! 

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