Why is Crossfit so expensive?
Now that winter is on the way out, you’re finally ready to take the next steps towards achieving your 2019 New Year’s Resolution – and that’s investing about $15 – $25 a week into a membership at your local gym.
Against a $60 – $70 weekly membership at your average CrossFit Gym, you probably think you’ve scored a fantastic deal. And you’re right, paying that much more wouldn’t make much sense. But let’s take a look at both memberships a little more closely and find out what you’re really getting for your hard earned dollars.
The average membership price at Crossfit Docklands comes to $56 per week, with no long term contracts, you’ll gain access to 3 focussed group classes (with a maximum of 10 people per class).
Now here’s some other things that cost about $50-$60 a week:
- Petrol for your car
- credit card bill
- Clothes & material expenses
- Myki card
Now I know looking at all the other alternatives you could spend your $50 – $60 on doesn’t seem to justify a CrossFit membership, but notice there’s one essential necessity missing here. Your health and fitness! A car sure can’t drive without the driver, and a driver sure can’t drive a car without the right fuel. That’s the affect health and fitness has for our bodies and modern lifestyle. It’s a non-negotiable necessity that should never be ruled out.
Let’s break it down further
Here’s what a Crossfit membership looks like against less essential items
Friday Night drinks – Easily $50 plus (and that’s just a small night out)
Cigarettes – $50 – $150 per week!
2 x Daily Coffee’s – $8 ($56 Per )
So basically, if you’re a smoker, like a few social drinks out on the town or can afford to drink 2 coffees a day, you can afford CrossFit!
Here’s a few other things you should know before signing yourself away to a normal gym:
Don’t be Fooled by all the Fancy equipment
At a normal gym, you have access to a huge range of fancy machines, but you never really know how to use them. With their common hard-to-spot instructions and complex pulley systems, these machines can surely be intimidating. You feel like you’re pestering the gym’s personal trainers every time you ask for help (which is almost always when you’re just getting started). You soon cave in and find your place amongst the treadmills and bikes and before long you haven’t been in weeks.
So for $15-$25, you’re either going a few times a week for your 30 minute fix of cardio or you’re not going at all. This usually leaves people frustrated with little or no real results but too bad if you want to leave as remember you signed that 12 month contract.
You’ll be in better hands when you join a CrossFit gym. In every class caring and expert coaches will lead you through the proper warm ups and workout providing motivation when needed, leaving you understanding the movements with confidence. You’ll be given a selected weight and will have unfailing guidance to ensure you perform the movements correctly. Personal trainers do this too, except they cost a lot more – an average of $60 per session to be exact. To see results, you need to train at least 3 times per week. Now that’s a whopping $180 for weekly training! Remember that Crossfit, is only $50.
The coaches think about you night and day
Well, not really. But CrossFit coaches do think about your athletic background, movement quality, old injuries and new reactions. They talk about your progress from last week, the week before, all the way through from when you first began. So basically, they’re there to take care of you throughout the way. Crossfit coaches are also known for pushing their level of training by staying updated with the latest research and findings in the fitness world. This also explains why there’s an immense amount of feedback and discussion that goes into their planning and programming.
More than just gym buddies
You’ve probably heard about it, but that’s because it’s too good to keep a secret! And that’s being a part of a kick-ass community – a place where you have others building you up, no matter where you are in your physical journey.
Unlike normal gyms where it’s more ideal to work alone/with another friend or two (because 8 people doing bicep curls at the same time would probably leave other gym-goers feeling a tad claustrophobic), CrossFit aims to achieve a working community. Developing this team comradery is important, it’s the gel that keeps Crossfitters motivated and assured that they’ve got the support they need to go the extra mile.
So, I guess we lied a little. For the price of a Crossfit membership, you don’t just get 3 amazing sessions – you’ll get that and so much more. You’ll have personalized training, coaches that care and a community that’ll always have your back.
If your gym can’t give you that and you’re willing to do what it takes to finally reach your New Year’s Resolution, than choosing CrossFit might just be the best choice you will ever make.