◊ WHO THIS IS FOR ◊
WHAT YOU NEED
A water bottle and clean indoor runners – the rocks and debris can jam up the Skill Mills. Flow classes require a mat (which can be rented for $2).
Three workouts, two studios, one community. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your fitness history looks like, the folks at CrushCamp welcome everyone with open arms. The crowd is diverse but aligned over a common mindset – get strong, challenge the status quo, and crush some damn goals. There is a wide variety of classes to choose from and a schedule that can accommodate just about anyone. The studios are adorbs, and everyone’s super friendly. I really appreciated that during classes, the coaches came around to assess and critique everyone’s form instead of barking orders from the front of a room. No matter what class you go to, you’re going to get a full body workout, with lower intensity options like yoga and recovery classes. CrushCamp’s core values of positivity, growth, and community radiate through everything they do and are embodied by every person who steps foot into the studio. And, they’re a fit as hell bunch. The members are collectively referred to as the Wolfpack and this quote says it all:
The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack. —Rudyard Kipling
Read on for the full article of CrushCamp.
313 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A5 (OG Location)
CrushCamp has two locations, both of which offer convenience for the working or living downtowners. They both have a similar feel and energy, but the newer East Village location has a few features that the OG, 17th ave location doesn’t. The OG studio is located in the heart of Calgary’s trendy 17th Ave, and offers free parking behind the studio with additional parking along 17th avenue – arrive early to snag a stall out back because parking on 17th is paid between 9am-6pm and can be trickier to find.
CrushCamp’s newest studio is located in the heart of East Village. Free parking is a bit harder to come by in the evening, but we’ve never had trouble finding a spot – just give yourself a little time if you’re not familiar with the area. There’s a paid Indigo parking lot directly across 6th ave, and street parking in the area is free before 9am and after 6pm.
CrushCamp offers 3 signature workouts: Crush, Flow, and Lab. The CrushCamp programs change every day and are never the same, so they are great for busting through plateaus and preventing boredom. We dive deep into the Crush classes below, and the Labs and Flow classes are great for runners and lifters who could use some more flexibility, mobility, and strength in their lives. Worth nothing – Crush classes are only at the 17th location, but the newer East Village studio hosts all 3. Each month has a set focus – speed month, strength month, endurance month, etc – testing is done at the beginning and revisited throughout the month to track progress.
In addition to their regular classes they also offer a 4-week “Strong as a Motha’” post-natal program where momma’s can workout with their littles by their side. One of the things that makes CrushCamp unique is their Skill Mills equipment and they have a Skill Mill 101 class to get acquainted. If you’re new to them, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes to meet your coach and get a quick orientation on the machine. For safety reasons this is mandatory before your first class. On top of everything else, CrushCamp offers one-on-one and small group personal training, they have the option to add nutrition coaching, and they offer free consultations to get to know you and help you set some realistic goals. And finally for the runners out there – throughout the warmer months CrushCamp hosts The Wolfpack Run Club – see their website, social, or Strava for more info.
For the class schedule, between the two studios, there are classes of all kinds, all day, every day. Weekdays start as early as 6 and 6:30am, and wrap up around 8:30pm. On weekends, classes start at 8am and 9am, on Saturday and Sunday respectively, and run back to back for four hours. They’re pretty consistent between studios except as mentioned above, East Village has a second studio space where they offer Lab and Flow classes. All classes are booked in advance through MINDBODY up to a week in advance, but they fill up really quickly and in order to get into certain classes I had to book a week out.
CrushCamp has flexible membership options, with both class packs and monthly memberships starting at $125. They know that it takes some time to see results so their monthly memberships are rated based on a 3-month or 12-month commitment. All membership options include full access to all class types at both studios, a guest pass each month, discounted personal training and CrushCamp swag, towel and mat service, and goal consultations each month. Important to note that CrushCamp is a “cash-free” studio, so make sure you’re prepared with your debit or credit card.
- INTRO OFFER!!: $75 for 30 Days Unlimited
- SINGLE DROP-IN: $28
- 5-CLASS PACK: $125
- 10-CLASS PACK: $230
- DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP: $250/month for 12 month commitment
- OMEGA MEMBERSHIP: $220/month for 3 month commitment
- OMEGA MEMBERSHIP: $190/month for 12 month commitment
- ALPHA MEMBERSHIP: $140/month for 3 month commitment
- ALPHA MEMBERSHIP: $125/month for 12 month commitment
CrushCamp DOES accept ClassPass!
CrushCamp gets a 10/10 for aesthetics, vibe, and community.
The OG studio has been around for a couple of years now and has managed to maintain a non-cliquey, strong ass community. This space is super rad, has one HIIT studio and a smaller personal training studio. You’ll find lockers, two change rooms, two unisex washrooms, but no showers which can make it tricky to head to work after a sweaty class – and if you leave without sweating, you’re doing it wrong.
Earlier in 2019 the second studio, East Village, opened up, and they did it RIGHT. The feel is very similar to 17th but the space is a lot bigger and lets in a ton of natural light. East Village also has a coffee/smoothie bar, where you can place advance orders for pickup as class wraps up. Not only is it photogenic AF, they have some of the nicest change rooms in the downtown area. Super bright, always clean, and stocked with all kinds of toiletries right down to disposable toothbrushes (though our inner tree-huggers cringed at these for anything but bad-breath emergencies). The new birth spot of many beautiful friendships to come, without a doubt.
You’ll love CrushCamp if you love the feeling of crushing a hard, sweaty workout and measuring your progress – and if you get bored quickly. The class sizes are pretty small (max. 26 @ EV, 16 @ 17th ave) so you get to know familiar faces pretty quick. It also helps that the coaches use everyone’s first name… This might be a superpower, we have yet to confirm.
THE CLASS 🍍
WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADSIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL
(Chill – yoga/labs, recovery lab, Hard – Crush)
Crush: 6am CrushCamp with Lauren @ East Village
This was one of my FAV to date. Even though I’d only been in a few times, both the coaches and front desk staff knew my first name. The class was waitlisted and it ended up being a full house… Not uncommon for this CrushCamp. Upon arrival you put your name down on the studio map at the front desk to secure your spot on either the Skill Mill or the weights on the floor, where the person across from you sort of becomes your partner for the hour. There’s no front, no back, the lights are dim, and everyone’s killing it together and I loved that. They’re big on body pos and like coach Lauren at EV reminded us, there are mirrors ALL over so you can check yourself out. Once you get into the studio the coaches tell you what’s on the agenda for that class and what weights you’ll need, which is also your opportunity to chat about any injuries you might have or modifications you might need.
We started off with some warm-up cardio and dynamic movements (essential at 6am). The class then moved into a series of ‘blocks’ of exercises, similar to a circuit, where we swapped back and forth between skill mill and floor. At the start of each block coach Lauren gave us some cues and demonstrated each exercise, and then during our workout she came around critiquing form. Each block had a good split of cardio and resistance training, with enough options and scaling opportunities to allow everyone to push themselves as hard as they wanted to regardless of fitness level. The playlist was bumpin’ and on a couple occasions was interrupted by someone ringing the PR bell – another goal crushed. The last few minutes of class were spent doing some guided cool down stretches, before which Lauren came around with some cool cloths – hell YA. On the way out of the studio we exchanged some obligatory high-5’s. The hype was real for the full 50-minutes and I found myself trying to crush fitness goals I didn’t even know I had.
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Carrera is a downtown Calgary-based O&G professional, former CBBF figure competitor and personal trainer, and Editor for Fit-City Guide. When she’s not behind her desk you can find her in the mountains enjoying some type 2 fun, not-so-gracefully flopping around local studios, or enjoying the YYC sunshine. She appreciates the little things in life and drinks black coffee like it’s going out of style. She believes that overall fitness is the key to living a long and fruitful (peanut butter full?) life and hopes to inspire folks to explore outside of their comfort zone.