FAQs

What steps do you take to clean the gym?

We’ve put hours behind answering this as best as we can. Coaches and members are held responsible to high cleanliness standards including wiping down equipment after use and wearing masks while in the gym. We’ve also invested in a brand new HEPA air filtration units to sanitize the air space every 30 minutes

Your health and wellness is our business – you should expect excellence in coaching, classes and the facility. We’re proud to offer small class sizes and an amount of space per athlete well above government regulations.

You can find our full community health statement here. All new athletes also sign a COVID-19 release which helps us take steps to make sure we are prioritizing a safe space for you. If you have additional questions, please reach out and we’ll answer them for you.

How big are your classes?

We believe in personal attention and the camaraderie of a group environment. We designate at least 100 sq ft in taped-off space for every athlete. That means our classes are capped at no more than 9 people and 1 Coach. Specialty classes like our Barbell Club and Elevate classes are even smaller at 6-8 athletes.

We also offer personal training sessions that are done outside of class time as private sessions with a Coach.

What will my first time in your gym be like?

Your first time in, we want you to feel comfortable and understand our policies. You’ll schedule an easy intro session, then one of our awesome coaches will give you a scheduled tour of the facilities. We’ll sit down with you to walk through your goals and what you can expect in training. You won’t workout, just share what you want to achieve and learn how we’ll help you reach those goals.

If you have experience training, great! We’ll discuss your background and then look at the best class schedule for you. If you’re new to training, terrific! We’ll set you up for a personal training on-ramp of three sessions to get you into classes.

What is a CrossFit class like?

Our CrossFit (Workout of the Day) program is the core of who we are and what we offer. Every class is intelligently programmed, expertly coached and the most effective way you can spend an hour of your day to get healthy and strong.

CrossFit often includes a warm-up, strength portion and a metabolic conditioning (metcon) portion. You can expect variance in the workloads to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, and agility.

We teach movements that are functional and natural for the human body. You’ll learn how to run, jump, lunge, squat, press and pull like an athlete. You’ll also learn gymnastics and weightlifting skills.  The key part there is learn – we don’t expect you to know how to do everything. And if you have injuries or physical limitations, your coach will offer scaled movements and workarounds so you get a challenging workout regardless.

For over 11 years, we’ve been building broad, inclusive fitness for everyone (yes, you!) whether you’re new to us and training or have a background in elite athletics.

Your time is important, don’t waste it on random fitness light shows or beat downs. You aren’t joining the army. You’re looking to be strong, look good naked and be proud of your body – let’s get started.

If I haven't been regularly working out, is your training for me?

We do not discriminate. Whether you are young at heart, or have just completed your 50th marathon, or are recovering from injury – whether walking the dog is the only exercise you’ve had in years, or you’re training for the Philly marathon… we will help you achieve your fitness goals.

What makes us so unique is our community of people from all walks of life: stay-at-home parents, elite athletes, students, CEOs, members of the armed services, firefighters – you name it. Our bodies come in every size, shape and age. And yet, our daily workouts are designed for anyone to do them.

Yes, anyone.

We are all humans. How we train may look different, but the why remains the same. Get healthier, look and FEEL good, and be proud of your body. We have personal and group training options available, so we’re ready for you!

How do you give back to the community?

We believe that health and wellness is a universal right. We work diligently to reach out and help those who aren’t able to access our program and community. You can read our full statement here.

We’re proud to be active in creating healthy change for our community through two programs:

UliftU

UliftU is a 501c3 that prepares citizens returning from prison for careers in the fitness industry. Once certified, our graduates both work and coach at Subversus. They also run free classes in the areas of Philadelphia with the highest incidence of early death from chronic diseases and unemployment. UliftU also works in the prison system pre-release, so they can come home and begin working in the community.

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers is a free class held on the first Sunday of each month for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come to Subversus to experience what a supportive fitness experience can look like. Taught by a peer Coach, this class seeks to demonstrate that fitness can be a transformative tool for anyone. Through this program we also offer scholarship memberships for LGBTQ+ individuals who demonstrate need and want to start training with Subversus.

What’s your drop-in policy?

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we are not open for drop-ins until further notice. This breaks our heart as traveling and training is a big part of what we do as well, but right now we have to prioritize the health and safety of our members.

Why is your gym more expensive than other gyms?

We know you have a lot of choices on where to workout. What’s best… a treadmill at home? The gym down the street for $15/month with no guidance? We’d actually encourage you to ask a different question.

What are your goals? 

Personalized attention?

Trained, professional coaches?

Accountability?

Working out with a group of like-minded people who cheer on your success?

If the answer to any of the above is “yes” and you’re looking for the whole fitness package, then come check us out. Training with us saves you time, ensuring that you’re being coached by true professionals in proven methods that we ourselves use. You aren’t getting a guru, you’re getting the most complete fitness program available.

How often do you recommend I come to the gym?

If you’re just starting out, we recommend coming three days per week for your first few weeks. After you work through the soreness of your first few weeks, you can build to four or five days per week. Once you’re up to five days per week, we recommend building in two recovery or active recovery days.

Our programming is designed to balance how you are using different parts of your body across the week.

Think of starting training with us like learning a new language. Do it only once a week and you’ll have trouble remembering what you learned. More regular attendance and our coaches will get to know you better, and you’ll become a fluent in no time.

Don’t forget about nutrition! The fastest car is only as good as it’s gas. Not sure how to fuel? Talk to one of our Precision Nutrition Certified Coaches to get advice based in real practice, not fads.

What is the Barbell Club?

For over seven years, we’ve been downtown Philadelphia’s home for barbell specific training in both the Olympic Lifts and Powerlifting. Not familiar with those terms?

The Olympic Lifts are the snatch and the clean and jerk used in Olympic weightlifting competitions. They’re arguably the best test of strength and technique in any form of athletics. But you don’t need to have aspirations to go to the Olympics do to them. (But if you do want to compete, we have a coach on staff who competes for Team USA at the national and international levels!)

The Power lifts are the back squat, bench press and deadlift. These movements are staple building blocks to any strength program or sport specific work. Training them is a terrific compliment to running, cycling or other sports where you spend time outside the gym.

We cater to the first-time athlete as well as those with competitive aspirations for either barbell program. Contact us to schedule a consult today!

Many journeys, one goal.

We all want to be strong, healthy, and confident. No matter where you’re starting from, Subversus will get you there.