Getting Started Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Option 1

I'm Super New

Start your journey with 3 simple, proven steps to results.

You won’t find gimmicks, fads, or negativity here.
Are you ready to finally stop chasing the “quick-fix” and work hard with a group of positive, driven people? Let’s get started.

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Option 2

I Have Experience

I have been training for at least 3 months.

We’re glad you want to join Subversus Fitness, please schedule your free trial session so one of our coaches can get to know you to see how we can best serve your fitness needs.




We know walking through the door is the hardest part. You take the first step and we’ll meet you where you are.


Our approach works. Want to see how? Hear from Sara and start your journey

First Step – Sara’s journey

“I had been dragging my feet for quite some time before finally opening the door to Subversus two and a half years ago. I had always been an active person, a consistent member of local gyms and fitness studios, but had no idea what to expect when it came to CrossFit… One day I finally decided, “today is the day”. I walked down the stairs, into that basement and have never looked back.”

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Meeting with a Coach

“Would I be strong enough?”

“Could I keep up?”

Quickly, I found out that the answer was more about tailoring each workout so that it would push my personal fitness level, not about what everyone else might be doing and that’s actually the point. Many people have the notion that you have to be strong and know how to lift a barbell before starting CrossFit. I was one of those people. I was intimidated by the idea of a class full of regulars staring at me, the new girl who could barely do a push-up, and for a while that thought was what held me back from signing up.

First class

“From day one I knew I was hooked.  The workouts are never easy, but one of the best things about CrossFit is it’s capacity for customization. Every single workout can be tailored to your current abilities, so that no matter your level of fitness that first class, it’s the perfect starting point. When I started at Subversus I certainly wasn’t familiar with all of the movements that comprise a typical workout, but the incredible coaching staff is by your side the entire time, guiding you, pushing you, cheering for you, and picking you up when you’re down.”

A new lifestyle

“I can honestly say walking into Subversus is my favorite part of the day. My time spent at Subversus puts me outside of my comfort zone, but in the best way.

What truly sold me on Subversus was the community. Never before had I experienced a group of people who were so welcoming and supportive of each other; I literally thought to myself one day, “Why is everyone being so nice to me?” When you’re the last one on the floor and feel like giving up, your classmates are right there helping you across the finish line.”

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  • What will my first time in your gym be like?

    Your first time in, we want you to feel comfortable. One of our awesome coaches will give you a tour of the facilities, we’ll sit down with you and walk through your goals and walk through what you can expect. You don’t have to workout, just share what you want to achieve.

  • What exactly is CrossFit?

    CrossFit is a fitness program that will change your life. By it’s definition, it uses “constantly varied, functional movement performed at a relative high intensity”. As a truly functional program, the difficulty level of our daily workouts is designed to be increased or decreased, depending upon the individual. This makes them appropriate for anyone.

    Daily workouts could include things such as core conditioning, rowing, sprinting, gymnastics, lifting, etc. And all our workouts are designed to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, and agility. Our members range from age 20 to 76 and all ability levels. This is a true program to develop broad and inclusive fitness.

  • If I haven't been regularly working out, is CrossFit for me?

    The very first thing you will discover is that CrossFit does not discriminate. Whether you are young at heart, or have just completed your 50th marathon, or are recovering from injury or healing a broken heart, whether walking the dog is the only exercise you’ve had in years, or you’re someone training for the Iditarod…We will help you achieve your fitness goals.

    One of the things that makes CrossFit so unique is our community of people from literally every walk of life: stay-at-home parents, elite athletes, students, CEOs, members of the armed services, firefighters, you name it. CrossFit bodies – our bodies – come in every imaginable size, shape and age; and yet, our workouts every day are designed for anyone to do them.

    Yes, anyone.

  • What’s your drop-in policy?

    We love nothing more than having visitors from other boxes come workout with us! Please register in advance using our online portal here.  If you are just passing through, we charge a drop in fee of $25 per day or offer a week-long punch pass for $100.

    It’d be great if you’d plan on arriving 15 minutes before scheduled class time so we can provide you with a waiver to sign and introduce you to our box. If you have a Wodify account, you can use that to log in, if not, just sign in as a guest. We can only accommodate drop-ins for CrossFit classes. We also have showers and towel service if that makes your stay any easier to coordinate.

    You may find that we do things a little differently than your “box back home.” We hope that you enjoy the change in scenery, clientele, maybe even music. If anything makes you uncomfortable, however, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  • Why is your gym more expensive than other gyms?

    We know you may have a lot of choices on where to workout. What’s best… A treadmill at home? The gym down the street that is $15/month? A CrossFit membership? We’d actually encourage you to ask a different question. What are your goals?

    Personalized attention?

    Trained, professional coaches?

    Accountability from Coaches who remember your name and goals?

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

    If the answer to any of the above is “yes”, then we’d encourage you to check us out. Training with us saves you time by 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 up, we recommend coming three to four days/week for your first couple weeks, then build to five. Once you’re up to five days per week, we recommend building in two recovery days per week. Our programming is designed to balance how you are using different parts of your body across the week.

    Think of starting CrossFit like learning a new language. Do it once or twice a week and you’ll have trouble remembering how to do it, more regular attendance will have our Coaches get to know you better as well as you’ll get better results.

    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 who can help give you 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. They are called the Olympic Lifts, because they are used in competition. You don’t need to have aspirations to go to the Olympics do to them, however – if you did, we have a Coach on staff who competes for Team USA at the National and International Level, so there’s that too.

    The Power lifts – are the back squat, bench press and deadlift. These movements are staples of the building blocks to any strength program or sport specific work. Training them is a terrific compliment to running, cycling or other sports where you seek to spend your time outside the gym and want to be less injury prone and recover faster.

    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!

  • How do you give back to the community?

    We believe that health and wellness is a universal right. Our gym is a business, however we are proud to be active in creating healthy change in our community through two programs:


    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 and run free classes in the areas of Philadelphia where there is the highest incidence of early death from chronic diseases and unemployment. UliftU also works in the prison system pre-release and through a partnership with CrossFit HQ, will be certifying individuals before 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 and CrossFit 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.

  • I heard that CrossFitter’s use their own language, can you help me with the terms?

    Sure! This is a great link that will help get you started – http://greatist.com/fitness/ultimate-guide-crossfit-lingo.  Word of caution: No need to be intimidated by this… ☺ We’ll walk you through it all!

  • Can I do my own thing during class?

    For any experienced CrossFitters, Weightlifters, and Strongman, we have an Open Gym area where you can follow your own programming. We only ask that you follow our house rules.

    They are:

    1. Class has priority.
    2. Clips on all bars with weight even while warming up. No exceptions.
    3. Have fun!
  • I just relocated/looking for a new gym and I’d like to check you out prior to joining.

    If you are experienced CrossFitter or Weightlifter, we will give you a complimentary day. If you feel Subversus Fitness is the right gym for you, we’ll get you started in the right program on your schedule. Please contact us at info@subversusfitness.com.

  • Do I need to reserve a spot or contact anyone?

    Please use the Schedule to “Enroll”. You will fill out your account information, provide payment, and sign the waiver. We do not turn anyone away. You can email info@subversusfitness.com or complete the “Contact Form” if you have any questions.


We know walking through the door is the hardest part. You take the first step and we’ll meet you where you are.

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We know walking through the door is the hardest part. You take the first step and we’ll meet you where you are.