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CrossFit: The Best Gyms in Vancity

Get Your Ass Whipped Into Shape at One of These Gyms.


Getting motivated to go to the gym can be tough. Workouts take hours, you never have the guts to chat up that cute girl on the ab machine, and that old sweaty guy is constantly cornering you in the bathroom and asking for help with his clean and jerk, which is weird considering no one’s ever seen him lift a weight in the 10 years he’s been a member. For a gym experience that’ll keep you motivated, CrossFit.

A core strength and conditioning program used by police, military, martial artists and pro athletes, CF creates quick-hitting workout routines that combine insanely high-intensity sessions with short rests to jack your musco/cardio fitness level. Classes typically include a warm-up, skill development and an approx. 30 min or less workout where you get your ass kicked with exercises like thrusters, deadlifts, snatches, handstand push-ups, box jumps, kettlebell (KB) swings and air squats, as part of a WOD (Workout of the Day). So get ripped at one of these Vancouver-based CF gyms:


CrossFit Vancouver: the largest CF training facility in Canada at 7,000 sq. ft., Crossfit Vancouver is run by the first CF certified trainers in Canada and, according to the creator of CrossFit, is “badass”. They have fifteen-foot high ceilings, wall-to-wall rubber flooring and lots of natural light. They also offer one-on-one stretch therapy and massage therapy sessions and even have a bar and lounge to enhance that social community feel and, ultimately, to help you get the courage you need to ask out that tight-abbed hottie.

CrossFit Vancouver, 1340 East 3rd Ave., 604.253.1261, Map

Evolution BC (CrossFit BC): CrossFit BC is currently offering a November Special for new members that gives you two months of unlimited CrossFit classes for $199 (regular price is $199/mth). Hit’em up at lunch or, if you’re agoraphobic, follow their WODs which’r posted on their site and workout in your office. Just don’t ask your secretary to show you her snatch, ‘cause last time you did that it was seriously awkward.

CrossFit BC, Yaletown Location: 1232 Richards St., 604-683-2446, Map
CrossFit BC, West Van Location: 1431 Clyde St., 604-921-2446, Map

Tactix Gym: A 6,000 sq. ft. facility with high end equipment for all your CF needs, Tactix Gym offers what they call CrossFit Ludos to Beginners and Advanced members with 2 to 3 classes a day. For new members they offer a two week trial for $40, and also offer a one-time drop-in rate of $25 per class. In addition, they offer MMA, Krav Maga and CrossFit special programs and events, including the upcoming Home Invasion seminar, which’ll leave you mentally and physically prepared in case that old sweaty dude follows you home again.

Tactix Gym, 1449 Hornby Street, 604.719.7745, Map