Get Ready to Go All In: East Chestnut CrossFit Comes to Downtown West Chester!

A man lifts a barbell during a workout at East Chestnut CrossFit in West Chester, PA

We’ve been working all summer and many of you successfully guessed what we were building “behind the wall” at the Oscar Lasko YMCA. That’s right—it’s a brand new CrossFit gym! So get ready because this September, East Chestnut CrossFit begins at the Oscar Lasko YMCA at 1 E Chestnut Street in West Chester.

You’ve probably heard of CrossFit, one of the hottest workouts, and maybe even wondered if it was right for you. CrossFit is ideal for many people. Read on for details and plan to join us for an upcoming demo.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. See this YouTube video for more details. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable, too. Our specialty is not specializing.

While CrossFit challenges the world's fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. (Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.)

Who does CrossFit?

Moms. Dads. Single Professionals. Grandparents. Athletes. And more. People of all ages, shapes and sizes do CrossFit. That’s because CrossFit workouts are tailored to each individual. While everyone does the same kind of exercises, how intense and how long each person does the exercises differs. Note that you must be at least 14 years of age to register for East Chestnut CrossFit.

The community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective. (Courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.)

How can I see if CrossFit is right for me?

Try it! The first class is always free for current Y members and non-members. Register for your free trial class at the front desk.

When will I be able to start CrossFit classes?

Classes begin Tuesday, September 4.

How much does East Chestnut CrossFit cost?

East Chestnut CrossFit costs $99 per month for unlimited classes. You must be a YMCA member to join East Chestnut CrossFit. Those new to CrossFit also need to complete the on-ramp program which costs $135. See details under “How do I get started?” for more information about the on-ramp program.

Specials are currently running:

  • The first 100 people to sign up will receive a East Chestnut CrossFit T-shirt and car magnet!
     
  • For those who are not already YMCA of Greater Brandywine Members: Those who join East Chestnut CrossFit must also be a YMCA member. If you are not a YMCA member, we will waive the $99 YMCA joiner fee when joining the YMCA and CrossFit at the same time. That means that to begin, you will pay your one-time on-ramp fee ($135), first month of CrossFit classes ($99) and your YMCA monthly membership. YMCA membership rates vary by branch.  

What do I get as an East Chestnut CrossFit member?

You received unlimited CrossFit classes in our air-conditioned CrossFit gym. Lockers and showers are also available onsite. In addition, as a YMCA member, you may visit any of our YMCA branches, as well as most YMCAs across the U.S. This gives you access to our fitness centers which are stocked with tons of cardio and strength equipment, unlimited group exercise classes, access to many of our indoor pools and more. Child Watch, our on-site babysitting service, is also available for parents to drop their kids off during our busiest times, including from 5 pm – 8 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am – 12 pm on Saturdays at the Oscar Lasko YMCA.

Can I go to East Chesnut Cross Fit if I belong to another CrossFit gym?

Yes, a drop-in rate for those who belong to other CrossFit gyms is available for $20 per visit. You do need to have an assessment prior to your first class. Contact Emily Loeffler, East Chestnut CrossFit Director, at eloeffler@ymcagbw.org for an assessment.

How do I get started?

Set up a free assessment by contacting Emily Loeffler, East Chestnut CrossFit Director, at eloeffler@ymcagbw.org.If you decide CrossFit is right for you, you will be enrolled in the on-ramp program which costs $135 and includes three one-on-one training sessions with a coach. During these sessions, you’ll learn how to perform the fundamental movements of CrossFit safely and efficiently. If you are new to CrossFit, completing the on-ramp program is required before beginning classes.

Who oversees East Chestnut CrossFit?

Our CrossFit program is led by Director Emily Loeffler. Emily’s infectious personality is a perfect fit for East Chestnut CrossFit, as her energy and positive attitude inspires athletes of all shapes and sizes who are new to CrossFit as well as those already accustomed to the workout.

Emily brings a wealth of experience and fitness acumen. A graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and nutrition, Emily has been involved in competitive functional fitness since 2011, competing as an individual athlete at the Reebok CrossFit Mid Atlantic Regional in 2011 and 2012 (4th and 17th) and a member of the team from CrossFit Explode in 2013 and 2014, where the team finished first both years at the Mid Atlantic Regional, qualifying them for the CrossFit Games (15th and 25th)! Emily signed with the Phoenix Rise, 2014-2016, a professional team in the National Pro Grid League, for which she was a co-captain all three years including the 2016 championship season.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Emily Loeffler, East Chestnut CrossFit Director, at eloeffler@ymcagbw.org.