Sliding-Scale Gyms Find Creative Ways to Make Fitness Affordable

January 17, 2021 by
Credit: Courtesy of Saltwater Athletics

Zach Filer and Adrianna Kara have one goal: to make CrossFit more affordable. 

Filer and Kara are the co-owners of CrossFit Hinge, an affiliate in Seattle that offers sliding-scale membership plans. Together with the gym’s non-profit, 206 South, the duo says they have been able to create “a space and community that embraces physical training and positive aspects of physical culture without any income barriers.”

One big thing: A major criticism of CrossFit has been the price; on average, an unlimited membership costs over $150 in the United States, more if the membership covers multiple people. When compared to commercial gyms -- who often run specials selling memberships for $10-20 -- CrossFit prices often limit access for low-and-mid income earners. Sliding-scale gyms are finding creative ways to make fitness more accessible. 

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