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Crunch Gym Focuses on Fitness, Fun

NORWALK, Conn. — The local gym scene has always been Planet Fitness, Fitness Edge and recently Punch Gym and L.A. Fitness. Now, there is a new gym in town . Crunch Fitness opened in April at 770 Connecticut Ave. and has seen an influx of members.

Eugene Russo, a former police officer in Cranston, R.I., opened the gym with his sister Kristen and her husband David. "The chance to open the gym came along, and I made a career change," Russo said. "It was tough to be all things to everyone as a police officer, but here at the gym I can concentrate on the members individually if I need to."

Russo's philosophy is for Crunch to have a member friendly environment where customers can make suggestions for what they want to see or have implemented in the gym. Crunch members can give the owners suggestions by filling out a survey. "Customer service is so important in this business," said Russo.

Crunch offers all the machines and free-weights as the other gyms in Norwalk. It also offers fitness classes such as Zumba, Bosu Bootcamp, TRX, Yoga and many others. The gym will add more classes this month with extra Tread N' Shed (a treadmill/cardio based class) and TRX, as well as cardio kickboxing sessions.

Crunch offers prices that stack up against every gym in the area, according to Russo. The $9.95 base membership allows use of the facility with fitness classes. The $19.95 peak membership includes perks such as bringing a guest for free and using the tanning machines and the hydro massage bed. Personal training is also available.

For more information, Crunch Fitness can be reached at 203-939-1623 or online at

"Our prices are comparable to most gyms around here," Russo said. "What differentiates us is that we offer classes. Some gyms do not. And our classes are free and unlimited, no matter which membership you have."

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