Get started with Subversus!



Subversus Fitness is located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia at 1229 Chestnut St and the home of CrossFit Center City, an affiliate since 2008 and coaching Olympic Weightlifting through the Liberty Barbell Club to both the seasoned athlete or the budding beginner.

Brand new to Subversus Fitness?

Fitness is effective when it reflects what you need, not any one prescription, movement or style. We take a long-term approach to the development of you as an athlete. We start that with a 30 minute, free consultation and movement screen. That allows us to learn who you are and if there are any aspects of movement that are challenging for you or limiting.

Next, we build a custom training plan for you. Not every person who walks in our doors has the same background, so you're on-ramp program with us should be personalized. You'll take classes across; Olympic Lifting 101, Gymnastics Level 1 and our in-house strength and conditioning program, durABLE. You'll have over 15 options per week, fitting any schedule and background. From there, you can either stick with those classes or add CrossFit classes to the mix. You can't start with a more comprehensive, yet adaptable program than this for your athletic journey.

Using this unique approach, members can progress at a pace that is appropriate, yet challenging and personally satisfying into the full scope of Subversus Fitness resources and programming. Enroll on your schedule! Get stronger and healthier with our individualized approach to a stronger you.

Your plan will include classes from the following offerings;

  • Ele>ate - Offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30pm (class cap of 10)

  • Olympic Lifting Fundamentals - Offered Tuesday and Thursday at 7am, 4:30pm and 6:30pm

  • durABLE - Offered Monday-Friday at 7am and 6:30pm (Friday is 7am and 5:30pm) (class cap of 10)

Get stronger and fitter on your schedule! Come to either morning or evening classes and be a part of our community!

How do I enter CrossFit classes at Subversus Fitness? 

CrossFit classes use a combination of movements that you'll get exposure to across the Foundations group of programming and after completing your personal training schedule - you'll be able to move into all classes on our schedule. We also offer personal training if you want to dive directly into CrossFit specifically and you can contact us at for more information!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I jump directly into your full schedule?

Our priority is developing your full athletic potential and that requires a plan that reflects your body. All our programs and workouts are scalable and adjustable. However, certain programs require different starting points. That's why we start you with an assessment and learn what you're seeking. We love CrossFit, but we also recognize that sometimes people have other goals. Using the depth of classes that we have available, allows for a safer and more effective entry point for new athletes.

What is a typical session like? 

All classes are coached from start to finish by professional and full-time coaches. We're not DJs and we're not here to yell at you (sorry if that's your style). We're here to be your guide to excellence in movement and building you into a resilient and strong human. Our coaches have over 25 years of strength and conditioning knowledge and you won't find them or the depth of programming we offer anywhere else. You'll also be working out in our community of amazing and inspiring members.

Doesn't fitness mean laying in a puddle of sweat after every session?

No, and here's why. Some days, we'll challenge your cardiovascular system (think interval style training), others you'll do single, fast and relatively heavy movements. Variance across excellence in movement and position is key in an effective program. Strength, speed and coordination are all vital to your health, you'll get them all in this program without technology, fancy gadgets or light-shows.

This sounds awesome!  When can I start and how do I sign up? 

You can start as soon as today!  Email us at to sign up for a class for $20 or discuss membership options with us to get started on your Subversus Fitness journey!  

If you have done CrossFit before for at last three months at another affiliate, simply email us at to inquire about set up an assessment. If you are interested in pursuing programming through personal training, please email to inquire about rates and next steps to set up your appointments.  If you’re joining us permanently and have experience with CrossFit training at a registered CrossFit affiliate, please email us at to inquire about your options.

Visiting from another CrossFit Affiliate?

Interested in dropping in? We’d love to have you! We welcome drop-ins from other registered CrossFit affiliates in all of our CrossFit classes (labeled ‘Workout of the Day’ on our schedule). Specialty classes, such as Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics and durABLE, etc. are not open to drop-ins. We do also have a few requirements before you start signing up:

  1. YOU MUST EMAIL US IN ADVANCE – this is non-negotiable.

  2. You must be a current active member at another CrossFit affiliate for at least 3 months.

  3. Let us know which class time you’d like to attend, failure to do so may mean there won’t be space in the class for you. All drop-ins are $25 per session.

Whether you are visiting to take a session, visiting to view a session or simply a potential member you must email to attend any sessions!

For information about membership options and how to get started, email

Personal Training:

If you are interested in personal training with any of our coaches, please email us ( for available rates.