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Hang from straps, cycle with a celeb and defy gravity for a good cause

October 12, 2009 |  2:06 pm

Fitness classes are a luxury for some, since they can be pricey or require membership to a gym. But this Saturday you can take classes to your heart's content for a minimum $20 donation at any Crunch gym. Yes, that means you can cycle like a whirling dervish or pretend you're Spider-Man in the BodyWeb with TRX System class.

Body Web - horizontalThis Crunch-a-thon is for a good cause--Augie's Quest, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. It was started by Augie Nieto, former co-founder and president of Life Fitness, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2005. The fitness industry has rallied around Nieto, with Crunch throwing its support behind the effort with this event.

Members and nonmembers can take those exciting classes Crunch is known for for one donation. While registration is available Saturday, pre-registration is recommended. After all, you don't want to be shut out of the the AntiGravity Yoga "Wings" class. Personal training is also offered, and though that's an extra fee (30-minute sessions are $30 and 60-minute sessions are $50), the proceeds go to Augie's Quest as well.

All you "Biggest Loser" fans won't want to miss trainer Bob Harper's group cycling class at the Los Angeles club at 10:30 a.m. That's right. Bob. Harper.

The first 500 people to register will also receive a Crunch-a-thon T-shirt. The bragging rights alone are worth it.

-- Jeannine Stein

Photo: The BodyWeb with TRX System class. Photo credit: Crunch

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