With over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Jeff McCurley’s dream of owning his own gym has grown each time he stepped into a gym. For three years, McCurley searched in and around the Beaver area for the right building where he could make his dream come true. In December 2016, McCurley and his wife, Brianne, found the perfect spot in the former B&B Banquet Hall located at 2405 Bradys Run Road in Beaver (Brighton Township). They quickly purchased the building and began renovations. Brady’s Run Fitness opened its doors in September 2017.
Brady’s Run Fitness is an athletic training facility unlike any in the area. The 10,000 square foot building sits on 2.5 acres and is adjacent to Brady’s Run Park. The facility is open from 5:00am-midnight daily. Key fobs allow members access to the gym at their convenience during open hours.
Owner McCurley works full-time for G&G Fitness as a Regional Sales Manager where he designs fitness centers and sells equipment. His extensive experience has allowed him to hand pick the most effective and best pieces of equipment.
“I wanted my gym to have the best pieces of equipment available and offer a large area for functional training. I designed my gym around the workouts that I like to do and what has been most effective for me. Weight training mixed with HIIT (High Intensity Internal Training). The turf area is 700 square feet and large enough to set up an interval workout with heavy ropes, plyoboxes, agility ladder, push sled, kettle bells, heavy bags and medicine balls,” said McCurley.
McCurley was a four year starter and All-Big East football player on the offensive line at the University of Pittsburgh. After college, he was with the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons. Jeff trained for 6 years in the famous “Pitt Iron Works” with Strength Coach Buddy Morris who is named one of the 50 most influential strength coaches of all time. The “Iron Works” was rated as one of the 10 Toughest Gyms in the U.S by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. His senior year at Pitt, McCurley received the Pitt Iron Man Award given by Morris and the strength staff to the player that exemplified the Blue Collar work ethic of the city of Pittsburgh. Currently Jeff is a certified L1 CrossFit Trainer and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Offensive Line Coach for the Mohawk High School football team.
Brady’s Run Fitness has equipment to satisfy everyone’s needs including, but not limited to:
20-piece cardio area consisting of treadmills, steppers, ellipticals and bikes
Olympic lifting/Powerlifting area with three sets of dumbbells up to 115 lbs., six power racks and 2 deadlift platforms
Functional training area with turf
17 Cybex Selectorized Strength machines
11 Hammer Strength machines
Two Westside barbell reverse hyper-extensions
2 Powerlift Glute Ham Raises
BILT Change of Direction
Brady’s Run Fitness has many different programs available to its members. Personal training, nutritional coaching, group fitness classes, and youth sports training. To learn more about these programs, visit https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ybcmedia/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/01130855/planet-fitness.jpg Group fitness classes are scheduled throughout the week. The group classes currently offered are: P90X® Live, Bootcamp, WAR, R.I.P.P.E.D., Dance Fitness and Yoga. Youth sports training is held every Saturday at 9:00am for kids aged 10-18. Class descriptions and the monthly schedule can be found on the website.
“CrossFit was introduced to me during my last year of college at Duquesne University. Being a former athlete and a competitive person, I fell in love with CrossFit right away. I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost three years now and have made countless friendships from the atmosphere and community that comes along with CrossFit. CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements. It involves all forms of fitness to help make you a balanced and healthy person. The best thing about it, is it’s for everyone. Everything is scaled appropriately for each person, and that’s one of the biggest reasons I believe in the methodology of CrossFit and why I wanted to start implementing it in people’s lives. Come on down and join the fun!”
Not only does the unique design of Brady’s Run Fitness set itself apart from other gyms in the area, but the first CrossFit affiliate in Beaver County opened within the facility in January. Aurelius CrossFit is located inside the facility and offers classes six days a week as well as personal programming. The popularity of CrossFit has been steadily growing with over 13,000 affiliates open globally. Curt Lanctot is the owner and a certified L1 CrossFit trainer. Lanctot is a graduate of Duquesne University and also owns Soup-Herb Sproutz in downtown Beaver.
The Brady’s Run Fitness facility serves a fitness community for all types of people, with all types of goals, exercising all different ways: working it out at the same place together. Whether you’re 18 or 58 years old, a beginner or a competitive fitness enthusiast, everyone will feel challenged yet confident in their quest to “Train like an Athlete” at Brady’s Run Fitness and Aurelius CrossFit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have personal trainers available to help me?
Yes, we have personal trainers available to help our members meet their goals no matter what they may be.
Does Brady’s Run Fitness offer any discounted memberships?
Yes. Brady’s Run Fitness offers 10% off the monthly rate for active or retired military, police, fire or EMS personnel. College or high school students receive a $5 discount as well. We also accept members of the PRIME fitness program and Silver Sneakers through the Healthways/Tivity Health company.
Does Brady’s Run Fitness offer group fitness classes?
Yes, we offer a variety of classes such as Yoga, P90X Live, WAR, Dance Fitness, R.I.P.P.E.D., Tabata and Bootcamp. Classes range in price from $3 to $10. Visit the website or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see the monthly schedule.
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. 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. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.
The community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective, and it gave birth to a global network of CrossFit affiliates that number over 13,000. Harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.
The CrossFit program is driven by data. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.
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. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. (https://www.crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit)
Do I have to be a member of Brady’s Run Fitness in order to join Aurelius CrossFit?
Yes. We believe that this is what sets us apart from other facilities. You get access to both the gym and the ability to take CrossFit classes.