Never fear — whether running has you feeling run-down or you’re bored by barre, Philadelphia is chock-full of interesting studios that just might be able to breathe new life into that workout routine!
Guys and girls, gis or no gis (traditional ass-kicking attire): All are welcome at Roots, Fairmount’s premier Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and martial arts studio. Classes range from BJJ and Muay Thai to their calorie-torching FIT (Functional Interval Training), offered six days a week. Swing by on Sunday for open mat and put your new skills to work! Their pristine white mats and giant windows make for a bright and welcoming space, and all the showers are full of Burt’s Bees products to scrub away the sweat.
It’s not everyday you find a fitness studio with a sense of humor, but classes titled “Balls Out” “Naughty Bits”, and “Rage Against the Machine” (a Pilates apparatus circuit class) prove that the entire Ploome squad just “gets it”. Though, you won’t be laughing for long at this Northern Liberties studio, where the Pilates classes will have your body shaking and the cardio barre classes will get your heart pumping. The diverse class options, from Vinyasa yoga to their Happy Feet run clinic, work your entire body and assure that you’ll never be bored!
Unite combines the benefits of cardio machines, the weight room pump, and the always-essential post-workout stretch into one 75-minute total body class. With two locations in Center City (Rittenhouse and Midtown Village), Unite takes a complete approach to health, with on-site nutrition and personal coaching. And they get down with some cross-training. That’s the “Unite Workout”, broken down into 30-minutes of cardio (on the rower, bike, or treadmill), 30-minutes of resistance, and a 15-minute stretching and yoga session.
Ten minutes into a boxing class at Joltin’ Jabs and you’ll be begging for a break. But Philly’s own “Rocky Balboa”, Joey DeMalavez, owner of Joltin’ Jabs, won’t back down. And forty minutes later, you’ll be thanking him (once you catch your breath). With locations in Center City and Manayunk, Joltin’ Jabs runs no-nonsense, boxing classes complete with ab sequences, cardio circuits, bag work, and shadow-boxing. No fancy equipment here, just a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking.
If you’ve been dying to take your yoga practice to new heights, head to Old City’s Kaya Aerial Yoga. Try your hands (and feet) at opening your body and mind up with aerial silks at this cozy studio. Here, the small class sizes allow for personalized attention to help you fly through the air. Major plus, aerial yoga is a zero-impact practice, so your joints will thank you. From core strength to improved balance — you’re sure to be sore all over after a few classes at Kaya!
Nestled between a bar and a beer distributor, it’s no surprise that the gang from Fearless Athletics knows how to party. Formerly known as “CrossFit South Philly”, this box welcomes seasoned vets and total newbs as family. Instead of only offering CrossFit classes, though, Fearless adds two other programs: Intensity (CrossFit minus barbells, plus more HIIT) and LIFT (think Olympic powerlifting and gymnastics). Luckily, you’re never too far from a refreshing adult beverage when you’re ready to recover.
Forget what you’ve heard — that guy didn’t fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Life on the trapeze takes practice, and some pretty insane upper body strength. But stick with it and you’ll be feeling Cirque du so-lit when you master tumbling, tight-wire, silks, and sling. Puttin’ on a show in Germantown, this spot is full of instructors that make you feel like family and poses that are totally Instagram-worthy.
Sculpt’s Megaformers aren’t technically torture devices, but a few classes might have you feeling otherwise. Sculpt was founded in NoLibs and expanded to Bella Vista, but devotees come from all over the city to get their fix. But, be warned — over 20 minutes of each class is spent in some sort of plank pose, so if you’re looking for abs, look no further. Don’t worry if you feel silly on the Megaformer at first, you’ll soon be a lean, mean sculpting machine.
Tap Tonic, BollyX, Pre-Pointe, Frisky Friday. Nope, they’re not drinks at some funky new cocktail bar; they’re all different classes you can take in a single week at Philly Dance Fitness. You might not have rhythm, but you will have a blast shaking it to African, Latin, Classical, Jazz, and House music. No matter your style, consider this your new home for all things dance.
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