Sweat It Out
Drop in for a workout class at the top fitness studios in the city.
BY HAYLEY CHENOWETH
Whether you’re looking for a quick fitness fix or to loosen up after a day spent exploring, there’s an exercise option that’s tailored for you and your needs. From candlelit cycling to trampoline cardio, here are the best boutique fitness studios to sweat away stress in Philly.
SoulCycle recently chose Philadelphia as a coveted studio location after recognizing our fitness fad takeover. Those who have heard of this fitness sensation likely know what they’re getting at this studio. Underneath dim lighting, cyclists partake in core- engaging choreography for 45 minutes. During these high-intensity cycling sessions, led by animated instructors with their own curated playlists and routines, participants burn between 500-700 calories per session. Pricing: $30 for a 45-minute session. 113 S. 16th St.
For a high-intensity, full-body workout class, RippedPHL offers an “Ultimate Workout,” designed for all levels. The class alternates every 15 minutes between treadmill exercises and strength training on the floor using Dynamax balls, body bars, free weights and more. The muscle building classes take place in an upscale studio with bouncy music mixes, personalized TVs and full-service locker and changing rooms. Pricing: $18 for your first class, $23 drop-in, $18 drop-ins for students, military, teachers, firefighters, police officers and 55+ with valid ID. 1519 Walnut St.
This local gym chain recently opened a 25,000-square-foot flagship location dedicated mostly to specialty classes (think Spin and Barre), alongside top- of-the-line gym equipment. The new gym will offer Group Ex fitness classes, including their dance, yoga and boot camp options, as well as their SweatX (Sweat’s answer to CrossFit) classes. Whatever you choose, there’s a class for every wellness seeker, at each of their eight locations. Pricing: $15 drop-ins. 1 S. Broad St. (flagship), check website for chain locations
CORE POWER YOGA
At this Walnut Street spot, you’re in for more than the traditional Vinyasa. Classes vary in intensity: for the casual yogi, an unheated CorePower 1 or heated CorePower 2 class make for a great destresser. For the advanced yogi, the Yoga Sculpt class combines free weights and Yoga sequences with cardio and strength training moves, like squats, lunges and bicep curls, in a studio heated above 90 degrees. For night owls, drop in for a late night Hot Power Fusion class, lit only by candlelight. Pricing: $25 for a 60-minute class. 1616 Walnut St.