Sweat It Out

Where Philadelphia - - Contents - BY HAY­LEY CHENOWETH

Drop in for a work­out class at the top fit­ness stu­dios in the city.


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


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.

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