RE­FORM SCHOOL

WHAT DO PHILLY’S LEAN­EST, MEAN­EST PHYSIQUES ALL HAVE IN COM­MON? THE MEGA-CHAL­LENG­ING ME­GAFORMER WORKOUT.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

What do Philly’s lean­est, mean­est physiques all have in com­mon? The mega-chal­leng­ing Me­gaformer workout.

You may think that all Me­gaformer work­outs are cre­ated equal-- the uber- cool stu­dios, the mus­cle- shak­ing small move­ments, the elab­o­rate La­gree equip­ment-but we can as­sure you they aren’t. The Me­gaformer is like the Pi­lates re­former— but on steroids thanks to its re­sis­tance springs, pul­leys, and straps. Here, the top three Philly names for feel­ing the burn.

SCULPT

’Hood: South Broad Street (777 S. Broad St.; sf­sphilly .com). The Down­load: Owner and in­struc­tor Stephanie To­lar’s sunny, blue-hued stu­dio just cel­e­brated its sec­ond an­niver­sary. Claim to Fame: On any given day To­lar can be found be­hind the wel­come desk, teach­ing classes, or help­ing clients pick out the per­fect Sculpt swag. It’s this boots-on-the­ground ap­proach (or toe­less yoga socks) that she says sets her stu­dio apart. “We’ve been pi­o­neer­ing this workout in the city since 2015,” she says, “and tai­lor our ver­sion of the Me­gaformer workout to Philly clients.”

SOLIDCORE

’Hood: Cen­ter City and the Main Line (mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions; solidcore.co). The Down­load: Dc-bred Solidcore’s third lo­ca­tion at 2116 Chest­nut Street opens at the end of June and joins cool, neon-laced sis­ter stu­dios in Wash­ing­ton Square and Bryn Mawr. Claim to Fame: Solidcore de­signed its own ma­chines to of­fer a more tar­geted workout, says founder and CEO Anne Mahlum. Four dif­fer­ent spring ten­sions of­fer vary­ing re­sis­tance lev­els and the han­dle­bars are ad­justable for height.

SLT

’Hood: Rit­ten­house (1625 Wal­nut St.; slt­nyc.com). The Down­load: Open­ing in late July, New York-based SLT, an acro­nym for Strengthen Lengthen Tone, de­liv­ers thanks to strength train­ing, Pi­lates, and car­dio moves. Why else would Sofia Ver­gara break a sweat here? Claim to Fame: In ad­di­tion to 13 spots for reg­u­lar classes, SLT of­fers a sep­a­rate room with two Me­gaform­ers for pri­vate ses­sions. SLT founder and CEO Amanda Free­man says SLT’S mix of ex­er­cises is ideal to get toned with­out bulk­ing up. “It’s a chal­leng­ing workout for men and women who are seek­ing a core-in­ten­sive, full-body workout that they will feel in­stantly.”

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