Center City is making room for a new fitness studio at 19th and Chestnut, as Bryn Mawr’s Focus Fitness Main Line moves to add a another outpost to its growing family of studios. The new studio will be a hybrid yoga-and-barre studio called Focus Barre and Yoga, housed on the second and third floors of 1923 Chestnut Street, above Breakaway Bikes. It will replace Focus Fitness’s West Philly studio, Barre Focus Fitness University City.
(And if you did a double take there, breathe easy: Body Cycle Studio, which inhabits most of the second floor of 1923 Chestnut, is not moving. Focus Barre and Yoga is using a studio space on the same floor, as well as space on the third floor, so the two studios will basically just share a bathroom. Phew!)
The offerings at Focus Barre and Yoga will include the studio's signature 60-minute Barre Focus Fitness classes as well as Barre Cardio classes. The former is what you're used to at a traditional barre class (small, isometric movements that lengthen and strengthen) while the latter adds some heart-pounding cardio components.
As far as yoga goes, you'll find beginner, restorative and power yoga classes, along with complimentary meditation classes. (Focus Fitness Main Line offers free meditation classes, too, in 15 minute sessions several times throughout the week.) Here are the specific descriptions for the yoga classes:
• Focus Yoga: An all-levels, warm Vinyasa flow class set to music.
• Focus Yoga Hour: Incorporates the same format as the signature Focus Yoga class but is designed for those with busy schedules.
• Focus Yoga Happy Hour: Incorporates the same elements of the Focus Yoga class but is set to upbeat music and is a fun creative flow.
The studio will open next Friday, February 28th, with two 5:30 p.m. classes: yoga and barre. Then beginning the next day, Saturday, March 1st, the full schedule of more than 30 yoga and barre classes each week taught by 20 instructors will be available.
Check out the studio's website here.
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