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2017 BEST Secret Gym

The Training Station

Why? That’s the question that comes to mind when you learn former pro runner Phil Clark moved his gym_—and all its fancy equipment handpicked for serious athletes—from the Piazza’s shiny Rialto building to a dingy, unassuming strip mall on Spring Garden. But once you walk into the light-filled space—complete with a lengthy turf runway you’d think impossible for a city gym—it all makes sense.

533 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-964-9558 | Website

2017 BEST Gym

Life Time Athletic

Multiple locations

Child care? Check. An exhaustive group-workout schedule? Check. An in-house spa? Check. A cafe that serves up salmon salads and smoothies? Check. Waterslides? Check. Everything else you could ever want in a gym? Check. You’ll find these mega-clubs in Fort Washington, Mount Laurel and Wayne, with another planned for Ardmore early next year. Read more »

2014 BEST Gym

Haverford YMCA

891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, PA

This isn’t your grandma’s YMCA. The gorgeous 75,000-square-foot Haverford Y, on the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, includes three indoor swimming pools (hello, water slides), an indoor track, palatial cardio and weight-training facilities, and more than 100 fitness classes a week. No wonder that in less than a year, it’s attracted 21,000 members and… Read more »

2014 BEST Gym

Haverford YMCA

891 North Eagel Road, Havertown, PA

The $23 million it took to build the shiny new Haverford Y certainly wasn’t wasted: You can see it in the springy indoor track; the palatial, sun-filled cardio room; the water-slide-studded pool facility; free child-care services; and a group fitness roster that boasts more than 100 classes a week. The gym’s members—now numbered at more… Read more »

2013 BEST Gym (City)

Sporting Club at the Bellevue

224 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

READERS’ PICK: It’s not hard to love the Bellevue: the indoor pool, on-site airbrush tanning and sports leagues, spa-like locker rooms, fitness classes that get rave reviews—which is probably why this posh Center City gym won our reader vote by a landslide. Read more »

2013 BEST Gym (Suburbs)

Healthplex Sports Club

194 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA

If there’s one word to describe the Healthplex, it’s this: massive. The 176,000-square-foot facility features tennis, squash and racquetball courts; two pools; three basketball courts; an indoor track; huge cardio and strength-training areas; a full-service spa; and enough kids programs to keep the little ones entertained for days. You may never leave (and that’s totally… Read more »

2013 BEST All-Frills Gym

Newtown Athletic Club

120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA

A shiny new $8.5 million outdoor water park. A clubhouse bar and poolside service. Kids tae kwon do classes. Studios for yoga, Pilates and spinning. Really: Why would you ever leave? Read more »

2012 BEST Gym

City Fitness

READERS’ PICK: It’s easy to see why this two-outpost gym is a local favorite: Huge facilities make for plenty of equipment to go around—which means very little wait time, even at peak hours. Read more »

2012 BEST Fitness Center


1130 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA

At 130,000 square feet, ACAC is more like a fitness metropolis, with indoor lap and therapy pools; a spa; an indoor track; basketball and platform tennis courts; and an outdoor water park complete with water slides, a kiddie pool, a lap pool and its own cafe. It’s a wonder anybody ever leaves. Read more »

2012 BEST Gym

The Training Station

1033 North 2nd Street, Third Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Pro runner Phil Clark built his NoLibs gym for himself, filling it with his favorite toys, like four-minute-mile treadmills and a rowing machine with a built-in water chamber. Now you’re welcome to play with them, too. Read more »

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