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2014 BEST Underground Fitness Class

November Project

Head to the Art Museum at 6:25 on Wednesday mornings or Franklin Field at the same time on Fridays, and you’ll see a fitness flash mob: more than 100 (crazy?) people doing burpees and squats in unison. It’s all part of the Facebook-and-Twitter-fueled fitness movement, now in 17 cities, that came to Philly earlier this year. The 40-minute boot-camp-style workouts are open to all and totally free.

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2014 BEST Least Intimidating Way to Try CrossFit

CrossFit PHL

1414 South Darien Street, Philadelphia, PA

This 3,000-square-foot box (CrossFit argot for “gym”) has everything you need to learn the ropes, including totally chill owner Joey Renzi, who’s loved by in-the-know CrossFitters and the go-to for newbies. On Saturdays and Sundays, his gym hosts one-hour, $10 boot-camp classes meant to introduce you to CrossFit moves without overwhelming you. You just might… Read more »

2014 BEST Workout

Body Rocker Ride at Body Cycle Studio

1923 Chestnut Street, second floor, Philadelphia, PA

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Once a week, Body Cycle offers a free 45-minute spin class with absolutely no strings attached. It’s open to regular clients and newbies alike, and you can sign up online ahead of time or simply drop in. The day and time changes every few months,… Read more »

2014 BEST Workout for Moms

Pure Barre

Multiple locations | 

There’s a reason all your mommy friends are obsessed with Pure Barre: The workout, done on the ballet barre and mat, entails a series of tiny, almost imperceptible movements that pack a serious total-body-toning punch. Since the power and stability come from your core (it’s why you’re told to “tuck” here), the 55-minute classes are… Read more »

2014 BEST Cross-Training Workout

Unite Fitness

Locations in Philadelphia and Mount Laurel | 

If you’re not utterly exhausted after a 75-minute cross-training class here, you’ve done something wrong. Unite’s coaches mix challenging cardio intervals, strength training and yoga for a total-body torch of the “It hurts so good” variety. You’ll thank them—eventually. Read more »

2014 BEST Fitness Class for Men

P90X Remix at Gravity Center

400 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA

It’s everything you love about the DVDs—core-crushing ab work, killer cardio, mobility-focused conditioning—in a motivating (read: competitive) group setting at this personal training studio inside the Horsham Athletic Club. Bring your game face, guys. Read more »

2014 BEST Underground Fitness Movement

November Project

This Boston-birthed, social media-fueled fitness movement has taken Philly by storm. Evidence: the more than 100 people who show up each week for its morning boot-camp classes on Wednesdays at the Art Museum and Fridays at Penn’s Franklin Field. Best part? It’s totally free. Read more »

2014 BEST Free Workout

Spinning at Body Cycle Studio

1923 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

There are no strings attached: Once a week, you can take a 45-minute spin class and pay absolutely nothing. You can even rinse off in the studio’s shower before returning to work. Drop-ins are welcome, but advance signup is encouraged. Check the website for day and time; they mix it up to accommodate our crazy… Read more »

2013 BEST Dance-Inspired Workout

Red Hot Dance Fitness

Multiple locations

READERS’ PICK: They don’t call it “red hot” for nothing. This Philly-born-and-raised workout is building up a cult following among the local dance-fitness set. Zumba? Please. Read more »

2013 BEST Fun Fitness Class

Philly Dance Fitness

Multiple locations

Chuck the boring gym routine for a stint as a would-be contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. A rotation of styles (Zumba, hip-hop, jazz), taught at studios in Fairmount, Center City and South Philly, will leave your blood pumping and your body drenched. It’s also a great deal: just $10 for a drop-in… Read more »

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