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2017 BEST New Workout


The dim lighting and loud music at these sleek studios in Washington Square, Rittenhouse and Bryn Mawr serve a purpose: They hide the winces and grunts the Pilates-inspired workout—50 minutes on a giant resistance machine that burns the whole way through—provokes. The upside: You’ll leave with a newfound confidence to rock a crop top.

Multiple locations | 484-254-6916 | Website

2017 BEST Cardio Workout

Incline Running

519 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA

Blaring beats, nightclub lighting, and coaches spouting inspirational mantras magically transform the world’s most dreaded running destination—the treadmill—into a delight. Read more »

2016 BEST On-the-Water Activity

SUP Fitness with Aqua Vida

301 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

Aqua Vida’s roster of stand-up paddleboard fitness classes (full moon yoga, floating boot camp) gives you plenty of opportunities to sculpt your six-pack. Because nothing tests your core strength quite like the consequence of falling into the Delaware River — in front of a staring crowd of Spruce Street Harbor Park revelers, no less. 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 »

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… Read more »

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 »

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