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2014 BEST Workout

Body Rocker Ride at Body Cycle Studio

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, but look for a class called Body Rocker Ride on the schedule and you’ll know you’ve found it.

1923 Chestnut Street, second floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-563-3663 | Website

2013 BEST Workout You Havent Tried

Skyrobics at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

122 Mill Road, unit B-250, Oaks, PA

Channel your inner Tigger—bouncy, bouncy, bouncy—and jump your way to a better bod at this massive indoor trampoline park, which houses nearly 20,000 square feet of springy trampoline surface (including a few on the walls!). Its hour-long SkyRobics workout is so fun, you’ll almost forget you’re doing something good for you. 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 »

2012 BEST Shore Workout

The Zen Den

Yoga instructor Arianne Green makes it simple to fit workouts around your sunbathing schedule: The midmorning classes are late enough that you can still sleep in, and the evening ones are early enough that you can pop in on your way to dinner. Just take a shower before hitting the town afterward—an hour in Green’s… Read more »

2012 BEST Dance Workout

Philly Dance Fitness

Multiple locations

In the middle of a Will Smith song, mid snap-and-roll, you’ll realize you haven’t sweated like this (or giggled this much) in a long, long time. Classes at Philly Dance Fitness—which cover everything from ballet to jazz to Zumba to striptease—are real workouts, but they’re also real fun. Trust us: Impact jazz will rock your… Read more »

2012 BEST Free Workouts

Classes at Athleta

1722 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

You could almost cancel your gym membership with all the free fitness options here. The schedule, which changes month to month, includes Zumba, Pilates and power yoga. Staffers push the clothing displays out of the way to turn the shop into an insta-studio. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk out with free Athleta swag, too. Read more »

2012 BEST New Workout


Getting motivated is the easiest part of this cardio/barre/Pilates combo program: All you have to do is watch gazelle-like instructor Jillian Dreusike prance around the studio and follow her lead. Perfecting the cardio sequences and mastering pliés? That’s another story. Read more »

2012 BEST Workout

Ploome’s Champagne Sundays

1040 North American Street, Suite 1001, Philadelphia, PA

A $25 pass gets you into all the classes at Christina Stoltz’s NoLibs studio that day, and it includes snacks and drinks. While her strength-focused routines are no walk in the park, the bottle of chilled bubbly she pops afterward provides its own motivation. Read more »

2011 BEST New Workout

Pure Barre

1701 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Your thighs will tremble, your belly will scream, and your butt will burn—but those skinny jeans? They’ll fit. Read more »

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