Yesterday, our friends over on Philly Mag’s Property blog gave us the heads up that a new gym, 12Fit Spa and Gym, veeeery quietly opened in South Philly last month inside the Marine Club apartment building at the corner of Broad and Washington. And yes, they’ve got a hot tub.
Yesterday we gave you some pretty solid tips on how to pick the best gym or fitness studio for your goals. So now that you’ve found the right gym for you, you may be ready to sign on the dotted line. Er, not so fast.
‘Tis the season for new goals, new fitness programs and new gym memberships. Luckily the fitness market here in Philly continues to expand in a big way with studios and gyms that fit everyone’s needs. So how are you going about assessing which is the best fit for you? Here are six ways to shop for a gym that will get you looking at the right factors to ensure your studio or gym can truly help you get what you want. Otherwise, it could be another year of wasted money.
Say buh-bye to your workout ruts. Two new fitness startups, ClassPass and Fitmob, just launched in Philly and are offering access to a wide range of workout classes at studios all over the city—yoga at Amrita, Spin at Body Cycle Studio, Pilates at Thrive, boot camp at Unite Fitness, even sessions at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (!).
The idea is simple: Instead of shelling out dough for a gym membership, where your class options are limited, these services give you access to smaller studios with more specialized workouts all over town for one flat monthly fee. BAM: Workout boredom conquered.
Sure, there are some valid excuses to skip the gym. They look like something like these: I’m injured, I’ve hit the gym every day this week and I need a day to rest, I’m dying of the flu, my BFF is in town for 24 hours and I’m going to spend every millisecond with her and a few bottles of champagne (Okay, we’ll call this one borderline), etc. But there are also those totally invalid, my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses that we all know are BS, but use anyway. They look something like these:
It is the absolute worst when you get to the gym, only to realize you forgot something crucial, am I right? Besides the obvious—shoes, socks, sports bra, etc.—there are three things I consider absolute gym necessities: dry shampoo, face cleanser and hair bands.
We’ve all been there: You’re basking in the post-workout glow, still dripping with sweat, as you ride the bus or train home from the gym. Then you smell something rancid and think to yourself, “I don’t understand people who don’t wear deodorant,” only to realize that, YIKES, THAT SMELL IS COMING FROM YOU.
On the one hand, this smell is a badge of honor: You’ve sweated your brains out, torched some serious calories, and totally earned it. But on the other hand, well … that stench is nasty, girl.