You know what’s better than crying at your TV while watching Love Actually alone on Valentine’s Day? Probably literally anything, but definitely this: Next Tuesday, February 14th — as in Valentine’s Day — SWEAT Fitness is hosting four free yoga classes, complete with free champagne, open to anyone and everyone looking to get their sweat on. Yes, please!
We’ve talked about this before: With the influx of boutique fitness studios (Hi, SLT, CorePower, SoulCycle, and so on), it’s a bit rough out there for big gyms right now. But the folks at SWEAT Fitness — the Philly-area gym with eight locations, that’s been alive and kicking for 20 years — tell us they’re making a move to meld the best of boutique fitness and big gym in their new flagship location, coming to Broad Street this winter.
This coming February, SWEAT will open a new 25,000-square-foot location at 1 South Broad Street. SWEAT Fitness president Tracy Shannon describes the flagship gym location as a sort of one-stop shop for the specialty classes you’d find at a boutique fitness studio (think: Spin, barre, apparatus Pilates, and more), and top-of-the-line gym equipment to get your solo workout on with (think: Woodway treadmills, and so on).
Well, this is sweet. If you voted today (you did, didn’t you?), you can head to any of SWEAT Fitness’ eight locations today for a free sweat session. Go ahead and celebrate this small victory with a squeal.
Summer may be coming to a close soon (insert all the crying emojis here), but that doesn’t mean all the free summer fitness series have to come to an end — at least not SWEAT Fitness’ free SWEAT + SIP fitness series. We just got word that the series, which was slated to end in August, will now be running every Sunday (except for Labor Day weekend) through September 25th. Yippee!
SWEAT Fitness is launching a new group training program today, SWEATX, out of their Queen Village location and the easiest way to explain the program is that it’s kind of like CrossFit — a typical workout might include back squats, kettlebell swings, box jumps, tire-pushing (really), and so on — but not. While certain elements of the workouts might call to mind a CrossFit box, key aspects of the SWEATX program differ from CrossFit: For one, all SWEATX classes are capped at 10 participants, with between two and three trainers on deck to supervise. So the idea is small, dynamic group training classes with lots of one-on-one attention. Next, the trainers leading SWEATX are actively trying to avoid the competitive culture common in CrossFit boxes — something that can be a huge motivator for some, but can provoke injury or be a complete deterrent for others. Read more »
» You can vote for Dan here September 22nd through 28th. Mark your calendar!
Name: Dan Goldstein
Role: Trainer at SWEAT Fitness
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I love to share my passion for fitness and motivate others to reach their goals. My involvement in fitness activities and staying healthy has transformed my life and has given me the strength and resilience to succeed through lifetime challenges and events. I believe in this so strongly that I teach fitness to others and feed them with my positive energy to improve their physical conditioning, self-esteem and happiness with themselves, their families and work. I am motivated by the wellbeing of others and when I can help people achieve the fitness dreams they thought they could never reach, I feel totally accomplished. Read more »
If you’re new to running and training for a spring 5K, here’s something to add to your calendar: Sweat Fitness’s Run Club is launching a free five-week 5K training program for members and nonmembers alike. Read more »
To add to our very long list of Valentine’s Day yoga classes in Philly, we’ve got this: On Saturday, February 14th, SWEAT Fitness will be hosting free Valentine’s Day yoga at their Fitler Square, Manayunk, Old City and South Philly locations. And if the word “free” wasn’t enough incentive for you to jot it down on your calendar, get this: There will be strawberries and champagne, too!