Sweat Break: Where to Get a Midday Workout in Philly

For the 9-to-5ers, here are studios with good midday classes so you can squeeze in a sweat session during your lunch break

Experts generally recommend 30 to 60 minutes of exercise every day to stave off weight gain and stay fit. But penciling in that time can be a challenge between work, errands and family obligations.

If you’re too time-crunched to go to the gym, why not work out during your lunch break? You’ll burn a few calories, amp up your energy and make those eight hours feel like they’re flying by. So get your butt out of the desk chair and check out these afternoon classes, all for around $10 or less.

Philly Power Yoga
2016 Walnut Street.

This studio at 20th and Walnut streets offers its signature Power Yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and Pilates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:15. Each class takes no more than an hour and normally costs $15, but there’s a bonus: the first one is free! Just create an account on the website, reserve a spot in your preferred class and you’re good to go. Make sure you have time to clean up afterwards—the studios are heated to 86 degrees and will definitely make you sweat. For more information, send an email here.

Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, 215-387-3434.

Get to this West Philly yoga haven on Tuesdays for their Honey Sweet Flow class at noon. A mix of vinyasa and yin poses, this session will work up a sweat. Previous yoga experience is recommended. Drop in for only $10.

Dhyana Rittenhouse
1611 Walnut Street, 215-496-0770.

Perfect for your body and your budget, Dhyana’s Rittenhouse studio offers vinyasa every weekday at noon for $5. With modifications offered for more complicated moves, it’s suited for yogis of all ability levels.

Broad Street Fitness
1315 Walnut Street, 215-735-1114.

The yoga studio at this gym is open for class Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m. Each session costs $10 for non-members, and you’ll have access to towel service, a full locker room and private showers.

Urbanfront Pilates
1700 Sansom Street, 215-564-4410.

New clients can take advantage of Urbanfront’s one-time offer: three mat classes for $30. There’s one every weekday at 12:15, but if you’re new to mat Pilates you may want to check out their intro session on Fridays.

Meetup Groups
Many people opt out of lunchtime workouts to avoid the annoyances of packing a gym bag and figuring out how to return to the office sweat and odor free. The good news is you don’t have to hit up a hardcore class to get some exercise. Check out meetup.com to find or organize a lunchtime walking group in your area. You’ll get your blood flowing, meet new people—and all you need is a pair of sneakers.