No-Quit Fitness: Fun Group Classes You’ll Actually Stick With
If you have exercise ADD … try: FF Fusion at Focus Fitness Main Line
You’ll get strength training, Pilates, cardio, barre and plyometrics, all in 75 minutes. Think of this as a calorie-torching smorgasbord for the little-bit-of-everything gym-goer. $18 per class, 1111 East Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, 610-525-5515.
If you’re in a yoga rut … try: TRX Jai! Style at Jai Yoga
Pair up with a partner (hello, motivation!) and alternate between conditioning exercises on the TRX suspension trainers and yoga moves on the floor at this speedy one-hour class. $20 per class, 385 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, 610-642-2000.
If you’re curious about CrossFit … try: Intensive Elements at CrossFit Center City
Learn all the basics, including CrossFit argot, at this one-week intro series. The four hour-long sessions max out at six students per coach, which means individualized attention is a given. $75 for the series, 1229 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 267-909-8210.
If you’re a budding Beyoncé … try: Hip Hop at Koresh School of Dance
For those who feel more comfortable at the club than the gym, there’s this: a class where you can pop, lock and break-dance your way to skinny jeans. $17 per class, 2020 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-751-0959.
If you’re a clock watcher … try: Body Cycle Studio
An awesome soundtrack makes time fly here, but if you’re dying for something to look at, the smooth-cruising Keiser M3 bikes are equipped with computers that register your distance, cadence, resistance and more. $20 per class, 1923 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-563-3663.
If you’re on a get-fit deadline … try: UXF at Philadelphia Sports Clubs
These boot-camp-style classes are intense—eight exercises followed by two minutes of cardio, rinse, repeat—but with good payoff: They’re said to burn up to 600 calories. The UXF Burn classes are free for members, but the four-week UXF Ripped program (twice-a-week small-group training, plus an interactive online nutrition guide) is $199 for members and $259 for non-members. Locations in Center City, Fairmount/Art Museum, Society Hill, Ardmore, Radnor and Chalfont.
If you’re trying to lose the baby weight … try: Stroller Strides
Kids come along for this indoor/outdoor workout that turns a stroller into fitness equipment. Classes mix power-walking with strength and toning intervals, with mommy-and-baby (and mommy-and-mommy) bonding as a bonus. $15 per class; multiple locations.
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