14 New Philly Fitness Studios to Know About Now
Man, it is a busy time to be writing about fitness in Philly. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s a great problem to have! There is SO much going on in the Philly fitness world right now, including lots — we’re talkin’ double-digits-lots — of new fitness studios popping up around town.
To get you all caught up on the fitness openings around the city (because it really is tough to keep up), we’ve rounded up a slew of new fitness and yoga studios — some of which recently opened and some that are opening in the coming weeks and months — to have on your radar. Read up, then clear your schedule: You’ve got lots of new workouts to try!
RECENTLY OPENED FITNESS AND YOGA STUDIOS
Where: 1519 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Rittenhouse
If you’re easily bored, this new Rittenhouse studio’s classes are sure to keep your attention: The hourlong high-intensity classes alternate every 15 minutes between intervals on treadmills, TRX trainers, Dynamax balls, free weights and more. If a treadmill isn’t your jam, they also have an only-strength-training class option. And if the constant moving between intervals doesn’t quell your workout boredom, the nightclub-like vibe of the studio will. Expect dim lighting and loud music — sometimes played by an in-house DJ! More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary
Where: 2623 West Girard Avenue, Brewerytown
Opened: Early April
Note that this new studio, helmed by yoga instructors Emile Sorger and Noah Julian, doesn’t just call itself a yoga sanctuary. That’s because they are all about expanding the way we move, incorporating yoga techniques and techniques from other types of human movement. And while the studio is open to folks who just want to drop in every now and then, they are catering to students who really want to advance their practice — without having to go the yoga-teacher-training route. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: SANKHYA Yoga
Where: 3502 Scotts Lane, East Falls
Opened: Late April
This yoga studio, formerly located in Northern Liberties, just relocated to East Falls this month, with a second, smaller studio slated to open in West Philly later this summer. Both studios are on the small side, with the larger East Falls studio ringing in at 800 square feet, so expect a cozy, intimate vibe in the classes. More info about what you can expect from the studios here.
What: Four the Love of Yoga
Where: Concierge yoga
Get this: This business of yogis who come to you (essentially a mobile yoga studio) is helmed by four sisters, two of whom are certified yoga instructors, and one who is about to complete her teacher training at Hotbox Yoga. And BOTH of their parents are certified yoga instructors, too. Crazy, right? When it comes to what they do, they offer both private in-house (your house or theirs) power flow yoga classes and corporate power flow yoga classes. They’re also behind the recent pop-up yoga class at Sweetgreen’s Rittenhouse location, and they’ll be hosting pop-up classes at Athleta on Walnut Street in June, every Wednesday at 8 p.m. — mark it down, folks!
What: Ziva Yoga
Where: 303 East Church Road, 2nd Floor, King of Prussia
Opened: Early February
This new KOP studio offers all-levels heated Vinyasa classes, with a pretty minimal schedule; they usually offer one morning class or one evening class each day, sometimes offering both in a day. As co-owner Tasha Parry tells us, yogis can expect a “friendly, supportive, fun community to reset and recharge from the daily grind.” Yes, please.
SOON-TO-OPEN FITNESS AND YOGA STUDIOS
What: Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness
Where: 1233 Locust Street, Midtown Village
Opening: Saturday, April 30th
This new yoga studio — which will offer owner Kilkenny Tremblay’s signature “Floetry” style of teaching, involving a butt-kicking physical practice plus a bit of meditation — will be opening this weekend with an open house full of free classes, including basics yoga, all-levels yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga, kids yoga and meditation. And, as the studio shares a space with Tremblay’s husband’s chiropractic office, there will also be free chair massages and posture checks. Jackpot! More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: Yoga Habit
Where: 1640 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount
Opening: April 30th
You might remember this studio and owner Jen Wendowski from their outdoor yoga classes at the Oval the past summer. Now, the studio is ready to open its doors in the historic Dye Works building on Fairmount Avenue, and they’re all about power Vinyasa, with the classroom heated to 90 degrees with an infrared radiated heat system. For the grand opening this weekend, the studio is offering three free community classes, along with post-workout popsicles, energy bars and champagne. (Because it’s not a party without champagne, right?) They’ll also be giving out all sorts of prizes like Lululemon yoga mats, a float at Flotation Philly and more. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: Anytime Fitness Fairmount
Where: 1640 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount
Opening: April 30th
If you are constantly skipping your workouts after late nights at work, this 24-hour gym — which has over 2,000 locations around the country — should solve that problem. Expect your typical gym equipment: treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights, and so on, plus fitness classes. And note: Each time you check into the gym on Facebook, the owners of the Fairmount franchise location donate $1 to charity. Neat huh?
What: Charge Performance and Wellness
Where: 928 Christian Street, Bella Vista
Opening: Early May
This new 2,000-square-foot studio right off of the Italian Market will offer small group-training classes led by owner and trainer Charles Scogna, plus lots of community events with local partners like the November Project and the Rocky 50K. Signature classes include Base Camp, a class focusing on fundamentals like core stabilization, and Charge Your Run, a cross-training class for runners. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
Where: 2 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore
Opening: Late May
Yep: The very first Philly-area SoulCycle, otherwise known as That Indoor Cycling Studio with the Cult-Like Following, will be opening at Suburban Square this May. The 3,400-square-foot studio will feature 58 bikes, along with a retail component like their other locations. And good news for all the Center City dwellers out there: A second location, this one at 16th and Sansom streets in Center City, will follow in the fall. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: Golden Buddha Yoga Main Line
Where: 814 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
This studio will be the second for Golden Buddha, which already has one outpost in Ocean City, New Jersey. The studio offers a wide range of yoga styles from Vinyasa to Hatha to Yin — and a Happy Hour class. Ooooh! For the wanderlust-filled of the bunch, they also offer a number of retreats and teacher trainings all over the world throughout the year.
What: Fit Academy
Where: 3050 West Master Street, Brewerytown
You might know Fit Academy from their Art Museum boot camp workouts, but soon enough, they’ll be taking things indoors (though, not to worry, they will still hold their signature outdoor boot camp classes) with a new Brewerytown studio featuring a personal-training area and a group-training area where they’ll hold classes like Focus Factor, a yoga-for-athletes class, MetaLyft, a metabolic conditioning workout, and more. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
Where: 725 Chestnut Street, Washington Square West
This small boutique studio, which currently has around 10 locations in the D.C. area, offers a Pilates-inspired workout on reformer-like machines in an atmosphere that feels more club that fitness studio. Think: blue lights, mirrors everywhere and very loud music. The 50-minute classes are killer, with founder Anne Mahlum claiming a single class will burn around around 600 calories, with a continual caloric burn up to 24 hours after class. This will be their first Philly location, though they tell us they’re already on the hunt for a Main Line space to bring us a second studio. More info about what you can expect from the studio here.
What: Grey Dolphin Fitness
Where: 421 Fairmount Avenue, Northern Liberties
Opening: Late June
This cozy boutique fitness studio — the space is 700 square feet — will focus on small group-fitness classes ranging from yoga to mat Pilates to barre to dance, with an emphasis on one-on-one attention. The owners, who started Grey Dolphin Fitness as a mobile yoga company in New York City, tell us that folks can expect part fitness studio, part wellness studio, with dietitians and massage therapists integrated into the concept as well.
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