13 Philly Fitness Openings to Be Excited About Right Now
Winter is a comin’, and to me, winter signals the death of all things good. See: every single tree’s leaves and my social life. But Philly’s fitness scene is not letting winter bring it down — in fact, we’ve got lots of new fitness studios springing up (see what I did there?) around town over the next few months, and into next summer. Below 11 soon-to-open fitness studios to be excited about, plus two just-opened fitness studios you should have on your radar.
Philadelphia Fitness Openings
Lululemon’s the Local Fishtown
Where: 1424 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Target opening: November 25th, 2016
With a new City Fitness currently going up on Frankford Avenue (more about that below), and Lululemon’s new ‘local’ concept store opening this month, Fishtown’s fitness scene is about to poppin’. The Local Fishtown is different from your regular ol’ Lululemon store in that it’s part store, part gathering space for the fitness community. They’ll have a curated selection of Lululemon product for folks to shop, plus goods made by local artists for sale. Then, they’ll host all sorts of community events and workshops, including yoga and meditation. Yes, please!
Where: 1625 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
Target opening: March/April 2017
Yep: Philly is getting its very own SLT. The Megaformer studio has 12 locations in the New York area, and its Walnut Street studio — which will feature a main studio with 12 Megaformer machines, along with a small private studio with two additional machines — will be their first in the Philly area. If all goes well with this first Philly studio, the idea is to spread out to the ‘burbs, too.
Where: 1500 Spring Garden Street, Spring Garden
Target opening: December 2016/January 2017
This 18,000-square-foot gym — boasting retro vibes, with bright red and yellow machines, a smoothie bar designed to look like an old-school diner — sounds like it’s going to be quite the fitness lover’s dream come true. The two-story space is slated to have your usual gym equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, squat racks, and so on) plus a giant group-class schedule, a turf area for functional training, child care, and more. Oh! And a membership will run you about the same as a Spin class at a boutique studio.
Where: 113 South 16th Street, Center City
Target opening: February 2017
City-dwelling SoulCycle junkies, your prayers have been answered. Come early next year, Philly will get its second SoulCycle studio (the first opened in Ardmore earlier this year), this one in the two-story space that formerly housed Usona. If you just shed a tear of joy, we promise we’re not judging you.
City Fitness Fishtown
Where: 1424-34 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Target opening: Late December
All good things take time, right? City Fitness’s Fishtown location was first slated to open in September — but as I have learned writing about fitness studios over the years, hitting an original target opening date is like catching a unicorn. It just doesn’t happen. Now, our friends over at City Fitness tell us they’re confident that they’ll be opening the doors to their new 21,000-square-foot gym — complete with a Stripp’d Juice and an outdoor fitness area with turf (cool, right?) — in late December.
Solidcore Bryn Mawr
Where: 915 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Target opening: December 10th, 2016
Solidcore, the DC-based studio known for its killer 50-minute workout done on a machine similar to a Megaformer, opened its first Philly-area location in Washington Square West earlier this year, and they are quickly spreading, with a second location slated to open in the ‘burbs in December. Expect a boutique fitness feel with club-like vibes (think: blue lights and blaring music) and a workout that will make you cry for your mother. In a good way.
Life Time Fitness King of Prussia
Where: 750 East Swedesford Road, Wayne
Target opening: Summer 2017
If Life Time’s new King of Prussia and Fort Washington fitness centers are anything like their 102,000-square-foot Mount Laurel location (one Yelp photo caption reads “outdoor pool reminds me of a Disney resort”), you will certainly be impressed. The fitness center is a luxe catch-all for all your fitness needs, with top-of-the-line gym equipment, pools (complete with water slides), children’s fitness classes and child care, group classrooms for yoga, Spin, Pilates and more, and fancy-shmancy locker rooms. Families seem to be especially fond of the Mount Laurel location, which opened last October.
Life Time Fitness Fort Washington
Where: 375 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington
Target opening: Summer 2017
Did you not read what I just typed above? Long story short: This fitness center will probably be awesome.
Where: 1500 Sansom Street, Center City
Target opening: January, 2017
Finally — we repeat: FINALLY — Barre3 junkies won’t have to trek out to the ‘burbs for their Barre3 fix. The Portland-based barre-studio franchise will officially have a studio in Center City come early 2017, complete with two studio classrooms, a locker room stocked with eco-friendly toiletries and a child care space.
CorePower Cherry Hill
Where: 921 Haddonfield Road, Building B3
Target opening: December 2016
Raise your hand if CorePower Yoga’s Walnut Street studio is your definition of heaven on earth? Same. It is just so freakin’ beautiful. And soon, the Philly area will be getting two more locations of the nationwide studio, bringing our count to three total. Each studio has studio classrooms, snazzy locker rooms with showers and an in-studio boutique stocked with sweet stuff like Lululemon mats and avocado leggings.
CorePower English Village
Where: 1460 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales
Target opening: December 2016
See above write-up and jump with joy.
Recently Opened Philadelphia Fitness Studios
Where: 8020 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill’s new Rebel, which opened earlier this month, is quite the trifecta: they’ve got a yoga studio, a yoga boutique and a canteen slinging goodies like matcha lattes and granola. YUM. The yoga studio offers heated and unheated classes ranging from vinyasa to power flow to Yin/Yang, a vinyasa-and yin combo class. So yes, to answer your question, this spot is basically a yogi’s dream hangout brought to life.
Where: 1509 East Passyunk Avenue, South Philly
Hey, South Philly friends! In case you missed it, you just got a tiny new Pilates studio. Movement Source, helmed by Pilates instructor Kelly Adorno, is tucked away on the second floor of SWEAT Fitness, offering individual and small group Pilates classes, covering mat work, along with reformer and tower work.
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