10 Classes a Week and M&M’s in Bed Every Night: What It’s Really Like to Manage a Solidcore Studio

A week in the life of a Solidcore studio manager, Alexandra Fluharty.

Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

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Who I am: Alexandra Fluharty, 25, from Graduate Hospital West (@alexxfluu)

What I do for a living: I manage two boutique fitness studios in downtown Philadelphia — Solidcore Rittenhouse and Center City.

What role health and fitness plays in my life: Since my job revolves around helping other people get healthy and fit, the majority of my life is health and fitness in many different capacities. I feel my best self — most confident, successful, and happy — when I am not only sweating myself, but helping others sweat, achieve goals, and feel their best. I also feel my healthiest when I’m drinking a beer and finding balance in life!

Health memberships: I am fortunate enough to be able to work in a place where I get to exercise while at work. I spend no more than $150 a month on fitness classes, but I currently don’t have a membership at any one place, as I like to bounce around!


Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

6 a.m. — Alarm! I am a snoozer FOR SURE. I hit snooze and I’m out of bed no later than 6:15 a.m. I head upstairs, wash my face, brush my teeth, and head back to my room to get dressed. One of the best parts about my job is I get to wear leggings and sneaks every day. Next, I am out of the house to get to the Center City Solidcore studio to finish helping a trainee, Mara, learn upper body. I take a Lyft line. I used to bike all the time, but my roommate got into a terrible bike accident so I happily pay for cars. On my way to the studio, I stop and grab an iced coffee at Starbucks ($2.97). I like a little bit of milk in my coffee, but I always add it in myself.

9 a.m. — I’m home and make myself breakfast. Two eggs scrambled with tomato, spinach, a little bit of goat cheese, and topped with avocado. I spend the next few hours answering emails and doing a load of laundry.

12 p.m. — I grab a banana and leave to take Flywheel at 12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. — Class is amazing — 45 minutes and I’m out to grab lunch with one of my coaches and best friends, Kayla. If you haven’t been to Smart Street Healthy Kitchen & Juice Bar yet, RUN, don’t walk. We’re there probably twice a week. I get a California bowl — it’s quinoa, chicken, and avocado, with some sort of spicy amazing sauce on top. I also grab an order of their power balls ($16)! Go, try! I grab another cup of coffee on my way back to the studio ($2.97).

2:15 p.m. — We typically grab lunch and go back to the studio. I have some emails to answer and an eval to finish.

2:30 p.m. — One of our trainee’s, Amandah, has a mock class at 2:30 p.m.. so I hop into that. Class is great! Trainee or not, I try to give as much feedback as possible, so I stay at the Rittenhouse studio to give feedback and get the studio ready for the evening classes.

4:30 p.m. — Kayla and I head to the Center City Solidcore studio. I get my sequence ready, and I coach the 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. classes.

8 p.m. — I finish closing up the studio and leave to walk home. It’s a 30-minute walk, but it definitely gives me some time to decompress from classes. At home, I pop two melatonin gummies and shower. Dinner is made because I have a saint for a roommate: ground turkey, tomato, black beans, little bit of cheese. While I eat, I typically watch Friends and answer any emails that came in while I was coaching. After eating, I make breakfast for tomorrow morning. I head upstairs, pack my bag for the next day, set my alarm, and fall asleep to Friends with a handful of M&M’s. I eat some sort of chocolate EVERY. NIGHT.

Daily total: $21.94


Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

4:45 a.m. — Alarm! I have to coach the 6 and 7 a.m. in Center City. I hit snooze, and I’m out of bed no later than 5 a.m. I get dressed and throw my makeup bag in my backpack. Putting makeup on pre-8 a.m. is a joke to me. I call a Lyft line. At the same time, I microwave my breakfast that I whipped together the night before: eggs, goat cheese, spinach, and tomato. BAM.

5:20 a.m. — Car is at my door, and I have the location set to the only Starbucks that’s open at that time and near my studio. I grab an iced coffee ($2.97). I’m not committed to Starbucks, but mobile ordering makes life so easy. I grab my coffee and head to the studio. I’m at the studio no later than 5:35 a.m., eat breakfast, and I get ready to coach.

6 a.m. — I coach the 6 and 7 a.m. These clients are warriors, and after, I’m done coaching for the day. Truly the best feeling. I put on makeup, then I open my laptop and answer anything that came in over night. Then I head to MOM’s Organic Market to grab a Health-Ade Kombucha, pink lady apple, and a yogurt by Kite Hill ($7.59).

12 p.m. — I pop into another trainee mock class. Just like yesterday’s class, it was awesome and everything hurts. I give the coach some feedback, and then I head to the back of the studio to compile a list of what were running low on. I do some work on the machines — basically just make sure everything is in place, tight, working correctly, and give them a scrub with tea tree. I grab lunch with Kayla at Sweetgreen (free because I had an app credit).

4:15 p.m. — Time to head home. I’m training for a half marathon, so I change and grab my running shoes. Saturdays have been my long-run days, so today is just five miles. I love running up the South Street Bridge and along the Schuylkill towards the Art Museum. It’s a New Year’s resolution to run a half; I’ll be so relieved when this is over.

Once I’m back home, I shower and throw in some laundry. Sometimes I change my clothes twice a day so there’s always laundry to be done. I start dinner — Brussels and chicken cutlet.

8:45 p.m. — I’m in bed at 8:45 p.m. and turn on the documentary Fittest on Earth and eat my nightly M&M’s.

Daily total: $10.56


Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

6:45 a.m. — Alarm! I hit snooze, and I’m out of bed at 7 a.m. Brush my teeth, wash my face, change, grab a banana, mobile order my coffee, and I’m out the door. The walk from my house in Graduate Hospital to the Rittenhouse Solidcore studio is about 20 minutes. On my way I stop and grab my coffee ($2.97).

7:45 a.m. — Arrive at the studio to coach the 8 and 9:30 a.m. classes. These classes [crush], and I close down the studio until the nooner comes in.

10:30 a.m. — I head back home and make myself breakfast. Today it’s a multigrain wheat with one full avocado, a bit of goat cheese, chia seeds, Traders Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning, pink Himalayan sea salt, and two over-medium eggs. After, I make my own Smart Street power balls. Oats, peanut butter, salt, honey, chocolate chips, coconut flakes. Mix it up, roll them into balls, and refrigerate them.

12:30 p.m. — I’m at Flywheel for the 12:30 p.m. class with Jackie. A news team is there, so the manager invited me in! Jackie’s class is a great high-energy, fun class — go take! After, I head towards the Center City Solidcore studio, but stop at MOM’s Organic Market to grab some snacks for a team meeting tonight. Guac, hummus, popcorn, some drinks, and I head out ($51.70). And of course…another coffee ($2.97).

4:30 p.m. — I’m at the studio in time to take Kayla’s class, so I grab a machine and sweat! Class was awesome, and I start to prep for my meeting.

7:30 p.m. — Time for the team meeting. I am so, so lucky and have a great team of coaches. Lots of laughs and fun at team meetings — I truly look forward to them.

8:45 p.m. — I grab a car to take me home, as I sincerely just don’t feel like walking 30 minutes home. At home, I shower and get ready for bed. I’m not hungry since I ate at the team meeting, so I grab some melatonin, pack for tomorrow, head to bed with a handful of M&M’s.

Daily total: $57.64


Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

4:45 a.m. — Alarm! I coach the 6 and 7 a.m. in Rittenhouse on Thursday mornings. I am pretty tired at this point in the week, but my roosters on Thursdays are some of the most motivating people I have ever encountered, and that’s what really gets me out of bed. Once my face is washed and teeth are brushed, with banana in hand, I walk out the door and order coffee…again ($2.97).

5:35 a.m. — I arrive at the studio, turn the lights on, music up, and eat my banana.

6 a.m. — Clients CRUSH like always.

8 a.m. — I’m evaluating a trainee. Evals are fun for me — I’m sure not for the trainee.  Meg is a rockstar. I give her some feedback after her class.

9:45 a.m. — Meg lives a few blocks from me, so we walk home together. I am a creature of habit, so it’s eggs scrambled with goat cheese, tomato, spinach, and avocado. Once I answer a few emails, I change and grab my runnings shoes. It’s six miles today, which means country music, Schuylkill River Trail, and getting to see a bunch of dogs. It’s great.

5:30 p.m. — Thursdays are kind of like my Fridays. I have off on Fridays and Sundays so my Thursday afternoons are spent tying lose ends at both studios. Once I’m feeling good about both studios and have a handle on my email I clean the house. At 5:30, I hop in the shower to get ready to go to dinner with two of my clients and friends, Sarah and Katie, and my coach Kayla. I suggest City Tap House in Logan Square because I love their beer list.

7 p.m. — I arrive at City Tap, and the girls already have Brussels and wings on the table, mind readers. I grab a Bell’s Two Hearted IPA, one of my favorites, and we order salads and pizza ($55). I never limit myself. I grew up dancing, and I started in a professional dance company at the age of 19 and had so much stress mentally and physically around food that now I truly eat what I want, when I want, and never regret it. Work hard, play hard FOR SURE.

After three beers, two pizzas, two orders of Brussels, salads, and a NOVA WIN and it’s time to go. I’m exhausted. At home I take off my makeup, crawl into bed, and turn on Friends with a handful of M&M’s.

Daily total: $57.97


Photograph courtesy Alexandra Fluharty.

10 a.m. — Fridays are technically my days off! I let myself lay in bed as much as I want. I’m in bed until about 10, and then I get up and get ready to leave the house. I have a smoothie for breakfast (banana, spinach, almond milk, peanut butter, and frozen strawberries).

12 p.m. — I take a Solidcore class with coach Jamie and get my butt kicked once again. I do some work at the Rittenhouse studio and catch up on emails, since I wasn’t on my email last night or this morning.

3:45 p.m. — I take a class at Flywheel and SWEAT. Afterwards, I putz around Walnut, walk into Lululemon Walnut Street to say “hi” to all the employees there as they are amazing. I don’t end up buying anything, although I could purchase the whole store if I had no budget.

6 p.m. — I’m home and I shower, throw in some laundry, and pop back open my laptop. Saturdays I’m in the studio from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., but I like to be as prepared as possible so I can scoot out of there right at noon.

Dinner is a turkey burger and sweet potato fries that I make myself. After, I crawl into bed. I take two melatonin and order froyo on Uber eats! Chocolate, cookies and cream, Oreos, M&M’s. YUP. So good. Brush my teeth, bed.

Daily total: $0

Weekly Totals

Money Spent: $148.11

Solidcore classes taught: 8

Fitness classes taken: 7

Miles run: 11

Cups of coffee: 6

Nights ending with M&M’s: 5

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