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A Private, Women’s-Only Gym Is Opening in East Passyunk — and We’ve Got Photos

Jenna Fisher now has a brick-and-mortar for her personal training business, Train and Nourish.


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Jenna Fisher now has her own space for her personal and small-group training business, Train and Nourish. / Photograph by Ron Short

If you’re a really, really avid Be Well reader, you might remember Jenna Fisher from her Transformation story about a year ago. In the piece, she revealed how she toned up by switching from cardio on machines like ellipticals to strength training and HIIT workouts — and hinted that she’d even started her own personal training business, Train and Nourish, as a result.

Until recently, Fisher was seeing Train and Nourish clients out of the gym in her apartment complex. Translation: There wasn’t a whole lot of room for individualized attention. Now, though, she’s got her own space on East Passyunk Avenue, with a grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (She’s calling it an open house rather than a party to make it clear that people can come and go, but, yes, there will be drinks and giveaways.)

The gym is small but well outfitted with TRX bands, free weights, kettlebells, a treadmill, a squat rack, a weight bench, and more. Fisher plans to offer individual and small-group personal training sessions plus group fitness classes topping out at eight people per class. (She’ll also continue to provide meal planning services and training for distance running.) Once she gets a bit more settled, Fisher hopes to host yoga classes in addition to her more strength-training-oriented regimen. “I made the gym how I want to train,” she says. “Stretching is always a very important part of the routine. Why not have clients be able to utilize that?”

The best part of the Train and Nourish gym, though? It’s exclusively for women. You can tell based on the thoughtful amenities, like spray deodorant and makeup wipes, and the Instagram-worthy entryway. “A lot of women can feel intimidated at the gym,” Fisher says. “I’m trying to have a place where girls can feel comfortable.”

Train and Nourish is part of a wave of women-only events and spaces in Philly (we’ve written recently about Sober Ladies Happy Hours and the Queen of Prussia 10K, an all-women race) — and we’re not mad about it.

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Train and Nourish is located at 1621 East Passyunk Avenue. /Photograph by Ron Short

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From the front, it doesn’t look like a gym. / Photograph by Ron Short

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Look at the pretty little seating area! / Photograph by Ron Short

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And, of course, the plants. / Photograph by Ron Short

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Although Fisher’s space is small, she makes the most of it with TRX bands, Bosu balance trainers, and more. / Photograph by Ron Short

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There’s also a squat rack and a weight bench. / Photograph by Ron Short

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And free weights. / Photograph by Ron Short

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And kettlebells. / Photograph by Ron Short

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And a treadmill for all that distance running training. /Photograph by Ron Short

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