Fitness

The Ultimate Guide to Intro Fitness Classes in the Philly Area

Angling for a new fitness routine? Use these 101 classes to learn the basics of everything from spinning to Pilates.


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The Intro to Mat class at Urban Front Pilates is just one of many intro fitness classes offered throughout the Philly area. / Photograph courtesy of Urban Front Pilates

Those of you have been spinning or reforming or executing barre’s killer isometric movements for years could probably do these demanding workouts with your eyes closed (and we know instructors sometimes ask you to, as if you weren’t already working hard enough). But at some point, you, too, were a rookie. And, if you’re the type of person who likes to dabble in the latest fitness trends, you’re learning new exercises all the time. Plus, literally everyone could benefit from a form refresher every so often. (Just ask barre, yoga, and weight-lifting instructors.)

Mastering the fundamentals is so, so, so important because it teaches us proper form and technique, so we can build muscle quickly — and, even, more important, reduce our risk of injury. That’s why we at BeWell are going back to basics this week. Here, dear readers, is a *huge* list of Philly-area studios with 101 classes to channel your fitness roots. (All of these take place weekly unless otherwise noted.) We hope it encourages you to try something new.

Barre

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Learn proper alignment and integrity at a studio like Barre3. / Photograph courtesy Barre3

The belief at the core of most barre studios is that barre is for everybody (every! body!). It’s why many of them offer classes that break down basic movements, allowing both beginner and advanced clients to strengthen their muscles and confidence.

Barre3

Class to take: B3 Basics Workshop

Where: 1500 Sansom Street (Rittenhouse); 970 Dekalb Pike (Blue Bell); 1149 East Lancaster Avenue (Rosemont); 579 Lancaster Avenue (Berwyn); 1721 South Easton Road (Doylestown); 2875 South Eagle Road (Newtown)

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members

Extra Details: This class is offered quarterly.

Barre Balanced

Class to take: Barre Basics

Where: 1102 Baltimore Pike (Glen Mills)

Cost: $19

Barre Focus Fitness

Class to take: Mixed Level

Where: 510 West Lancaster Avenue (Haverford)

Cost: $22

Lumos Yoga & Barre

Class to take: The Barre Essentials

Where: 2001 Green Street (Fairmount)

Cost: $17

Pure Barre

Class to take: Pure Foundations

Where: 1701 Walnut Street, 4th floor (Rittenhouse); 50 East Wynnewood Road (Wynnewood); 501 West Lancaster Avenue (Wayne); 1745 South Easton Road (Doylestown)

Cost: $23

SoulBeat Studio

Class to take: SoulBarre 101

Where: 2832 Audubon Village Drive (Audubon)

Cost: $17; first class free.

Extra Details: This class takes place monthly.

Y2B Fit

Class to take: Y2Barre & Stretch

Where: 7101 Emlen Street (West Mount Airy)

Cost: $18

Boxing

 

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Never put on gloves before? Don’t know what a right hook is? No problem! These boxing studios will train you in the basics so you’re ready for the ring.

CKO Kickboxing

Class to take: CKO Form Focus

Where: 1616 Walnut Street, lower level (Rittenhouse)

Cost: Call studio; first class free.

Philly’s Next Champ

Class to take: Boxing Body Bootcamp

Where: 1810 Grant Avenue, lower level (Bustleton)

Cost: $10

Title Boxing Club

Class to take: If it’s your first time in the gym, coaches will show you the ropes for a full 30 minutes before your scheduled class.

Where: 2101 Market Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $30 

Indoor Cycling

 

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There are few things more terrifying than walking into a dimly lit room full of stationary bikes for the first time. Luckily, some indoor cycling studios offer 101 classes to teach you how to set up your bike, clip in and out of your shoes, and understand the difference between first, second, and third position.

CycleBar

Class to take: Intro Ride

Where: 500 West Germantown Pike (Plymouth Meeting); 1460 Bethlehem Pike (North Wales)

Cost: Free

Revel Ride

Class to take: The Ride

Where: 1632 South Street (Graduate Hospital)

Cost: $25; first ride is $20.

Extra Details: Offered once a month.

SoulBeat Studio

Class to take: SoulRide 101

Where: 2832 Audubon Village Drive (Audubon)

Cost: $17; first class free

Extra Details: This class takes place monthly.

Torque

Class to take: Spin 101

Where: 328 North Lewis Road (Royersford)

Cost: $17; first class free 

Extra Details: This class takes place monthly.

Pilates

Whether you’re looking for classic mat exercises or guidance on how to use reformer machines, these Pilates-based classes help you learn and hone essential postures, alignment, and equipment use.

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Urban Front Pilates offers two different introductory Pilates classes: Intro to Mat and Beginner Equipment Series. / Photograph courtesy of Urban Front Pilates

Centerpoint Pilates

Class to take: Reformer (level 1)

Where: 224 South Broad Street, eighth floor (Avenue of the Arts)

Cost: $35

Special note: Centerpoint Pilates also offers a free, 30-minute Intro to Pilates class for new clients.

CenterSpace Pilates

Class to take: Beginner Reformer Series or Mat Fundamentals

Where: 1420 Walnut Street, fourth floor (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $40 (reformer); $20 (mat)

Core & More

Class to take: New to Reformer series

Where: 918 Fayette Street (Conshohocken)

Cost: Call studio

Evolving Bodies Pilates Studio

Class to take: Book a private session.

Where: 1331 South Second Street (Pennsport)

Cost: $65

Freehouse Fitness Studio

Class to take: Reformer Flex I

Where: 1430 South Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $26

Sculpt360

Class to take: Sculpt Fundamentals

Where: 777 South Broad Street (Graduate Hospital); 27 North Maple Avenue (Marlton, NJ)

Cost: $28

SLT

Class to take: SLT – Essentials

Where: 1625 Walnut Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $32

Solidcore

Class to take: Full Body – Beginner

Where: 2116 Chestnut Street (Rittenhouse); 725 Chestnut Street (Old City); 925 West Lancaster Avenue, Suite 102 (Bryn Mawr)

Cost: $32

Thrive Pilates

Class to take: Pilates Mat I/II

Where: 2016 Walnut Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $22

Urban Front Pilates

Class to take: Intro to Mat Class, then Beginner Equipment Series

Where: 1700 Sansom Street, second floor (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $20 (mat); $38 (equipment)

Witt Pilates

Class to take: Newbie Pilates

Where: 10 Penn Valley Drive (Yardley)

Cost: $25; 1st class free 

TRX

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TRX sculpts your entire body with the help of gravity and your own body weight. / Photograph by Cherina Jones/courtesy of Freehouse Fitness Studio

Total resistance exercise, best known as TRX, relies on gravity and your body weight to give you a total-body workout. These studios provide TRX classes that’ll get you acquainted with those straps and bands, so you can focus on getting strong.

Freehouse Fitness Studio

Class to take: Bandit

Where: 1430 South Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $18

The Pilates Soul Studio

Class to take: Beginner TRX Training

Where: 606 Haddon Avenue (Collingswood)

Cost: $10; first class free

SmileyFit Nation

Class to take: Personal training session

Where: 1923 Chestnut Street, fourth floor

Cost: Contact studio

Urban Front Pilates

Class to take: TRX Suspension Training

Where: 1700 Sansom Street, second floor (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $28 

Yoga

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With correct posture and breathing, yoga can both strengthen and ease the mind and body. / Photograph courtesy Yoga Habit

These yoga classes are designed for those unfamiliar with the practice, returning after a hiatus, or seeking to re-engage with the basics. Emphasis is on building and maintaining safe, proper alignment and breath, with verbal cues or hands-on adjustments by experienced instructors.

Aim High Studio

Class to take: Back to Basics Yoga

Where: 3025 West Germantown Pike (Collegeville)

Cost: $13

Amrita Yoga & Wellness

Class to take: Yoga 101 or Beginner Hot Flow

Where: 1204 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown)

Cost: $17

Breathing Room

Class to take: Beginner Vinyasa

Where: 2926 Richmond Street (Port Richmond)

Cost: $10

City Fitness

Class to take: Beginner Yoga

Where: 2101 South Street (Graduate Hospital)

Cost: Membership costs vary; a free seven-day pass is available for new clients who are Philadelphia residents.

CorePower Yoga

Class to take: C1

Where: 1616 Walnut Street (Rittenhouse), 921 Haddonfield Road (Cherry Hill), 1460 Bethlehem Pike (North Wales)

Cost: $23; a free seven-day pass is available for new clients only.

Grace & Glory Yoga

Class to take: Non-Heated Beginner Power Yoga

Where: 2220 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown)

Cost: $18

Kaya Aerial Yoga

Class to take: Intro to Aerial Yoga

Where: 225 Quarry Street (Old City)

Cost: $20 to $25

Lumos Yoga & Barre

Class to take: New Kid on the Block

Where: 2001 Green Street (Fairmount)

Cost: $17

Maha Yoga

Class to take: Basics 101

Where: 1700 Sansom Street, 6th floor (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $18

Philly Power Yoga

Class to take: Beginner Power Yoga

Where: 2016 Walnut Street (Rittenhouse)

Cost: $18

Rebel Yoga

Class to take: Rebel Fundamentals

Where: 8020 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill)

Cost: $17

Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness

Class to take: Essentials

Where: 1233 Locust Street (Midtown)

Cost: $18

Tara Yoga

Class to take: Yoga Basics

Where: 84 Bethlehem Pike (Chestnut Hill)

Cost: Donation-based

Three Queens Yoga

Class to take: Basics

Where: 410 Monroe Street (Queen Village)

Cost: $20

Tuck Barre & Yoga

Class to take: Yoga Basics

Where: 1150 South 20th Street (Point Breeze); 3400 Lancaster Avenue (West Philly)

Cost: $15

Wake Up Yoga

Class to take: Foundational Yoga Practice

Where: 2030 Sansom Street, third floor (Rittenhouse); 2329 Parrish Street (Fairmount); 1839 East Passyunk Avenue (South Philly)

Cost: $17

The Yoga Garden

Class to take: Yoga 101: Beginners Workshop

Where: 131 North Narberth Avenue (Narberth); 240 South Eighth Street (Washington Square West)

Cost: $17; $49 for your first month of unlimited yoga includes the 101 workshop.

Yoga Habit

Class to take: Power Basics

Where: 1640 Fairmount Avenue (Fairmount)

Cost: $20

Extra Details: Yoga Habit also offers a two-hour Power Yoga 101 Workshop once a month.

Yoga Home

Class to take: Community Basics

Where: 424 East Elm Street (Conshohocken)

Cost: $5

Yoga on Main

Class to take: Fundamentals

Where: 4363 Main Street (Manayunk)

Cost: $15

Miscellaneous

 

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There are plenty of other gyms that don’t fit quite into the other standard categories of group fitness. Here’s some where you can learn the ropes.

KG Strong

Class to take: Kettlebell Foundations

Where: 1901 South Ninth Street, Room 206B (Bok Building – South Philly)

Cost: $28

Philly Dance Fitness

Class to take: Ballet Basics or Tap Technique

Where: 1301 Locust Street or 1624 South Street (depending on class)

Cost: $18 (ballet); $13 (tap)

Sculpere

Class to take: Sculpere Basics (yoga and ballet)

Where: 209 Poplar Street (Northern Liberties)

Cost: $23

Subversus Fitness

Class to take: Barbell Fundamentals

Where: 1229 Chestnut Street, lower level (Midtown)

Cost: $25

Do you offer an awesome 101 class that we missed? Let us know at mfischer@phillymag.com.

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