Introducing Our Be Well Philly Studio of the Month: Fit Academy

We're bringing you workouts at Osayi Osunde's newest location for HIIT-inspired boot camps: the Piazza's Pod Park.

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This month’s Be Well Philly studio of the month is Fit Academy. / Photograph courtesy Osayi Osunde

Here at Be Well Philly, we’re always trying to brainstorm new ways we can bring new health and wellness opportunities to you, our avid readers and exercisers. That’s why we recently launched a membership program. For $9 a month or $99 a year, you get a free class at a designated studio of the month; a 20 percent discount to Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our huge fitness and wellness festival in June; extra swag at our monthly Be Well Philly Underground pop-ups; and our signature Philly mag tote. (For more details or to sign up, head here.)

As part of that program, we’re now announcing the studio of the month on the first Monday of the month. In April, that happens to be the very first day, so you get the maximum possible advance notice on who’re partnering with. And that is… drumroll please…Fit Academy!

Over the past five years, Fit Academy has blossomed from a small outdoor workout on the Art Museum steps into a well-known HIIT studio with multiple locations. That’s probably because it’s helmed by the charismatic Osayi Osunde, a certified personal trainer who has played football at Villanova University, modeled for Under Armour, and received Best of Philly recognition several times. It seems like he’s always coming up with innovative ways to bring fitness to the masses, whether it’s through his trademark silent boot camps featuring wireless headphones or his latest venture — opening a location at Northern Liberties’ new mixed-use development, Pod Park.

Located at the Piazza, Pod Park contains “pods” made out of shipping containers for dining, shopping, working out, and even perusing art. Osunde has secured one of these rad pods and will be offering both indoor and outdoor workouts in the space starting in early May. But because Be Well tries to be (who are we kidding, IS) on the front edge of all the latest trends, our Underground event for this month will provide an exclusive preview of Osunde’s Pod Park venue. Expect a sweat-dripping fusion of the trainer’s dynamic outdoor workouts combined with the HIIT training you can find at both his Brewerytown and Rittenhouse Fit Academy studios.

We’re still announcing the date of the Underground event just five days ahead of time, so we hope you’re on the edge of your desk chair waiting for that email in your inbox. (If you’re not signed up for the Underground emails, do so here.) Regardless of whether you get into the Underground event, if you’re a Be Well Philly member, you’ll be able to reap a free class at one of Osunde’s three locations. Because Pod Park isn’t open yet, we recommend waiting until May to redeem your session if you’re looking to get your endorphin high on at the Piazza specifically. (You’ve got a three-month grade period to use that free class.)

Thank you in advance for continuing to show up and sweat it out through our Underground events and membership opportunities. We’re thrilled to be able to bring you more chances to move and stay healthy — and we hope you’re finding your own ways to #bewell.

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