6 Fit Pros Share the Philly Studios They’ve Been Supporting While at Home
Here are the workout classes local instructors finally got a chance to try from home during quarantine.
During the coronavirus lockdown, most fitness instructors in the Philly area pivoted to teaching online, keeping many of their class schedules fairly busy despite the circumstances. And, working out from home presented a surprising perk for local fit pros: the opportunity to “visit” other studios — something not many can do due to geographic hurdles, commuting obstacles, or packed teaching loads. Below, six Philly fitness instructors share what new workout classes they have been checking out during the past several months, and the ones they hope to continue right now, and in a post-COVID future down the line.
Russell Carter, spin instructor at Cycle Brewerytown and Balance Chestnut Hill: “Besides teaching about five Zoom spin classes per week, I have been tuning into Tiffany Wallace’s cycling classes, as well as the strength and cardio workouts from A-Game Fitness and Performance. In addition to fitness classes, I’ve been loving Regina Mitchell’s wellness PSAs. You definitely need to check her out for great practical ways to physically and mentally navigate wellness during the pandemic.”
Gabi Coslett, coach at EverybodyFights and Unite Fitness: “Other than taking classes from my home studios, Teranga Yoga and Triyo Fitness have been my go-to’s to staying active at-home. Teranga Yoga is a MUST for my own recovery, as their flows are invigorating and fun. Plus, [owner] Joanna Da Sylva is one of the best yoga instructors out there. Lastly, although I haven’t had the opportunity to take a Triyo bootcamp IRL, Malik, Khalil, and Ahmad are holding it down with easy-to-follow online workouts true to each of their styles.”
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Meg Tigani, Revel Ride instructor and Solidcore coach: “On the days I’m not teaching spin from home, I’ve loved joining various CorePower Yoga classes, as well as Unite Fitness for their live workouts when I can. When I’ve had a *day* and have little to no motivation, I enjoy having the ability to watch the on-demand Unite workouts or even join their virtual running group if I want to get outside!”
Shoshana Katz, owner of BPM Fitness: “I have been getting to take a Saturday class with Katie Gould, owner of KG Strong. Normally with my schedule, it is really hard for me to get to a class down at BOK. I train with her privately, but the classes don’t always work with my schedule. This has been an awesome weekly thing that I look forward to and have really enjoyed!”
Sydni Arnett, trainer at Barry’s and EverybodyFights: “Through this time, I’ve been doing Instagram Live workouts mostly with Barry’s and EBF to support my team! In the past year, though, I’ve lost the time to be able to make it to my yoga mat, but the lockdown has helped me get back to my practice. I’ve really been enjoying classes from Yoga Habit and Jung Kim — both Philly-based!”