The Philly Fitness Studios That Closed During the Coronavirus Pandemic
To all the gyms we’ve loved before, we miss you.
This post has been updated.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Philly’s fitness industry — like so many others — has had to pivot again and again in the hopes of staying afloat. Sadly, some had to permanently shut their doors over the course of this past year. Below, we pay homage to the local fitness studios that have closed, and whose lasting impact on our community will never be forgotten.
Amrita Yoga & Wellness, Graduate Hospital
At the end of July 2020, Amrita announced they would not be reopening their Graduate Hospital location. Luckily, you can still roll out your yoga mat with the Amrita crew at their Fishtown location, outside at Palmer Park, or virtually.
Anjali Power Yoga, Graduate Hospital
Oh, how we’ll miss those sweaty chaturangas in Anjali’s intimate South Street studio. To get them now, looks like trips over the bridge await us — their Westmont location still stands, as well as their virtual, on-demand, and Stone Harbor classes (until September 5th!).
The Bar Method, Rittenhouse
For over a year, The Bar Method Rittenhouse offered live-streamed workouts so you could get those micro movements, muscle shakes, and owner Gina Russo’s perfect playlists from home. Sadly, their brick-and-mortar and virtual classes have both permanently come to a close.
Cycle Brewerytown, Brewerytown
Cycle Brewerytown brought spinning and circuit training to a Philly neighborhood that has so few fitness studios — and made sure all the workouts were high-energy with their dope music choices. You can still virtually ride and train with owner Tiffany Wallace via her new endeavor, Form305 Fitness.
EverybodyFights, Center City
When the 12,000-square-foot boxing gym made its Philly debut in 2019, we all went wild over their comprehensive, fast-paced, and — dare we say it — fun training seshs. We’re sad to say EverybodyFights suffered its TKO last year, closing doors for good without a chance to say goodbye.
Flywheel, all locations
It was a shock to the entire spinning industry when Flywheel announced it would be closing all their studios last year, leaving instructors and riders alike missing pedaling their way up the torque board.
Freehouse Fitness, Graduate Hospital
After four years of bouncing and sculpting, Freehouse Fitness — the OG rebounding studio — permanently closed. Luckily, we can all still enjoy owner Dana Auriemma’s full-body workouts and hilarious jokes through her virtual and outdoor pop-up biz, The Movement Project.
Grace & Glory Yoga, Fishtown
Practicing at Grace & Glory Yoga in Fishtown never failed to leave us feeling refreshed, reset, and rejuvenated. No matter the class (and there was always a number of amazing options), Grace & Glory supported every yogi with motivation and modification.
LifeSport Fitness Resource Center, Fairmount
A Fairmount mainstay for 35 years, family-owned LifeSport sadly shut its doors last October. We’ll miss how the team made everyone feel part of the crew, no matter if you were lifting on your own or dropping in for group kickboxing.
Priya Hot Yoga, Fairmount
Fairmont’s yoga sanctuary, Priya Hot Yoga, was forced to close after six years in operation. For many, it was a place to practice, join in community, and channel stillness amidst chaos.
Sculpt360, Graduate Hospital
Sculpt360 made you feel comfortable and confident on their Megaformer machines. They’re still offering on-demand memberships (score!), so you can workout with them at home.
Similar to EverybodyFights, SLT closed their Rittenhouse location without warning. Their reformers made our muscles quiver, but always left us feeling pretty badass.
Title Boxing Club, Center City
We really loved everything about Title Boxing — from all the personal attention to the fact that it mixed bag-punching with circuit training. And of course, feeling like an absolute champ at the end of every class.
Wake Up Yoga, Rittenhouse
Last June, Rittenhouse’s soul-fulfilling yoga hub, Wake Up Yoga, bid farewell. To enjoy their practice again and again, head to their YouTube channel.
The Wall Cycling Studio, Manayunk
After surviving all of COVID’s crap, The Wall in Manayunk was forced to shut their doors because of rent changes. While they’ve said goodbye to Cotton Street, they’re hoping to secure a new studio location. In the meantime, opt for outdoor or virtual classes with owner Juliet Sabella.
Y2B Fit, Mt. Airy
Y2B Fit hosted yoga and barre — even BYO baby barre! — in their West Mt. Airy studio since 2016. Though we can no longer meet at the corner of Emlen Street, Y2B Fit still offers live-streamed, outdoor, and on-demand classes.
Yoga Brain, East Falls
The brainchild of local yogi Justine Bacon closed last June. While we’ll miss many things about Yoga Brain, we think we’ll miss Yoga, Bikes, and Brews most of all.