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2021 Best Self-Care S.O.S.: Fitness

Unite Fitness

What do you do when dark, packed spaces filled with people breathing heavily become everyone’s nightmare? For Unite Fitness, you move your intense workouts into the behemoth 14,000-square-foot 23rd Street Armory. Now Unite Fitness is back to sweating in its Rittenhouse location and also offers live and on-demand digital classes. Sadly, there are no Humvees included. Read More »

26 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Reason to Start Dancing

Holta Tegu

This Kim Kardashian look-alike — but, you know, approachable — hosts an $7 thigh-and-glute-heavy dance class on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. that’s so covert, it’s not even listed on 954 Dance Movement Collective’s schedule. Message her at @ismilesometimesss on Insta to see if you can snag a spot. Read More »

954 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-627-1157

2019 Best Intro to TRX Class

RIDE Spin, Barre, & TRX Studio

RIDE’s instructors make those ceiling-suspended black-and-yellow straps much less intimidating via demos, plenty of individual attention, and judgment-free modifications. Read More »

225 2nd Street Pike, Southampton, PA | 267-988-4876 | Website

2019 Best Fitness Instructor

Leroy Mapp

Considering Mapp’s humor, versatility, and infectious energy, it’s no surprise he was named one of the two top Philly instructors by ClassPass users for the second year running. Find him calling shots at Rumble Boxing or on Instagram @fitliferoy. Read More »

2019 Best Barre Class

Allongée Technique’s Thigh-Bye Class

Allongée transports you back to your recital days by trading in generic isometric movements for real ballet steps — while still burning your quads. Read More »

232 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-733-0777 | Website

2018 Best Fitness Studio for Parents


Three workouts under one roof – spin, barre and TRX – means you’ll never want to leave; $2 for child care in an on-site playroom stocked with toys means you’ll never have an excuse not to go. Read More »

328 North Lewis Road, Royersford, PA | 484-961-8295 | Website

2017 Best Boutique Fitness Studio

Roots Athletics

This mixed-martial-arts gym has a serious following, and we know why: It’s so pretty—imagine impossibly white floor mats paired with camel-hued leather punching bags placed just so, with green plants peppered throughout—you almost forget you’re working out. Read More »

2101 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-593-0060 | Website

2017 Best Reason to Love Lululemon Again

Lululemon Local

With a life-improving in-store events calendar (everything from meditation to craft cocktail-making classes), Lululemon’s new concept store has truly became a community hub and erases the company’s previous slights (see: the see-through leggings scandal of 2013) from memory. Read More »

1424 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-423-4170 | Website

2016 Best Fitness Studio for Moms

Mama’s Wellness Joint

The fitness offerings for moms at this mostly-yoga studio puts other workout spots to shame: From Baby Bump Boot Camp to Postpartum Rebuild, the range of prenatal, postnatal and mommy-and-me classes will keep your fitness game on point from the minute the stick turns blue until your little one is ready to downward- dog with you. Read More »

1100 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-9037 | Website

2016 Best More-Than-a-Spin Studio

The Wall Cycling Studio

Don't let the name fool you: What started as a small cycling spot in Manayunk has become a full-blown fitness studio. In the past year, it relocated to a larger, shinier space and added barre classes — including BYO Baby Barre, in which parents wear their little ones, Bjorn-style — and combo workouts that mix yoga with barre and cycling. And that's on top of unveiling a new Phoenixville location. Yep, they've been busy. (Manayunk and Phoenixville.) Read More »

107 Cotton Street, Manayunk, PA | 267-336-7928 | Website

2015 Best Local Fitness Instagrammer

Jayel Lewis, @jayelllewis

What with this Philly-based personal trainer's big smile, strong bod and well-chosen backdrops, her Instagram account makes working out look like a sun-soaked vacation in the Caribbean. Follow her and you'll stand up a little straighter, eat a little smarter and work on your core. A lot. Read More »

2014 Best Fitness Studio

Purenergy Studio

You can hop from the TRX bands to the spin studio to an aerial yoga or barre class thanks to Paoli's new one-stop-shop fitness studio. The idea is to keep your mind and muscles busy with lots of workout options, accomplished (and then some) by way of more than 90 stellar classes a week. Read More »

21 Plank Avenue, Paoli, PA | 610-993-9933 | Website

2014 Best Fitness Studio


This new Paoli fitness studio, housed in a former Wine & Spirits Store, is actually five studios in one: personal training, cycling, aerial yoga, mat yoga and barre, each in separate spaces. The goal is balanced cross-training, and you can get more than your fill with Purenergy's 90 classes a week. Read More »

21 Plank Avenue, Paoli, PA | 610-993-9933 | Website

2013 Best Boutique Fitness Studio

Pure Barre

Readers' Choice: It's the ass-kicking of choice these days, courtesy of a deceptively innocuous looking, impact-free, wildly effective ballet barre. Read More »

1701 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-234-7825 | Website

2013 Best New York Fitness Transplant

Flywheel Sports

Last spring, we finally got to see what all the fuss was about when this NYC-based fitness brand opened not one, but two brand-spanking-new indoor cycling studios in our area. Then it finally clicked: the DJ-curated music, the tiered stadium seating, the TorqBoard stats to see, in real time, how you stack up against your neighborthis is why New Yorkers are so addicted. Were in. Read More »

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