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2022 Best New Strength-Training Gym

Control Lab

This small but mighty strength and conditioning gym offers personal training and circuit-style small-group seshes that move you through equipment like battle ropes, rowers, ski ergs, slam balls and kettlebells. Founder and head trainer Victor Spaulding will activate muscles you didn’t know existed — and that good burn will last for days. Read More »

1624 South Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2020 Best Inclusive Gym

EveryBody Movement & Wellness

Before the pandemic, Julia Naftulin’s spot in West Philly provided therapy, massage, body-positive joyful movement exercise classes, Pilates, functional training, queer yoga and more. After? She took the entire gym online and made every class donation-based, so people of all financial situations could participate. Read More »

4305 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-969-5019 | Website

2019 Best Way to Beat Gymtimidation

Train & Nourish

Personal trainer Jenna Fisher’s bright, clean studio is designed to make her all-female private and small-group clients feel right at home. (The entryway literally looks like somebody’s living room.) And then of course there’s Fisher herself — the chill cheerleader every strong woman needs in her life. Read More »

1621 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Two-for-One Training Deal

Leverage Fitness

Want to work out at this sleek Rittenhouse studio but can’t swing $125 an hour for the private training sessions? Opt for “semi-private” training at $65 a pop. You’ll still get plenty of personal attention — trainers are paired with no more than four clients at a time — plus you’ll get access to the gym’s high-intensity conditioning classes, which are complimentary for all members. Read More »

1530 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-455-9660 | Website

2019 Best New Gym


Don’t be fooled by the name. With four boutique studios (boxing, running, circuit training and yoga) and general gym equipment, this is so much more than a boxing gym — and really, the only membership you need. Read More »

1900 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-278-2912 | Website

2019 Best Gym With a View

City Fitness East Market

Working out while gazing upon the hubbub of Market Street through an entire wall of 30-foot windows? We just might stay for hours. Read More »

11 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-541-2427 | Website

2018 Best Budget Gym Chain

The Edge Fitness Clubs

It sounds like an infomercial – for only $9.99 a month, you can have all this! – but in this case, it’s legit. For less than a sandwich at Di Bruno’s, you can have access to marble locker rooms, cardio theaters, sprint tracks and ... oh, what the hell. We’ve been doing this for 45 years. Just take our word for it. Read More »

50 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT | 1-877-843-3343 | Website

2017 Best Gym

Life Time Athletic

Child care? Check. An exhaustive group-workout schedule? Check. An in-house spa? Check. A cafe that serves up salmon salads and smoothies? Check. Waterslides? Check. Everything else you could ever want in a gym? Check. You’ll find these mega-clubs in Fort Washington, Mount Laurel and Wayne, with another planned for Ardmore early next year. Read More »

Multiple locations | 855-430-5433 | Website

2017 Best Secret Gym

The Training Station

Why? That’s the question that comes to mind when you learn former pro runner Phil Clark moved his gym_—and all its fancy equipment handpicked for serious athletes—from the Piazza’s shiny Rialto building to a dingy, unassuming strip mall on Spring Garden. But once you walk into the light-filled space—complete with a lengthy turf runway you’d think impossible for a city gym—it all makes sense. Read More »

533 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-964-9558 | Website

2014 Best Gym

Haverford YMCA

The $23 million it took to build the shiny new Haverford Y certainly wasn't wasted: You can see it in the springy indoor track; the palatial, sun-filled cardio room; the water-slide-studded pool facility; free child-care services; and a group fitness roster that boasts more than 100 classes a week. The gym's members—now numbered at more than 21,000 after less than a year—certainly aren't complaining. Read More »

891 North Eagel Road, Havertown, PA | 610-649-0700 | Website

2014 Best Gym

Haverford YMCA

This isn't your grandma's YMCA. The gorgeous 75,000-square-foot Haverford Y, on the old Swell Bubble Gum Factory campus, includes three indoor swimming pools (hello, water slides), an indoor track, palatial cardio and weight-training facilities, and more than 100 fitness classes a week. No wonder that in less than a year, it's attracted 21,000 members and counting. Read More »

891 North Eagle Road, Havertown, PA | 610-649-0700 | Website

2013 Best All-Frills Gym

Newtown Athletic Club

A shiny new $8.5 million outdoor water park. A clubhouse bar and poolside service. Kids tae kwon do classes. Studios for yoga, Pilates and spinning. Really: Why would you ever leave? Read More »

120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA | 215-968-0600 | Website

2013 Best Gym (Suburbs)

Healthplex Sports Club

If there's one word to describe the Healthplex, it's this: massive. The 176,000-square-foot facility features tennis, squash and racquetball courts; two pools; three basketball courts; an indoor track; huge cardio and strength-training areas; a full-service spa; and enough kids programs to keep the little ones entertained for days. You may never leave (and that's totally okay). Read More »

194 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA | 610-328-8888 | Website

2013 Best Gym (City)

Sporting Club at the Bellevue

READERS' PICK: It's not hard to love the Bellevue: the indoor pool, on-site airbrush tanning and sports leagues, spa-like locker rooms, fitness classes that get rave reviews—which is probably why this posh Center City gym won our reader vote by a landslide. Read More »

224 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-985-9876 | Website

2012 Best Gym

City Fitness

READERS' PICK: It's easy to see why this two-outpost gym is a local favorite: Huge facilities make for plenty of equipment to go around—which means very little wait time, even at peak hours. Read More »

| 215-923-4114 | Website