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2023 Best Lunchtime Workout

Physique 57’s Express Power Sculpt

This 45-minute glute-busting, ab-challenging, thigh-quaking combo of barre and free weights will help relieve the stress of chaotic mornings and spike endorphins, so you can push through groggy afternoon slumps. Cardio lovers, prepare to be humbled. Read More »

1625 Walnut Street, floor 2, Philadelphia, PA Website

2023 Best Cardio Workout for People Who Hate Cardio

Soul2Sole Bounce Fitness

Some forms of cardio can be dreadful — and pretty rough on your body. That’s why we love buckling up the rebounding boots for Soul2Sole’s low-impact, out-of-the-box group workouts on all kinds of surfaces, from pavement to vinyl floors. You’ll be jumping like a kangaroo — while supporting your heart health and muscles, bones and joints — and loving every second of it. Goodbye, aching knees. Read More »


2022 Best Running and Strength-Training Combo

Barry’s Philadelphia

Long before 50 Shades of Grey, Barry’s created its own red room for addictive HIIT workouts that are said to burn up to 1,000 calories in less than an hour (talk about efficient). At the Rittenhouse spot, the team provides an easy-to-learn, ever-changing lineup of intense treadmill sprints and strength-training exercises that are accessible for self-proclaimed non-runners but tough enough to challenge the most athletic among us. Read More »

1915-17 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2022 Best Outdoor Workout

Rooftop Barre Bounce by Tuck Barre & Yoga

When spring arrives, Tuck’s Barre Bounce takes center stage. On Saturday mornings, jump your butt off on a mini trampoline while doing ballet-inspired micro movements — all on the roof of a Point Breeze building. High cardio, low impact and killer skyline views? Working up a sweat has never been this much fun. Read More »

1300 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2022 Best Intro to Barbells

Collective Strength

This grassroots strength-training­ community turned barbell gym was founded on accessibility, inclusiveness and joyful movement, especially for groups not typically represented in power lifting. How’d they do it? Through flexible pricing, sliding-scale “Badass Barbell” workshops, size-inclusive equipment, and a future co-op model, so members have a real stake in the biz. Read More »

3245 Amber Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2022 Best Early-Morning Workout

X Training

Husband-and-wife duo John and Killian Daley have created a strength and conditioning gym where the latest workout starts at 8 a.m. But the consistent high-energy vibe, rotation through equipment, and challenging sessions will make roosters of even the sleep-till-noon crew. Read More »

1111 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA Website

2021 Best New Outdoor Workout

Strength Haus

This collective of strength trainers is on a mission to “bring lifting to the masses,” according to co-founder Jon Lyons. Expect donation-based outdoor kettlebell sessions every Sunday across the city and fitness content for even the gym-averse on IG. Read More »


2021 Best New At-Home Workout

The Movement Project

After shuttering Freehouse Fitness last September, owner/ Pilates instructor Dana Auri­emma is back with livestreamed and outdoor sculpting, rebounding, reformer and yoga classes that will leave you feeling strong no matter where you’re working out. Read More »


2018 Best Reason to Work Out at 6 A.M.


What sounds more enjoyable: setting your alarm for a solo jog through the neighborhood, or setting your alarm for an hour of yoga followed by a bout of no-holds-barred dancing in a cool venue like Moshulu or One Liberty Observation Deck? This group exercise class disguised as a daytime party – founded in New York before making its way to Philly in January – is the most fun we’ve had working out in a long time. Read More »

6340 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA Website

2018 Best Midday Workout


Kudos to anyone who can work out and shower in a single lunch break. For the rest of us, there’s X-Force. The Swedish-designed system of negative-force training uses machines that flip the weight stacks to add extra resistance to the second half of a rep. You’ll work out harder in less time – 30 minutes, to be exact. Read More »

The Graham Building, 30 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA | 215-372-9090 | Website