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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 Workout Trend

Puppy Yoga

Don’t expect to do a lot of working out in this workout. It’s mostly about animal rescue orgs helping puppies find homes – and puppy snuggles. Lots of puppy snuggles. Popping up at studios like Amrita Yoga & Wellness and OpenBox Athletics. Read More »

2018 Best Workout That’ll Make You Feel Like Beyoncé

Alexis Rose Xperience

Picture this: The lights go out, the disco ball starts spinning, and “Yoncé” blasts through the speakers. Instructor Alexis Rose Artis leads you step by step through cardio class, bolstering your confidence at every move with #bosslady affirmations. Next stop: backup dancer. Read More »


2018 Best Workout for People Who Would Rather Be at Brunch

Namaste Nourish

We’ll gladly work out for waffles, especially when they’re turmeric-infused. At this pop-up series, yogi Joanna Da Sylva leads the room through an hour of flows while chefs Hava Rose and Ashley Law whip up a plant-based superfood brunch. Avocado toast, date-tahini smoothies and vegan ice cream have all made the menu. Read More »


2018 Best Two-in-One Workout

BPM Fitness

The ramped-up spin class and half-hour resistance training circuit give you both the workouts you need – cardio plus strength – neatly packaged into 60 minutes. Read More »

1808 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA | 215-515-3110 | Website

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

2017 Best New Workout


The dim lighting and loud music at these sleek studios in Washington Square, Rittenhouse and Bryn Mawr serve a purpose: They hide the winces and grunts the Pilates-inspired workout—50 minutes on a giant resistance machine that burns the whole way through—provokes. The upside: You’ll leave with a newfound confidence to rock a crop top. Read More »

Multiple locations | 484-254-6916 | Website

2017 Best Cardio Workout

Incline Running

Blaring beats, nightclub lighting, and coaches spouting inspirational mantras magically transform the world’s most dreaded running destination—the treadmill—into a delight. Read More »

519 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA | 484-380-2412 | Website

2016 Best Virtual Workouts

Ploome Fitness & Lifestyle Boutique

If you can't make it to this NoLibs Pilates-and-barre studio, its arsenal of at-home mat workouts, accessed via a virtual membership or by joining Ploome's virtual fitness challenge, will kick your butt from wherever you set your laptop down. Read More »


2016 Best On-the-Water Activity

SUP Fitness with Aqua Vida

Aqua Vida's roster of stand-up paddleboard fitness classes (full moon yoga, floating boot camp) gives you plenty of opportunities to sculpt your six-pack. Because nothing tests your core strength quite like the consequence of falling into the Delaware River — in front of a staring crowd of Spruce Street Harbor Park revelers, no less. Read More »

301 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA | 866-203-7111 | Website

2015 Best Free Workout Class

Yoga on the Pier, Delaware Waterfront

This outdoor seasonal series, helmed by beloved local yogi Malik Wilson, runs every single day and goes beyond anything you'd expect from a free fitness class. Instructions like "Twist your torso toward Camden" are just a bonus. Read More »

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard

2015 Best Rainy-Day Running Workout

Tread and Shred

This class at SuperFit Gym, which has 30 minutes of treadmill intervals followed by 30 minutes of killer strength moves, weatherproofs your training schedule. Read More »

1050 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, PA | 610-832-1099 | Website

2015 Best New Workout Class

Barre Burn at City Fitness Studio and Training

This infrared-heated barre class will make you feel a range of emotions, from wanting to die when the heat reaches its peak and you're asked to do yet another round of leg lifts, to warrior-princess-proud when you walk out of the classroom alive and very much feeling the burn. Read More »

400 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-773-7055 | Website