Best of Philly

Best Workout

2017 Best Shore 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.

Multiple locations | 484-254-6916 | Website

2017 Best Cardio Workout

Incline Running

519 West Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA Website

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 »

2016 Best On-the-Water Activity

SUP Fitness with Aqua Vida

301 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Underground Fitness Movement

November Project


This Boston-birthed, social media-fueled fitness movement has taken Philly by storm. Evidence: the more than 100 people who show up each week for its morning […] Read more »

2014 Best Fitness Class for Men

P90X Remix at Gravity Center

400 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA Website

It’s everything you love about the DVDs—core-crushing ab work, killer cardio, mobility-focused conditioning—in a motivating (read: competitive) group setting at this personal training studio inside […] Read more »

2014 Best Cross-Training Workout

Unite Fitness

Locations in Philadelphia and Mount Laurel |  Website

If you’re not utterly exhausted after a 75-minute cross-training class here, you’ve done something wrong. Unite’s coaches mix challenging cardio intervals, strength training and yoga […] Read more »

2014 Best Workout for Moms

Pure Barre

Multiple locations |  Website

There’s a reason all your mommy friends are obsessed with Pure Barre: The workout, done on the ballet barre and mat, entails a series of […] Read more »

2014 Best Workout

Body Rocker Ride at Body Cycle Studio

1923 Chestnut Street, second floor, Philadelphia, PA Website

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Once a week, Body Cycle offers a free 45-minute spin class with absolutely no strings […] Read more »

2014 Best Least Intimidating Way to Try CrossFit

CrossFit PHL

1414 South Darien Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

This 3,000-square-foot box (CrossFit argot for “gym”) has everything you need to learn the ropes, including totally chill owner Joey Renzi, who’s loved by in-the-know […] Read more »

2014 Best Underground Fitness Class

November Project


Head to the Art Museum at 6:25 on Wednesday mornings or Franklin Field at the same time on Fridays, and you’ll see a fitness flash […] Read more »

2014 Best Free Workout

Spinning at Body Cycle Studio

1923 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

There are no strings attached: Once a week, you can take a 45-minute spin class and pay absolutely nothing. You can even rinse off in […] Read more »

2013 Best Fun Fitness Class

Philly Dance Fitness

Multiple locations Website

Chuck the boring gym routine for a stint as a would-be contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. A rotation of styles (Zumba, hip-hop, […] Read more »

2013 Best Dance-Inspired Workout

Red Hot Dance Fitness

Multiple locations Website

READERS’ PICK: They don’t call it “red hot” for nothing. This Philly-born-and-raised workout is building up a cult following among the local dance-fitness set. Zumba? […] Read more »

2013 Best Workout You Havent Tried

Skyrobics at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

122 Mill Road, unit B-250, Oaks, PA Website

Channel your inner Tigger—bouncy, bouncy, bouncy—and jump your way to a better bod at this massive indoor trampoline park, which houses nearly 20,000 square feet […] Read more »

2012 Best Shore Workout

The Zen Den


Yoga instructor Arianne Green makes it simple to fit workouts around your sunbathing schedule: The midmorning classes are late enough that you can still sleep […] Read more »