Cardio and strength-training equipment clangs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Urge Fitness. Within training studios, fitness instructors lead energetic circuit-training workouts, lively hip-hop classes, and revitalizing yoga sessions. Guests can unwind after workouts at the onsite smoothie bar, sipping specialty shakes and coffee while enjoying free Wi-Fi.
To help patrons build up speed, coordination, and stamina, CrossFit Mercer owner Dolph Geurds leads them in CrossFit's signature workout—quick, high-intensity combinations of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio exercises in short, intense routines. He began practicing CrossFit in 2004, which fueled him to inspire others to get fit through this strength and conditioning regimen, along with a team of coaches. Before permitting pupils into the fold, instructors run them through the On Ramp program, which evaluates athletic prowess with tests such as jump roping and pull-ups to help coaches craft custom training programs to each student's abilities. The exercises vary from day to day; one day, students might do pull-ups and sprints, and the next, they might climb ropes and dead lift weights.
The staff caters to younger and older visitors with courses designed around kids and seniors, and students in CrossFit Mercer's weightlifting club test their muscular fortitude by lifting world-class athletes over their heads.
At Integrative Fitness Pilates, instructors Linda and Susan draw from decades of experience in yoga, fitness training, and Pilates to restore bodies to lithe, strong, naturally healthy forms. The studio places a special focus on holistic training, putting the body on a self-healing path through posture reeducation and therapeutic movements. Through specialized-equipment courses or simple mat exercises, students in Pilates can improve their range of motion, build a lean, powerful core, and forge a strong connection between body and mind. Restorative Pilates courses help clients overcome injury and chronic pain with 10 weeks of exercises and therapies designed to release tension and stiffness.
After following in the family footsteps—their family boasts 12 doctors of chiropractic—and practicing chiropractic together for years, twins Dr. Dane Donohue and Dr. Denise Chranowski expanded into massage, meditation, and nutrition counseling. Their expertise in the health industry led to the creation of the 8 Weeks to Wellness program, which has spread to more than 30 offices around the country and caught the attention of CBS’s Talk Philly. The wellness program begins with the client's vow to stop butter-only diets before a physical evaluation is administered with computerized muscle tests. Then, a customized nutrition program is paired with meditation, chiropractic adjustments, and massage to fight weight gain, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Patients not enrolled in 8 Weeks to Wellness can still visit Wellness Solution Centers for a chiropractic adjustment or a massage to tend to chronic pain that has lingered since dressing up as a punching bag for Halloween. They can also join personal-training and exercise programs to tone their muscles, or yoga and Pilates classes to build core strength and enhance flexibility.
The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.
Max Fitness specializes in a signature 10-week fitness challenge designed to yield results and transform clients' entire bodies. The system combines exercise, nutritional guidance, and motivation, helping clients to pursue their potential and achieve their fitness and health goals. Trainers design cardio and strength-training exercises to accommodate individuals of all fitness levels, as well as a nutrition program that includes food education and menus of foods that can be found in an everyday supermarket. The third pillar of the system—motivation—hinges on Max Fitness's vast support system of individuals and trainers all working toward a common goal.