Inside Wholistic Fitness' 3,500-square-foot facility, women from all walks strive for mind-body wellness through a variety of healing services, including psychotherapy, fitness classes, massages, and health counseling. A team of dedicated fitness instructors leads the studio's dynamic workouts, helping students sculpt lean physiques, confidence, and thumb wrestling muscles in boot-camp-style classes or yoga sessions. Wholistic Fitness keeps licensed acupuncturists on staff who aim to treat a slew of ailments, from headaches to anxiety, with the non-invasive, ancient Chinese healing method, as well as a licensed massage therapist who soothes muscles with custom massages and hot-stone treatments. They also have physical therapy services that specialize in women's pelvic floor conditions. From the comfort of a private therapy room, clinical psychologist Dr. Christine Marston kindly helps women and teens cope with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, or daily stress.
Unlike the competitive environment of a testosterone-stuffed gym or mixed-martial hopscotch tournament, boot camp encourages all ages, skill levels, and abilities to motivate each other in a comfortable group setting. The certified trainers at Doylestown and Great Valley constantly challenge participants to achieve higher levels of fitness. Classes take you through different workout routines each day, with a variable variety of body-blasting, calorie-pulverizing exercises, including jogging, strength training, core conditioning, yoga, Pilates, and obstacle courses. You'll shed inches, pounds, and existential funk. Classes run five days a week starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Doylestown and Montgomeryville locations, with Doylestown also offering 9 a.m. sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. From November to March, winter sessions take place in Lahaska at Buckingham Friends School. Great Valley Boot Camp offers a similar booty-busting program with both co-ed and women's-only classes offered most mornings.
At Fitness That Fits, a team of certified trainers versed in fitness regimens such as P90X, TRX, and kettle bells are adept at coaxing—and motivating—clients down the path to wellness. One striking thing about the gym is non-intimidating family atmosphere. The room is outfitted with gear including a fleet of indoor cycles. Small group classes give participants another way to burn calories with more than 20 fitness classes each week that include P90X, TRX, kettle bells, cardio kick boxing, varied workouts of HIIT classes, and 20/20/20, which combines indoor cycling with strength training and core exercises. Certified personal trainers are also available for customized training, and a certified health coach is on staff to help clients improve their over-all help through nutritional counseling.
The trainers at Boot Camp Challenge don't just line up campers and start yelling for pushups. Instead, they assess trainees' health and fitness levels and lead the trainees through a set of scalable exercises that befit their physical abilities. In addition to motivating clients, the staff doles out nutrition information to help clients boost their energy while cutting calories from their diets.
The Inspiration & Wellness Studio, a part of The Women's Empowerment Series, offers fitness and wellness classes that imparts comprehensive wellness knowledge to participants. The Women's Empowerment Series itself is a suite of workshops and seminars focused on women's health, psychology, and professional development. With classes focused on pre-teen development, middle-age, and post-menopausal health, the series tackles every stage in a woman's life from birth to young adulthood to the chrysalis phase. Physical-health topics include specific workouts such as Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and tae bo, nutritional classes exploring vegan and raw foods and holistic health, and disease management. The programs also include a workshop for parents of children with concussions, a session on aging in America, and programs on dealing with finances and health after a loss.
Certified boxing coach Alden Washington was born into a family of boxers. His father, in between teaching boxing classes in the US Army and Navy, began coaching him in the pugilistic arts at the age of 10. Alden took to the sport, winning boxing titles in Silver and Golden Gloves competitions, all while earning his black belt in bando, Chinese kenpo, and tae kwon do. In 1980, the consummate athlete began coaching students, conducting classes in kickboxing as well as sprinting and sports conditioning.
At Washington Boxing Academy, Alden combines his extensive title-taking and teaching experience to conduct kickboxing classes for all ages. Amid the professional heavy bags and cushioned floors of his studio, the certified coach infuses kickboxing routines with rounds of creative exercises, including jumping rope, shadowboxing while holding weights, and slamming massive tires with hammers. In personal sessions, he spurs on advanced boxers as they spar in the studio's full-size boxing ring. He also provides students with fundamental self-defense tips, such as how to a catch an oncoming fist mid-punch or halt a flung pie midair.