Within City Fitness Philadelphia's sprawling, warehouse-style facilities, the energetic and passionate staff motivates patrons to burn fat and build muscles to reach their fitness goals in a supportive environment. Within the open gym's vibrant walls, guests torch calories on the Star Trac cardio machines while keeping cool with built-in personal fans and staving off boredom with personal LCD TVs. For group sweat sessions, up to 12 students synchronize their workouts in small group classes, during which motivating instructors lead their wards through such regimens as as ab-chiseling routines and high-energy cardio kickboxing. Patrons pair up with a certified personal trainer for the one-on-one iTrain program, powered by MBSC Thrive, which sends them on a fitness journey focused on nutrition, cardio fitness, core strength, and functional performance training to enhance day-to-day activities such as lifting heavy boxes and protecting your young from silver wolves. After a grueling workout, guests can chug no-sugar-added fruit smoothies packed with natural proteins at the juice bar or complement a beach-ready body with a beach-ready bronze with onsite tanning services.
Rebecca Rankin and Lisa Lau came out of college prepared to be an architect and an engineer, respectively. Today, they own Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill. Their goals haven't changed much, though—Rebecca specializes in the architecture of the human body, and Lisa studies its engineering, teaching students how to bend and breathe during each 90-minute class.
These classes are held in a studio heated to around 105 degrees. But newcomers to the practice needn't worry—as the space's website says, "The heat is not there to make it tough, it is there to help." As participants move through the 26 asanas, or postures, of Bikram yoga, the heat loosens up their muscles and encourages a detoxifying sweat, allowing for deeper stretches and a smoother post-workout slip-and-slide ride. Rebecca, Lisa, and their fellow instructors limit their class sizes to better personalize their guidance, and welcome guests of all skill levels to attend any session.
Since 1979, the staff of Lehigh Valley Racquet and Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Hammer Strength and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs? personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields or have national certifications from accredited organizations.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
Lorean, Open Center Yoga?s seasoned leader, sits crossed-legged on the glossy wood floor, focusing her breath before leading yogis of all levels through her lineup of flexibility-building classes. She guides students in setting their intentions?points of focus to transfer from yoga to day-to-day life, such as calming one?s mind, becoming more adaptable to change, or harnessing enough will power to finally beat Donkey Kong?to connect spiritually to the practice. The classes can include visualizing chakras and channeling energy. Throughout the 75-minute sessions, students build muscle and increase their flexibility while flowing through the fluid postures, and workshops offer a more spiritual experience in which students meditate using deep, even breaths to quiet anxious thoughts and assuage tension.