Shavonne Simmons knows the struggle of losing weight and keeping it off. After achieving her own weight-loss goals, Shavonne decided it was time to pay it forward. At Body Maintenance, Shavonne and a team of trainers personalize a plan for each client, incorporating custom workouts with diet and nutritional guidance. Trainers are available by email, text message, and phone at almost any time for motivating chats and consultations on what foods to eat, avoid, or throw at narcoleptic comedians.
CrossFit Renaissance strives to make renaissance men and women out of its clients, prepping physiques for a broad range of real-life challenges with each day's workout. Coaches Bill Shiffler , Reese Knox, and Ray Decarlo follow the CrossFit credo: intense and highly varied routines that can slide on a scale of difficulty to suit any fitness level and focus on functional movements. However, they differentiate themselves by guiding small groups, limiting attendance so that every student receives personalized guidance. To accumulate evidence for the program's muscle-toning effects, gym members record their daily stats in a training log and conduct regular interviews with their biceps.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
In the 19 years since it opened, The Gym Elkins Park has worked to provide workouts tailored to the needs and levels of all of its members. In addition to helping members with fitness objectives, the gym also helps with weight management and health services, and offers a variety of fitness solutions, from personal training and fitness memberships to training regimens such as Training for Warriors and boot camp.
Even when Dawn Smelser began the one-year teacher training program at the YogaLife Institute, she never intended to teach—just deepen her understanding of the practice. But just four months in, she started co-teaching the program; eight months in, an anonymous donor funded a scholarship so she could attend the Yoga Institute of Mumbai in India. That was more than a decade ago. Today, Dawn brings these and many other experiences—including her training as an interfaith minister—to MotherHeart Studio, where she teaches alongside Samantha Gowan, a yogi of five years. Together, they lead yoga classes rooted in classical yoga prana flow, kundalini techniques, and the Vinyasa style.
Named the Best Yoga Studio of 2010 by Philadelphia magazine, Yogawood offers everyone the chance to strive for physical and mental harmony through yoga. A 10-class pass gets you access to any drop-in yoga session on the schedule at the Collingswood studio or the Riverton location. There are six different body-bending styles from which to sample. Ease yourself into relaxing poses with a Gentle Yoga or Vinyasa 101 class. Beginners might also enjoy the long-held postures of Yin yoga, which increase flexibility and mobility. Vinyasa Flow yoga harnesses the power of sun salutations to connect posture and breath in movements that will improve strength, balance, and coordination. A yoga/Pilates class will strengthen your core and allow you to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Or you can cap off a muscle-tensing day of work fending off pigeon insults with an Ashtanga class.