Breakaway Bikes grew out of a friendship between Glenn Krotick, a spinning instructor, and Joe Wentzell, a graduate of Temple University’s exercise-science master’s program. The earliest incarnation of the shop revolved around Joe’s science-based training program, which today exists in the form of RPM classes. Here, participants pedal their own bikes as a human coach and a CompuTrainer team up to help them target different training zones based on power and heart rate, ideal for those training to outrun a herd of buffalo. While fine-tuning their RPM concept, the dynamic duo delved into the racing scene. Joe, a former Division I defensive tackle, lost more than 100 pounds as he went from novice cycler to Cat 2 elite racer. Glenn applied his biking skills to triathlons, becoming the Mid-Atlantic Masters Champ for international distance in 2007. As they honed their athletic skills, they began to offer performance-enhancing services such as biometric evaluations and custom bike fittings, many of which use Retul technologies and Fit Kit methods. Throughout the years, Joe and Glenn’s inventory of bikes and accessories has grown as well. Today, their shop brims with bikes by manufacturers such as Trek, Scott, Cervélo, and Felt, plus cycling apparel, helmets, tires, and a host of accessories, from child seats to taillights. In the showroom, attentive staffers match shoppers with bikes that match their body type, riding style, and spinning bow-tie collection. Visitors can also score out-of-production parts for vintage bikes in the repair shop, where friendly technicians tend to bearings, brakes, and chains.
Revive Fitness, LLC co-owners Robert Jones III and Amie Adcock know a thing or two about fitness. Jones has been featured on Comcast's Fitness On Demand TV-based workouts, and Adcock is a National Figure Competitor and fitness model who previously struggled with her own weight, and can readily relate to her clients' desire to get healthy. Together with their team of personal trainers, Jones and Adcock eschew the typical machine-based routines popular in some gyms in favor of dynamic workouts that rely on functional equipment and exercises. The staff leads fat-burning group classes that utilize cycles, kickboxing moves, and exercisers' own body weight, building coordination and endurance more effectively than a dance-off between rival dodge-ball teams. The fully packed schedule accommodates any age or ability level, ranging from intense, suspension-strap-based TRX workouts to an all-level yoga class where breathing techniques and postures are used to enhance relaxation and flexibility.
A postclass massage soothes aching muscles and fulfills each student's recommended daily allowance of heated stones. To promote clean eating, the center also offers nutrition counseling and a juice bar that blends up tasty protein shakes made with fresh fruit and fortifying add-ins such as vitamin C or chutzpah.
Lauren ?Pinki? Schiavo began her pole career as a student at Poise Dance Studio in 2005, and her spinning skills soon blossomed and earned her an instructor position. When the studio's owner sold the space, Lauren took the helm and injected some sass into the class regimen, renaming her business Flaunt Fitness as an homage to empowered women of all ages and body types. She drew from her training in jazz dance, hip-hop moves, and gymnastics to augment her pole-dance prowess and recruited a squad of professional teachers to lead her schedule's shimmies.
Flaunt Fitness' classes impart pole twirls and calorie-dropping cardio workouts under one roof. The DVD Fitness classes screen popular exercise videos as instructors ensure that guests maintain good form, and private parties spice up dance lessons with champagne and making balloon animals with just your feet. Further slimming figures, the studio sustains a support network for members with monthly encouragement meetings sharing healthful recipes and nutrition products for purchase.
Najia has inspired audiences with her sensual Middle Eastern dance in Egypt and Jordan, as well as in restaurants, nightclubs, and Pearl Jam?s preshow. Building her diverse dancing resum?, she pilgrimages to the Middle East for two or three months each year to continue researching dances, garner inspiration for her Philadelphia Bellydance company, and make her passport more colorful. She calls upon all of her twirling know-how to lead series of four weekly classes, in which students learn to shimmy, hip drop, and send veils fluttering through the air or weave together basic moves for complex choreography. On the fifth week after class sessions, students meet for a confidence-inspiring Goddess Night that awakens inner beauty through dance workshops, vegan treats, and performances as guests mingle bedecked in veils, gems, and outer adornment.
In 1933, the founders of Keswick Cycle opened their doors with a common goal in mind: to make each visitor feel like a part of the family. Almost 80 years later, a staff of avid cyclists and triathletes maintains the same friendly vibe at all three locations, meanwhile stocking an assortment of bikes and accessories. Bicycles from Cannondale, Specialized, Electra, and other big brands conquer myriad terrains, from roads and triathlon courses to mountain trails mucky with discarded cooking oil. Tires, apparel, and other accessories round out the inventory, situated around the shop's central hub, the services department. Here, factory-trained mechanics tune up or overhaul any type of bike or shopping carts masquerading as bikes. These same experts fit athletes for competition at the triathlon studio and, in their spare time, lend a hand to local charities.
Red lanterns shower the Kaya Wellness Center in warm light, and dark wood shelves of colorful yoga mats and vases filled with peacock feathers and orchids carve out a serene space for yoga classes and workshops throughout the week. Atop the studio's hardwood floors, certified yoga instructors lead group classes and private training sessions in a diverse range of traditions, including prenatal yoga, men's yoga, and aerial yoga, a low-flying variation of Hatha that suspends yogis from hammocks. During the summer, instructors lead classes on the scenic shores of local beaches to give the sun a chance to salute back.
Additionally, the center houses a whole crew of holistic healers. The roster includes reiki masters, certified massage therapists, hypnotherapists, and an honest-to-god shaman, all of whom promote physical and spiritual balance and healing through a wide range of modalities, ranging from massages to herbal healing sessions.