The room is filled with people, all of who are moving to music that thrums through their bodies with palpable bass. At the DJ booth, colorful LED lights pulse in time with the beat, and tube lighting frames the stage and mirrored walls in a white glow. Blacklights bathe the room in bright violet tones, transforming the colors of everyone?s clothing into electric neon.
Suddenly a voice cuts in on top of the music.
?All right, everyone! Let's shake it!?
Though UniquePhyZique looks light a nightclub, it?s actually a fitness studio. Founders John and Julie White recently expanded and remodeled their space, updating it to reflect their mission to help clients fall in love with fitness by keeping it fun. In the high-energy space, students gather for sessions of Zumba, a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness workout and Turbo Kick, a fusion of kickboxing, and sports drills. The schedule also includes PiYo, an inventive blend of pilates and strength training, and Tone & Sculpt, a class in which students use stability balls and neoprene-coated free weights to sculpt legs, upper bodies, and abdominals. And soon, the schedule will also be expanding, as the team is currently working on certifications in Beachbody's P90X and Insanity.
Not only is John and Julie?s space fun, it?s also very user-friendly. Members check in simply by scanning their keycards, and can help themselves to water and towels before and after classes. Additionally, a dozen membership types allow clients to choose anything from low-commitment punch cards to unlimited 6- or 12-month agreements with automatic monthly payments and a secret member handshake
At Fit Body Boot Camp, exercise is focused on much more activity than repetitiously heaving weights while planted in front of a mirror. During 30- to 45-minute sessions throughout the week, Fit Body’s group workouts help students to burn calories and gain muscle mass in a group setting while adding spontaneity to programs to make them more enjoyable; on any given day, students may duck and weave through an obstacle course and on another perform pushups and barbell curls.
In addition to the exercises of the day, the boot-camp program also concentrates on nutritional coaching and motivational training to help clients to meet their goals. Since classes are based mostly on resistance training, students of all fitness levels are able to jump in and achieve results while feeding on the positive, encouraging energy of the group class. Fit Body supplies all the equipment, and clients need bring only a water bottle and their own entrance music.
The pole-dancing curriculum at Flirtastic Fitness boosts confidence while increasing flexibility, augmenting endurance, and building muscle tone. The limber staff leads aspiring polecats through a series of core-strengthening exercises and entertaining, choreographed routines in the one-hour introductory classes. The ladies-only sessions surround students with welcoming acceptance, allowing them to express sultry spirits or a total disregard for Newtonian physics. Participants torch as many as 500 calories while learning exercises and useful dance fundamentals for breaking the ice on awkward subway rides. Students require no special equipment to sashay and spin amid the studio’s shiny practice poles and mirrored, hot-pink walls.
To a casual passerby, Yoga @ Chester Springs might look like a nightclub in slow motion. Lights, whose colors change to match those of the body's seven chakras, brighten silhouettes on the hardwood floor. These students might be posing in 88-degree temperatures, holding the challenging tableaus of stationary yoga. Or, perhaps they are flexing in sun salutations or restorative postures during an unheated yoga medley session. After their visit, they retreat to the onsite showers, locker rooms, and sauna—or pick up youngsters from the childcare room—before exiting the venue refreshed.
Regardless of the class, guests hone their balance under the supervision of certified instructors, each of whom has completed at least 200 hours of training. These experienced teachers uphold an accepting, secure atmosphere for practitioners of all levels. Their backgrounds illustrate the broad diversity of yoga scholars: Mary Booth channels Thai-yoga techniques from her pre-season work with the Philadelphia Flyers, Sue Roggio incorporates her 25 years of dance experience, and Mike Huggins' lessons often touch on Pilates and meditation. In addition to their group classes, they lead private courses and team-building seminars, such as corporate workshops for employees sore from hiding under desks all day.
The dental teams at Penn Premier Dental and Plymouth Meeting Family Dental maintain and beautify grins from their locations in Exton and Plymouth Meeting, respectively. Together, their offices treat southeastern Pennsylvania residents with a full range of dental services, from general and family dentistry to restorative and cosmetic treatments.
At Penn Premier Dental, Dr. Faith Madden devotes herself to patient comfort and compassion. She understands the anxieties often associated with visiting the dentist and works to assuage those fears by keeping herself up-to-date on the latest minimally invasive techniques. She uses laser dentistry to recontour gums while reducing the bleeding and recovery time of blades, and practices sedation dentistry to set patients at ease via nitrous oxide or oral sedation, which usually entails a pill or a soothing recitation of the Articles of Confederation.
The duo of dentists at Plymouth Meeting Family Dental, Drs. Robert H. Koffler and Richard H. Nagelberg, share the same devotion to patient comfort as Dr. Madden. While they are primarily focused on staving off problems before they occur, they skillfully treat any issues that do arise by filling cavities with natural-colored fillings or replacing missing teeth with realistic permanent implants.
The instructors at Southampton Martial Arts prioritize instilling the values of respect, responsibility, and confidence, so that students can be mentally prepared—but not eager—for an aggressive scenario. In addition to tang soo do's strikes and blocks, they draw techniques from krav maga, muay thai kickboxing, jujitsu, and MMA disciplines. The roots of these teachings span from Korea to China, boasting both ancient efficacy and enough adaptability for modern martial arts.
The staff adjust their classes to suit all skill levels, and welcome guests aged 5 and up to hone focused punches, kicks, and defensive postures. The gym also features yoga classes for all levels and fitness backgrounds. The instructors guides groups through fluid movements that promote flexibility, core strength, balance, and mental control. They use their years of experience and knowledge to work with students to achieve their fitness goals, whether it be weight loss, muscle gain, definition, or technique. They are located throughout the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area, with locations in Aston, Southampton, Paoli, Swarthmore and Glen Mills.