In the words of the late Dr. Daniel Messinger, whose daughter and granddaughter now helm Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, “We’ve been doing this for 100 years—we must be doing something right.” Overseen by the fourth and fifth generation of family that founded the company in 1888, the sense of history carries over into its opticians’ daily practice—they’ve been seeing many of their clients for decades, and bestow fast emergency services upon them whenever a client damages a lens or tries to stretch their frames to fit a family portrait inside. The personalized attention heaped upon each customer shines through in the services provided, which include technicians that grind and surface all lenses on-site in the flagship location’s lab, often fitting them into frames for next-day pick-up.
Irving Fryar knows a thing or two about fitness. As the first overall draft pick in 1984, the All-American wide receiver went on to play professional football for 17 years and currently ranks in the top 20 in career receptions, receiving touchdowns, and receiving yards. Today, as founder of Irving Fryar Boot Camp, he leads a staff of exercise experts who maintain a fun, supportive environment and provide hands-on training to those looking to improve their overall fitness, achieve a personal fitness goal, or obtain a martial-arts belt. The team leads large groups of students outdoors in various calisthenics and running drills. They also offer custom eating plans to supplement workout regimens, which may involve giving clients a 50-pound cell phone, to make you pay for your minutes in an entirely new way.
When she was a child, Asa Cansler struggled with her weight. This experience pushed the owner of H.O.P.E. Fit Club to transform her body and eventually become a nutritionist and fitness trainer. But she's not just any fitness trainer—Cansler is certified by Billy Blanks, the eight-time World Champion and founder of Tae Bo Fitness as well as the American Council of Exercise. This certification allows her to lead others through the pulse-pounding, body-morphing Tae Bo routine. A combination of boxing, dance, and martial arts, the workout helps students shed unwanted pounds and tone limbs and torsos until they qualify as body doubles for Greek statues. And, to ensure other kids don't have to deal with the same struggles that she did, Cansler also welcomes kids ages 5-17 to workout for free with a paying adult.
ZonePlay Sports allows athletes of all skill levels to experience the exercise, socialization, and friendly competition of organized sports during it's various coed and men's leagues, which include flag football, basketball, bowling, and dodgeball. Games are held at several South Jersey locations, and ZonePlay's league coordinators equip players with team shirts and all the necessary equipment. Throughout each season, participants can keep track of scores online, or promise to buy kids a pony if they write down the stats on a piece of paper. Teams that win in the playoffs typically earn championship shirts and a team trophy.
The professional staff and certified personal trainers at Optimal Sport Health Club, a popular chain of boutique fitness centers in Philadelphia, want to help their clients get into the best shape of their lives. The facilities have everything members need to reach their workout goals, whether they want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or simply get stronger.
Here, clients can work out with the cardio and strength-training equipment or head over to the group fitness studio to take classes in everything from Pilates to step class to yoga. Personal trainers are on hand for those looking to ramp up their fitness routines.