When Verge Athletics opened, there was nothing quite like it in the area. In the years since, it's both introduced CrossFit to the larger community and built up a strong, committed community of its own. Its leaders are full-time, career coaches devoted to helping members with their personal goals?as athletes and as individuals?over the long run.
On any given day, Verge coaches lead classes through high intensity workouts that focus on mastering functional gymnastic, cardio, and weightlifting movements. Using these movements and an assortment of equipment, regular bouts of high-intensity exercise tone complete physiques.
CrossFit LifeForce prides itself as a community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts, which, collectively, pushes individuals to meet and exceed their personal goals. With an expansive schedule that features classes six days per week—including during the evenings on most days—the facility welcomes seasoned exercisers and beginners alike. During each session, one of CrossFit LifeForce’s coaches leads groups through a WOD, or workout of the day, which gets posted to the website daily.
As the instructors devise a new workout every day at CrossFit 053, the warehouse-style gym is always aflutter with activity. They lead guests in swinging kettlebells in one corner of the gym, jumping onto wooden plyometric boxes nearby, and climbing ropes in another corner. Though they're on hand to encourage guests through every station, they're especially attentive while exercisers tackle Olympic-style weightlifting?the cornerstone of CrossFit?to ensure everyone executes proper form. They base each exercise on functional movements to help guests thrive in every-day activities. Their sessions might include jumping rope, weight lifting, sprinting, and speed-texting. To make sure all participants are equally challenged, they tailor workouts for varying intensities and durations, catering to fitness newbies and professional athletes alike. In fact, the gym?s coaches were selected to train the Philadelphia Flyers during their annual Trial on the Isle competition. Additionally, the Happening List named them the Best Gym in 2014.
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.
Doc Strong—the personality behind Doc Strong Fitness at Body Dynamics—shows clients how to whip themselves into shape, but more importantly, he provides them with the support and encouragement to keep going. Striding the gym's floor in brightly colored polos, his collar oft popped up around his ears, he motivates his students to reach new heights. He spots amateur body builders as they attempt to break personal weight-lifting records, and coaches exercisers through his intense circuit-training boot camps, reminding them over and over, "We don't stop." To further help clients lead healthier lifestyles, he also provides nutritional advice, elucidating how to cut fat and build muscle on an all-natural diet, meaning you never have to swallow one of those padded muscle suits.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.