Lauded live on Dr. Oz for reducing inflammation and helping patients manage pain, Cryotek's Cryosauna envelopes clients in an open-top standup booth that surrounds the body with temperatures up -250 degrees Fahrenheit. Cryotek's researchers believe this exposure to cold—known as cryotherapy—during two- to three-minute sessions delivers many positive effects, including aiding clients with weight loss, cellulite reduction, and injury recovery. They also claim the Cryosauna supports other areas of physiological and even psychological health including reducing inflammation from arthritis, soothing irritation from psoriasis, reducing stress, and restoring libido. An FAQ page addresses queries ranging from what the treatment feels like to how it differs from kissing a snowman.
At Dana Hot Yoga, the path to relaxation is sprinkled with sweat. Within a heated studio, Vinyasa classes?which accommodate both advanced yogis and beginners?mix rigorous sequences with meditative breaks. By varying the pace and intensity, instructors ensure each workout targets almost every muscle while bringing the mind to stillness. And the warmth is an integral part of the experience as well, as it helps loosen up tendons so they flex further and release stored toxins.
Even though the environment is hot, the prevailing attitude is anything but. Teachers stress that students needn't be flexible or have ball bearings installed in their joints before taking their courses. For them, consistent practice and a positive outlook are more important than perfection.
Rachel Odhner and her team of dedicated teachers bring their love of yoga to all portions of the population. They introduce beginners to the exercise form with gentle and friendly classes. They tailor their programs to kids, seniors, and those suffering from Parkinson?s. They found each of their classes in the practice of Anusara yoga, which incorporates chants, breathing exercises, and asana meant to reveal the beauty in each practitioner. With a schedule boasting classes from early in the morning through late evening, there are options for all ages and skill levels from Beginner/Gentle to Yogahour.
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.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Family owned and operated. Located on Easton Rd. 1 mile south of the Willow Grove Mall.
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.