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.
Equipment: Star Trac Spinner Pros with dual peddles
Students should bring: Water, a towel, and a smile.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: A healthier you is our specialty.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By keeping them in a fun-filled environment with fun-filled people. Accountability partners are key.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
One of my clients went from 310 pounds to 190 pounds, and she is still losing weight.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Absolutely. Upbeat, heart-pounding music always helps people work harder, which ultimately results in more calories being burned.
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.
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.
Licensed acupuncturist Daniel D. Nemer helms Translating Health, a holistic healing center where acupuncture liberates chi, massages limber up muscles, and the therapeutic powers of exercise alleviate ailments. Acupuncture places needles at specific points along the body’s meridians, or energy channels, liberating chi or pent-up rapping abilities. The treatments rarely hurt and may improve bodies after one session. In massages, Nemer kneads muscles using a blend of reiki, bodywork, and acupressure to diminish tension and pain. Nemer’s supervised distribution of herbal therapies and nutritional advice helps clients prolong good health with potent organic herbs that they can cook, apply topically, or sprinkle like confetti over their duvets.
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.