In my younger days, I was a total cardio junkie. I’d toil away on the elliptical for an hour with no problem but my body and mind would shut down as soon as someone said strength training. The group fitness scene in Philly made me see the error of my ways. Studios like Unite Fitness and RippedPHL taught me that lifting weights will only help my running while yoga and barre classes are easy ways to tone without killing your joints. My move to Manayunk left me worried that I would skip strength training because these studios weren’t conveniently located for me anymore. Luckily, Manayunk has their own fitness scene and these three studios are putting Main Street on the fitness map.
RowZone Manayunk – When I lived downtown and used Class Pass, Gary’s Row Zone Rittenhouse classes were my JAM. It’s a great mix of cardio and strength and I love changing up my routine…I am NOT one to sit down at the rower on my own. I was thrilled to find out that RZ Manayunk is only blocks from my house and even more excited when I had instructors as great as Gary. I definitely recommend it!
Hotbox Yoga Manayunk – After my move, it took me awhile to get back on my mat. I’m not sure why I wasn’t motivated, but it probably had something to do with missing my beloved Yoga Habit and Priya. Last week’s rainy Tuesday inspired me to sign up and when the offer is $40 for 40 days, how can you go wrong? The studio space is large without feeling too big and while they don’t have mirrors (that’s a plus for me), they do have windows. The super nice staff is a big perk, too! I plan on getting back into regular practice and hopefully into a headstand for once!
The Wall – Spinning and barre are stupid expensive endeavors. Flywheel (while amazing) is close to $35/class and that’s INSANE to me and Pure Barre practically requires a second mortgage. Enter The Wall. Located right off Main Street, the studio offers barre and cycling in a really bright and open space. Best part…a 20 pack is around $200. CRAZY. I love being able to work it in as regular cross-training again since I’m not breaking the bank to do it.
Walking up and down the hills in Manayunk as well as running on the many trails available to me are still my main forms of working out, but these fitness studios have definitely worked themselves into my regular routine. My joints, and my butt, thank me.