It seems like every day there’s a new boutique fitness class people are talking about. Orangetheory, SoulCycle, Rumble, you name it. One downside of all the hype is that they’ve been infiltrated by Penn students—and no one needs to see that guy in your Econ recitation sweat that much. They’re also ridiculously expensive when bought frequently, burning a hole in the average college student’s wallet. Whether you’re trying to break out of your Pottruck rut, or just interested in exploring the workout scene in Philadelphia, Street has some picks for you.
With one class priced at $18, The Wall Cycling offers indoor cycling at a significantly cheaper price than Philly–favorite SoulCycle. Sure, they’re out in Manayunk, but with direct bus lines, cheap Ubers, and the fact that the first class with them is free, it’s worth a visit (especially when you can explore a new Philly neighborhood right after).
107 Cotton St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Conveniently located near a carb emporium—Queen Village’s Hungry Pigeon—Three Queens Yoga is a clean and cozy yoga space with different kinds of yoga for different skill levels. They offer everything from Basics to Advanced Vinyasa. Their pricing is reasonable, coming to $16 with a valid student ID, along with $10 community classes. When you’re done with yoga, reward yourself with a pastry across the street.
410 Monroe St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Fitness Alive offers three different kinds of swim fitness classes that span circuit, racing, and resistance training, with a drop–in price of $20. They also have a new client special, which includes one month of unlimited fitness classes for $40. With interesting water workouts and the title of Philly’s Best Indoor Pool, Fitness Alive is a great place for switching up your routine.
While getting into this class is so difficult that it requires DMing the instructor, Holta Tegu, on Instagram for a spot, the hassle is worth the workout you get for the price. Named the Best Fitness Class by Philadelphia Magazine, it costs just seven dollars and helps you tone up with dance. The class focuses specifically on thighs and glutes while still staying super cost–effective.
Trying to get a spot? Use your Penn clout. The instructor is an alumna! If securing a place in that specific class proves too difficult, the Dance Movement Collective also offers community classes for $8.
954 N 8th St, Philadelphia PA 19123
As the closest fitness studio to Penn’s campus, Studio 34 on Baltimore Avenue is the most cost and time effective in terms of transportation. Their classes are well priced, coming to $12 for most classes and $6 for community classes. With an emphasis on emotional healing through yoga, this studio is a great place to go to relax and escape stress, without having to trek across the city.
4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143