Work It Out: The Top 5 Fitness Clubs in Philadelphia

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You know that saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes? I honestly believe there’s a third item that I can confidently add to that list: that if it’s January, the gym will be full. New Year resolutions are a habit we cannot break, and loosing weight seems to always top the list, no matter how in shape we are. If you are joining the masses and planning to make 2011 The Year of the Six-Pack, tour one of these top Philadelphia fitness clubs before you sign on the dotted line.

1 The Sporting Club at the Bellevue

The big man on campus, this fully loaded gym offers everything you could dream up, which is probably why some of the city's professional athletes choose to work out here, as well. From the dizzying array of machines on the main fitness floor to the regulation basketball court and Olympic-sized swimming pool, there's plenty to do. Racquetball and squash courts, an indoor running track and added perks like massage therapists on staff aren't the norm atmost gyms, so take advantage.

224 South Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


2 Rittenhouse Square Fitness Club

If you are looking for a neighborhood gym with sophistication, this is your gym. Clean and bright with all the cardio machines you could dream of, you'll also find a full roster of aerobics and yoga classes and personal trainers who will help you find your groove. Like to golf? Membership comes with the added perk of free rounds at the suburban Twining Valley Golf Club.

2002 Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103


3 Weston Fitness

If there's a new fitness class trend, Weston probably offers it. With one of the best group class schedules in the city, they cover kettlebells and Zumba and everything in between. Their super-convenient location for Center City employees doesn't hurt, either.

1835 Market St., Second Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103


4 12th Street Gym

Located in a historic building, this full-service facility is laid-back and friendly. T564.535he machines, group classes and pool make it attractive, but its great rates, killer juice bar and rooftop deck perfect for spring morning yoga make it a best bet.

204 South 12th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107


5 Philadelphia Sports Club

It may be a chain, but the Philadelphia Sports Clubs are still small personable enough to feel special. Plus, they have some amazing amenities. A large main floor, classes for both large and small, intensive group instruction, a kids' club and more are featured. Check out their Xpress Line program -- a free, trainer-led, full-body workout that takes on 22 minutes to complete.

1735 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19103


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