Philadelphia takes its sports seriously. Home to a passionate, inspired sports fan base, the city has always enjoyed a strong athletic and workout culture. With a year-round indoor/outdoor sports scene and beaches an hour away, there’s always reason to stay in shape – or get in shape with some of the best personal trainers in the country. Here are four of the best luxury gyms to check out on your next visit to Philadelphia.
Sporting Club at The Bellevue
If only all hotel gyms were this good. One of the best hotel gyms in the United States, the Sporting Club (and The Bellevue hotel), are local treasures. The Bellevue is a Hyatt property, a top tier hotel and Philadelphia landmark since 1904, and it features one of the most amazing gyms on hotel premises you’re ever likely to encounter.
Forget the standard strength/cardio machines and limited free weights found in your average hotel fitness center – the offerings at the Sporting Club are excellent for any standalone gym, let alone a hotel. Guests can take their pick from an indoor track, regulation size basketball gym, racquetball and squash courts, 25m indoor pool, boxing studio, and a 10,000 sq ft fitness floor of modern strength and cardio training options. Additional features include whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, tanning, and yoga and Pilates studios. Locker rooms are fully stocked with amenities.
Post-workout, head to the top floor and check out Bar XIX (Nineteen) – the rooftop bar atop the Bellevue, which has one of the nicest bars and views in the city.
12th Street Gym
12th Street Gym offers a great workout option in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. The gym has a modern urban, compact style and setup, and features a good selection of strength/cardio equipment, indoor pool, tanning room, sauna, steam room, and sundeck for warm weather days.
12th Street Gym also features a very strong, versatile selection of personal trainers – capable of tailoring your workouts to sports-specific or general short-term/long-term fitness goals.
After your workout, be sure to head to the gym’s café and check out Philadelphia Juice Bar. It’s one of the best in the city and offers an excellent range of healthy, organic, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.
The Training Station
Recently named Philly’s Best Gym in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of 2017 list, The Training Station is a welcome, refreshing addition to the city’s fitness scene.
“Train Like Pro Athletes” is the gym’s motto, and it’s clear this is indeed a serious gym for serious athletes. The gym is founded on a commitment to cardio training, with elite level high-speed treadmills, Arc Training, and a 40 meter strip of Elite Turf – perfect for warmup sprints or cool downs.
Strength equipment is also state of the art, and includes suspension setups and even powerlifting platforms for athletes dedicated to weightlifting and performance training at the highest levels. Personal training options are excellent, with an exceptional staff providing individually tailored programs geared to each client’s needs.
One of the few 24/7 gyms in Philadelphia, Optimal Gym is located in the buzzing South Street area of town. Available training options go far beyond what you’ll find at a typical 24/7 facility.
Guests can choose from several basketball courts, racquetball courts, boxing studio, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and strength and cardio training with a wide variety of equipment. The strength training area has an emphasis on suspension training, and Pilates, yoga, and Zumba classes are offered throughout the day. Locker rooms include individual private showers.
Members are given their own individual access codes for overnight access to the facility. Optimal Gym also features a roofdeck, perfect for catching some sun or relaxing post-workout.