Fishtown: Five Places To Find Fitness On Frankford Avenue

Fishtown has been recognized as one of the hottest neighborhoods to live in the city. This riverward has a booming and hip arts, drinking and food culture. After eating a warm Bavarian pretzel at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall, many residents might be looking for a way to burn off a few calories. Because, in the area just along Frankford Avenue, there are just as many options to make yourself sweat as there are places to find a craft beer. 


Enter Amrita Yoga and Wellness, soak in the calming scents of sandalwood, and leave your worries at the door.  Amrita, 1204 Frankford Ave., offers a 57 classes per week ranging from hot yoga to Pilates, and all the way to the gravity-defying world of aerial yoga.

“We offer all different styles of yoga,” owner Heather Rice said. “Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, or are looking to relax, we have a class for you.”

Check out its schedule and register for individual classes on the MINDBODY App or visit the website for membership options.

Fishtown’s bike craze meets the gym at Ciclo, a spin gym owned by Mina Carroll and located at 2036 Frankford Ave. Two to three classes are offered daily, with the exception of Sunday which has one session available for fall 2016. Classes range from traditional spin to fusion classes like “Spin/Booty Burn,” which combines spin and resistance training by using parts of the bike other than its pedals.

Carroll said her biggest focus is safety. All instructors are highly trained and encourage you to go at your own pace.  There are only 15 bikes available so be sure to register for classes via the MINDBODY App.


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Working out in Fishtown can get quite sexy. Pole Basics, 1611 Frankford Ave., is a studio dedicated in teaching pole fitness classes. The studio specializes in bachelorette parties.

Pole instructor Arianna Bryant teaches specialty classes as well, where participants can learn the basics or fine-tune their twerk. The intense core and upper body workouts are offered seven days a weeks and with hours going until to 2 a.m. on select nights.  Despite its stigmatized sultriness, Pole Basics fits right into its Frankford Avenue location.

“I call this area workout row, ya know, how they have skid row?” said Bryant of the avenue’s array of fitness options.

CrossFit Novem

Next on the list is CrossFit Novem Bootcamp, 1221 Frankford Ave. Unlike traditional CrossFit, which you can find at its Howard Street location, Bootcamp does not use barbells, but incorporates a mixture of high-intensity, functional fitness workouts. From dumbbells and kettlebells to burpees and box jumps, you can find it all.

“Our end goal is for our members to achieve lifelong fitness,” said owner Joe Ling.

So don’t let the world of CrossFit intimidate you, CrossFit Novem Bootcamp accommodates every fitness level and focuses on making it more than a gym, but a community.

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Later this fall, City Fitness will open its fifth Philadelphia area location, this time at 1424-34 Frankford Ave. Members can choose from two floors of machines while viewing an indoor tree. An outdoor space will be constructed for Spin classes. Nonmembers and members alike will also have access to Stripp’d Juice, a juice bar that specializes in cold-pressed drinks and other health foods. Tickets for the grand opening can be found here, no commitment necessary.


– Text and images by Julia Jablonowski and Shealyn Kilroy.

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