Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hip-Hop music played loudly at the Hunting Park Recreation Center, where a group of young girls smiled with joy as they began preparation for their next performance. The Black Diamond Dance Troupe was founded two years ago by Camisha Moyer, Shana Bowman and Kishna Jeantine, who serve as the dance coaches for the troupe. The […]

 

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Young children and their guardians watched as a big blue, red and white volleyball went back and forth over a volleyball net which signified the beginning of another family fit class at the Esperanza Center on 4417 N. 6th St. in Hunting Park. The children and their parents smiled as they began the 90 minute session that […]

 

East Falls: Black-Owned Gym Raises The Bar For Local Fitness

East Falls: Black-Owned Gym Raises The Bar For Local Fitness

At the end of a long, dim hallway stands a wall painted with vibrant colors and big lettering. This is how members of Knight’s Gym know they are home. The gym, situated at the southern border of East Falls, brings an intimate fitness experience catering to those who embrace the inner-city lifestyle. The gyms walls are […]

 

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

The sound of barbells and plates hitting the ground fills a former auto parts warehouse on Salmon Street in Port Richmond. Inside, Bill Shiffler, his fellow coaches and the members of CrossFit Renaissance gym begin their early morning class. Shiffler, who arrived in the facility just minutes before, caught up with some of the members as […]

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Chestnut Hill: Fitness Studio Helps Clients Get Healthy Through Knowledge, Exercise

Chestnut Hill: Fitness Studio Helps Clients Get Healthy Through Knowledge, Exercise

There are not many yoga studios in Chestnut Hill but that isn’t the reason Water and Rock studio stands out. Water and Rock studio stands out because it offers more than just working out. It offers yoga, martial arts, self-defense, functional fitness and mobility classes. “I like how there is a holistic view of how […]

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Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Runner Bennett Brookstein has lived in Fairmount for almost half of his 45 years. He came up with the idea to start The Fairmount Running Club more than 11 years ago when running clubs were few and far between. According to the website Philadelphia Runner, there are currently 18 running clubs in the area. Despite the increase […]

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Northeast Philadelphia: Fitness Leader Sean Thomson Shares His Love of CrossFit

Northeast Philadelphia: Fitness Leader Sean Thomson Shares His Love of CrossFit

  Health and personal fitness is a growing concern among Philadelphia residents. As citizens begin to understand more and more about their bodies, one fitness model has begun to grow: CrossFit. And one of the men who spearheaded this revolution is Sean Thomson, owner of No Limit Gym in Northeast Philadelphia. Thompson has competed in […]

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Fishtown: Five Places To Find Fitness On Frankford Avenue

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 […]

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North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

Christopher Smith is the assistant manager of environmental services at Jefferson University Hospital. In his spare time, Smith educates and trains his fellow community members about nutrition and physical fitness at his Hunger Games Fit Camp throughout neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Smith’s passion for physical fitness can be seen through his active involvement as […]

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South Philadelphia: Boxer Josue Rivera Fights in a New Direction

South Philadelphia: Boxer Josue Rivera Fights in a New Direction

In a fight with life, Josue “JD” Rivera found himself heading down a scary path that all too many young adults find themselves on. Rivera was a gang leader in California, face with two outcomes if he didn’t make a life change: death or incarceration. “Life was rough but that wasn’t something that I wanted […]

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