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 […]

 

Old City: Fearless Athletics Welcomes Early Birds

Old City: Fearless Athletics Welcomes Early Birds

Recently, the gym Fearless Athletics has been going through what could be called a growth spurt. Membership has continuously risen at its South Philadelphia location, and now it has opened a new location in Old City. One of the staples of the gym is its early morning classes. Classes begin as early as 5:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. […]

 

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

The corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street in Kensington is amongst the most notorious drug corners in the city. Heroin draws addicts and dealers, making it an open playing field for crime and violence, and for many, death. Around this corner is a building, which houses a man with a message that just might save his […]

 

Amateur Sports: Weston Fitness Opens Gym to Papal Pilgrims

Amateur Sports: Weston Fitness Opens Gym to Papal Pilgrims

With the amount of people Pope Francis drew this past weekend, some people thought living space would be hard to come by. When ideas began to run thin, Belinda Held, the director of group travel for A Pilgrim’s Journey, expanded her ideas. With the help of everyone at Weston Fitness, the employees and the members […]

 

Health Beat: Fitness Thrives on Main Street in Manayunk

Main Street in Manayunk bustles with a slew of fitness and aerobics establishments offering a wide range of physical activities. From Awakenings Pole Fitness to hot yoga, the nearly mile-long commercial strip has something for both the intense exercise junkie and the mellowed-out yogi. “Here in Manayunk we have a huge fitness community,” said Anthony […]

 By Kelsey Kondraski and Shayna Kleinberg

Health Beat: Philly Girls in Motion Gets Young Ladies Up and Moving

After a long career in sports – coaching, running fitness programs for two schools in the suburbs and teaming up with others to run a large basketball clinic in South Philadelphia – Beth Devine realized that it wasn’t the suburbs that were in need of fitness programs for young girls, but the city of Philadelphia. […]

 By Abigail T. Reimold and Thomas F. Touhill

Germantown: Summer Boxing Camp Ready For Bell

Germantown: Summer Boxing Camp Ready For Bell

There is a certain familiarity about Germantown that Ra’sh Home can feel in his heart. “It reminds me of where I grew up in West Philly.” Home, who holds a license as a USA boxing coach and a criminal justice degree from Temple University, hopes to bring two of his passions together at The Fitness […]

 By Stephanie Lauredent

Hunting Park: Neighborhood Gym Motivates Community to Exercise

Hunting Park: Neighborhood Gym Motivates Community to Exercise

Soundslide: Aspiring Football Player Discusses Fitness Goals The road to being fit isn’t an easy one. It requires dedication and the ability to push yourself. “The hardest thing about getting in shape is getting started,” Jefferson Phillips, owner of the Body Fitness Center on 16th Street and Hunting Park Avenue said. According to Food Fit Philly, […]

 By Kayla Young and Kevin Acevedo

Fairhill: Zumba Gym Holds Glow-in-the-Dark Fundraising Party

Fairhill: Zumba Gym Holds Glow-in-the-Dark Fundraising Party

Sometimes it’s the students who help the teachers. Zumba instructors Ivy Holmes and Ingrid Perez sought help from the Fairhill community to raise money to go to the 2012 Zumba Instructor Convention in Orlando, Fla. As hip-hop, Spanish and pop music blared through the speakers at Watts Fitness Studio, Zumba dancers attended the gym’s glow-in-the-dark […]