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Top Budget Fitness Classes In Philadelphia

May 18, 2013 7:00 AM

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The quest to get fit requires a time commitment and in some cases, money. Gym memberships and classes can be fairly expensive, but purchasing fitness equipment can also require a substantial investment. Residents of Philadelphia can take heart in the knowledge that there are many inexpensive fitness classes available locally to help them on their journey to good health.
Platoon Fitness
899 Penn St.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(888) 752-8666

Platoon Fitness, which recently created the “GI Joe: Retaliation Workout” for Paramount Pictures, offers a money-back guarantee on all of its programs. There are no contracts or membership fees. Clients can pick the time and location for any of the programs, too. Platoon offers outdoor classes for $25 per session. Take only one class per week or six – there is no minimum requirement for participation. The program utilizes 1,115 exercises sequentially designed to produce excellent results, without the risk of injury. Mondays are reserved for lower body workouts, Tuesdays for upper body and Wednesdays are for cardio (cardio is part of every class), while Thursdays are for the lower body, Fridays work on the upper body and Saturdays are reserved for “Instructors’ Choice.”

Sankhya Yoga
725 N. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(855) 726-5492

Established in 2008, Sankhya Yoga School & Wellness Center, located in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, provides yoga classes, classes for yoga instructor training, health and nutrition programs, as well as skin and body wellness services. All levels of vinyasa flow yoga classes are offered at $7. The classes are designed to teach the principle of abhyasa, which is a continuous dedication to the practice of yoga. Classes focus on teaching the fundamentals of yoga to develop strength, flexibility and stamina, including the ujjayi breathing technique and training to enhance concentration. An unlimited yoga pass is also available.

Studio 1831
1831 Brandywine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 665-1991

Voted Best Philly Yoga Studio by Citypaper Readers’ Choice Awards, Studio 1831 offers yoga, belly dance, fitness, pilates, kickboxing and burlesque fitness classes. It also offers massage services and sponsors special events, including a girl’s night out package for birthday parties, bachelorette parties and other group packages. For most classes, preregistration is not required. Single-class yoga, belly dance and pilates classes are available for $14. A 10-class card is available for $120 and a 20-class package costs $200. Private classes are also available for $60 per hour or four classes for $220.

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Urban Defense Center
725 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 974-0287

Located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, the Urban Defense Center not only offers training in various martial arts, self-defense and personal safety classes, it also offers fitness classes, such as Tai-Fit. Considered to be a total-body workout, Tai-Fit combines martial arts, kickboxing and aerobic exercise. Rated as the number one calorie-burning workout by Muscle & Fitness magazine, Tai-Fit teaches students how to use basic boxing and kickboxing techniques designed to provide cardiovascular, balance and strength training. Single classes are available for $15. Unlimited monthly classes are available for $65 or $190 for three months paid in advance.

Philly Dance Fitness
1624 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 645-2717

Founded in 2010 by Deborah Weiner and her husband, Seth, the Philly Dance Fitness program offers a variety of dance-based fitness techniques, including zumba, urban striptease, target kickboxing, mat pilates, step aerobics, cardio belly dance, aqua dance, hip-hop and more. Weiner has been dancing since childhood and also teaches wedding dance lessons at Ballroom Bliss. There are three pricing options available at Dance Fitness: drop-in, class cards and memberships. There is no membership required for group drop-in classes. Most drop-in classes are available for $10 each and drop-in ballet classes are $15. Five-class cards are available for $40 and 10-class cards are $70. Membership fees vary.

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