A Guide to Local Fitness Studios

A Flywheel Studio spinning class led by Ryan Makely at their recently opened flagship branch in Center City at 1521 Locust Street on Feb. 28, 2013. ( Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer )

Editor’s Note: Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., has recently started reviewing Main Line fitness studios on her own website. She shared some suggestions with Sports Doc.

The best way to lift your mood and to meet new friends is to take exercise classes. Fitness classes are fun, they are social, and they produce endorphins. 

On the Main Line, there are so many amazing cycling, yoga, barre, rowing and Pilates studios. With so many options to choose from, how do you figure out which studio or class might be the best fit for you?

As such, I’m going to take classes at various Main Line fitness and yoga studios and write about my experiences. I’ll give you insider information about the classes so that you can feel informed when you sign up. My goal is to encourage people to try new fitness classes and meet new people on the Main Line. 

I strongly believe that exercise is the key to happiness and wellbeing. We should all be taking advantage of these amazing local fitness opportunities! Every Friday I will post a review of a new fitness or yoga studio that I’ve tried.

I’ll write my description of the fitness studio and class with the following criteria:

  • Newbie factor (aka how to minimize looking like an idiot on the first day)
  • Difficulty level of class(so you don’t get injured)
  • Typical person taking this class (age, gender, personality type)
  • What you should wear (Lululemon cute vs. Tough Mudder clothing)
  • Anything else you should know (parking, how far in advance you should book classes, etc.)

Here’s one of my first reviews of Flywheel Bryn Mawr. Enjoy!

Lauren Napolitano, PsyD, is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice and on staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital. 

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