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A Guide to Local Fitness Studios

With so many local options to choose from, how do you figure out which studio or class might be the best fit for you?

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 )
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 ) Hillary Petrozziello

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. 

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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. 


Read more Sports Doc for Sports Medicine and Fitness.

About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Kelly O'Shea Sports Medicine & Fitness Editor, Philly.com
Robert Cabry, M.D. Team Physician for U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician for Drexel; Drexel Sports Medicine
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
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