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11 Local Fitness Studios and Gyms Offering At-Home Workouts During the Coronavirus Pandemic 

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Closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, local fitness studios are facing huge economic losses. “It’s tough to have a crisis with no end in sight,” says Christine DeFilippis, owner of Pop Fit Studio in Havertown. “My family’s economic safety net is invested in our business, which is less than two years old.”  

Body X in Bryn Mawr is even youngerMarch 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the training center owned by John Daley and Killian RiggsClosingeven to private sessions, was a tough decision. “But wneed to be responsible educators and lead by example,” Daley says.  

The same decision was made by Jennifer Crompton who, along with her husband Jeff, ownFuel Cycle Fitness, a boxing and spin studio in Ardmore. “We are more than business owners, we are teachers,” Crompton says.  

Chris Somers, co-owner of PurEnergy in Paoli, agreesWe’re not just a gym, we’re a community,” she says. “It’s not just losing money, but losing a way of life.”  

Like restaurateurs, gym owners are concerned about the incomes of their employees. “My partners and I had a lot of difficult conversations about supporting our staff,” says Zach Jones, co-owner of Gravity Vaulta rock climbing center in Radnor. Gravity Vault and Philadelphia Rock Gyms both sent emails asking people to maintain their memberships so the owners can pay their employees.  

“It’s scary, but we’re not going to wallow in this,” Daley says. “We’re getting to work and getting people to work out.” Within 24 hoursDaley and Riggs created and posted corona workouts” that people can do at home. Other local studios followed suit.  

While some content is reserved for paying members, most of it is available for free on their websites and social media platforms. “In the past, we didn’t post online content because we want people to come in and take classes,” Crompton says“We pivot in boxing. Now, we’re going to pivot to online workouts.” 

Some local gyms have established Venmo accounts so people can make financial contributions for the content provided. But like her colleagues, Somers has no qualms about providing free content. “This is the service that we need to give to the community right now,” she says. 

During her first Zoom dance class, DeFilippis had more than 55 people join her live. “People do group fitness for the accountability and for the group energy,” she says. “They need me and I need them. We’ll get through this together.”  

Crompton used Facebook Live to lead her signature Boxing and Beats class. More content is in the works, including kids’ classes. “We will rise together,” she says. “We’re part of one community now.”  

Working Out at Home? Here’s What You Need: 

  • Resistance bands 
  • Light and medium weights 
  • Mat 
  • Stability ball 
  • Floor sliders 

Home Workouts from Local Gyms and Studios  

Boxing, Strength Training and Cardio 

 

Fuel Cycle Fitness, Ardmore 

Test yourself with workout videos and live classes. Check the company’s Instagram and Facebook for exercises, including equipment-free ones. Private sessions are also available via FaceTime and Zoom 

Cardio Dance, Barre, Yoga and Trampoline  

 

Pop Fit Studio, Havertown 

Live and recorded classes are available on Zoom, plus private sessions are being conducted via FaceTime and Zoom.

Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Functional Training, Tabata, Barre and Cardio 

 

PurEnergy Studio, Paoli 

This Paoli studio has a video library of classes perfect for before or after your working from home time—or when you need a break midday.  

YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Various locations  

With outposts throughout the Brandywine Valley, the YMCA is keeping people active thanks its video library of classes. 

Yoga 

 

Yoga Underground, Chadds Ford 

Looking to unwind with yoga? Drop in on a live class via Zoom. Check Facebook and Instagram for other wellness and meditation tips.  

PranaDas Yoga, Haverford 

Find a video library of classes from this Haverford studio that’ll have you feeling zen 

Balanced for Life Yoga Therapy, Devon 

Live Zoom classes are available for members. Not already signed up? Get a two-week pass as a new member for $30.  

Bulldog YogaMalvern and Villanova  

Known for its aerobic yoga classes, the studio is offering a video library of classes free for 30 days. 

Now & Zen Yoga, West Chester 

While the studio is closed for the time being, find daily yoga poses and instructional videos on both Instagram and Facebook 

 

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