Boot Camp Workout
Ellis Athletic Center
One devotee of
; (610) 355-7360, ellisathleticcenter.com
Forty lanes. All-ages birthday parties for everyone from tykes to seniors. Programmable bumper bowling. Affordable prices. No smoking. What else could you possibly want from a bowling alley? How about dancing. At Palace Bowling, they bring in a DJ and partiers hit the dance floor. One Saturday a month September-May, they have a family dance and bowl party, and the over-18 crowd is welcome every Friday and Saturday night until 3 a.m. 977 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; (610) 269-9999, palacebowling.com
With more than 18 years of experience as a fitness instructor on the
; (610) 688-4780, mlsfitness.com
Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack
This mini-gaming city combines the best of two worlds: the glitz of casinos and the old-fashioned thrills of live horse racing. Its 100,000-square-foot gaming arena features more than 2,700 slots and video poker machines. As for those thundering horses, the 2007 harness racing season begins this July. You also can place your bets in a state-of-the-art indoor wagering area, with simulcasts of thoroughbred and standardbred racing seven days a week. 777 Harrah’s Blvd.,
Health Club (Readers’ Choice)
, Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-2200, mlhf.com
Health Programs for Kids (Readers’ Choice)
Upper Main Line YMCA
; (610) 249-9622, umly.org
Sure, they have treadmills and weight benches. But who works out like that anymore? Head into the Mind & Body Studio for soothing vinyasa yoga, break a serious sweat at the “Box I.T.” class or keep your schedule and abs in check with the trainer-supervised XpressLine program. All of it in one of the most stunning gyms in the area.
New Racquet Club/Fitness Center
Fairmount Athletic Club
If you haven’t heard the buzz about Fairmount Athletic Club, here are some of the highlights: 12 top-of-the-line singles squash courts and two doubles courts, with the added feature of moveable side-walls on two of the singles; push a button, and the wall moves four feet to make a wider court (the standard for doubles internationally). Fairmount’s squash programming includes lessons, clinics, leagues, and summer camps, which leaves little room for excuses if you’ve never played.
Park (Readers’ Choice)
1400 N. Outer Line Drive,
Doug Sebes, Pinnacle Training and Fitness
A personal trainer should do more than simply lead you through a routine and correct your form. He/she should be an exceptional listener and a powerful motivator. Doug Sebes does that and more. He trains clients of all ages and fitness levels, incorporating a wide variety of exercises so his clients never get bored.
, Narberth, (610) 664-1003
Place for Teen Parties
Beat Street Station
For kids who love to dance, Beat Street Station is the perfect venue for any special occasion. Kid-friendly, fun and funky, this nightclub-style party room is also spacious, convenient and reasonably priced. Kids love the cozy lounge area and large dance floor, complete with strobes, disco balls, neon signs and light shows with fog and black lights. In-house Infinity Catering offers pigs in a blanket, veggie egg rolls, mozzarella sticks, mini barbecue chicken wings, silver-dollar hamburgers and pasta, plus a sundae bar and whimsical cakes.
, Manayunk; (215) 508-3000, beatstreetstation.com
Place to Feed Your Muscles
Max Muscle Sports & Fitness
For serious athletes, including those college-bound boys who need to bulk up for football (the right way), Max Muscle has been a long time coming. Weekend warriors, too, can benefit from the extensive selection of vitamins and supplements and expert nutritional and educational guidance. And ladies, don’t miss the Bia Brazil line of workout wear designed to make you look 10 pounds thinner.
; (610) 688-9300, maxmuscle.com
Place to Get Vertical
The “boulder clinic” may sound like a cure for writer’s block, but it’s just one of many activities at this place to hang. At PRG—as it’s known among the rock-climbing set—climbers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get their “total body workout” by scaling one of the 30-foot walls. The staff-to-climber ratio is 1:5, and there are plenty of club events, including competitions and outdoor rock climbing. Check out the new
Place to Get Your Kids Moving
Youth Movement Fitness (pictured)
This innovatinve youth fitness program pormotes healthier lifestyles for kids with state-of-the-art equipment, dance and other programs led by expert trainers. Careful medical assessments are combined with nutritional and wellness counseling, so there’s no way your child walks away from all of this unhealthy. 1111 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 520-2222, youthmovementfitness.com
Place to Learn to Dance Like a Star
Are your moves more Jerry Springer than Emmitt Smith? Then it’s time for lessons at
; (610) 642-2525, dancesportpa.com
Place to Walk, Run or Just Hang Out
Looking to get away from it all? You’ll never know you’re just minutes from the
, Media; (610) 892-3900, dcnr.state.pa.us
Runners and walkers from all over the
Verge Power Yoga
Ease your mind and harden your abs at one of Verge’s popular classes, ranging from bending basics to complex contortioning. With a positive student-focused attitude, the staff of this hot spot are dedicated to transforming bodies and souls with a can-do vigor. 250 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne: (610) 971-0518, vergepoweryoga.com
Contributors: Melissa Auman, Tara Behan, Benjamin Berliner, Kelly Farber, Scott E. Pruden, Catherine Quillman, Katherine Savo and Dawn E. Warden.