December 1, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Strength Training Gyms in Philadelphia

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From open gym to CrossFit and personal training, here’s where you can strength train around the city.

Looking to strength train? We’ve got the gym, group classes, and private sessions for you. / Photograph courtesy of Fit Academy.

If you’re looking to strength train in a smaller, more intimate setting, look no further. Whether you’re interested in weightlifting, CrossFit, open gym, or cardio-strength hybrid classes, check out these boutique strength training gyms all around Philadelphia.

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Center City, Rittenhouse, and Graduate Hospital | Old City, Washington Square West, and Midtown Village| South Philadelphia, East Passyunk, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Point Breeze | Fairmount, Brewerytown, Callowhill, and Spring Garden | Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Kensington | Manayunk, Roxborough, and East Falls | Chestnut Hill, Germantown, and Mt. Airy | West Philadelphia | North and Northeast Philadelphia | Local pop-ups

Strength Training Gyms in Center City, Rittenhouse, and Graduate Hospital

Barry’s

1911 Sansom Street

The O.G. treadmill and weights combo workout, Barry’s combines cardio with strength training — plus a rotating muscle-focus schedule — to give you the ultimate full-body workout. Only want to strength train? Opt for double floor for four rounds of weight-only work.

CrossFit Rittenhouse

2300 Chestnut Street, unit B7

Whether you’re a seasoned CrossFitter or new to the fitness regimen, CrossFit Rittenhouse caters to enthusiasts of all levels. They offer three one-on-one sessions for beginners to go over the fundamentals, plus membership options, drop-in WODs, personal training, and nutrition counseling. Note: They are temporarily closed as they work to restore damages caused by Hurricane Ida.

Control Lab

1624 South Street

Graduate Hospital’s newest strength and conditioning gym runs small group and personal circuit-style workouts using a variety of training equipment, like squat racks, rowers, battle ropes, and free weights. They also have on-site nutrition counseling.

Leverage Fitness

1530 Locust Street

Leverage’s facility was intentionally designed to accommodate up to four people, meaning you’ll get the benefits of personalized attention and the small-group energy. They have two semi-private sessions — strength and conditioning — for a holistic training program.

OpenBox Athletics

1931 Washington Avenue

OpenBox Athletics on the border of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze offers a number of functional intensity training and bootcamp/HIIT style classes every week. You can also book 60-minute personal training in modalities like powerlifting, yoga, and Pilates.

Optimal Sport 1315

1315 Walnut Street, lower level

In addition to all their group fitness classes, this health club offers open gym time and private strength sessions with their certified trainers.

RippedPHL

1519 Walnut Street, 3rd floor

This Rittenhouse HIIT studio combines running intervals on the treadmill with weight training on the floor. Bonus: They’ve got indoor, outdoor, and on-demand classes and personal sessions.

The Summit at Rittenhouse

255 South 17th Street, 2nd floor

The Summit at Rittenhouse offers private training led by trainers with degrees in exercise science. That way, you get a fully customized strength workout that’s completely tailored to your needs and goals.

Unite Fitness

26 South 20th Street

Over the past 15 years, Unite Fitness has been helping people get physically and mentally strong with their segmented 55-minute workouts: 25 minutes of cardio via treadmill or spin bike, 25 minutes of HIIT strength, and five minutes of recovery. Plus, every day targets a different muscle group for ultimate results.

X-Force Philadelphia

30 South 15th Street, mezzanine (inside The Graham Building)

X-Force operates on what’s called eccentric, or negative, strength training, meaning extra resistance — 40-percent to be exact — is added to the second half of your rep. It’s especially great for busy folks, since the X-Force pros recommend the Swedish-designed, 30-minute system only once per week.

Strength Training Gyms in Old City, Washington Square West, and Midtown Village

Bodysmith Performance

1315 Walnut Street

Certified strength and conditioning specialist Matt Smith offers in-person, remote, and in-home progression-based training. Your first session will start with a movement assessment to go over your goals and injury history, and from there, you’ll work with Smith to improve your mobility, strength, and recovery methods.

Level 1 Fitness

111 North 2nd Street

This Old City gym is here if you want to lift weights on your own or with one of their personal trainers. A highlight of the facility is their kinesis wall, which gets your whole body working through resistance training.

Mass-Fit

401 South 2nd Street, lower level

Old City’s Mass-Fit is focused on functional and strength training for pain relief, particularly for your back. In their 6,000-square-foot facility, they offer personal training, group fitness, open gym, and a barbell club.

Paris Fit Studios

221 Vine Street

This woman-owned gym outfitted in all pink runs a variety of group fitness classes — like HIIT bootcamp and step aerobics — to strengthen your muscles, as well as one-on-one training and open gym.

Subversus Fitness

1229 Chestnut Street

Midtown Village’s Subversus Fitness believes that everyone has the capacity to tap into their athletic side, and their certified coaches are here to help. They offer CrossFit, a barbell club, personal training, open gym, and adult gymnastics, plus virtual coaching so you can train from anywhere in the world.

Strength Training Gyms in South Philadelphia, East Passyunk, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Point Breeze

CrossFit 2 Street

1323 South 2nd Street

Since 2013, this Pennsport gym has been running CrossFit classes mornings, afternoons, and evenings during the week, plus morning workouts on Saturdays.

Fearless Athletics | CrossFit South Philly

744 South 11th Street

In Bella Vista, you’ll find CrossFit spot Fearless Athletics, which features 4,500 square feet of functional training space. They also have open gym, personal training, and classes for at-risk and underserved youth.

Fitness Works

714 Reed Street

Fitness Works is a full-service fitness center offering a range of group exercise classes, personal training, designated circuit training areas, and a whole lot of free weights. After your workout, do some laps in their three-lane pool or enjoy their sauna.

G-Strength

616 South 4th Street

With personal and small-group strength training, G-Strength aims to help all clients get stronger, increase endurance, and improve flexibility and stability. They also provide nutrition coaching to help you develop eating habits in alignment with your training regimen.

KG Strong

1901 South 9th Street, Room 210 (inside Bok)

KG Strong is known for their strength training using kettlebells and yoga classes (hi, rooftop yoga!). Owner Katie Gould also recently launched a postpartum strength series, and while this one is already full, Gould is hoping to offer more in the near future.

PHL Athletics

2017 South Juniper Street

Open seven days per week, PHL Athletics runs a ton of strength and conditioning classes, as well as bootcamps, Olympic lifting, and private sessions. They also run over 40 hours of open gym time on a weekly basis.

SelfEmbodiment Fitness

1349 South Street

This boutique fitness studio specializes in strength training and uses a variety of equipment — hex bars, TRX bands, dumbbells, and barbells, among others — to help you achieve your goals, whether you’re in a private or semi-private session.

Train & Nourish

1621 East Passyunk Avenue

Train & Nourish was founded by a woman, for women, and is led by a team of all-women trainers. Their flagship location in East Passyunk runs small group strength classes, private training, and nutrition counseling.

Strength Training Gyms in Fairmount, Brewerytown, Callowhill, and Spring Garden

BPM Fitness

1808 Spring Garden Street

Fairmount’s BPM Fitness is founded on optimizing your physical and mental strength. They host 45- and 60-minute strength training and circuit-style workouts that incorporate kettlebells and TRX bands, plus classes that begin with 30 minutes of cycling.

Crossfit Fairmount

1513 Parrish Street

If you’re new to this CrossFit gym, you’ll need to complete their On Ramp series, which consists of six one-hour classes over two weeks to help you become acclimated to the CrossFit world. After that, you can participate in group classes or open gym. CrossFit Fairmount also runs yoga, gymnastics, and nutrition services.

Fit Academy

1363 North 31st Street

Fit Academy hosts private, semi-private, and larger group training (both indoor and outdoor!) in the form of bootcamps. Some days are focused on upper body, while other days you’ll get a solid leg and glute, core, or full-body workout.

Iron Works Fitness

454 North 12th Street, Basement B

This open gym in Callowhill is open 24/7, and features four squat racks, two deadlift platforms, and a fair amount of dumbbells, treadmills, and ellipticals.

J’aime Fitness

2101 Brandywine Street

Along with barre and HIIT yoga, this family-run fitness studio in Fairmount runs bootcamp group classes, which are great for strength training as they often implement kettlebells, dumbbells, battle ropes, and rowing machines. You can also opt for private training at J’aime.

Steelworks Strength Systems

2511 West Girard Avenue, 1st floor

Steelworks Strength Systems takes a holistic approach to strength training. Each day’s workout starts with a warmup focused on mobility, followed by skill drills, strength training (think barbells, heavy squats, plyometrics), and their energy-system training, which works to improve cardiovascular endurance through mostly aerobic exercises.

Train & Nourish

559 North 20th Street

Train & Nourish’s second location opened earlier this year, bringing their private and small-group training for women to Fairmount and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Training Station Gym

533 Spring Garden Street

This sleek fitness club in Spring Garden has two weightlifting platforms, a power sled, agility ladder, a variety of free weights, dumbbells, and lifting equipment, plus other state-of-the-art strength and cardio machines for you to use in an open gym setting

Strength Training Gyms in Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Kensington

Bamn Fitness

1630 North Mascher Street

Standing for ‘By Any Means Necessary,’ Bamn Fitness’s goal is to help every client achieve their fitness goals, no matter what. The gym is separated into sections, featuring a circuit room with artificial turf, a free weight area, a power lifting wing, and a cardio zone.

The Bar Philadelphia

965 Frankford Avenue

Opened this past May, The Bar Philadelphia is a space for both personal training and pumping iron on your own. Their gym memberships are limited, though, in order to maintain an intimate fitness experience.

Cedar Street Barbell Club

2860 Memphis Street

This Port Richmond spot is dedicated solely to powerlifting with barbells. They’ve got something for everyone: private sessions, small group classes, and open gym time.

Collective Strength

3245 Amber Street, 52A

This inclusive barbell gym in Kensington aims to make powerlifting accessible for everyone, especially communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the strength training world. They have tiered pricing model for both memberships and drop-in visits to help mitigate financial barriers.

CrossFit Renaissance

3251 Cedar Street

CrossFit Renaissance in Port Richmond hosts small group strength sessions (that of course feature WODs), plus bootcamps, personal training, a youth CrossFit program, and nutrition counseling.

Earn Everything Strength and Conditioning

3245 Amber Street, 1st floor

Group classes at Earn Everything Strength and Conditioning run six days per week and focus on alternating muscle groups so you’re never overworking certain areas of your body. They also run a “super kids” program for youth ages eight through 15, as well one-on-one training by appointment only.

Fit Girl Army

2813 North 5th Street

Launched in 2015, Fit Girl Army’s workouts alternate between high repetitions using light weights and low repetitions using heavy weights. Here, all muscle groups are worked six days per week with varying exercises.

Fortitude & Co

712 North 2nd Street

At Fortitude & Co, every member goes through an initial one-on-one consultation so that their trainers know how to best help them during the small group strength and HIIT classes. They also offer open gym time so you can lift on your own.

NovemFIT

1732 North Howard Street

For the past 10 years, NovemFIT in Fishtown has been helping people of all ages and skill levels get strong — whether that’s through functional training intervals, weightlifting, bootcamps, or barbell open gym.

Revolution Fitness Factory

1516 North 5th Street, Unit 104

Revolution Fitness Factory’s training program is known as WarriorFIT, a 45-minute high intensity workout that incorporates various strength equipment. The Kensington spot also offers personal training.

Studio North

1420 Germantown Avenue, Unit 1

Because Studio North knows that every client has different goals, they only offer one-on-one training. Your session also includes massage gun therapy, foam rolling, stretching, and even reserved parking.

Swift Fit

2245 East Tioga Street

Swift Fit is a gym in Port Richmond where members can come in and strength train at their convenience. They also offer personal training, so you can work with one of their on-call coaches to stay motivated.

Warhorse Barbell Club

801 North Second Street

This NoLibs barbell club runs small group sessions that still include fully customized strength, circuit, and conditioning programming. If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced, their Ignite training mixes dynamic intervals with strength and conditioning.

WillPower Live

1401 Germantown Avenue

The high-intensity training programming at Kensington’s WillPower Live moves you through 45 minutes of alternating strength and conditioning exercises. Monday through Thursday focuses on different muscle groups — lower body, upper body, core, and full body — while Fridays through Sundays are more for body weight, longer cardio intervals, and full-body conditioning.

Women’s Gym

426 East Allegheny Avenue

Designed as a space for women to achieve their fitness goals, Women’s Gym in Kensington offers group classes focused on strength training, HIIT, and dance fitness, plus personal training.

Strength Training Gyms in Manayunk, Roxborough, and East Falls

BeautiFitStrong

4027 Ridge Avenue

Along with personal training, BeautiFitStrong in East Falls offers small group strength training, muscle-targeting lifting sessions, and even nutritional guidance.

Breaking Point Fitness

3797 Main Street

Breaking Point Fitness is home to CrossFit Ridge Avenue, and here you’ll strength train with functional movements and the assistance of kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, and jump boxes, among other equipment. They also offer personal training in case a group setting isn’t your thing.

Fire for Effect Athletics

123 Leverington Avenue

This strength and conditioning spot in Manayunk focuses on strongman exercises, which basically involves pushing, pulling, pressing, and lifting heavy or oversized objects. The team at Fire for Effect Athletics says working out this way can be beneficial because the functional movements “mimic movements that the people do in their daily lives.”

GoalsFit

110 Levering Street

Open for 13 years, GoalsFit runs personal and group training sessions at their Manayunk studio, outdoors, and via Zoom. Their offerings range from kettlebells and running to HIIT and bootcamp, plus workouts for kids.

Knights Gym

3510 Scotts Lane

If you’re looking for purely open gym, head to Knights Gym. They also offer core-only and full-body virtual training programs.

Manayunk Athletics

126 Leverington Avenue

Home of CrossFit Manayunk, Manayunk Athletics focuses on Olympic weightlifting and bootcamp-style training sessions. The gym, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday, offers both private and community classes.

Never Give Up Training

4368 Cresson Street

With a leader like Ali Cook Jackson (who is a certified Ironman coach) and a team of all certified trainers, you’re guaranteed to get a kick-ass private session or group fitness class at Never Give Up Training. The Manayunk studio also offers training programs for marathons, triathlons, and a variety of sports.

Prime Intensity Training

3801 Ridge Avenue

The circuit-style training sessions at Prime Intensity Training — better known as PIT — are meant to build muscle, boost stamina, improve endurance, and of course, get you strong. In addition to their East Falls location, they have a spot in the heart of Conshohocken.

Requisite Fitness

3500 Scotts Lane

Requisite Fitness offers a variety of strength training options, including their CrossFit affiliate group CrossFit 215 and Kilodelphia Barbell, the gym’s weightlifting club. Personal and semi-private training is also available, as is customized programming for every sport.

Strength Training Gyms in Chestnut Hill, Germantown, and Mt. Airy

Balance Chestnut Hill

12 West Willow Grove Avenue

For strength training at Balance Chestnut Hill, you’ll want to take their B-Fit (circuit training), B-Pumped (cardio strength combo), or B-Strong (a modified B-Fit without cardio intervals).

TCore Fitness

7500 Germantown Avenue

Though they specialize in HIIT training, TCore Fitness offers small group classes that implement strength training equipment like TRX bands, kettlebells, oversized tires, and sand bags. They also offer one-on-one training for a fully customized plan.

Urban Athlete

7112 Germantown Avenue

This training facility in Mt. Airy hosts open gym time, plus group workouts that feature bodyweight exercises, free weights, kettlebells, TRX bands, rowing machines and barbells.

WC Fitness

6769 Germantown Avenue

Opened in 2011 by personal trainer Walter Copeland II, WC Fitness offers personal training with certified coaches, as well as small group strength and conditioning classes and nutrition counseling.

Strength Training Gyms in West Philadelphia

BodyRock Bootcamp

3858 Lancaster Avenue

This West Philly fitness training biz hosts indoor and outdoor group bootcamps and personal training. Their sessions run every day of the week, and target various muscle groups so you’re always left feeling strong.

Fit Gym Philly

4415 Chestnut Street

An acronym for “Focused Intense Training,” Fit Gym Philly boasts dumbbells up to 250 pounds, plus a range of cardio and strength equipment and cable machines. They’re open seven days per week, so you can train when it works with your schedule.

Ground Up Barbell Club

Near the intersection of 47th Street and Kingsessing Avenue. Exact address will be provided at the time of booking.

Founded in 2014, Ground Up Barbell Club is a trans woman-led strength gym operating in West Philadelphia. Since its inception, it has grown from a free club that operated out founder Olivia Cadence Luxe’s bedroom into its current setup: an indoor/outdoor gym that provides no- to low-cost access to strength equipment and coaching, especially for cis women and trans, non-binary, Black, or Indigenous fitness enthusiasts.

Strength Training Gyms in North and Northeast Philadelphia

CrossFit Prime

220 Geiger Road, Unit 106

Located in the Bustleton section, CrossFit Prime runs 60-minute, trainer-led classes meant to build strength and endurance. You can also enjoy open gym seven days per week.

Dan Campos Fitness

4926 Pearson Avenue

This Torresdale spot offers a range of strength options: personal training, and small group powerlifting, bootcamp, tabata, and cardio kickboxing.

Juniata Fitness

4401 G Street

Juniata Fitness is a full-service gym, meaning you’ll get open gym time, group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition consulting, and physical therapy. Their amenities also include a sauna, lap pool, and a kid’s club.

Mayfair Fitness

7416 Frankford Avenue

Mayfair Fitness is a smaller open gym in the heart of the Northeast Philly neighborhood. They also offer personal training and nutritional guidance.

No Limit Gym

3154 Willits Road

No Limit Gym offers group strength sessions every day of the week. They focus on combining plyometrics with conditioning and endurance training using a variety of weight equipment.

North Barbell

1023 West Dauphin Street

This North Philly gym provides semi-private training focused on weightlifting. They have three lifting platforms, multiple squat racks, a sled, and a barbell competition bench, among other equipment.

SPM Fitness Lions Den

534 East Girard Avenue

Founded by transformation body coach Nixlot Dameus, SPM Fitness Lions Den offers one-on-one strength training and custom meal plans so you can reach your wellness goals. You can also rent the gym for $10 per day, up to three times.

Strength Training Pop-ups in the Area

Festive Fitness & Wellness

Varying locations

Founded by licensed athletic trainer Mike Watkins, Festive Fitness & Wellness hosts inclusive, body positive personal training and small group fitness classes in person, outdoors, and virtually. (In-home personal training can also be accommodated.) Other services include stretching and mobility therapy, manual therapy, and massage. All pricing is on a sliding scale.

Nonnormative Body Club

Varying locations

With a goal to make fitness accessible, inclusive, and more expansive, Nonnormative Body Club offers personal training, group classes, and wellness workshops for folks whose “bodies and identities rebel against normative definitions of beauty and health,” according to founder Asher Freeman. Recently, they hosted group bodyweight circuit and kettlebell sessions virtually and in West Philly, as well as workshops on binding health and top surgery recovery.

Strength Haus

Varying locations

Launched during the pandemic, Strength Haus runs donation-based outdoor kettlebell sessions every Sunday in various locations across the city. Check their Instagram for updates on where the next class will be.



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