Best Gyms in Philadelphia

Why These Gyms?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Philadelphia Gyms on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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12th Street Gym

12th Street Gym offers personal training and classes in aquatic fitness, body development, cardio conditioning, strength and balance, dance, fitness, and yoga. Amenities include an indoor pool, a tanning salon, locker rentals, towel service, and a café. The gym is located in Center City near the SEPTA and PATCO stations and has been in business for more than 25 years.

Philadelphia, PA 19107


Go Vertical

Go Vertical is a Philadelphia rock climbing gym with 250 climbing routes up at a time and 20 or more new routes set up each week. The climbing surfaces cover 13,500 square feet. Other amenities include a 190-foot bouldering traverse for warm-ups, a learning wall for beginners, and a wall for children, plus classes for beginners, freestanding towers that feature top-roped routes and severe ceilings, and men’s and women’s bathrooms, showers, and lockers rooms. Street parking is free.

Philadelphia, PA 19123


Optimal Gym

Optimal Gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the South Street District of Philadelphia. Amenities include a state-of-the-art free weight and machine weight center, specialized cardio equipment, a strength training center, racquetball courts, basketball courts, an aerobics/dance studio, nutritional counseling, a boxing training room, saunas, a heated pool and hot tub, wireless Internet, locker rooms with private showers, and a rooftop deck. Group exercise options include boot camps and spinning, plus pilates, yoga, and Zumba classes.

Philadelphia, PA 19147


The Sporting Club at The Bellvue

The Sporting Club at The Bellevue, which is in Center City, has a 10,000 square foot fitness floor and hosts 120 weekly fitness classes. Gym members may access strength training and cardio equipment and an indoor running track, an NBA-sized basketball court, and an indoor pool. Other amenities include racquetball and squash courts, complimentary towel service, locker rooms with stocked vanities, yoga and meditation rooms, and a boxing ring. Members are entitled to discounted parking rates. Day passes are available.

Philadelphia, PA 19102