Travelers rarely have the opportunity to sample a city's most exclusive health club for free. When we get the chance, we jump all over it!
Though the club's name may bring to mind hunting season, leave the shotgun and fluorescent orange vest at home.
Great urban running through a Philly gem. Several bridge crossings create various distance options.
* Our mileage Starts/Finishes at Ben Franklin Pkwy and N. 16th Street (most hotels are within a mile)
* Head West on Ben Franklin and veer L onto West River Drive
- Running Route
A great run club with various group events throughout the week. Trail runs, track runs and friendly competitions. Visit their website for a lot more information.
- Group Run
Not really a "health club" but instead a fitness studio offering myriad classes and custom workouts. Awarded "Philly's Best Gym" by Philadelphia Magazine and prides itself on its high quality group and personal training.
This studio has gone the extra mile to provide a distinctive yoga environment with beautiful hardwood floors, original stained glass windows, mosaic artwork and hand-painted murals on the walls and ceiling (corpse pose entertainment).
- Bikram and Other Yoga Styles
Urban route that's a mix of sidewalks, parks and museum steps--live your "Rocky" moment.
- Running Route
A local outfit with several locations throughout the city, Optimal Sport is a small but sufficient gym perfect for travelers staying at the Holiday Inn Express. In addition to being right next door, access to the gym is free for hotel guests. That's right, free.