Center City is a thriving, 24-hour downtown, full of history, three centuries of architecture, arts and cultural offerings, an amazing variety of unique retail shops and nationally acclaimed restaurants, and an incredibly strong fitness community.
Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a power lifting veteran, there’s a place for you in Center City’s fitness community. We’d be remiss not to start this blog post by simply talking about one of the best characteristics of Center City and Philadelphia as a whole – its walkability! We’re well known as a “city of neighborhoods” for good reason, so if you want to stay fit, ditch the car and switch your Google Maps to walking directions. And, if you need to get somewhere quickly, you can rent an Indego bike. Haven’t heard of it? Indego is Philadelphia’s bike-share program which offers daily, monthly, and yearly pass options to ride one of the hundreds of bright blue bicycles accessible 24/7, 365 days a year at 140 stations and growing.
Looking for a fitness hub to plant your roots? There are 33 gyms and fitness centers throughout Center City like City Fitness, Optimal Sport 1315, Solid Core, and Unite Fitness, Rittenhouse. Plus, more are opening soon!
City Fitness, located at 11 South 12th Street, is a Philadelphia-based active lifestyle brand that offers an expansive, modern gym for you to work out and remains committed to building a community and advancing the mission to help make Philly the most vibrant ‒ and fit ‒ city in the United States.
Optimal Sport 1315, located at 1315 Walnut Street, is tailored to focus on your success with an expansive variety of equipment and classes. Have you heard of Center City Fit at Dilworth Park? Optimal Sport 1315 is CCD’s fitness partner for Center City Fit, presented by Rothman Orthopaedics Institute. This popular program is a great way for Center City residents, visitors, and workers of all fitness levels to stay active. Every Monday and Tuesday from 6-7pm at Dilworth Park, you can join a class for free!
Solidcore, located at 725 Chestnut Street is a 50-minute, full body strength training workout. Their classes are designed to make you stronger and more resilient – physically and mentally – whether this is your primary workout or a supplement to a regular training routine.
Unite Fitness, Rittenhouse, located at 26 South 20th Street, offers group training, personal training, and on-demand workouts to help you get in great shape and stay that way.
The list doesn’t end here. Like we mentioned, with over 30 fitness locations throughout Center City, there’s something for everyone and a place for each of us in the Center City Philadelphia fitness community. Find a full list of locations here.