By now, it’s no secret that Fitler Club founder and CEO David Gutstadt has taken Philadelphia’s notoriously conservative private club concept in an entirely new direction. It’s within Fitler’s expansive tricked-out gym that Gutstadt’s attention to detail—and previous role as chief investment officer of hotels at Equinox—really shines through: The 25,000-square-foot The Field House promises of-the-moment classes, the latest equipment, and luxe amenities. This first-of-its-kind Philly fitness experience is all led by Health and Wellness Director Jayel Lewis, who has trained city glitterati and members of the United States Air Force alike. Here, Lewis gives us a look inside the new fitness realm. 24 S. 24th St., fitlerclub.com
Talk to me about what makes The Field House stand out. I describe the gym as athlete-inspired with an expert-led lens. It’s really about implementing a community atmosphere and team camaraderie—allowing people to develop a community within Fitler Club. In the health and wellness space, you can dive into the pool, work out with your personal trainer, run upstairs to Fitler Club restaurants and grab a quick bite, come back downstairs for a massage, or hang out in our lounge area that overlooks the Schuylkill River Trail.
What types of group fitness classes can be expected? We have everything ranging from semiprivate Reformer Pilates and signature turf strength training classes to semiprivate boxing and yoga. We want to offer amazing cla››sses and amenities to members, but also want to make sure that it’s intimate so everyone can meet each other to build community. There’s also a just-launched run club that’s based on pace and race-specific training. We’ll meet on the turf and take members on the trail.
How does the luxury element play into the interior design? The moment you walk in, you know that our architecture and design is much different from other gyms. Our locker rooms and amenities are very high-end. There’s a 75-foot lap pool, and hot and cold plunge pools. Wherever you are within The Field House, you’re able to see what else is going on because of the open-concept mezzanine—which creates an upbeat environment.
What’s next? We are currently working on the buildout of a wellness retreat. Within Fitler Club, we also have hotel rooms that are open to the public, so we’re able to invite people to stay and experience what The Field House is all about
Photography by: PHOTO BY MIKE MIELCARZ