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The Best Workout Classes to Sign Up for on the Main Line

By Marni Prichard Manko | June 14, 2017 | Lifestyle

The Main Line is in the midst of a health and wellness boom. Here, the newest spots for indoor climbing, cryosauna facials, and maternity concierges.

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Just in time for summer is a new crop of high-end health and wellness offerings. From fitness meccas that sport waterslides to cryo chambers that freeze your body’s ailments into submission, the Main Line has something new to improve every aspect of your life.


life time fitness

With two locations and countless amenities, Life Time is taking the gym concept to a whole new level.

No one has ever accused the Main Line of having a shortage of exercise options, but the new Life Time Fitness (750 E. Swedesford Road, Wayne, 800- 741-4109;, the grand dame of health clubs, is about to change the face of fitness in the suburbs forever. With a massive 140,000-squarefoot King of Prussia location— boasting a resort-like, zero-depth entry pool and waterslides, ’natch—and a more exclusive yet smaller version slated for Suburban Square in the old Macy’s building in September, Life Time is a veritable one-stoplifestyle- shop. The KOP locale features tennis courts and indoor and outdoor pools, but both locations have salon and spa services and a café, as well as all the standard athletic equipment needed to keep summer bods Lululemon-ready.


hatch sanctuary for motherhood

Expectant moms can nest at Hatch, which offers fitness and wellness classes.

Pregnancy can be blissful, but it can also be overwhelming. Dr. Radhi Kakarla’s Hatch Sanctuary for Motherhood (250 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 484-367-7671; is a community where the mind, body, and spirit is addressed throughout the motherhood cycle. “Our mission is to use our expertise to relieve some of the anxiety and challenges so many women experience during pregnancy and early motherhood. Other places offer pieces of what we have created, but not integrated and under one roof,” says Dr. Kakarla. Offering prenatal massages, à la carte fitness classes, and wellness programs designed to connect mothers and babies, moms can even enlist their own maternal health concierge.


restore cryo

Celebrities and suburbanites are getting the cold shoulder at Restore Cryo.

Now with two locations, Restore Cryo (205 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610- 341-9300; 379 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 610-410-0093; is the Main Line’s coolest way to heal your body from aches, pains, and injuries, all while releasing a flood of feel-good endorphins and boosting collagen in your skin. Just hop into the stand-up metal cryosauna (the top is open, for all you claustrophobes out there) and see how long your body can withstand the -240 degree temps. Your skin’s temperature starts to cool in less than a minute, but the max time allowed is three minutes. “Many clients have also been using it for facial treatments because of the collagen boost, inflammation reduction, wrinkle reduction, and skin-quality improvements—and it’s fast, not expensive, and not invasive,” says Restore’s Dr. Danielle Gray. Bonus, you can burn hundreds of calories for just a few minutes of shivering.


gravity vault

Test your Spider-Man moves at the new Gravity Vault indoor climbing gym.

The Main Line has always had its share of social climbers, but now it has its very first climbing gym. Housed in the Radnor Racquet Club, the new Gravity Vault (175 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, 610-756-2529; rock-climbing gym is home to 40-foot-high climbing walls, 45–60 top rope stations, and 4,000 square feet of bouldering suitable for all levels of climbers, from novice to expert. Plus, there’s a gym on the premises in case you want to fit in some on-theground exercise in between your Spider-Man moves.

Main Liners who are desperately in need of a bombshell blowout need to look no further than Drybar (Anderson and Coulter Avenues, Ardmore, 877-379-2279; just opened in Suburban Square. Besides on-trend styling--pick your look from the salon’s “cocktailinspired” menu--you can also book updos and conditioning treatments. Just don’t go in hoping to turn your long, dark tresses into a blonde lob; cut and color aren’t offered here. Founder Alli Webb says Ardmore’s historic downtown is the perfect location for her second Philadelphia-area Drybar (the first opened last fall in Center City). “Plus, Drybar is neighbors with SoulCycle and Sephora--two of our favorites!” she says.