Fitness Friday: Focus Fitness Main Line
Focus Fitness Main Line is a yoga and spinning studio in the heart of Bryn Mawr. From the moment you enter this beautiful, intimate space, you are welcomed into a unique Main Line community. Focus Fitness, now in its 6th year, has long surpassed the trendiness of spinning or yoga by offering these activities not as calorie-torching workouts but as ‘moving meditations.’ Allison Sobel, the charismatic owner of Focus Fitness, helps her clients to harness the joy of spinning and yoga in order to experience a deeper sense of satisfaction in their personal lives.
Focus Fitness is a community of learning and sharing. In addition to amazing fitness classes, the studio offers a comprehensive curriculum of yoga, philosophy and entrepreneurial courses that is unparalleled in this area. Allison has brought together a veritable faculty of esteemed teachers, coaches, and artists to nourish both the body and the mind of her devoted clientele.
My introduction to Focus Fitness:
I am a complete yoga newbie. I have always been the person on the treadmill or the elliptical with the music blaring through her headphones. The idea of slowing down, or introducing mindfulness into my workout, intimidated me. In my mind, yoga was always too ‘new age’ for me.
I signed up for the 4 week Beginner Yoga series taught by Betsy Leschinsky. I actually experienced tightness in my chest prior to the first class because I felt so outside of my comfort zone. The minute I entered the studio, however, I felt relaxed. Betsy demonstrated an understanding that yoga, for many people, is a departure from the world of treadmills and dumb bells. The classes have been great and I feel motivated to continue practicing yoga.
Spinning classes at this fitness studio are legendary. Their signature class is called ‘YeS’ which is a one of a kind class that combines spinning and yoga. This class highlights Allison’s unique ability to combine the heart-pumping cardio of spinning with the mindfulness of yoga.
Focus Fitness Offers Classes for Body and Mind
In addition to the expected types of Yoga classes (Vinyasa, Yin, Prenatal, etc.), Focus Fitness offers classes that rival those found at the Omega Institute.
Here are just a few of the classes offered this Fall:
- 200 and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculums
- Not Your Daughters’ Yoga for women 55+ years
- Seasonal Seva (which means ‘service’ in Sanskit) with 100% of the proceeds from fitness classes, retail items and a Kirtan to benefit charities including: Autism, Emily’s Entourage (cystic fibrosis), HelpUsAdopt.org and Philabundance
- Green Juice 101 and Superfood Smoothie Workshop
- Back to School Soulful Weight Loss Challenge
- LIVE Music and Vinyasa with Artist Girish
- The Chopra Center 3 Day Primordial Sound Meditation Course
- Self Care: How to Spiritually and Energetically Protect Oneself
- Building Your Own Meditation Practice and De-stressing for the Holidays
Curious to Check it Out? Here’s What You Need to Know
- Take your shoes off as soon as you enter Focus Fitness. There are cubbies to the right of the door. If you go clomping through the studio in your shoes, you will reek of ‘new kid.’
- Invest in a decent yoga mat. I bought a very flimsy, basic mat and instantly regretted it.
Typical person at this gym:
- Age 30 – 70.
- The clientele is 60% women, 40% men.
- The typical person here is insightful, kind and respectful of others.
What You Should Wear:
- This community is authentic and intelligent. Wear clothing that is functional for yoga, spinning and barre. There is no need to wear overly expensive, trendy clothing. Members are here to better themselves physically and spiritually.
Anything Else You Should Know:
- Booking classes can be done through an online scheduler—It’s very efficient!
- Single class costs $18 and discounts abound when you purchase classes in larger quantities.
- High School Student Monthly Rate: $75
- College Student Monthly Rate: $96
- Bring quarters for street parking!
About Focus Fitness Main Line
Focus Fitness Main Line
1111 East Lancaster Avenue
(entrance is on Water Street)
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D.