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Our New Location Takes Us to the Next Level

With the opening of our brand new, state-of-the-art facility, Level 1 Fitness is Taking It to The Next Level! Our new location is in the National Old City Apartments building on 111 North 2nd Street.

The facility is designed with our community in mind. For those of you who have known us over the years, we have been tucked away in the cobblestone corners of Bread Street for over a decade. We love being a part of this community and are excited to share our growth with you in moving to a more prominent location in the neighborhood.

Our new gym features diverse areas to meet all of your fitness needs, including:

  • Main machine floor
  • Dedicated free weight room with more privacy
  • Mezzanine full of cardio equipment
  • Bikes and other cardio options on the first floor

Our unique Kinesis wall is featured in front of windows full of sunshine, looking out onto 2nd Street. Even while you’re working out, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

We are also installing a new multi-station Omnia unit to provide challenging workouts for several people simultaneously. This new piece creates the opportunity for versatile, multi-function workouts. We chose this piece because it’s accessible to all fitness levels and can maximize your workouts in ways you have yet to explore; unlocking your true athletic potential.

As always, our staff and trainers are here to help you train safely and achieve your fitness goals. Before you start at the gym, we will make sure you have a thorough orientation of the club so you’ll know how to best utilize the tools we have to offer.

We are now featuring a cooler full of healthy food options and meal plans from Kettlebell Kitchen. We chose to work with Kettlebell Kitchen because we support their philosophy in helping people change their lives through food with clean, fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients and flexible, personalized meal plans.

We believe in promoting a holistic approach to healthy living where fitness meets nutrition and mental health as well.

And for those of you who have been awaiting the reopening and renovations of the National Building, being a gym member at Level 1 Fitness is the perfect way to experience and be a part of this new-and-improved neighborhood staple. With Elfreth’s Alley and the new park right around the corner, you can conclude your workouts with peaceful strolls and inspiring views of the bridge, accompanied by a cool drink or healthy bite.

We hope our existing members are as excited as we are for these new developments. We look forward to meeting new faces and continuing our promise to provide our community with the next level of fitness amenities.

Now open in April 2019, please join us on First Friday, May 3rd to celebrate our Grand Opening. We will be providing guided gym tours, free gym trials and plenty of healthy snacks and refreshments!


How To Maximize Your Workouts

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You’re working hard to make fitness a priority in your busy schedule. When you’re investing time and effort into your fitness, make sure you are maximizing your workouts for optimal results.

Body Awareness

During the day, try to become aware of simple things you can be doing to improve your time spent training. For example, make sure your using proper posture throughout the day to reduce stress on your spine and surrounding joints. Try keeping your core activated and tight when walking or standing. Having a strong core will help prevent lower back injuries when you start to up your training load.

Proper Nutrition

Start thinking of your food as FUEL! You will find it difficult to achieve long term results by trying to out-exercise a bad diet. Eat whole foods that are rich in nutrients, and decrease processed food high refined sugar, sodium and fat. Make sure you HYDRATE! This is important for decreasing fatigue, drowsiness, and headaches throughout the day.

Mix Up Your Workouts

Having an exercise routine is extremely important for your health and fitness. However, sometimes your routine can cause you to train with no change in the level of difficulty or exercise (doing the same thing over, and over, and over!). Continual repetition can be boring, and worse, lead to a fitness plateau. A fitness plateau is where you are no longer seeing results from your fitness regime and can lead to a discouraging attitude towards working out. Get creative with your training time! Switch up your workout time, try a new class, take your workout outside, or grab a friend to push you harder.

Stretch Every Day

Take 10-15 minutes every day to stretch, no matter what! Whether it’s at the gym, after a shower, in front if the TV, while you’re waiting for your dinner to cook… find the time! Stretching increases blood flow and circulation, reduces stress, and reduces muscles tightness. Think of stretching as a part of your training routine that you work so hard to stick to. YOU WILL FEEL the difference when you properly recover, it’s all about consistency!

Keep these things in mind when you are preparing for your next workout, and start to think about what you could be doing to maximize your time spent training. Start integrating these changes into your everyday routine and you’ll be on the right track to achieving optimal health and fitness results.




Health Benefits of Building Muscle


Whether you are a man or a woman you will know the importance of regular exercise. The importance of any form of regular physical activity has been widely studied and well proven over the last 30 years. People generally have become more aware of the importance of taking care of ones health, resulting in an increase in life span in most first world countries across the world.

Want To Stay Lean And Healthy? Listen To Your Mom!

Mutter und Tochter

When you were a kid, how many times did your mother tell you she’d slaved over a hot stove for hours and that the least you could do was “slow down and enjoy your food”. You thought she was just being a nag. Turns out she knew what medical researchers are only now learning: Eating fast is bad for you.

How to Beat Carbohydrate Addiction


Our bodies are designed to be attracted to all carbs because they are our premium octane fuel that is used for all brain function. The problem is that when we start eating highly processed carbs we’re sliding down a slippery slope