by June Portnoy
With today’s fitness craze, people are spending hundreds of dollars a month to join various boutique studios that each specialize in specific fitness areas. Add that expense to the cost of gas to drive from studio to studio, and you’re talking about a lot of money to work out!
That’s why B&R Family Fitness Club is literally the fitness mall that has it all! Monthly memberships from $15 to $34.99 a month, depending on age, give you complete access to a large selection of individual studios, all in one location.
“When we recently renovated B&R, my vision was to create area-specific fitness studios,” says Jody Bender, B&R owner and fitness industry veteran of 32 years.
Each individual studio is custom designed for the specific exercise practiced within those walls. For example, yoga does not feel like yoga in a gym environment; instead it’s in a real yoga studio taught by experienced, certified instructors.
Its spin room, the largest one in the area, has 41 bikes, and all spin classes are led by instructors with Johnny G’s certification.
“The magic of this club is that most of us are industry veterans who have been working here for 15 plus years,” says Jody Bender. “So many of us started working here when we were in our 20’s and now we’re in our late 40’s,” adds Linda Donahoe, Group Fitness and Customer Service Director.
“Many of our members have been with us just as long.”
As a result, there’s an unusual camaraderie and warm, family feel about this fitness club. It’s a lot more than just a gym. Also, there’s nothing more beneficial than going to a fitness club with an experienced, knowledgeable staff.
“We have survived the test of time because of our customer service, expertise and cleanliness,” says Jody. “We are celebrating our 35th anniversary, and I believe we’ve sustained a privately owned and managed health club because we try to meet our member’s fitness expectations and goals.”
B&R has incorporated its individual personal training with its group fitness classes to create a unique Burned and R.I.P.P.E.D (resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet) class for all levels. Personal Training instructors teach this group fitness class to provide a full body workout.
Another highlight at B&R is its award-winning aquatics facility consisting of a 25-meter Olympic size lap pool and a therapy pool. Its cardio room features some of the newest machines, and its free weight studio have CPR certified trainers to ensure a challenging, safe workout.
In addition, B&R offers four racquetball courts, MMA (mixed martial arts), boxing, indoor basketball with an all-sports floor, a suspended indoor track, plus an outdoor field for softball, soccer, basketball and a lit outdoor beach volleyball court!
As an added bonus, NovaCare, a leading provider of rehabilitation, is located on site.
B&R has the largest Silver Sneakers program in the area. Call your health care provider to see if it offers Silver Sneakers, designed specifically for seniors 60 and older and free!
For younger members, B&R offers a secured nursery; Kids Central ~ a separate secured room for tweens; a Kid’s Fitness Center for ages eight through 14 with a full line of Jr. Strive equipment designed for small bodies; and kids birthday parties.
B&R is currently accepting registration for its Kids Kamp this summer for ages four through 14. This one-of-a-kind camp offers indoor and outdoor activities, air conditioning, heated pools, free American Red Cross swim lessons, Zumba Kids, Yoga Kids, the Kids Fit Center, arts and crafts, personalized attention, and much more! Lunch and extended hours are also available. Registration starts March 1st.
B&R invites you to its Yoga Open House on Sunday, February 24th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Call for free registration, as space is limited. You’ll also meet six of B&R’s yoga instructors, including Lt. John Wylie, a police lieutenant who teaches power yoga. Many police officers and firefighters take Lt. Wylite’s power yoga class because it’s a phenomenal stress reducer. Power yoga can be modified for all levels, as can all of B&R’s yoga classes.
For more information about the Yoga Open House, Kids Kamp registration or membership, call B&R Family Fitness Club, located at 1040 Mill Creek Drive, Feasterville, at 215-355-2700.
Also, visit www.bandrfamilyfitness.com.
PHOTO CAP: From left, Linda Donohoe, Group Fitness and Customer Service Director; Lt. John L. Wylie, Power Yoga Instructor; and Jody Lang Bender, B&R owner and fitness industry veteran.