A Social Impact Fitness Studio

Set Fitness is creating access to high quality fitness with every body in mind.

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Project Description

Opportunities for high quality group exercise classes are exclusive: 

  • F I N A N C I A L L Y, the trend toward boutique workouts and classes is growing but a high cost barrier at $20 or more a class prevents access to the health benefits of group exercise.
  • S O C I A L L Y, the fitness industry pushes an unrealistic view of what "health" and fitness look like - primarily white, thin, and able-bodied. A lot of fitness studios tend to exclude the needs of people of color, differently-abled, queer and trans, big bodied and fat identifying folks.

                                                                                                 

Our Offerings

Set Fitness is a group exercise fitness studio for everyone and every body regardless of size, gender identity, or athletic ability. The studio will bring high quality group exercise classes to West Philadelphia where many have historically faced less opportunity for physical activity due to a lack of gym access, financial barriers, social stigmas and different physical abilities.

 

 

The Classes

Set Fitness provides a variety of group exercise classes with every body in mind. The classes offered range from HIIT to kickboxing to spinning to weight training. Initially, Set Fitness will offer six LES MILLS™ programs: BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, GRIT, BODYATTACK, CXWORX, and BODYBALANCE in addition to spinning classes. After a few months of these programs, Set Fitness aims to host instructor module trainings to recruit and train instructors from the community to teach more varieties of classes such as BODYJAM, BARRE, SPRINT, and more. 

Equitable Pricing

We believe that high-quality group exercise should be available to all regardless of financial circumstances. We offer membership options at a fraction of the cost of a traditional boutique fitness studio for the same high quality experience. At the core of Set Fitness is (1) a sliding scale membership option for people from different socioeconomic backgrounds; (2) a pay-it-forward model for members who want to help contribute to another person's membership; (3) a work-trade option if you can spare a few hours a week to help us upkeep the space in exchange for classes.

These equitable options provide more people access to the benefits of a high-quality fitness studio without having to afford a high cost.

 

 

An Affirmative Space

Set Fitness aims to a create body positive environment into the physical infrastructure, hiring practices, day-to-day operations, and culture of the studio so that when you walk in, you feel welcome and at home. Before the studio opens, Set Fitness is meeting with people of color, gender non-conforming and trans industry experts who are already doing this important work to create safe spaces. Every day on this journey, we are learning to unpack everything we know about traditional fitness standards as we work to build an affirmative and body positive business.

 

We’re seeking funding to help us secure a location, purchase top of the line equipment and spread awareness!               

 

Our Team

Set Fitness is founded by Nicole Koedyker (she/her), a local group fitness instructor with work experience in community engagement and building social enterprises. She's been teaching group exercise classes part-time for almost a decade. She decided to take her passion for fitness to the next level and open a studio that matches with her values and creates a community representative of the beautiful diversity that makes Philadelphia amazing.

We'll be building our team of instructors closer to our opening in 2020. We’ll be doing some grassroots outreach to recruit experienced instructors and start a pipeline of interested people to become certified instructors that are representative of our community we live in.

We also want to take the time to recognize the labor of black and brown, trans and gender non-conforming folks that have shaped the mission of Set Fitness including Ilya Parker of Decolonizing Fitness, Neha Ghosh of Qunify and Asher Freeman of Nonnormative Body Club. They are doing incredible work in fitness accessibility already and Set wouldn't be what it is without their voices and experiences.

 

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Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Set Fitness and for your ongoing support. With your help, we can make group exercise available for every body in Philadelphia!

Follow us on Instagram for updates (@setfitphl)!

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Where will the gym be located?

We're looking for a location in West Philadelphia!

 

When will it open? 

We're aiming for Summer 2020.

 

Are there opportunities to workout before then?

Yes! We're working on creating some pop-up workouts through the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 months. Make sure you follow us on Instagram for updates!

 

When will you start hiring instructors?

We're hoping to start this process in Fall 2019. All instructors need to have a least 1 LES MILLS certification to be hired. If you've never taken a LES MILLS class, DM us and we can find you a place to try one out for free (or very cheaply). If you want to get started on a certification, you can check out upcoming workshops here

 

I'm an independent instructor/personal trainer that has interest in using this space for classes and clients!

Great! Send us an email at info@setfitphl.com to tell us a little more about yourself and your program.

 

City Fit Girls
08/09/2019
Pop-Up Workout Pass
$50
Bailey Axe
08/09/2019
Curated Workout Playlist + Stickers
$15
Jonah E. Aamodt
08/09/2019
Pop-Up Workout Pass
$50
Ellen Blum Barish
08/09/2019
Swag Box
$30
Erin Kroberger
08/09/2019
Swag Box
$30
Veronica
08/09/2019
Monetary Contribution
$20
Matt and Mel
08/08/2019
Launch Party Ticket
$300
Mike McCarthy
08/08/2019
Monetary Contribution
$5
Bea
08/08/2019
Monetary Contribution
$100
08/08/2019
Swag Box
$30
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

20 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Curated Workout Playlist + Stickers

Stuck in a workout music rut? It happens to the best of us. You'll get access to a workout playlist curated by our favorite instructors that will get you moving for a full hour long gritty workout. And we'll mail you some stickers to put all over everything.

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25 Supporters
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$50
Pop-Up Workout Pass

There's always time for a workout so even before we open our studio, we'll be hosting pop-up workouts around Philadelphia. You'll get first dibs on a spot and a Set Fitness water bottle to show off.

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12 Supporters
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$100
Level Up Your Workout

More swag! But for when you're feeling chilly... This pack includes a Set Fitness sweatshirt, a water bottle and stickers!

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12 Supporters
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$125
Launch Party Ticket

We want to celebrate EVERYTHING (especially opening a new studio) so you're invited to our Launch Party! You'll get two tickets and a chance to see the amazing studio space you helped build when it opens. Oh, and you'll get a t-shirt, duh.

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9 Supporters
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$150
Early-Bird 20-Class Pack

Come try our classes with this early bird introductory pricing for a 20-class pack ($200 value)!

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$250
Adopt-A-Plant

What makes a space feel more homey? PLANTS! Adopt-a-plant and your name will be forever memorialized in our studio and on our website (as long as the plant survives...)

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5 Supporters
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$500
Name A Bike

Who hasn't ever wanted a spin bike named after them? You'll get a plaque on the bike and (if the IT gods/goddesses allow), members can select YOUR named bike when they make their class reservation. Seize your moment for 15 minutes of fame.

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$1,300
Annual Membership

Treat yo' self to early-bird pricing membership (12 classes per month) for one full year ($1,800 value)!

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0 Supporters
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$2,600
Annual Membership + Scholarship

Feeling generous? Get yourself a early-bird membership (12 classes/month) for a whole year and help someone who may not be able to afford a year long membership to Set Fitness. ($3,745 value)

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

20 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Curated Workout Playlist + Stickers

Stuck in a workout music rut? It happens to the best of us. You'll get access to a workout playlist curated by our favorite instructors that will get you moving for a full hour long gritty workout. And we'll mail you some stickers to put all over everything.

5 Left
25 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Pop-Up Workout Pass

There's always time for a workout so even before we open our studio, we'll be hosting pop-up workouts around Philadelphia. You'll get first dibs on a spot and a Set Fitness water bottle to show off.

38 Left
12 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Level Up Your Workout

More swag! But for when you're feeling chilly... This pack includes a Set Fitness sweatshirt, a water bottle and stickers!

8 Left
12 Supporters
Select this reward
$125
Launch Party Ticket

We want to celebrate EVERYTHING (especially opening a new studio) so you're invited to our Launch Party! You'll get two tickets and a chance to see the amazing studio space you helped build when it opens. Oh, and you'll get a t-shirt, duh.

41 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Early-Bird 20-Class Pack

Come try our classes with this early bird introductory pricing for a 20-class pack ($200 value)!

13 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Adopt-A-Plant

What makes a space feel more homey? PLANTS! Adopt-a-plant and your name will be forever memorialized in our studio and on our website (as long as the plant survives...)

5 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Name A Bike

Who hasn't ever wanted a spin bike named after them? You'll get a plaque on the bike and (if the IT gods/goddesses allow), members can select YOUR named bike when they make their class reservation. Seize your moment for 15 minutes of fame.

16 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,300
Annual Membership

Treat yo' self to early-bird pricing membership (12 classes per month) for one full year ($1,800 value)!

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,600
Annual Membership + Scholarship

Feeling generous? Get yourself a early-bird membership (12 classes/month) for a whole year and help someone who may not be able to afford a year long membership to Set Fitness. ($3,745 value)

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward