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Think you know Pilates? Think again.

Ploome is a unique fitness boutique in Philadelphia that blends the teachings of Pilates, using traditional Reformers and towers, with new-school circuit methods that up the ante on the core-focused technique and seriously shred your body into insane, super-sculpted shape.

Circuit classes with founder Christina Stoltz incorporate Ploome's signature mat, apparatus, barre and run programs all in one class, with surprise sequencing to keep your body and brain on high alert (and in crazy calorie-burning mode). Going Gaga, a cardio barre class optimized to dance anthems by the Lady herself, Madonna, Beyoncé and more gets hearts pumping thanks to ankle weights and weighted gloves — with new routines every month, it's basically prep for music video stardom.

Glide boards add graceful rhythm to Risky Business cardio classes, while Nice to Be Kneaded recovery classes use foam rollers to stretch the spine and weighted balls and resistance bands to re-set alignment and restore the body to optimal posture. Ploome's calender is packed with inventive classes which challenge the fitness status quo with their unique approach to circuit training and cardio, with fun always front-and-center. 

Quirky naming aside, where Ploome really shines is in its community-minded aspirations. Stoltz started up Ploome in concert with REQ. 1, a non-profit which empowers victims of violence through education and physical transformation. Inspired by her own triumph over trauma, her program has helped local women find peace and motivation through its hands-on approach. Every class taken at Ploome supports a REQ.1 participant. So when you sweat here, you're not just doing yourself a solid, you're helping change someone elses's life, too.