And everything you need to hit your fitness potential.
The only gym in Center City Philadelphia for all-levels training.
For nearly 10 years, I worked in communities around the country trying to address the lack of access to health and fitness.
In 2014, I moved back to Philadelphia with the goal of making sure that being healthy wouldn’t face barriers depending on your zip code, bank statement, skin color or sexual orientation.
Subversus is a commitment to breaking those barriers and discovering that in doing so, we can all create the community we need and deserve.
-Wylie, Owner & Head Coach
Our non-profit empowers citizens returning from prison to become fitness professionals.
UliftU is our passion project — an educational program designed to train formerly incarcerated inmates into certified functional fitness coaches.
Their drive and commitment to self-betterment make them uniquely suited to careers in fitness, where they have the ability to improve people’s lives. Graduates of UliftU go on to become part-time coaches with growth opportunities they didn’t have before.
At Subversus, we believe fitness is about more than just the workout. It’s about empowerment and overcoming. When you’re with us, you are a part of something bigger than just being a member of a gym. You’re helping our UliftU coaches reintegrate with a fulfilling career.
Making City Fitness Accessible
Classes and current resources for underserved communities:
(Taught by UliftU grads at a livable wage.)
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm: Free Zoom classes!
- Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 12pm: Online fitness in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of their Healthy Communities initiative. Click this link to attend!
- Recently added! Youth remote physical education. We’re working with middle and high school students who no longer have access to P.E. options. Twice per week – contact us if you’re interested in partnering!
Progress, Not Perfection
We're built on methods that work.
- Continuing education for coaches and members
- Always improving movement standards
- Consistent athletic program development
- Striving for excellence in all we do
We work with athletes of all levels to create a community, an experience, and permanent results. We will never be done. That’s how we subvert a system of chasing perfection and replace it with relentless progression.
Join the underground and experience the power of real progress today.
Proven Training Methods
No gimmicks, no shortcuts. Our daily workouts can be scaled to any level, but they're designed to make you work. Learn how to squat, jump, lunge, press, pull and move effectively for a stronger body and tougher mentality.
Continuous Coaching Development
We invest in our leaders every day so they can become the most effective and independent trainers. Their diverse backgrounds and shared passion for personal growth are at the heart of our fitness mission.
Active Community Building
We seek to make fitness accessible to underrepresented, undeserved and chronic disease communities. In addition to our gym, we offer daily free programs at area Recreation Centers and weekly programs to the State Prison system.