Keri Ackerman

I started running when I was 17. 10 minutes. And then it was 3 to 4 miles. This led to free weights and bar work. I started to love working out. Fast forward to 34 years old. I’ve done everything from 5K’s, a half-marathon, kick-boxing, Pilates, spin, road biking hundreds of miles with my husband, …

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Halima Holloway

My journey to RippedPHL started after I found myself plateauing at a different work out class. I started hearing about Ripped and seeing some posts on Instagram so I decided to give it a try. I’ve always been physically active. After gaining the freshman 15 in college, I made working out and physical fitness a …

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Grant Grundlock

I joined Ripped about a year ago and the classes have truly opened up my eyes on what a balanced workout routine should look like and the importance of continually challenging yourself. Prior to joining I found myself feeling frustrated, stagnant and losing motivation towards my fitness goals — I was hitting a plateau and …

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Jess Demczar

Most of you know me because I’m a trainer at RippedPHL. The photo of me on the left was taken last year in May 2017 during my senior year of college. I had just finished my soccer career at Ithaca as a center midfielder and in retrospect, I would say that I was “fit” – …

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Lauren and Ryan Carroll

We have a routine – we meet on Lauren’s corner to walk to class around 5:38am. We’ve always been close, but now that we live a block from each other we do a lot together, including Ripped, which we have been going to for almost a year now. L: After I graduated college, I was …

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Jamie Greco

I didn’t really start getting into fitness until I was an adult. I never played a sport, I was a dancer from K-12 and then started running and weight lifting in college. During college, I never gained the freshman 15, in fact, I probably lost 10 lbs with my extremely unhealthy diet. I ate ONE …

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Xenia Morgan

My journey to RippedPHL started through Class Pass. I have always been an active person. Whether it is gymnastics, ice skating, soccer or track in my child hood or running and going to the gym. For the past few years, I have trained and ran marathons and half marathons and have been a member of …

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Annie Rachko

I have always been an active person, running has been a part of my life since I joined the track team in fourth grade. It has been a familiar outlet for me when I am stressed and want to clear my head. Being a competitive person, it is also something I have used to continue …

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Inge Thickening

I have been a member at RippedPHL for almost a year now. I started my fitness journey a little under 2 years ago. I had always been an active person, but always intensely intimidated by fitness. I broke my ankle in 2011 and was not as active as I had been. So, frustrated and in …

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Ashley Soper

I grew up as an active dancer and gymnast, continued dancing throughout college, became an Eagles Cheerleader (Go Birds!) and then moved up to NYC to pursue my dream. When I made the decision to move back to the Philly area and start a new career, I knew I would have to find a replacement …

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Jessica Santos

So this is a shout out to those who have lost someone, something, or even yourself. I joined Ripped back in December, after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer in April of last year. I have been an avid yogi for a few years now, which has helped in coping with her loss, but wasn’t …

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Colleen Yurkanin

I have been a member of the Ripped family for over 2 years now, but it feels just like yesterday when I first took that long walk up those steep steps. Before Ripped I was searching for a hardcore workout that incorporated both endurance and conditioning (not just one or the other like most studios), …

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Nija Rivera

I really love Ripped PHL. I basically go there every day. The classes keep me moving and are NEVER boring. The staff there is great and is really knowledgeable about training and meeting your fitness and nutrition goals. I started going to Ripped PHL because it was featured on Class Pass, and after visiting other …

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Dana Camacho

Prior to joining Ripped, I worked out often – at least 4-5 times a week.  In fact, some days I would find myself spinning in the AM and boxing in the PM.  I became complacent with my workouts and my routine, until my schedule started to change, and working out became more of an inconvenience than a …

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The RippedFam Blog

“Sometimes Life Is About Risking Everything For A Dream Nobody Can See But You” Each day we step on the stage and lead our class through 45 or 60 minutes of intense workouts.  We see new faces every single day, but each and every one of you leave a lasting impression on us.  We are …

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