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Bodysmith Performance

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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21 December 2019

I've been working with Matt for a few years. Not only has it dramatically improved my workouts and health, it has improved my life. Couldn't be happier with a trainer. Matt is the best. More...

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23 August 2019

I wanted to give a solid 5 stars to Matt Smith over at Bodysmith Performance. After my very first session my core strength improved and my back pain immediately went away. Matt really knows how to customize workouts for what your body needs, even down to basic fundamentals such as how to breathe properly. Couldn't recommend him any any higher! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

3 July 2019

Matt is one of the most dedicated and hard-working trainer I have come across. He has been instrumental in my strength training progress. If you asked me a couple years ago that, I would be dead lifting above 300 pounds, I would never had believed. Matt not only tailored a program for my individual goals and needs but also helped me overcome my mental barrier that I had with lifting. Matt’s training style is definitely a good balance of understanding your body goals and ensuring you are always progressing. Matt knowledge about strength training and body mobility is very thorough and I have benefited a lot having him as my strength training coach. More...

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6 May 2019

There are not enough good things that I can say about Matt!Let me start by saying I am NOT the ideal customer.  I have had two back surgeries, genetic issues with my knees, shoulder and ankle issues. .. Basically I'm a mess!  AND that is exactly why I choose to train with Matt.  When I was looking for a trainer I needed to make sure the trainer had a background in Physical Therapy/Rehab and it was also important that my trainer was  a trainer full time.  Not to offend those trainers whom hold down a full time "regular job" and also train for extra money, but I wanted someone dedicated to his/her craft.I was not disappointing after starting to work with Matt.  Our initial consultation focused on range of motion and goal setting.  We progressed gradually the first few sessions focusing on activated core breathing, something extremely important to preventing injury and having good form as I learned in my many physical therapy stints and reinforced by Matt.  After getting into the flow and habit in the gym Matt began to push me harder responsibly testing my boundaries.  Keep in mind it had been a good decade since I've been to the gym, and even then I never loved it.   Being as stubborn as I am, Matt continually had to find new ways to get through to me and keep me interested.  He was always up to the challenge!I've taken a new position at work which has taken all my free time and then some, but prior to moving to this new position and taking a hiatus from training with Matt he put my needs in front of his and worked up a couple programs I can do in a hotel, and body weight exercises I could do anywhere.  I cant wait for things to settle back down so I can begin training with him again!  He is a stand up guy that cares about those he is training first and foremost. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

13 February 2019

Matt's great--he's always been really patient and encouraging, which I really needed since I'd never been in any sort of gym routine. He holds you accountable but is also very understanding and flexible, and his kind example has inspired me to stick with this fitness journey longer than I ever would on my own. I appreciate him so much that I'm continuing on with him remotely even after I moved out of state--he's the best. More...

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27 September 2018

Matt is a phenomenal trainer and great guy. Before working with Matt, I had ongoing shoulder and neck pain from training on my own. Physical therapy provided some relief, but didn't solve the problem. Based on the initial consultation, and ongoing evaluations as I progressed in training, Matt totally corrected my form and mobility and I'm now, very thankfully, able to train pain free. Along with proper programming, this has translated into moving more weight and better body comp. Matt's extremely knowledgable, and super easy to work with. Highly recommend! More...

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29 July 2018

Matt is honestly the best there is. I found him in search of a powerlifting coach after doing CrossFit for a couple of months. I had just had a back injury and couldn't deadlift or squat (and had gotten injured in the first place from bad form).Matt took the time and attention to teach me everything I needed from breathing exercises, proper cues, and helped me dial in my form enough to see a HUGE boost in my strength. It was pretty cool going from being unable to bend down to tie my shoes to deadlifting 209 lbs at my second powerlifting meet within a matter of 7 months.I really feel like Matt genuinely cares about each and every one of his clients and creates customized programming based on your goals (and if you don't have any of those, he can help you with that too).I recommend him to everyone I know who's looking for a trainer - super smart and great to work with. More...

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29 June 2018

Working out with Matt has taken my exercise regimen to new heights. Above all else, he's a super nice guy and knows exactly how to motivate someone based on their personality type - whether it be laid back or intense. He taught me proper form, taught me the value of leg training AND added 50 lbs to my bench press, getting me to 3-plates. Matt's use of excel spread sheet programs with built-in equations allows for safe weight and rep increases. His knowledge of personal training and health is really good. My physical therapist gave me a bunch of workouts to do for a pre-existing back injury and they were literally the same as the ones matt gave me. He knows his stuff well beyond weights and programs.I highly recommend setting up an appointment. More...

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29 June 2018

I was working out pretty consistently for a couple of years before I started training with Matt but never saw that much progress. Matt put on his "Fast Gain" program, which is a powerlifting based training plan. And then miracle happened. The first 6 weeks on this program, I gained about 8 pounds of pure muscle while lowered my body fat at the same time. Within a few months, I almost doubled the weight of what I started doing on Bench, Squat and Deadlift. All the friends who had not seen me for a while were all like what the hell happened to you when seeing me again. I have never felt so strong and confident about my body figure in my life. Although I do not train with Matt anymore these days after I moved away from Center City, I still use "Fast Gain" as the basis of my training and I am still seeing progress. This program is great if you want to build your strength and muscle or if you want to get into the world of power lifting even without any experience. I would recommend Matt to anyone who is trying to get a bit serious about working out, no matter what your goal is.Oh and did I mention Matt is an awesome and fun person? More...

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29 June 2018

Great experience working with Matt. His programs for me were awesome and I saw great strength results. His attention to form and corrections were so helpful for my lifting technique. Highly recommend!

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11 June 2018

What can I say about Matt that hasn't already been said?After a few months of training I was the strongest I had ever been in my life. I was stuck on bench press, so he dropped the weight, taught me proper form and now I'm lifting more than I ever thought I could. More important than that, he taught me the value of working my legs and completely changed the way I think about exercise. His Fast Gains program prepared me incredibly well for anything I want to do in the future. His focus on learning proper form has definitely saved me from injury. He really knows how to customize your programming and movements to your goals, skill level, and body typeBut for me, the best part about training with Matt is his attitude and demeanor. Super nice guy, not too pushy, not a pushover, easy to work with it, all that good stuff. I highly recommend him. More...

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10 June 2018

Prior to my first consultation with Matt, I hadn't slept through the night in nearly 6 months due to constant back and knee pain. At age 35 and far from ready to stop playing sports, I'd tried (and paid for) everything short of a surgeon - rest/ice/heat, flexibility training, PT, etc - with moderate results at best. Matt's philosophy of injury prevention through strength training intrigued me, and despite what initially seemed like a high cost and something for people much younger than me, I decided to give his "Fast Gains" program a try.Fast forward to a year later - with an unrelated shoulder injury and surgery sidelining me for 4 months, mind you - and I am now stronger, healthier, and more injury-resilient than I've ever been. Matt's extensive knowledge of physiology and movement led to the discovery that my problem wasn't lack of flexibility, but hyperflexibility, and his relentless emphasis on proper form set me up to succeed and progress through every workout from day 1. He is a passionate, knowledgeable, and empathetic trainer who cultivates those same traits in his trainees, and I can't recommend him highly enough. More...

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7 June 2018

Really good gym and equipment. A bit convoluted with lots of different rooms etc but nothing you can't figure out

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7 June 2018

I loved going here. Only canceled because I am moving to another part of the city. The manager Jim and the employees are very friendly and nice. Some of the equipment is dated but that did not bother me and never got in the way of my workout. Come to think of it, the equipment always worked and never had the "being repaired" sign which is not what I can say for more updated gyms I've been to (cough cough -la fitness). I originally thought I would not like the sectioned layout but I ended up loving it. Really gonna miss this gym! More...

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7 June 2018

Love working out here. Best trainers.

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7 June 2018

Decent gym, friendly people, up to date equipment, excellent personal trainers. The new pool is great. The layout is difficult though - spread over many floors/levels with stairs being the ONLY way to access the pool or any of workout areas or equipment. If you are going to a gym for therapy or have any serious physical difficulties this is NOT the place to check out. More...

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7 June 2018

Best gym in center city, the only drawback is there's only one location. It's not as glamorous as the Sporting Club at the Bellevue, but it's also not even half the price.

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7 June 2018

They have the best instructions in philly

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7 June 2018

This gym does the job. There is a mix of old and newer equipment. If you don't mind a bit of an older feel and some grit to your workout, then this is the place to be. All classes are free with your membership. There are multiple floors of equipment and plenty of weights to throw around. Hit up the health bar for a post-workout smoothie. More...

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7 June 2018

Clean lounge like gym and mixed office use building.

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7 June 2018

I moved to S. 12th Street last year and was searching for a gym nearby. I mostly use free weights and prefer to work out alone. Although I was a little skeptical of the gym's layout, I gave it a shot as it was affordable and close by. I had nothing but good experiences at this gym. There's an upper level that is less crowded during peak times, though I usually tried to work out in the morning or late evenings. The hours were convenient and the staff is friendly. No pressure to utilize personal training. Like all gyms (imo), there could be more weights. But there were a few weight areas and this gym is not over-saturated with treadmills and useless machines. I'd recommend it to anyone living in the area. More...

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7 June 2018

Lots of great classes and good trainers

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7 June 2018

Really nice gym with lots of machines and space. If you're a straight person, beware the locker rooms.

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7 June 2018

“Zumba” class Monday 7:30pm: I’m sorry but that’s not zumba, more like beginners ballroom dance class or cheerleading camp, also has outdated music. Ok for beginners that want to have fun but it isn’t a workout session. More...

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7 June 2018

Pretty dingy, pool is permanently closed, sauna is hit and miss. Staff is great though! Rumor has it they are closing soon so be wary

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7 June 2018

Love coming here and doing my daily needs of working out. The staff member Jordan is very helpful and also provides daily facts how to keep your body active and healthy.

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7 June 2018

Decent gym at a decent price

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7 June 2018

Was here since 2012. Im already missing this gym a great deal lol.

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7 June 2018

Good rate for location, massive facility with everything you could need. Equipment is older but lots of variety. During the week 5-7pm is very busy but outside of that you are golden.

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7 June 2018

News flash...after over 60 years the gym has closed. Terrible loss to the community, area and our city's heritage.

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7 June 2018

Awesome place to workout

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7 June 2018

Perfect and amazing gym

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7 June 2018

I work out there few times and looks a good place

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7 June 2018

It is currently closed, but we use it for PSLs dodgeball league until the lease is up.

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7 June 2018

Will miss this place. So sad it closed we didn't know how good we had it.

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6 June 2018

I was working out pretty consistently for a couple of years before I started training with Matt but never saw that much progress. Matt put on his "Fast Gain" program, which is a powerlifting based training plan. And then miracle happened. The first 6 weeks on this program, I gained about 8 pounds of pure muscle while lowered my body fat at the same time. Within a few months, I almost doubled the weight of what I started doing on Bench, Squat and Deadlift. All the friends who had not seen me for a while were all like what the hell happened to you when seeing me again. I have never felt so strong and confident about my body figure in my life. Although I do not train with Matt anymore these days after I moved away from Center City, I still use "Fast Gain" as the basis of my training and I am still seeing progress. This program is great if you want to build your strength and muscle or if you want to get into the world of power lifting even without any experience. I would recommend Matt to anyone who is trying to get a bit serious about working out, no matter what your goal is.Oh and did I mention Matt is an awesome and fun person? More...

Reviewed on Yelp

10 March 2018

I moved to Philly in May of 2016 for residency and really wanted to find a trainer to bring my workouts to a higher level, help me obtain real results, all while being flexible with my crazy work schedule. Matt went above and beyond this - he is friendly, nonjudgmental, easy to talk to, all while helping me build a strong foundation centered around correct technique with results that last. Cannot recommend him enough. In addition to obtaining noticeable changes in my physique, he is the only trainer I have had to bring my strength training to the next level centered around key fundamentals, giving me all the tools needed to make weight lifting a lifelong activity More...

Reviewed on Yelp

10 February 2018

Matt is in incredible trainer! I started working with him at 12th Street Gym while I was studying for the bar exam. I had little to no practical experience - I usually just headed straight for the machines once I got to the gym. Matt did a great job of teaching me how to get more comfortable with a lot of the basic moves. I can honestly say I never thought I'd be comfortable walking into a gym and heading to the squat rack, but after working with Matt I'm more confident. I'm no longer a client because of the closure of 12th Street Gym, but I would still highly recommend Matt to anyone who is looking to get a better understanding of how to maximize a workout and get stronger in the process.I can't recommend Matt highly enough! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

6 February 2018

Been here since Feb '16. Great workout equipment, and trainers for all walks of life.

UPDATE: As of last week (1st week of FEB 2018), 12th Street Gym will be closed, for good. I received the update from a good friend of mine who had a membership, for life, and he was more suprised than all of us. No idea what they plan to build, or even do with the building, but 12th Street Gym is no more. More...

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26 December 2017

I started training with Matt early in 2016 after many years of working out in the gym by myself on and off. I never "hated" working out, but I also never thought I'd be someone who would end up at the gym 3-4 times a week! Matt helped me find my love of powerlifting and weight training with free weights. Before I met Matt, I was interested in the idea of lifting but was scared away by the idea of getting injured (as well as anxiety about cluelessly lifting in the free weight section). Matt goes above and beyond to teach you the CORRECT technique and movements to make sure you stay healthy to avoid injury. He takes his work home and does extensive research to make sure he is writing the best programs for his clients per their needs.Matt is a great trainer no matter what age or skill level you are at. You will walk away with invaluable skills and knowledge, as well as a better understanding of how your body can move. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 December 2017

I've been training with Matt for about 6 months now and feel great. He taught me the most important workouts (according to every article I read online) at the gym and helped me add a ton of weight to everything. I'm getting strong as shit! At first I thought his Fast Gains spreadsheet program would be a pain in the ass but I actually like it a lot. I'm excited to see what the next 6 months bring :) More...

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6 December 2017

This guy is the best. Caring, focused, patient, perceptive. You will feel muscles you didn't even know existed. You will not feel judged, but you will want to go to the gym. And it will be worth it.

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6 December 2017

I have been working with Matt for about 6 months.  I came to him knowing literally nothing, feeling very anxious about being in the gym, and not particularly enjoying working out.  Matt has been a great support as I have gotten used to the gym, and I never would have made progress without him.  Highly recommend. More...

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5 December 2017

Matt is honestly the best there is.  I found him in search of a powerlifting coach after doing CrossFit for a couple of months.  I had just had a back injury and couldn't deadlift or squat (and had gotten injured in the first place from bad form).Matt took the time and attention to teach me everything I needed from breathing exercises, proper cues, and helped me dial in my form enough to see a HUGE boost in my strength. It was pretty cool going from being unable to bend down to tie my shoes to deadlifting 209 lbs at my second powerlifting meet within a matter of 7 months.I really feel like Matt genuinely cares about each and every one of his clients and creates customized programming based on your goals (and if you don't have any of those, he can help you with that too).I recommend him to everyone I know who's looking for a trainer - super smart and great to work with. More...

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18 November 2017

This is a very comfortable place to work out. I hate normal gyms where everything is in one large room. There many smaller rooms with a variety of equipment in each room. It’s easy to find a quiet nook to work out in or you could be in a crowded nook. Your choice. I’ve never enjoyed working out so much. It’s in the gayborhood so please be gay friendly if you attend. You may catch some eyes gazing at you but everyone is friendly and respectful. More...

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10 November 2017

Did a drop, friendly and good coaching.

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