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If you're new to Philadelphia Private Gym™, we offer one on one personal training. That is, you and a trainer — with more than 20 years of experience, certified with the prestigious American Council on Exercise, a nationally acclaimed certification. In this 4,000 square foot gym. The gym is located at the end of what was Woodbine plaza, 2636 Bristol Pike, through a red door and down the steps, and you’ll be in a nice, cool temporary sanctuary from the sun, away from preying eyes — there are no windows as it is underground! There are showers, lockers if you need them. And if you need a quick bite, Marian can fix you up a snack, she'll hook you up with an eating routine that will surely get you in shape and energetic throughout the rest of your day.

Marian has been my personal trainer for almost two years now. The results I have achieved are largely due to Marian's perfect combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs & challenging yet achievable goal setting. Her professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to her work and ultimately her clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle!
— Rob Kaneff, Oasis Supply Company

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For more almost 3 decades, Pondeli has been professionally training individuals in the Delaware Valley. Currently, with 27 years of experience behind him in the fitness arena, the nationally certified trainer has served as head trainer for the late Dr. Jim Corea, Dean Emeritus of Philadelphia's fitness scene. Pondeli has also worked as an in-house personal trainer at Weston Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA; Senior Personal Trainer at Hatfield Athletic Club in Hatfield, PA; and Head Trainer at Riverside Racquetball and Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA as well as other facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. Visiting this one-time high school athlete in his 4,000 sq. foot private gym is an experience unto itself. But, as a consultant, Pondeli also helps others design and set up facilities in the privacy of their own homes as well as for various companies. He's lent his fitness expertise to everyone from models to high school, college and professional athletes.

With a passion for fitness and an innate focus on bodybuilding, the nationally certified Marian Almario-Hajioannou brings her own brand of personalized training to the center. Originally from the Philippines, Marian began her career in 1990 as an instructor. Being result-driven, she added weight lifting to her repertoire and soon became her own best client. In short, Marian rose to the top of competitive bodybuilding, achieving the title of "Ms. Philippines 1999".

Marian's sensitivity to an individual's needs - combined with her goal-oriented and winning ways - make her the perfect addition to Pondeli's Personal Training Center.


Finding a trainer who listens to and takes seriously the fitness goals of a woman in her late 50s is no easy task. After working out with young trainers at a large gym, I knew that I had to start my search for a trainer elsewhere.

Happily, I found Marian at Philadelphia Private Gym several years ago. Marian listened to my goals and developed a plan that help me to improve my fitness and increase my strength. Since working out with Marian, I have taken up a new sport and now row 2 or 3 times each week on the Schuylkill River before work. Through Marian's individualized workout, I have developed the strength and stamina to compete with athletes many years my junior, including my granddaughter who rows for her college crew team. I am so fortunate to have the ability to engage in these activities and cannot imagine being able to do so without Marian's guidance and encouragement.

— Eleanor Flannery

I have been attending the Philadelphia gym for over a year now and and have been so satisfied with the entire experience that I have no plans of dropping my membership. The difference in my stamina, strength, and overall health is amazing. The people who run the gym are dedicated professionals who's enthusiasm and interest in your well being are evident from day one.

— Peggy P

I have joined numerous gyms over the years -- paid those yearly membership rates, said that this time would be different -- and once again, I basically threw my money away. Then about 5 years ago, I saw a flyer on my windshield at the train station and thought "Ok, I'm going to check this out and try it for a month and maybe that will get me motivated." Well, not only did it motivate me -- here I am 5 years later and I can't bring myself to stop. I absolutely love the one-on-one personal training. It's just Marian (my personal trainer) and me -- she knows my body, she knows my limitations, and she pushes me a little further each time. She constantly reminds me about eating right and keeps me on the right path. I actually look forward to my sessions and I love seeing the results that I have gotten over the last 5 years. I feel stronger, my body is leaner, I have muscles I never knew I had and I have so much more confidence. Honestly, if you are looking for professional people who understand the human body and have the training, knowledge and experience to help you to achieve your goals and get you in shape, then look no further. You may think having a personal trainer is expensive (like I did) but when it all comes down to it – it’s a small price to pay for looking and feeling great – I’m worth it – and so are you!

Thanks Marian!!!!

— Pat Lorenz


The facility, is located half a mile off of I-95's Street Road exit, in the Woodbine Plaza. With over 4000 sq ft of training space, media cardio room, locker rooms and a massage room you will have the most privacy you need for a dedicated workout. Equipped with treadmills, free weights, plyometrics, Nautilus equipment, everything to make your goal successful in the professional setting you desire.


Answers to what you've wanted to find out about Philadelphia Private Gym™ at Pondeli's. Click on your queries below to see Pondeli's answers. If you don't see what you're trying to find out, feel free to contact us.

How do I get started?
How long is the evaluation?
Can I just drop in to ask some questions and see the gym?
How long is each workout?
Do you have changing rooms and showers?
How many times a week should I work out?
How long will it take for me to see results?
I’m a golfer hoping to improve my game. My wife wants to look better in a bathing suit.
Do you have any special programs that can help us?

How many times a week should I work out?
Can my wife and I work out together?
At other gyms that I have been to, sometimes two or three people work with a trainer
at the same time. Why don’t you do that at Pondeli's?

So, I get the whole gym to myself?
There are only two trainers at the gym?
My work keeps me stressed out with limited time to myself. Also, I tend to be a
very private person. Would Pondeli's work for me?

On the web site it says that you work with athletes, models and actors.
Are there really celebrities who work out at Pondeli's? Who are they?

What is the Greater Philadelphia Film and Video Guide?
Can Pondeli come to my house and help me workout?
What if I do not have gym equipment at my house? Can Pondeli help me setup a
personal gym at my house or at my workplace?

What are your fees?
Am I required to sign a contract?


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Philadelphia Private Gym™ is located at
2636 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020

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