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New Roxborough Cross-Training Studio Earns Zoning OK

Breaking Point Fitness opens at 5400 Ridge Ave.

and Hi Spot Lanes have a new neighbor.

The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment approved Tuesday an application for a cross-training fitness studio at 5400 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough.

Owned and operated by Jame Pfromm, Breaking Point Fitness will utilize a long-vacant space for athletics at Ridge and Pechin streets.

With support from the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association and City , Pfromm earned zoning approval for group and one-on-one fitness training at the former tool rental center. Although zoned for commercial use, the large space needed ZBA approval to operate as an athletic facility.

Pfromm, a former trainer at in Manayunk, said he wanted to strike out on his own and thought the open Ridge Avenue space suited his needs for tire flipping, sleigh pulls and other related activities. 

The site possesses parking to accommodate 12, with front and rear spaces. He told the ZBA that classes will contain four to 12 people.

"It may not looked like much from the outside, but inside there's a lot going on," he said.

His application did not look include any exterior adjustments nor will it allow him to install signage. He now has permission to run his business, which is open Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In addition, Breaking Point Fitness will be a CrossFit-affiliated center, working under the name CrossFit Ridge Avenue.

The facility plans on offering five classes to start. Over the coming weeks, Pfromm wants to hold a grand opening, potentially as a joint event with , New Balance shoes and .

For more information on the facility, visit its Facebook page.

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