Get Inspired by Rebecca Levenberg: “There’s Nothing I Can’t Do”

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Rebecca Levenberg | Photo by Adam Jones

Old City resident Rebecca Levenberg lost her leg in a bike accident. But since learning to rollerblade, rock climb and, yes, bicycle in a prosthesis, she hasn’t looked back. This is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.

I’d been a bike commuter for about five years when, in November 2010, a garbage truck hit me. I was riding my bike to work, in the bike lane.

I always knew there were risks. But you hear about cyclists getting hit by a door or breaking their wrist—not losing their legs.

The truck crushed my left leg completely. I sustained severe internal injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. I was wearing a helmet, and I didn’t have head injuries. The doctors at Jefferson had to amputate my leg to save my life. In total, I’ve had 15 surgeries since the accident.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Radio Hits You Love to Hate (But Really Love)

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Confession: I am happiest when I’m alone in my car, shamelessly belting out every single lyric to the latest Iggy Azalea song—or Nick Jonas song (so embarrassing, I know), or any other number of Top 40 hits I’m ashamed to know every single word to. And the great thing about running is that is kind of like being in the car: You can listen to all the music you love to hate (but really just love) as loud as you want without fear of your roommate/boyfriend/wife/landlord/boss walking in on you and staring at you like you’ve completely lost it.

So for this week’s playlist, I bring you just that: A playlist packed with 90-minutes worth of radio hits we all love to hate. Plug in your headphones, turn the volume up and get ready to sweat—and sing—shame-free.

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5 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Southwest Center City 5K, Ladies Night at Body Cycle Studio, and More

Southwest Center City 5K // Photo via Facebook

Southwest Center City 5K // Photo via Facebook

Only one more day ’til sweet, sweet freedom, guys: the weekend is almost here! And if you have yet to decide how you’ll get your sweat on this weekend, we’ve got a few ideas: Here, five fitness events happening around Philly this weekend. Pick one, or a few, and have a blast, people.

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Your New Favorite Fall Meal: 14 Ways to Stuff a Sweet Potato

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In June, we gave you guys a roundup of stuffed avocado recipes, and we figured it was about time for a fall-friendly edition, so here it is: 14 healthy, creative and totally delicious ways to stuff a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes blow regular ol’ russet potatoes out of the water when it comes to nutrition: they’re vitamin-packed, rich in fiber, and they help to regulate blood sugar—meaning, no post-dinner midnight cookie cravings. They make for a filling lunch or a dinner, and they’re super simple to make. Just throw ‘em in the oven, bake for about 45 minutes, and voila: you’ve got yourself dinner.

Now, I dare you to try and cook your way through every stuffed sweet potato here before spring arrives. Who’s up for the challenge?

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Time to Man Up: 5 Philly Fitness Classes Guys Will Love

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight.

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight. | Photo courtesy Les Mills

A funny thing has been happening at my boot camp classes lately: There are men, like, everywhere. Suddenly, the guys who used to go it alone in the weight room are filling their schedules with group-fitness classes, sweating, grunting and panting alongside me.

It’s about time, men: The days of Jazzercise and shiny spandex are long over. Many classes today are tough enough to challenge even the manliest meathead.

Don’t believe me? These five local classes will put your body to the test. Grunting encouraged.

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Grab Your Helmets: 50-Mile Shake Shack Bike Ride with Free Beer Next Weekend 

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Photo via Facebook

You’ll have to wait until you reach the end of the 50 miles to claim your free beer, but hey, totally worth it, right? And did I mention there will be free hot dogs, too? Yep: Free beer and hot dogs.

Here’s the deal: On November 1st, Shake Shack is teaming up with Breakaway Bikes for the first-ever Tour de Shack, a 50-mile bike ride that will take you to all three Shake Shacks in Philly. The ride will leave from the Center City Shake Shack, then, first stop: the King of Prussia Shake Shack. There, you can rest for a second (and refuel with a peanut butter milkshake, obviously), plus collect some sweet Shake Shack giveaways. From there you’ll go to the next and final stop, the University City Shake Shack, where you will be greeted with the beer and hot dogs mentioned above.

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