The boutique fitness trend is about to get some big-gym competition around these parts: Life Time, the health club chain known for its giant, luxurious, could-spend-all-day-there-with-no-regrets fitness clubs, is slated to open three new Philly-area locations before the year ends. And if their first area location — the 102,000-square-foot Mount Laurel fitness club that opened in October of 2015 — is any indication, the new spots will be pretty darn spectacular.
• Already abandoned your New Year’s goal of hitting the gym three times a week? Well, macrocycle training — a more big-picture, year-long approach to fitness consisting of four phases that lead to a final goal, like a race or competition — could be the remedy for your flakiness. [Furthermore]
Come under-40-degree weather, it’s easy to trade creative and active date ideas — like, say, biking as far as your legs can take you on the SRT and refueling with margaritas and tacos at Manayunk’s Taqueria Feliz — in for lazy nights of Netflix and delivery. If you’ve been at a loss for how to spend time with your significant other — off of the couch — during these cold months, we’ve got some date ideas that will get you movin’ (and score you thoughtfulness points). Feel free to take all the planning credit … we won’t tell.
Time flies. Case in point: Believe it or not, spring racing season is right around the corner. Soooo, if you’ve got your sights set on crossing a finish line or two, it’s time to hop off the couch and get training.
And because we know that abandoning reruns of New Girl in favor of your running shoes is hard (been there), we’ve got a little something to get you amped up about spring running season. We, with the help of some of our favorite Philly runners, have put together a list of 10 awesome spring races in Philly. Read through, pick a few to tackle, then get to training!
I’m not going to lie: I was very skeptical of kombucha cocktails for a long time. But then, last year, Old City fermentary Inspired Brews served up gingerbread kombucha cocktails — yes, complete with liquor — at our Be Well Philly Underground Holiday Party, and let me tell you: they were, pleasantly (and unexpectedly), the bomb dot com. So it’s no surprise that Inspired Brews is now delving into the world of kombucha cocktails a bit more, hosting their first-ever Kombucha Cocktail Throwdown next Monday, January 23rd. And they want you, Philly-area bartenders, to show off your skills!
• Some — and by some, I mean my mother and my boyfriend — call me the Scrambled Egg Queen. But this title doesn’t come easy: I always cook scrambled eggs on low heat for what feels like forever to get them just right. Turns out adding cornstarch, though, can seriously cut that time, allowing for the texture of low-and-slow scrambled eggs in just a few seconds. Yes, please! [Self]
If on January 1st, you vowed that 2017 would be the year you become the next Jillian Michaels, and now — a mere 16 days in — you’ve already fallen off the workout wagon, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is here to swoop in and save you from self-sabotage. On Sunday, January 29th, the hotel is hosting their third annual Resolution Rx event to keep you on track, with tons of $5 fitness classes from studios around the city, mini massages and acupuncture (!!) and healthy grub.
Ummmmmm, can we all just take a moment to appreciate the undeniable cuteness of this week’s adoptable running pup? His name is Slush Puppie (yes, with an i and an e), and he’s not yet a year old, so he’s new to the running game. That said, the Monster Milers are confident he’ll make for a great running partner once he grows up a little bit. Learn more about him below.