YAY! Here’s When Solidcore Opens in Rittenhouse

Solidcore | Photo via Facebook

Guys, guys, guys: Good news! Solidcore, the D.C. import known for its muscle-burning workouts done on a reformer-like machine in a club-like atmosphere (hi, dark room with blue lighting paired with VERY loud Top-40 beats), is opening its third Philly outpost in Rittenhouse this summer. And this just in: We’ve got details on the opening date. Drumroll, please …

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The Checkup: 6 Healthy Foods That Are Sneakily Sabotaging Your Workouts

• You might think you’re doing yourself a favor by loading up on a super-fiber-packed late lunch (hello, filling foods!) before hitting your after-work SoulCycle class, or by downing a LaCroix to hydrate leading up to a workout, but spoiler alert: You’re not. Here, six healthy foods and drinks that can totally screw with your workouts by causing bloat, energy slumps and more symptoms you definitely don’t want to hit you during a workout. [Men’s Health]

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The Philly Fitness Lover’s Summer Bucket List: 15 Things You Need to Do

Summer, in all its sweat-inducing glory, is here, folks! And we know: That spot on your couch that gets the perfect not-too-aggressive breeze from your AC is calling your name. That’s where this list comes in — here, 15 sweet outdoor activities around Philly worth getting sweaty for this summer, so you don’t find yourself embracing fall with nothing to show for yourself but a deeper couch imprint. Print this list, paste it to your fridge, and get to crossing items off, friends!

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Meet Joey, This Week’s Adoptable Walking Dog 

Joey | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

While our Friday pup feature is usually a running dog, fact is, not everyone is a runner — and walking is great exercise, too! In fact, a recent study found that dog owners walk 22 more minutes per day than folks who don’t own dogs. And all that walking adds up! So this week, we have the very cute Joey, a pup who is not so much a runner but would love to trot alongside while you get those 22 minutes in each day. Learn more about him below.

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Man Claims This Popular Ikea Bowl Made His Food Catch on Fire

Blanda Blank bowl | Photo via Ikea

Ikea items are to my home what rumors about Beyoncé’s twins’ names are to the internet right now. In other words, they’re everywhere. So when I saw the headline “Ikea Admits That a Couple of Its Serving Bowls Might Catch Food on Fire” over on Grub Street this morning, I was 97 percent positive that the bowls in question were stuffed somewhere in my pantry. And yes, yes, they are.

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Blink Fitness Opens First Two Philly Gyms

Photo courtesy Blink Fitness

Exciting news, friends! Remember Blink Fitness, Equinox’s no-frills — and much more budget-friendly — spinoff gym chain, that announced they’d inked four Philly-area leases back in February? Well, as of today, the New York-based gym, which slings monthly memberships starting at $15 (so, the cost of one Sweetgreen salad-plus-drink combo), has officially opened its first two Philly outposts. Yay!

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Here’s When City Fitness’s Giant Center City Club Opens

City Fitness Fishtown | Photo by Susan Nam

As you may remember, nearly a year ago now, we told you guys that City Fitness had plans to open a giant — as in 40,000-square-feet giant — fitness club in Center City’s Logan Square. The club, City Fitness’s fifth location and first Signature club (read: a bit fancier, a bit more expensive), will run the length of a full city block, occupying the entire second floor of the Sterling building at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard. And now, my friends, we know when the club will be opening its doors.

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Meet Bowser, This Week’s Adoptable Running Puppy

Oh, Fridays. They are the best for a multitude of reasons (HEYYYYY, weekend), one of which is our adoptable running dog of the week. And man, is this week’s a gem. His name is Bowser, he’s eight months old, and the Monster Milers say he loves everyone he meets. Learn more about him below!

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The Checkup: A Full Year’s Worth of Totally Doable Weight-Loss Tips

• BuzzFeed is an unlikely treasure trove of weight-loss tips. And being the kind people they are, they’ve compiled a bunch of their useful weight-loss posts full of totally doable tips — think: ban mindless couch eating (done!) — into a GIANT master list featuring 333 doable weight-loss tips. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, maybe read a tip a day as food for thought. Skipping weekends (because you gotta give yourself a break), that’s a full year’s worth of tips to take in! [BuzzFeed]

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Taste Test: La Colombe’s New Chai Draft Latte


If you’ve stumbled onto a YouTube spoof making fun of people who prefer yoga pants over real pants and yoga happy hours over, well, real happy hours, you’ll note that they rarely fail to leave out a chai latte reference. What can we say? We leggings-clad folk love our chai lattes. Which is why I was so excited when Alexis Siemons, a local tea consultant who works with La Colombe, emailed asking if I wanted to be one of the first to taste La Colombe’s brand-new addition to its canned draft latte lineup: the Chai Draft Latte.

My email response? “CHAI DRAFT LATTE SAY WHAAAAT.” I know: I’m super professional.

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