Hooray! Unite Fitness Announces Main Line Location 

Unite Fitness Announces Main Line Location

Photo courtesy Unite Fitness

Suburbanites, get ready to be VERY sore: Unite Fitness, the Midtown Village fitness studio known for their signature three-part workout that includes cardio intervals, strength training and a yoga recovery, just gave us word that they are bringing their workout to the Main Line, with a new location opening at 707 West Lancaster Avenue in Wayne. Read more »

What’s Going on With Gangster Vegan Organics? A Lot, Actually 

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Gangster Vegan Organics juices | Photo via Facebook

Yesterday, West Philly Local noted that the location that, back in October, was announced as a new storefront for Gangster Vegan Organics, a Norristown-based shop all about plant-based food and juice, seemed to available to lease now. Meaning … no more Gangster Vegan planned for 4305 Locust Street?

We reached out to Gangster Vegan owner Vinny DePaul to see what was going on with the West Philly location and we found out that, one, he’s still planning on setting up shop in West Philly  — just not on Locust Street — and two, there’s a whole lot more in the works for Gangster Vegan this year, too. Read more »

Aerial Photo of Reading Viaduct Gives Runners Something to Daydream About

Earlier this spring, on one of the first really warm days of the year, I was locking my bike up near the base of the Reading Viaduct, the foot of the planned Rail Park and the spot where a PHS pop-up beer garden sits now. As I looked up from my U-Lock, I spotted a runner casually squeeze through a hole in the fence to the elevated rail line, the length of which is currently overgrown with weeds, and keep on running. I thought, Man, that girl is really desperate to run somewhere besides the grey, concrete streets of Callowhill. But hey, we’ve all been there, right?

So when I woke up this morning and saw an awesome aerial photo of the Reading Viaduct — slated to make up a chunk of the planned Rail Park, a three-mile linear park currently in the fundraising phase — I began daydreaming, for myself and for this fellow runner, about green, red-light-free (weeds-free!) city runs along a transformed elevated rail line. Read more »

Mount Airy Gets a New Barre and Yoga Studio (With SurfSET Classes!) 

Y2B Fit | Photo courtesy Crystal Widmann

Y2B Fit | Photo courtesy Crystal Widmann

’Tis the season for fitness studio openings: In the past few weeks, Philly has seen quite the influx of studios, with Freehouse Fitness Studio opening in the Grad Hospital area, Sculpt Fitness Studio opening on Broad Street and Wake Up Yoga announcing a soon-to-come Rittenhouse studio. Then there’s Solidcore and Unite Fitness’s new Rittenhouse studio, both slated for summer openings. And now, another one to add to the list: Y2B Fit, a new yoga and barre studio setting up shop on Emlen Street in Mount Airy. Read more »

Pelvic Floor Exercises: 5 At-Home Exercises to Do for Better Sex 

If you were at Be Well Philly Boot Camp earlier this month, chances are you hung out with Christina Stoltz, owner of Northern Liberties’ Ploome Fitness and Lifestyle Boutique — who just so happens to be an expert in all things having to do with the pelvic floor — at some point in the day. Along with leading a Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout, she also gave a talk in our Speakers’ Lounge on how to strengthen your pelvic floor to get a stronger core and have better sex.

If you are currently cursing yourself for missing it, we’ve got good news for you below.  Read more »

This Is Exactly How Many More Calories You Burn By Standing at Your Desk

If you’ve resourcefully fashioned a standing desk for yourself out of found materials — magazines, boxes, encyclopedias no one actually uses because the internet exists — around the office in an effort to burn more calories while chained to your desk, I’ve got some depressing news to share with you: A new study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that standing at work only burns eight or nine more calories per hour than sitting.

Womp, womp. Read more »

Outdoor Activities in Philly: The Ultimate Outdoors Cheat Sheet for Summer

Outdoor Activities in Philadelphia: Belmont Plateau, a perfect picnic and running spot

Belmont Plateau, a perfect picnic and running spot | Photo by Flickr user Rich Lee

Trust us: We know how easy it is to get stuck watching Grey’s Anatomy episode after Grey’s Anatomy episode while sprawled out in front of the air conditioner on a hot summer day. So to make sure you have no excuses for wasting your summer stuck indoors, we’ve put together this cheat sheet full of outdoor activities in and around Philly, from outdoor yoga options to waterfall-filled hikes to Shore runs to picnic spots. The goal? To give you endless hours of outdoor fun right at your fingertips. Print it out, paste it on your fridge with a big sign that screams “SAY NO TO NETFLIX!” and squeeze the most out of your summer in Philly.

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