New Dance-and-Yoga Fitness Studio Coming to Old City

Allongée's new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Allongée’s new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Jillian Dreusike, creator and owner of Allongée Technique, announced on her blog this week that she’s inked a lease for a brick-and-mortar studio. In May, she’ll be moving into the former Dhyana Yoga space at 68 North Second Street.

“After nearly five years of running our classes in a pop-up-like structure, I am so beyond excited to have finally found us a permanent home,” she writes. Until now, she’s been operating her dance-centered fitness classes out of rented studio space in Old City and Fairmount, as well as running outdoor classes at Race Street Pier.  Read more »

What the Heck Is That?: The Forgotten Gym Equipment You Should Be Using

Photos by Claudia Gavin

Photos by Claudia Gavin

You’ve seen it: the bands, steps, pulleys and other strange equipment gathering dust in the corner of the gym. You’ve probably even wondered (out loud, maybe?): What the heck is that stuff, anyway?

We wondered, too — which is why we enlisted Center City-based personal trainer Brian Maher to decode that oft-forgotten gym equipment we should have been using all along. Here, how to get a great workout with five awesome pieces of equipment most everyone ignores at the gym. Read more »

Yoga On the Pier Returns! — And 8 Other Fit and Healthy Events This Weekend

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

I hope you plan to spend as much time out of your house — and outdoors — as possible this weekend. The weather is going to be gorgeous! With a full roster of fit things to do — from the return of Yoga on the Pier to the Wharton 5K to the Philly Farm and Food Fest — you have no excuse but to have a blast. Check out our picks below. Read more »

Meet Cloud 9, the Philly Nonprofit Turning City Rooftops Into Urban Farms

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm

Rania Campbell-Cobb was practically born a farmer — except, she wasn’t born on a farm. The 29-year-old West Philly resident actually grew up in suburban Maine, where her family had a robust backyard veggie garden. It was one of her favorite places to spend time with her hands in the dirt. “I grew up with food growing around me, and I was part of the process,” she says. “I understood that connection of where my food came from, and how it got from dirt to dinner table.”

In late high school, she began working on a family friend’s farm and continued to do so during summer breaks in college. So it wasn’t a surprise to anyone that after college, she found herself in New Zealand for five months, working on farms. “I got to see a lot of different ways that people were growing food and making it work financially, and supporting themselves, the community and the environment,” she says.  Read more »

Relentless Fitness Is Moving to a New (Bigger!) Location

The mural at the new Relentless Fitness studio.

The mural at the new Relentless Fitness studio.

Washington Square West personal-training studio Relentless Fitness is moving to new digs this week — from 249 South 10th Street to 722 Chestnut Street — doubling the studio’s size to 3,000 square feet of fitness space. “Our goal is to be the best personal training facility in the city,” says co-owner Roger Dickerman, adding that the new space is a step in that direction.  Read more »

Help Send This Philly Fitness Instructor to the Duathlon World Championship

Body Cycle Studio's Barry Lewis

Body Cycle Studio’s Barry Lewis

It isn’t every day a person is invited to join Team USA for the world championship of, well, anything. But Body Cycle Studio instructor and competitive triathlete Barry Lewis recently received word that he’d earned a coveted spot on the USA Triathlon Team for the 2015 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland this September. The catch: He had to pay his way there, and he was a bit light on expendable cash, having already spent his race budget for the year.

When his pals at Body Cycle Studio heard about his dilemma, they knew they couldn’t just let this opportunity pass by. And so, the BCS Fundraiser Day, set for Saturday, April 4th, was born.  Read more »

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