The BeWOW Breakdown: This Is a 5-Star 30-Minute Workout 

Alon and Rebecca tackling a minute of wall sits.

Alon and Rebecca sweating through a minute of wall sits.

This Week’s Workout: Your New Favorite Do-Anywhere 30-Minute Workout

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 30 minutes of work + 5 minutes transition time
Difficulty (out of five): 3 (though it feels like a 5 at times)
Soreness factor: Expect a nice, low-level soreness all over.
Overall grade (out of five): 5. This is a quick, well-rounded workout. Would recommend to a friend.

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Gift Guide: 15 Awesome Gifts for Philly Runners (As Chosen By Philly Runners)

Fact: Buying gifts is hard. You’re not a mindreader, after all. And there is nothing — NOTHING — worse than a total gift fail (see: that very awkward year my aunt bought my mom a scale for Christmas). So to help you all out, at least when it comes to the runners in your life, we got into the minds of some of our favorite Philly runners, asking them what they have on their holiday wish lists this season. Take note of their wish lists — which feature everything from water bottles to windbreakers — below. Then get to shopping for the runner in your life!

Psst: We’ve got your gift-buying questions covered in the healthy foodie and yogi departments, too!

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Philly Startup Creates Stylish Collapsible Helmets You’ll Actually Want to Wear

Photo courtesy of AnneeLondon.

Photo courtesy of AnneeLondon.

When Rachel Benyola started her clinical psychology doctoral program in 2010, she didn’t know she’d leave just two years later to quench an entrepreneurial itch.

Now at the end of 2016, the 28-year-old CEO is on her way to launching a spring 2017 Kickstarter campaign for her line of collapsible bike helmets under her lifestyle brand AnneeLondon.

When Philly’s bike share program, Indego, kicked off in early 2015, Benyola noticed that a lot of people weren’t wearing helmets. By this time she was already enrolled in an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management MBA program at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. She had identified a problem and her urge to apply her entrepreneurial skills to solve it led her to delve deep into the world of recreational cyclists.

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Lululemon Lab Is Coming to Philly 

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

The Local Fishtown, Lululemon’s new local concept store, opened on Frankford Avenue last weekend — and tonight, they’re bringing yet another Lululemon concept to Philly for the weekend: Lululemon Lab.

The company has two locations for Lululemon Lab, Vancouver and New York City, and this weekend, the NYC Lab team will be coming to Philly for the first time to show off pieces — which you, my friends, can shop! — from their Winter ’16 collection during a weekend-long trunk show at Lululemon’s The Local Fishtown.

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The Checkup: The Health and Wellness Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

• The folks over at Well + Good just put out their annual list of wellness trend predictions for 2017 and there are some interesting items on the list. Namely, wellness and beauty companies getting in on the cannabis game — though not in the form that will make you completely loopy — and workleisure becoming socially acceptable. So basically, in 2017, we’ll be living in a very relaxed world where everyone wears stretchy pants to the office? I can dig it. [Well + Good]

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Little Baby’s Will Have — Wait for It — Gluten-Free Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches Tomorrow 

Little Baby's non-dairy Thai Iced Tea ice cream sandwiched between a gluten-free macaron | Photo via Instagram

Little Baby’s non-dairy Thai Iced Tea ice cream sandwiched between a gluten-free macaron | Photo via Instagram

I’m not going to lie: I haven’t gotten a whole lot of work done in the past two hours because I’ve spent approximately one hour and 37 minutes of those two hours staring — while occasionally wiping saliva from my chin — at the gluten-free macaron ice cream sandwich filled with non-dairy Thai Iced Tea ice cream that Little Baby’s posted to Instagram earlier today. Yes: A gluten-free macaron ice cream sandwich.

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10 Coolest Philly Fitness and Foodie Events This Month: December 2016

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The South Philly Holiday Lights Run is just one of the festive fitness events going down this month. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

’Tis the season for holiday EVERYTHING, folks — including holiday-themed fitness. So naturally, many of this month’s top picks for fitness and foodie events encourage ugly Christmas sweaters and reindeer antlers as gear. Take your pick!

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Awesome: The Wall Is Offering LOTS of Free Yoga This Month

Spin and Flow at The Wall | Photo via Facebook

Spin-and-Flow class at The Wall | Photo via Facebook

Thanksgiving is officially behind us, which can only mean one thing: The rest of the holidays — and holiday gatherings — are right around the corner. Some readers (the ones with non-probing family members) may be screaming “HOORAY!” while others dread the unwanted queries that come along with seeing family all over again (you know the ones: “I thought you two broke up?” “When’s the wedding?” “What’s Tinder?”). Just thinking about it can be stressful. Trust us: We know. And we’ve got the perfect (free!) way for you to de-stress. For two full weeks of December, Manayunk’s The Wall, which recently added yoga to their offerings, will be offering folks the chance to try a bunch of their yoga classes for free.

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‘Tis the Season: The Ultimate Pop Christmas Workout Playlist 

We are going to go ahead and make a bold statement: It is never too early for Christmas music. NEVER. There, we said it. And we dare you to listen this workout playlist — filled with magical pop Christmas hits like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and Destiny’s Child’s “8 Days of Christmas” — and try to tell us otherwise.

Below, an hour’s worth of pop Christmas hits perfect for sweating to. You may roll your eyes now, but you’ll thank us later.

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