Pack Like a Pro: What Philly Fitness Pros Always Have in Their Gym Bags

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Mastering the art of packing the perfect gym bag is like mastering the art of packing the perfect carry-on bag: It takes time. And every now and then, before you’ve become a true packing pro, you find yourself in a smelly situation that can’t be fixed because you pulled a totally amateur move and forgot to pack a stick of deodorant. Or worse: your shower shoes. We’ve all been there.

But fear not: To help us all become gym-bag-packing pros, we went to the actual pros. We asked 10 fitness pros around Philly to dish on the three items they always, always, always have in their gym bags. (By the way, my favorite part of my job is that I get to be nosy without shame.)

From the snacks that keep them from getting hangry to the dry shampoos that keep them looking fresh to the sentimental tokens that put a smile on their faces, take a peek at what these pros keep stashed in their bags — and take pointers!  Read more »

A Portion of the Ben Franklin Parkway Bike Lanes Is Disappearing (Temporarily)

Photo via Google Maps

Photo via Google Maps

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: Well, this is pretty awesome. Randy LoBasso from the Bicycle Coalition called me a few minutes ago to say the city has done a total 180 on the Ben Franklin Parkway bike-lane situation. In response to the general, well, outrage over the proposed yearlong removal of the bike lanes between the 1600 to 1800 block, the Streets Department now says they are going to maintain four feet of bike lanes in both directions for the duration of the project. Victory! The Bicycle Coalition has the full skinny — check it out here.


ORIGINAL: I almost spit my lunch out today when I saw a troublesome new post on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog about the not-so-bright future for a portion of the bike lanes along the Ben Franklin Parkway — namely, that they’re about to disappear for the next year. What gives?  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Simplest Way to Strength Train



This week’s workout is anything but complicated. But what it lacks in complexity, it certainly makes up for in, well, total-body burn.

All you’ll need is one set of weights or resistance bands. You’re going to use the weights for each exercise below (except for the push-ups, of course), completing 10 reps of each move for four total rounds.  Read more »

10 Awesome Instagram Photos from The Love Run

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Yesterday morning, thousands of runners woke up bright and early to pound the pavements of Philly in the Love Run Half Marathon. The weather gods blessed ‘em with better weather than last year’s nonstop rain, but it was still pretty chilly out there — but that didn’t stop runners from having a blast and Instagraming all about it! Check out the photos, which range from inspirational to downright hilarious, below.  Read more »

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