Be Well Workout of the Week: The Super-Killer Superset Workout 

This week, you are going to superset each body part. That means you’ll do one exercise, like a chest press, then immediately do another chest exercise, like a chest fly, with no rest between. Then, you’ll move on to the next muscle group.

While it looks like this workout has a lot — a lot, a lot — of exercises, working each body part separately will give the other muscle groups a chance to recover. So it’s not quite as hard as it looks. And, keeping with the theme of supersets, after you’ve made it through the circuit once, try to do it all over again. Good luck! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “Our Arms and Legs May Have Already Fallen Off”

Rebecca tackling this week's workout at a hotel in San Francisco.

Rebecca tackling this week’s workout at a hotel gym in San Francisco. Now, that’s commitment!

This Week’s Workout: Opposite Exercises Attract

Testing date: Monday, November 9th. See the workout here.

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 45 minutes to one hour.
Difficulty: 5 (out of five).
Soreness factor: Our arms and legs may have already fallen off. Rebecca’s legs wouldn’t stop shaking after the workout.
Overall grade: 5 (out of 5). Remember last week when we said the workout was “missing something special”? Well, we think we found it — and that something special turns out to be a butt-kicking that this week’s workout was more than happy to deliver.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Opposite Exercises Attract 

Six pairs of exercises, done five times each: That’s your challenge this week. (And yes, it will be harder than it sounds.) Get ready to move quickly, completing each pair of exercises five times before moving on to the next set of exercises, all while keeping your form in tip-top shape.

Each pair of exercises consists of opposing moves that use different areas of strength. For example, some sets include upper-body and lower-body work while others include one exercise that involves the act of pushing and another that involves pulling, and so on. The idea is, since you’re working different areas with each exercise in a pair, you can give your all to both moves.

Okay, ready, set, go! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: Working Out With a Physioball Is REALLY Hard


This is Alon getting crazy with mountain climbers.

This Week’s Workout: Get Ripped with a Physioball

Testing date: Monday, November 2nd. See the workout here.

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 30 to 35 minutes.
Difficulty: 2 or 3 (out of five). It depends on your balancing ability.
Soreness factor: We’ll probably have some sore shoulders, pecs and abs tomorrow.
Overall grade: 3 (out of 5). This workout felt like it was missing that something special. It was still fun and different, and we would recommend it, especially if you don’t mind looking slightly funny attempting the balancing moves. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Get Ripped With a Physioball

We’re going to have a ball this week, people. A physioball (a.k.a. stability ball), that is. See what I did there? For this workout, you’re going to use a physioball for each exercise, so get ready to engage your core and challenge your balance while you attempt to make it through the entire circuit four times. Good luck!
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Be Well Workout of the Week: Conquer a 1-Mile Sprint



Today, you will sprint a mile. But wait, before you run away from this workout as fast as you can, note: You won’t have to sprint the entire mile all at once. We’re gonna break it down into four quarter-mile sprints to make it a little more manageable. So, you’ll do a circuit of exercises, run .25 miles as fast as you can, then repeat the entire circuit three  more times. And just like that, by the end of the workout, you’ve sprinted an entire mile. Not too terrible, right? Good luck! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: Two Philly Runners Test-Drive the Be Well Workout of the Week

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BeWOW tester Alon Abramson and friend Shaheen Beg doing this week’s workout.

Welcome to our new weekly feature, the BeWOW Breakdown, in which two local runners try out — and review — our latest Be Well Workout of the Week (That’s BeWOW — get it? — for short). If you’re new to Be Well Philly Land, local personal trainer Audrey McKenna Hasse posts workouts every Monday right here on the blog. She’s been doing so for a few years now, and her workouts have earned a bit of a cult following.

To wit: A week or two ago, Rebecca Barber and Alon Abramson, the runners you’ll meet below, emailed us to say they do Audrey’s workout religiously week in and week out, and wouldn’t it be fun to post reviews about the weekly workouts so readers can get a better idea of what to expect? “Why, yes,” we said. “That would be fun.” And so Rebecca and Alon graciously offered up their legs, lungs and limbs for this little experiment. Check out their first installment, a tried-and-tested review of this week’s Be Well Workout of the Week. See if they survived below.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Muscle-Burning Burpee Workout 

I hear you guys like burpees, so that’s what we shall do this week! (If I heard wrong, well, too bad.) For this workout, you have five rounds of five exercises, and — here’s where the real fun comes in — in between each exercise, you’ll do burpees. So for the first round of exercises, you have five burpees in between each exercise; for the second round, you have four; for the third round, you’ll do three burpees in between exercises; and, well, you get the idea. After the fifth round, when you’ve finished your last burpee, you are done.

Now, ready to get your burpee on? Leeeeet’s go! Read more »

Be Well Philly Workout of the Week: The 5 Exercise Workout

This workout consists of five exercises — that’s it. Easy, right? Weeeellll, maybe not. You’ll do 30 reps of each exercise, rest for two minutes, and then repeat the five exercises two more times — with 30 reps of each again — with a two-minute break in between rounds. See how fast you can complete the workout while maintaining good form. Then, try this workout again next week and see if you can beat your time.

Good luck!  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Jump Your Way to Killer Legs 

Get ready to do some plyos and get your body off the ground, people! For this week’s workout, we’re jumping. You’re going to need a stable surface (at a safe height of your choosing) to jump onto, and a line on the ground to use as a marker. You’ll have a series of exercises to do, and then a short cardio burst of quick jumps in between sets. Good luck!
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