Good news for Lithe Method Rittenhouse regulars. The studio at 255 South 17th Street—where the cardio cheer sculpting classes are so popular, they often have wait lists—is moving and expanding. But don’t reset your GPS just yet: Lithe’s director of operations Melissa Weinberg tells me they’re staying in the Medical Tower building but will be moving from the fourth to the second floor, to the soon-to-be-vacated Rescue Rittenhouse space. (Rescue is just moving, not closing for good, FYI. They’re headed over to 1601 Walnut; date TBD.)
The new space means outdoor signage, so it’ll be a bit easier to find for newbies, plus more square footage, two mat rooms and upgraded locker rooms (including steam showers!).
“Doubling our mat rooms will definitely help cut back on the waitlists for our Rittenhouse Lithers, as we will be able to offer two classes at once during prime times,” Melissa says.
There’s no official date yet attached to the move, but Melissa says it would happen around the New Year at the earliest.
Ah, summertime. There’s nothing better than walking outside without layers of coats, mittens and hats, eh? Another advantage of the warm weather is that it’s SO easy to have a fun date—and it’s really cheap, too.
Here are five cheap and green date ideas you can try out this summer (or, you know, tell someone to plan for you. Whichever.):
Well, isn’t this special. If you thought you needed to be a member of the Merion Golf Club—or shell out the big bucks—to experience the U.S. Open, then you’ll be happy to know that the U.S. Golf Association has partnered with Philly’s Independence Visitor Center, and boy, do they have quite the event planned for you. Between today and June 16th, Independence Mall will be turned into a self-described golf “extravaganza,” complete with enough interactive activities and memorabilia to please the most hardcore golf fans. And the plus? No khakis or collars necessary.
Monday through Friday, the Visitor Center will be decked out with all-things golf, including educational exhibits and an official merchandise store. Over the weekend, everything will move outdoors to the Mall just in time for Father’s Day (which is, need I remind you, is the 16th). You’ll be able to watch all the golf greats, like Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Rory McIlroy, battle it out on the links on a jumbotron screen with live broadcast from the tournament. And clearly, no celebratory golf event is complete without USGA bleacher seating. There will also be an exact replica of the green on Merion’s famous 14th hole (think mini-golf on steroids), or if you would rather brush up on your drive, there will be plenty of simulated playing opportunities at booths all over the mall. For more info about the U.S. Open Experience, go here.
FREE, June 10th through 16th, Independence Visitor Center, 1 North Independence Mall, Philadelphia.
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Here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone: Get your holiday shopping done and help support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the Daisy Day Shopping Day on December 8th. Held at the Blue Bell Country Club, the event includes over two dozen vendors, like Saks Fifth Avenue, J. McLaughlin and Nicole Miller. Twenty-five percent of all sales will go to CHOP’s neurosurgery division, and the $25 admission fee covers lunch, too.
Online registration ends on Friday, December 2nd, but walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome. Register here.
$25, December 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Blue Bell Country Club, 1800 Tournament Drive, Blue Bell, 267-426-6477
As climate change haunts the globe and worries over the environment increase, the quest for renewable energy sources has become a top priority. Fortunately, Drexel and Temple students have found a pretty good one: themselves. Drexel’s new Recreation Center features 14 elliptical machines that feed energy created during a workout back into the building through a generator and inverter.
According to this Philly.com article, 30 minutes on one such machine can “power a desktop computer for 15 minutes, a laptop for 30 minutes, or a compact fluorescent bulb for 75 minutes, or… a TV for seven minutes.” In this case, the wattage lights up a galvanizing neon “I am a Dragon” sign. The gym also has stationary bikes with cell-phone charging outlets.
Over at Temple, an environmental student group, owners of green clothing line Verde Styles, put together a team of four bikes that powered a DJ booth for Power Down Philly, a green-awareness event that took place on August 11th. This weekend, Verde Styles will also provide bikes to power the sound system at Manayunk’s Eco Arts Festival.
Fast-forward to minute 8:15 to go right to our Fitness Challenge winner!
Congrats to Jim Schindler, our first-ever Philly Mag Fitness Challenge winner! After eight weeks of daily sweat sessions, grueling one-on-one workouts with his Sweat Trainers, and lots of smart tweaks to his previous fast-food-filled diet, Jim has cut his body fat percentage by a whopping 13 percent. “I felt fantastic when I looked at the scale today and discovered that I lost 20 pounds in eight weeks,” says Jim. “My goal of losing 26 pounds is in reach and I feel terrific. Now that I know how to exercise, I can go to the gym and burn fat and build muscle.”