Philadelphia Sports Clubs is celebrating its 39th anniversary, so to celebrate, the local gyms are opening to the masses for free workouts for anyone tomorrow, September 25th. You can sign up for a membership with special anniversary rates and score freebies, or you can just take advantage of the free gym day by using the equipment or taking a class—your call.
PSC has six Philadelphia-area locations. Here’s where to find them.
Because I know you’re dying to know what personal trainer or fitness instructor has the best abs and tightest butt in Philly (right? Right.), Racked Philly just launched its Hottest Trainer 2013 contest. This week and next, they’ll be revealing eight finalists. Then, they’re opening it up to reader voting to select the winner.
So far, we know who two trainers are: Jessica Sullivan of Body Cycle Studio and Joe Ling of CrossFit Novem. Follow along here to see the rest. Voting will open on August 19th.
Did you catch the super cute flash mob proposal that happened in Washington Square last week? Our friends over at Bridal Bulletin posted the video yesterday, but I just learned that the adorable gal, for whom the proposal was orchestrated, is actually a personal trainer at Sweat Fitness in Old City. Her name is Scarlet Van Loon. You can swing by to wish her congratulations or, Sweat members, you can take her class on Tuesday night. She teaches kickboxing at 7 p.m.
Lithe Method debuted an app yesterday that makes it easier to book classes on the go. The app, available for free for iPhone, iPad and Android, allows you to book classes, buy class cards, and hear about exclusive deals at the studios.
Once you download the app, you’ll be prompted to set your studio of choice. (Note that Northern Liberties isn’t in there, as that studio is closing as of August 15th. Lithe director of operations Melissa Weinberg says they’re looking for a new NoLibs space as we speak.) You can always change your studio preference by hitting the arrows in the upper left corner. The app shows you the studios’ daily schedules, with the instructor’s name and photo, as well as descriptions for the classes, what you need to bring, and a link to book.
If you already have a Lithe Method account, use that to log in. The app only allows new users to book basic Lithe 101 classes, so if you’re a longtime Lither, be sure to use the account you already have.
Okay, so you know how Anthony Weiner calls himself Carlos Danger when texting photos of his, er, junk to women who aren’t his wife? Yes? Town Sports International, owner of Philadelphia Sports Clubs and its sister gyms in New York, Boston and D.C., is running a new print ad, below, in the Inquirer this weekend poking fun of Anthony Weiner and his member.
Guys, I think I might actually, physically be melting in this heat wave. It takes every fiber in my being not to just curl up in the fetal position in my air conditioned bedroom and wait this thing out until, oh, I don’t know, Labor Day. That is how much I hate this heat.
Philadelphia Sports Clubs seems to understand my plight. Starting today at PSC’s six area locations, anyone—members and nonmembers alike—can work out for free any day the thermometer creeps above 90 degrees. They’re running the promotion through August 31st, so there are still plenty of hot, hot days to take advantage of i. In fact, you can start today and go at least through Saturday, when the forecast is calling for back to back 98-degree days and a 94-degree reading (with thunderstorms. Fun!) on Saturday.
The only catch is that you can’t get the deal Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the gym’s peak hours. I guess they don’t want the lines for the treadmills to get too out of control. Otherwise, all you have to do is go in and mention the heatwave promotion at the front desk to score your free pass to air-conditioned fitness heaven.
When Sweat Fitness aquatics director Holly Waters sends you an email with the subject line “baby whisperer” and the only thing in it is a link to a YouTube video, you must click. And so I did, and was directed to a 26-second clip of Holly working her magic on a five-month-old baby named Nina. Nina, it turns out, is a fantastic swimmer. Holly says she gives swim instructions to kids of all ages, so Nina is no exception.
In the video, Nina floats easily on her back, kicking her arms and legs and keeping her face out of the water. Says Holly, “Swimming helps with muscle movement, development and comfort. Babies that young are swaddled, so their muscles are tight. I massage the arms and legs as they are in motion. Nina will be swimming laps sooner than most because mom got her in the water so soon.”
I cracked up yesterday when a coworker sent me a recent post on Lithe Method’s blog about owner Lauren Boggi’s newest a.m. obsession: a concoction she calls “Go Go Oatmeal.” See, the name is a double entendre: With a little planning ahead, it’s very quick to make, which Lauren says is useful on her “go go” days. But the oatmeal, a mixture of steel-cut oats and a clarified butter called ghee, will also make you “go”—as in poop. See what she did there?
And so, this is happening. Town Sports International, which owns Philadelphia Sports Clubs as well as its siblings in DC, New York and Boston, is opening up a call center this week to offer tips and advice for how to get your body ready—like, fast—for bikini season. Dubbed “The Bathing Suit Hotline,” it’ll be manned by a team of personal trainers from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday through Sunday only.
I don’t know if you’ve ever flipped over your store-bought salad dressings to read the ingredient- and nutrition-facts labels, but if you haven’t, let me tell you: most of them aren’t good. Besides the unpronounceable fillers that make them shelf stable, many salad dressings pack a lot of fat and sugar—which means they can turn your perfectly healthy salad into a calorie bomb like that.
In the video below, Juliet Burgh, nutrition director at Unite Fitness, offers two easy-to-make—and easy-on-your-waistline—salad dressings that you can throw together in less than two minutes. Check out her recipes for a peanut-sesame dressing and creamy balsamic Italian. Yum!
Psst! Juliet and her team will be at Be Well Boot Camp tomorrow! Swing by their table in the Marketplace to meet Juliet, then head up to the Weights for Women clinic, where Unite Fitness trainers will show you an easy 15-minute weight routine that’ll tone you up in no time. Get your Boot Camp tickets here.