Yes! SoulCycle to Open Center City Location This Fall — Here’s Where

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

We knew that SoulCycle, the cult-followed cycling studio with outposts all over the country, was coming to the Philly area by way of Ardmore (they’re slated to open their first Philly-area location at Suburban Square in late May), and we had an idea they might be making their way to Center City, too. When we talked with Gabby Etrog Cohen, SoulCycle’s VP of public relations and brand strategy, back in January, she said, “don’t be surprised if there’s a second location to come.” And, well, Center City, what with all the pent-up office workers looking for a post-work sweat session, just makes sense. And it seems SoulCycle agrees: We just got news from Cohen that the second Philly-area SoulCycle location is slated to open at 113 South 16th Street in Center City, currently home to furniture store Usona. Go ahead, let out a little squeal. Read more »

This Is Why I Haven’t Been Sleeping Lately — How About You?

This is Noah, the tiny human who is sort of responsible for my lack of sleep. (At least he's cute.)

This is Noah, the tiny human who is sort of responsible for my lack of sleep. (At least he’s cute.)

I’m writing this post to distract myself from the fact that my second pot of coffee isn’t quite done brewing yet. I’m pretty much operating on a hope and a prayer here that any of the sentences I’m typing actually make a tiny bit of sense.

You still with me? Good. Because that primal need, my friends, for a steady drip of caffeine basically sums up the state of affairs as it pertains to my sleeping habits lately — and by “lately,” I mean for nearly the past year, since bringing my first child, Noah, home from the hospital.  Read more »

The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

Field Guide: The Complete Broad Street Run Guide for Runners and Spectators

Broad Street Run | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Broad Street Run | Photo by Jeff Fusco

We’re just seven days out from the first Sunday of May, and for those in the Philly fitness world, this day on the calendar means one important thing: The Broad Street Run is right around the corner. Whether you plan on hoofing it down Broad Street with the other 40,000-and-some folks in the race, or lining up along the stretch to cheer on the seemingly endless parade of runners, chances are, you’ll be joining in on the action. After all, it’s kind of an unofficial holiday around these parts.

To help you celebrate, whether you’re running or watching, we’ve created a pretty darn exhaustive guide to answer all your questions, from where to park to where to cheer to where to get brunch afterward. So read up, and let the countdown begin! Read more »

Best Workout Ever: Spin with Adoptable Dogs and Cats at Body Cycle Studio

Photo via Facebook | Body Cycle Studio

Body Cycle Studio | Photo via Facebook

Looking for something to enhance your workout? Body Cycle Studio has found the answer: a sweat session with a side of adoptable dogs and cats. The studio is hosting a fundraiser for the Northern Liberties’ Street Tails Animal Rescue next Saturday, April 30th, giving you the perfect opportunity to knock out your sweat session and squeeze in some cuddles with a furry friend. Best workout ever, right? Read more »

Hey, Philly Fitness Studios: Raise Your Hands If You Have Prince Classes Planned

Pop-up Prince run | Photo via Instagram

Pop-up Prince run | Photo via Instagram

Last night, the folks from Philadelphia Runner and Run215 put on a pop-up Prince run, complete with Prince music serenading runners the whole way. They got a great turnout of over 100 runners — many of them wearing purple — which is pretty impressive considering runners only had a few hours notice. The enthusiasm around the pop-up Prince run leads me to believe that, one, fitness lovers want to get their sweat on with Prince in the background right now. And two (because demand), many-a fitness studio will be celebrating Prince with last-minute Prince-themed fitness classes.

To help us all out, I figured the most efficient way for people to learn about these classes would be to create a single place for fitness studios to tell us about their last-minute Prince offerings, and for fitness lovers (and Prince lovers) to be made aware of them: The comments section of this post. So, if you are a fitness instructor or a fitness studio owner in the Philly area and you have a Prince-themed class planned for today or this weekend, shout it out in the comments section below, including where it’s happening, when and a link for people to sign up if they need to. And keep it short and sweet, folks!  Read more »

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