Love Exploring Philly’s Parks? Meet Your New Favorite Workout Group

If you’ve been looking for more ways to celebrate the walkability of Philly, off the beaten path of your normal errand routes, look no further: The Fairmount Park Conservancy has teamed up with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philly Powered, and the Health Promotion Council to launch a free walking-group initiative dubbed We Walk PHL. And it kicks off next week, Tuesday, June 13th! Read more »

Dear Fitness Studios: You’re Doing Too Much

For some folks, the 60 or so minutes spent in a workout is the sole hour of the day that is completely theirs — free of technology and the distractions that seem to fill all the other hours of the day. But is it really? It seems to be a growing trend for studios to fit in as much technology as possible: Screens allllll up in your face, tracking and quantifying your every move, while huge speakers blast crazy-loud (and slightly aggressive) music meant to get you pumped up. Suddenly workout studios, maybe the one place where you could escape the tech-filled world, have become tech-filled themselves.

When did working out become so … much? Read more »

Yessss: Barre3 Is Hosting Free Outdoor Pop-Up Classes

Barre3 on the Plaza | Photo via of Barre3 Rittenhouse Facebook

GUYS, how awesome is it that we have sooooo many outdoor workout options coming up? Well, here’s another one to add to your calendar: Barre3 Rittenhouse will be hosting two outdoor pop-up barre classes in the next two weeks. And they’re totally free. Meaning: You better sign up ASAP before all the spots are taken. Read more »

The Super-Effective Abs Workout You Can Do in Bed

Some days, it’s just impossible to get out of bed. Even though you had every intention of going to the gym before work, let’s face it: the comfort of your nest of blankets and pillows is MUCH more alluring. So you snooze the alarm. And then again. And after five or six snoozes, you submit to the reality that there’s no way you’re making it to the gym. And with this realization, you’re suddenly wide awake and stricken with guilt. Thoughts akin to “I suck” float around in your head while you try to peel your sorry caboose out of bed.

But what if you could still get a workout in before work without even leaving your bed? You might be thinking,”Ah shucks, that’s too good to be true.” Well, folks, I — along with a real expert, Dana Auriemma, owner of Freehouse Fitness Studio and local ab guru — am here to tell you that it’s not too good to be true. Below, Dana demonstrates six abs exercises you can do in bed that are both effective and, in some cases, more challenging to do in your plushy bed than on your not-so plushy yoga mat. In other words, we have proof that you can, in fact, have it all.
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Exercise Really Is a Fountain of Youth, New Study Shows

The key to keeping your cells looking nice and young? It looks like exercise might just be the answer, my friends. As TIME reports, a new study published in Preventive Medicine found that participants who exercised most had biological aging markers that were significantly younger than their sedentary peers. Nine years younger (!!), to be exact.  Read more »

CycleBar Is Also Opening in North Wales (And Yes, There ARE Tons of Free Classes Involved)

First Rides at North Wales CycleBar studio | Photo Credit: HughE Dillon

First Rides at North Wales CycleBar studio | Photo Credit: HughE Dillon

CycleBar, the franchise indoor cycling studio, is probably still fresh in your memory from our post last week about their new studio opening in Plymouth Meeting (with TONS of free rides). Well, we have some good news: Turns out CycleBar is also opening an outpost in North Wales this month. And you know what that means? More  — yes, MORE — free rides. Read more »

Flyers Announce Annual Pick-Your-Distance Cycling and Running Event

Photo courtesy of the Flyers

Photo courtesy of the Flyers

On Sunday, July 16th, Flyers fans and fit Philadelphians will be pounding — and cycling across! — the pavement of Broad Street for the first Flyers Charity Classic, an annual event benefiting the Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association, who, in turn, support a bunch of nonprofits across Philadelphia. This is an expansion of the annual Flyers Charities 5K, which you probably already know and love, enhanced with a new course, new date and the addition of a cycling component.

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Put This on Your Calendar: Free Roaming Outdoor Boot Camp

Charge Performance and Wellness has a new boot camp series on deck — it’s called the Rise and Grind for Summer Bootcamp, and starts on May 7th. And to give us all little taste of what to expect at it, the Bella Vista gym has scheduled a boot camp preview event on Thursday, April 27th — and it’s totally free. And yes, you are invited.  Read more »

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