PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2016 (Also Known As the Best Day Ever) 

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2016 | Photo by Nell Hoving

Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2016 | Photo by Nell Hoving

I don’t know about you guys, but I am STILL floating on a cloud after this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual ladies-only day of everything wellness that brings together hundreds of women from around the region, which went down this past Saturday. I mean, not to toot our own horn or anything, but between the fitness classes — from SUP Yoga to Beyoncé Boot Camp to Hip-Hop Yoga — the awesome speakers, the oh-so-helpful cooking demos with Philly chefs, the packed Marketplace and the post-sweat-session (er, sessions) happy hour, it was pretty much a fitness lover’s dreams come to life. (Okay, okay, fine: Maybe we are tooting our own horn.) Read more »

Cecily Tynan’s Official Weather Forecast for Be Well Philly Boot Camp

An outdoor pop-up workout at Be Well Philly Boot Camp

An outdoor pop-up workout at Be Well Philly Boot Camp

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that every year, when we begin planning Be Well Philly Boot Camp, we have a conversation about the weather — the what ifs, the backup plans, the what-the-heck-will-we-dos when it comes to planning an event, half of which takes place outside, on an early summer weekend.

It also probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that each and every year, our conclusion to this conversation is, Eh, screw it. And so, we take our chances, plowing ahead with our best-laid plans.

What this means is for the week leading up to the big day, we all sit around secretly checking our weather apps and obsessing over each and every bit of weather-related minutiae. We’ve been enormously blessed with perfect weather each and every year for this event, but I have to say, this spring’s wet-and-wild ride has left more than a few of us biting our nails. (Read: me.)

That’s why I reached out to 6 ABC weather guru Cecily Tynan yesterday to ask her straight-up what we can expect on Saturday from good ol’ Mother Nature. I was secretly hoping she’d tell me it would all be sunshine and rainbows.

Well, guess what, friends. It’s pretty darn close.  Read more »

Be Well Philly Boot Camp: Everything You Need to Know to Have an Awesome Time

A pop-up workout at Be Well Philly Boot Camp | Photo by JPG Photography

A pop-up workout at Be Well Philly Boot Camp | Photo by JPG Photography

I want you to do something for me. Close your eyes, ignore the gloom and rain outside, and picture yourself having a freaking blast at Be Well Philly Boot Camp tomorrow. Now, aren’t you psyched?

We’re pretty much bursting with anticipation over here, as we gear up for our 5th (!!!) annual Be Well Philly Boot Camp, Philly’s biggest, baddest fitness event for women of all ages and fitness levels. We’re amped to be back at the Drexel Recreation Center this year with a whole new lineup of fitness classes, speakers, chefs and marketplace vendors, all of whom we’re preeeeeetty sure will knock your socks off.  Read more »

10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly: June 2016

Floating fitness with Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook.

Floating fitness with Aqua Vida at Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo via Facebook.

The fact that June is somehow already right around the corner blows my mind. Time flies when you’re packing your schedule with fitness fun, it seems. And speaking of packing your schedule with fitness fun, you’ll find our top 10 picks for filling your schedule this month below. Happy sweating, friends! Read more »

A Sneak Peek at Your New Favorite Workout Shirt (And Where You Can Get It!)

be well philly shirtAt last year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual ladies-only fest of ALL things health and wellness, everyone who was part of the Be Well Philly crew putting on the event was wearing a snazzy Be Well Philly Boot Camp tank top. I can’t tell you HOW many women wandered up to me and asked, “Um, can I buy one of those shirts from someone?” The answer was no, but this year, it will be a firm “Yes you can!” At this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, coming up very soon — on Saturday, June 4th, to be exact — we’ll be selling the snazzy shirts in the photo above at our Be Well Philly table in the Marketplace. Read more »

How Running Ultramarathons Changed My Life

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

Rebecca Barber, running with her signature braided pigtails.

I’ve run 5Ks before, a few Broad Streets, and even a handful of half marathons, but I’ve never approached anything close to the mileage local ultramarathoner Rebecca Barber logs on, say, a rainy Tuesday.

She’s the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run and a 17-time ultramarathoner and, man, let me tell you, this gal has stories. In fact, one of her stories, about what it was like completing a 100-mile trail race earlier this year in Florida, is what prompted me to invite her to speak at this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp, coming up on June 4th. Her topic? How running crazy-long distances has challenged her and changed her life in some pretty radical and unexpected ways.

Below, I chatted with Rebecca about some of what she’ll share at her Boot Camp session to give you a taste of the awesomeness she has planned. But you can hear her speak and pick her brain at the 10:30 a.m. session in our Speakers’ Lounge. Check out the full lineup of Boot Camp fun here, and snag a ticket while you still canRead more »

How to Eat Clean and Lose Weight: The Un-diet Diet

Ah, the word “diet” — perhaps the most fraught and misunderstood word in the health-and-wellness dictionary.

And it’s no wonder: A quick Google search for the word diet turns up over 450 million results, from top 10 lists to diet myths to articles showcasing experts from every conceivable side of the debate. Diets are good. Diets are bad. Diets are super effective. Oh, wait — no they’re not.

We here at Be Well are sick of all the back-and-forth, the questions and the confusion surrounding this most hotly debated topic. So we wanted the straight truth, the facts to help us decide what makes for a really good, long-term diet — in the least diet-y sense of the word. Read more »

Where to Learn How to Whip Up Healthy Meals Like a Philly Pro (From Philly Chefs!) Next Month 

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve probably seen us wax poetic about Be Well Philly Boot Camp — our wonderful ladies-only day of ALL things wellness coming up June 4th — at some point over the past few weeks. I mean, what with all the fitness classes (20 total!), the amazing inspirational speakers and the post-sweat healthy happy hour, it deserves some gushing over. But one thing we haven’t told you guys a whole lot about yet is the Culinary Demo Stage. So let me tell you: We have some awesome chefs lined up to school you on how to throw down in the kitchen like a pro. Read more »

Awesome News: SUP Yoga Now on the Lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp!

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Indoor SUP Yoga at Drexel | Photo via Aqua Vida

Guys, guys, guys: We have some VERY exciting news to share. You ready? We just made an awesome addition to our fitness lineup for Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our annual day of all things wellness for women, coming up June 4th at Drexel Recreation Center. Drumroll, please: The ladies from Aqua Vida — the same gals behind SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park — will be hosting two indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga classes during this year’s Boot Camp. Eeeeeee! Read more »

Why Your Pelvic Floor Is the Secret to a Stronger Core and Better Sex

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

Christina Stoltz at Be Well Philly Boot Camp 2013 | Photo by JPG Photography

This year is seriously flying by, you guys. I mean, it’s almost May, for goodness’ sake, which means we’re just over a month out from the fifth annual Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our massive day of fitness and wellness just for women. It’s a day of positivity, empowerment and motivation, and a celebration of all-around female badassery, with amped-up fitness classes, inspiring speakers, top local chefs and lots more. In a nutshell, it is awesome.

Over the next month, we’ll be previewing some of what’s in store for this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp participants. First up, we chatted with Christina Stoltz, owner of the Pilates-based Northern Liberties fitness studio, Ploome. We’re huge fans of Christina around these parts, and if you’ve been to Boot Camp before, you probably remember her oh-so-fabulous outdoor fitness classes. This year, she’ll be leading a new-to-Boot Camp class called Stripp’d: Cardio-Core Workout in our outdoor fitness tent, but she’ll also be pulling double duty as a featured speaker in our Speakers’ Lounge.  Read more »

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