Photo Recap: Last Night’s VERY Sweaty Rooftop #BWPUnderground Event

Photo by Theresa Regan

Yesterday was two things that can make for a pretty miserable time: It was Monday (insert eye roll here) AND the temperatures were in the 90s (hi, frizzy hair and pit stains). BUT it was still a great day for us and we have Be Well Philly Underground to thank for that. Yesterday evening, we held our last Be Well Philly Underground event of the season (don’t worry — we’ll be back in September!) on the rooftop at Stratus Lounge. And despite the heat and any case of the Mondays we might’ve had, it was a really good time.

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Warning: You’re About to Be Really Upset You Missed Last Night’s Secret #BWPUnderground

Photo by Susan Nam

Photo by Susan Nam

Last night, I couldn’t fall asleep until 11:30 p.m., and that’s like 4 a.m. in my world, which is filled with  premature Grandma-like tendencies like going to bed at 8:45 p.m. on the regular. Why couldn’t I fall asleep, you ask? Well, because I was still buzzing from all the good vibes I soaked up at last night’s Be Well Philly Underground Sweat + Sip + Shop event with City Fitness and the lululemon Local Fishtown.

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This Is How We Wish Every Monday Morning Started

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

You know what’s better than pressing snooze on a Monday morning? Rolling out of bed to go punch stuff. More specifically, rolling out of bed to go punch a heavy bag at Rittenhouse’s CKO Kickboxing. And you know what’s even BETTER than that? Punching things at CKO Kickboxing and then getting your savasana on at the neighboring CorePower Yoga. And that’s exactly how our morning starting at our Be Well Philly Underground Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana event today, alongside a crew of dedicated Be Well Philly Undergrounders who will officially serve as our Monday early-morning workout motivation heroes from here on out.

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See Photos From Last Night’s Secret Be Well Philly Underground Workout 

Be Well Philly Underground's STRIKE! and Snacks | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground’s STRIKE! and Snacks | Photo by Susan Nam

Another month, another Be Well Philly Underground secret pop-up fitness event in the books. This month, we teamed up with the folks from Life Time Athletic (yep, the ones opening three giant fancy new fitness clubs in the Philly area) and Pure Fare for a very (very, very, very) sweaty workout followed by breakfast-for-dinner snacks at the lovely Independence LIVE space on Market Street.

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PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground’s Drake Yoga and Drinks (FOMO Guaranteed) 

Be Well Philly's Drake Yoga and Drinks | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly’s Drake Yoga and Drinks | Photo by Susan Nam

Things we wish were a part of every single day: yoga done to Drake music and fancy — simple syrup-free! — cocktails courtesy of Spirit Forward. Those two wonderful things are exactly what we got at last night’s first Be Well Philly Underground event of the year, and I have to say, it was LOVELY.

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PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground Holiday Shopping Party 

The last stop of the holiday shopping crawl was &pizza — because after all that shopping, we needed to refuel. | Photo by Susan Nam

The last stop of the holiday shopping crawl was &pizza — because after all that shopping, we needed to refuel. | Photo by Susan Nam

We have to say: Yesterday’s weather was miserable. Rainy. Cold. Windy. Yesterday’s weather was the kind of weather where you walk outside and literally feel like life is slapping you across the face. So we have to give a GIANT round of applause to everyone who braved that slaps-you-across-the-face rain to make it to our Be Well Philly Underground Holiday Shopping Party. You can’t see us, but we are giving you all of the virtual hugs right now.

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Fact: Doing Yoga at Eastern State Penitentiary Should Be on Your Bucket List 

Be Well Philly Underground's Downward Dogs and Drinks at Easter State Penitentiary | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground’s Downward Dogs and Drinks at Easter State Penitentiary | Photo by Susan Nam

Confession: I am not a Halloween person. The last time I put any ounce of effort into a costume was when I was a “pop star” — no pop star in particular, just a pop star — in seventh grade. Clearly, even then, I was not committed.

So when we were thinking about our Be Well Philly Underground event for October, I wanted it to be in the theme of October — and that theme is Halloween, duh — without being too pumpkin-y and costume-y and, well, Halloween-y. So when our lovely events coordinator Kaylie, who many of you Undergrounders have met, suggested Eastern State Penitentiary, the former prison in Fairmount, as the space for October Underground event, I was sold. It’s spooky. But not cheesy. Perfect.

We got to planning and luckily it all came together. And man, our October Be Well Philly Underground event, an outdoor yoga class in the prison yard space of Eastern State Penitentiary led by the lovely folks of Fairmount’s Yoga Habit, was even cooler (and MUCH spookier) than I’d imagined it would be.

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Psst: Our Next Secret (Free!) Pop-Up Fitness Event Is Coming Up!

Be Well Philly Underground at Stratus Lounge | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground at Stratus Lounge | Photo by Susan Nam

It’s that time again, friends! Time for our next secret Be Well Philly Underground pop-up fitness event. Excuse us while we do a few jumps of joy.

Okay, we’re back. If you aren’t familiar with Be Well Philly Underground, it’s our secret underground fitness club that gets you first dibs at spots in our super-awesome free pop-up fitness events that we hold around town each month. Be Well Philly Underground is free to join in on; you just have to sign up here to get alerts about our upcoming events, which we send out a few days prior to the shindigs. To give you a taste of what to expect, past Underground events have included everything from donut runs (to warm Federal Donuts — yum!) to candlelight sunrise yoga sessions at Lululemon to cross-training runs (with a pretzel bar at the finish line) and more. Yeah, long story short: They are good time. You can check out all of our past events here.

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Photos: Be Well Philly Underground Is Back From Summer Break!

Be Well Philly Underground #IWokeUpLikeThis Morning Workout Party | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground #IWokeUpLikeThis Morning Workout Party | Photo by Susan Nam

When I was six, I asked my godfather, “Why do weather forecasters get to keep their jobs? They’re always wrong.” I know this because he tells me the story at least once a year. He thinks it’s hilarious that a six-year-old child would have firing bad hires on the brain. But the question remains: Why, OH WHY, is the weather forecast always wrong?

Yesterday marked the day for our very first Be Well Philly Underground pop-up fitness event of the season. The forecast: Torrential downpours. The workout, an #IWokeUpLikeThis morning workout party in collaboration with Philly’s branch of the grassroots fitness group the November Project, was to start at the Art Museum at 6:25 a.m., rain or shine. Naturally, many a person looked at the forecast Monday night, saw “rain on rain on rain” and said “Nope.”

I was 100 percent sure no one would show up.

But guess what?! A good chunk of you lovely humans out there did show up at the Art Museum steps bright and early to get your sweat on (rain or shine) — and, per usual, the weather forecasters were wrong. It didn’t even rain! We had an awesome, bounce-filled, hug-filled workout — proof in the form of smiley, sweaty photos, below. A BIG thank you to our friends at the November Project for helping us get our sweat on and a round of applause for everyone who made it out of bed before sunrise, despite the chance you miiiight get back home soaking wet. If you want in on the next secret pop-up Underground event, make sure to sign up here (it’s free!). We’ve got some sweet stuff in the works for you guys this year!   Read more »

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