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 »

Photos: Be Well Philly Underground Philly Pretzel Cross-Training Run with RippedPHL

Photo by Susan Nam.

Photo by Susan Nam.

You know how when it’s 65 degrees in May and everyone complains that it’s “so cold, ughhhh,” but then once it hits 75, we’re all begging for air conditioning? Well, begging for air conditioning is exactly what I was doing yesterday as I, along with 100 other Be Well Philly Undergrounders, pounded the pavements through Rittenhouse on what felt like the most humid evening of the year so far during our Be Well Philly Underground Philly Pretzel Cross-Training Run with the folks from Rittenhouse’s newly opened RippedPHL. But even though, come the end of the workout, my hair looked like that of a poodle’s and the rest of me looked like I’d just been sprayed down with a hose (So. Much. Sweat.), it was a great night. I mean, with a free (killer) workout followed by a free pretzel bar, how could it not be a great night? Read more »

PHOTOS: Last Night’s Be Well Philly Underground Sweat and Salads Event

Photo by Susan Nam

Photo by Susan Nam

Let’s be honest: Awesome Monday nights — like, truly awesome Monday nights — are pretty rare, at least for me. Monday nights in my world are usually reserved for catching up on The Real Housewives. (I am not ashamed, though I probably should be.) But last night was a truly awesome Monday night. Last night, we teamed up with our friends from Rittenhouse’s CorePower Yoga and Sweetgreen for our Be Well Philly Underground Sweat and Salads event, a hot yoga class followed by — wait for it — free Sweetgreen salads for all. See? Awesome. Read more »

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