Post-Thanksgiving Workout Challenge: 5 Exercise Moves That Torch Major Calories

Let’s burn off those Thanksgiving calories, shall we? This 30-minute, five-move workout, packed with high-calorie-burning moves, is guaranteed to help you shed all that stuffing, mashed potatoes, and extra piece (or pieces) of pumpkin pie. Well, at least put a dent in shedding it. And a bonus: There’s no equipment needed for this workout. So grab the family, head to the living room and get moving.

All you need to do is put 30 minutes on the clock and complete this five-move circuit as many times as you can. Happy sweating! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Super-Killer Superset Workout 

This week, you are going to superset each body part. That means you’ll do one exercise, like a chest press, then immediately do another chest exercise, like a chest fly, with no rest between. Then, you’ll move on to the next muscle group.

While it looks like this workout has a lot — a lot, a lot — of exercises, working each body part separately will give the other muscle groups a chance to recover. So it’s not quite as hard as it looks. And, keeping with the theme of supersets, after you’ve made it through the circuit once, try to do it all over again. Good luck! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Opposite Exercises Attract 

Six pairs of exercises, done five times each: That’s your challenge this week. (And yes, it will be harder than it sounds.) Get ready to move quickly, completing each pair of exercises five times before moving on to the next set of exercises, all while keeping your form in tip-top shape.

Each pair of exercises consists of opposing moves that use different areas of strength. For example, some sets include upper-body and lower-body work while others include one exercise that involves the act of pushing and another that involves pulling, and so on. The idea is, since you’re working different areas with each exercise in a pair, you can give your all to both moves.

Okay, ready, set, go! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: Philly Runners Test Our 1-Mile Sprint Workout


This is Rebecca getting her single-leg step-ups on.

This Week’s Workout: The One-Mile Sprint

Testing date: Monday, October 26th. See the workout here.

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 25 to 35 minutes (depending on sprint speed).
Difficulty (out of five😭): 😭 😭 😭
Soreness factor: We are going to be sore, but it won’t stop us from our normal workouts tomorrow.
Overall grade (out of 5 💪): 💪 💪 💪 💪  — We knocked it down one point because while it was super easy to do on a track, it would be harder to do in a gym when you have to hop on and off the treadmill. Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: Two Philly Runners Test-Drive the Be Well Workout of the Week

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BeWOW tester Alon Abramson and friend Shaheen Beg doing this week’s workout.

Welcome to our new weekly feature, the BeWOW Breakdown, in which two local runners try out — and review — our latest Be Well Workout of the Week (That’s BeWOW — get it? — for short). If you’re new to Be Well Philly Land, local personal trainer Audrey McKenna Hasse posts workouts every Monday right here on the blog. She’s been doing so for a few years now, and her workouts have earned a bit of a cult following.

To wit: A week or two ago, Rebecca Barber and Alon Abramson, the runners you’ll meet below, emailed us to say they do Audrey’s workout religiously week in and week out, and wouldn’t it be fun to post reviews about the weekly workouts so readers can get a better idea of what to expect? “Why, yes,” we said. “That would be fun.” And so Rebecca and Alon graciously offered up their legs, lungs and limbs for this little experiment. Check out their first installment, a tried-and-tested review of this week’s Be Well Workout of the Week. See if they survived below.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Muscle-Burning Burpee Workout 

I hear you guys like burpees, so that’s what we shall do this week! (If I heard wrong, well, too bad.) For this workout, you have five rounds of five exercises, and — here’s where the real fun comes in — in between each exercise, you’ll do burpees. So for the first round of exercises, you have five burpees in between each exercise; for the second round, you have four; for the third round, you’ll do three burpees in between exercises; and, well, you get the idea. After the fifth round, when you’ve finished your last burpee, you are done.

Now, ready to get your burpee on? Leeeeet’s go! Read more »

Be Well Philly Workout of the Week: The 5 Exercise Workout

This workout consists of five exercises — that’s it. Easy, right? Weeeellll, maybe not. You’ll do 30 reps of each exercise, rest for two minutes, and then repeat the five exercises two more times — with 30 reps of each again — with a two-minute break in between rounds. See how fast you can complete the workout while maintaining good form. Then, try this workout again next week and see if you can beat your time.

Good luck!  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Jump Your Way to Killer Legs 

Get ready to do some plyos and get your body off the ground, people! For this week’s workout, we’re jumping. You’re going to need a stable surface (at a safe height of your choosing) to jump onto, and a line on the ground to use as a marker. You’ll have a series of exercises to do, and then a short cardio burst of quick jumps in between sets. Good luck!
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Be Well Workout of the Week: Can You Run 30 Sprints in One Workout?



For your workout this week, let’s do some sprint intervals. You want to work hard during the sprints, and then take advantage of your recovery before you sprint again — you’re going to need it. Each sprint should be high-intensity, so whatever that means for you, go for it!

If you’re just starting out with this whole workout thing, your sprint can totally be a power walk. If you’re a serious runner, run those sprints as fast as you can! And when it comes to recovery, you can opt to do a light jog or walk. Good luck! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 25-15-10 Workout



For this week’s workout, you’re going to complete four rounds of exercises, each with three different moves. Once you complete the first group of exercises, move on the next. You’re going to go through the full circuit three times and once you complete your third round of tricep dips, you’re done! Not too bad, huh? Happy sweating, guys! Read more »

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