Broad Street Run Training: Do You Really Need to Cross Train?

For most of us, our time available to train for a race is limited by work, family and life’s more pressing issues. This can lead to either-or situations: “Should I run Friday or go to a cross-training spin class?”

You may recall a Broad Street Run training post from last year called “Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Cross-Training Days.” In this post, I outlined four different types of cross-training activities: cardiovascular exercises, strength, flexibility (or what I call mobility) and drills. I included what they were, why you should do them and how to incorporate them. While I still recommend everyone should be cross training, not everyone should spend the same amount of time and focus on cross training. How much and what type of cross training you should be doing varies greatly depending on your experience level and goals.

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Unite Fitness Announces Awesome (Free!) Unite Philly Cross-Training Run 

Photo courtesy Unite Fitness

Photo courtesy Unite Fitness

Well, this is awesome: As all you loyal Be Well Philly readers out there already know, Unite Fitness is opening a second studio in Rittenhouse this fall. And to celebrate and give folks a peek at the new space, they’re putting on an everyone-is-welcome free cross-training run that they describe as a “fitness scavenger hunt that will get your hear and muscles pumping.” Intrigued? Us too.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Turn Your Trail Run Into a Cross-Training Session

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Your workout instructions this week? Take advantage of this beautiful weather and get outside for a run, people! Find your favorite running trail (we’ve got a ton of great options here), grab a running buddy, and get moving.

During your run, you’re going to make a few pit stops — every few minutes, you’ll stop at at a bench, a big rock or some stairs — to do a strength-training circuit one time through. Then get back to your run, and stop again in a few minutes for another round. Aim to do the circuit five times throughout the course of your run — and more if you’re feeling ambitious.

See the strength-training circuit below. Happy trails, friends! Read more »

PHOTOS: #GayMenUnite For Cross-Training and Boozy Post-Workout Brunch

On Saturday, local gay-owned gym Unite Fitness hosted its first-ever day of working out dedicated to gay men. #GayMenUnite was a free, hour-and-fifteen-minute cross-training workout that included 30 minutes of cardio intervals, 30 minutes of strength training, and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation. Unite Fitness owner Gavin McKay tells me the venture was a huge success, bringing together 40 local gay dudes for bonding, exercising and a boozy post-workout brunch at Penn 6, another gay-owned establishment just around the corner. Participants also donated more than $300 for the Movember Foundation, an initiative fittingly aimed at “changing the face of men’s health.”

So, with all the success, can we expect another #GayMenUnite in the near future? “Lots of guys asked us to do it again, even weekly or monthly so you can be sure there will be another,” says McKay. He even hinted that he may host a #LesbiansUnite, so keep your ears open for that one, too.

McKay shared some photos of the afternoon. Check them out below: