If at this exact moment, you’re thinking, “I just want to dance,” good news: You can do plenty of dancing (for free!) this Saturday. And if dancing isn’t your thing, there are plenty more fun stress-busting fitness events on the roster this weekend. Think: shopping, mud-running, and more. Check ‘em out below.
This Taylor Swift spoof won’t tug at your heartstrings quite like CHOP’s “Shake It Off” spoof, but if you’re into CrossFit, we’re guessing you’ll laugh a few times. And if you’re not, it will probably scare you off from CrossFit once and for all, what with the talk of post-workout puking and whatnot. Check it out below.
Calling all Orange Is the New Black fans: You’ll be pleased to know, Fig, also known as the money-hungry warden from the show, was spotted getting her CrossFit on at South Philly’s Fearless Athletics this morning.
Apparently, actress Alysia Reiner is in town shooting a film, so there’s a chance you’ll catch her at the South Philly box again. How’s that for the perfect incentive to take your first CrossFit class?
Yesterday, I read a really interesting piece on Well + Good titled “What You Can Learn About Fitness and Body Image from the Girls of Girls.” As it turns out, the reasons the girl from Girls work out don’t have all that much to do with how they look on television. As Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa, said, she works out because it makes her strong, and she needs to be strong to keep up with her kids. A practical answer if we’ve ever heard one. And Lena Dunham recently posted an Instagram photo of herself decked out in workout clothes, with a lengthy caption about how exercising has helped her with her anxiety, the most quotable portion of it being, “It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.” Well said, right?
And it’s not just the girls from Girls: Be Well Philly contributor, Lauren Napolitano has echoed this statement in the past, saying CrossFit helped her to become a more sane parent, albeit more because of the community bonding than the burpees.
I completely understand why people hate CrossFit. CrossFitters are an incredibly annoying group of people. They talk about CrossFit non-stop, they wear CrossFit sneakers, and they display misguided pride over their disgusting hand calluses. And CrossFit workouts? They’re ridiculous. How do they expect a 41-year-old mother of two to do a handstand pushup? And am I really supposed to push a weighted sled around a parking lot? Read more »
If you’ve yet to try CrossFit, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you: Tomorrow evening, Northern Liberties’ CrossFit Love is hosting a free fitness fair at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center, complete with all-levels classes plus juices, smoothies and Paleo treats. How’s that for the perfect post-work happy hour? Read more »
Before the CrossFit haters sharpen their knives, let me just preface this piece by saying that neither burpees nor deadlifts have helped me to become a better parent. I’m a mother, not a meathead, so in order to understand how CrossFit has helped me, you’re going to have to trust that I’m not proselytizing right now.
I joined CrossFit in August 2014. I love the classes, and the community is phenomenal. In many ways, it feels like a co-ed fraternity. Everyone is friendly and laughing all of the time. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had in a fitness class.
There’s just one thing I don’t like about CrossFit: I suck at it.
I felt compelled to write this piece after reading the New York Times Magazine essay, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated with Extreme Fitness?”
In it, the author describes CrossFitters as pitiful lemmings willing to jump off an athletic cliff due to an inability to think for themselves: “Despite the inherent risks of hundreds of thousands of people dabbling in Olympic weight-lifting techniques at their local strip malls, CrossFitters seem utterly dedicated to their hard-core workouts. …And the path to this world is necessarily lined with E.R. visits.”
She continues, in a quest to answer her headline question:
CrossFitters represent just one wave of a fitness sea change, in which well-to-do Americans abandon easy, convenient forms of exercise in favor of workouts grueling enough to resemble a kind of physical atonement. For the most privileged among us, freedom seems to feel oppressive, and oppression feels like freedom.
I couldn’t disagree more.