Be Well Workout of the Week: Total-Body Tone Up

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Your workout this week is pretty straightforward. It goes like this: Complete the following circuit four times, performing the exercises below as fast as you can while keeping good form. At the end of the circuit, do a quarter-mile sprint. You can do the sprint on the treadmill, elliptical, bike, somewhere outside, or if none of those are an option, you can always do the workout without the sprint. Try not to rest for more than a minute or two between circuits; this keeps your workout efficient and your heart rate high.

Good luck!

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The Ultimate Philly-Fitness Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

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If you’re feeling the holiday crunch, we feel you. As of today, you’re just 11 days out from Christmas, which means if you’re still shopping, you’d better kick it into high gear.

We can help. With expert input from Philly runners, cyclists, yogis and more, we’ve created eight curated gift guides for all of your holiday fitness-gift needs. So whether you’re looking for gear for your CrossFit-obsessed boyfriend or kitchen gadgets for your healthy-foodie best friend, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to get all of our gift guides in one easy-to-find place.

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Rudolph Run, Threshold Training, Jingle Bell Boot Camp and More

Ugly Sweater Run | Photo via Facebook

Ugly Sweater Run | Photo via Facebook

TGI(almost)F! Yes, we start the weekend celebration on Thursday around these parts, but that’s because we want to give you enough time to get your fitness calendar in order. This weekend, you can choose from lots of fun activities on the roster. Check out our picks below.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 25 Fitness Stocking Stuffers for $25 or Less

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Stockings are one of those things I forget about almost every year. It’s like I have tunnel vision when it comes to my gift list, and as soon I check off the last person, right before I’m about to collapse on the couch, exhausted, to celebrate the end of the shopping madness, I realize: Crap. I forgot about stockings.

This year, I’m getting organized ahead of time by shopping early for gifts my stocking-ees (Is that a thing? A person who receives a stocking?) will actually like. So no more last-minute shopping trips of desperation to CVS or Walmart. These 25 fitness stocking stuffers for $25 or less are sure to put big smiles on some faces this year.

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Philly’s Maya Winters and Rob Kearney Win Strong(wo)man Duos Competition

Rob Kearney and Maya Winters, victors in this weekend's TK in Windsor, Connecticut.

Rob Kearney and Maya Winters, victors in this weekend’s Couples Strong(wo)man Competition in Windsor, Connecticut.

Big news, sports fans! Last week I told you about local athlete Maya Winters, the college arts education professor who also just so happens to be the reigning middle-weight title holder of America’s Strongest Woman. (Go ahead, swoon, lesbians!)

When I wrote, she was about to join up with fellow and openly gay strongman competitor Rob Kearney to represent LGBTers in a rare Couples Strong(wo)man Competition at Lightning Fitness in Windsor, Connecticut. The competition was Saturday, and they kicked ass, taking home the contest’s top prize. They won!

Winters tells me they competed in a variety of challenges: the max log press, 12-inch deadlift with chains, couples tire flip, sandbag medley and the atlas stone load. If you don’t understand what all that is, just imagine muscles bulging, veins popping, and impossibly heavy objects being tossed around like rag dolls.

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4 Reasons You Should Exercise First Thing in the Morning (And How to Get It Done)

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Imagine this: It’s 5:15 p.m. and you’re getting psyched to leave work, hit the gym and tackle a good workout. You’re about to walk out of the office when you hear your name called. It’s your boss, he needs to have a quick meeting right now. Before you know it, it’s 6 p.m. and you’re supposed to help with dinner tonight, plus there’s traffic to deal with. Maybe today will be your off day (just like yesterday, and the day before).

Here’s a thought: If you’d worked out in the morning, this wouldn’t be your third off day in a row. But how do you become one of those crazy-dedicated people who heads to the gym before the sun comes up? It’s really not as hard as you might think. Here are four reasons you should be exercising first thing in the morning and a few ways to accomplish it.

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