My Top Five: Ways to Recover From a Killer Workout

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Trust me, I know the feeling: You had a killer workout at the gym yesterday and went home feeling amazing and accomplished. Then, you woke up the next morning feeling like you got punched hard in about five different places. And walking up the stairs? Forget about it. On days like these, it’s important to reward your body for its hard work with a little much-needed rest and relaxation.

So, we got Joe Petrusky, coach and owner of Crossfit Love in Northern Liberties, to fill us in on his top five favorite ways to recover from a hardcore workout. From acupuncture, to massage, and more, here’s how he unwinds tight muscles and gets his body in tip-top shape for his next sweat session.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Can You Do 100 Reps of These 5 Exercises?

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This week, we’ve got a challenge for you: You’re going to try your best to do 100 reps of five exercises: rotating push-ups, planks with alternating leg lifts, dead lifts, squats with overhead presses and double-under jump rope jumps. But don’t worry, we’ve broken the reps up into five rounds for you, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Ready to get your sweat on? Let’s go!

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The Best Workouts in Philadelphia

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

As you might already know, Philadelphia magazine’s brand-spankin’-new Best of Philly issue just hit shelves, and it is loaded with everything from the best healthy eats in town to the best healthy sweets to the best running trails and more. And of course, we included some of the best workouts, too! Below, the five best workouts in Philly, each to fit a different sweat-session need. Read more »

This New Strength-Training Gym Makes Being a Newbie Way Less Scary

IGNITE class | Photo via Facebook

IGNITE class | Photo via Facebook

What with all the grunting, bulging muscles and weights that weigh more than you, walking into a barbell gym to strength train on your own when you have little to no experience can be a bit intimidating. But Northern Liberties’ newly opened War Horse Barbell Club has taken the scary factor out of the equation with their strength-training program, designed to get average Joes and Janes — who may or may not be new to the gym world — in the best shape ever.

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Ride for Beer and a Cause at Cycle for Life

Photo via Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Photo via Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

A great workout, charity, and complimentary food and drink — now that’s a combo we can get down with. And that’s just what the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is bringing to Conshohocken on August 16th for its sixth annual Cycle for Life event.  Read more »

The Checkup: The Weird and Scary Way Your Sleep Habits Are Affecting Your Social Life

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• You know that if you don’t get enough sleep, you hurt your productivity, your mood, your motivation, and your health. But what you might not know is that sleep deprivation also reduces your ability to interpret facial expressions, which could seriously affect your relationships and how you treat other people. A recent study found that after 24 hours of being awake, people could not distinguish between threatening and friendly faces. [ScienceDaily]

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Free Fitness Galore! Wellness Wednesdays Start at the Oval This Week

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Photo via Facebook | The Oval PHL

If you’re a fan of free outdoor fitness classes in iconic Philly locales, listen up and listen good: The Oval’s Wellness Wednesdays kick off this Wednesday, July 22nd and they’re offering a slew of free classes that span the afternoon and evening. The best part? Almost every class — yoga! kickboxing! dance! — is free, and there will be food trucks lined up nearby all day, including the beloved Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies. Ah-mazing, right? Read more »

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