Your fitness plan for the week—signed, sealed, delivered.
Welcome to your weekly fitness planner! To help you map out a workout plan—and stick with it—we highlight five classes you can try each and every week. Check out this week’s lineup below.
You all seemed to enjoy last week’s mix by Body Cycle Studio’s Shoshana Katz so much that we decided to farm the job out again to another mixtape master. This week’s playlist is brought to you by Juliet Burgh, coach and nutrition director at Unite Fitness, a Philly-based training studio known for its tough 75-minute workouts and—wait for it—killer playlists.
Juliet picked tracks this week that’ll keep you sweating for up to two full hours. That’s one epic run, walk in the Wissahickon, or killer gym session. Get your streaming on below.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Philly. This city of ours boasts tons of my favorite fitness and foodie stuff that you can’t find anywhere else—I mean, hellooo, runs on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, and HipCityVeg. But every now and then I come across something that sounds so, so awesome and realize that, even with all the wonderful stuff we do have, we don’t have that. And then I begin pining for it. So I figured I’d share some of the things I’m pining for with you guys, so we can pine for them together. Here, five fitness and foodie things in other cities that we wish would pop up in Philly.
It’s about to get cold, folks—like, reeeeally cold—with a 20-degree drop expected by Friday. So I would encourage you to get outdoors and soak up what might be the last day of warm weather for, well, awhile.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
This week, get ready to jump—we’re doing some plyo, people!
If you’re unfamiliar with plyometrics, also called jump training, you’re in for a treat. Plyo exercises are all about building power, speed and explosive reaction. You’ll challenge your body with short bursts of movement aimed at stretching and shortening muscles in rapid-fire succession. Serious athletes love (well, love/hate as these things go) plyo drills because they increase vertical jump, muscle strength and overall performance while helping build defenses against joint injuries. And, of course, they leave you totally breathless.
Philly gay-owned exercise studio Unite Fitness is hosting a day of working out and brunching just for the boys. Owner Gavin McKay tells me that #GayMenUnite is a free workout led by Unite Fitness
babes trainers Mark and Austin. The hour-and-fifteen-minute session will comprise Unite’s cross-training format: 30 minutes of cardio intervals (running, spinning, rowing), 30 minutes of strength training (dumbbells, suspension-training, etc … ), and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation, McKay says.
So in other words, be ready sweat and hurt a lot—but there’s a reward at the end!
Afterward, the group will wander over to another gay-owned establishment, Penn 6, for a post-workout brunch. While the workout is free, you’ll have to pay for the food, though co-owner Tim Adams is offering a special of $15 bottomless mimosas with your brunch entree. Order away. You deserve it.