How 8 Philly Fitness Pros Stay On Track During the Holiday Season

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It’s only December 8th, and I can already feel my lofty fitness goals succumbing to the demands of a busy holiday season. One peek at my calendar, and I can already see that my gym plans will get derailed more times than I care to admit in the next few weeks, thanks to the endless string of holiday parties, happy hours and gatherings.

Not that I’m complaining about my suddenly busy social life—Side note: Where are all these far-flung friends the other 11 months of the year? Couldn’t we get our annual hanging out out of the way in, say, August, when I have literally nothing going on, ever?—it’s just that I can’t help but feel guilty about the fact that all the hard work I’ve put in to attain my level of fitness during my more disciplined months goes right out the window come December 1st. And, well, that’s just frustrating.

So I did what I always do in these situations: I turned to the pros and asked what they do to keep on track during the holiday rush. I reached out to some of Philly’s top fitness pros to glean advice from their personal fitness routines in hopes that they would reveal something—anything!—to help me keep my eye on the prize. Hopefully I’m not the only one taking copious notes here.

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Opinion: In Defense of the Middle-Aged, Suburban CrossFitter

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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.

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