Owner Vows to Rebuild Philly Gym After Massive Fire

The president of the Northeast Philadelphia gym that burned down on Monday says the company will rebuild.

The fire broke out at the AFC Fitness on Grant Avenue in the Far Northeast around 11:15 a.m. The blaze eventually grew to four alarms, and at least one person was transported to the hospital. A member told Channel 6 the blaze, which began on the roof, engulfed the gym in just five minutes.  Read more »

The Checkup: This Goal-Setting Tweak Could Be Your Ticket to Lasting Weight Loss

• I think it’s safe to say that now, at the beginning of March, a good chunk of us have traded our New Year’s resolutions of weight loss or money-saving or whatever in for, well, happy hours complete with nachos. If your hand is raised, take note of the goal-setting strategy called design thinking: It forces you to dig deeper to identify the root reason for why you’re setting a goal, whether that’s weight-loss related or not, so that you actually — really! — stick with it. [Shape]

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How to Work Out for Free at Roots Athletics This Weekend

F.I.T. class at Roots Athletics | Photo courtesy Roots Athletics

F.I.T. class at Roots Athletics | Photo courtesy Roots Athletics

A few months ago, I — arguably the least coordinated person on planet earth, next to an infant learning to walk — found myself attempting a hopping bear crawl move during a warmup for the F.I.T. class at Fairmount’s Roots Athletics. It was not pretty. But the F.I.T. class, short for functional interval training and designed to supplement Jiu-Jitsu training, was awesome. (You can read all about my experience here.)

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The Checkup: Why Having a Slow Metabolism Can Actually Be a Good Thing

• First off, according to an expert, we should be referring to our metabolisms as either efficient (read: slow) or inefficient (read: fast). And when it comes to metabolism, while a slow (er, efficient) metabolism is generally thought of as a culprit for weight gain, if you’re an athlete, it’s actually on your side, helping you store and maintain energy from food for workouts that require increased endurance. [Well + Good]

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The Checkup: 10 Trader Joe’s Foods You’ll Probably Regret Buying 

Trader Joe’s is like a best friend: You love them with all your heart, but every now and then, they do something that makes you want to scream at the top of your lungs, “Why did you make that god-awful mistake?!?!” My first experience with this at Trader Joe’s was when I purchased the salmon jerky. (I know: I should’ve known it would be gross — but I didn’t.) That creation is, in fact, a mistake. Here, one writer outlines 10 more items at Trader Joe’s — like the pre-made sushi, which I can also confirm is a mistake —that, in her opinion, taste absolutely terrible. Do note: The extensive comments section is also worth perusing. [Man Repeller]

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