Be Well Workout of the Week: Turn Your Trail Run Into a Cross-Training Session

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Your workout instructions this week? Take advantage of this beautiful weather and get outside for a run, people! Find your favorite running trail (we’ve got a ton of great options here), grab a running buddy, and get moving.

During your run, you’re going to make a few pit stops — every few minutes, you’ll stop at at a bench, a big rock or some stairs — to do a strength-training circuit one time through. Then get back to your run, and stop again in a few minutes for another round. Aim to do the circuit five times throughout the course of your run — and more if you’re feeling ambitious.

See the strength-training circuit below. Happy trails, friends! Read more »

What the Heck Is That?: The Forgotten Gym Equipment You Should Be Using

Photos by Claudia Gavin

Photos by Claudia Gavin

You’ve seen it: the bands, steps, pulleys and other strange equipment gathering dust in the corner of the gym. You’ve probably even wondered (out loud, maybe?): What the heck is that stuff, anyway?

We wondered, too — which is why we enlisted Center City-based personal trainer Brian Maher to decode that oft-forgotten gym equipment we should have been using all along. Here, how to get a great workout with five awesome pieces of equipment most everyone ignores at the gym. Read more »

Relentless Fitness Is Moving to a New (Bigger!) Location

The mural at the new Relentless Fitness studio.

The mural at the new Relentless Fitness studio.

Washington Square West personal-training studio Relentless Fitness is moving to new digs this week — from 249 South 10th Street to 722 Chestnut Street — doubling the studio’s size to 3,000 square feet of fitness space. “Our goal is to be the best personal training facility in the city,” says co-owner Roger Dickerman, adding that the new space is a step in that direction.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Power Gauntlet

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This week’s workout is a test of your speed and power. Choose weights on the heavier side, and get ready to work your way down a repetition ladder, starting with 10 reps of each exercise, then eight reps, then six, then four, and finally two.

Move quickly between exercises, with little rest, but be sure to maintain good form. You have three different exercise circuits, so complete the entire rep ladder for Circuit 1 before moving on to Circuit 2. Between each repetition round, take a 30-second break. Between each circuit, take a one-minute break.

Here are your exercises.  Read more »

NYC Climbing Gym Brooklyn Boulders Announces Philly Location

Photo via Brooklyn Boulders/Facebook

Photo via Brooklyn Boulders/Facebook

UPDATE 4/2: Brooklyn Boulders thinks Philly is a joke. They announced today, more than 24 hours after their “prank” post went live (and in a bald-faced breach of April Fools’ Day etiquette), that their “announcement” of a Queen Village location was a “cruel April Fools’ joke, Philly.” They’re, of course, pleading for Philadelphians to sign a petition to bring a Brooklyn Boulders location to Philly, which is the last you’ll hear about this company on PhillyMag.com. Ever.

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ORIGINAL: Yup, it seems those rumors were true. Brooklyn Boulders, a New York-based rock climbing gym with locations in Brooklyn, Chicago and Massachusetts, is officially adding Philly to its list of outposts. Unless this is an April Fools’ joke (that would be SO mean), the gym announced on its blog and social media platforms this morning that it has secured a spot in Queen Village. Read more »

All the Reasons You Think You Hate CrossFit

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I completely understand why people hate CrossFit. CrossFitters are an incredibly annoying group of people. They talk about CrossFit non-stop, they wear CrossFit sneakers, and they display misguided pride over their disgusting hand calluses. And CrossFit workouts? They’re ridiculous. How do they expect a 41-year-old mother of two to do a handstand pushup? And am I really supposed to push a weighted sled around a parking lot?   Read more »

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