14 New Philly Fitness Studios to Know About Now

Rittenhouse's new RippedPHL | Photo via Facebook

Rittenhouse’s new RippedPHL | Photo via Facebook

Man, it is a busy time to be writing about fitness in Philly. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s a great problem to have! There is SO much going on in the Philly fitness world right now, including lots — we’re talkin’ double-digits-lots — of new fitness studios popping up around town.

To get you all caught up on the fitness openings around the city (because it really is tough to keep up), we’ve rounded up a slew of new fitness and yoga studios — some of which recently opened and some that are opening in the coming weeks and months — to have on your radar. Read up, then clear your schedule: You’ve got lots of new workouts to try! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Get in and Out of the Gym in 35 Minutes 

Short on time today? Put eight minutes on the clock and get ready to move. You’ll have four exercises to get through as many times as you can in those eight minutes, then you’ll have three more eight-minute rounds. With a total of four rounds, you’ll get a full-body workout in a little over 30 minutes! Can’t beat that, can you?
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The Checkup: The Smart Smoothie Trick to Save Tons of Time

• ‘Tis the beginning of everyone’s favorite season: smoothie season. To get your breakfast sip on without spending your mornings figuring out what to throw in the blender — then chopping, then blending — prep individual freezer bags filled with smoothie ingredients on Sunday night. Then, throughout the week, you can just pull one out and pop it in the blender, saving yourself lots of time, and a bit of mental energy (because everything takes more effort before coffee). Easy as a pumpkin pie smoothie, right? [Self] Read more »

Hey, Philly Fitness Studios: Raise Your Hands If You Have Prince Classes Planned

Pop-up Prince run | Photo via Instagram

Pop-up Prince run | Photo via Instagram

Last night, the folks from Philadelphia Runner and Run215 put on a pop-up Prince run, complete with Prince music serenading runners the whole way. They got a great turnout of over 100 runners — many of them wearing purple — which is pretty impressive considering runners only had a few hours notice. The enthusiasm around the pop-up Prince run leads me to believe that, one, fitness lovers want to get their sweat on with Prince in the background right now. And two (because demand), many-a fitness studio will be celebrating Prince with last-minute Prince-themed fitness classes.

To help us all out, I figured the most efficient way for people to learn about these classes would be to create a single place for fitness studios to tell us about their last-minute Prince offerings, and for fitness lovers (and Prince lovers) to be made aware of them: The comments section of this post. So, if you are a fitness instructor or a fitness studio owner in the Philly area and you have a Prince-themed class planned for today or this weekend, shout it out in the comments section below, including where it’s happening, when and a link for people to sign up if they need to. And keep it short and sweet, folks!  Read more »

How to Master the Art of the Lunch-Break Run 

Finding the time to work out when you are so busy you want to crawl into a hole and die can be hard: That’s where the lunch-break run comes in. Not only does it give you the opportunity to sneak out of your office for some much-needed sunshine, it’s also a way to use the time you know you have every day to get your sweat on — without needing any equipment or having to shell out any dough. And, unlike a lunch-break fitness class, you assign the amount of time you’re going to sweat for. Only have 30 minutes until you need to be back at your desk? No problem.

But the lunch-break run is an art of sorts: You have to, one, know how to get the most out of a short run, and, two, know how to set yourself up to look office-ready afterward. So, to help you become a lunch-break running pro, we asked two of our favorite Philly runners, Holly Waters of Fitness Alive and Katie Rodger of The Juice Philly (also a Lululemon Ambassador and an avid runner), to spill their lunch-break run tips and dish on their favorite post-midday-run products. Below, how to master the art of the lunch-break run in six steps. Read more »

The Checkup: How Google Calendar’s New Feature Will Make You Stick to Your Weekly Workout Plan

• If you always tell yourself you’re going to work out three times a week, but then just “don’t have tiiiiime,” Google Calendar’s new feature, called Goals — which finds time for you, then reminds you that you do, in fact, have time to do what you said you would do — will change that. [Science of Us] Read more »

The Checkup: The Piece of Gym Equipment That’s Way Germier Than a Toilet Seat

• You are about to do so much cringing. A new study examined bacteria samples from gym equipment at large fitness chains around the country and spoiler alert: Gym equipment is covered in bacteria. And the most digusting of all? Free weights, with 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. BRB, going to wash my hands forever. [Women’s Health] Read more »

7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening to While You Work Out

I used to hate my morning commute on the El. Like really hate it. But not for lack of trying. I tried very hard to like it: I created special for-the-commute playlists every week and developed a financially irresponsible La Colombe addiction, all in an effort to look forward to my train ride. But no matter how many almond milk lattes I grabbed en route to the El or how many upbeat Hall & Oates songs I loaded a playlist with, I still loathed my often jam-packed, physically uncomfortable subway ride. Until I discovered podcasts. (I wasn’t living under a rock, I just somehow thought they were all just like Car Talk, so no, thanks.) And now, I kid you not, as I near City Hall, my stop to get off the subway every day, I get sad — like dropped-my-ice-cream-cone-after-one-lick sad — because getting off the subway means I will soon have to turn off whichever podcast I’m listening to.

Podcasts. Are. Magical.

And good news: I’ve found, in the same way podcasts work to make my SEPTA ride enjoyable (a miracle!), they make solo workouts less dreadful, too. There’s just something to be said for the distraction of an interesting conversation when you’re nearing mile six of your run and you feel like your legs just might fall off. It’s a distraction a Pitbull song can’t provide. And if you only allow yourself to listen to your favorite podcast when you work out (hello, temptation bundling), you’ll start to really look forward to your workouts. After all, you need to know if Adnan did it or not, right?

So below, seven podcasts that will make you look forward to getting your sweat on — really! And bonus: A few of them might even provide you with some knowledge to drop at your next dinner party. Read more »

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