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 »
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 »
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 »
My hard work finally paid off. I can honestly now say that I am able to do a pull-up.
My quest began on February 3rd when I announced my resolution to master the elusive pull-up, an upper-body strength move that many women struggle to perform. Over the last few weeks I have been virtually obsessed with making this happen. Read more »
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 »
Runners along West River Drive | Photo via Facebook
Hooray for April! With warmer weather comes killer fitness options. Don’t believe us? Check out the slew of fun things on tap for this weekend, like a potluck picnic for local runners, trail run at the Belmont Plateau, power yoga fundraiser and more. Read more »
• Ladies (and gents, but mostly ladies here), don’t fear the weights! If you’re trying to lose pounds on the scale, check out this super thorough tutorial on why you need to take up a weight-training routine and how to do it effectively. [ACE Fit Life] Read more »
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.
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 »
• This thigh workout may only take five minutes to complete, but trust us: You will feel it like whoa. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »
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 »