• Try out a few of these swaps, like serving yourself dinner in the kitchen instead of family style at the table, to seriously slash calories. [Health]
It’s about to get cold, folks—like, reeeeally cold—with a 20-degree drop expected by Friday. So I would encourage you to get outdoors and soak up what might be the last day of warm weather for, well, awhile.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
This week, get ready to jump—we’re doing some plyo, people!
If you’re unfamiliar with plyometrics, also called jump training, you’re in for a treat. Plyo exercises are all about building power, speed and explosive reaction. You’ll challenge your body with short bursts of movement aimed at stretching and shortening muscles in rapid-fire succession. Serious athletes love (well, love/hate as these things go) plyo drills because they increase vertical jump, muscle strength and overall performance while helping build defenses against joint injuries. And, of course, they leave you totally breathless.
Philly gay-owned exercise studio Unite Fitness is hosting a day of working out and brunching just for the boys. Owner Gavin McKay tells me that #GayMenUnite is a free workout led by Unite Fitness
babes trainers Mark and Austin. The hour-and-fifteen-minute session will comprise Unite’s cross-training format: 30 minutes of cardio intervals (running, spinning, rowing), 30 minutes of strength training (dumbbells, suspension-training, etc … ), and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation, McKay says.
So in other words, be ready sweat and hurt a lot—but there’s a reward at the end!
Afterward, the group will wander over to another gay-owned establishment, Penn 6, for a post-workout brunch. While the workout is free, you’ll have to pay for the food, though co-owner Tim Adams is offering a special of $15 bottomless mimosas with your brunch entree. Order away. You deserve it.
Our pals over at The Wall in Manayunk are getting down with their bad selves this Thursday. They’re bringing in a live DJ to spin tunes for two evening classes.
From ice skating to hip-hop dance to beer and yoga, here’s how we’re marking our calendar this month. Join us, won’t you?
Grab a stopwatch, guys. For this week’s workout, you’re going to complete six three-minute rounds, each round with two exercises. You’ll start by doing one of each exercise in the round, then two of each exercise, then three, and so on, switching off until your stopwatch reaches three minutes. Then you’ll move on to the next round of exercises.
The goal is to keep moving until you reach the end of the six rounds—you’ll be sweaty, but it’ll be worth it. Now, set your stopwatch for three minutes and see how many reps you can squeeze in. Good luck!
With the weather turning colder and the days growing shorter, we thought it the perfect time to refresh our guide to free fitness options for the next few months—most of which, you’ll see, are indoor options. As regular Be Well readers know, this post is the latest in our seasonal guides that point you to free workouts all over town. Bookmark it, and add the days and times below to your fitness calendar. Happy sweating!
Hey Philly mamas, this is pretty cool. Mama’s Wellness Joint just announced the addition of a new class to its roster that I think may be right up your alley. On Wednesday mornings starting this week, the Midtown Village yoga studio will host a circuit training-based boot camp class geared toward women with babies on the way.