Solidcore, a butt-kicking workout (seriously: I tried it and almost died … you know, in a muscle-burning, I’ll-thank-myself-for-this-later way) that has studios all over the D.C. area, just opened its first Philly-area outpost this past weekend. And if you can’t wait to get your sweat on in the Washington Square West studio, you’re definitely going to be squealing by the time you finish reading this post.
BIG news, Lululemon lovers: The folks over at Lululemon just gave us some sweet details on the new store they’re bringing to Philly. And this isn’t just any ol’ Lululemon store. This store — which will be opening at Fishtown’s 1424-32 Frankford Avenue, right next door to the soon-to-open City Fitness — will be the fourth of their Lululemon ‘Local’ concept stores in the country.
This is a workout for everyone. No matter what your fitness level is, you can complete this workout at your own pace. Here’s the deal: You’re going to be working in timed rounds of exercises, rather than pushing yourself to complete a certain number of reps. That means that you — and only you — are in charge of how many reps of each exercise you complete. (So yes, you could slack off, but we know you won’t.)
For the first round, you’ll set your stopwatch and complete each exercise for 90 seconds. Then, once you’ve gone through all the exercises, you’ll start again, this time setting your timer for just 60 seconds. The third round will be a measly 30 seconds for each exercise. The entire shebang should last you just around 35 sweaty minutes.
Now, what are you waiting for? Grab your stopwatch and get movin’!
In the ultimate Monday workout motivation, recent research found that regularly working out saved folks, on average, anywhere from $500 to $2500 a year. And, conveniently, there are a bunch of free workouts happening around town this week, so you can get your sweat on while keeping those savings in your wallet. (Winning!) We’ve rounded them up below.
• If you’re in need of some workout motivation this Monday morning (aren’t we all?), take note: A new study published in the Journal of American Heart Association found that hitting the gym regularly saved folks, on average, anywhere from $500 to $2,500 a year. Psst: You can maximize those savings with these free workouts around town. [Science of Us]
Sweet! A press release from the Mayor’s office announced today that the route for Philly Free Streets, Philly’s first official event that will close some of Philly’s streets to cars for a few hours so that we can all run, walk and bike freely, has just been extended from its original distance of over seven miles to nearly 10. Are you squealing? Same.
As I was filling in my workout calendar for next week, I realized I should remind my fellow friends out there trying to stay on top of their fitness game: Next Tuesday, September 13th, is the big day for Unite Fitness’s giant Unite Philly Run, a two-mile cross-training run with four surprise exercise stations speckled throughout Center City. And the whole thing is free. Yep: FREE.
• If you’ve been to Whole Foods lately, you know: Turmeric, a root known for its inflammation-fighting powers, is EVERYWHERE, from the spice aisle to the bottled water aisle. And if these three very different turmeric-filled recipes — they range from baked eggs to puffed pancakes to garlic root mash — are any indication, a dose of the root is a fit addition for just about anything you’re whipping up. [Well + Good]
Runner’s World just released a ranking of the 50 best running cities, and yes, my friends, Philly did land on the list (DUH) — but not quite as high as we would’ve liked. Our fair city came in at 22nd place, sandwiched between Oakland, California at 21st place and Sacramento, California at 23rd place.