Switch It Up: 10 Boutique Fitness Studios in Philly Where Your First Class Is Free

SoulCycle or Pure Barre loyalist? It’s awesome if you’ve fallen in love with a workout to the point that it’s the only class you frequent — but it’s also awesome to try new things. And here’s some incentive to switch it up from your go-to workout class: a ton of boutique fitness studios in Philly offer your first class for free. And lucky for you, we’ve rounded a bunch of ’em up for you so you don’t have to sleuth around the web like an extreme couponer trying to find these sweat-worthy deals.

Who knows? Switching up your workout class might just be the cure for your lack of motivation if you’re in a rut. Or maybe you’ll fall in love with a new class to add to your usual repertoire. Long story short: We think your body AND your bank account will thank us for this list.  Read more »

7 Philly Stores With Community Fitness Calendars Worth Bookmarking

Here in Philly, we’re pretty lucky — there’s almost always a great fitness event going on somewhere. And turns out, some of our very favorite stores and eateries host A LOT of ’em. Below, seven Philly stores that have sweet community fitness calendars filled with everything from runs to pop-up yoga to boot camps and more.

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Photo Recap: Last Night’s VERY Sweaty Rooftop #BWPUnderground Event

Photo by Theresa Regan

Yesterday was two things that can make for a pretty miserable time: It was Monday (insert eye roll here) AND the temperatures were in the 90s (hi, frizzy hair and pit stains). BUT it was still a great day for us and we have Be Well Philly Underground to thank for that. Yesterday evening, we held our last Be Well Philly Underground event of the season (don’t worry — we’ll be back in September!) on the rooftop at Stratus Lounge. And despite the heat and any case of the Mondays we might’ve had, it was a really good time.

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Yessss: Barre3 Is Hosting Free Outdoor Pop-Up Classes

Barre3 on the Plaza | Photo via of Barre3 Rittenhouse Facebook

GUYS, how awesome is it that we have sooooo many outdoor workout options coming up? Well, here’s another one to add to your calendar: Barre3 Rittenhouse will be hosting two outdoor pop-up barre classes in the next two weeks. And they’re totally free. Meaning: You better sign up ASAP before all the spots are taken. Read more »

Yelp Fit Club: How to Work Out (and Eat) for Free All May Long

Unite Fitness is one of the studios Yelp has partnered with for Yelp Fit Club | Photo via Facebook

Unite Fitness is one of the studios Yelp has partnered with for Yelp Fit Club | Photo via Facebook

Don’t you love it when you admit to your couch-potato ways like, “MAN, I have been mimicking the behavior of a person recovering from inpatient surgery for a minute now,” and then, the second you realize just how immobile you’ve been lately, a gift from the fitness gods drops into your lap? Well, what I’m about to tell you guys is a true gift from the fitness gods. Or from the Yelp gods. Either way, it’s a gift.

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Warning: You’re About to Be Really Upset You Missed Last Night’s Secret #BWPUnderground

Photo by Susan Nam

Photo by Susan Nam

Last night, I couldn’t fall asleep until 11:30 p.m., and that’s like 4 a.m. in my world, which is filled with  premature Grandma-like tendencies like going to bed at 8:45 p.m. on the regular. Why couldn’t I fall asleep, you ask? Well, because I was still buzzing from all the good vibes I soaked up at last night’s Be Well Philly Underground Sweat + Sip + Shop event with City Fitness and the lululemon Local Fishtown.

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Amazing: Missing Richard Simmons Podcast Inspires Hilarious Free Workout Series at Bok Building

Image courtesy Bok Building

Image courtesy Lindsey Scannapieco

Raise your hand if you consumed the Missing Richard Simmons podcast the same way you consume, say, Sip-N-Glo’s Radiant Glo juice or any sweet treat from Cake Life (that is embarrassingly fast and with extreme delight, duh). Okay, if your hand is raised (I’m with you), you’ll be happy to hear that the folks at South Philly’s Bok building were so taken with the podcast that they’ve decided to put on a month-long free workout series in honor of the video-workout king himself, Richard Simmons. And it sounds ah-mazing.

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YES: Yoga on the Pier Adds Even More Free Fitness to Its 2017 Lineup

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

There are two things that signal to me that spring really is a comin’: 1) People preemptively donning shorts to go to brunch in 38-degree weather and 2) the announcement of when Yoga on the Pier will start up again. And we, my friends, have spotted both of these signs in the past few days. (Dear fellow humans of the world, please — I beg you — put on a pair of pants. There is SNOW on the ground.)

So, about Yoga on the Pier: In case you aren’t familiar with what it is, Yoga on the Pier is the beloved free yoga series (though donations are always very much welcome and appreciated) held at Race Street Pier in the warmer months, helmed by local yoga instructor Malik Wilson and made possible by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The views of the Ben Franklin Bridge from savasana are amazing. You can bring your (well-behaved) dog. You can bring your kid. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. And this year, they’ve added even MORE programming than they offered last year.

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This Is How We Wish Every Monday Morning Started

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana with CKO Kickboxing and CorePower | Be Well Philly

You know what’s better than pressing snooze on a Monday morning? Rolling out of bed to go punch stuff. More specifically, rolling out of bed to go punch a heavy bag at Rittenhouse’s CKO Kickboxing. And you know what’s even BETTER than that? Punching things at CKO Kickboxing and then getting your savasana on at the neighboring CorePower Yoga. And that’s exactly how our morning starting at our Be Well Philly Underground Sunrise Kickboxing and Savasana event today, alongside a crew of dedicated Be Well Philly Undergrounders who will officially serve as our Monday early-morning workout motivation heroes from here on out.

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Your (Free!) Spring Workout Calendar: Dilworth Park’s Free Fitness Returns!

This morning, I had to wait at the Girard El stop in 27-degree weather for upward of 20 minutes, watching three packed-like-sardines trains pass before one came that I could squeeze into. By the time I pushed my way onto the car — some days, you just have to be that person — I could not feel my toes anymore.

That said, it’s kind of hard to believe that outdoor workout season, and all of the awesome free fitness that pops up around town along with it, is right around the corner. But it is! And here’s proof: The Center City Parks District has announced the lineup for Spring Training at Dilworth Park, their annual series of free spring workouts hosted at the park. Go ahead and bust out your calendars, people!

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