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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
At this point, you’re either one of the nearly 1,000 Philadelphians who are signed up City Fitness’s second annual #MyCityMoves workout challenge or you’re not. (If you’re in the latter group, you should’ve read our guide to the coolest Philly fitness events in March! Next time.) For those in the first group, the folks over at City Fitness just gave us the intel on the free fitness events Run215 has designed for participants throughout the competition, which starts tomorrow, and they sound pretttttttty cool.
Yogis, rejoice! Our friends over at Honeygrow’s HgAthletics are teaming up with PLUSgives and yoga instructor Alex Holmes tonight, February 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. for a free pop-up vinyasa flow class. And yes, you are invited.
You know what’s better than crying at your TV while watching Love Actually alone on Valentine’s Day? Probably literally anything, but definitely this: Next Tuesday, February 14th — as in Valentine’s Day — SWEAT Fitness is hosting four free yoga classes, complete with free champagne, open to anyone and everyone looking to get their sweat on. Yes, please!