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.
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!
The excuse for not working out often looks the excuse for not eating well: “It’s just so expensive!” But let’s face facts: Yes, group workouts can be expensive (after all, a SoulCycle or Solidcore class will run you around the cost of three Sweetgreen salads — with avocado!). But while boutique group fitness classes certainly have their perks — candlelight! A workout more intense than one you’d ever get on your own! Fancy orange water to rehydrate with! — getting moving with other fitness enthusiasts doesn’t need to be a pricey activity. And we’ve got proof.
Below, six simple tips to help you stay on top of your group-fitness game in Philly without crying every time you look at your bank statement, so that when you do treat yourself to a killer SoulCycle class (they’re opening in Center City very soon, after all), you feel nothing but great about it.
Back when we told you guys about what to expect at Lululemon’s new local concept store, dubbed the Local Fishtown, we told you to keep an eye on their events calendar. The concept for the store, after all, is to be a hub for the fitness community. But even we weren’t expecting their community events lineup to be quite so full.
It’s that time again, friends! Time for our next secret Be Well Philly Underground pop-up fitness event. Excuse us while we do a few jumps of joy.
Okay, we’re back. If you aren’t familiar with Be Well Philly Underground, it’s our secret underground fitness club that gets you first dibs at spots in our super-awesome free pop-up fitness events that we hold around town each month. Be Well Philly Underground is free to join in on; you just have to sign up here to get alerts about our upcoming events, which we send out a few days prior to the shindigs. To give you a taste of what to expect, past Underground events have included everything from donut runs (to warm Federal Donuts — yum!) to candlelight sunrise yoga sessions at Lululemon to cross-training runs (with a pretzel bar at the finish line) and more. Yeah, long story short: They are good time. You can check out all of our past events here.
If you’ve been thinking, “How the heck am I going to spend my October?” you can stop thinking about that now — we’ve done all the planning for you. It wasn’t hard, either: This month is filled with awesome fitness events, and a good chunk of them won’t cost you a dime. All you’ve got to do is fill in your calendar!
When I was six, I asked my godfather, “Why do weather forecasters get to keep their jobs? They’re always wrong.” I know this because he tells me the story at least once a year. He thinks it’s hilarious that a six-year-old child would have firing bad hires on the brain. But the question remains: Why, OH WHY, is the weather forecast always wrong?
Yesterday marked the day for our very first Be Well Philly Underground pop-up fitness event of the season. The forecast: Torrential downpours. The workout, an #IWokeUpLikeThis morning workout party in collaboration with Philly’s branch of the grassroots fitness group the November Project, was to start at the Art Museum at 6:25 a.m., rain or shine. Naturally, many a person looked at the forecast Monday night, saw “rain on rain on rain” and said “Nope.”
I was 100 percent sure no one would show up.
But guess what?! A good chunk of you lovely humans out there did show up at the Art Museum steps bright and early to get your sweat on (rain or shine) — and, per usual, the weather forecasters were wrong. It didn’t even rain! We had an awesome, bounce-filled, hug-filled workout — proof in the form of smiley, sweaty photos, below. A BIG thank you to our friends at the November Project for helping us get our sweat on and a round of applause for everyone who made it out of bed before sunrise, despite the chance you miiiight get back home soaking wet. If you want in on the next secret pop-up Underground event, make sure to sign up here (it’s free!). We’ve got some sweet stuff in the works for you guys this year! Read more »
Don’t have any date-night plans Thursday, September 22nd? No problem! New Balance is hosting a free workout-filled girls night and you, my friend, are invited.
You’re going to want to go ahead and cancel your Saturday morning brunch plans NOW: The folks over at City Fitness’ soon-to-open Fishtown gym are putting on a slew of free fitness events leading up to their winter opening, and the first one is this weekend. And let me tell you: It sounds 10 times better than listening to your friends complain about how hungover they are over eggs.