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 »

A FREE Bridal Boot Camp Starts July 8th in Fairmount Park

Universal Truth #1: It is way more motivating to work out with others than it is on your own. Universal Truth #2: Showing up for a workout class when you’re in the throws of spending large amounts of money on your wedding is significantly easier when the the workout class is free. Thankfully, event planner Lauren Westerman of Classic Events by Lauren has teamed up with Philly musician Shawn King to bring you Rockstar Bridal Bootcamp, five free weekends of outdoor workouts at Ridgeland Mansion in west Fairmount Park. The sweat sessions begin July 8th and run from 9 to 10 AM every Saturday and Sunday through August 6th. Westerman, who led a similar course in Austin and is bringing it to Philly for the first time, tells us to expect old-school but effective exercises such as uphill sprints and calisthenics like jumping jacks and push-ups. The programs are lead by King, who trains Westerman and has developed an extensive repertoire of outdoor moves thanks to years of working out on the road while touring.  Read more »

Love Exploring Philly’s Parks? Meet Your New Favorite Workout Group

If you’ve been looking for more ways to celebrate the walkability of Philly, off the beaten path of your normal errand routes, look no further: The Fairmount Park Conservancy has teamed up with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philly Powered, and the Health Promotion Council to launch a free walking-group initiative dubbed We Walk PHL. And it kicks off next week, Tuesday, June 13th! Read more »

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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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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6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Group Workouts in Philly

City Fit Girls on a group run  in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

City Fit Girls on a group run in Philly | Photo courtesy Kiera Smalls

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.

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You Need to Start Paying Attention to This Fitness Store’s Events Calendar, Stat

Candlelight yoga with the Local Fishtown

Candlelight yoga with the Local Fishtown

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

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Psst: Our Next Secret (Free!) Pop-Up Fitness Event Is Coming Up!

Be Well Philly Underground at Stratus Lounge | Photo by Susan Nam

Be Well Philly Underground at Stratus Lounge | Photo by Susan Nam

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.

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