Be Well Workout of the Week: Get in and Out of the Gym in 30 Minutes

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For the workout this week, put 30 minutes on the clock and get ready to complete the following seven-move circuit as many times as you can in those 30 minutes. But don’t get sloppy people — you want to be moving fast while also maintaining good form. Got it?

The idea is to work hard, work fast, and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Simple enough, right? Good luck!  Read more »

What the Heck Is That?: The Forgotten Gym Equipment You Should Be Using

Photos by Claudia Gavin

Photos by Claudia Gavin

You’ve seen it: the bands, steps, pulleys and other strange equipment gathering dust in the corner of the gym. You’ve probably even wondered (out loud, maybe?): What the heck is that stuff, anyway?

We wondered, too — which is why we enlisted Center City-based personal trainer Brian Maher to decode that oft-forgotten gym equipment we should have been using all along. Here, how to get a great workout with five awesome pieces of equipment most everyone ignores at the gym. Read more »

Shopping for a Gym? How to Pick One You’ll Actually Want to Go to

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‘Tis the season for new goals, new fitness programs and new gym memberships. Luckily the fitness market here in Philly continues to expand in a big way with studios and gyms that fit everyone’s needs. So how are you going about assessing which is the best fit for you? Here are six ways to shop for a gym that will get you looking at the right factors to ensure your studio or gym can truly help you get what you want. Otherwise, it could be another year of wasted money.

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ClassPass and Fitmob Now in Philly: Will This Change the Way You Work Out?

Body Cycle Studio | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Body Cycle Studio | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Say buh-bye to your workout ruts. Two new fitness startups, ClassPass and Fitmob, just launched in Philly and are offering access to a wide range of workout classes at studios all over the city—yoga at Amrita, Spin at Body Cycle Studio, Pilates at Thrive, boot camp at Unite Fitness, even sessions at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (!).

The idea is simple: Instead of shelling out dough for a gym membership, where your class options are limited, these services give you access to smaller studios with more specialized workouts all over town for one flat monthly fee. BAM: Workout boredom conquered.

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The Top 5 Worst Excuses We’ve All Used to Skip The Gym

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Sure, there are some valid excuses to skip the gym. They look like something like these: I’m injured, I’ve hit the gym every day this week and I need a day to rest, I’m dying of the flu, my BFF is in town for 24 hours and I’m going to spend every millisecond with her and a few bottles of champagne (Okay, we’ll call this one borderline), etc. But there are also those totally invalid, my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses that we all know are BS, but use anyway. They look something like these:

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