The other day, a friend of mine posted a Facebook status about getting hit on at the gym. She wasn’t flattered, she was frustrated. She went to the gym to work out, not to have a stranger comment on her body in an attempt to engage her in conversation while she was covered in sweat and panting for breath. The comments on her Facebook post by a number of females echoed her frustrations. “Can I live?” was asked more than once.
This got me thinking: Do women ever really want to get hit on at the gym? I decided to ask a bunch of my female friends and coworkers that very question. The collective answer? A loud, resounding “Noooooooooo.” So, while I’m sure there are some rom-com-worthy love stories that have been born out of serendipitous side-by-side burpee workouts, and obviously this sample of females does not account for the entire female population, it still seems this PSA is worth making: Usually, getting hit on at the gym is actually the worst. Below, four crowd-sourced reasons why, gathered from female gym-goers in my life.
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• You are about to do so much cringing. A new study examined bacteria samples from gym equipment at large fitness chains around the country and spoiler alert: Gym equipment is covered in bacteria. And the most digusting of all? Free weights, with 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. BRB, going to wash my hands forever. [Women’s Health] Read more »
City Fitness’s new Fishtown location | Photo by Adjua Fisher
Get this, you guys: City Fitness is setting up shop on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, and they’re building a brand new gym that will have — wait for it — a TREE growing in the middle of it. Like, planted in the freakin’ ground of the gym. I can’t be the only one whose jaw drops at the thought of that. Read more »
• A podcast? While you work out? Yup. I often listen to Radiolab while I run, believe it or not, so I’m taking this list of 10 podcasts that make for excellent gym-time listening material as the perfect excuse to switch it up a bit. [Q by Equinox] Read more »
Youfit Gyms | Photo courtesy Youfit
South Florida-based gym chain Youfit is set to open its first Pennsylvania location right in our own backyard. The new 20,000-square-foot outpost will be located at 101 East Olney Avenue in the Olney Plaza Shopping Center. The opening date is set for December 11th. Read more »
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 »
David Barton Gym at Astor Place in New York
Looks like the New York-based David Barton Gym won’t be coming to 15th and Walnut after all. And the LA Fitness gym currently in that location is leaving, too. Read more »
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 »
Yesterday, our friends over on Philly Mag’s Property blog gave us the heads up that a new gym, 12Fit Spa and Gym, veeeery quietly opened in South Philly last month inside the Marine Club apartment building at the corner of Broad and Washington. And yes, they’ve got a hot tub.
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• Warning: You could be wasting serious time on a workout that isn’t giving you much in return. Boost your gym smarts with these tips for a more efficient and effective workout every time. [Fitbie]
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