When I tell you that there was not a minute — not a single minute — during the new hourlong hot barre class at City Fitness’ recently opened Old City location that I was not wishing I would have a full-blown asthma attack just so I would have a legitimate reason to dash out the door (because so hot! And so hard!), I am not exaggerating. That said, after the class, I felt like a warrior princess who’d gone to battle (somewhere very, very warm) and made it out alive. In other words, I felt like a beast. And, in my book, that’s a pretty great review of a fitness class.
Remember a few weeks ago, when we told you about Fairmount’s soon-to-open yoga studio, Priya Hot Yoga? Well, the studio—which comes complete with a front-of-house cafe, a lounge area, and, eventually, babysitting—is set to open shop on October 25th, and they’re hosting a big bash with free yoga, and lots of food and drink samples to celebrate. Um, yes, please.
If this gloomy, grey, wet weather has got you down, just remember: We’ve only got one more day until it’s the freakin’ weekend! And to help you get the most out of those cherished 48 hours of free time, we’ve rounded up five fun fitness activities to try around Philly this weekend. Check ’em out below.
If you have a modern-dance-recital-gone-wrong incident that still haunts you from your youth, you are not alone. And, if after said incident, you swore off dance classes for life, you are also not alone. But it’s time to put your dancing fears aside, because this deal is just too good to pass up: Throughout the month of October, Philly Dance Fitness will be hosting $5 dollar drop-in classes for everything from ballet to jazz—less than half the price of their usual $12 drop-in rate.
Get ready to squeal with joy, King of Prussia yogis. The King of Prussia District has teamed up with the folks of Lululemon and Stillpoint Yoga Studios to bring you a free outdoor yoga class, held at 1000 First Avenue (at the Maschellmac Office Complex), every Tuesday evening. And the good news doesn’t stop there: Each week, the 45-minute class will be followed by a free healthy happy hour with refreshments courtesy of Wegmans.
The yoga session will begin every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. and all levels of yogis are welcome. Just grab your mat, a towel and a bottle of a water and head to First Avenue ready to get your sweat on. The weekly class, which kicked off last Tuesday, will run through the end of July. You can find more info here.
According to The New York Times, a recent study found that thinking of a workout as a fun activity instead of just boring ol’ exercise can have a serious impact on how effective your gym time is. The problem is, it’s really hard to have a good time working out when you’re trudging away on the treadmill. So to help you guys make the most of your workout time, we’ve rounded up five Be Well Philly approved fitness classes that are anything but boring.
We’ve tried each and every one of these unique local classes, and they were all tons of fun. Plus, each one left us feeling that good kind of I’m-totally-going-t0-have-a-six-pack-tomorrow sore. And lucky you for you, we took note of our experiences in our “I Tried It” series. So now that we’ve tested the waters, all you’ve got to do is read up, pick a class, and have a blast.
Good news, yogis: This Sunday, the Philly Yoga Factory is partnering with Lululemon Walnut Street to host a free Synergy Partner Yoga class—a therapeutic yoga that incorporates elements of Thai massage, yoga and Capoeira, all done with a partner. Sounds like a nice way to start your Sunday off, huh?
The free class will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bikram Yoga of Philadelphia (where all Philly Yoga Factory classes are held) on Sansom Street. No need to RSVP. Simply head to the studio Sunday morning to join in on the fun. If you don’t have a partner lined up, no worries: They’ll pair you up with someone when you get there. And if it turns out Synergy Partner Yoga is totally your jam, you’re in luck: Philly Yoga Factory will officially add a weekly donation-based Synergy Partner Yoga class to their roster starting June 8th.
The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across this video of a New York City socialite of sorts, getting her groove on in a Beyonce-inspired dance class. The envy that I felt was absurd. All I could think was, Why isn’t every dance studio in Philadelphia hosting hourly Beyonce-themed dance classes, every single day?! Whyyy? (Dramatic, I know) And then Philly Dance Fitness came along with their Bootylicious Beyonce Twerkshop. Yep, that’s right: A Twerkshop.
Last year, the dance studio hosted Beyonce-themed dance classes and Twerkshop classes, and after tons of requests to bring these favorites back, the studio decided to combine the two, creating the 90-minute workshop of everyone’s dreams. (Okay, maybe not everyone.) During the workshop, participants will, first, learn how to twerk. Then they will “pop, grind, shake and wind through 90 minutes of nonstop dance routines,” to the beat of Beyonce tunes, of course.