Ploome Is Opening a Tree-Surrounded Pop-Up Studio in Washington Square Park

Photo credit: Joe Perri Photography

Washington Square Park in the fall is the Gigi Hadid of outdoor spaces. In other words: It’s freakin’ perfect, what with all the green speckled with the burnt orange and deep reds of the changing leaves. So when we got word that Ploome Pilates is opening what they’re calling an “outdoor studio” in the park — complete with Pilates reformers and a long lineup of classes — this month, we thought one thing: Brilliant. (Second thought: They should definitely serve post-sweat pumpkin spice lattes.)

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Where to Take Free Outdoor Spin Classes (With Post-Workout Beer!) All Month

Outdoor Spinning at Sweat Fitness | Photo courtesy of Punch Media

The days of ALL the free summer workouts series are coming to a sad end, but fortunately, SWEAT Fitness is filling the void — at least for the month of September — by expanding on their Sweat + Sip series. This time, they’re focusing on cycling with a month-long free workout series called Cycle + Sip, open to anyone and everyone.

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My Top 5: Booty-Toning Resistance Band Exercises

Everyone wants to have a nice booty, right? That’s where Katie Gould of South Philly’s KG Strong comes in. If you recall, her summertime gym bag is always stocked with a resistance band (like this one), which happens to be a great tool for whipping your rear end into shape. We asked her to show us her five favorite booty-toning resistance-band exercises. And the best part? You can basically do these moves anywhere — the beach, your living room, waiting for the train (if you’re bold), or even on a paddleboard (which you’ll see Gould rocking out on below because she’s a superstar). Here, Gould has chosen her top five resistance band moves that target the tush and will leave your buns toned and feeling a serious burn. Read on to get your best booty yet.

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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 »

Adios, Movie Theaters: 10 Healthy Summer Date Ideas Around Philly

Whether you’ve got a summer fling or are in longterm relationship, chances are, you’re getting tired of going to the movies. Why do SO many dates consist of shivering away in a movie theater in silence? Well, actually, we know the answer: Because it’s easy. Who has time to think of creative date ideas, anyway?

Well, actually, we do. So to save us all from a life of summer Saturdays spent in a dark, windowless room, we’ve put together this handy list of 10 fun summer date ideas around Philly that’ll keep you movin’ and impress your S.O. Feel free to take the credit.

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Yessss: Barre3 Is Hosting Free Outdoor Pop-Up Classes

Barre3 on the Plaza | Photo via of Barre3 Rittenhouse Facebook

GUYS, how awesome is it that we have sooooo many outdoor workout options coming up? Well, here’s another one to add to your calendar: Barre3 Rittenhouse will be hosting two outdoor pop-up barre classes in the next two weeks. And they’re totally free. Meaning: You better sign up ASAP before all the spots are taken. Read more »

Field Guide: Our Favorite Fitness Classes at the Art Museum Right Now

Philadelphia Art Museum Workouts: Fitness fanatics swarm the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fitness fanatics swarm the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Rocky’s iconic ascent up the Art Museum steps would look far different now than it did back in 1979. For starters, he’d have to bob and weave his way up to avoid bumping into the countless Lululemon-clad fitness junkies for whom the steps serve as a year-round outdoor gym. If you haven’t embraced the steps yet, you should — if not for muscle tone, then at least for the unparalleled views. Here are the season’s top fitness classes at the iconic spot, perfect for Art Museum addicts and wannabe stair masters alike.

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