Unite Fitness Planning to Open Two New Locations This Year

Unite Fitness | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Unite Fitness | Photo by Christopher Gabello

As everyone who joined in on last night’s Be Well Philly Underground event knows, the folks at Unite Fitness are awesome. So imagine my excitement when I got an email from MSC Retail saying the fitness studio, which currently has two locations, is looking for 3,000 to 4,000 square-foot spaces to expand in both Center City and the Main Line. After I squealed for a second, I reached out to Unite Fitness owner Gavin McKay to see what he could tell us.
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PHOTOS: Last Night’s Be Well Philly Underground Cross-Training Run With Unite Fitness

Photo by Susan Nam

Photo by Susan Nam

Thank goodness for spring weather, am I right? Yesterday evening, a bunch of Be Well Philly Undergrounders gathered at the fountain in Logan Square for this month’s Be Well Philly Underground event, the Ben Franklin Parkway Challenge with Unite Fitness. And we seriously could not have asked for better weather.

It was the perfect day for a sweat session — and folks worked really hard, and got really sweaty. For the workout, our friends at Unite Fitness — trainers Gavin, Brett and Austin — led two teams on a two-mile cross-training challenge, running from the fountain at Logan Square up the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum steps and back down to Logan Square Cafe.  Read more »

5 Fitness Classes Guaranteed to Get All Your Frustrations Out

November Project at Lemon Hill | Photo via November Project Philadelphia Facebook

November Project at Lemon Hill | Photo via November Project Philadelphia Facebook

Regardless of what it is that’s making you want to punch a pillow right this second — your boss, the fact that you spent $60 on scratch-off lottery tickets and didn’t win a dime, that dumb groundhog predicting six more weeks of winter — we’ve got something to help you unwind: five fitness classes that are guaranteed to get all of your frustrations out. Check them out below.
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VIDEO: We Dare You to Try This Insane Handstand Burpee

Lest you ever mistakenly convince yourself that burpees are kid’s stuff — say, once you complete our 110-Burpee Challenge — consider this a reminder that there are always ways to make an exercise harder. This particular burpee variation, performed wordlessly and skillfully by Unite Fitness coach Sandy Sweeney, requires serious focus, control and strength. Bravo, Sandy, bravo. Read more »

PHOTOS: #GayMenUnite For Cross-Training and Boozy Post-Workout Brunch

On Saturday, local gay-owned gym Unite Fitness hosted its first-ever day of working out dedicated to gay men. #GayMenUnite was a free, hour-and-fifteen-minute cross-training workout that included 30 minutes of cardio intervals, 30 minutes of strength training, and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation. Unite Fitness owner Gavin McKay tells me the venture was a huge success, bringing together 40 local gay dudes for bonding, exercising and a boozy post-workout brunch at Penn 6, another gay-owned establishment just around the corner. Participants also donated more than $300 for the Movember Foundation, an initiative fittingly aimed at “changing the face of men’s health.”

So, with all the success, can we expect another #GayMenUnite in the near future? “Lots of guys asked us to do it again, even weekly or monthly so you can be sure there will be another,” says McKay. He even hinted that he may host a #LesbiansUnite, so keep your ears open for that one, too.

McKay shared some photos of the afternoon. Check them out below:



 

Unite Fitness Hosts Free Workout For Gay Bros: #GayMenUnite

UniteLogoBlock_gaypridePhilly gay-owned exercise studio Unite Fitness is hosting a day of working out and brunching just for the boys. Owner Gavin McKay tells me that #GayMenUnite is a free workout led by Unite Fitness babes trainers Mark and Austin. The hour-and-fifteen-minute session will comprise Unite’s cross-training format: 30 minutes of cardio intervals (running, spinning, rowing), 30 minutes of strength training (dumbbells, suspension-training, etc … ), and 15 minutes of yoga stretch and relaxation, McKay says.

So in other words, be ready sweat and hurt a lot—but there’s a reward at the end!

Afterward, the group will wander over to another gay-owned establishment, Penn 6, for a post-workout brunch. While the workout is free, you’ll have to pay for the food, though co-owner Tim Adams is offering a special of $15 bottomless mimosas with your brunch entree. Order away. You deserve it.

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