Time to Man Up: 5 Philly Fitness Classes Guys Will Love

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight.

Les Mills Grit will keep your heart pounding — and muscles screaming — for 30 minutes straight. | Photo courtesy Les Mills

A funny thing has been happening at my boot camp classes lately: There are men, like, everywhere. Suddenly, the guys who used to go it alone in the weight room are filling their schedules with group-fitness classes, sweating, grunting and panting alongside me.

It’s about time, men: The days of Jazzercise and shiny spandex are long over. Many classes today are tough enough to challenge even the manliest meathead.

Don’t believe me? These five local classes will put your body to the test. Grunting encouraged.

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BeWOW: Calorie-Blasting HIIT Sprint Workout

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When you’re short on time, or just looking for a way to boost your workout and burn more calories than you would in a regular cardio session, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do for this week’s workout: some high intensity intervals.

You’re going to start by warming up for five minutes with a walk or light jog. Then you’re going to do a combination of sprinting and resting for the duration of the workout. And the nice part is, you get to choose the length of your workout—you’re going to repeat the circuit of intervals as many times as you can during the time you’ve set aside. So if you only have 15 minutes to spare, that’s totally fine.

No matter what your fitness level, trust me: you can handle this sweat session. Maybe your sprint is just a faster walk, increased resistance on the elliptical, or increased incline on the treadmill—wherever you are on the fitness spectrum, just work as hard as you can during the sprint, and then take advantage of your recovery. Good luck!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Girl Bands vs. Boy Bands

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I’m pretty sure this week’s playlist needs no introduction. If you’re here, it probably means you’re some kind of latent NSYNC or TLC or Destiny’s Child fan, am I right?

I sure am, except for the latent part: I am very, extremely, outgoingly proud of my undying love for both boy and girl bands. And since I don’t like choosing favorites, I decided to put them together into one giant playlist.

You’re welcome.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Throwback to 1994

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If you’re anything like me, you’re going to be shocked when you realize that the music below is 20 years old. Twenty years! How has it possibly been that long?!

The good news is, 1994 was a good year for music. It was the year of Green Day (Dookie!), Ace of Base, Notorious B.I.G, Beck (“I’m a loser baby…”), Weezer, TLC and more. So jam out to these throwback tunes during your workout this weekend. And go ahead—sing ‘em at the top of your lungs.

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Boot Camp Classes at the Comcast Center Start This Saturday

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We all have those days—the ones when the only thing that can snap you out of your Criminal Minds marathon and get you into your sneakers for a workout is the promise of a delicious free meal afterward. And lucky for you, we’ve got just that: Starting this Saturday, The Market & Shops at Comcast Center is hosting a nine-week boot camp series where you pay $10 to attend each hour-long class, and then at the end of each class you get your money back in the form of a $10 voucher to spend at The Market & Shops that day. That’s a chunk of fancy-shmancy cheese from Di Bruno’s or a nice big bag of fruit from Sook Hee’s Produce—all for free, you guys!

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City Sports Is Giving Away Free Workout Gear at Body Cycle Studio This Friday

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Body Cycle Studio | Photograph by Christopher Gabello

Yup—free clothes, just for checking out a sweaty indoor cycling class at Body Cycle Studio. This Friday, September 26th, the Rittenhouse studio is teaming up with City Sports for a few swag-filled classes. At 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., City Sports will be crashing classes to give away a free outfit to a lucky rider in each class.

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BeWOW: The Ultimate Calorie-Burning Commercial-Break Workout

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Good news, guys: There are tons of awesome fall TV show premieres this week. (The Biggest Loser premiere party, anyone?) But we all know what that means: so many good shows to watch, so little time to exercise, right? Well, not so fast—this week, we’ve got a great workout that allows you to watch all of your favorite shows and squeeze in a killer workout, too.

Here’s the deal: You’ll get to watch all the season premieres your heart desires, because you’re going to squeeze in your workout during the commercial breaks. During each commercial break, you’ll do a circuit of five exercises as many times as you can. Once the show comes back on, you’ll rest. You’ll repeat this during each commercial break until the show is over. The best thing about this workout? The more TV you watch, the harder your workout will be. Talk about a win-win, huh? Happy sweating, Be Wellers!

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