Be Well Workout of the Week: Hop Your Way to Killer Muscles

For this week’s workout, you are going to be doing some hopping. A LOT of hopping, actually. Here’s how it’s going to work: First, grab a resistance band to use for some of the exercises as well as for the hops, and you’ll need another weight for dead lifts, too.

You’re going to have a pair of exercises to do, then a 30-second round of hops. When you do the hops, put the exercise band on the ground and use it as your mark to jump over. You’ll complete the circuit four times, starting with 20 reps of each each exercise, decreasing by five reps each round. Each round is also going to have a different variation of hop — so get ready to get your bounce on, people! Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 20 Songs to Drown Out the Super Bowl Chatter 

This weekend is all football talk, and if you, like me, do not care at all, this week’s workout playlist is designed specifically to help you drown it all out. Put some headphones in, get your sweat on, and avoid everything Super Bowl this weekend. I mean, besides the Puppy Bowl and the party guac. Because, well, duh. Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “Do Humans Need Shoulders? Because Ours Might Fall Off”

Rebecca, getting her tricep kick-back on like a boss.

Rebecca, getting her tricep kick-back on like a boss.

This Week’s Workout: Shred Your Arms in 7 Moves

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 30 to 35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3.5
Soreness factor: Do humans need shoulders? Because ours might fall off.
Overall grade (out of 5): 4.5 This was a really great workout. It was hard to stick to one set of weights, though, so we changed things up. Read more »

Solidcore: New Boutique Fitness Studio Coming to Chestnut Street 

Solidcore | Photo via Anne Mahlum

Solidcore | Photo via Anne Mahlum

“When you watch a Solidcore workout, you’re like ‘That doesn’t look that hard,” says founder and CEO Anne Mahlum. But it is — it really, really is, she promises. The studio, which currently has nine locations, mostly in DC, Maryland and Virginia, will be setting up shop in Philly — at 725 Chestnut Street, to be exact — come May, with their slow-moving (but killer) Pilates-inspired workout done on a reformer-like machine. Read more »

The No-Gym-Necessary New Year’s Workout Challenge: Week 1

If your New Year’s resolution is to get back on the workout train but you don’t want to invest in a pricey gym membership to get your sweat on, we’ve got you covered. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you a workout plan every week, consisting of five workouts that can be done outdoors or at home. The biggest investment you’ll need to make to participate in the month-long challenge is a set of dumbbells or a kettlebell, and you’ll have to choose the weight based on your fitness level. (Whatever weight you choose, you should be able to get through all the reps in set of exercises while still feeling challenged by the time you get to the last one.) Of course, if you have a gym membership, you can easily do these workouts there.

To kick things off, we have your first five workouts below. Good luck, friends! And before you get your sweat on, note: If you Instagram yourself doing these workouts, make sure to post the photos with #bwpnewyearschallenge. We are big fans of the sweaty workout selfie around these parts.  Read more »

Stream It: Top 20 Workout Songs of 2015

After putting together many-a weekly workout playlist for you guys throughout the year (you can follow our weekly workout playlist on Spotify here!), the time has come: The time to narrow down all the songs that helped us sweat our faces off to the top 20 workout songs of the year. On the list this year, you’ll find crowd-pleasers like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” along with a few under-the-radar favorites like Kehlani’s “Wanted.” Now lace up your running shoes and go enjoy the last few (unseasonably warm) days of 2015!

Pssst: Got favorites of the year that didn’t make the list? Shout ’em out in the comments section below. Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “I Foresee a Sore Morning Tomorrow” 

Rebecca, killing it on the rower.

Rebecca, killing it on the rower.

This Week’s Workout: Work the Rowing Machine

The Breakdown:
Total time commitment: 35 to 40 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3.5
Soreness factor: This hit a lot of body parts and, having not rowed in forever, I foresee a sore morning tomorrow.
Overall grade (out of 5): 4. This was a really fun workout that targets a lot of different body parts and you get to row, which is fun. I docked it one point because most gyms (mine included) won’t have everything you need in one place, so you (like me) might have to go from floor to floor to get it all done. Read more »

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