New Megaformer Pilates Studio Coming to Philly

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The future home of Sculpt Fitness Studio. | Photo via Google Maps

The first time former Philadelphia Soul dancer and fitness instructor Stephanie Tolar hopped on a Megaformer Pilates machine, she was hooked. “It was the hardest thing I had ever done,” she says. A friend of a friend owned a studio in Hoboken with a fleet of the massive 10-foot-long, 250-pound machines, and Tolar knew immediately after trying a class there that she wanted to bring them to Philly.

More than a year in the making, Tolar’s brainchild, Sculpt Fitness Studio, will open in the SouthStar Lofts building at 521 South Broad Street in early December. Hers will become the second Megaformer studio in our area—folks out on the Main Line have been enjoying Plank Studio in Wayne since April—and the first within city limits.

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6 Ways to Have a Fit Halloween in Philly

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Tis the season for costumes, jack-o-lanterns, ghouls and goblins. The Philly fitness scene is getting in the Halloween spirit with events meant to scare the living daylights out of you. Or at least, get you nice and sweaty with some bewitching good fun.

Here are our picks for celebrating Halloween, the Be Well Philly way.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Radio Hits You Love to Hate (But Really Love)

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Confession: I am happiest when I’m alone in my car, shamelessly belting out every single lyric to the latest Iggy Azalea song—or Nick Jonas song (so embarrassing, I know), or any other number of Top 40 hits I’m ashamed to know every single word to. And the great thing about running is that is kind of like being in the car: You can listen to all the music you love to hate (but really just love) as loud as you want without fear of your roommate/boyfriend/wife/landlord/boss walking in on you and staring at you like you’ve completely lost it.

So for this week’s playlist, I bring you just that: A playlist packed with 90-minutes worth of radio hits we all love to hate. Plug in your headphones, turn the volume up and get ready to sweat—and sing—shame-free.

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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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