On Falling Out of Love: What My First Philly SoulCycle Class Taught Me About Myself

A workout that includes savasana is more my speed now | microgen/iStock.com

A workout that includes savasana is more my speed now | microgen/iStock.com

I waited three long years for SoulCycle to open in the Philadelphia area. (I even wrote about my longing for a SoulCycle to open in Philly for Be Well Philly here!) When the news broke that the Ardmore studio was opening, I quickly reserved my bike and made the half-hour drive to Ardmore to be reunited, finally, with my long lost love.

I was so excited.

When I arrived at the studio, a cookie-cutter replica of all the other SoulCycle studios I’d visited in the past, it felt like a “coming home.” Finally, I didn’t have to take a train or a plane to take a SoulCycle class.

At the start of the class, I clipped into my bike, closed my eyes (they were playing new Beyoncé!), and was instantly flooded with goosebumps. The first 10 minutes were AWESOME. As I cycled, I had a flashback to my very first SoulCycle class and saying to myself, “If we had this in Philly, I’d go all the time and be so thin and fit.” Perhaps it was the adrenaline rush, but in those first few minutes of class I started to negotiate with myself and convince myself that I could ABSOLUTELY make the drive from Center City to Suburban Square to take a class a few days a week.

Then, things turned ugly. Really ugly. I went from feeling so high and confident one minute to feeling like I was going to black out, fall off my bike, hit my head and vomit all over myself. This wasn’t just an “Oh, this is a hard workout — I need to build up my stamina” kinda moment. It was like my body was protesting. Read more »

The Checkup: The 7-Minute Workout You Can Definitely Fit Into Your Busy Schedule

• Feeling a little competitive this Monday morning? This seven-minute HIIT workout has its own point system, allowing you to challenge your fittest friend, and it makes for a great way to get your heart pumping in a short amount of time before heading to work. Plus, it’s only seven minutes long, so don’t even try to tell us you’re too busy. [Greatist] Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The Muscle-Burning 12-Rep Challenge

This workout starts out deceptively easy with only two reps of each exercise — but have no fear: As the workout goes on, the reps increase by two each round until, during the last round, you finish with 12 reps of every exercise on the list.

You are going to need a set of weights for the plank rows, the lunges and single-leg dead lifts. Complete the forward, side and back lunges and the single leg dead lifts all on the right side first before moving on to do the whole sequence on the left.

Now, who’s ready to work their way up the exercise mountain? Let’s go! Read more »

How to Take Free Outdoor Fitness Classes and Get Free Post-Workout Brunch Booze All Summer

Sweating then boozing seems to be a trend this summer (remember the winery runs?!). The latest to jump on that bandwagon: SWEAT Fitness. Starting this Sunday, June 19th, SWEAT is teaming up with City Tap House in University City to put on SWEAT + SIP, a totally free 10-class outdoor pop-up fitness series. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Get Killer Legs With Lateral Moves

For this week’s workout, we’re switching it up and focusing on lateral movement. We are all so used to moving forward and backward throughout the day, so this is a good chance to change it up and challenge your muscles to do something they aren’t quite as used to doing.

You’ll start with a set of two lateral exercises, then complete a circuit of exercises. Then, you’ll move back to the lateral exercises, adding a lateral exercise each round for a total of four rounds. Ready, set, sweat! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: A 5-Star Workout for a Refreshing Change of Pace

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This Week’s Workout: 32-Minute Hilly Treadmill Challenge

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: Ideally, 32 minutes. In reality, 45 minutes.
Difficulty (out of five): 4.5. That elevated heart rate makes this workout a beast
Soreness Factor: Amazingly, I don’t think we’ll be too sore after this one.
Overall Grade (out of five): 5. This workout provided a refreshing change of pace. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 32-Minute Hilly Treadmill Challenge 

This workout will only take you 32 minutes (after you warm up, of course) and is even better to do with a partner. (Yay for buddy workouts!) Here’s how it’s going to work: You’re going to bounce back and forth between running hills on a treadmill (or on a steep outdoor hill, if you can find one!) and doing a set of exercises. So first, you’ll spend two minutes on the treadmill, sprinting up the hill — just crank the incline on the treadmill up as high as it will go — for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, grab onto the treadmill and jump your feet to either side to rest for 30 seconds before you jump back on one more time for 30 seconds. And please, be careful! After that second hill, rest for another 30 seconds. Use this second recovery to get off the treadmill and get ready for the exercises.

Once you’re off the treadmill, you’ll get on a mat and do four exercises for 30 seconds each. The goal is to with this workout is to get through 32 minutes, so ideally, you’ll make it through the circuit eight times. And note: In order to get the most out of this workout, you’re going to want to set yourself up ahead of time so you can quickly and easily jump on and off the treadmill. If you’re doing this one with a buddy, have one person do the hills while the other person does the exercises for efficiency’s sake. Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Entire Body With Just a Kettlebell

For this workout, you just need one thing: A kettlebell. You may even want a few kettlebells if you plan on varying your kettlebell weights throughout the workout. Here’s what the workout looks like: You’re going to alternate between 20 and 10 reps of various exercises to complete a circuit of nine exercises, all done holding the kettlebell. Your goal? To make it through the full circuit four times.

If you don’t have a kettlebell lying around, you can totally substitute with weights. And if you don’t know how to do kettlebell swings, just do squats instead. Now that all those housekeeping notes are out of the way, happy sweating! Read more »

The BeWOW Breakdown: “It Wasn’t Pretty, But We Got Through It”

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This Week’s Workout: The Do-Anywhere Workout to Bookmark


The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 40-50 minutes (less if you are some kind of superhuman)
Difficulty (out of five): If we could give it a 6, we would.
Soreness Factor: If your shoulders and hips aren’t made of steel, you’re going to be sore.
Overall Grade (out of five): 5 Read more »

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