Be Well Workout of the Week: Conquer Your Fear of Heavy Weights

During this week’s workout, you’ll challenge your strength by doing a low number of reps with heavier weights. You will start with 10 reps and decrease your reps by two each round until your final round is just two reps. (It won’t be as easy as it sounds — promise.)

So each round, grab a pair of weights that will challenge you (as in, you’ll just barely make it through the final rep with good form), and adjust weight based on the exercise. And no slacking: Increase your weights as you decrease your reps each round, so you continue to challenge yourself with each rep.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Torch Calories in 30 Minutes With HIIT

For this workout you’ll need your stopwatch — and that’s about it! You’ll do the following circuit four times, doing each exercise for 50 seconds for the first round, 40 seconds for the second round, 30 seconds for the third, and 20 seconds for the final round. So work hard during the time allotted for each round, and push yourself to keep the intensity for the entire interval. You can rest easy knowing the whole shebang  should ring it at under 30 minutes.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The 50-Rep At-Home Workout Challenge 

For this workout, you only need one set of dumbbells and a space the size of a yoga mat to move around in. Now, if those requirements don’t make for an excuse-busting setup, I don’t know what does!

You’re going to do 10 reps of each exercise listed below, holding the weights for each, completing a total of five rounds. By the end, you’ll have done 50 reps of each exercise, and your muscles will be feeling the burn.

Yep: You’ve got a new favorite full-body at-home workouts at your fingertips. Happy sweating!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: A 30-Minute Workout Worth Bookmarking

If you took on our Be Well Philly No-Gym-Necessary New Year’s Workout Challenge, hopefully you are feeling fit, strong, and ready to continue working hard. But, still, we all know it can be easy to slide back into old habits once the New Year’s glow wears off.  So, let’s not let that happen this year — let’s keep up the hard work with this workout, shall we?!

For this workout you are going to complete the following circuit as many times as you can in 30 minutes. Pretty simple — but definitely not easy. Good luck!

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Prepare for FOMO: Kevin Hart Spotted Working Out at This Philly Gym

Kevin Hart at City Fitness | Photo via Instagram

Kevin Hart at City Fitness | Photo via Instagram

If you didn’t know that comedian Kevin Hart, originally from Philly, has a serious side hustle going as a fitness superstar, then it’s time you take note: His Instagram account is a treasure trove of hilarious fitness inspiration; he’s put together 5Ks all over the country (including here in Philly!) as part of his Move with Hart collaboration with Nike; and he was recently featured on the cover of Runner’s World — because the dude LOVES to run.

So, long story short: Kevin Hart is on his fitness game. And yesterday, he got his sweat on at a gym that you may very well belong to. Yesterday morning, the folks from City Fitness posted an Instagram (see below) of Hart at their Graduate Hospital gym, thanking him for choosing to get his workout on with them. Got FOMO? Same.

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Sweet! $5 Yoga, HIIT, Barre and Zumba Classes at Hotel Monaco

Yoga at last year's Resolution Rx event | Photo by Joe Longo

Yoga at last year’s Resolution Rx event | Photo by Joe Longo

If on January 1st, you vowed that 2017 would be the year you become the next Jillian Michaels, and now — a mere 16 days in — you’ve already fallen off the workout wagon, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is here to swoop in and save you from self-sabotage. On Sunday, January 29th, the hotel is hosting their third annual Resolution Rx event to keep you on track, with tons of $5 fitness classes from studios around the city, mini massages and acupuncture (!!) and healthy grub.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Jump-Start Your 2017 Fitness Goals

In honor of getting a jump-start on your New Year’s resolution, it is only fitting that we make this workout all about plyos (that would basically be jumping, if you don’t know) and jumping rope. You’re going to complete 30 seconds of each exercise below, going through the entire circuit three times.

So go ahead: Pre-burn those New Year’s calories and start your year out on a healthy, hoppy foot.  You’ll thank yourself when you’ve got a slight head-start on your fitness goals come the new year.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: A Box Workout Guaranteed to Make Your Muscles Burn

A box, bench, sturdy coffee table or a low wall — or any other stable surface of your choice, really — and a weight are all you need for this workout. Every move will incorporate the box (or other sturdy surface), so make sure you are doing the moves throughout this workout safely and with confidence — there will be some jumping involved.

Now, your instructions: You’re going to complete the below circuit as fast as you can — while maintaining good form, of course — four times total. You will definitely be warming the bench in a whole new way after this one. Happy sweating!

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