The Checkup: Where to Find the Best Fitness Deals This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

• If you are anything like me, late November is the time of year — every damn year — when you’re hit with the realization that you have a trillion gifts to buy and you have saved not-a-one cent to put toward the cause. Enter these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals everywhere from Athleta to CorePower Yoga to Nike to save the day. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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3 Things to Know About Lululemon’s New Fishtown Location (Including When It Opens!) 

Lululemon's new The Local Fishtown store | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Lululemon’s new The Local Fishtown store | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Back in September, we told you guys that Lululemon was bringing the fourth location of their new concept store — the ‘local’ concept — to Fishtown. If you need a refresher (it’s been a long few days, we know), the new Lululemon location, dubbed The Local Fishtown, will be going in at 1424 Frankford Avenue, the former home of Kit and Ace. But it won’t just be any ol’ Lululemon store: The idea for the space is part hyper-locally focused store, part hub for the fitness community.

Back in September, the folks at Lululemon were a bit vague about what exactly we could expect from The Local Fishtown, but we just got a whole lot more information from them, and in short, it sounds like a mini Lululemon store with a community calendar on steroids. Think: yoga and meditation classes, workshops, speaker series, seasonal pop-up markets and more. Yep: It sounds like it will be pretty darn awesome.

Below, three things to know about Lululemon’s new Fishtown spot, including when they’re opening. (Hint: You’ll be able to see it for yourself before the month ends. Eeeee!)

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Stop Everything: Philadelphia Runner Is Having a Surprise Sidewalk Sale 

A peek at a past Philadelphia Runner sidewalk sale | Photo via Facebook

A peek at a past Philadelphia Runner sidewalk sale | Photo via Facebook

You’re going to want to go ahead and cancel your lunch-break plans. You’ve got shopping to do: Starting at 11 a.m. today, Philadelphia Runner is having a surprise sidewalk sale at their University City store with tons of seriously marked-down apparel and shoes. We’re talkin’ brands like Mizuno, Oiselle, Brooks, The North Face, Gore, and more. Woot, woot! Read more »

The Checkup: The Brilliant Hack to Sneak More Protein Into Your Breakfast

• I bet you’ve never considered adding beans to your breakfast oatmeal, have you? Yeah, neither had we. But it’s a pretty genius way to up the protein factor and fiber in your breakfast, meaning your stomach will be less likely to be growling for lunch come 10 a.m. And once you mash ‘em up, they blend right in. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »

City Sports Brought Back to Life by Wharton-Grad Brothers

The former City Sports location at 1608 Walnut Street (Photo by Jared Shelly)

The former City Sports location at 1608 Walnut Street (Photo by Jared Shelly)

City Sports is back from the dead.

As you might recall, City Sports liquidated all its assets and closed all 26 locations nationwide — including three in the Philadelphia area. The company filed for bankruptcy in October and was unable to find a buyer willing to keep the stores open.

But in that bankruptcy liquidation, Brent and Blake Sonnek-Schmelz bought the brand, logo and website — and have their eyes set on a complete re-launch including e-commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. Read more »

Move Over, Tory Burch: Fitbits Might Actually Become Stylish Now Thanks to Public School

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One of the Fitbit x Public School designs from NYFW. | Image via Mashable.

First, Fitbit partnered with Tory Burch to create stylish(ish) ways to wear your pedometer. Then, Apple teamed up with with Hermés to create the most wildly expensive yet elegant smart watch. With Apple now backing the Costume Institute for this year’s Met Gala (titled “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”), it’s safe to say the space between fashion and tech is closing – and quickly. We say, thank goodness, because we were starting to think we had to give in to clunky rubber Fitbits for the rest of eternity.

Enter Public School, the New York-based streetwear brand that’s one of the buzziest names in fashion right now. They collaborated with Fitbit on a tech accessory line for the new Alta tracker, debuting their collection this past Sunday at their NYFW show. Read more »

The Best Winter Running Gear, According to Philly Runners

Resisting your bed’s siren song of warmth during the winter can be tough. Especially when the alternative is going for a run in the frigid winter air, where each gust of wind feels like Jack Frost is slapping you across the face. The best way to fight the inevitable winter laziness? Have the right gear on deck to brush off winter’s worst.

Your wardrobe should act like armor against the cold and allow the length of your runs to be decided by you, not the forecast. And because dropping that sage wisdom simply isn’t enough to get you to leave your bed, we’re sure, we asked seven of our favorite Philly runners to spill on the items they couldn’t leave behind on a cold winter run. So say adios to windburn and embrace the winter running season! Read more »

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