7 Unexpected Spots to Score Awesome Workout Gear in Philly

We’ve all been there: You realize that maaaaybe you’ve been rocking that T-shirt that was once white, but is now leaning much closer to a gray or yellow hue, and those shorts with a hole in the crotch (that is becoming increasingly noticeable) a bit too long. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it might be time to update your workout wardrobe. So, to take the guesswork out of the shopping experience, we asked some folks who wear workout clothes for a living — local fitness instructors — to dish on the unexpected spots where they find their favorite workout gear, right here in Philly and the ‘burbs.

Gina Mancuso of Core Fitness, Adriana Adelé of Three Queens Yoga and John Goldthorp of Fix Your Run spill on the hidden workout-gear gems nestled around town.  Read more »

The Checkup: Starbucks Has Finally Caved to Your Avocado Toast Obsession 

• BREAKING NEWS: Starbucks now slings a packaged avocado spread that you can put on anything and everything, from a bagel to make your own avocado toast to the feta egg wrap to, well, whatever else you want avocado on. (Everything? Okay then.) That said, it looks kind of weird in that it’s dark green and appears watery in photos, so maaaaybe don’t get too excited until you actually try it. [Eater]

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The Checkup: Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessed With Pooping Stools

• Over the holidays, New York magazine suggested their readers give the gift of the Squatty Potty — a stool that puts you into a squat-like position on the toilet, helping to, um, move things along. They were being entirely serious, because apparently, this thing is so great it negates any poop-related embarrassment that would occur upon opening. After reading their endorsement, I’ve heard people wax poetic about pooping stools on podcasts and all across the internet, including in this essay, where a woman who’s had yearlong problems in the bathroom praises the powers of the pooping stool. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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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 »

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