5 Philly Fitness Classes That Are Way More Fun Than the Gym

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According to The New York Times, a recent study found that thinking of a workout as a fun activity instead of just boring ol’ exercise can have a serious impact on how effective your gym time is. The problem is, it’s really hard to have a good time working out when you’re trudging away on the treadmill. So to help you guys make the most of your workout time, we’ve rounded up five Be Well Philly approved fitness classes that are anything but boring.

We’ve tried each and every one of these unique local classes, and they were all tons of fun. Plus, each one left us feeling that good kind of I’m-totally-going-t0-have-a-six-pack-tomorrow sore. And lucky you for you, we took note of our experiences in our “I Tried It” series. So now that we’ve tested the waters, all you’ve got to do is read up, pick a class, and have a blast.

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Get Fit for Summer: Workouts for Every Body Part—Including, Yep, Your Vagina

Summer’s right around the corner, people, and that means soon enough, we’ll be swapping our leggings-under-jeans combo (am I the only one who does this for warmth?) for teeny tiny cut offs and (gasp!) bathing suits. If you’ve got some trouble spots you’d like to focus on at the gym, but haven’t a clue where to start, this post, right here, is exactly what you’re looking for.

Now, before we go any further, I’d like to point out that I’m not talking about fat spot-reduction here—in other words, workouts that will target fat on specific parts of your body. I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing. If fat is your main enemy, go for workouts, like high-intensity interval training, that give you a high calorie burn (one pound of body weight equals roughly 3,500 calories) in an efficient amount of time.

But, if your goal is tone specific parts of your body—I want stronger arms! I want ripped abs!—that I can help with. Here, 10 workouts designed to target your body part of choice. (Yup, even your vagina.)

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BeWOW: Let’s Totally Reimagine Your 30-Minute Workout

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This week’s workout will take you exactly 30 minutes to complete. And the best part is, we’re going to be breaking it down into three, bite-size 10-minute segments. Meaning? Time is really going to fly.

Here’s how it’ll work: You’ll start with five reps of one exercise, then 10 of the next, then 15, 20, and 25 reps, each of a different exercise. You’ll notice, below, that you have three groups of exercises to get through. For each group, you’ll set your timer for 10 minutes, and work through the exercises and reps as prescribed, finishing as many rounds within the group as you can in just 10 minutes time. When time’s up, move on to the next group, taking a one-minute break between groups. (Be sure to gather your equipment ahead of time so you don’t waste time!)

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Beat the New Year’s Gym Crowds: Use the Forgotten Machines

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If you’ve hit the gym in the past seven days, chances are you’ve noticed more than a few new faces. This, right now, is a post-New Year’s world we’re living in, people, and the crowds aren’t due to subside for another month. At least.

The most popular machines? Treadmills, by a long shot. “Everyone gets on the treadmill because everyone knows how to walk,” says Vivian Camphor, a veteran trainer at Philadelphia Sports Clubs in Center City. “It’s easy.” The ellipticals get clogged for the same reason: They’re easy to use and therefore make for a no-brainer workout.

Instead of abandoning your workouts, planting yourself on the couch, and waiting for the resolution tide to recede, try this: Head to the parts of the gym that typically get ignored. You know, the machines that gather dust in the corner while the Resolutioners stand in line for the treadmills. Here, the forgotten machines to leverage during the New Year’s rush—plus tips for how to use them and workouts (H.I.I.T., anyone?) for guidance.

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