Do This: $10 Workouts With CHARGE (for a Good Cause!)

Charge Performance and Wellness | Photo courtesy Charles Scogna

Let’s take advantage of this unseasonably warm weather while we can, people! To help us get moving, Bella Vista’s CHARGE Performance and Wellness is hosting a series of $10 (!!) workouts this month, dubbed Charge Your Community, benefitting Back on My Feet Philadelphia, a local non-profit that uses running as a tool to bring people out of homelessness. So, you’ll be getting fit for a good cause — doesn’t get much better than that, right?

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8 Rules We Wish All Fitness Trainers Would Follow

I should preface this post by saying that I think fitness trainers are wonderful. I’m a big fan, really. You guys are super motivating, very knowledgable and help us reach goals we might not otherwise be able to tackle, whether that’s being able to run to work or being able to confidently rock a Kardashian-esque glitter one-piece. (Hey, do you.)

With that being said, my dear fitness trainers, there are a few rules we wish you would follow in group fitness classes, some to keep us from cringing, and some to simply make sure that we are, in fact, getting closer to those bodysuit goals when we shell out $35 for a fitness class. Below, the eight rules we wish all fitness trainers would follow.

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The Checkup: The Argument for Eating a Giant Breakfast

• You’ve likely heard that breakfast is a pretty important meal, but recent research suggests that you also might want to make it your biggest meal of the day. A recent review of the eating habits of 50,000 adults found that front-loading calories — so eating a large breakfast, a smaller lunch, and a light dinner — may be the best way to plan meals to jumpstart our metabolisms, control weight and prevent obesity. [The New York Times]

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Calorie-Torching 30-Minute Partner Workout

Everything is more fun with friends, and that is especially true for this week’s workout. So grab your workout buddy, find a track or a treadmill, and start sweating. And if you can’t convince anyone to do this workout with you (we get it — it’s hot), not to fear: You can also go it solo.

Here’s what you will do: One partner will sprint while the other does a circuit of exercises. Each round will take a total of six minutes — three minutes sprinting and three minutes doing exercises. Each three-minute segment will be broken down into 30-second intervals. So, while one partner is doing the circuit of exercises, doing each exercise for 30 seconds (it’ll add up to three minutes), the other partner is doing three minutes of alternating between sprinting for 30 seconds and recovering for 30 seconds. After three minutes, you and your bud trade places. The goal is to make it through the entire circuit five times — so a total of 30 minutes. Good luck, friends! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: 7 Pairs of Exercises Guaranteed to Make Your Muscles Scream

For this week’s workout, you’re going to have seven pairs of exercises to work with. You’ll do a set number reps for the first exercise, then one rep (yep: just one rep!) of the second exercise. Then, after that, it gets a little tougher: You’ll repeat the set number of the first exercise, and work up to two reps of the second exercise. Then it’s back to the first exercise again, and three reps of the second exercise in the pair. You’ll repeat this until you complete 5 reps of the second exercise. Your goal is to complete the entire circuit three times.

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Hugging Strangers During Workouts: A Do or a Total Don’t?

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” That oft Instagrammed quote was the first thing that came to mind during a recent yoga class when the teacher instructed us to (insert horror movie music here) hug someone in the class. Luckily, my friend was there. We both, not the kind of people who generally hug one another, let alone people we don’t know, could feel the fear in our eyes dissipate when we realized we could just hug each other instead of embracing a stranger.

Phew.

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5 Ways to Get Fit in Philly Without Going to the Gym

You’ll have so much fun doing these six activities around Philly — from rock climbing to axe throwing (yes, axe throwing) — that you’ll forget you’re even getting a workout. (Don’t worry: Your muscles will make it clear that you did, in fact, get a workout later.) Bonus points: You won’t be forced to step foot inside a boring ol’ gym for any of them.

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