7 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Workouts, According to Philly Fitness Pros



We’re sure you all have little tips and tricks up your sleeve for staying motivated and powering through your HIIT workouts or hill sprints (the worst, am I right?), but getting out of your own personal routine every now and then could be just what you need to truly meet your fitness goals.

That’s where this post comes in: We got six Philly fitness pros to let us in on the tricks they have up their sleeves to instantly upgrade their workouts and get the most out of them. Check out what they said below, then get to testing those tricks, friends!  Read more »

The Checkup: Does Having More Sex Make for Better Athletic Performance?

• Let’s talk about sex, baby: Having more of it could improve your time at the gym. According to new research, athletes who had more sex performed better when it came to speed, strength and agility. Do note, though: This new research was helmed, in conjunction with an Olympic coach, by a sex toy company. So, we’d say a grain of salt wouldn’t be a bad idea. [Refinery29]

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The Checkup: The Case for Running Without Music — Really!

• I rely on music to get me through a run as much as the next person. On the 10th mile of a half marathon, I undoubtably need an almost-annoying upbeat Calvin Harris tune to get me through. And while music is great to push you over the finish line, not all runs are half marathons where you’re trying to PR. Some runs are just for you — to let your mind wander. And maybe, just maybe, you should give it ample opportunity to do just that, per the suggestion of Outside’s Martin Fritz Huber. [Outside OnlineRead more »

Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

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If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

The Checkup: Words for All the Emotions You’ve Never Been Able to Explain

• Humans are strange creatures and our brains are filled with all sorts of odd thoughts (“I wonder what Missy Elliot is doing today”) and emotions (“I’m not sad, exactly — my heart just feels like a train ran over it, then reversed back onto it, pressed the brakes and stayed there”), many of which we have a hard time describing. To help us out, the folks over at Science of Us have created a handy list of real words  from around the world — like pronoia and malu — for emotions you never knew how to describe before. Guarantee: The list will have you saying “Ahhhhh-ha!” for a good five minutes. [Science of Us] Read more »

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



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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