5 Healthy Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day in Philly

Get your sweat on with Pops — then get your brunch on, of course.

Sure, you’re probably prepared to indulge in the dinner of your dad’s choice this Sunday night, but for those of you who want to get the celebrations started a little earlier, why not begin the day with one of these five father-focused fitness events (try saying that five times fast)? From a 5K to a free boot camp with post-workout booze, there’s bound to be something you can rope your pops into.

What: SWEAT Fitness’ Outdoor Boot Camp
Where: City Tap House University City
When: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Okay, so your dad may be a little grumpy about having to get up early to work out on his special day, but once you mention the location (a tap house) and the complimentary boozy brunch beverage afterward, he’s sure to be sold. If you can’t drag him out of bed for the boot camp, know that SWEAT Fitness will be offering free classes for dads all day on Sunday at all eight of their locations.

What: Take a hike
Where: Wherever you want; we have plenty of suggestions for you here.
When: Anytime you please

This one is near and dear to my heart. My three siblings and I always treat our dad (and mom) to a good, old-fashioned hike on Father’s Day. The Philly area is surrounded with beautiful state parks, and they prove an excellent way to spend time appreciating someone you love.

What: CoreFitness’ BYOD Boot Camp
Where: Bottom of the Art Museum steps
When: Sunday at 9 a.m. *CORRECTION: This event is on Saturday at 9 a.m.*

BYOD (as in dad) to this morning sweat sesh (free for him) so you can both earn BYOB-ing later in the day. CoreFitness promises the class is suitable for dads of all ages, in all sorts of shape. What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than let your dad channel his inner Rocky and conquer the Art Museum steps?

What: Gary Papa Father’s Day 10K and 5K
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Sunday, day-of registration is at 6:30 a.m., 10k begins at 7:30 a.m., 5k begins at 8 a.m.

This race was started in 2002 by The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health to promote prostate cancer awareness and research. Gary Papa, a Philly 6ABC sportscaster, became their spokesperson in 2005, and when he passed after a six-year battle with prostate cancer, the race was renamed after him. What better way to spend Father’s Day morning than by sharing a run and helping a cause? If you want to register beforehand, you can do so here.

What: CorePower Yoga Class
Where: 1616 Walnut Street
When: All day Saturday and Sunday

If you tow your dad along to any of CorePower’s classes this weekend, he will get his sweat on for free. We counted, and there are 14 classes offered by CorePower this Saturday and Sunday. This means a class can be squeezed into even the busiest schedule and dad has no excuse not to join you (you can tell him we said that).

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