12 Free Workouts, Fun-Runs and Other Fitness-Related Things To Do in Philadelphia This Month

Because how else are we supposed to stay warm?

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SKATER-CISE Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean that winter activities cease! Go for a glide around Dillworth Park‘s Rothman Ice Rink on Wednesday, January 3, for a skate session with a twist: the hour-long session will be filled with trainers leading an on-ice workout. Skater-cise is a part of a weekly series, happening every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Rothman Ice Rink (1 South 15th Street AKA the west side of City Hall). It’s free to workout, but standard admission and skate rental fees —which are typically about $15 per person — apply. $15, 6 to 7 p.m.


RICHARD SIMMONS WORKOUT Maha Yoga is alllll about the fun weekend workouts. We told you about their Jane Fonda workout in November, and this month they’re upping their 80’s-dance- party-workout ante with a Richard Simmons– inspired workout. Swing by their Rittenhouse studio (1700 Sansom Street, 6th floor) for an epic cardio, dance, and fun-filled workout. This hour-long workout will run you $10 if you buy your ticket early, or $15 if you buy it the day of the workout. Grab your spot here. $10-$15, 7 p.m.

FREE(ISH) ROCK N’ RUN By now, I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the regular group runs that start of at Philly’s local running hub — Philadelphia Runner. Well, they’re kicking off 2018 with a bang by putting together a cross-training run of sorts, dubbed the Rock N’ Run. It all starts off as Philadelphia Runner group runs usually do, you’ll meet at their Center City outpost (1601 Sansom Street) a 6:45 p.m. for check-in before the 2.5-mile (ish) run to Northern Liberties Go Vertical climbing gym. That’s where the cross-training part kicks in. The tentative plan is to climb or boulder for an hour or two and then conclude the night at a local bar. It’s free to run, but the cost of climbing, gear rentals, and post-workout drinks will fall on you. Run starts at 7 p.m.

FREE YOGA WITH JAKE One of Philly’s top yogis, you can find Jake Panasevich leading yoga sessions all over Philadelphia. To kick off a new Monday morning yoga series, in partnership with Play Arts, Jake is hosting his first session on Friday, January 5, for free. Reserve your spot for the free hour-long class at Fishtown’s Play Arts (1241 North Front Street) here. Participating in this class will score you a discount to Jake’s three-week series at Play Arts, kicking off on Monday, January 8, at 7 a.m. Free, 7 a.m.


DISTILLERY YOGA Lansdale’s Boardroom Spirits is hosting an all-levels vinyasa flow on Saturday, January 6. Tickets, which you can grab here, include a post-yoga beer or signature cocktail because you #deserve it. Be sure to show up at the distillery (575 West 3rd Street) with your own mat, towel and water and it will be smooth sailing (and stretching!). $12, noon.

$5 YOGA Roots2Rise is hosting a weekly yoga session in Port Richmond every Saturday morning, from 10 to 11 a.m., through the month of January. These $5 donation-based classes will benefit the Roots2Rise community in Philadelphia. The classes will take place at Peal Dance Studio (3065 Richmond Street) in Port Richmond. Bring your own mat, towel, and water for the best experience. If you can’t make this class, there will be more sessions on January 13, 20, and 27. $5, 10 a.m.


HOOP DANCE FUSION This mixed-level — as in, open to all skill levels — hula hoop class will incorporate hip hop and contemporary dance techniques to help you up your hoop game. The two-hour class will spend the first hour teaching participants some hip-hop and contemporary moves, eventually moving into executing them with a hoop. The second half of the class will teach folks how to execute the dance combinations with a hoop. Grab your tickets for this workout, taking place at Rebel Circus Arts (2850 Chatham Street) in Port Richmond, here. $20, 3 p.m.


GRACE UPGRADE: YOUR 2018 VISION AND GOALS WORKSHOP This one’s for your mental and spiritual health. Gather your friends and head to Grace and Glory Yoga (2220 Frankford Avenue) in Fishtown on Monday, January 8, for a workshop that will help you get prepared to tackle 2018. During this two-hour workshop you’ll have time to really think about what you want to create in 2018 AND get it down on paper — you know, to hold you accountable. There will also be a ton of support and inspiration readily available to help get those creative wheels turning. Grab your ticket here. $25, 7:30 p.m.


THE BEYONCE YOGA EXPERIENCE Need we say more? Fairmount’s Priya Hot Yoga (1828 Callowhill Street) is hosting this bae-filled yoga session, which comes in perfect time to worship the Queen herself just after the New Year. Pre-game for a night out with this Friday night fun class. Get ready to sweat, stretch, dance, sing — all that jazz. Beyonce attire is not required, but is certainly welcome. Class will wrap up around 8 p.m. leaving you more than enough time for a night out on the town. Online registration has passed, so contact the studio for details. $25, 6:30 p.m.


FREE BIG CLIMB CLINIC In preparation for the Big Climb happening in May, Big Climb Philly is teaming up with CoreFitness for a series of training sessions taking place on the Art Museum steps. You can expect a workout that is open to all fitness levels and score some tips if you’re planning on participating in Big Climb Philly. Show up at the Art Museum Steps (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) for a great workout. Free, 10 a.m.


DETOXIFYING YOGA AND ACUPUNCTURE Recover from the holiday season, if you haven’t already, with this three-hour detoxifying workshop. The session kicks off with a vigorous vinyasa flow aiming to warm up and detox the physical body. The class will then transition to meditation to tap into the emotional and energetic parts of the body. The workshop will close with a five-point ear acupuncture led by licensed acupuncturist Caroline Grace Ashurst, followed by a soothing yoga nidra practice — the glorious yoga of sleep. This workshop is taking place at Priya Hot Yoga (1828 Callowhill Street) in Fairmount. Ticket prices increase to $60 after January 11. Grab your ticket here. $50, 12:30 p.m.


PINCHA MAYURASANA PARTY If you’re wondering WTF that is, you aren’t alone. Amarita Yoga and Wellness is hosting a Pincha Mayurasana Party, which is basically a workshop devoted to gaining strength and flexibility for forearm balancing poses. This two-hour workshop will break down methods for stabilizing and opening to get upside down and conditioning and stabilizing muscles to help folks work towards scorpion — the ultimate yoga pro-looking Instagram shot. Taking place at Amarita Yoga and Wellness (1204 Frankford Avenue) in Fishtown, this workshop will help you build confidence in your inversion practice. Tickets increase to $45 after January 13. Grab your ticket here. $35, 2 to 4 p.m.

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