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I Tried It: Training Like a Champion With Olympic Athlete Anthuan Maybank

I didn’t know what to expect from my “Train Like a Champion” session with retired Olympic runner Anthuan Maybank at Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington. […]

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How a South Philly Muay Thai Gym Unleashed — and Boosted — My Confidence

I’m suited up in my boxing gloves, sweat dripping down my back as I listen to George Pitsakis, coach and co-owner of Juniper Muay Thai, […]

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I Tried “Nature’s Xanax” for a Hangover-Free Buzz

Ever since I cut back on my alcohol consumption earlier this year, I’ve found myself more willing to try alternative, booze-free forms of unwinding: glassblowing, […]

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I Got My Aura Photographed and Left Feeling So Much More Self-Aware

After a pretty chaotic two years (COVID bride here), I knew that I needed to put more energy into my self-care routine. That’s why all […]

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Walking Labyrinths Helps Calm My Nerves During Hard Times

Twenty years ago, I found myself in unfamiliar territory: I was about to relocate to a new city where I had no friends, move in […]

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Philly’s Herbal Workshops Made Me Look at the “Weeds” in My Yard in a Whole New Light

It’s a Tuesday morning, and I’m eyeing the wild tangle of my rowhome’s tiny backyard as I sip my coffee. I peer at a cluster […]

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How Taking Shockingly Cold Showers Helps Steamroll My Anxiety

The other day, I reached into my shower and turned the knob all the way to cold. I inhaled and gingerly stepped into the biting, […]

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I Tried It: Rite Aid’s Do-It-Yourself COVID-19 Test

As I reflect upon my time here at Philly Mag, I realize I’m the guy who volunteers to do weird stuff. Sometimes painful stuff. Sometimes […]

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I Learned How to Tie-Dye Clothes Using Avocados

This post has been updated. At the start of the new year, I made an intention to have a date night with myself at least […]

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My Week of Doing a 6-Step Korean Beauty Routine Every Night

I’ve always had what you might call a “laid back” approach to skincare. I dabble in this product or that product, indulge in free samples, […]

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Take a Look Inside Philly’s New Barry’s Bootcamp

Well, folks, it’s finally here. After months of rumors and anticipation, Barry’s Bootcamp finally opened in Rittenhouse on November 16th. And while I know many of […]

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I Hate Treadmills, But I’m Obsessed With Treadmill Classes

My arms are pumping. My feet are pounding. The room is dark, with strategically placed spotlights creating a dramatic contrast. Just as my body starts […]

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I Tried Shopping Ethically for One Month and Failed on the First Day

I’m a typical millennial, chowing down on avo toast and drowning in student loan debt. But, like many millennials, I’ve taken up the cause of […]

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I Went on a Mindful Hike in the Wissahickon, and It Was Glorious

When I walk up to the women gathered in a circle at the intersection of West Bells Mill Road and Forbidden Drive, I can’t tell […]

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Inside the Philly Journaling Workshop That Brings Up All the Feels

Three Christmases ago, there came for me the landmark moment that occurs in nearly every young adult’s life: My mother forced me to clean out […]