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We tried it: Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race

Friday, August 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Are you a runner looking to shake things up? For a fun (and dirty) change of pace, a mud run might be the answer. If you’re unfamiliar with the latest fitness fad, mud runs combine running with a combination of military style obstacles along the course. The goal is to challenge yourself and... Read more

We tried it: MegaFormer class at Plank Studio

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Have you ever seen a MegaFormer? Wayne’s new Plank Studio carries 10 of the 10-foot-long, 250-pound machines created by industry-renowned Sebastien Lagree. The machine itself looks more like a medieval torture device than gym equipment — and at times, it felt like it to. You know that... Read more

We tried it: Stand-up paddleboard yoga with Aqua Vida

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
Last Tuesday, I ducked out of the office around lunchtime to get my downward dog on. Except, this was no ordinary class. As I opened my eyes for my first sun salutation, what came into view wasn’t the mirrored walls of a typical studio — but, a beautiful view of the Philadelphia skyline... Read more

We tried it: H.I.I.T. It Hard at Relentless Fitness

Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 AM
The disclaimer is there: This class is not for the faint of heart. “I really think it’s important to have a solid base of strength fitness under your belt,” Michele Rogers, resident muscle mechanic at Relentless Fitness, said of her ‘H.I.I.T. It Hard’ ­ high intensity... Read more

We tried it: Yoga at Focus Barre and Yoga

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
At Focus Fitness, barre classes have reined supreme and all other disciplines played second fiddle — until now. With two studios firmly established on the Main Line, early March brought a third Focus location into Center City with the opening of Focus Barre and Yoga at 1923 Chestnut Street. “Here... Read more

We Tried It: Thor's Thunder Workout

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:30 AM
If you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner superhero, here’s your chance! Philadelphia Sports Clubs have unleashed THOR's Thunder Workout — a high-intensity MMA-style workout inspired by Marvel’s latest smash film, THOR: The Dark World. Marvel approached Town Sports International’s... Read more

We tried it: Pure Barre

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 5:30 AM
When I was approached by Pure Barre to try out their patented “Lift. Tone. Burn.” method at their newest studio in Haddonfield N.J., I thought, being the avid exerciser that I am, I was totally prepared for this workout…. I wasn’t, at all! Let me preface this by sharing that... Read more

We tried it: Zombie Mud Run 5k

Monday, October 14, 2013, 1:52 AM
Halloween came early Saturday in Wildwood as myself and about 1,000 other people spent the morning running from zombies. The 2nd annual Zombie Mud Run 5k took place on the beach, in the ocean, and through Morey’s Pier. The course featured 30 different obstacles ranging from giant sand mounds... Read more

We tried it: Atlantic City Boot Camp on the Boardwalk

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 5:45 AM
In an effort to rejuvenate Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Alliance has launched a new series called “Mind, Body & Soul ARTLANTIC.” The series takes place in two Atlantic City art parks with daily events from local arts organizations, performers and fitness experts that are designed... Read more

We tried it: Boxing at Joltin’ Jabs

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 5:30 AM
When I walked into Joltin’ Jabs studio and saw former boxer Joey DeMalavez going at it on the heavy bag while he waited for me to show, I knew I was in for a tough workout. Before I even had time to really introduce myself, Joey had me down on the floor doing the longest set of crunches I think... Read more
About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Kelly O'Shea Sports Medicine & Fitness Editor,
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
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