The 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17th is expected to be bigger than ever — attracting more than 30,000 runners, 3,000 volunteers and 60,000 spectators.
In order to ensure the safety of all race weekend participants and spectators, officials have released a change in this year’s security measures. Runners and spectators will experience security enhancements designed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department.
On Sunday, the race start/finish area between 20th the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be designated as a “Secure Zone”. Everyone, no exceptions, will have to be screened in order to enter the Secure Zone. Officials recommend runners arrive early and give themselves plenty of time to go through security checkpoints.
Runners will attest that everyone has that one thing they can’t hit the pavement without — the perfect pair of sneakers, headphones that actually stay in your ear for 13.1 miles, a water bottle that doesn’t feel clunky, you name it.
So where do you turn to find a lineup that will ensure you're equipped to chase down your personal best at this year’s GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon? Well, who better to ask than you, the runner who’s been training for those grueling (did we say that?) 26.2 miles!
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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 I workout 6 times a week. (Crazy I know, since I’m the health and fitness producer here at Philly.com!) But never, have I ever, seen my muscles shake the way they did at that barre.
Based on ballet principles, Pure Barre utilizes a ballet barre to perform a series of small isometric movements that tighten and strengthen your muscles, creating that lean physique that most women strive for.
The Oval, the pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Art Museum that opened in July, will be coming to close on August 18th.
If you didn’t know, Tuesdays at The Oval have been dubbed “wellness day” and this coming Tuesday (Aug. 13th) the Parks and Recreation department is pulling out all the stops with a jam-packed schedule of fitness events.
We’re talking Zumba fitness parties, boot camp by Weston Fitness and cardio hula hooping. Yes you read that right, hula hooping is a workout and apparently it’s catching on like wildfire!
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 to appeal to people of all ages.
I was intrigued by the whole concept, but most interested in the “body” events of this unique series. As a part of 500 events over the course of the summer season, ACA has teamed up with Tilton Fitness and local fitness instructor, Dina Buttino, to offer three different workouts on the boardwalk.
The classes are set against the backdrop of “Etude Atlantis,” a large-scale optical illusion featuring streaks of white, gray and black overlooking the beach. “We knew this was the spot for morning events and what better way to wake up your day than with a fitness class,” said Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell. “All classes are free and open to the public, so morning bikers, runners and walkers can stop by and change up or compliment their fitness routine.”
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 I’ve ever done — upper abs, lower abs, planks, side planks — and right into a couple sets of push-ups.
Then came the strange part. As part of my warm-up, Joey led me around the heavy bags for a few circuits of animal movements — bear crawls, crab crawls, gorilla walks. “It’s all about natural strength, you’re using your whole body weight to shock your body with these awesome movements,” said DeMalavez.
In an effort to keep even the weariest of travelers refreshed and renewed, Philly’s new Hotel Monaco partnered with local fitness favorite Lithe Method to launch an exclusive “Lithe on Location” weekly fitness class. Every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. you can get your workout on with Lithe instructors in the fresh air on Hotel Monaco’s Stratus Rooftop Lounge (weather permitting, of course!).
And that’s exactly what I did this Wednesday when I woke up extra early and followed along as Lithe instructor Tiffany Nork led five of us Lithe newbies in a custom-made CCS fitness regimen — that’s Lithe-talk for Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting. CCS is an awesome blend of muscle-shaking cardiovascular, cheerleading-inspired aerobic, and strength training exercises.
If you’re not familiar with Lithe, Lauren Boggi’s workout is widely known for its signature higher power resistance bands that are suspended from the ceiling. Now since this is the first “on location” class Lithe has offered, it’s a twist on the total-body workout using primarily your own body weight and a few innovative props.
“I really have to take into consideration that most people have never taken Lithe before. So we may not do as many reps or as many sequences — it’s just about modifying a lot of the moves,” said Nork (who, by the way, is eight months pregnant and breezing though this workout).
Keeping this in mind, Nork opens every class with a quick lesson on Lithe’s principles: deep breathing, which helps you to incorporate your abs with every move you do, and three spinal positions to help you keep perfect form.
While the CCS regimen features a myriad of different sequences and exercises, Nork lead us through a circuit of high knees, a jog, a high V-low V with a calf pump, a twist, a single jack, a double jack, three jacks with a plyo, the step together touch, the scoop, the clam digger and ended it with the wave to the crowd move that really unleashed my inner cheerleader. Tired yet? Because I was! And that was only a 10-minute sequence.
The rest of our hour workout targeted our arms, core and legs using hand weights (that made 3 lbs. feel a lot harder than it looks), resistance bands to get our legs burning, and a small exercise ball to ensure we were engaging abdominal muscles I didn’t even know I had!
This class is only available to Hotel Monaco guests, local Kimpton Inner Circle and InTouch members, but you can always join one of 25 daily Lithe classes held at four different studios in Rittenhouse, Old City, Northern Liberties, and on the Main Line in Haverford.
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