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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The Philly fitness scene is going transcontinental! When Paramount Pictures was gearing up for the premiere of GI Joe: Retaliation, they figured what better way to enjoy a rough and tough movie than with a rough and tough workout? So to celebrate Wednesday’s release of the film, Paramount asked Philly’s own Platoon Fitness to create a workout that embodied the “GI Joe” experience. I was lucky enough to sit down with get my butt kicked by Platoon’s Founder, Mike Smaltz, and get the scoop on how this workout was created.
So how did Platoon Fitness, out of thousands of personal training centers nationwide, get the honor? “We’ve made a name for ourselves as a real basic and primal type workout, very foundational and very functional,” explained Smaltz, a former Physical Readiness Training coordinator for the US Navy. “Plus the Platoon name itself kind of matches with the military, so I think it was an easy fit.”
In order to design a GI Joe inspired workout, Smaltz based it off of three major components: functionality, teamwork, and time restraints. “We try to gear towards what a ‘Joe’ might encounter in the field – carrying a body, moving machinery, long endurance periods of time where they’re working hard without a break.”
Megan Schmidt and Kelly O'Shea
Hey Philly, looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in fun and healthy way? Check out these 4 St. Patty’s weekend races that offer a little something for everyone. Whether you're a fun runner, a runner looking to make a difference, or maybe you're just running to burn some calories before you gulp down some beers - whatever your reason, we've got a St. Patrick's Day run that will get you moving!
10th Annual Fighting Irish 5K
Come out for a fun run that benefits a great cause with the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Philadelphia! The 10th Annual Fighting Irish 5k benefits the children of St. Malachy School in North Philadelphia. St. Malachy’s is an independent Roman Catholic school that serves 200 students and over 45% of the families in the St. Malachy area that live below the poverty line. The run takes place in Wissahickon Valley on a mostly flat trail.
WHEN: 9:00am on March 16th
I would like to consider myself a runner, but I’ll be realistic in saying that logging 3 miles on the treadmill 3 times a week is not exactly the definition of a true runner. So naturally, I passed on signing up for Broad Street – happy to have the excuse that I’d be working the big event instead of running it. But when I found Philadelphia Runner’s Urban Scramble online a few weeks ago, I was instantly intrigued – enough to convince my friend Ellen to join me!
This was definitely my kind of run, ya know, the fun run where you can make it is hard or as easy as you want it to be. So here’s the gist: You meet at Philadelphia Runner at 16th and Sansom where you’re given a list of 10 local businesses. You have 65 minutes to make it to all 10 businesses where you collect raffle tickets from friendly-faced employees (who probably think you’re a little nuts!) and then head over to the after party at a nearby bar. But here’s the clincher: if you don’t make it back to the after party in time, you can’t enter your raffle tickets – so you either have to run fast, or pick your stops carefully!
Thursday night’s scramble was Philly Runner’s longest and hardest to date – we went from Yogorino on 20th and Locust to Unite Fitness at 12th and Sansom to Café Ole near 3rd and Race, and 7 other stops in between. The course (see the full list below!) totaled about 4 miles if you hit all 10 spots – which Ellen and I did not, womp womp. We made it to 7 stops, not bad for two South Jersey girls that work in Philly– but, as we learned the hard way, still haven’t quite mastered the city grid!
- Alfred Atanda, Jr.
- Arm, Shoulder Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Brian Cammarota
- Broad Street Run
- Cassie Haynes
- Children, Teens
- David Berkson
- David Rubenstein
- Desirea D. Caucci
- Eugene Hong
- Head Injuries
- Heather Moore
- In The News
- Jim McCrossin
- Joel H. Fish
- John Quinn
- Julie Coté
- Justin Shaginaw
- Kelly O'Shea
- Kevin Miller
- Knee Injuries
- Michael G. Ciccotti
- Other Sports
- Performance Enhancement
- Peter F. DeLuca
- Philadelphia Marathon
- Philly Marathon
- Physical Therapy
- R. Robert Franks
- Robert Cabry
- Robert Senior
- Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
- We Tried It
- Working Out