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POSTED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Cassie Haynes | CrossFit | Profiles
Mike Jenkins and Cassie Haynes at Jenkin's gym, CrossFit Gamma in Hershey, Pa.

"I can't even touch my shoulders, so that makes muscle ups difficult," the owner of CrossFit Gamma in Hershey, PA says as he shows us his shoulder immobility and outrageous biceps, noting the three inches of space between his fingertips and shoulders. A ‘muscle-up’ is a pull-up that transitions into a dip, requiring vast mobility and stability through the shoulders. The skill is a staple for elite CrossFitters (though in the actual sport of gymnastics, it's simply the preparatory movement that athletes use to get on top of the bar or rings to begin their routine.)

An impressive man (for a multitude of reasons), Mike Jenkins stands 6 feet and 6 inches, weighing in at 375 lbs. (he's walking around pretty lean these days). The first time we shook hands I was sure I felt my metacarpals begin to fold in half. My 172-lb. weightlifter's frame looked like a delicate flower next to his—to be clear, no one has ever compared my likeness to that of a delicate flower.  

The proud owner of one Hershey's newest affiliates, Mike comes to CrossFit from the world of Strongman. The 30-year old's Strongman career began in 2007 when after only one month of training, he took the title of Maryland's Strongest Man. After sealing up the amateur circuit with his win at the Amateur World Championships in 2010, he was awarded pro Strongman status and a competition seat among the strongest athletes in the world. 

POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:28 AM
Filed Under: Men | Profiles | Soccer
Jeff Parke for the Philadelphia Union.

Jeff Parke worked for a lifetime to become a professional soccer player. It wasn’t until he’d reached that goal and spent a few years in Major League Soccer (MLS) that he realized just how much it meant to him.

“I can remember the day it happened,” says Parke. “I was still playing in New York, going through some different injuries. We were out to dinner with my girlfriend’s [now Parke’s wife] brother, and we just started talking about different foods and some of my habits. It kind of dawned on me what I’d need to do to take my career to the next level.”

This was back in 2008, when Parke was 26 and single. Now 31, Parke is married with a young daughter and another child on the way. He is back home playing defense for the Philadelphia Union (he was born in Abington and played collegiately at Drexel.) It’s his first year with the Union, but his 10th season in MLS. He attributes his longevity to the changes he made after that fateful conversation.

POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Philly Marathon | Profiles | Running
One of the largest waves to start 2012's 19th annual Philadelphia Marathon with the Art Museum in the background. (Charles Fox/Staff)

For the last 20 years, the fitness-minded community around Philadelphia has come to enjoy a new, unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.

Sure, Thanksgiving may be more than a week away when it happens — but when over 30,000 runners take to the streets the weekend of November 15-17 for the 2013 GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, we know the holidays are just around the corner.

This year’s Philadelphia Marathon weekend brings with it a new title sponsor and a celebration of 20 years of the current version of the 26.2-mile race through Center City, University Park and the famous finish on the Parkway.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Running
Thousands crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge in the 2012 Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K. The race raised money for the Larc School in Bellmawr. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Next Sunday, November 3 brings one of the city’s most unique running events on the calendar.

Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey will benefit the Larc School, which serves children with disabilities in Bellmawr, N.J. The run is a joint effort between Cooper University Hospital and the Norcross Foundation.

The main event is a 10K run starting at the toll gates on the New Jersey side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Runners will proceed down the westbound lanes before crossing into Philadelphia and turning around at the barriers. They will run the bridge back towards New Jersey, before bearing right at the base of the bridge to run along the Waterfront towards Campbell’s Field.

POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior | Running | Women
Elizabeth Proffitt at one of her races.

So what did you get for your last birthday?

This Sunday, Elizabeth Proffitt of Birdsboro will travel to Des Moines, Ia. to accomplish the feat of running at least one marathon in all 50 states. What’s more, Proffitt will do so just months before her 50th birthday early next year.

That’s right—it’s 50 in 50 by 50.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior

Next Sunday, October 20 marks the 27th annual AIDS Walk Philly, the largest HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in the Delaware Valley.

Participants can choose between a 12K walk and 5K run to show their support. The day starts bright and early with a 7:15 a.m. yoga session, followed by on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. but the Opening Ceremony for the main event—the Walk—begins at 8:30 a.m., allowing the walkers to be on their way by 9 a.m.

As for the 5K Run, each runner is asked to do fundraising of at least $50 in order to enter the event (Top fundraisers to date are listed here.) Runners who enter by October 15 are eligible to pick up their bibs and t-shirts ahead of time, rather than waiting until the day of the race. Early check-in will take place Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at the AIDS Fund Office located at 1315 Spruce Street. If you are running as part of a team, the team captain can turn in all donations at the early check-in.

POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 6:00 AM

Past App of the Week features have looked at programs that help you track your daily workouts, your calorie intake, or your mileage while running or biking.

This week’s App attempts to combine a number of these features—and more—into one to promote all facets of healthy living.

ARGUS Motion and Fitness Tracker allows you to automatically track all fitness activities, record your distance and pace while running, keep records of your dietary habits—even monitor your sleep patterns to ensure you’re getting sufficient shut-eye.

POSTED: Friday, October 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Running

For the second consecutive year, Parx Casino and Parx Racing will host the Octoberfest 5K at the legendary racetrack in Bensalem.

This year’s race is scheduled for next Saturday, October 12, and will benefit the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (FBPH), a Philadelphia non-profit highly regarded in the advancement of breast and prostate cancer research and treatment.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as Parx’s Breast Cancer 5K beneficiary,” said Colleen Daley, the Executive Director for the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. “Parx has been a generous supporter of the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health for the past two years, donating time, resources and support to our annual Father’s Day Gary Papa Run.”

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Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC 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. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, Athletic Trainer - US Soccer Federation
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