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POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 5:35 AM

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.”

POSTED: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Kelly O'Shea | Running | We Tried It

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 as 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!

POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013, 10:36 AM

A new fitness sensation is about to make its debut in the area. Flywheel Sports, an indoor cycling facility, will open its flagship Philadelphia location in Rittenhouse Square.

The grand opening takes place Sunday, but preview rides are going on throughout the weekend at the Rittenhouse Square location and sold out days ago.’s own Kelly O’Shea was fortunate enough to secure a spot in a preview ride, and shared her thoughts on the experience.


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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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