After an entire month of holiday parties, excessive boozing and eating your weight in cookies, it’s time to undo the damage by getting into a regular fitness routine. Easier said than done, right? But if you make working out fun, it goes from being a chore to something you enjoy. The monotony of running on a treadmill stops here. Start off your new year fresh by trying out one of these creative Philly workouts.
Grateful Dead Yoga
Wednesday, Jan. 11
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall East
Free with museum admission
Are you both intrigued and intimidated by yoga? Are you also a deadhead? Well, Grateful Dead Yoga is perfect for you. At the National Museum of American Jewish history, this special class sets a calming series of poses to the soundtrack of The Grateful Dead’s vast catalog of music. With museum admission the class is free, but you need to bring your own mat.
The Wall Cycling Studio
107 Cotton St.
Class times vary
$16 per class
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The Wall Cycling Studio in Manayunk offers a variety of classes but is debuting a new one in 2017 — Spin/Barre Fusion. Combine your love of cycling with a dash of ballet for this 50-minute class that covers both cardio and focused toning exercises. When it comes to getting in shape, owner Juliet Sabella offers the following advice: “Take your new routine one day at a time.”
Functional Interval Training
2101 Brandywine St.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Membership options vary
Okay — so you ate a lot of cookies this holiday season. How about a high intensity burn with Functional Interval Training (FIT) at Roots Athletics? This circuit training session implements medicine balls, resistance bands and battle ropes to get your blood pumping and your muscles fierce. Expect to burn between 900 to 1300 calories in each class. If you need a little more motivation to try it — the first class is free! No excuses.
Koresh Dance Company
2002 Rittenhouse Square
Class times vary
$15 per class
Just because you stopped taking dance classes once you hit high school, doesn’t mean you can’t start up again! Koresh Dance Academy at Rittenhouse Square offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for adults. Choose from tap, ballet, jazz and even hip-hop to add a little spring to your step and get the body moving after spending hours behind a desk. What’s more, your first class is only $5. (Less than that peppermint mocha latte!)
So what are you doing to whip your bod into shape? Tell us in the comments below.