It’s so much easier to fit in heart-pumping, muscle-toning activities when the weather is nice, no? Thankfully this city is rich with fun (and many free) ways to get your sweat on, with or without your kid. Here, our favorite ways for moms to stay fit in Philly.
In the summer, there are two (!) fantastic outdoor yoga classes, and both are free (double !!). If you live west of Broad, hop over to 25th and Locust for Yoga on the Banks, an all-levels class that runs on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am, and Tuesdays at 7 am and 6:30 pm. (Check the FB page for weather-related updates.) If you live on the east side, there is Yoga on the Pier (that being the Race Street Pier) every single day. That’s Monday – Friday at 7 am, Monday – Thursday at 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am.
These workouts utilize Philly’s urbanscape things like benches, steps, hills and curbs to make for an intense class, which is perfect for busy people (us) who need to get the most bang out of limited workout availability. There’s a free one from the November Project that meets every Wednesday morning at 6:25 a.m. at the Art Museum steps, and Friday mornings, at the same time, but at various locations. Core Fitness hosts great Boot Camp classes (that combine Tabata, H.I.I.T workouts, running and more) at the Art Museum steps on Saturday mornings, and many weekday mornings at Water Works. Since their classes are taught by a rotating group of instructors, they are always different. Note: First class is free, and you can always drop-in.
Group Workout with Baby
If you’ve got baby in tow, check out the Fit4Mom outdoor classes, which incorporate stroller pushing and baby into the workouts. There are Stroller Barre classes that meet at Hawthorne Park in Bella Vista or 25th and Spruce on Thursdays in May and Thursdays and Fridays in June. It’s a really fun workout, you don’t have to stress about where your kid is, you’ll meet other moms, and the exercises target abs and rears. Check out the FB page for class updates.
Awesome Walks with Baby
For West of Broad peeps, there’s nothing better than a Schuylkill Banks power walk while pushing the stroller. Enter near Taney Park around 25th and Pine and take the overpass (over the dog runs) to the path. Pop-in your headphones, and every time a song changes, do a different 30 second exercise using the natural environment, like dips on curbs, push-ups against benches and lunges using the stroller. If you live on the eastern part of town, walk along Front Street from Old City all the way to South Philly and you won’t have too many traffic lights to deal with. You can also cross over Penn’s Landing, walk along the pier near Spruce, down to Race Street pier in Old City, or a favorite new walk/run of mine: Cross over to Delaware Avenue, and make a left in the parking lot next to the Coast Guard building at the Washington Avenue intersection. You’ll eventually stumble upon a new-ish pier there, and past it, a green path that will take you about 10 minutes at a brisk path, and you can turn around and head back. There’s a security guard there, and it’s quite and shady.
Easy Bike Rides
Don’t think our brand spankin’ new Indego Bike Share is just for commuters! Snag a membership for $15 (which gets you unlimited, one-hour rides for 30 days) or pay $4 per 1/2 hour and hit our awesome bike lanes. Our suggestion: do a Pine-to-Spruce loop from east to west, hop on the Schuylkill River Trail or pedal along Delaware Avenue.
Photo: Yoga on the Pier