Let’s all give it up for spring, the beloved season that’s swooped in with its above-freezing temperatures to save us from months of hibernation, murder mystery TV marathons and stews. (No shade, stews, but I’m really excited for a season of bright, crunchy, non-stewed vegetables.)
Spring comes with many perks (see: the produce at farmers’ markets), but perhaps one of the best perks is the uptick in outdoor fitness activities. Below, 12 fun spring fitness activities in Philly—from a jawdropper rooftop yoga series to a beach-town race—to fill your calendar with!
City Fitness Rooftop Yoga
When: Regularly scheduled yoga classes, weather permitting
Where: City Fitness South Philly
City Fitness South Philly has a hidden gem and it’s about to make your favorite yoga classes even better. When graced with nice weather, instructors can take their classes up to the rooftop deck for sun and savasana. Classes are only open to members but you can claim a free 7-day pass here to give it a try. The view of the sunset over the city skyline is a can’t-miss, just saying.
Top Secret Tuesdays
When: Tuesday evenings through July 2
Where: East Market, 1100 Market Street
This ten-event series offers a new themed workout every Tuesday, kept on the hush hush until the Sunday prior. The first workout was the fitness rave you didn’t know you needed with a DJ, backlights, and a ton of glowing body paint. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the announcement each Sunday at 8 p.m. (on Instagram or cityfitnessphilly.com/tuesdays) to snag your free ticket for the rest of the series.
Yoga on the Pier
When: Various days and times through November 12th
Where: Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard
It doesn’t get much better than this warm-weather series, which offers at least one free yoga class at Race Street Pier every single day, with river views to boot. The classes are open to all (it’s not odd to spot kids in tow) and the pier tends to fill up early on weekends, so plan accordingly.
Bok Rooftop Yoga
When: Every second and fourth Tuesday starting May 14th
Where: Bok Building, 1901 South 9th Street
This rooftop yoga series—with, perhaps, the best yoga views in the city—is back again, and you’ll want to get in on it. Organized by the Bok Building’s KG Strong, each week, a different yoga teacher puts on a rooftop yoga class with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Afterwards, the rooftop bar (usually closed on Tuesdays) is open exclusively to yoga attendees—meaning, for once, you won’t have to fight for a seat.
Broad Street Run
When: Sunday, May 5th
Where: All along Broad Street, from Somerville Avenue to the Navy Yard
The first Sunday in May is always quite the event in Philly: If you’re not running the Broad Street Run, you’re more than likely cheering someone who is on. The spring race, which runs 10 miles down Broad Street, is known for hordes of enthusiastic spectators (and great spectator signs) and, in recent years, surprise race proposals. My point? It’s a good time, whether you’re watching or running.
The Great Cape May Footrace
When: Saturday, May 11th
Where: Perry Street and Beach Avenue, Cape May
No list of spring fitness fun is complete without a beach-town race, am I right? And this bad boy, in its 40th year, is a great choice: First off, and maybe most importantly, it goes down before the temps are miserably hot. Plus, runners have their choice of distance between a 5K and a 10K. And lastly, you won’t have to fight for a post-race spot on the beach.
Bike to Work Day
When: Friday, May 17th
Where: Anywhere you are
I get it: Biking to work can be an intimidating (and sweaty) idea, but this day makes it really fun. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia usually pulls out all the stops for the day, setting up coffee stations around town in the morning and organizing group rides throughout the day. Keep an eye on their calendar here for news on those.
Reach & Raise
When: Sunday, May 19th
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Calling all yogis! This annual event in support of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, which helps to support those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. Being in the midst of hundreds of yogis take over the steps of the Art Museum is simply astounding. Check it out and use code “CITYFIT” for $5 off your registration fee.
When: May 31st through June 2nd
Where: Trail’s End Camp, Poconos
Adult summer camp is real and it is a glorious, glorious thing. This take, a ladies-only weekend organized by Philly-area wellness pros and held at an actual summer camp, gives you all the fun from summer camp—nature galore! New friends!—plus more grown-up exercises, like blood-pumping workouts and workshops with pros in fields ranging from positive psychology to parenting. Use code “CITYFITNESS” for 10% off your ticket to a Weekend Getaway, you deserve it.
Philly Run Fest
When: Sunday, June 2nd
Where: Memorial Hall, MLK Drive and Black Road
Philadelphia Runner, the local running store known for its community events, is behind this three-race running fest in Fairmount Park. Runners have the option to join in on a half-marathon, a half-marathon relay or a 5K, all of which end with a cold brew at the post-race beer garden.
Couch or 5K
When: Saturday, June 8th
Where: Woodlands Cemetery, 4000 Woodlands Avenue
Did someone say bottomless Dottie’s Donuts and bottomless coffee? This dog-friendly fun run through the Woodlands Cemetery benefits the Woodlands and Misfit Manor, a non-profit for at-risk animals. And, like I said, there are bottomless donuts involved. Need I say more? Didn’t think so.
SUP Yoga at Spruce Street Harbor Park
When: Starts June 16th
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park is great for many reasons: the hammocks! The people watching! Franklin Fountain ice cream! And it would be a crime not to include Aqua Vida’s stand-up paddleboard fitness classes on the water, from yoga to more boot camp-like formats. The wobbly boards are balance-building superheroes, and a class on the water feels like a mini-trip to the beach (minus the traffic).
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