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How to Mix up Your Workout, According to Philly Fitness Experts

By Kirsten Magas | October 17, 2019 | Lifestyle

A little bit of change can do a body good—especially when it comes to breaking a sweat. From barre to acro, there are tons of ways you can vary your moving routine. So, who better to take advice on moving in new ways than from someone who moves every single day? Here’s what the Philly experts have to say—and it goes way beyond the average treadmill.

Jayel Lewis from The Field House at Fitler Club


“My motto is: you don’t have to, you get to. I set goals along the way and reward myself with fitness forward items, such as a new pair of spandex, so I'm not basing my celebrations around food or alcohol (something that may negate my goals). There isn’t a workout I won’t try. My dog keeps me very active, the hourly reminder in my apple watch that it's time to stand, and walking meetings with my team to discuss what's happening in Field House as well.”

Noelle Zane from Pure Barre

“Moving is KEY. We are all stuck behind our computers and phones—we don't even realize how many hours go by in a day that we are just truly stagnating. Philly is such a walkable city that I make it a point to walk anywhere that I can. I have an Apple watch that I use as a point of reference to track steps. In terms of music, I’m a huge classic rock girl, so I love teaching and talking to any and all classic rock remixes. Music feeds my soul. It is an incredibly powerful mood booster.”

Rob Li from Ride the Rob: Acro Adventures

“I was a cheerleader for Drexel University, Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, and the 76ers. So, I had a couple decades of experience of tossing people in the air. When I discovered acro yoga in Philly through a friend, I was hooked. Now, I want to show everyone how awesome acro is; acro yoga is not only a physical practice, but it is also about connection with other people and being part of an amazing community. I work on different skills to stay motivated: cheer, acro dance, Icarian, dynamic standing. Hitting a skill and making it clean is rewarding. I also create new content and workshops that many have never experienced before. Recently, I started doing acro on stand up paddleboards and pole acro workshops. It’s fun being creative. Helping people get where they want to go with their practice and making them happy gives me all the feels. Baths and Epsom salts don’t hurt either.”

Photography by: Photos by David Evan McDowell