Fitness in Philadelphia - 6 Events Worth Traveling For

I grew up in New Jersey, just a quick 40-minute journey to Philadelphia. I remember, as a teenager, hopping in a car after school and zooming down to Philly for a cheese steak. I kid you not.

Growing up so close to Philly means that I really only saw it as a place eat cheese steaks, go on field trips and (when old enough) party. It wasn’t until friends started migrating after college that I started to see Philly for what it really was — a cultured, young and lively city with a huge range of activities.

In particular, the health and wellness scene in Philly is getting serious about ramping up its presence. With fitness studios, parks and events popping up all over the place, there are lots of ways to get fit and have fun doing it.

Yoga on the Steps

The Art Museum steps, made famous by Rocky, host Yoga on the Steps in mid-May. Living Beyond Breast Cancer puts on this event, one of the biggest charity yoga events in the country. Following the hour-and-fifteen-minute group yoga class is a healthy living expo with food samples and fitness stores.

Rocky Fat Ass Run

Fitness in Philadelphia: Rocky Fat Ass Run

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The steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art are the second most famous movie filming location in the world. Snap your picture with the Rocky statue at the bottom, then make the famous run up the steps. Even better for the very adventurous, someone put together the entire 31 miles of the Rocky training route and turned it into an event. It is not an official race, but join other runners dressed in grey sweats and a red headband for part of the run, or even all 31 miles!

Be Well Philly Boot Camp

According to Philadelphia Magazine, the Be Well Philly Boot Camp in early June is the best local fitness event for women. It is an event for all levels of fitness and inspires and educates women on all things wellness. Over the course of the day, try your hand at 20 kinds of fitness classes, eat your way through vendor samples of healthful foods, and listen to different speakers give talks on wellness topics that interest you.

Philadelphia Dance Day

This day of dance in July celebrates dance as an outlet for creativity and fitness. Dance instructors and dance studios from around Philly gather to put on dance classes and give studio tours. Try everything from hip-hop to ballet to tango. Best of all, before 5:30, admission is free, and after 5:30 it’s still only $5!

Schuylkill River Sojourn

Fitness in Philadelphia - River Kayak

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Voted Pennsylvania’s best river in 2014, the Schuylkill River is a great place to do some leisurely paddling in Philly. In early June, the Schuylkill River Sojourn spans seven days and covers 112 miles along the river from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. Join this guided tour for all seven days on the river, or just join for a day trip of 14–18 miles.

Many of these events happen during prime tourist season (May–September), so be sure to book one of the many affordable Philadelphia hotels early!

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