Have you heard of, or used, a 'kettlebell'? Originating in Russia as 'girya,' these handled cast metal weights are the centerpiece for Perry O'Hearn's latest fitness venture. You may know Perry as the owner of Philly Phitness, a personal training studio founded in 2012, which focuses on ‘total transformation’ to help each client achieve their personal best in all walks of life. Since opening, they have worked with nearly 1,000 people and have conducted over 35,000 personal training sessions.
how do you go from not knowing how to ride a bike to producing one of the most versatile bike accessories in only six short years? We asked Paul Challan, founder, owner + operator of DC-born Grip Unlimited Bags—simple but smart, compartmentalized bags which fit not only on your bike, but in your day-to-day. Read on below as we chat with Paul about the inspiration for the bags, running the small business solo + the next steps for the DC start-up.
we took a trip up the Schuylkill River Trail to visit Manayunk + learn more about how the neighborhood continues to redefine itself. With the help of new trails, shops + attitude, Manayunk has quickly become the go-to spot for those looking to stay active. Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC) Director of Marketing + Events (and Manayunk resident), Caitlin Maloney, along with Project Director of the Schuylkill Project, Kay Sykora, walked us through some of the recent changes in the community's trail system + overall vibe.
we met with Alycia Alves, Founder, Owner + Instructor at CrossFit DT1 + Aspire, to learn how the CrossFit craze continues to grow throughout South Jersey, plus the rewards of running a small business in Cherry Hill.
hg: who originally introduced you to CrossFit?
hg: what does “wellness” mean to you and how do you incorporate that into Philly Phitness + your everyday life?
perry: I think the biggest aspect of wellness is balance. A lot of times in my industry "wellness" is portrayed as aesthetics and how hard you workout. It’’s really way more than that…
"…it’s a balance between physical exertion, nutrition + mindset."
In honor of Work it Out’s 5th birthday (happy birthday, WiO!), we bring you the story behind their in-house developed, totally customizable work out concept. As a gym that's geared towards women (but welcomes men), they've thought of everything from an exclusive retail line and post-workout amenities to vibrant playlists (trust us, we've heard them!) and fun class names. We stopped by their River Street location to get the low down from Founder + Creative Director Noel.
If you've ever wandered down Monroe Street in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia, you might've noticed a recessed alley hidden along this residential street. Down that alley, you'll find ZAKTi.
Meet Perry O'Hearn of Philly Phitness, the city's premiere personal training center where the clients always come first. Since opening last June, Philly Phitness has already trained over 200 people, clocking in around 450 sessions per month.
We've been watching Perry's business take off from day one and we admire his drive to do things differently in a crowded wellness marketplace. Like honeygrow, Philly Phitness does things their own way by constantly challenging the status quo and stripping away any corporate B.S.