When you hit the gym are you all about getting bigger, faster, and stronger?
You hustle for the muscle. You do lift, bro. And you NEVER skip leg day. Because you know that putting in the time and effort is how you get those gains.
Well if that’s the case, these places in Pittsburgh will help you perform at your very best, so you can beat the competition and that voice inside your head that says, “I can’t.” All you have to do is show up and work for it.
Are you willing to fight for a better body? At Wright’s Gym, you can. This Crafton spot is a haven for serious exercisers, martial artists, and fearless fitness freaks. It’s a traditional fitness club with a kick. The kick is its Pittsburgh-exclusive Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center. That’s contact combat, people…not to mention a heavy-duty workout for those interested in self-defense. Aside from their wide martial arts and self-protection offering, Wright’s Gym is outfitted with traditional weight lifting and strength training equipment. Did we mention it’s also the official training zone for the Pittsburgh Power?
You can’t talk about strength spots without mentioning Union Fitness. For one thing, Casey Williams, the facilities Fitness Manager is the #2 lifter in the world at the 242 lb weight class. Know that Williams and his team of trainers can definitely help you achieve your goals. And two, this spot boasts 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment, turf, free weights, kettlebells, fatbells, and a Strength Lab – the dedicated weight training and athletic performance center. Needless to say, they’re deserving of this list. We still think you should see for yourself, though.
If you’re into lifting heavy things, channel your inner Hulk here. The Pittsburgh Barbell Club is the exclusive spot for USA Weightlifting members focused on Olympic lifts. Featuring – you guessed it – barbells, the club isn’t short of platforms, bumper plates, lifting blocks, squat stands, a power rack, and bench press either. Sure, the equipment is a huge plus, but it’s the coaches that truly set Pittsburgh Barbell apart. Founder Regis Becker, a Senior USA Weightlifting Coach with over 30 years experience in strength sports, set up shop in Bridgeville with one thing in mind, power.
It’s one thing to be strong or quick. It’s another to be elite. Iron City Elite is home to those athletes looking to change the game. With individualized, strategic training, the trainers here promise performance in the form of core control, strength, power, and conditioning. This Castle Shannon sweat stop also offers small group programs – from a runner’s aregimen in Irondurance, to a women’s guide to strength and fat loss in Strong(her).
This gym is well-equipped to handle any feat of legendary strength you can throw at it. Located in the Pittsburgh Mills, Legends of Pittsburgh Fitness is packed with Olympic lifting platforms, two turfed fields, powerlifting and bodybuilding equipment, cardio machines, and more. The staff, featuring trainers from professional sport and military backgrounds, invite you live your own legend…by crushing your next workout!
Ryan and Dana Celli run a tight ship. Celli’s Fitness Center isn’t about the bells and whistles. It’s not a social hangout either. Regular lifters come to here to put in work, do work, then go to work – a ritual some might call ‘intense’. But this Lawrenceville gym is known and praised for its atmosphere – a fully stocked powerlifters dream. You see, the Celli’s have over 16 years of combined personal training experience and powerlifting achievement and both are prepared to take you to the next level in strength under the roof they built. This house that strength built is even home to family dog Rio the Doberman, who has been known to sniff a barbell or two.
Owner Marco Machi describes Exercise Warehouse as “Pittsburgh’s only serious free weight gym”. That’s right. He’s inviting you…no, challenging you, to get built in Bloomfield. Focusing on weight training, bodybuilding, sports conditioning, and self-defense, they’ve stripped down all the fluff of a traditional health club and instead celebrate the simplicity of strong. Barbells, dumbbells, heavy bags, and even training by Marco himself highlight a gym designed for results.
For an athlete, knowing how to train is half the battle. Umberger Performance has you covered there. The trainers there know how to tailor a workout for the results you seek. Blending high-intensity interval training, functional movements, and specialized sports resistance moves, athletes of all levels build intangible skill in training. So it’s safe to say that Umberger Performance in Robinson Township knows all about sports conditioning. But they also know how difficult it can be to reach general fitness goals, like slimming down or toning up. That’s why they’ve also got 3 levels of small group fitness classes: BeFit, FusionFit, and EliteFit.
The Fitness Factory manufactures some of the fittest bodies in Pittsburgh. Offering 80 pieces of strength equipment, three cardio rooms, a climbing wall, and other top-of-the-line equipment, it’s a challenge to not work up a monster sweat in this Shadyside club. Don’t sweat it though; Fitness Factory boasts being the cleanliest gym on Earth. They’re all about their members here, allowing them the independence to reach their goals, or lending a helpful hand along the way.
Speed, strength, agility, and explosiveness are earned, not given. D1 Sports Training at Greentree Sports Complex is becoming the premier stop for athletes looking for an edge. The staff knows their stuff. They’re former professional and collegiate athletes with a mind for performance. Think about hitting the weights. Then think about hitting the weights in an 80,000 square foot field house under the watchful eye of trainers who change the game. Yeah, we’re impressed too.
The demands of an athlete’s body demand the best training, especially if we’re talking NFL, MLB, and NHL. The atmosphere at ESI is lively, to say the least. They work with amateur and professional athletes season-round, delivering serious results from cutting-edge training principles. Complete with an indoor turf surface and fully-equipped weight room, they’ve got all the toys to ensure you can be the quickest, strongest, and smartest athlete in the game.
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