Working the 9–5 can be such a drag, grinding away for hours and likely sitting that whole time. By Thursday, you’re stir-crazy and in need of a stretch, fresh air, and a drink!
Well, tell your boss you are skipping out on late-night hours (better yet, bring your coworkers with you) for this free Pure Barre pop-up class.
Lift, tone, and burn
Want something a little different for your post-work happy hour? Join instructor Jamie Powers and your fellow LTB-ers (those that love to lift, tone, and burn) for this outdoor Pure Barre class in Arsenal Park on Thursday, September 21. Close to the city, you’ll have no excuse not to join in. So get ready to test your endurance with this 45-minute class designed to build and tone your muscles with low-impact isometric movements.
Open to all levels, there’s no better way to activate those seat muscles and tighten your core. So bring your mat and a friend, and be ready to work! Class begins at 6pm, sharp.
We’ve all heard the phrase Thirsty Thursday, and at this point you’ve put the work in to earn one. So after you barre, head to the bar next door at Arsenal Cider House for some cold drinks in the outdoor Cider Garden. Fitt tip: BYO snacks!
Whether it’s your work on the crag or daily climb out of bed that gets you stressed, we’ve got the answer. Drop your chalk bags and roll out your yoga mats for some downward dogging at ASCEND: Pittsburgh.
Their BIG FREE YOGA series is for climbers and yogis alike, whether you’re trying to be more limber, improve your climbing skills, or just be more zen.
Get your stretch on
It’s true: climbers use more than upper-body strength to make it up a mountain (or at least ASCEND’s epic bouldering walls). Flexibility is kind of important for that too. That’s why South Side’s ASCEND is hosting the BIG FREE YOGA series. Yes, it’s really free. But if you really want to unload your pockets, donations are encouraged and will benefit SWPACC, Access Fund, Prison Yoga Project, and Pittsburgh Yoga Collective.
The only requirements are to bring your mat and possibly a friend to ASCEND’s bouldering area on one Saturday a month through December. Make sure to be there before the doors are locked at 8:30 am. Oh, and fill out their online waiver if you want brownie points.
Tempted to climb after staring at the bouldering walls during savasana? Good news! Stay after class and climb for $10. First time visitors get free shoes and chalk; otherwise it’s $4 for shoes and $1 for chalk (or just bring yours from home).
Remember: this is a series, so be there on September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 2 for more fun!
It’s almost Sunday Funday and what better way to spend it than eating ALL the tacos. Okay, so you have to do a little work for them, like pedaling 30 miles, to be exact. But it’s worth it. We promise.
If you’re all in, bring your bike, helmet (or sombrero), wallet, and appetite to the Pump House at the Waterfront this Sunday, August 20 for Tour de Taco, a delicious event of BikePGH’s second week of BikeFest.
Stop No. 1 – Doce Taqueria
Tour de Taco – Pittsburgh Edition will depart the Pump House at 1pm before hopping on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail towards the first destination – Doce Taqueria. The tacos here are pretty straightforward and there are only five options, but you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck. Word of the wise: pace yourself. There are still have two places left and they only get better!
Stop No. 2 – täkō
Okay, once the tabs are closed, the tour will head back down the trail to point before pedaling some road miles on Penn Ave. The second stop will include some fancy tacos at, well, täkō. Here, you can grab some grub with an Asian and Latin American flair, and don’t forget the cocktails! This downtown spot whips up a mean margarita. Oh, and the guac is to die for with 29 available mix-ins.
Stop No. 3 – Round Corner Cantina
Just when you think you’ve had enough, it’s time to hit the pavement again. Tour riders will venture down Penn Ave. to the final stop – Round Corner Cantina. This favorite watering hole in Lawrenceville works wonders with Mexican street food, so don’t think you can get away without grabbing a bite. The key? They make all of their tortillas in house.
Now that you’re sufficiently stuffed, it’s time to head home the way you came and back to the start. We imagine the pace will be a little slower, but at least the conversation will be good.
Confused? Don’t be. Just get outside and embrace the summer heat during this four-class series of a little Bump & Grind. And ain’t nothing wrong with that.
All the Pittsburgh vibes
Our good friends at Arsenal Strength (and their sister studio Arsenal Cycle) are moving their bikes outside to Bay 4, a historical Pittsburgh industrial site turned event space of The Foundry at 41st in Lawrenceville. This one-of-a-kind class will combine HIIT, bootcamp, and cycling — they call it “Bump & Grind.”
Rest assured, the venue alone is enough to make you forget you’re getting your booty kicked. Oh yeah, and it’s free. But keep your eyes on the weather — class will be canceled if it rains.
Bike for the brew
Don’t worry about hydration either (well, maybe bring some water). Hop Farm will be providing $1 off drink tickets to all participants to be used the day of the event. If your legs have anything left, mosey on up Butler Street for a celebratory brew.
The first class is Sunday, August 20 at 10am. If you like it, come back for round two Sunday, September 10. Honestly, just keep your Sunday mornings free for more bumping and grinding until further notice.
To wrap up this summer’s BikeFest, PedalPGH is back again for the 24th consecutive year (impressive!) as one of Pittsburgh’s most well-known and most fun charity rides around. What’s better than cruising around with friends and family, enjoying the Burgh’s scenery, and contributing to a good cause?
Since ‘94, this fundraiser has helped to ensure Pittsburgh’s streets and communities remain safe and accessible for biking and walking and BikePGH is back at it again to make sure it stays that way.
Hit the streets
Hosted in part by BikePGH and UPMC Health Plan, the casual ride encourages people to get out, explore the city, and, of course, stay healthy. Riders have the option to choose from four different routes: 10 miles, 25 miles, 40 miles, and if you’re really feeling like a go-getter—62 miles. When it comes to PedalPGH, there’s no such thing as an overachiever. Pedal your heart out, champ.
The four different rides all kick off at the Southside Riverfront Park at 18th Street and each route will be color-coded and signed to help you navigate your way through the city. Each route will even have turn and cue sheets and marshals to get you on your way.
Registration for the event includes some pretty cool swag like a limited edition t-shirt, a PedalPGH water bottle, and fun perks like rest stops with snacks (gotta have those snacks), post-race refreshments, and a finish line festival so you can put in the miles and then party it up when you finally get out of the saddle.
A ride for a cause
This year PedalPGH is really making the miles count for something bigger and has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to raise money for not only safe streets, but also for the fight against cancer. Record attendance is expected for the 24th edition of this ride for a cause, and you better be a part of it.
Gear up to hit the roads on Sunday, August 27th!
Yoga and beer — the two just seem to be made for each other. The trifecta? Making that outdoor yoga with locally brewed beer in a super-sweet, one-of-a-kind, only-in-Pittsburgh kind of spot.
To make it happen, Fitt is teaming up with Brew Gentlemen to host another epic summer yoga sesh. We like to refer to it as a “mega-session”. With a stunning space, talented instructors, some of the best beer in the Burgh, and our yogi community all in one place, it deserves a little extra attention.
What’s going down
On Sunday, August 27th, yogis will take over the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale for an outdoor flow next to one of Pittsburgh’s most historic landmarks. What better place to bring together the community to celebrate an awesome city and even more awesome people?
The Carrie Furnaces are a true piece of Pittsburgh pride — literally building the city. Towering over 92 feet high, the 110-year-old steel tower is a reminder of our city’s roots. And the good vibes and fresh air at the Carrie Furnaces make the location the perfect spot for a great yoga flow. This class is sure to be an experience you don’t want to pass up.
The hour-long class, led by Hallie Stotsky and Becca Robertson, will kick off at 11:00 AM. Stick around after your flow for some brews, conversation, exploration, and maybe a few photo ops since the art installations, murals, and the giant industrial blast furnace are more than Insta-worthy.