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It wasn’t too long ago that Elevate brought state-of-the-art VersaClimber machines to Lawrenceville. With the arrival of the innovative workout—and the accompanying full-body soreness—still fresh in Pittsburgh’s memory, Elevate thought there was no time like the present to change the game… again. Slip on some gloves — it’s time for high-intensity boxing on Butler St.
Boxing workouts are BIG in the nation’s big cities — it started with models in NYC and celebrities in LA, and it wasn’t long until fitness-focused boxing studios started to blow up… pretty much everywhere except Pittsburgh. That is, until now. The crew at Elevate knows what’s hot and, in the pursuit of whipping your butt in new and exciting ways, they’ve cleared out their unused garage space and installed eight tear drop-shaped, water-filled punching bags.
These water-filled bags eliminate a lot of the joint jarring stress that’s typically associated with traditional bag-based boxing, meaning you’re only going to feel the burn in your arms and core, the sweat on your brow, and the up-tempo music in your ears.
Don’t think that this is going to be your super-bougie boutique experience, though. According to co-owner and exerciser extraordinaire Jordan Rose, they’ve taken a homegrown approach to boxing — talented local instructors (himself included) and blue collar, stripped-down, raw garage vibes. It’s a minimalistic approach to fitness boxing, but knowing Jordan, you’re going to get a dynamic, one-of-a-kind class. Take his brutal workout at Fitt and UPMC Health Plan’s South Side Sweat Sesh for example…
“It’ll be pretty sweaty, intense. You’re going to learn a thing or two about boxing… and probably a couple of new things about yourself, too,” he told Fitt.
The bags are up, the trainers are pumped, and the classes are on MINDBODY and ClassPass. So stop by to get those punches start flying and to discover your new workout passion in 30- or 45-minute, music-driven group classes (or you can book a one-on-one session). Gloves and wraps are available to rent for a small fee, or you can bring your own. Plus, if you’re already an Elevate regular, your existing passes can be applied to the new boxing classes.
So, the stage is set and Elevate’s ready to show you the ropes. As for what’s the next move for the always-on 5247 Butler St. studio… we’ll just have to wait and see.
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