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THE BEST GYMS AND STUDIOS IN PITTSBURGH

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UPDATED FEB 3, 2020

When it comes to getting in a good workout, finding the right gym is half the battle. Thankfully, the booming Pittsburgh fitness scene has your back. Get that heart rate pumping at these sweats spots around the Steel City!

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CASSIDY ZIMMERMAN

FITT PITTSBURGH CONTRIBUTOR

This Mt. Lebanon gym for all things fitness truly brings the heat. From boxing to bootcamp and everything in between, Mecka’s got it all. Their CrossFit-meets-HIIT classes create a fitness experience you won’t find anywhere else. But here, it’s not just about the actual workout. They take a holistic approach to health and wellness with Mecka’s in-house recovery and nutrition services. With a well-rounded routine in place, you’ll be ready to embark on your fitness journey.

Get after it hard at a spot that specializes in personalized training. With former pro athletes for coaches, it’ll be impossible to think of anything but pushing your body to its fullest potential. Step up your lifting game in a K08 class that combines both suspension and resistance, or channel your inner athlete during a Grind session that incorporates Olympic lifting. But don’t let the no-nonsense trainers intimidate you — you’ll quickly become part of the SHAPE family in this community-focused Shadyside (and East Pittsburgh) gym.

Offering classes in Pilates, BarreAmped, and Bounce, this Strip District studio’s creative techniques will get your heart pumping. Use the foundations of dance and body positioning to gain some major strength and length. The movements may be small and isolated, but that doesn’t mean you won’t work up a sweat (and get in a major workout). Looking for something completely unique? Sign up for BOUNCE. Take on trampoline cardio to feel the rush of adrenaline as you jump along to the beat of a killer playlist.

This North Shore gym gives us some serious fitness inspo. Brightly colored walls, motivational quotes, and shiny new equipment work together to create a feel-good vibe that will help you push out one more rep. And after working those muscles, we recommend the #powerful class. Become a pro lifter by tackling the basics in a dynamic group setting.

Think you know Pilates? Think again. [solidcore] in East Liberty and Wexford will have you second-guessing it all as you pulse, crunch, and tease your way through these 50-minute classes. Climb on the custom Megaformer called [sweatlana] for an intense yet low-impact, workout that will have you sweating in a way you never knew was possible off the treadmill. A total-body workout is guaranteed—as are the shaky legs—so plan post-workout activities accordingly!

At MÜV, it’s personal. Rather than pushing a generic regimen, this self-proclaimed team of misfits ask you to move intelligently to discover where your body meets its edge. Share your goals to give trainers the info they need to build up a game plan. Then, it’s time to hit the ground running. Trust the process to guide you through workouts, group classes, and training sessions that put you at the center. Ready to ignite? Get to Penn Ave. in Bloomfield to find your move.

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SWEAT PGH finds the balance between personal growth and the power of togetherness. Skip the gym, and hit the studio for group classes that satisfy, no matter how you like to move. Cycle, barre, yoga — this South Hills spot has what you need to burn some crazy calories. Pick your fave, or try a combination of movements. Classes like Yoga with Weights incorporate multiple methods for the ultimate workout. No matter what you choose, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to get sweaty.

Whether you’re powering up your quads to take on a climb, lifting the small but mighty hand weights, or moving up and down in the saddle, your entire body will feel the burn after a class at this cycling studio in East Liberty (and a second in the South Hills in 2020). Once you clip in, you’ll zone out from everything else going on in your life, and instead put all your energy, positivity, and power into 45 minutes of sweat. Fitt Tip: Metrics don’t matter here — it’s all about the fun you have, so it’s perfect for your first-time rider friends!

Amazing Yoga has taken over Pittsburgh in the best way. Get your power yoga fix in Shadyside, South Side, and Wexford to spread those positive vibes in every corner of the city. If you’re looking to crank up the temperature, you’ve found the right place. Heated rooms keep the studio nice and toasty, turning each class into a full-on hot yoga sesh. The benefit? Increased flexibility and a little bit of extra sweat that’ll flush those toxins right out. Practice the basics at an $8 Community Class, or go for something more creative with Hip-Hop Flow. Trust us — they don’t call it "amazing" for nothing.

Want to switch up your workout routine? Arsenal Strength in Lawrenceville has the tools you need to get started. Scrapping the one-size-fits-all mentality, the trainers here invest in your personal fitness journey from day one. Forget your experience level—they’ll ease you into a program that transforms the way you work out, no matter where you’re at. Start with a No Sweat Intro to find the right fusion of CrossFit and Personal Training methods to suit your needs. Lift, row, and jump your way to a stronger you.

Can’t decide between yoga or cycling? Thanks to the incredible team at Urban Elements, you no longer have to. Choose one, or join in on a fusion class that offers the best of both. And if that’s not enough to get your adrenaline pumping, try Ryde & Flow for a session that adds a heated room into the mix. Head to Federal St. in the North Shore to rid yourself of any negative juju in a space where peaceful meets powerful.

Put the pedal to the metal and head to the newly opened CycleBar in North Hills and Robinson. As the lights go down, your energy will come up thanks to mood-boosting playlists that will have putting in serious RPMs while you sweat it out. So you know, instructors here are called CycleStars, and they’ll challenge you physically and mentally by pushing you harder and cheering you on. Want to know if you’ve improved since your first ride? Six metrics are measured during each class so you can track your progress session to session!

We’ve got news for you — rowing is cool again! Get on board with this trendy full-body workout at this studio at The Block Northway in the North Hills. Once you nail the stroke in a dedicated beginners class, you’ll be able to sculpt, shred, and tone your body in five different specialty classes that will leave you see results. Power through row-only intervals, lift dumbbells, challenge your stamina, and then stretch it out — there’s a rowing-based class for everyone no matter your goals.

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