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YOUR STAY-AT-HOME GUIDE TO FITNESS, FOOD, AND SELF-CARE IN PITTSBURGH

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EMILY BENNETT

MAR 30, 2020

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Truth is, nobody’s really mastered the art of staying at home all day.

But considering all we’ve been doing is streaming workouts, ordering in like it’s the weekend, and taking some serious time to breathe, we’ve got a pretty good idea of how to conquer quarantined life. So settle in, ‘cause this might take a while.

STREAM YOUR STUDIOS

Your go-to studios are bending over backwards to get their workouts to your virtual doorstep. Zoom yoga classes, early-morning IG Lives, curated YouTube channels... you name it. But not everyone is nailing it. These studios stand out as completely unique, accessible, and just plain cool.

Meraki Studio is all about mashups. We’ve been sweating our way through their Bounce, Strengthen, and Tone sessions on Vimeo and their IG Live movement experiences. Never jogged in place on a mini trampoline before? If quarantine life has taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too late to try something new.

Mecka Fitness has made its name as a one-stop spot for bootcamps, rowing, yoga, boxing, cycling, and everything in between — and they’re not letting a pandemic stop them. They’ve been keeping us in the loop through YouTube, Facebook, Insta, and emails delivered straight to our inboxes. (These prescribed workouts are doing us some good.)

Elevate Fusion Fitness, if you’re reading this, we miss you. We’re lost without our #ElevateArmy fam, but at least we’re able to improvise with IG Live streams on the regular.

Namastaying inside? Salt Power Yoga’s got us covered with free podcast flows and Instagram Lives, and Amazing Yoga is offering a 14-day free trial of at-home flows. The Om Lounge is giving us unlimited access to their video classes for only $12 a month, and One Point One Yoga has unlimited streaming for $20 a month — or drop-ins for five bucks a pop.

If you’re working from home, use these 30-minute Level Red Boxing workouts as a way to maintain the illusion of a lunch break. Signing up for a virtual account unlocks the HIIT and shadowboxing workouts for free.

Check the link in Steel Revolution’s bio for complimentary cycling vids. (Because we know you’re missing it.) No bike? No problem. Modify your ride with cardio.

SWEAT WITH YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTORS

Local instructors are still grinding to make sure we’ve got our pick of affordable workouts and flows — and if you’re able, consider making a donation to support their hustle.

If you’re looking for daily challenges, content determined through Insta polls, and the occasional protein banana bread recipe, Paige Schindehette of 3Minute Fitness and 6ycle has got you. Follow along on her IG, or download her spring workout guide for $10.

Trainer Rasheed Marshall is live streaming major workouts — sometimes up to three times a day. You can sign up for a session with the former NFL player by shooting him an email or commenting (be quick) on his Facebook announcements.

Hallie Stosky isn’t letting a little social isolation slow her down. The Brew Gentlemen instructor is still teaching a weekly Vinyasa class. Sign up for the brewery’s newsletter for alerts on class times and availability.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Staying in isn’t so bad. You still have access to some of the best healthy eats in the Burgh, thanks to delivery apps and dedicated drivers.

Quarantine just got a lot cozier with this Tupelo Honey Teas self-care package, complete with a hand-spun mug, paperback book, and loose-leaf tea. And our Friday nights are way less lame since we found out about Choolaah grab-and-go and movies on-demand from Row House Cinema.

Clean Juice and Live Fresh Juicery are both alive and well — and offering some super sweet deals on top of delivery options.

Spring break fall through? Hidden Harbor has mocktails and eats (yes to Vegan Pretzel Bites) on-the-go or delivered to your doorstep — island vibes included. Kahuna is another brave eatery making contact-free pick-ups and deliveries happen, so go crazy customizing that Big Island Bowl.

To keep us as safe as possible, DiAnoia’s Eatery has transitioned to curb-side pick-up only. The good news is you can preorder all the family-style meals, pasta kit boxes and Pizzeria Davide family pizza kits your heart desires on their website.

Quarantine can’t stop Taco Tuesday at Baby Loves Tacos. Order $25 taco and nacho kits, and $10 burritos and side deals for storefront pickup in Millvale. They’re limited to 20 time slots for the time being, so order by email and secure the sauce.

Coffee always tastes better when it’s made behind a counter and with an expensive espresso machine. 4121 Main is selling cold brew for two for pick-up, which could really be cold brew for one if you try hard enough.

KLVN Coffee Lab is doing the most to make sure you get your front porch cup. They’re collabing with Mediterra Cafe on the regular (pizza kits, fresh bread, and cinnamon rolls, anyone?) to bring that warm and fuzzy coffee shop feeling straight to you.

We don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s time to do your dishes. Oh, and you can’t live off of microwave popcorn forever. Get cooking. Market St. Grocery is open for fresh groceries, grab-and-go, meals to-go or delivery, and curbside wine. Try out a healthy meal delivery service, like local Chip and Kale. They’re dropping fresh meal prep kits on Pittsburgh porches every week.

LENDING A HAND

You already knew this, but Pittsburgh is amazing. We’ve seen people stepping up and showing up for each other now more than ever before.

The Vandal has been lending a hand to those in need with free meals. And we see you with your 10,000 sandwiches giveaway, Oakmont Bakery.

There’s so much love being sent to healthcare workers right now. honeygrow is showing us how to care for those who take care of us by offering BOGO meals to those on the front lines. Spirit & Tales has echoed the sentiment by giving medical workers half off. And the Pittsburgh Pirates really came through with some help from Pizzeria Davide and DiAnoia’s Eatery.

We know things can be crazy tough if you’re out of work right now. Scan this list of companies hiring thousands of remote positions.

GOOD VIBES ONLY

We’ve got your Friday at 4pm blocked off (like you had anything else planned) for FLASHMOB FRIDAYS with @femmepgh. Turn on the playlist, crank it up, and let loose. And each Monday, tune into @blyssmethod for BLYSSFUL MONDAYS for a mini workout to get you out of your head and into your body.

Be real. There are bound to be days where making our bed is our biggest accomplishment. Thankfully, GRLPWR PGH is looking out for our mental health by keeping gals inspired and growing with their six-week wellness challenge, where you can join a virtual book club, learn how to bake Gluten-Free Banana Waffle cookies, and plenty of other wellness-inspired projects. You up for it?

Sometimes you just need (a gallon of) ice cream. Klavon’s is delivering its Pittsburgh-made goodness to your front door — cones and sprinkles included.

Local yoga instructor Evalin Douglass is rooting for you. Download her free mindfulness guide for meditation practices and for tips on having gratitude in a time like this.

We don’t know how long it’ll be until we can have a backyard bonfire with our crew. For the outdoorsy being forced to become indoorsy, 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. is hosting weekly virtual campfires and open mics. And if “read more” was at the top of your social isolation to-do list, get some page count accountability by joining 3ROC’s adventure book club.

And just in case you needed the reminder — yinz got this.

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