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The Strip District is officially becoming Pittsburgh’s unofficial HIIT workout district. With a number of established boutique fitness operations putting down roots in the area, there’s no shortage of cardio classes and circuit-style sessions taking place in the neighborhood. But the announcement of one program’s plans to set up shop has us going, well... mad with excitement.
Going back to the basics is the name of the game for MADabolic. The Charlotte-based fitness program has a reputation for making its members sweat as they work to gradually meet their personal goals. But what separates the gym from the rest of the competition?
Following an interval-based strength and endurance regimen, MADabolic’s focus is not on isolated exercises. Instead, the program is designed to help you get the most out of your workout.
So, how do you get to that sweet spot where you gave it your all and get the most in return? By following Protocol M.A.D., a unique interval system stressing the importance of work-to-rest ratios.
Here’s how it works: the schedule alternates between three distinct, 50-minute classes that fall into one of three categories—momentum (M), anaerobic (A), and durability (D)—and vary in pace, feel, and movement.
“Momentum” intervals build in intensity to increase endurance; “Anaerobic” intervals aim to reach maximum-effort for added power; and “Durability” intervals push you to maintain a slower pace with heavier weights to improve stability and endurance. To achieve this, time on top-of-the-line machines, like the assault bike, is interspersed with classic equipment like kettlebells and medicine balls.
Daily workouts are injected with detailed descriptions and notes on how to best approach the workout. But don’t panic if you’re new to the moves. Trainers make it a point to demonstrate each exercise before you pick up that weight or step foot on the machine, so you never have to second-guess whether or not your body is supposed to bend that way mid-workout.
MADabolic is all about community, which was part of the appeal when the rapidly expanding North Carolina-born gym selecting Pittsburgh for its next home — its first outpost in Pennsylvania. And its space at 3 Crossings is guaranteed to generate some traffic. It’s a place where the owners, brothers Jesse and Dan Holloway, hope local athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and those just looking for an energetic workout that produces long-term results will swear by.
Details are still scarce, but keep tabs on their website for word on new member discounts and official grand opening dates when it cuts the ribbon to its 115 26 St. doors. If you think it’ll be up your alley, you’ll want to secure a spot on their schedule as soon as it’s released.
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