When it comes to getting or staying fit, Pittsburgh has so much to offer. The city is packed with health and fitness activities for everyone. But, the fun doesn’t stop when you cross the Liberty Bridge or exit the Fort Pitt Tunnel. In fact, there’s a whole new world of fitness and foodie finds waiting for on the other side. Welcome to South Hills!
Our neighbors to the south are offering up some of the cleanest eats, meanest workout spots, and plenty of open spaces to stretch your legs. Amongst Dormont, Greentree, Mt. Lebanon, Bridgeville, and even further, you can escape the city and find some new spots to be healthy and active.
How are you supposed to decide between a masterful grilled cheese and tofu fried rice? Well if it’s Tuesday, the choice is obvious – TACOS! Café IO in Mt. Lebanon offers an incredible assortment of comfort food twists and culinary creations with health in mind. Head chef Jeff Iovino sources from Penn’s Corner Food Alliance for the freshest local ingredients. IO now features a deli too, churning out specialty, soups, salads, and build-your-own sandwiches.
When has “less is more” ever been true for froyo? Well at Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt in Mt. Lebanon, they’re spinning yogurt with the fewest ingredients possible – meaning you’re eating a more wholesome, organic goodness than ever thought possible in a frozen treat! No colors. No preservatives. Just fresh ripened fruit, organic sugar cane, handcrafted caramel, and milk from grass-fed, antibiotic-free Ohio cows. Even people with diet considerations can dig in here; Piccadilly is gluten free and offers vegan flavors made with coconut milk.
Occupying the former Glenmore Avenue location of regional wonder Dormont Dogs, Parker’s has so much more to offer. All-day sandwiches highlight a menu of Pittsburgh-sourced ingredients like the Butcher on Butler in Lawrenceville and Sanchioli Bros. Bakery in Bloomfield. They’ve got all-vegetarian options in addition to their carnivore crazy handhelds, meaning you’re free to stack the greens or add proteins as you please.
At this dance club-meets-spin studio, you’ll tear into a high-energy spin workout while turntables spin your favorite jam. Club Cycle upgrades the spinning experience using a live DJ to mix tunes while colorful spotlights illuminate the room. Get lost in the rhythm while you pedal away under the giant disco ball overhead. But don’t let the flash fool you – there’s still a workout to be had. Feel the burn while you bump to the beat.
Searching for a chic space to get your sweat? Mecka Fitness is your new spot. Sign up for a spin class and hop onto brand new bikes waiting to be broken in. You don’t have to be a champion cyclist to check out this top-of-the-line studio. The team at Mecka will make you feel right at home. And their complete schedule of classes will make you want to move in. Once you’re all spun out, you can change the pace by hopping off your bike and jumping into HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), CrossFit-inspired boot camp, or RowFit, a cardio rowing interval blast!
Drop by CrossFit Mt. Lebanon for 9,000 square feet of CrossFit craziness. Coach/owner Kevin Beamon returned to Lebo from Miami to create a functional fitness playground unlike other “gyms” in the area. The only machines you’ll find in this place are the athletes that put in overtime on a WOD, and the instructors that run the show. Elite athletes are born from elite teachers. And CrossFit Mt. Lebanon has top-notch coaches, including a Marine and a Games competitor, who can take you to the next level.
Speed, strength, agility, and explosiveness are earned, not given. D1 Sports Training at Greentree Sports Complex is becoming the premier stop for athletes looking for an edge. The staff knows their stuff. They’re former professional and collegiate athletes with a mind for performance. Think about hitting the weights. Then think about hitting the weights in an 80,000 square foot field house under the watchful eye of trainers who change the game. Yeah, we’re impressed too.
South Hills Powers Yoga doesn’t skimp on the ‘power’ part of their title offering. Not only does their form of power Vinyasa yoga embody a vigorous, fitness-inspired flow of movement, but they also empower you to be healthier in body and in mind. Heated and non-heated classes are open to all levels of experience – whether you’re more downward dog or tend to go with the headstand. SHPY was two locations in the South Hills, practicing in Dormont and Peters Township.
Amerifit Fitness Club is a small gym on the border of Mt. Lebanon and Greentree with a tight-knit fitness family. But don’t think this is an exclusive club. They’ll gladly welcome you into a space that’s packed with everything you need to get in outstanding shape. Amerifit boasts a talented cast of personal trainers and heart-thumping classes, Olympic lifting platforms, 50+ unit cardio room, racquetball courts, and even a room devoted to functional fitness.
Sure, beer is not very high on a nutritional value scale. But in moderation, stopping in for a beer at Hitchhiker Brewing, a micro-pub in Mt. Lebanon, can be just what we need to de-stress from our face-paced lives. The boys at Hitchhiker are committed to brewing the most unique, best-tasting beer with the least environmental impact. We’re all about that! And you can count on everything that you taste being fresh because that beer was brewed just beyond the wall of the bar.
Peters Township seems “out in the sticks” compared to the seasonal downtown farm markets, but just 40 minutes south of The Point is a land of daily fresh picked produce, flowers, and more. Simmons Farm is an all-season go-to grower for everything from greenhouse gardening, fruits and vegetables galore, pumpkins, and come winter, they sell Christmas Trees. Even if you don’t have the green thumb for gardening, you don’t want to miss apple-picking season (pssst! it’s a great date idea…).
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