When it comes to working out, what’s your favorite way to sweat?
Are you a runner or yogi? A CrossFitter or ninja? Maybe you like a little bit of everything. That’s awesome, us too! After all, there’s no reason to be stuck with one specific routine. Especially when you consider the seemingly endless number of workout spots and styles available to you in Pittsburgh.
From boxing and bouldering to suspension training and stand up paddleboarding (and everything in between), we’ve created to the go-to list of spots for practically every kind of workout in the Steel City. Which means there’s only one thing left for you to do…try them all. You’d better get started!
There’s nothing like hitting the barre after a stressful day at work. There, you can learn to indulge in full body exercise that will lengthen and strengthen ALL of your muscles. Listen up, ladies! The Barre Code’s cornerstone class is 50 minutes of toning with small, controlled movements and the assistance of a ballet barre – you’ll feel the burn. This all-women, intimate setting (in Shadyside and the North Hills) is just the fix you need for a healthy body and mind.
First off, this workout is nothing like the aerobics class you might be used to. At Wolfpack Boxing in Carnegie, they’ll put you in the ring then put you to work. Get ready to be shown the ropes on heart-pumping, technical boxing training. Wolfpack has programs for all levels and abilities, meaning anyone can punch the heavy bag, shadowbox in the ring, or hit the pads with a coach. And it’s not just for boxers; their training works as excellent cross-training for other sports, developing speed, strength, agility, and endurance. You don’t know “fighting shape” until you’ve trained with Wolfpack.
Stout Training tends to fly under the radar. That’s cause they’re more focused on training than trying to convince you to join. We get it, the strong, silent-type. But this workout can really pack a punch. They’re the only Pittsburgh gym offering Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu, a flavor of fighting from the world-renowned Gracie family. That’ll put you in the same sentence as MMA champions Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar…so it’s kind of a big deal. At this training school in The Strip, they’ll take a casual drop-in (guys, girls, kids) or a serious competitor and transform them into the best mixed martial artist or kickboxer that they can be.
Richard Butler runs a tight ship. And his rowers work HARD. Woah now, this isn’t the high seas – it’s high-intensity, low-impact indoor rowing at Mecka Fitness in Mt. Lebanon. There, Butler whips groups into shape during the 60-minute full-body attack ROWFit. Sit down and strap in for circuit after circuit of heart-pumping, muscle-burning action. Rowers of all levels are invited to join the crew.
If your usual fitness routine is becoming a little blah, it’s time to join the cardio + strength revolution going on at this Shadyside sweat spot. Steel Revolution offers the cardio of spin, the strength of weight training, and the beats of today’s hottest music in one 60-minute class. It’s a real game-changer. The use of weighted bars gives riders the ultimate total body workout, too. The studio is dark and low-lit, so you can tune out the world, unleash your inner beast, and crush a killer workout!
If you’ve got a city, you’ve got a gym. And Steel City Parkour will teach you the ins and outs of urban freerunning. If you don’t know the epic challenges of parkour, head to YouTube. If you do and want in on the action, head just east of the city to SCP’s state-of-the-art facility in Export, PA. There you’ll jump, flip, climb, and swing yourself in amazingly acrobatic obstacle and parkour training.
We need to have a serious conversation with you about SUP in Pittsburgh. For those that don’t know, SUP=Stand Up Paddleboard, and it’s taking our 3 rivers by storm. We can thank Northeast Paddleboard Co. for that. In addition to getting you upright in the Fun First Timers SUP instructional class, they offer group classes and SUP Yoga. You heard that right – floating yoga! They offer Foundations classes for fresh SUP yogis, and once you get your sea legs, you can join the Vinyasa-based flow class for some real “mermaid business”.
As a kid, climbing was natural. Now, as a “big kid”, climbing is serious exercise. And if you want to try your hand at bouldering, a no-ropes, low-height climbing discipline, chalk up your hands and get to The Climbing Wall in East End. This climbing gym’s bouldering area is 8,000-sq ft. of fun – with overhangs, verticals, and even a cave for you to build strength and climbing technique…then maybe you can brave their top-roping walls.
Say you want to workout, but you’re feeling positively dancy. Then it’s probably time to get down with Kam…and all of her sweet Jamz. Kam Jamz, described as a hip-hop cardio power-hour, turns up at FASTER Pittsburgh near Robinson. Every Monday night, this intense workout will have your heart thumping to the beat with a variety of athletic drills mixed with basic dance moves.
If you’re looking for treadmills and exercise machines, stop reading. Pittsburgh Kettlebell and Performance doesn’t mess with those things. What they do offer puts those machines to shame – daily group classes in Green Tree featuring kettlebells, TRX, sandbag, Indian clubs, and other unconventional forms of training. By focusing on functional movement, you’ll see better results in less time. And speaking of results, a one-hour kettlebell class earns an average of 600-1000 calories burned.
If you’re into lifting heavy things, channel your inner Hulk here. The Pittsburgh Barbell Club is the exclusive spot for USA Weightlifting members focused on Olympic lifts. Featuring – you guessed it – barbells, the club isn’t short of platforms, bumper plates, lifting blocks, squat stands, a power rack, and bench press either. Sure, the equipment is a huge plus, but it’s the coaches that truly set Pittsburgh Barbell apart. Founder Regis Becker, a Senior USA Weightlifting Coach with over 30 years experience in strength sports, set up shop in Bridgeville with one thing in mind, power.
You’re going to be head-over-heels for aerial yoga at Verve 360. This downtown studio is equipped with a ceiling full of free-hanging hammocks. You’ll use these hammocks to deepen your yoga practice and develop a love for the aerial arts. It’s like learning to fly and it’s awesome. In a nutshell, it’s confident and empowering yoga without any weight-bearing compression on the joints…in the air.
Pilates is a restorative workout that’s been around a long time – which must mean that it works! It’s designed to strengthen where we’re the weakest and build up the channel between body and mind. And in Pittsburgh, Moxie Mind & Body in Market Square is your fully-equipped pilates escape. Expect innovative floor routines and masterful use of equipment aids as you truly get in touch with the way your body moves.
You know TRX. It’s the suspension trainer concept that has you building total body strength with wall- or ceiling- mounted straps. But you definitely don’t know KO8. SHAPE Training in East Liberty claims to be the ONLY gym to offer classes in the country! But how is it different? Get this – your classic TRX set-up is merged with the dynamic stretchiness of resistance bands for a whole-body assault on strength, stamina, and flexibility. You’ve got to try it for yourself!
If you think yoga is like taking a snooze on a padded mat, you’re wrong. And you definitely have never been to a Power60 class from South Hills Power Yoga. SHPY is turning up the heat (literally) and leading you through athletic, fitness-based Vinyasa yoga flows designed to invigorate the body, mind, and soul. Get ready to get sweaty in either Dormont or Peters Township.
This workout spot in Upper Lawrenceville offers a complete arsenal of fitness programming and equipment for every exerciser. A huge space, welcoming vibe, and knowledgeable coaches combine to make Arsenal the go-to for first-time CrossFitters and serious competitors alike. Plus, there’s so much room for activities! Which explains how they can offer everything from CrossFit classes to Olympic weightlifting and open gym to group fitness, all under one roof.
Never heard of Orangetheory Fitness? Well, it’s time to study up on this spot because they’re taking the fitness world by storm. Each 60-minute workout is designed to be high energy, using intervals to whoop your butt from start to finish. The workouts feature three components – heart-rate-monitored treadmill interval training (sweet!), indoor rowing, and strength training. Put it all together and you’ve got the Orange Effect.
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