Like a fresh pair of kicks straight from the box, Pittsburgh is breaking in some brand new fitness studios all over the city. They even have that new studio smell!
And speaking of new options, who’s hungry after that workout? Pittsburgh is also adding a pair of eateries offering good-for-you grub.
See that? It’s never been easier to sneak in a sweat sesh or grab a healthy snack in this town. The hard part will be making it to all of these new additions. But that’s a good problem to have if you ask us.
Opening their doors in April 2016, T2 CrossFit is already making a big splash. Their community-centered one-hour classes mean no exerciser is left behind…which makes sense, because their workouts are helmed by a former Marine…and an Olympian. Together, the two run their Bridgeville box with incredibly efficiency – from the cleanliness of their WOD warehouse to the form of your cleans.
If you’ve ever powered through a cycling class, you’ll know that it takes a baby pool’s worth of water to hydrate afterward. You get in the car, the windows fog up – it’s a mess. But this November, Cycletique opens their studio doors in Bethel Park for heart-pumping, music-thumpin’ indoor cycling capped at the end by an in-house, cold-pressed from the juice bar. Now you can kick up your feet at the end of class, juice in hand. And if you need some ideas for dinner, have a chat with one of their on-site nutritionists.
Like a leaf from your tree pose, Pittsburgh newcomer One Point One Yoga was swept all over the city this summer, leading practices in Union Hall above Bar Marco and even outside in Frick Park. But now they’ve landed in a permanent home on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield. And their name, One Point One, couldn’t be more fitting for the new shop. Yoga scholars will know Sutra 1.1: “Now, the study and practice of yoga begins.” So it begins – their full schedule of Vinyasa explorations and broken down Roots classes kicks into full swing in September.
With a little love, you can get pretty good at something. Do something with total love and pure soul – which is what Meraki means in Greek – and it can become a passion. That’s what the instructors believe at Meraki Studio (opened in June) in the Strip District. They emphasize to leave a little bit of yourself in creative work. And that’s good news, because we’re pretty sure our legs will fall off after one of their BarreAmped Fire classes. Not into barre? Stick around for their Pilates or TRX classes.
This is the gym we’ve been waiting for, Pittsburgh. For those that live for bouldering and climbing, ASCEND Pittsburgh is the complete package. Occupying a massive warehouse in the South Side, ASCEND will offer a massive, three-dimensional crag with countless problems to solve, a climbing specific fitness area with weights, yoga, and cardio, and café with healthy food and bevs. We say will because, unfortunately, they’re still putting all the pieces together. Stay tuned!
Inhale Pittsburgh. These sister studios are both downtown, they both serve up excellent yoga, and contrary to their names, they let you both breath in AND out without worry. But Exhale is the newcomer on the block, and their Blvd of the Allies studio (and “sacred ground”, as the call it) is open for business this September. Here, you’ll get school in all things yoga, meditation, and philosophy. Relax the mind, un-hunch those shoulders, and (you know where this is going) exhale.Exhale Pittsburgh is not to be confused with
biking the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, launching a kayak, or farmer’s walking two cases of Iron City to your Steelers tailgate. That’s why the opening of Northside Yoga in August is making such an impact. Now you can get your Vinyasa flow or Northside Morning 60 without crossing any bridges. Plus, they’re strengthening the community, just like they’re strengthening our bodies: Their Northside for the Northside classes’ donations go straight to North Side charities.Let’s face it: Compared to other parts of Pittsburgh, the North Side just doesn’t have as many places to workout. You know, aside from
While we’re at it, let’s score one more for the North Side. As part of an urban redevelopment project, Pittsburgh transformed the former Allegheny Center into Nova Place. And why is Nova Place a big deal? Aside from providing a home for the innovative co-working space, Alloy 26, as well as restaurants (like Eco Bistro and La Prima Espresso), they’re bringing Union Fitness into the fold. Opening in fall 2016, this 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness center will bring a little work to your…uh, work.
If you’ve ever been to Club Cycle, you know that place bumps – they know how to bring the noise with a heart-pumping cycling workout. But apparently, Mt. Lebanon is the old lady downstairs hitting the ceiling with a broom. The Mt. Lebanon cycling studio/nightclub has now closed. But CC faithful won’t have to go far for their Early Bird Cycle or Cycle 2 The Beat; Club Cycle is now in Hopewell, a new studio in Peters Township, and a Bethel Park shop opening soon.
One of our favorite spots for a healthy snack just put roots downtown. And they’re quickly blossoming into the perfect post-sweat refuel. Salúd Juicery is now slinging their classic green juice and nourishing acai bowls out of the Frick Building downtown. Stop in after a run or yoga sesh at Exhale PGH (just an eight-minute walk) for all of the yum.
Instagram to be mouth-watering.If you live for trendy, you’re rarely home, and you can’t decide if you’re vegan or vegetarian, well, you might live in Lawrenceville. And that’s why Reed & Co.’s move-in on Butler Street is so clutch. Built by NY fashion designers (and husband and wife duo) Reed Putlitz and Angela Romano, you can count on this delightfully tasteful (that means two things) spot for healthy grab ’n’ go grub with cold-pressed, take-anywhere juices. Opening for breakfast and lunch, expect their coffee game to be strong, and their
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