People are proud of their neighborhood gym, as sure as we’re proud to be from Pittsburgh. And when it comes to getting a crazy cardio burn or hitting a big lift, there’s no shortage of options in the Steel City.
In fact, there are so many awesome places in Pittsburgh that choosing one sweat spot can be a real challenge. So we thought we’d help you narrow down your search by neighborhood. This way, no matter which neighborhood you call home, you’ll be able to find the go-to gym, studio, or open space near you.
All you need to do is grab your gym bag and get to any of these neighborhood fitness favorites. They’ll handle the rest.
It’s just like fight club, minus Brad Pitt and the basement brawls. Okay, it’s really nothing like the movie; it’s actually better. Stout Training is a fitness facility and MMA mecca, offering Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu. You’ll get comprehensive MMA training adapted for men, women, and youth students. Training with qualified coaches at a state-of-the-art facility is a surefire way to become a better fighter or simply get more fit. They also offer fitness classes that focus on classic barbell lifts, kettlebells, TRX suspension trainers, and other fun tools.
It’s pretty apparent what MÜV is gonna have you do when you show up. Move! You won’t be jumping or flailing around for no reason though. No, MÜV Integrated Physical Culture has a method for their movement. They believe in whole-body wellness, achieved through mobility enhancement, nourishment awareness, and skill progression. And their three classes drive those ideals home. Hit the agility ladder and medicine balls at speed, hang from the TRX suspension or swing a kettlebell at form, or stretch out and find balance in restore.
Chris Anthony stands behind a strong statement. Her unique, full-body fitness class names itself the hardest 60 minutes in Pittsburgh. And her students agree. The team-oriented training at Chris Anthony Fitness starts early and has sessions going all day. That’s how committed Chris and her team are to your health – even if that means sending encouraging texts or giving a walk-through of the grocery store. This “all-in” responsibility is driven home in the programming, where you can be assured today’s class will be nothing like yesterday’s. It’s an original scheme to keep exercise fun, and to develop strength and cardiovascular endurance.
East Liberty is shaping up to be quite the healthy area, what with Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s setting up shop on Centre Avenue. The fact that people are getting seriously fit at SHAPE Training right across the street really drives it home though. The team of former professional athletes at SHAPE are whipping up fresh workouts everyday using a unique combo of functional movements, heavy bag boxing, KO8 suspension training, cycling, and more! It’s this wildcard atmosphere that keeps training fun and fresh on your way to a much, much fitter you.
If you’re looking for a heart pumping, sweat inducing, total body workout you can do all year round, look no further than Steel Revolution – Shadyside’s newest spin studio. No one’s saying it’s going to be easy. And you can check your attitude at the door, because it’s all about sculpting a body and mind of steel here. With classes that combine cardio with strength and core training, every workout with burn calories while building muscle – every exercisers dream.
Inhale understands everyday Pittsburgh life. In the 7th Street Downtown studio, they practice yoga, focusing on breath, movement, alignment, and meditation. Outside the studio, they’re all about our community, taking in some rays by the rivers and seeking out Pittsburgh’s urban green space. They also totally get that your life can get crazy. That’s why they have classes where you can chill out and workout around a busy schedule – try Morning Yoga, sneak in for the Lunch Break, or howl at Moonlight Mondays, nighttime rooftop yoga on Hotel Monaco.
There’s no “gently down the stream” when you row a boat or scull for 3 Rivers Rowing Association. You’re in for a fitness experience like no other. Launching out of Lambert Boathouse on Washington’s Landing, they offer membership, on-boarding, and training for both youth and adults rowing on Pittsburgh’s waterways. 3 Rivers Rowing Association also offers a summer corporate rowing league, where you and your co-workers can be coached into a highly functioning (and fit) machine. Plus, their after-practice barbecue is a great opportunity to network.
We’ve all been there. Whether to gawk at the city skyline or to take some classic, awkward prom photos, the overlook pods that hang over Mt. Washington are Pittsburgh. And there’s never been a better time to be more one with Pittsburgh than with MoWa Yoga, a yoga community that meets for an epic view and some purposeful yoga on the pods. Stay on the up with their Facebook page to see when the next class will be held.
Owner Marco Machi describes Exercise Warehouse as “Pittsburgh’s only serious free weight gym”. That’s right. He’s inviting you…no, challenging you, to get built in Bloomfield. Focusing on weight training, bodybuilding, sports conditioning, and self-defense, they’ve stripped down all the fluff of a traditional health club and instead celebrate the simplicity of strong. Barbells, dumbbells, heavy bags, and even training by Marco himself highlight a gym designed for results.
Here at Fitt PGH, we cover a lot of fitness joints – yoga, spinning, strength training, you name it. Well at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill, they’ve got all that and more under one roof. The amount of services and amenities they offer is absolutely wild. Picture a place where you can swim, play pick-up basketball, spin, do yoga, hit some HIIT, deadlift, swim some laps, or run on their indoor track. That’s a lot of fitness to fit in one picture! But the JCC is about more than that. They’re about wellness. That’s why they also offer an in-house nutritionist, physical therapy, massage, and rehab too.
At CrossFit Athletics in South Side, affectionately referred to as CFA, you’ll be pushed. And in the good name of health and fitness, you’ll succeed. The cast of experienced instructors ensure your development and progress from early foundations and stretching to epic WODs and hitting PRs. That’s what has built such a healthy, strong, and supportive community at CFA. The type of community that makes sure you’ll never miss another workout.
Ryan and Dana Celli run a tight ship. Celli’s Fitness Center isn’t about the bells and whistles. It’s not a social hangout either. Regular lifters come to here to put in work, do work, then go to work – a ritual some might call ‘intense’. But this Lawrenceville gym is known and praised for its atmosphere – a fully stocked powerlifters dream. You see, the Celli’s have over 16 years of combined personal training experience and powerlifting achievement and both are prepared to take you to the next level in strength under the roof they built. This house that strength built is even home to family dog Rio the Doberman, who has been known to sniff a barbell or two.
Arsenal Strength is aptly named. They have a full arsenal of programs and equipment for people serious about getting fit. First and foremost, they’re a CrossFit gym led by a cast of athletes and competitors. But that’s not all they have under the roof. They’re also home to Butler Street Barbell, strength training options, and Just Get Fit, a “lighter”, CrossFit style boot camp that’s perfect for new exercisers and old exercisers alike. Did we mention that they’re next to Hop Farm Brewery, and a stone’s throw from the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium? Make a day of it!
This 300 acre park situated within an urban environment, between two top universities, is one of Pittsburgh’s best playgrounds. Here you’ll find a little bit of everything, including wooded trails, tennis courts, a public swimming pool, running track, soccer field, and ice rink during the winter, as well as a golf and disc golf course nearby. Whether you’re interested in escaping the city for a workout, a walk through the woods, or a picnic with a view, Schenley Park has you covered.
With the grace of a warrior pose and the high-octane pace of spinning, Urban Elements & Cycology is a mash-up for the overall health of the body and mind. This fitness studio offers power yoga as well as spinning classes on RealRyder bikes (they feel like you’re on the open road!). If you’re looking for a studio that takes a holistic approach to spinning, this space is the whole package.
Located inside of Nova Place, the new name for a massively renovated Allegheny Center, Union Fitness is going way beyond the typical “corporate” gym. This 10,000 sq. ft. facility offers yoga, spinning, and group fitness classes morning, noon, and night. Their team of highly-qualified trainers will show you the ins and outs the cardio equipment, free weights, kettlebells, and fatbells that fill the space. Be sure to check out the Strength Lab. This weight training and athletic performance zone is where you’ll take your gains to new heights.
Whether you’re planning a casual stroll or fixin’ to break a sweat, Highland Park provides the space and amenities to achieve both outcomes. Take in the reservoirs, sculptures, and gardens while taking a walk through the park. Or opt for a little more action at the long-course swimming pool, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, or playground areas.
Are you willing to fight for a better body? At Wright’s Gym, you can. This Crafton spot is a haven for serious exercisers, martial artists, and fearless fitness freaks. It’s a traditional fitness club with a kick. The kick is its Pittsburgh-exclusive Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center. That’s contact combat, people…not to mention a heavy-duty workout for those interested in self-defense. Aside from their wide martial arts and self-protection offering, Wright’s Gym is outfitted with traditional weight lifting and strength training equipment. Did we mention it’s also the official training zone for the Pittsburgh Power?
Can they even fit any more sports into Greentree Sportsplex? Well, 80,000-square feet can house a lot. And we guarantee you’ll never get bored of visiting this sports haven and fitness club, because they’ve got something for everyone. If you’re the fitness lone wolf, go for the fitness center. If you’re all about the team, try out D1 Sports, athletic and sport-specific training that’ll take you to the next level. Want more? Book the volleyball court, athletic field, basketball court, or batting cages on your own. If you really want mix it up, learn a combo of punches at Warriors Fitness, a boxing, kickboxing, and cardio mash-up.
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 also Peters Township.
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!
First off, this isn’t an aerobics class. 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.
Fitness can get a little tired whenever you always do the same song and dance. But now you can take it to a whole new level by climbing a little higher, defying gravity, and taking flight at one of Fullbody Fitness Club’s aerial arts classes. There, you can get tangled up in their aerial silks or wrap yourself around an aerial hoop for a killer combo of dance and strength. At Fullbody Fitness, you’ll improve your flexibility, cardio, and core strength while soaring through the air, bustin’ a move at hip hop class, sweating through some strength training.
From the outside, the warehouse on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood is rather unassuming. But what you find inside will blow you away. This warehouse is home to the Wheel Mill – an 80,000-square foot indoor playground for bicyclists. This bike park is complete with ramps meant to mimic mountain trails and a half-pipe that will send you soaring through the air. Harry Geyer, the owner and a passionate rider in his own right, set out to pack with warehouse with every conceivable type of ramp, trail, and obstacle. We think he succeeded.
The Millvale Riverfront Park is home to a hotbed of outdoor activity. During the summer months, take the short run or walk to Pittsburgh’s borough to the northeast, Millvale. You won’t be disappointed once you get there, as this historic spot is home to a 1.7 mile trail that connects to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Walk, run, or bike along the beautiful Allegheny River. But if you’re more interested in getting out on water, visit Millvale Marina, learn to row at the Millvale Boathouse, or launch your own kayak or canoe for the Three Rivers Water Trail.
For beginners or veterans, Yoga Flow is a welcoming environment that promotes physical fitness and stress relief. Heated vinyasa classes will have you sweating and stretching your way to increase strength and flexibility. Talented instructors will guide you through a challenging, yet soothing practice aimed at training your mind, body, and spirit. Take a cleansing breath, because you can find your flow in Aspinwall and multiple other locations throughout the city.
The Kingsley Association has been rooted in the Larimer neighborhood for almost 100 years, dedicated to their neighbors in community activism, civic organization, foster education, and now has taken responsibility for your health and fitness. Their newly renovated fitness center is complete with the equipment and machines you need to get in serious shape. Be sure to take advantage of the personal training, the pool, or give the Kingsley 30min Workout a shot.
Talk about strengthening the community. The Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District has all the tools you’ll need to be healthy and happy. From group exercise and fully-equipped gym to the pool and sports offerings (youth and adult), the Y is the perfect spot to get active and stay in shape.
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