Structured workouts are hard to come by at 2 a.m.—except at VYGOR Fitness. The 24-hour gym’s automated Fitness on Request consoles store up to 45 unique workout videos, which can lead athletes through guided workouts to help them meet their fitness goals into the wee hours of the morning. During the day, patrons can work with human fitness experts during group classes in Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and cardio pump, which fuses jogging with pumping well water. More intimate I Inspire sessions, led by certified personal trainers, follow a more flexible curriculum and stay capped at 10 participants to ensure individualized attention.
For solo workouts, gym-goers can use cardio equipment such as Star Trac treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, or StairMaster steppers—ideal for training for on-foot trips to the moon. Alternatively, patrons can build muscle on a comprehensive array of weightlifting machinery. To complement workouts, the studio’s workshops—on topics ranging from nutrition and weight loss to specialty training areas—bolster fitness IQs.
ACE-certified trainer and SpeedMatters founder Rob Naylor has dedicated his 15-plus-year career to coaching athletes with sports-specific and general-fitness training programs. Providing instruction for individuals or teams, Rob leads clinics in areas such as softball, football, and golf, teaching fundamental skills sets while conditioning bodies for competition. His ladies' boot camps and men’s overdrive classes whittle down waistlines and sculpt physiques into game shape, improving strength and endurance for matches of full-contact checkers.
High-school athletes seeking to showcase their talents for prospective colleges can take advantage of Rob’s College Prospects of America program. He creates recruiting profiles and videos for each athlete, and assists them with marketing while exposing them to more than 2,000 colleges and coaches. A portfolio of his clients—whom he swears are not robots—can be viewed here.
At Lakevue Athletic Club, a staff of seasoned competitors breeds a love of fitness through tennis, group exercise classes, and personal training. Atop eight indoor courts and three outdoor courts, a fleet of tennis pros enacts lessons anchored in players' strengths. They specialize in QuickStart tennis, a recently minted method of play that emphasizes building the skills and confidence of child athletes without serving them trophy-shaped pancakes for breakfast. Within the walls of an 11,000-square-foot fitness center, personal trainer Kyle Waters shepherds clients through two downstairs cardio rooms with Star Trac treadmills and several weight rooms loaded with Cybex Eagle and Hammer Strength machines. Inside two studios upstairs, health gurus conduct classes in everything from yoga to step aerobics to kickboxing.
Though the term “boot camp” may conjure images of aggressive drill sergeants barking orders as their recruits struggle through grueling tasks, Fit Body Boot Camp of Pittsburgh sessions are much the opposite. Their enthusiastic trainers motivate patrons in indoor boot-camp classes, issuing positive reinforcement as they work together to burn calories and excess fat through challenging, but not defeating, exercises. Each 45-minute session is designed to promote fat loss with a varied routine of interval training that may involve weightlifting, push-ups, sit-ups, and plyometrics. Many activities require participants to band together to tackle obstacles, bolstering a sense of support and camaraderie. Instructors then lead exercisers in a cool down with stretching, leaving them more limber than a linguini noodle basking in a Jacuzzi.
For Kelly Meeder, the owner and founder of Smokin' Hot Yoga, hot yoga is about more than just meditation. She views her brand of hot yoga as a way to not only center oneself but to also lose weight, increase flexibility, and enhance athletic performance. In fact, many of the poses resemble calisthenic maneuvers, such as pushups and pull-ups. Kelly and her fellow instructors teach a broad range of classes for all ability levels. Level-one classes are best suited for beginners, whereas level-two sessions are ideal for seasoned yogis and types of bread that need to bake longer.
The experienced climbing staff at Climb North oversees an indoor facility with 30 rock-climbing paths. In addition to advanced climbing routes and bouldering walls, there’s a beginning climbing area for the uninitiated and a grassy slope for mountain goats. The facility also offers monthly packages to avid climbers and party rentals for adventurous celebrations, which include cakes and snacks in a decorated party area before group climbs.