Staffed by former collegiate and professional baseball and softball standouts, All-American Baseball Center helps students dominate the diamond with expert instruction and three state-of-the-art practice facilities. At Baseball University, players from age 8 to the college level hone their hitting and fielding skills through a comprehensive curriculum of courses—such as Hitting 101 and 102—comprising four one-hour clinic sessions that players must complete before advancing to the next class. With more than 52,000 square feet in combined space, the center's two indoor locations provide ample space for independent practice sessions with batting cages, practice fields, bullpens, and facilities for weightlifting and speed and agility training. The North Campus features an indoor regulation infield for live-action baseball and softball games, which are also held at Sardis Park, a four-field outdoor complex occasionally visited by the ghosts of legendary cornstalks.
Jump!Zone’s indoor playgrounds envelop kids aged 2–12 in an inflatable world filled with challenging obstacle courses, fun slides, and cardio-boosting bounce houses. While navigating the plush courses under the watchful eyes of air-filled dinosaurs and superheroes, kids burn off extra energy and participate in activities that may help develop motor skills. Jump!Zone’s energetic staff supervises all play as kids climb on pirate ships and trampoline inside princess castles. Specific inflatables may vary by location but often include towering bounce houses shaped like fire trucks or octopi as well as party rooms, games, pizza, soda, and other festive fare. The bouncy center also hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events.
With a lineup of scary ghouls devoted to frightening the hearts of visitors, The ScareHouse will open its doors to reveal a masterful collection of spine-freezing horrors that will make hairs stand on end as if possessed by extra-hold raspberry jam. General admission gets visitors access to three separate haunts, designed with high-tech special effects and ultra-convincing props and prosthetics.
Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do was founded in 1968 and has a deeply rooted history in the art of Tae Kwon-Do. The two brothers who opened the training facility are both ninth-degree black belts who studied in Korea and have been practicing Tae Kwon-Do for more than 50 years. Check out the different schedules to determine which classes you can attend.
Equipment: Rogue Rigs, bars, plates, kettlebells, medicine balls, treadmills, rowing, and more
Students should bring: Water, towel, and workout clothes and shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please call to schedule your foundation session; this will be your first class.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
CrossFit North Park is led by expert coaches who inspire, teach and support your growth and development safely. Our foundation session is key to getting started on the right foot. The community environment is awesome and the other athletes in the class are a huge part of your support structure to keep you focused, motivated and feeling happy. [That] will keep you accountable not just to yourself but to the others around you.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
Yes and no: results come through challenging your body physically and mentally. Just as with any endeavor, you must get out of your comfort zone to see improvements and reach your goals. Injury is never a goal, but you must challenge yourself to be better each day?safely.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
If you like to be part of a team, you want to be better than you are now, and are willing to work for it, CrossFit North Park is for you. It does not matter how fit you are or aren't right now. What matters is how fit you want to be and whether you're willing and able to do what is necessary to achieve it. If you have the desire, we will provide the [way].
Retiring as the Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit after spending more than 40 years in education, Dr. Joseph Lagana couldn't resign himself to just wile away his new excess of free time. With firsthand knowledge of the effects of homelessness on the region's schools, Joe funneled his passion and efforts into creating the Homeless Children?s Education Fund, a nonprofit committed to the advocacy, education, and direct assistance of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Since its beginning as a humble learning center?just three computers in a closet?Homeless Children?s Education Fund has grown to include 11 facilities where children and their parents can access the Internet as well as find much-needed support through emergency shelters and transitional housing.