Trainer and Fuse Fitness Studio founder Jason Zawodniak strives to help his patrons overcome their mental and physical obstacles to looking and feeling awesome. His high-intensity express workouts motivate beginners to sculpt lean physiques and fuel fitness diehards with the fire to blast past their fitness plateaus. Although they offer co-ed programs, Zawodniak and his team of nationally certified trainers specialize in women's fitness. Their programs help gals burn fat and build muscle in intensive group fitness classes paired with one-on-one training sessions, which are customized to each individual's goals and needs. In addition to exercise sessions, Jason and his staff keep students on the path to chiseled physiques with ongoing nutritional support, regular fitness seminars, and at-home motivation through emails, phone calls, and telepathy.
Hot Dog Yoga's name makes sense if you think about it. For one, the studio is heated up to bolster students' flexibility and promote detoxification. And with classes that combine Hatha, Power Flow, and Vinyasa yoga styles, there are plenty of opportunities to perfect your downward-facing dog. The studio's instructors emphasize inclusiveness and can work at various speeds to accommodate students young and old, athletic and otherwise.
A former dancer and medical saleswoman, Urban Prana Yoga’s owner, Ashley Dalzell, shifted directions when she found that yoga left her life better balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. This led her to open Urban Prana Yoga, an intimate studio where she and her team of instructors draw on their diverse backgrounds to lead yoga classes for students of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Though she's been expanding viewers' knowledge and awareness as a news anchor for WPXI Channel 11 for close to 20 years, Darieth Chisolm works to enlighten members of her community in a different way off-camera. Chisolm is an avid runner, a certified group fitness instructor, and the owner of Fullbody Fitness Club, where she encourages exercisers to think outside the plyometric box. Her classes and equipment are anything but conventional—guests experience the sensation of being airborne during Jukari Fit to Fly aerial acrobatics classes—the creation of Reebok and the Cirque du Soleil entertainment group. Patrons hang upside down in fabric hammocks during aerial yoga and whirl around 45mm poles during pole-dance fitness sessions. The rooms are outfitted with thick, padded flooring to protect joints and acoustically muffle the squeals of unbridled, endorphin-driven glee.
To lead students safely through her fitness wonderland, Chisolm has gathered a team of certified instructors to teach proper technique and guide people toward their goals. Her studio has been featured in numerous media, including a 2011 story on her own WPXI and the designation of Best Place to Soar to New Heights from Pittsburgh Magazine in 2012. Chisolm also offers patrons several ways to give back to their favorite nonprofit organizations.
At Kim's, Grandmaster Kyu Ha Kim—who has more than 50 years of martial-arts-instruction experience and was previously the U.S. judo team coach—teaches judo, tae kwon do, and self-defense to students of all levels alongside champion instructors. Inside the 8,000-square-foot training facility, complete with locker rooms, weight-training systems, and closed-circuit-television monitoring, men, women, and children learn martial-arts techniques and how to properly address former gym teachers when encountering them sobbing in an alleyway.
Studio owner Claire's yoga journey began at her middle school's book fair, where a book about yoga caught her eye. On a whim, she took the book home and used it to help her begin at-home practice. Her dedication to the mind-body stayed with her through high school and college, where she wound up majoring in advertising and marketing. After spending some time in the ad field as a professional, she had an epiphany: she didn't believe in anything strongly enough to justify selling it, at least as not as much as she believed in yoga. With a nudge from her supportive husband, Claire decided to combine her passions for business and yoga by obtaining her 200-hour teaching certification and purchasing Yoga Innovations.
Today, Claire and her seven fellow yogis help guide students of all experience levels to greater fitness and healthier lifestyles via challenging and nurturing yoga sessions. She specializes in power Vinyasa flow, which shepherds students through a series of difficult poses in 90+ degrees, and unheated prenatal yoga?a variation designed to help pregnant women mindfully battle the aches, pains, and pickle-juice cravings associated with pregnancy.