Inside CrossFit Steel Town, stacks of weight plates and patches of artificial turf establish the gym as a serious workout space. Around the gym, instructors lead intense workouts that focus on functional-movement exercises, from pushes and pulls to jumps and sprints. Exercise regimens change each day to keep both bodies and minds activated.
Colorful renditions of a Pittsburgh incline, one of the city's storied bridges, or another local sight materialize on canvases at Studio Ochre. The city where three rivers collide serves as the muse for each Pittsburgh-themed painting class. They're open to beginners and seasoned artists alike, and guests can buy snacks and libations to enjoy as they paint.
A Better U Fitness in the Park steps into the sometimes-confusing morass of personal fitness to meet clients where they live, whether physically with one-on-one personal-training sessions in area homes, or in the digital landscape with online personal training. The fitness fixer-uppers carry out an initial assessment that includes taking measurements and consulting with the client to pinpoint their health and body goals. After an analysis of existing workout equipment, trainers act as a personal shopper, making recommendations for potential upgrades, or bringing supplies from the Better U stockpiles. Practical nutrition advice always accompanies workouts, helping clients weed out temptations from pantries such as sodas, cookies, or live-in cake salesmen. For larger groups, personal trainers set up clinics for office workers and sports teams.
Arena's Performing Arts Centre offers a variety of classes for inner and outer children alike. Adults can choose fitness ($8 for a drop-in class) and 10-week dance classes (starting at $110 for 45-minute classes) from a summer schedule that includes zumba, tap aerobics, ballet tech, pointe, pre-pointe, and kickboxing. For kids, summer camps such as Camp Rock and Blues ($100) and Arena's Best Dance Crew ($125) teach boogie-ready anklebiters the joy and discipline of dance. Or surprise your mini-me with a themed birthday party at Arena's. Monthly tuition for gymnastics and musical-theater classes starts at $40. The friendly instructors at Arena's are experienced, patient, and willing to work with all age and skill levels.
Open since 1993, Three Rivers’ experienced troupe of body benders imparts fledgling flexibles with position-posing know-how via 22 yoga classes a week. Uplifting mantras waft through the studio air during the 108 Classical Sun Salutations classes, and 36 poses occupy limbs and alleviate muscle frustration in Surya Flow sessions. Stimulating bellies and backs, Alchemy of the Core classes advance core strength through a series of Asana poses and mediations about transforming body coal into diamonds. Mommies-to-be can sooth pregnancy pains with other expectants in Prenatal Yoga classes, and future adults twist and stretch in Kids Yoga, which is dotted with basic poses, games, and music. Classes are scheduled at convenient times including early morning and evening sessions throughout the week. Three Rivers’ expansive studio comfortably welcomes up to 40 sentient stretchers. Shiny bamboo floors and calm taupe walls surround foliage accents, as ceiling fans cool down bodies and extinguish rogue dust bunnies. As an added perk, Grouponers can add a second unlimited month of yoga for $50 (normally $75).
The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.