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.
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.
At Sewickley Med Spa, highly trained medical professionals help patients to reclaim or maintain their youthful appearance with advanced aesthetic treatments. Dr. Thomas Michael has more than 25 years of experience and training in aesthetic medicine and currently serves as the medical director of Heritage Valley WoundCare. He worked for many years in the areas of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and emergency medicine, and he can therefore sing in perfect harmony with an ambulance siren.
Together with registered nurse and cosmetic-dermatology specialist Michele Altobello, Dr. Michael provides complimentary consultations for medical-grade skincare services including chemical peels, Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers. The clinical team also enhances natural beauty with permanent makeup and addresses spider veins with sclerotherapy. The reception area of the private, discreet office is decorated with soothing violet tones and a potted orchid.
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.
When Walt Nesbit teaches fitness classes, he focuses on helping clients live long, healthy lives, rather than losing inches from their waste lines or hefting heavier weights. He started Movement Studio Pittsburgh to help clients find the branch of exercise that they liked best, offering a wide array to choose from. He and his trainers teach purely fitness-focused classes such a kettlebell and TRX Suspension, as well as classes that train the mind and body, including Tai Chi, yoga, and kickboxing.
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.