With its lavender-hued studio and team of bodywork therapists and fitness instructors, Loughner Massage and Yoga is a well-rounded wellness destination. Yoga and Pilates classes?available for groups or individuals?accommodate a variety of skill levels. Premium yoga classes include indoor stand-up paddleboard yoga, a class that makes use of the Indo Yoga Board, specially designed to recreate the experience of standing on a board inside a yoga studio. The board is built with four rockers on the bottom, which allow students of all experience levels to move through poses on an unstable surface, strengthening the core and improving balance. All of the yoga instructors are registered through the YogaFit school, which features a less-intimidating style of yoga that interjects traditional postures with common fitness moves such as pushups, sit-ups and squats.
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.
Anytime Fitness is a gym that was designed to make working out more convenient. Clients have 24/7 keycard access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, along with full access to group fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, and Duck, Duck, Goose with ankle weights. Certified personal trainers are available onsite, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite hydromassage bed to relax and loosen exhausted muscles.
Yoga Matrika offers classes to suit every lifestyle and skill level, including those of expecting mothers, harried mail carriers, or horse trainers who use the "natural" technique. Newbies can ease into downward dog, warrior, and wicked vizier with a yoga foundations class or a nice, slow Matrika flow. More advanced yogis and yogi bears will prefer anusara yoga or the core challenge flow, while the adventurous might want to try special temporary classes such as zhong dao (Chinese yoga). The studio also offers prenatal yoga, Pilates mat, and mom & baby yoga, so your little one will be stretched to NBA-worthy lengths by kindergarten.
If you walk amid bFit Studio’s high ceilings and sprung floor within the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, you would not see solo exercisers walking aimlessly among complicated machines without knowing how to properly use them or motivate themselves. Instead, your eyes would meet the sight of bodies moving in tandem to energetic beats that pump from a surround system. That’s because the staff of certified instructors focus all their attention on classes, in which clients of all fitness levels make use of equipment such as TRX straps, BOSU balls, and Kangoo boots.
Developed for centuries in China, Kung Fu?or Chinese Martial Arts?includes a series of strengthening and self-defense techniques that have been perfected over thousands of years. At Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi, these techniques are incorporated into Kung Fu Fit, unique classes for all ages and levels of physicality. These classes combine the techniques of Kung Fu and kickboxing with instructors helping students learn not just to defensive measures, but also how to strengthen and tone their bodies. Kung fu classes are also available just for kids, where adolescents can work on developing respect, discipline, and the agility to complete chores using only their toes.