Trainer Reggie Dulaney grew up watching the 1980s animated classic ThunderCats. He dreamed of having the same rippled physique as his cartoon role model, the burly-yet-brilliant warrior Panthro, so he took up weightlifting and never looked back. He opened Panthro Fitness, which he named for his favorite cartoon character. Today, he runs a series of boot-camp classes that help clients shed fat and gain muscle mass. Knowing that fitness is a lifestyle choice rather than something you do once a day, he also offers nutritional counseling with personalized meal plans.
Core muscles tone and tidy-up with the help of Dragonfly Pilates' chiseling schedule of mentally and physically invigorating sessions. Up to eight students flock beneath the fit wings of the studio's experienced instructors for 50-minute classes that incorporate measured movements, controlled breathing, and double-dutch footwork into the regimen. Mat classes imbue attendees with the flexibility and awareness necessary to improve posture by honing basic Pilates fundamentals for beginning and intermediate students. Experienced Pilates aficionados head over to small-props sessions, workouts supplementing challenging moves with an arsenal of foam rollers, magic circles, and ball pits; restorative stretch sessions limber-up abdominals with a gentle sequence of tension-shedding exercises. Dragonfly Pilates requires students to call in order to schedule their first session and demands that visitors have a basic understanding of Pig Latin.
Center Ice Arena grants skaters plenty of space to perfect their gliding strides with a trio of NHL regulation size ice rinks that host open skates and lessons as well as the home games of the Allegheny Badgers amateur youth hockey. The arena starts beginners of all ages off on the right blade with its Learn to Skate program, which covers the fundamental mechanics common to speed skating, hockey, and figure skating, preparing participants for national programs or a permanent move to the North Pole. The Learn to Play Hockey program focuses the instruction, helping kids learn to turn and make hockey stops. Students and recreational skaters can show off their skills during the arena’s daily public skates, the times of which can be found on the arena’s calendar of events. A comprehensive fitness and entertainment center, the arena also houses a fitness center open to both skaters and the public, a party room, and a video arcade.
For Fusion Bodyworks’ owner, Jody Manofsky, true fitness is all about balance. She should know—her 15-year career has included stints as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer, as well as work as both a massage and chiropractic rehab therapist. Her career took another turn in 2006, when she discovered yoga. Enamored with the practice’s ability to relax her mind and strengthen her body, she trained to become a certified instructor so that she could add it to the cadre of tools she uses to help others find similar balance in their own lives.
Today at Fusion Bodyworks, Jody blends each aspect of her background as she works with clients not only to improve their fitness, but also to map out their goals and find the best route to getting them there. That route can include anything from personal training and nutrition counseling to regular massage, which can help speed recovery following a strenuous workout or injury. In addition to taking on individual clients, Fusion Bodyworks offers corporate services and can bring classes, workshops, or personal-training skills to employees in any office or aboard any shrimp boat.