When Annie Federoff played volleyball in college, she realized she wasn't just making it through the workouts?she was pushing her teammates, too. She recognized her own ability to motivate others and founded her own personal-training business after graduation. In her 13 O'Clock Adventure Boot Camp she helps even more people live healthier lives. She leads campers through four-week sessions that get them into shape with a constantly varied cycle of activities, such as Pilates, weight training, and obstacle courses. On any given day, she might lead groups through jumping rope and doing yoga or taking off for a hike. Annie ensures that her students of all ability levels can safely do each exercise but still be challenged by the workout. As her athletes do functional-training and core-conditioning exercises, Annie watches to make sure everyone is using proper form to avoid injury and get the most out of each exercise.
Annie called the camps 13 O'Clock to refer to the mythical time when you plan to do something, but never actually get around to it. She helps her campers finally find time to get in shape, and the changing nature of each session keeps bodies from getting bored and falling asleep mid-pushup.
Adrenaline Barre Fitness's new, upscale fitness boutique hosts dynamic classes designed to shape both mind and body. Using a ballet barre for support, students perform small, isometric, dance-inspired movements to tone the body from head to webbed swan toes. Separate showers and changing areas are available.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
By encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor recreational activities, Venture Outdoors promotes Pittsburgh’s unique natural amenities, highlights the region’s excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, inspires an active lifestyle and creates a shared sense of community.
Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, BYS Yoga offers a suitable yoga style four to five times every day. All classes are taught by qualified instructors who strive to disseminate the healing power of yoga to all who wish to learn. Basics classes concentrate on fundamental Hatha yoga postures for beginning benders, and Chakra flow/Kundalini sessions and open classes—an exploration of seated meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), and sun salutations—welcome all experience levels. Yin yoga targets ligaments, bones, and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine for added stretching and freer range of motion, and restorative yoga includes "active relaxation" to reduce stress and avoid potholes of frustration on the road to inner peace. Students who have mastered the downward dog and the upward yeti can move on to level two classes. Check out the fall schedule for more information.
Yoga Digs provides students with a safe, judgment-free environment where they can improve themselves mentally and physically. To help foster this self-improvement, the instructors encourage attendees to find a practice that is challenging, yet suitable for their current level and ability. That's why Yoga Digs offers a wide range of classes that vary in their focus and their intensity. Building Blocks sessions, for instance, introduce new students to the fundamental postures and breathing techniques at a gentle, accommodating pace. For experienced students, the instructors lead more vigorous classes, such as Power Flow, which uses dynamic asana sequences and breathing techniques that challenge minds and bodies. Regardless of the class, though, the teachers all work according to one goal: to help students grow in their practice over time.