Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.
Personal trainer Ariana Chernin and choreographer and fitness instructor Jillian Lorenz, designed their signature Barre Bee Fit workouts for women's bodies. At their chain of boutique studios, instructors teach the fitness system's unique cocktail of ballet barre work and calorie-torching choreography, which can incorporate free weights and kettlebells. To keep routines engaging, the team introduces new props and moves weekly, and sets each workout to a motivational soundtrack.
At WychFit Personal Training, customized exercise plans and light therapy are the weapons of choice in taking down unwanted fat. The trainer's team of experienced fitness coaches work with clients to build customized training plans, each based on the client's lifestyle and a set of achievable goals. Trainers implement these plans during personal-training sessions in the workout room.
To combat particularly stubborn pounds, clients can opt for sessions with a 16-pad Lipo-Light LED therapy device. When placed on specific points on the client's body, these pads stimulate a noninvasive process called litolysis. Light waves open the membranes of targeted adipose cells to release fatty acids, helping to break down body fat. Following each session, these fats are removed through the metabolic process.
It can be hard to find room for exercise in the busy modern lifestyle, especially when group fitness classes don’t match with one’s schedule. Club One Pittsburgh aims to correct that problem by hosting more than 300 classes a month, or roughly 10.1 classes a day. At their two main locations, they teach 11 varieties of Pilates, nine styles of yoga, and six different spin classes, the latter of which earned a CBS accolade as being the city’s best.
Both of Club One Pittsburgh’s locations are packed with state-of-the-art workout equipment, and the East End location also boasts indoor and outdoor pools and a full spa. Guests also receive complimentary towel service and free parking, a result of the now-canceled Hitting Parking Meters with Baseball Bats exercise course.