The Mom 2 Mom Fitness program was created by moms to help women find a community and workout regime that is catered to their lifestyle. The expert instructors lead women through steap aerobics, core strengthening, and Zumba classes. They also offer a variety of programs such as personal training, group training, boot camp, nutritional counseling, and life coaching.
Doctor of Chiropractic Tony Chappie is the perfect motivator for exercisers, as he’s been an athlete his entire life. He devoted 25 years to rugby, but when one too many injuries made traditional training impossible, he turned to kettlebells. As a chiropractor and owner of his own practice, he understands the rehabilitative effects of the bulbous weights and incorporates them into classes at his gym, Pittsburgh Kettlebell & Performance.
He defies the traditional gym formula of deploying exercisers onto rows of boredom-inducing machines, instead filling the fitness studio with Russian kettlebells, battle ropes, medicine balls, and sledgehammers. The unusual tools tone bodies at classes ranging from explosive kettlebell training to a Navy SEAL course—taught by retired SEAL Daniel Toth—that is more grueling than teaching a seal to stand at attention.
Born as the Greentree Racquet Club, Greentree SportsPlex underwent extensive renovation to emerge as an 80,000-square-foot, multi-sport facility. Free weights, kettlebells, and Legend Fitness weight machines line the bright red walls. Meanwhile, a batting cage comes in handy during onsite lessons that cover the fundamentals of playing baseball and softball, as well as surviving the uprising of pitching machines. During boot camps, instructors lead their groups through obstacle courses, core work, and whole-body exercises on the indoor turf. They also motivate clients during personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, including Zumba dance aerobics and spinning sessions set to energy-packed music.
Toni Dobransky, aided by her mother and aunt, opened Technique by Toni in 2005 with the goal of cultivating an enriching environment for dancers of all ability levels and style preferences. She and her instructors lead dance classes for students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to seniors, infusing young dancers with confidence and poise and challenging adults with a new hobby or to achieve dance mastery. The two studios resound with the light patter of beginning ballerinas' toes, the thumping beats of free-form hip-hop classes, and the clicking and clacking of tap classes, in which students learn to tap out secret Morse-code threats to opponent dance troupes. In addition to perfecting their technique in dance classes, adults can whip themselves into shape while having fun in the high-intensity dance-fitness classes.
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.
Equipment: Lifting bars, bumper plates, pull-up bars, kettlebells
Students should bring: Workout clothes, water bottle, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: We provide everyone with personal attention while in a supportive class setting.