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.
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.
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.