At Pure Fitness for Women, a peaceful garden sits on top of a bustling gym. When guests conclude their workout, they can head to the verdant setting for a hot-stone massage, soothing muscles that have just labored on strength machines or the floor of the aerobics studio. The symbiosis between spa and gym is part of an atmosphere based on comfort—owner Kim Gregory wanted to create a space where women of any age and fitness background could conquer their wellness goals without judgment or intimidation. Today, her gym hosts personal-training sessions and group classes from Zumba to Pilates, preserving an inviting ambiance through the efforts of a warm staff and special community events.
The staff members at Greater Pittsburgh Wellness have managed to fit a lot of health services under one roof. For starters, they schedule more than 15 fitness classes, including spinning, TRX suspension training, and yogalates, which is a yoga class scheduled at the same time as a Pilates class. Moreover, the seasoned instructors in the facility's dance studio teach the steps to the tango, the salsa, and other ballroom dances. Rounding out the services, Greater Pittsburgh Wellness also offers nutrition counseling and youth sports lessons/
Millennium Dance Complex has helped some of the country’s most popular celebrities learn their complicated concert choreography. This global studio franchise has worked with the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. Well-versed in those same expressive moves that their famous students are known for, the instructors at the Pittsburgh studio train everyone from professional dancers to absolute beginners how to captivate an audience using hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary moves while also getting in a fun workout.
Equipment: Hand weights, pilates rings, yoga bands, yoga mats
Students should bring: Towel, if needed
Average class length: 60 minute fitness classes, 45 minute Zumba Kids' classes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people, 2 per class
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking; free on the weekends and after 4pm Monday-Friday
Pro Tip: Our aim is to please our customers with great class formats and qualified instructors.
Structured workouts are hard to come by at 2 a.m.—except at VYGOR Fitness. The 24-hour gym’s automated Fitness on Request consoles store up to 45 unique workout videos, which can lead athletes through guided workouts to help them meet their fitness goals into the wee hours of the morning. During the day, patrons can work with human fitness experts during group classes in Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and cardio pump, which fuses jogging with pumping well water. More intimate I Inspire sessions, led by certified personal trainers, follow a more flexible curriculum and stay capped at 10 participants to ensure individualized attention.
For solo workouts, gym-goers can use cardio equipment such as Star Trac treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, or StairMaster steppers—ideal for training for on-foot trips to the moon. Alternatively, patrons can build muscle on a comprehensive array of weightlifting machinery. To complement workouts, the studio’s workshops—on topics ranging from nutrition and weight loss to specialty training areas—bolster fitness IQs.
Despite its name, Fonzi’s Synergy Fitness isn’t a place where members learn to ride motorcycles while keeping their slicked-back coiffures in place. It’s a locally owned gym helmed by Jim Fonzi and Denice Normandy-Fonzi, who cultivate a welcoming feel inside the fitness haven. High-quality workout equipment, such as the BodyMasters System—a 30-minute circuit workout similar to Curves, as well as free weights fill the space, and a fitness room hosts an array of heart-pumping, calorie-burning classes.