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.
A Better U Fitness in the Park steps into the sometimes-confusing morass of personal fitness to meet clients where they live, whether physically with one-on-one personal-training sessions in area homes, or in the digital landscape with online personal training. The fitness fixer-uppers carry out an initial assessment that includes taking measurements and consulting with the client to pinpoint their health and body goals. After an analysis of existing workout equipment, trainers act as a personal shopper, making recommendations for potential upgrades, or bringing supplies from the Better U stockpiles. Practical nutrition advice always accompanies workouts, helping clients weed out temptations from pantries such as sodas, cookies, or live-in cake salesmen. For larger groups, personal trainers set up clinics for office workers and sports teams.
When Walt Nesbit teaches fitness classes, he focuses on helping clients live long, healthy lives, rather than losing inches from their waste lines or hefting heavier weights. He started Movement Studio Pittsburgh to help clients find the branch of exercise that they liked best, offering a wide array to choose from. He and his trainers teach purely fitness-focused classes such a kettlebell and TRX Suspension, as well as classes that train the mind and body, including Tai Chi, yoga, and kickboxing.
Arena's Performing Arts Centre offers a variety of classes for inner and outer children alike. Adults can choose fitness ($8 for a drop-in class) and 10-week dance classes (starting at $110 for 45-minute classes) from a summer schedule that includes zumba, tap aerobics, ballet tech, pointe, pre-pointe, and kickboxing. For kids, summer camps such as Camp Rock and Blues ($100) and Arena's Best Dance Crew ($125) teach boogie-ready anklebiters the joy and discipline of dance. Or surprise your mini-me with a themed birthday party at Arena's. Monthly tuition for gymnastics and musical-theater classes starts at $40. The friendly instructors at Arena's are experienced, patient, and willing to work with all age and skill levels.
Inside CrossFit Steel Town, stacks of weight plates and patches of artificial turf establish the gym as a serious workout space. Around the gym, instructors lead intense workouts that focus on functional-movement exercises, from pushes and pulls to jumps and sprints. Exercise regimens change each day to keep both bodies and minds activated.