The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts acts as both the patron and the glittering stage for the local arts community, raising awareness of Pittsburgh's visionaries-in-residence with a host of educational programs and exhibitions. Its members scamper freely through galleries stuffed with canvases and sculptures by local artists such as Brian Dean Richmond and Gregory Witt. Prospective Picassos and vicarious Velazquezes, meanwhile, can pour their inner outsider artist into bright and bold Plexiglass prints, hand-hammered metal jewelry, and subtle Chinese brush paintings during a day of three hour-long studio sessions at an Arts Crash Course. If you're still suffering from excess inspiration afterward, burn off the rest before it curdles into images of poker-playing dogs with a $25 member discount to sign up for ongoing classes in watercolor painting, ceramics, and other crafts. Admission to the galleries at local cinema and media center Pittsburgh Filmmakers is also included with your membership benefits, as well as a 10% discount on colorful blown glass vases and funky jewelry in the gift shop and assorted discounts on art supplies at three area stores.
Rebecca Rankin and Lisa Lau came out of college prepared to be an architect and an engineer, respectively. Today, they own Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill. Their goals haven't changed much, though—Rebecca specializes in the architecture of the human body, and Lisa studies its engineering, teaching students how to bend and breathe during each 90-minute class.
These classes are held in a studio heated to around 105 degrees. But newcomers to the practice needn't worry—as the space's website says, "The heat is not there to make it tough, it is there to help." As participants move through the 26 asanas, or postures, of Bikram yoga, the heat loosens up their muscles and encourages a detoxifying sweat, allowing for deeper stretches and a smoother post-workout slip-and-slide ride. Rebecca, Lisa, and their fellow instructors limit their class sizes to better personalize their guidance, and welcome guests of all skill levels to attend any session.
The Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh pursues its mission of upholding an exemplary, thriving, and engaged community rooted in Jewish values. The Center contains state-of-the-art fitness facilities, complete with group exercise programs, personal training, and modern facilities that include gyms, basketball courts, and swimming pools. Leaders also organize other programs that range from day and overnight camps for kids to art classes, dance programs, aquatics seminars, and physical education for all ages.
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.
The proud and pliable recipient of a yoga mat's worth of accolades, Amazing Yoga spreads its limber arms to embrace all practitioners, welcoming stretching sophomores and savants alike. Talented, passionate instructors lead an array of classes over a flexible schedule at each of Amazing Yoga's four studios. Clients can frequent the studio of their choice and stack their chakras in classes such as the Basics, a beginner's power-yoga class that emphasizes foundation postures, helping practitioners build up a strong foundation to withstand floods, high winds, and tickling attacks. Amazing Yoga recommends bringing your own water bottle and a mat to classes, though rental mats are available for $2 per class.
With interactive workshops offered six days a week, live demonstrations by internationally celebrated glass artists, and striking glass sculpture gallery displays, Pittsburgh Glass Center is a haven for lovers of this fragile art form. Individual membership to the center includes access to studio rental and equipment, and a 10% discount on all classes for members and one friend or frenemy. Classes range from the beginner-friendly Precious Pendants workshop, where students create their own wearable art ($75), to the advanced four-week Hot Incalmo course, in which glassmiths fuse multicolored bubbles to create awe-inspiring art pieces or beautiful, sentient ham radios ($285). Member perks also include special invites and additional savings for special events such as the Gardens of Glass studio sale, where local artists showcase and sell their colorful crystalline designs. Family memberships bestow these privileges on two adults and include invites to family-friendly events.