With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
Melissa Rodden sat on the airplane to Costa Rica, channeling her breathing to keep calm on her solo journey. She zipped through clouds and over the ocean to arrive at what would prove to be a life-changing yoga retreat. While studying there, she found herself challenged and enriched in ways she never thought possible. Rodden came back to the States with a passion for the ancient practice that eventually led her to open up her own studio.
Today, she and her handpicked troupe of instructors lead 75-minute Vinyasa flow classes within a heated space, sharing yoga's restorative properties with students of all experience levels. During each class, they aim to strengthen and tone muscles via the practice's fluid series of rigorous yet adaptable poses and rotini-noodle impersonations.
Though they welcome clients of all ages into their fitness facility, Fouad “Fred” Jaroudi and his staff at Community Health Center specialize in exercise for ages 35 and older using the second floor’s passive workout machines. Downstairs, younger visitors hook up their music while using more-intensive weight machines, treadmills, and free weights along with a punching bag and speed bag.
Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do was founded in 1968 and has a deeply rooted history in the art of Tae Kwon-Do. The two brothers who opened the training facility are both ninth-degree black belts who studied in Korea and have been practicing Tae Kwon-Do for more than 50 years. Check out the different schedules to determine which classes you can attend.