At some Pittsburgh gyms, you can expect the traditional no-frills setups of weights and cardio machines. But others are stepping up their game in an attempt to help members actually enjoy going to the gym. Take X Shadyside, for instance. Instead of setting up treadmills and ellipticals in a concrete-walled box, the owners have created a truly sophisticated boutique cardio studio, complete with fitness-themed art photography on the walls. Club One Pittsburgh wants its members to feel like they’re walking into a spa, not a typical gym. They achieve this with stylish lobbies, impeccable locker-room facilities, and both indoor and outdoor pools. Other gyms set themselves apart with their specialized nature: Pittsburgh boxing gyms, MMA clubs, and CrossFit gyms abound.

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