The Best Four Fitness Spots (That You've Never Heard Of)
Anyone else notice that it takes ten weeks of hard work to get your summer body but only ten days of self-indulgent grubbing to lose it? When winter strikes and chain-gyms get boring, re-energize your motivation with these unique fitness spots.
1. Chris Anthony Fitness: Change the Equation
Settled atop an industrial park in Point Breeze, CAF's space is reminiscent of a huge, chic New York loft, complete with wide open windows and brick accent walls. Great for kids and parents alike, the gym features group fitness classes from spinning to hip hop, but it gets major cool points for it's unique "Learning Kitchen," which hosts a raw grocery store, hands-on cooking classes, and prepared meals. Follow @ChrisAnthonyFitness and visit www.ChrisAnthonyFitness.com for seasonal recipes and ingredients.
2. Shape Training: More than a Gym
With supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss routinely stepping into the boxing ring, it's no surprise that Shape Training in East Liberty is getting so much hype. From boxing to suspension to spinning, coaches and trainers encourage clients in an intense but team-driven environment. Dedicated not only to helping peopleexceed their personal expectations, Shape Training is also dedicated to raising money and awareness for under-funded non-profits. If you're looking for a super-model style workout for a good cause, go to www.ShapeTrain.com or @shapetrain412.
3. Misty Cauthen: Balancing Body, Mind, and Motion
Long, lean muscles and Pilates go together like pumpkins and fall. At Dragonfly Pilates, owned by master trainer Misty Cauthen, you can expect a state-of-the-art facility not typically seen outside of New York or California. With a reputation that extends far beyond her two locations in Murrysville and Shady Side, Cathen has taught Pilates at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the dance department of Point Park University. Often described by her clients as patient and passionate, you can expect a bight, open studio focusing on core and quality of movement. Take the next step by visiting www.DragonflyPilates.com or @DragonflyPilates.
4. The Yoga Factory: Ditch the Cold
Is there anything better than warming up when it's freezing outside? The Yoga Factory in Lawrenceville is one of the only studios in the region teaching the Bikram Method, a series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises preformed in a very (read: VERY) hot room. While it's challenging, it's highly effective and will have you addicted in no time! Don't think Bikram is for you? Check out some of the other styles they offer at www.yogafactorypittsburgh.com or @yogafactorypgh.