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Stick to Your Resolution With These Free and Cheap Workout Spots

Making a resolution to exercise more is easy, but actually making it out to a spin class is a lot harder (and more expensive). If you already have a membership at a gym or fitness studio then it’s just a matter of finding the motivation, but if you’re trying to work out on a budget, you may be looking for more creative ways to exercise indoors this winter. Here are a few tips about some of the best free (or at least really cheap!) exercise opportunities in Pittsburgh.

Gyms & Exercise Studios 

SHAPE Training. If you’ve always wanted to try a session with a personal trainer, you can get a free session on your first visit to this Center Avenue gym. SHAPE also offers 60-minute classes with a focus on strength training, such as the popular heavy bag boxing class, and your first group class is free as well.

Yoga Hive. For heated Vinyasa flow classes that don’t require a pricey monthly membership, Yoga Hive in Garfield offers a few different affordable options. Their weekly “community classes” allow you to take classes from a teacher-in-training for just $5, or if you plan on going more frequently than that, you might also look into their seva offerings, which allow you to help out around the studio in exchange for free yoga.

Steel Revolution. If you love spinning but don’t love the commitment to a pricey full-service gym, a boutique spinning studio like this one may be the way to go. This Shadyside studio offers a half-price first class for new visitors (just $9 rather than the usual $18), Monday evening community classes taught by newbie teachers for just $7 per class, and a Friday afternoon “happy hour” class for just $10.

Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness is always a front-runner when it comes to cheap workout options, and the Edgewood Town Center location is definitely a convenient (and affordable) option for anyone who lives around Regent Square/Squirrel Hill/Point Breeze areas. Unlimited monthly memberships start at around $10, and while many people find Planet Fitness gyms a bit more bare bones than others, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the brand new cardio machines, free weights, strength training machines, and even a few group fitness classes at this modern, up-to-date gym.

Crossfit Athletics. Crossfit has had its moment in the workout spotlight for the past couple of years now, so if you’ve finally mustered the motivation to try out this challenging workout yourself, take advantage of the free trial offer for new members at Crossfit Athletics in the South Side.

Apartments With Amazing Fitness Options 

Bakery Living. Whether you’re already a resident or you’re looking to upgrade your living situation in 2018, Bakery Living in Bakery Square brings their A-game when it comes to their gym.  The property offers up a two-story “live wall” in their double stacked gym that is packed with the best equipment on the market with a schedule of complimentary classes hosted on site!

The Pennsylvanian. For those who live at the newly renovated Pennsylvanian building on the edge of Downtown, you can jump right into your new exercise routine at the 24-hour fitness center complete with interactive instructors to guide you through your workouts and spin classes any time of the day.

Schenley Apartments. The brand new Schenley Apartments have one of the biggest offerings in town when it comes to fitness options — think indoor basketball courts, a modern, state-of-the-art gym with a twisty slide from one level to the next, a resident bike share program and a seriously cool Peloton Cycles® that allows you to create your own spin class without leaving home.

Other Workout Options 

City Parks. Once the weather warms up a bit, the best deal in town is definitely at our city parks. Schenley is a front-runner for fitness-minded visitors with its 456 acres of scenic running trails and hiking areas and seasonal skating rink (if you haven’t ice skated in a while, you’ll quickly remember what a good workout it is the next morning!). For outdoorsy types looking to hit the trails with their dog or a friend in tow, Frick Park boasts dense, wooded areas that make you feel like you’re miles away from the city limits.

ClassPass. If you’re the indecisive type who loves to mix up your fitness routine from day to day, then ClassPass might be the way to go. The new to Pittsburgh online membership service gives you access to dozens of participating workout facilities around the city, from yoga to barre to cycling to strength training, all for one flat rate per month. In Pittsburgh, options include Arsenal Cycle in Lawrenceville, Meraki Studio in the Strip and 3Minute Fitness in the South Side. You can book classes right from your smartphone, and this month, you can even take advantage of serious savings with the promo code “NEWYEAR”.



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