As the modern-day proverb goes, “A journey of a fit life begins with a single step into a gym”. 

These local gyms will give you a jolt of motivation to take that first step, jump start your fitness journey, and create healthy habits that last a lifetime.


Altus is the first gym in downtown Pittsburgh that brings the best coaches, most advanced equipment and technology into 4 studios at one location. Altus knows that one size does not fit all when it comes to health and fitness. Their programs offer something for every age and fitness level. Whether you’re looking for strength and endurance training or conditioning and heart health they have the space and personal or small-group training to meet your needs. At Altus you will embrace the mantra: “Be More Than Fit. Be Able.”

ClarkFit Boxing & Fitness

Located in Market Square ClarkFit Boxing & Fitness offers a convenient, central location for fitting in your fitness. They offer 45-minute group classes designed to increase stamina, weight loss, and muscle toning. If you’re interested in private training for one-on-one instruction you’ll receive individualized training sessions focused on technique, disciple, and overall confidence. You can sign-up just for their open gym. With their punching bags, heavy bags, kettlebells, and other strength conditioning equipment you can give your fitness a fighting chance at ClarkFit Boxing & Fitness. 

Hybrid Movement 

Hybrid Movement is located in Blawnox and offers “an alternative resource for strength and conditioning”. At Hybrid Movement personal and small group training is coupled with functional movement assessments, cardiovascular evaluations, and customized fitness programs.

X Shadyside

X Shadyside understands that all fitness journeys have to start somewhere, the key element is actually starting. At X Shadyside they live by the mantra: “Start somewhere. Start here.” With personal trainers and small group classes you can jump start your fitness journey with unlimited group classes and flexible workout hours in a safe, sanitized, and distanced environment. Family owned and operated for 26 years, this fitness center in the heart of Shadyside takes health to heart. Check out their 2021 PT bundles and special membership pricing. 

Priority One Fitness 

Priority One Fitness is focused on one thing – you. This fitness center in Highland Park is a private 1-on-1 and small group training studio who lives their mantra: “Let us make YOUR fitness OUR priority!”. They deliver individualized exercise programs, customized to you – whether you are looking for general fitness and weight loss or post-physical therapy or strength training for sports or something else. Their pay-per-session model means there aren’t any membership fees, and they also offer discounted packages. 

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness, with several locations around the Pittsburgh area, is a heart-rate based HIIT total-body group workout that’s designed to charge your metabolism and burn more calories. With the mantra “What Happens in Class Doesn’t Stay in Class”, they want you to develop your fitness, gain confidence, and take that with you beyond the walls of the gym. Newbies can get their first class free and in-studio & digital (including LIVE heart rate & coaching ) is all included in the membership.

OPEX Bethel Park Fitness

OPEX Bethel Park Fitness wants you to “Live a Larger Life Through Fitness!”. OPEX offers comprehensive, holistic, and cost-effective personal training and coaching service. Their 2-3 hour assessment sets each person up for a truly personalized fitness experience – guiding you with a hand-crafted personalized exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle plan. It’s fitness designed for you – aimed at getting you where you want to go – safely, effectively, and intelligently. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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