Spring is right around the corner, and as the snow melts and the weather starts to warm up, you may feel like you’re ready to find new ways to be active and move your body to celebrate the end of winter. It can be intimidating if you’ve been cooped up inside for a while, or if you’re looking for a change in your established fitness and wellness routine.

If you’re looking for a way to try new types of fitness classes with a community that’s supportive and encouraging, check out SweatNET Pittsburgh! Led by Pittsburgh transplant and fitness pro Ashley Hoffman, SweatNET Pittsburgh is a diverse community of members who love to find new ways to be active and support each other in accomplishing personal wellness goals.

“SweatNET is an inclusive and affordable platform that gives its members an opportunity to discover and try workouts from different studios, gyms, and instructors from across the greater Pittsburgh area,” says Hoffman. “We aim to break down the barriers and intimidation that often exist in the fitness industry and open the door for everyone, whether it’s day one or day 500 of your wellness journey, to have an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Membership costs just $9.95 per month and includes six to eight exclusive fitness and wellness events per month that are offered for free or at a reduced cost for members. Members also benefit from discounts at many local fitness studios, eateries, and wellness facilities when purchasing class credits, healthy meals, and other self-care services.

Non-members are welcome at many SweatNET Pittsburgh events in order to meet current members and get a feel for the community.

SweatNET Pittsburgh was launched in 2020 by Hoffman, who was a member of SweatNET Seattle before moving to the East Coast.

“I loved being able to use my SweatNET membership as a way to try new places and meet new friends who also loved being active!” said Hoffman. “Since I’m a transplant in Pittsburgh, it was almost like I was able to create a platform for people just like me, who were new to the area and needed a place to workout and find community! The community I’ve found in this city is UNMATCHED, and I hope others experience it in the same way!”

In addition to connecting local fitness and wellness enthusiasts with each other, SweatNET Pittsburgh helps connect its members with some of the most exciting locally-owned fitness studios in the city.

“We act as a marketing platform for our partners, and we use our platform to bring a group of people who have an interest in fitness and wellness into businesses in hopes to convert them into customers for our partner businesses,” explained Hoffman. “We share their stories through our website, events, perks program, and social media platforms. The Pittsburgh industry is exploding and we want to make sure the public knows what’s available to them! The best part — it’s FREE to be a SweatNET partner and take advantage of these opportunities!”

Some of SweatNET Pittsburgh’s signature events are Drop Sound yoga classes, in which attendees wear noise-canceling headphones that integrate the instructor’s voice with the music to create an immersive, distraction-free environment. SweatNET Pittsburgh has also hosted exclusive sample classes for its members and ambassadors at studios throughout the city in the process of opening.

Interested in joining SweatNET Pittsburgh as a member? Visit the SweatNET website to get started and find out how you can get your first month of membership for just $1! Local fitness studios and gyms can also reach out to get involved with SweatNET Pittsburgh and list your business on its database for members.

As for upcoming events, you’ll want to keep an eye on Instagram for the latest updates, but go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23rd for SweatNET Pittsburgh’s second annual Strip District Sweat Crawl.

“Participants join us for an afternoon full of fitness at eight different studios/gyms throughout the Strip District!” said Hoffman. “This will be a round-robin-style workout where groups will travel throughout the neighborhood getting a little taste of the different workouts offered in The Strip. We will also host a Wellness Fair at the Strip District Terminal at the same time, giving the public an opportunity to meet and shop with a handful of local fitness and wellness business owners!”

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

Kaidia is a native Pittsburgher and a content writer for a local marketing agency. She loves to travel, try new dishes at local restaurants, and drop in to fitness class throughout the city. She's a die-hard Pens fan as well as an amateur baker and mixologist — sometimes combining both in one recipe!

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