Here's Pittsburgh's favorite form of exercise — and the best spots to sweat in style

Here's Pittsburgh's favorite form of exercise — and the best spots to sweat in stylePhoto: Pittsburgh Fitness Project/Yelp
Published on October 23, 2019

What does Pittsburgh have in common with New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix?

According to ClassPass' 2019 fitness trends, those cities share one most popular form of group exercise class: strength training.

Want to know where to go when it comes to Pittsburgh's most popular workout? To find the top strength training gyms in the area, Hoodline analyzed data from Yelp, Facebook and ClassPass to identify which studios are the most popular. Read on for the results.

(Bonus: You can try them all out if you're a member of ClassPass, a monthly fitness membership that provides access to thousands of different studios, gyms and wellness offerings.)

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Elevate: Fusion Fitness

5247 Butler St., Upper Lawrenceville

Elevate: Fusion Fitness | Photo: ClassPass

Elevate: Fusion Fitness is Pittsburgh's favorite strength training gym by the numbers, with 4.9 stars out of 5,716 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of five reviews on Yelp and 578 fans on Facebook.

"Elevate: Fusion Fitness is a boutique studio dedicated to elevating your workout to the next level of fitness," per the business' profile on ClassPass.

Check out reviews of the offerings at Elevate: Fusion Fitness on ClassPass here.

Pittsburgh Fitness Project

5500 Butler St., Suite B, Upper Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh Fitness Project | Photo: ClassPass

Also among Pittsburgh's favorites is Pittsburgh Fitness Project, with 4.8 stars out of 829 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 10 reviews on Yelp and 2,304 fans on Facebook.

"Pittsburgh Fitness Project is your go-to spot for all things health and wellness in the Pittsburgh Area," explains the business' profile on ClassPass. "Group fitness classes include boot camp, yoga, kettlebell training, strongman and much more."

Learn more about the different classes at Pittsburgh Fitness Project on ClassPass here.

Panthro Fitness

3117 Penn Ave., Strip District

Panthro Fitness | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.4 stars out of 17 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 15 reviews on Yelp and 1,114 fans on Facebook, Panthro Fitness has garnered plenty of local fans. Please note, though, that the Facebook fans are spread across the business' multiple locations.

"Panthro Fitness is a unique private fitness facility that offers a variety of programs," per the business' profile on ClassPass. "Sessions will often include a variety of training methods, including traditional and Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, TRX suspension training, bodyweight training, calisthenics, field training, sport-specific drills, agility training and boxing conditioning."

See what people are saying about the offerings at Panthro Fitness on ClassPass here.


808 Liberty Ave., Suite 2, Central Business District

ALTUS - HPO | Photo: racheallee l./Yelp

With five stars out of eight reviews on Yelp and 597 fans on Facebook, Altus-HPO holds its own among the competition.

"Our new Pittsburgh facility has a functional training area, cycling, VersaClimber and boxing classes. We have spacious locker rooms with private showers and complimentary toiletries, as well as an overnight laundry service for your workout gear," the business' Yelp page notes.

See what people are saying about the different classes at Altus-HPO on ClassPass here.

Meraki Studio

2350 Railroad St., Strip District

Meraki Studio | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 6,745 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of six reviews on Yelp and 598 fans on Facebook, Meraki Studio is another popular local pick.

"Nestled in the Strip District, you can find the sanctuary-style studio Meraki," per the business' ClassPass profile. "The name comes from modern Greek and signifies pouring heart, soul and creativity into what you do. It’s a word that captures the essence of the studio."

Take a look at reviews of the different classes at Meraki Studio on ClassPass here.

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