We’re about a month into 2018, and some dedicated students have managed to stick with a New Year’s Resolution to get fit and exercise more. The campus gym is free for anyone with a Pitt-Greensburg ID, but many people prefer to exercise where they won’t know anyone around them. For those students, here’s my list of the top 10 gyms in the Greensburg area.
1. LA Fitness — Greensburg, PA
LA Fitness is the largest gym in the Greensburg area, and it offers a wide range of services. Members can work out independently on their equipment, take fitness classes, and learn from a personal trainer. The location also includes a heated pool and a basketball and racquetball court. It’s open twenty-four hours a day, and for a single-location membership, it currently costs $24.99.
2. Planet Fitness — Latrobe, PA
All Planet Fitness locations offer cardio and weight-lifting machines for independent exercise, and Black Card memberships give members access to massage chairs and tanning beds. A personal trainer and group fitness classes are available occasionally. The facility is always clean, and there are plenty of machines to go around. You can join for $15 per month with no time-sensitive commitment, or $10 per month with a 1-year minimum membership. The black cards are no commitment for $21.99 per month.
3. Planet Fitness — Greensburg, PA
This Planet Fitness location includes all of the advantages mentioned above, but I’ve listed it below the Latrobe location because of size. The Greensburg location’s 5-minute commute is a
clear advantage for Pitt-Greensburg students, but the Latrobe gym itself has more machines and more space than the Greensburg location.
4. Lynchfield’s Aerobics Center — Greensburg, PA
In addition to the typical exercise equipment and personal training, Lynchfield features a heated pool for water aerobics classes and also offers unique lessons like self-defense classes. Those classes are not, however, included in the membership fee. This center offers a lot of advantages to its members, including discounts at local businesses such as Wingharts Burgers, Texas Roadhouse, and Sun Dawg Cafe. One of the only downsides to a membership here is that it is not a 24-hour gym, but it opens at 5 a.m. every weekday and doesn’t close until 10 p.m. (8 p.m. on Fridays), so there is still plenty of time for a student to fit it into his or her schedule.
5. YMCA — Greensburg, PA
This location includes a full cardio center, an indoor swimming pool, racquetball courts, personal training rooms, a sauna, a steam room, and a gymnastics center, all to which members receive full access to for a $25 joining fee and $24 per month. However, YMCAs tend to be filled with kids because of its child care center. If you want to work out without screaming kids running around you, you may want to look elsewhere.
6. Anytime Fitness — Irwin, PA
Upon membership, the gym will also provide you with a training plan that you can work through on your own with opportunities to consult a staff member with questions or concerns, but it’s a 20-minute drive from campus, and membership starts with a $49.99 initiation fee followed by $33.99 per month.
7. Anytime Fitness — Latrobe, PA
This gym is just as expensive as its counterpart in Irwin, and it’s still a 20-minute commute down Route 30. The equipment is high-quality and the programs are thorough, but the cost of the membership can easily be out of reach for college students.
8. YMCA — Mount Pleasant, PA
This facility offers the benefits mentioned above to its members, as well as the child care center that could be a turn-off to college students. Unfortunately, it’s a 25-minute drive from campus.
9. Snap Fitness — Connellsville, PA
This 24-hour gym is equipped with cardio and strength-training equipment with no time commitment for a membership, but the closest Snap Fitness locations are 20 to 25-minute drives.
10. Virtus Institute — Greensburg, PA
This facility has a lot of high-end equipment and professional assistance, so this gym isn’t for the average college student looking for an afternoon workout. It’s usually a place for dedicated athletes and exercise enthusiasts, so students might find the environment too intense.