Core Circuit (Mellon Park)

Hola! It’s time for pretty city park circuit workout take 2. Which is code for saying that this is another circuit workout we did at Mellon Park, but this one focuses on that strong core! It would even be fun to mix and match the moves for a total body workout.

As with the prior circuit workout, we like to do 10-15 reps of each move. For the running/jogging, we like to do sprints (steady pushing a good pace over 2-3 minutes), jogging (5 minutes), or all out sprints with periods of rest over 5-7 minutes. This is something you can customize any way you like. Walking at a steady fast-ish pace is also a great option for some LISS (low intensity steady state cardio). I would do this for 10-15 minutes probably.

Here is the workout!

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Parking: You can park in the lot for the Dan Cohen Playground, which by the way, is awesome if you have kids! The water fountains are awesome. It’s right off of 5th Ave. Then, to get into this part of Mellon Park, cross 5th Avenue at the crosswalk at the entrance to the parking lot, turn right, and you can enter through one of several gates that will be on your left. Walk straight up the trails inside the park and you will eventually end up at the fountain area! It truly is a beautiful place, and it’s not too big so you won’t get lost!

Walking directions from the lot to the park:

Bathrooms: by the playground

Water: I’m not 100% sure, but I think there is a fountain by the playground. If not, you are very close to Bakery Square, where you can grab something to drink or a bit to eat.

Hope you have a great time at Mellon Park! Don’t forget to take your camera because it’s too beautiful and interesting to not snap a pic or five!

Cheers,

Amy + Dominique

 

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Upper Body Circuit (Mellon Park)

Hey there (: long time, no see! I hope you’re enjoying all this summer sunshine we’ve been having! In this post, we are offering up something a little bit different. As I’m sure you have seen, Pittsburgh is full of lots of little parks. These parks are all so cute, but when it comes to running, small parks have a big disadvantage in that it’s hard to run even just 1 mile in some of them. On the flip side, a smaller park size is pretty sweet for what we are doing here.

When it comes to personal fitness, we believe in balance and switching things up. If all you do is run and walk, you are neglecting parts of your body. At the moment, a lot of fitness trends seem to be following patterns of short, more intense workouts, like HIIT and circuit workouts, from what we have observed anyways! So, what better way to scoop up two fishes in one bucket (because let’s face it, killing birds with stones is just wrong!) than to take a circuit workout to the park?

Ladies and gentleman, we present to you our very first (unofficial) circuit workout. Personally, we like to do 10-15 reps per move followed by a 5 minute jog or 2-3 minute harder run and then a short rest period. You can repeat it 2-3 times through as well. As always, you’ll want to listen to your body and exercise within your comfort level. Take breaks as needed; stay hydrated. If you’re unsure about form for some exercises, look it up from a trusted, credible source. Enjoy!

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Parking: You can park in the lot for the Dan Cohen Playground, which by the way, is awesome if you have kids! The water fountains are awesome. It’s right off of 5th Ave. Then, to get into this part of Mellon Park, cross 5th Avenue at the crosswalk at the entrance to the parking lot, turn right, and you can enter through one of several gates that will be on your left. Walk straight up the trails inside the park and you will eventually end up at the fountain area! It truly is a beautiful place, and it’s not too big so you won’t get lost!

Walking directions from the lot to the park:

Bathrooms: by the playground

Water: I’m not 100% sure, but I think there is a fountain by the playground. If not, you are very close to Bakery Square, where you can grab something to drink or a bit to eat.

 

Thanks for joining us! Happy sweating!

Cheers,

Amy + Dominique

Three Rivers Heritage Trail (Southside Riverfront Park -> Hot Metal Bridge)

Happy Sunny Saturday! Today, I’m sharing another simple but fun trail. Last week, we decided to try a new concept in a smaller park but still managed to squeeze in a trail in the Southside. It’s short but sweet, we promise!

Located at the end of South 18th Street, Southside Riverfront Park is a cute little park, and the Allegheny Heritage Trail runs through it making it a great place to start a run. You’ll follow along the river (though it’s in the distance part of the way) past the marina and Southside works to the Hot Metal Bridge, where you can take in the views then turn around and head back. Another option would be to keep following the trail past the bridge to increase distance. Since the Southside is full of great places to eat, this would also make a fun destination trail – run to your favorite spot, have a meal, then walk/run back! There are also fun pieces of Pittsburgh’s heritage to enjoy along the way, like a giant slag bucket! This stretch of the trail is relatively flat and paved the entire way making it great for running, walking, and bicycling.

Here’s your quick video:

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/177808230″>Three Rivers Heritage Trail (Southside Riverfront Park)</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user52501496″>Amy Brown</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

Distance: ~0.8 miles each way, so 1.6 miles total

Time: 20 minutes running/45 minutes walking

Parking: Southside Riverfront Park has its own FREE parking lot. We like to park in the lot right above the trailer-only parking under the bridge because it’s nice and shaded! Plus, the port-a-john and trail access are both right there.

Bathrooms: There’s a port-a-john in the parking lot.

Water: At the marina, you’ll find a pop/water machine. Take money if you want to use this!  When you get down towards the Works, you will see a water fountain along the trail that is even pup friendly! You have to hold in the button for a minute though and wait for the water to flow.

Special notes: Wear sunscreen because there is no shade!

We hope you have some fun in the sun today. Check back for another post situated more in the park itself in the future! Until then, keep on clocking those Pittsburgh miles. Speaking of clocking miles, if you haven’t yet, we highly recommend checking out the Charity Miles app. When you go for a walk/run/bike ride, simply track it with the app, and then sponsors will donate money to participating charities based on how far you go! You can select your charity at the start of every workout. We found a Fittsburgh team on there!

Cheers!

Amy + Dominique