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Get into the holiday spirit with the Deka Holiday Challenge at ON YOUR MARK FITNESS! ❄️

The Holidays are under way, and there is no better way to keep in the holiday spirit than to divide and conquer the DEKA course! We are challenging all of you to get your team together and get a taste of DEKA in this free holiday challenge- the best part is, all 4 teammates share the workout!

Who? Teams must be 4 individuals in the following groupings: all male, all female, co-ed (two male, two female)

What? DEKA STRONG reps, meters and calories quadrupled:

Zone 1: Reverse Lunges 120 reps

Zone 2: Rower 2000 meters

Zone 3: Box Jump/Step Over 80 reps

Zone 4: Med Ball Sit Up 100 reps

Zone 5: Ski Erg 2000 meters

Zone 6: Farmers Carry 400 meters

Zone 7: Assault Bike 100 cals

Zone 8: Dead Ball Wall Over 80 reps

Zone 9: Tank Push/Pull 400 meters

Zone 10: Ram Burpee 80 reps

*All reps, meters and calories are split between all 4 team members * To see official rules of the competition, click here:


Sunday, November 27 (8-10am)

Thursday, December 8 (6-8am)

Sunday, December 11 (8-10am)

Thursday, December 29 (6-8pm)

Where? On Your Mark Fitness at the JCC South Hills

On Your MARK Fitness will be hosting The DEKA Holiday Challenge between November 24 and December 31, 2022. Did we mention this challenge is FREE and OPEN TO NON JCC MEMBERS?  Please check your calendars and click here to register.


Only one person per team needs to register.


The DEKA program was created for individuals of any fitness level. ON YOUR MARK FITNESS has adopted the DEKA model to provide members with this innovative approach to fitness – built on a foundation of rehabilitation and therapy sciences and incorporating functional testing and fundamental movements that are needed to promote lifelong progress and longevity. Each class features 10 functional fitness zones. Participants can prepare for DEKA Challenge Events and Spartan obstacle course races in which everyone can cross the finish line.
Not a member of the JCC? We are offering a FREE MONTH to potential new members which includes unlimited DEKA classes, fitness center, aquatics, and so much more. Contact Membership today to get your free month now! 
The DEKA Training System is a form of functional fitness that supports everyday life through the basic movements of lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, jumping, climbing and getting down on the ground and standing back up. Certified coaches provide a curated experience where specific modifications to each exercise are made to accommodate every level of fitness – from beginner to elite athlete. DEKA’s unique approach in gamifying fitness through competitions and challenges emphasizes training with purpose and fosters community both within and across fitness centers all over the region.


Fill out the form below and we’ll send you a FREE month pass for Pittsburgh’s DEKA affiliate, On Your Mark Fitness!


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DEKA Class Schedule
DEKA Class Schedule Nov 6-Jan 31
Register for classes on MINDBODY

Not a JCC member? Get a week for FREE! Learn how to join the movement here. 

These classes not only help your health and wellness, they also will help train you for upcoming DEKA competitions and challenges!

DEKA Forge (Strength and Power): A Forge class is where you will build lean muscle. This circuit is 30 seconds work/30 seconds rest.

DEKA Burn (Anaerobic Conditioning): This is your time to sweat and burn calories. The Burn circuit is 60 seconds work/30 seconds rest.

DEKA Grit (Endurance/Stamina): Build Grit and train to go longer, farther, and faster. The Grit circuit is 90 seconds work/30 seconds rest

Get Inspired!


Steve Manns

B.S. in Biology

M.S. in Exercise Science

Spartan SGX Coach, Level 2

National Board Health and Wellness Coach

“I love navigating through the misinformation that has been learned through a lifetime to make healthy changes to help people live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Seeing how the mindset of individuals change is the most exciting for me whether it be through lifestyle or performance goals.”

Medardo Lomeli

B.S. in Nutritional Sciences

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

“I have been an athlete ever since I can remember, and because of this, fitness has become a lifestyle for me. I started getting interested in strength and weightlifting when I was 15 years old, and when I turned 16, I took it even more seriously by studying biomechanics and sports nutrition to improve my performance. By the time I turned 18, I decided to major in Nutritional Sciences at a local university. Around the same time, I had begun training two friends who were overweight and wanted to get fit. Once I had finished college, I moved to Pittsburgh and got my CSCS to train people at the JCC.”

Janelle Pica

B.A. in Psychology

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

Strong First, Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor

“I have been in the fitness industry for 10 years. I started my own company called “Primal Fitness Pittsburgh” which focused on kettlebell training, body weight training and mobility. I have competed in major powerlifting competitions, most notably the Strong First Iron Maiden challenge. In my late 20’s I was introduced to the sport of obstacle racing, and soon started competing in the Spartan Trifecta series since my strength and endurance ground work were a solid match for the sport.”