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New – Competition weight changes:Female Age Groups 65-69 and 70+22lb. RAM10lb. Med Ball Sit Up20lbs. Per hand Farmer Carry20lb. Dead Ball Wall OverMale Age Groups 65-69 and 70+33lb. RAM14lb. Med Ball Sit Up40lbs. Per hand Farmer Carry40lb. Dead Ball Wall Over22lb. RAM Weighted BurpeesNEW – Teams for Competition!
Not sure if you can complete the competition and earn your mark? Grab a friend to divide and conquer the course as a team of 2! Teams can be co-ed, female or male. For the Mile, both teammates must complete the beginning and final 160 meter run.

March DEKA Challenge: 

Celebrate fitness to win a gold Spartan RAM to showcase at the JCC

DEKA RAM JAM Bam-A-Lam Challenge

March 1-31 at the JCC South Hills

2 person teams-male, female, co-ed and youth (ages 10-13)
Tank Push/Pull totaling 400 meters while partner completes as many Spartan RAM
burpees as possible.
Total seconds to complete 400 meters minus total number of RAM burpees completed.

Registration: Not required

Monday 5:30-7 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 12-1 pm
OR set a time with your coach!

Get ready to compete!

6 Week DEKA Training Program

Learn how to train for each DEKA zone and increase your strength and speed through event.

Saturdays 11 am-noon at the JCC South Hills

March 18-April 22 

Cost: $60

This is a members-only training program.

Register HERE

For more information: [email protected]


Spartan invites you to a DEKA MILE hosted by ON YOUR MARK FITNESS at the JCC South Hills
Sunday, April 30, 2023 | Meet starts at 8 am


DEKA MILE is a modified version of DEKA FIT featuring all 10 functional fitness training zones, each preceded by 160 meters of running.

Put yourself to the test, celebrate your fitness, earn your DEKA MILE mark and get your results on the DEKA global leaderboard!

Sign up NOW! Limited Spots Available.


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.
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! 


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 FEB 2023 schedule
DEKA March 2023 schedule
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.”