Sewickley’s Ramp ‘N’ Rize hosts fundraiser for Ryan Shazier’s foundation

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 6:01 AM


Put on your workout clothes and get ready to ramp, row and rize for a good cause.

Sewickley-based Ramp ‘N’ Rize is teaming up with Athleta Shadyside and Row House North Hills on Oct. 25 to host the “Shalieve in Halloween” fundraiser to benefit Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier’s newly created Shalieve Fight Foundation, which focuses on helping people who suffer from spinal cord injuries, just like himself.

“It’s all about community, bringing everybody together for one common cause,” said Heather Holtschlag, community coordinator at Athleta Shadyside. “Where else can you go get your workout in, shop for holiday presents and enjoy some good food that you may end up wanting to serve during the holidays all in one place? It’s kind of like a one stop shop right there.”

For a cash donation of $30 at the door, attendees will get to try their hand at three workouts, enjoy some tasty bites and shop the latest style in cold weather athletic and lifestyle wear. Doors open at host Ramp ‘N’ Rize, 616 Beaver St., at 6:30 p.m. Workouts begin at 7 p.m.

Ramp ‘N’ Rize, a studio developed by Alba Tull, CEO of Tull Investment Group and chair of the Tull Family Foundation, opened its doors in Sewickley in May. Shazier is a shareholder at the studio. Master trainer Joy Johnson serves as regional manager and head trainer.

Attendees will participate in a 20-minute Ramp class, one of the studio’s core programs that offers a high-intensity, low-impact resistance full-body workout, along with a 20-minute Rize concentrated class, that uses a vertical climbing machine and incorporates strength training.

In the rear parking lot, under lit tents with music pumping, Michelle Parolini, master coach at Row House, will teach a 20-minute row class.

“I thought it was really cool to do rowing with the Shalieve Fight Foundation because a lot of people use rowing in rehab therapy and recovery,” Parolini said. “It’s low impact and it can be as intense as you want it to be.”

Athleta Shadyside will host a trunk show during the event, where they’ll feature current fall trends and cold weather wear that can take you from the gym to the coffee shop, Holtschlag said.

Ramp ‘N’ Rize, which is focused on community partnerships and plans to organize various fundraisers in order to give back, is collaborating with local businesses for prizes to be raffled off at the event. Salud, Fenix and Power Bites will be giving out samples.

While the evening promises to be a good time, organizers from fitness facilities and shops across the Pittsburgh area said they came together because they want to help people through Shazier’s foundation.

“I think it’s really cool, just the backing behind it, that it’s focused on helping others. He took something that was a tragedy in his life. He fought back from it and is so strong and so amazing and he’s using that to help others,” Parolini said. “We’re excited to be a part of it.”

A $30 cash donation will be taken at the door. To sign-up, attendees must create an account on Glofox and book the class. Booking can be done at https://rampnrize.com/ classes/schedule.

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