Monthly Archives: October 2017

Podcast #45-17 Don Drolet, Standing Crane Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation



Don Drolet has been practicing and studying Qigong and Tai Chi for over 10 years.  Don has been a student of Eastern philosophy, with a personal meditation practice of more than 20 years.  He has taught in and around the Pittsburgh Metro area for health clubs, corporate wellness programs and community organizations.  He established Standing Crane Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation in January of 2017.  Standing Crane offers private sessions, group classes and corporate wellness classes/programs (see www.standingcrane.com for class times and locations).

For more information about Don Drolet, visit www.standingcrane.com; listen to the FitLabPGH Podcast featuring Don Drolet released May 14, 2017 (focusing on tai chi); or connect with him using the Social Media links below.

Show Notes:
Don Drolet, Founder, Standing Crane Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation, contact info:
e-mail: standingcrane@hotmail.com

Website: www.standingcrane.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/standingcranetaichi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standingcrane/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/standingcrane

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Lynn Rescigno, Yoga and Pilates Teacher
www.lynnrescigno.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Lynn Rescigno (in which she defines the term “Barbie Yoga” – release date 3/19/17)
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/?s=lynn+rescigno

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
http://acsm.org

Recommendations on Quantity and Quality of Exercise
http://acsm.org/about-acsm/media-room/news-releases/2011/08/01/acsm-issues-new-recommendations-on-quantity-and-quality-of-exercise

Zero Gravity Float Co., Castle Shannon, PA
(Stay tuned for FitLabPGH Podcast featuring Zero Gravity Float Co. to be released 11/5/17)
https://www.zgfloat.com

Headspace – Guided Meditation and Mindfulness App
https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram- Week 42



Three times a week Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on our YouTube channel: YouTube and on Instagram

Info videos on acupuncture and cupping as part of the toolbox for injury rehab and a fall recipe that is healthy, quick, easy and has only 4 ingredients!!

1) Adding Arrows (or Acupuncture Needles) to Our Wellness Quiver
2) Rounding Out Our Introduction to Acupuncture with Cupping
3) Enjoy Fall Food Flavors Without Sacrificing Your Healthy Lifestyle


Podcast #44-17 Francie Desmone- acupuncturist- Navigating Wellness LLC



Francie Desmone is an expert in women’s health specializing in Mastering Menopause.   The owner of Navigating Wellness LLC, she works with women over 40 she treats hot flashes, insomnia, and weight gain.  Clients have traveled hundreds of miles for her kind, compassionate care healing physical, mental, and emotional stress.  Credentialed by UPMC and clinical faculty at Magee Women’s Hospital since 2013, Francie is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture and Duquesne University where she studied Philosophy and Art History.  She studied the Balance Method with Dr. Tan and Sports Medicine with Matt Callison. Previously certified as an EMT and Wilderness First Responder.  Currently she is in training to become a certified coach and facilitator with Feminine Power @ evolving wisdom.

For more information about Francie Desmone, visit http://www.navigatingwellnessllc.com or connect with her using the Social Media links below.

Show Notes:
Francie Desmone, contact info:
Website: http://www.navigatingwellnessllc.com

E-mail: francesdesmone@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrancieDesmone/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/franciefibers

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Biddle’s Escape, Pittsburgh, PA (Regent Square/Wilkinsburg)- Coffee-Tea-Artifacts
http://biddlesescape.com

Brian Joly, Rolfer
http://www.brianjolyrolfing.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Brian Joly (release date 10/16/16)
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2016/10/15/brian-joly-rolfer/

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA
http://www.pacificcollege.edu

New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Newton, MA
https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/school-of-acupuncture

Mookshi Wellness Center, Pittsburgh, PA
http://mookshi.com

Larry Gioia, Founder, Dynamic Paddlers, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.dynamicpaddlers.com  also a new way to store your outdoor gear https://www.gearages.com/

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Larry Gioia (release date 6/11/17)
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/06/11/podcast-26-17-dynamic-paddlers-larry-gioia/

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
http://www.ccaom.org

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
http://www.nccaom.org

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram- Week 41



Three times a week Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on our YouTube channel: YouTube and on Instagram

This week some fall movement ideas that emphasize getting outside and maintaining your routine.  We also give you a preview of acupuncture and moxibustion…coming up 10-22 (Sun) we interview Francie Desmone, acupuncturist and owner of Navigating Wellness

1) Fall is a Great Time to Explore Outdoor Movement Opportunities
2) Don’t Let Frosty Fall Mornings Derail Your Movement Routine
3) Push Through Your Comfort Zone in Your Search for Wellness


Podcast #43-17 North Park Trail Runners- Matt Sudak & Amy Nelson



North Park Trail Runners (NPTR) is a fast-growing group of individuals who share a passion for trail running.  They share this passion with the community through their weekly organized runs that are open to anyone. Additionally, NPTR volunteers at regional trail races and performs local trail-maintenance projects.  Their home base is North Park, (located roughly ten miles north of Pittsburgh, in Allison Park, PA) but they frequently participate in events and races that span Pennsylvania and into Ohio. NPTR was founded in 2012 by Mark Knapp. What started out as a small group quickly grew, and by 2013, there were 400 members. Today, that number has grown to 1,600 members.  In the spring of 2017, NPTR formed a Board of Directors and launched a public website and public Facebook page (in addition to the already existing Closed Facebook Group).  In July 2017, NPTR was granted 501(c)(3) status.  FitLabPGH interviewed Matt Sudak, President of NPTR, and Amy Nelson, who leads the Marketing efforts for the organization.  Both Matt and Amy are members of NPTR’s Board of Directors.  For more information about North Park Trail Runners or to access their group-run calendar, visit: http://www.northparktrailrunners.com or connect with them on Social Media using the links below.

Show Notes:
Matt Sudak, President, and Amy Nelson, Marketing, North Park Trail Runners, contact info:
Website: http://www.northparktrailrunners.com

E-mail (Matt): MSudak@gmail.com

E-mail (Amy): Amy.NLSN@yahoo.com

Facebook (Public Page): https://www.facebook.com/NorthParkTrailRunners/

Facebook (Closed Group, which you may join by request):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthParkTrailRunners/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Mojo Running & Multisport of Pittsburgh, 669 Castle Creek Dr., Seven Fields, PA 16046
http://www.mojorunningpittsburgh.com/home.html

Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy (Host of the annual Rachel Carson Trails Challenge)
https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Steve Mentzer, Vice President and Events Director of the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, released April 30, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/04/30/podcast-20-17-rachel-carson-trail-challenge-steve-mentzer/

Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs, Oil Creek State Park, Northwest PA
http://www.oilcreek100.org

McConnells Mill State Park, 2546 Acres in Lawrence County, PA
http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/McConnellsMillStatePark/Pages/default.aspx

North Park, Allegheny County, PA, 3074 Acres in Hampton, McCandless and Pine Townships
http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/north-park/index.aspx

Bear Peak Trail, Boulder Open Space, Colorado
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bear-peak-trail

Hell On Hills, Beechview, PA, World’s Steepest 5K, 2nd Annual Hell on Hills (tentatively) scheduled for October 28, 2017
http://www.hellonhills.com

Check out FitLabPGH Podcast featuring Hell on Hills Co-Directors, Bethany Ruhe and Melissa Harmon, released September 17, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/09/17/podcast-39-17-hell-on-hills-2017-bethany-rue-melissa-harmon/

Trail Pittsburgh
501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicates to creating, enhancing and preserving great trail experiences in Southwest PA
http://trailpittsburgh.org

Over the Bar Bicycle Café
Locations in North Park Boathouse and Pittsburgh’s South Side Flats
http://www.otbbicyclecafe.com

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram- Week 40



Three times a week Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on our YouTube channel: YouTube and on Instagram

This week a couple fitness tips from Menachem Brodie of Human Vortex Training (check out his interview if you have missed it) and scenes from the 2017 Pittsburg StepTrek
1) FitLabPGH Presents 1-Minute Fit Tips with Menachem Brodie of Human Vortex Training – Part 2
2) FitLabPGH Presents 1-Minute Fit Tips with Menachem Brodie of Human Vortex Training – Part 3
3) Fitness Lab Pittsburgh aka FitLabPGH


Podcast #42-17 Menachem Brodie, Human Vortex Training



Menachem Brodie is the owner of Human Vortex Training; based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Coach Brodie works with athletes around the world, including: Pittsburgh, France, Belgium, and IsraelCoach Brodie (in his own words): Coaching since 2000, Menachem Brodie has been working with athletes in a number of settings, and a broad variety of sports. From Basketball and Cycling, to CrossFit and Triathlon, Brodie has helped numerous athletes to attain their goals, and beyond.

With his belief that one should Train Smarter, Not Harder, he has developed and polished his training philosophy over the last 15+ years, in order to allow his clients and athletes to not only excel in their sport of choice, but also in their professional lives.

Having earned a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Brodie has experience across the Health & Fitness spectrum including having worked as an Exercise Physiologist for a Bariatric Surgery Center for 2 years, working as the Strength & Conditioning coach in a Physical Therapy clinic for those who needed more guidance and direction to return to their sport or hobby, and working as an EMT running 911 calls. Suffice it to say, Brodie’s experience and background are far more reaching than the average coaches.  In conjunction with his coaching individual and team athletes, he also works as a Business Consultant in a variety of fields including:

  • Fitness Technology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sportswear
  • Technology for Coaching & Athlete assessment
  • Ergonomic Software

For more information about Coach Brodie and his services, go to www.HumanVortexTraining.com or connect with him using the Social Media links below.

Show Notes:
Menachem Brodie, contact info:


Website: www.HumanVortexTraining.com

E-mail: Brodie@HumanVortexTraining.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HVT412/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hvtraining

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HVTraining/featured

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
www.nsca.com

World-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators. Student and Professional memberships available.

NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ)
https://www.nsca.com/publications/reports-and-journals/strength-and-conditioning-journal/

The Strength and Conditioning Journal is the professional journal for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning field. The journal’s mission is to publish articles that report both the practical applications of research findings and the knowledge gained by experienced professionals.

Bud Harris Cycling Track, Pittsburgh, PA (Washington Blvd.)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bud-Harris-Cycling-Track/145143202187127

Allegheny Cycling Association
http://www.acaracing.com/home.html

The Allegheny Cycling Association (ACA) is a Pittsburgh-based, USAcycling-registered bicycle racing club that provides road bike, mountain bike and cyclocross racing opportunities in Western Pennsylvania. The ACA is made up of approximately 150 men and women from Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Northern West Virginia and Western Maryland and consists of USAC-licensed riders, coaches and mechanics as well as non-licensed riders and supporters.  The year 2017 is the ACA’s 46th Anniversary and 47th Racing Season.

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Pittsburgh
https://jccpgh.org/sports/basketball/

Basketball league play at Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations

Big Bang Bicycles, West Mifflin, PA (Pittsburgh area), Owner: Glenn Pawlak
http://www.bigbangbikes.com

RAGBRAI, The [Des Moines] Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
https://ragbrai.com

RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 45th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, May 6, 2018
http://thepittsburghmarathon.com

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD
http://activeeatingadvice.com

Owner, Active Eating Advice- Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Leslie Bonci (release date 9/3/17)

Stuart M. McGill, PhD
http://www.backfitpro.com

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada.

USA Cycling
http://www.usacycling.org

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 60,000+ annual members; 2,500+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,000 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists.

Runners Connect
https://www.facebook.com/onlinerunningcoach/

Vi by LifeBEAM, wearable tech AI running coach
https://www.getvi.com

RKC Kettlebell Training/Certification
https://www.rkckettlebell.com

RKC = Russian Kettlebell Certified

TRX Suspension Training
https://www.trxtraining.com/

The Runner’s Edge, Stephen J. McGregor, PhD and Matt Fitzgerald
https://www.amazon.com/Runners-Edge-Stephen-McGregor/dp/0736081151

Magical Running: A Unique Path to Running Fulfillment, Bobby McGee
https://www.amazon.com/Magical-Running-Unique-Path-Fulfillment/dp/1930499000

or

http://www.bobbymcgee.com

Sam Callan
www.smartercoachingllc.com

Senior Manager of Coaching Education for USA Fencing, Featured on  Moving2Live Podcast – part 1 aired 10-4-17 and part 2 releases 10-18-17

Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS
https://www.ahn.org/specialties/orthopaedic-institute/sports-performance

Director of Sports Performance
Allegheny Health Network (AHN), AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Frank Velasquez, Jr. (Release date: 9/10/17)

Ron Edwards, President, Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
http://www.pittecp.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Ron Edwards and the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh (Release date: 2/12/17)

Mark Fisher Fitness, New York, NY
https://markfisherfitness.com

“Serious Fitness for Ridiculous Humans”

Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy, now Pivot Physical Therapy
http://www.pivotphysicaltherapy.com

Mark Reifkind
https://www.facebook.com/mark.reifkind

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instragram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram- Week 39



Three times a week Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on our YouTube channel: YouTube and on Instagram

This week a few ideas about making movement more fund and a priority along with a tip from Coach Menachem Brodie of Human Vortex Training that is simple, but good.  Check out our interview w Menachem releasing this Sunday, Oct 8, 2017.

1) Increase Instability & Incorporate Monkii Bars to Make Movement More Fun
2) Making Movement a Priority Doesn’t Require Structured Activities
3) FitLabPGH Presents 1-Minute Fit Tips from Human Vortex Training


Podcast #41-17 Pittsburgh Step Trek- Brian Oswald



Brian Oswald is a Board Member of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association and the chairperson of the Pittsburgh StepTrek, an urban hike through the South Side Slopes on the public steps held on the first Saturday of October every year.  This year (the 17th year of the StepTrek), the event is on Saturday, October 7 from 11am-4pm; the event begins at South Side Park (Josephine & 21st Street).

Brian moved to Pittsburgh from Central PA in 2004; his country boy outdoorsyness drew him to the hillsides, and his preference for walking or biking (rather than driving) drew him to an urban neighborhood.  The South Side Slopes neighborhood is the perfect combination of urban convenience and outdoor hillsides (and includes the 65-acre South Side Park).   The South Side Slopes neighborhood has more public steps than any neighborhood in the world, and the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association wants people to be able to experience them now and forever.

The two StepTrek routes will take a tour of the hillsides and spectacular views that distinguish Pittsburgh. The family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of a neighborhood dependent upon steps. Each pre-registered trekker receives a map and a course narrative.  For more information about the StepTrek, visit www.steptrek.org or connect with them on Facebook using the Social Media links below.

Show Notes:
Brian Oswald and the Pittsburgh StepTrek, contact info:
Website: www.steptrek.org

E-mail: brianoswaldpgh@gmail.com

E-mail (South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association):
info@southsideslopes.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthSideSlopes

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/SouthSideSlopes

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Cup-Ka-Joe
www.cupkajoe.com
31 South 27th Street, Pittsburgh, PA (South Side Flats)

Yosemite National Park – Inspiration Point Trailhead
https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Steel City Slackers
https://www.facebook.com/steelcityslackers
See FitLabPGH Podcast featuring Steel City Slackers, released July 25, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/07/23/podcast-32-17-steel-city-slackers-wade-desai-travis-warner/

“Valley Uprising” (Yosemite Rock Climbing documentary),Produced by Sender Films
http://www.senderfilms.com/productions/details/809/Valley-Uprising

Pacific Crest Trail Association (Mexico to Canada)
https://www.pcta.org

Three Rivers Heritage Trail
https://friendsoftheriverfront.org/trails/three-rivers-heritage-trail/
Multi-use riverfront trail system in Pittsburgh region

Friends of South Side Park (South Side Park PGH)
https://www.facebook.com/SouthSideParkPGH/

Oakley Street Mosaic Steps Public Art Project (South Side Slopes)
http://www.southsideslopes.org/oakley-street-mosaic-steps-public-art-project/
Created under direction of artist Laura Jean McLaughlin, 2016

South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association Church Route
http://www.southsideslopes.org/steptrek/church-route/
Permanently-Signed, Self-Guided Tour

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instragram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org