FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 16:19



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 16 of 2019 tips & hacks tick awareness, give your feet space to move and acclimatization time is here.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”).  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the tips & hacks for this week below:


FitLabPGH Features #16-19 Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)



FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking the river trails on the way to the dog parks to catch frisbee, hiking the off-leash dog friendly trails of Riding Meadows in Fox Chapel, walking for as many good causes as we can all throughout the city in the summer.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? The beach would be amazing to catch frisbee in the sand while Mikey tans on the beach.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I eat frisbees for breakfast all day every day, but sometimes I hear my hooman likes to go to Meat and Potatoes for brunch.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Frisbee – sometimes dipped in my favorite dirty puddle of mud.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I just learned to dock dive and now can chase my frisbee in the rivers too! Excited as the water keeps me cool on a hot summer day.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? We just joined the Steel City Dog Disc League and are excited to compete for the title of Pittsburgh’s best receiver.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I love both the water and the wind on my face. If you give me enough treats, how about we sky dive into a reef?

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I nap all day when I’m not chasing a frisbee. I like to stretch and mumble growl to let you know I got the best workout in of all the dogs in the park.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? West Park in the Allegheny Commons Park on the Northside. It’s an offleash dog park without any fence. It’s a magical place that I get to visit at least once a day to play my favorite game. It’s frisbee, in case that’s not clear. Mikey will certainly welcome you to the park as Mr. Social Butterfly doesn’t let a passerby through without saying hello.

Contact info for Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”):
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapydogsofpittsburgh/

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Ferra- Therapy Dogs of Pittsburgh



Kevin Ferra (in his own words): Founding Partner of Ferra Executive Search, a boutique recruitment firm that focuses on the higher education and healthcare industries. I originally named my dog “Oprah” in honor of my grandmother that suffered from dementia to help as a memory recall for others suffering as I wanted to train her to become a therapy dog. That quickly turned into sponsoring 21 dogs to receive full therapy dog training as the “Therapy Dogs Of Pittsburgh“. This group is already providing an outlet digitally and at universities/hospitals/airport in the area.

Show Notes: Kevin Ferra, Therapy Dogs of Pittsburgh – contact info:
E-mail: kevin@ferrasearch.com

Website: http://www.ferrasearch.com

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

https://www.instagram.com/ferrasearch/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ferra-executive-search/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Rivers-Club

Mingo Creek County Park, Washington County, PA
http://www.co.washington.pa.us/DocumentCenter/View/3560/2017MingoCreekMap?bidId=

Doggin’ Pittsburgh – 50 Best Places to Hike with Your Dog in Southwest Pennsylvania – Doug Gelbert
https://www.amazon.com/Doggin-Pittsburgh-Places-Southwest-Pennsylvania/dp/0981534651

60 Hikes with 60 Miles: Pittsburgh – Donna Ruff
https://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Within-Miles-Pittsburgh-Surrounding/dp/0897325915/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=60+hikes+within+60+miles+pittsburgh&qid=1553628573&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmrnull

Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls – Bob Frye
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Hikes-Pittsburgh-Greatest-Wildlife/dp/1493036815/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=best+hikes+pittsburgh&qid=1553628907&s=books&sr=1-1

South Side Marina, Pittsburgh, PA (Fox Chapel Marine Sales & Service)
https://foxchapelmarine.com/south-side-marina

FitLabPGH Features Profile of Juno Hoover (Chocolate Lab, Therapy Dog)
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/03/07/fitlabpgh-features-1019/

10 Pittsburgh-area pets with Instagram Accounts Better Than You – TribLive by Jonna Miller
https://archive.triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/13200316-74/10-pittsburgh-area-pets-with-instagram-accounts-better-than-you

The Dog Stop Training & Fitness Center, Pittsburgh, PA (Strip District)
https://thedogstop.com/trainingcenter/

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We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (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

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 15:19



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 15 of 2019 tips & hacks balance tips and rotator cuff exercises from Frank Velasquez, Jr of Allegheny Health Network Sports Performance and Physical Therapy.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Marsha Coniglio.  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the tips & hacks for this week below:


FitLabPGH Features #15:19 Marsha Coniglio



FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Marsha Coniglio

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?
I was born in Williamsport, PA, went to Geneva College. Got married to a Pittsburgh native and now consider Pittsburgh my home.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? 1) Indoor rowing 2) walking in Riverview park 3) swimming

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Protein smoothie on weekdays, on weekends I eat eggs and toast.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. A hamburger from Brick N’ Mortar in Heidelberg.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I taught Pound fit class for about 2 years… it was a drum stick fitness class that had a Pilates base to it. It was definitely different. My entire family did Pound with me on the deck during our beach vacation… from my 6-year-old cousin to 79-year-old Grandma. I no longer teach this class (simply not enough hours in the week for my schedule).. but yes I would definitely do this again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I hope to do a marathon on the indoor rower.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving! I like swimming

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I try to stretch every morning, some mornings I hit snooze too many times, but most days I do, and it’s a great way to start my day.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Heinz History Museum, that place is amazing.

Contact info for Marsha Coniglio:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marsha.coniglio/

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

Photo Credits: @flowersilike and Kent Noble

 

 

 


Frank Velasquez- Director of Sports Performance AHN



Frank Velasquez, Jr. is FitLabPGH’s first 3-time guest. This time, Frank introduces us to the new AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy Center in Wexford and offers tips on preparing for Spring and Summer sports.  Frank’s prior interviews were released on September 10, 2017 and January 28, 2018.

Frank, is the Director of Sports Performance at Allegheny Health Network (AHN). AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy has locations at Cool Springs in Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh) and at Wexford Plaza in Wexford, PA (North Hills of Pittsburgh).

Frank is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who has over 25 years of experience working with youth, high school, college and professional athletes, including 16 years in professional baseball and nine years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he served as a student athletic trainer in several sports, including Big 10 Championship teams in football and women’s swimming and diving.

In addition to his role at AHN, Frank is currently a Senior Advisor for the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society where he plays an active role in planning the continuing education seminar for the strength coaches in professional baseball at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Frank was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the gold medal winning TEAM USA for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

AHN’s sports performance services include:

  • Recovery services:We offer services such as cryo therapy saunas, leg compression pumps, assisted stretching along with other wearable technologies that promote muscle recovery. Individual athletes and high school sports teams use these services to bounce back faster after pushing their limits.
  • Strength training:Our certified strength training specialists use science supported proven techniques to help you build strength and cardio fitness. We work with people of all ages and activity levels from novice to the elite and professional athletes.
  • Training for young athletes:Our sports performance academy helps young baseball and softball players safely develop their skills. Our TEAM includes professional and collegiate-level instructors giving participants the upper hand in all aspects of the game.

For more information about Sports Performance at AHN, go to https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance or call 412-437-3001 (Cool Springs) or 724-934-2440 (Wexford)

Show Notes:
Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, contact info:
Website: https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance

E-mail: Frank.velasquez@ahn.org

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AHNSportsMed

https://twitter.com/AHNtoday

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frank.velasquez1025/

https://www.instagram.com/ahntoday/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Cool Springs Multi-Sport Facility, Pittsburgh, PA (Bethel Park)
www.playcoolsprings.com

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). World-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators. Student and Professional memberships available.
www.nsca.com

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®).  CSCS: professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.
https://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS/

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work in collaboration with a physician and within their state practice act.
https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training/obtain-certification

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

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (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

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 14:19




Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 14 of 2019 tips & hacks: moving vs moping and 2 videos to remind you about the importance of footwear that fits.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Erin Wolfer.  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the tips & hacks for this week below:


FitLabPGH Features #14:19 Erin Wolfer



FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Erin Wolfer

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I moved to Pittsburgh when I was 6.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Bodybuilding, Spin (Les Mills the TRIP), Functional Training

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Beach workout!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Avocado toast with eggs and breakfast potatoes!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bakersfield on Penn Avenue – amazing tacos

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Boxing! Super fun but challenging

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Launching the new THRIVE studio at Oxford Athletic Club, and Cheerleading Worlds in April. I was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Foam roll; face mask; take a long, hot shower

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Point Park

Contact info for Erin Wolfer, Personal Trainer, Oxford Athletic Club:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinwolfer/

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


Maribeth Ewing- Fenix Fit Bars




Maribeth Ewing is the Founder / Owner of FENIX Fit Bars. FENIX Fit Bars are a healthy and organic alternative to the protein bar war that exists in the fitness industry! We at FENIX Fit use only fresh, organic, natural products excluding fillers, excess sugars and fats along with stabilizers and preservatives! Our bars are handcrafted and hand packed! They are vegan, gluten free and dairy free!

Show Notes: Maribeth Ewing, FENIX Fit Bars – contact info:
E-mail: fenixfitpgh@gmail.com

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Mecka Fitness, Mt. Lebanon, PA
https://meckafitness.com

Gary Udit, NPC (National Physique Committee) Contests; Personal Training; Posing Coach
https://garyudit.com/new/

National Physique Committee
http://npcnewsonline.com

Masters Nationals NPC Championship, Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA, July 17-20, 2019
http://npcnewsonline.com/schedules/category/national-show/list/

Mediterra Bakehouse
https://www.facebook.com/MediterraBakehouse/

Rivendale Farms, Pittsburgh, PA
https://rivendalefarms.com

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

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel ( 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

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 13:19



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 13 of 2019 do you move while you are sick?, tracking resting HR and a tribute to a #lifetimemover.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Cassidy Hoffman.  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the tips & hacks for this week below: