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FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 23:19

Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…becausemovement is part of what makes 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 23 of 2019 tips & hacks about being a good trail steward, remembering recovery and achieving a goal.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Gracie and Mia of FitLabPGH. 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 #23:19 Gracie & Mia of FitLabPGH

FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH
…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: Gracie & Mia of FitLabPGH

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? We were both born in the Pittsburgh area, Washington County, to be more specific.  We each moved to Finleyville when Ben adopted us.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? As indoor cats, we don’t have the opportunity to explore the Pittsburgh area…but we definitely make movement part of our lifestyle! Favorite activities include: wrestling with each other; high intensity interval training (a.k.a., chasing each other around the house); and climbing (the cat condo)

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? We’re living our ideal life…we don’t enjoy travel (as it seems to result in trips to the vet)…if we have a fantasy, it would be for more elaborate cat condos…perhaps a floor-to-ceiling model.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? We stick with our cat food…chicken flavor is our favorite!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Maple flavor cat Laxatone – it tastes delicious and aids digestion!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? It’s a tie between walking across the top of the dog kennels and muscle ups on the cat condo…and, yes, we do both on a regular basis

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Reformer Pilates session with Ben

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither…we’re cats…we will happily sit on windowsills and watch birds dive from the sky, but we will not participate…and we don’t swim!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Sleep…then a cat nap…then more sleep

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The FitLabPGH Birdfeeder

Contact info for Gracie and Mia is through FitLabPGH:






Doug Petrick Upper St Clair HS XC & Track Coach- a re-release

FitLabPGH originally released this interview with Doug Petrick on December 2, 2018.  In case you missed it, we wanted to give you the opportunity to learn about the Upper St. Clair Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Clinic, coming up on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  Tickets are on sale through June 18, 2019.

Doug Petrick (in his own words): I am a high school cross country and track and field coach at Upper St. Clair High School. I’ve coached for over a decade here. Additionally, I am a physics teacher at Upper St. Clair High School. This is my 17th year teaching in this district. I am married to Kinley and have three young children Kaia, Kenzie, and Declan. I try to stay active and love running. During the week I try and get in 4 days of running, 1 day of cross training, 1 day of walking, and 1 day off. I also create content for The Wiley Network for blogposts and podcasts for educators. Often I will tie in the athletics/academics link in the content.

Show Notes:
 Doug Petrick, – contact info:

Website (Coaches Clinic):

Twitter (Doug):

Twitter (Coaches Clinic):

The Wiley Network (Doug’s Blogposts & Podcasts):

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Orbis Caffe, Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)

Daniel Caulfield, Head Coach, Track and Cross Country, California University of Pennsylvania

Check out the episodes of our sister Podcast Moving2Live featuring Daniel Caulfield, released 9/11/18 and 9/26/18.
Link to Part 1:

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U), California, PA

Upper St. Clair School District (PA)

Doug Soles, Head Cross County and Track Coach, Great Oak High School and South Temecula Track Club, Temecula, CA

Jay Johnson, Coach, Director of Boulder Running Clinics, Director of Boulder Running Camps

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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