Monthly Archives: August 2019

Shannon McKenzie- PGH area mover




Shannon McKenzie is a Pittsburgh native who embodies the FitLabPGH ethos of making movement part of your lifestyle.  She isn’t happy if she doesn’t find a way to move every day; her favorite forms of movement are running, cycling, and hiking.  You can often find her running, cycling, and taking photos on the Montour Trail.  Shannon is also a certified NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Strength and Conditioning Coach; an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Exercise Physiologist; a certified NFHS Interscholastic Coach with emphasis in Track and Field. She has an ASCM Exercise is Medicine Credential; and she is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  When she isn’t running, cycling or hiking, she works as an industrial electrician.

Show Notes: Shannon McKenzie, Contact Information:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mckenzie.shannon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannon.mckenzie.739

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannon-mckenzie-7b0ba367/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Shannon McKenzie was profiled in FitLabPGH Features, released 6/27/19;
Link to profile: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/06/27/fitlabpgh-features-2619-shannon-mckenzie/

Orbis Caffe, Mt. Lebanon, PA
http://orbiscaffe.com

Hell on Hills, World’s Steepest 5K, Beechview, PA
http://www.hellonhills.com

Montour Trail, Allegheny County and Washington County, PA
https://montourtrail.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast featuring Bill Orr of the Montour Trail Council, released 1/28/17
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/01/28/podcast-montour-trail-council-bill-orr/

Tour the Montour Bike Ride, September 21, 2019
https://montourtrail.org/event/tour-the-montour-3/

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 33:19




Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because movement is part of what makes life complete.  Each week our #Pittsburgh based #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 33 of 2019 tips & hacks about fun movement for your dog, paddle safety and taking time for body maintenance.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Cece the Goat.

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 33:19 Cece the Goat




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: Cece the Goat

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? Running, Jumping, and Playing with my goat friends

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? 100 acres farm to run and play in the fields!!!!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Grass, hay sweet feed, pellets, and lots and lots of water abs treats from my human care takers!!!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Animal crackers

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Playing on the slides at the park

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? My human care givers are taking me and my goat friends to Big Butler Fair In 2020 !!!!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Long naps

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? North park lots of grass there !!!

Contact info for Cece the Goat:  Cece does not maintain her own social media accounts, but we discovered her through one of her human care givers, Stacy Garing McGinley, whose Instagram is listed below

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gretchen McNary – Girl Friday Cooking Co




Gretchen McNary (in her own words): Hey. I’m Gretchen. I’m the owner, HKB and THE Girl Friday. I always told people that Girl Friday got started by accident. Part of that is true, but now I’m convinced it was in the cards all along. I was given a path and I chose to run with it. So far, it’s working. It’s stressful, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. My love for food and feeding people is something that comes naturally to me. I was put on this earth to help people. For a while I was convinced it was nursing, but this happened. I’m not a trained chef. Martha taught me everything! Could I know more? Absolutely! I learn so much on a daily basis. I’m still blown away at the lessons I’ve learned in just the few years I’ve been in operation. I imagine that I will keep learning until I hang up my apron. I won’t lie. Some lessons were hard, but it’s how you choose to grow from them.

Having the best people around makes a huge difference. That’s not BS either. I only surround myself with the best. I am truly the luckiest person in that regard. My circle is tight and that’s just the way I like it. IF you know me, you know that I’m passionate about things I love and things I dislike. In an effort to keep things light, I’ve made a list of both.

Things I like: My husband. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. He also possesses the ability to make me want to pull my hair out. I guess that happens when two people know each other for more than half of their lives. None of this would be possible without his constant push or his hard earned money. My children. Besides my dude, they are also my biggest supporters. My littlest one keeps my business card in her desk at school and my middle one tells everyone about it. They spend a lot of time at GF sitting on their devices and complaining about when we’re going home. I’m hoping one day they will wander into the kitchen and want to learn and help out more. My mom, who I miss tremendously, my daddy who showed me what hard work looks like, and my step-mother who I kept at arm’s length for many years. I really missed out because she is amazing. It wasn’t until I lost my mom that I realized what an amazing person she is. My amazing MIL and Aunt Rosie hold down the fort when I’m not there. My sisters and brother who I rarely see but still love and my very special nieces and nephews that I love more than anything in this world. Did you even know that I’m a great Aunt? My friends. I have some good ones. You know who you are!

Crossfit- I love Crossfit. I love my community. Without them, none of this would be possible. My community built me. Sadly- it’s really hard to make time for it and I rarely get there. I know what you’re going to say…..Gretchen…you have to make time. Gretchen…..you need to take care of yourself. I know. I know. I’m working on it. I’ll get back there eventually! Tennis. I play tennis every Friday morning. I love it so much. There are a few of us from High School that get together and play. Brandt is our instructor and we torture the sh*t out of him. He loves it, too! Music. I’m super annoying about this. Ask my staff. I rarely let them listen to their own music. I know, I’m a dick for it but I cannot help it. Swearing. I love to swear. It feels good, and I do it often. Of course, I know when it’s appropriate and not appropriate. Don’t worry, I won’t drop F-bombs around your children.

Dislikes: Washing dishes, little backpacks, Meatloaf (The singer not the food), unloading the dishwasher, white tennis shoes, spiders except for daddy long legs, I’m totally cool with them, people that make noise while eating, Cilantro and cancer in any variety!

Show Notes: Gretchen McNary, Owner and HKB, Girl Friday Cooking Co., Contact Information:
E-mail: Gretchen@girlfridaycookingco.com

Website: https://girlfridaycookingco.com

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Maggie Cameron, Way Out Design
https://wayoutdesign.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 32:19




Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because movement is part of what makes life complete.  Each week our #Pittsburgh based #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 32 of 2019 tips & hacks about #sharethetrail #trailmaintenance (be prepared) and unexpected adventures.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Sean Crandell.

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 32:19 Sean Crandell




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: Sean Crandell

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?
No. I lived the majority of my life outside the United States. I was born in Ecuador, spent elementary school in Kenya and middle and high school in the United Arab Emirates. My dad is originally from Pittsburgh and went to North Allegheny HS. As a family we made Pittsburgh our base in the summer as we visited family. In the search for Universities, Pitt made sense both due to the health care opportunities in addition to my familiarity with the city. Liked it so much I decided to stay in Pittsburgh and go to Chatham University for grad school!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?
1) Cycling up steep hills and finding different vantage points of the city 2. Walking through our accessible parks 3. Disc Golf

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?
Untouched mountains, bicycles, friends, and a place where you can’t get by with the English language.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?
365 days of the year: Oatmeal, spoon of PB and a banana. It’s yummy and fits a grad student’s budget.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.
Not a huge foodie (see breakfast response), but I do enjoy the comfort and experience of tacos from Las Palmas in Oakland.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?
Early in my cycling career I cycled from Pittsburgh to DC in 23:53 elapsed time via the GAP and C&O trail. The goal was under 24 hours. I did it with pacers to make sure I didn’t end up in the river. I didn’t draft at any point. I wouldn’t do Pittsburgh to DC again, as my business there is done, but I’m sure I’ll find more “ultra” challenges in the future. Currently focusing on being a “fast” cyclist as opposed to a “can go forever” cyclist.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?
Although I spend the most time on a bicycle, I am looking forward to pacing my friend Tyler Quinn during the Leadville 100 run in August.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?
No answer.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?
A walk in the park.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?
Mt. Washington overlooks are ‘pretty neat’. They’re even more rewarding if you get up there under your own power!

Contact info for Sean Crandell:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cyclingmvmt/

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

Website: http://www.cycling-movement.sitew.us/#Welcome.A

 

 

 

 

 


Richard Butler aka CoachRTB



Richard Butler (in his own words): A multifunctional professional with a range of experiences. I am skilled in leading nonprofit organizations, facilitating inclusion, diversity, and cultural competency workshops. I also have experience as part-time adjunct professor, group exercise specialist, and a lifestyle and business coach.

Show Notes: Richard Butler, Contact Information:
E-mail: coachrtb@gmail.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Coachrtb

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coach-richard-butler-ms-ctts-870b14a/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Richard Butler was profiled in FitLabPGH Features on January 17, 2019.
Check out his profile here: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/17/fitlabpgh-features-319/

Mecka Fitness, Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)
https://meckafitness.com

ALTUS-HPO, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.altus-hpo.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring John Rossmiller, Founder of ALTUS-HPO, released 1/13/19;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/13/p0dcast-2-19/

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
https://www.sru.edu

Lululemon (Ambassador Program)
https://shop.lululemon.com

November Project
https://november-project.com

Concept 2 (Indoor Rowers, SKIERGs, BIKEERG)
https://shop.concept2.com

UCanRow2
https://ucanrow2.com

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), Pittsburgh, PA
http://threeriversrowing.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episodes featuring Three Rivers Rowing Association: 2/25/18 episode featuring Matt Grau, Head Coach Junior Rowing;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/02/25/podcast-8-18-matt-grau-three-rivers-rowing/

and 3/26/17 episode featuring Jenn Grieb, (Former) Executive Director of Three Rivers Rowing Association;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/03/26/podcast-three-rivers-rowing-association-jenn-grieb/

US Rowing
http://www.usrowing.org

Lululemon SeaWheeze, Half-Marathon and Yoga Festival, Vancouver, BC, August 17, 2019
https://www.seawheeze.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 31:19




Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because movement 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 31 of 2019 tips & hacks about proper shoe sizing, Coros Vertix watch review & thinking outside…the shoebox

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Dino & Kita.

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 31:19 Dino & Kita




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: Dino & Kita

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?
Dino (D): No, I moved here from England after my old mom had to move away.

Kita (K): I come from West Virginia and my human rescued me from a shelter

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?
D: Running in the woods, walking in the creek and playing with my favorite ball

K: Running, playing and chasing

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?
D: I would like an air-conditioned room where I have a nice bed with a pillow and lots of treats, and I get to chew on my favorite ball. Then when the mood hits, I get to go outside walk in the woods, play in the creek and go home and sleep.

K: I love to be in a big field where I can run and chase anything that moves such as turkeys, rabbits, deer, etc…

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?
D: I like a mixture of dry and wet food.

K: Dry kibble mixed with wet food

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.
D: toast with butter

K: I love bacon!!! Only get that at my human’s sister’s house

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?
D: I have tried jumping across a small creek but due to my bad hips, it wasn’t easy. Maybe next time I’ll walk through.

K: I am very good at standing on two feet. I can even balance on two feet in a sitting position in a moving car on the armrest when I see something outside.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?
D: Taking off leash walks in the woods

K: More running in the woods

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?
D: Neither. I do not like heights and have not tried swimming.

K: Hmm don’t know what that is

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?
D: Sleeping

K: Sleep

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?
D: I haven’t seen much yet so not sure just yet.

K: The woods

Contact info for Dino & Kita:
Both dogs maintain a low profile, with no social media presence, so we hope you have enjoyed their exclusive interview with FitLabPGH Features