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: Haley
Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I grew up in a small town called Acme (near Seven Springs) about an hour from the city. I currently live in Indiana, Pa, but I work for Forbes Hospital so I am in and out of the city frequently.
What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, Hiking and biking! And I’m a vegetarian bodybuilder so I weightlift 6 times a week.
Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The best vacation I ever went on was to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It was somewhere I dreamed of going for a very long time and a few years ago I was able to make it happen. I stayed in a beautiful cabin in the forest and spent all my time hiking and doing yoga.
What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I like rice cakes, blackberries and peanut butter before a work out and post work out I’ll have a vegan protein shake.
What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I enjoy going to the strip and loading up on fresh produce!
Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? This year I am competing in my very first bodybuilding show at Carnegie Library Music Hall! I am so looking forward to it!
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. I’m a clinical exercise physiologist and the biggest barrier to physical activity for people is that they don’t think they have the time. If something is a priority, there’s always time.
What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Night time trail running is always a good time.
What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Yoga. I do yoga every single day. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and listening to music.
What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I enjoy the overlook on Mt Washington.
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