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FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 50:19




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 #PGH area.

For week 50 of 2019 moving with a friend(s), you won’t melt in the rain and you (and your dog) need to move!!

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Maverick, also the star of the first episode of our new television show Movement is a Lifestyle.

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 49:19 Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepherd




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: Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepherd, trained by Drew Zihmer

Note: we originally profiled Maverick on 12-20-18. In honor of Maverick’s appearance on the first TV episode of Movement is a Lifestyle with FitLabPGH and Zihmer Law Firm, we are re-releasing his profile.

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  I was born outside of Columbus and then brought to Pittsburgh when my fur-parents adopted me.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Schutzhund, walks at South Park, and tracking on any farm field. As long as I’m with my fur-dad it’s a good place to be!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Go to Michigan in the middle of winter to see my Schutzhund friends and play in the snow

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Fromm Gold Dog Food with my special EPI medicine. Weekends earning my breakfast (hot dogs) while tracking

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  An ice cream pup cup from Kelley’s Dari Delite in Bethel Park

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Carrying a dumbbell in my mouth as I jump over a 1-meter hurdle or carrying it as I climb over a 7’ wall. Yes! It’s fun!!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Competing for my IPO1 with my fur-dad

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Sky diving! I just need a harness and to convince fur-dad to go with me

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Taking a nap on the sofa with a movie on with my favorite humans. And extra treats!

 


Valerie Beichner- Venture Outdoors Executive Director




Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors: Valerie is a seasoned nonprofit management professional with a background in organizational efficiency and capacity building, fundraising, HR and more. She holds expertise in green building and green building products, sustainable corporate culture, community and economic development, advocacy and organizational leadership.  Prior to joining Venture OutdoorsValerie served as Executive Director with Friends of the Riverfront working with partners and volunteers to protect and extend the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.  Valerie also served at Conservation Consultants Inc. as Director of Operations and Analytics as well as Green Building Alliance as Vice President of Development.  She also formerly worked at Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission facilitating a statewide energy efficiency program supporting municipalities. Valerie earned a BA in Political Science at Clarion University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from RMU.

Valerie’s relationship with the outdoors started in 2014 when she and her husband began running to gain control of their health and wellness.  It was only a few short years later that they experienced a life changing adventure along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath helping their daughter raise funds for the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  The 11 day journey running from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh evolved their lives and refocused Valerie’s lifestyle, energy and career.  Now, Valerie’s passion is to help others realize the benefits of getting outdoors.

Valerie and her husband, Chris, live in Leetsdale with their four young children, their beagle, Brownie, and two cats; Peanut and Fudgie.

Show Notes: Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors, Contact Information:E-mail: Valerie@ventureoutdoors.org

Website: https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

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

https://www.facebook.com/kayakpittsburgh/

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

https://www.instagram.com/kayakpittsburgh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ventureoutdoors

https://twitter.com/kayakpittsburgh

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
FitLabPGH Podcast previously interviewed Valerie Beichner when she was Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront
https://friendsoftheriverfront.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Valerie Beichner and Friends of the Riverfront, released 3/3/19; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/03/03/podcast-919-valerie-beichner-friends-of-the-riverfront/

Oil Creek 100 Trail Runsz
http://www.oilcreek100.org

Jim Skal, Founder, Outdoor Immersion
https://outdoorimmersion.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Jim Skal and Outdoor Immersion, released 4/8/18; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/04/08/podcast-14-18-outdoor-immersion-jim-skal/

Jeff Smith, Co-Owner, Local 5 Longboards
http://www.local5longboards.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Jeff Smith and Local 5 Longboards, released 7/22/18; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/07/22/podcast-2718-jeff-smith-local5-longboards/

Kayak Pittsburgh
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/kayak-pittsburgh/

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA
https://trails.dcnr.pa.gov/Trails/Trail/TrailView?trailKey=91

Chesapeake & Ohio (C & O) Canal Towpath, DC, MD, WV
https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/hikingandbiking.htm

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival

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

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Brian Joly, Rolfer, released 10/15/16; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2016/10/15/brian-joly-rolfer/

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 49:19




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 #PGH area.

For week 49 of 2019 jumping around, hanging around and climbing a tree…all ways to move in different ways because #movementisalifestyle

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Marlee’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking.

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 48:19 Marlee’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking




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: Marlee’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I am a Northern California native. My husband and our three children moved to Pittsburgh four years ago.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Dog walking is a great way to get outdoors and get your body moving. I also enjoy running around with my kids and kayaking.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’d love to backpack through Europe.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I don’t always eat breakfast. Most mornings I drink tea and have an early lunch. However, my favorite breakfast meal is: over-easy eggs on toast with avocado, spinach and fried onions.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pittsburgh is the epicenter for unhealthy food, but it tastes sooo good! I love Thai food, Italian food and sushi.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Weight lifting. My husband introduced me to lifting weights. It’s a lot of fun, but was very intimidating, initially.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Yoga. 2020 is all about improving mobility and flexibility for me!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Is there a third option? I don’t know that I’m brave enough to jump out of a plane and I don’t like being in big open waters. I’d choose HANG GLIDING. 🙂

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Meditation and journaling.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I highly recommend the bike rentals downtown. My mom came to visit from California and she loved riding down to the point and along the river. We were even able to rent bike trailers so the kids were all able to come. It was a blast!

Contact info for Marlee’s Pet Sitting and Dog Walking:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marleesitnwalk/


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 48:19



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 #PGH area.

For week 48 of 2019 having fun with movement, Happy Thanksgiving Eve and Black Friday with a black lab (and yellow one too).

We did not have a FitLabPGH Feature this week due to Thanksgiving, but next week a new mover will be featured.

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 Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 47:19




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 #PGH area.

For week 47 of 2019 a virtual 5km, happy, healthy feet and make time for your health.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Nicole Talak.

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 47:19 Nicole Talak




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: Nicole Talak

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yup – born and bred in Bloomfield

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Crossfit, trying new sports, bike riding

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Bali – Wanderlust Bali (Crossfit gym), yoga, hiking, swimming

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Trader Joe’s Everything Ciabatta Roll, Egg, Fat-Free Cheese, Bacon, and franks wing hot sauce sandwich. Coffee, definitely Coffee. Weekends I’ll add in a TJ’s waffle and sugar free jam if I’m working out early.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Taco Diablo tacos and chips and spicy guac. Or Batter & Dough cupcakes. Really, this list could go on for a really long time. The pommes frites at Poulet Bleu too.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I really enjoy trying out new / different sports or activities so I put myself in that position a lot. Traditionally, in my training, I’m historically bad at cardio, and I recently ran a Spartan Sprint at PNC Park. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was definitely fun to try.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Local Crossfit competition in December, trying to get a Gymnastics Certification in 2020.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba Diving, my body loves gravity too much.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Cycle with Chris Mayhew, Reading, Going to the Movies

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Phipps at Christmas.

Contact info for Nicole Talak:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nycldenise/


Robert Vano, DC- Premier Bicycle Club.




Premier Bicycle Club (PBC) was founded by nine recreational riders in the North Hills of Pittsburgh when they came together with an ambitious goal founded on a pragmatic vision. They established the Premier Bicycle Club on the tenet of offering a best-in-class bicycling club that could target a wide range of riders and their unique strengths. To live up to the name “PREMIER”, the founding members desired the club to run in a professional manner, utilize newly available technology, and offer a wide variety of local, remote-start, and multi-day rides accessible to riders of varying abilities and ambitions.  Understanding the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, officers and board members have promoted healthy eating at club events and encourage all to enjoy the shared experiences and camaraderie amongst other members. Since its inception, the club has experienced rapid membership growth and continues to prove it is The PREMIER Bicycle Club! We interviewed Robert Vano, D.C., Founder of the Premier Bicycle Club.

Show Notes: Robert Vano, D.C., Premier Bicycle Club, Contact Information:
E-mail: premierbicycleclub@gmail.com

Website: https://premierbicycleclub.com

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pbclub1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/premierbikeclub

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Elaine Tierney, Owner, Mossy Lane Products, Co-Founder, Dirt Rag Magazine
http://www.mossylaneproducts.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Elaine Tierney, released 9/29/19
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/09/29/2722/

Dirt Rag Magazine
https://dirtragmag.com

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA
https://trails.dcnr.pa.gov/Trails/Trail/TrailView?trailKey=91

Chesapeake & Ohio (C & O) Canal Towpath, DC, MD, WV
https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/hikingandbiking.htm

Shenandoah and Skyline Drive Tour
https://premierbicycleclub.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 46:19




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 #PGH area.

For week 46 of 2019 medals are for dogs too, a running belt review and kms or miles for fun.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Sandor Koppanyi.

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: