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FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 51:19




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 51 of 2019 #movemore #stressless , #movement #resiliency & #invest in #movement

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Rachel Runs PA.

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 50:19 Rachel Runs PA




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: Rachel Runs PA (Rachel Bankaci)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I grew up near Uniontown and live in Latrobe now. So I’ve always been near Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I’m a very dedicated runner. So I spend most of my time on that! My family enjoys hiking and skiing in the Laurel Highlands.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’d go to China and run the Great Wall Marathon!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I’m really into smoothie bowls for breakfast. On the weekend I always make pancakes with my kids.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love to go to brunch at Eleven. The food is amazing and it’s such a nice atmosphere.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I have done ropes courses several times as team building activities. It’s really fun and really challenging! I would do it again.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I am running the Boston Marathon in April! This will be my first Boston! I worked incredibly hard for years to get my qualifying time. I am ecstatic! I was also fortunate enough to get a spot in the Berlin Marathon in September. My goal is to run all of the World Marathon Majors (Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, NYC, Tokyo.)

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither! I’d have to pick sky diving. I would be terrified, but I think it would be incredible.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love getting a massage at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing. They are fantastic and help keep my body feeling good through all of the miles I run!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? My #1 tourist attraction is the bridges. I think they are so beautiful and really represent Pittsburgh. And they are really fun to run across! Since that’s technically not a place, I’ll pick the Strip District. I feel like it gives you a true Pittsburgh experience!

Contact info for Rachel Bankaci:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelrunspa/


Amy Camp- Cycle Forward




Amy Camp, owner of Cycle Forward, is a trails and tourism consultant, a placemaker, and a professional coach. She helped to launch the nationally recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007, and now consults communities on how they can rethink trails and tourism. Her coaching offerings are nature-based, with one-on-one coaching and group programs held outside on trails.

Show Notes: Amy Camp, Cycle Forward, Contact Information:
E-mail: amyrcamp@gmail.com

Website: http://cycleforward.org

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
South Side Starbucks, 1400 East Carson St, Pittsburgh
https://www.instagram.com/southside_starbucks_/

Sara Petyk, Owner, Noble Invention Bike Touring
https://www.nobleinventionbiketouring.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Sara Petyk, Noble Invention Bike Touring, released 6/30/19; link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/06/30/sara-petyk-noble-invention-bike-touring/

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

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

Montour Trail – Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/43518292159/

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
https://www.railstotrails.org

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

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
https://www.gspia.pitt.edu

Trail Town Program ®
https://www.trailtowns.org/about-us/

Don Moxley, Applied Sports Scientist
https://trainrecoverwin.wordpress.com

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Don Moxley, released 4/4/18, 4/18/18, and 12/12/18; link to 12/12/18 episode: http://www.moving2live.com/2018/12/12/podcast-4518-don-moxley-applied-sports-scientist-on-cannabinoids-recovery/

Northeast K9 Conditioning
https://www.northeastk9conditioning.com

Check out the episode of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Erica Boling, PhD, Founder and Owner, Northeast K9 Conditioning, released 8/14/19; link: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/08/14/2928/

Dr. Justin Berthold, DO, Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh
https://www.rehabpgh.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Dr. Berthold, Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh, released 12/10/17; link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/12/10/podcast-50-17-justin-berthold-do-rehabilitation-physicians-of-pittsburgh/

Dr. Gary Chimes, Lake Washington Sports and Spine, Bellevue, WA
https://www.lakewass.com

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Dr. Gary Chimes, Lake Washington Sports and Spine, released 2/28/18 and 3/14/18; link to Part 1: http://www.moving2live.com/2018/02/28/podcast-9-18-dr-gary-chimes-lake-washington-sports-and-spine-part-1/

Duquesne University, Professional Coach Certification
https://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/business/executive-education/professional-coach-certification

Venture Outdoors
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors, released 12/8/19; link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/12/08/valerie-beichner-venture-outdoors-exeecutive-director/

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 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: