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FitLabPGH Features #11-19 Mandy Cylc- Bar Method Wexford



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: Mandy Cylc

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes. I’ve spent the last 7 years in DC and the 5 before that in Philadelphia. In 2017 my heart sent a pretty strong message to my brain that it was time to come home.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking along Grand View Avenue, I would do this with my sisters for aerobic activity decades ago and I still love it. I recently started taking a weight lifting class at the Y that I really enjoy. And of course, before my studio opens, wherever we can do a pop up Bar Method class is my favorite!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’d really like to explore Antarctica.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? There really isn’t too much of a difference between my weekdays and my weekend days in general. I get fewer emails on the weekend but more people are around. Maybe that’s why my diet is pretty consistent? Breakfast is in two parts- pre workout is light, like a Kind breakfast bar and coffee (with creamer, always flavored creamer) and afterward cottage cheese with walnuts, fruit and honey. I buy the fruit frozen and put the nuts, cottage cheese and fruit together the night before and put it in fridge. Carrying honey around can be dangerous but I love sugar so if a sticky bag is the price, I’m willing to pay it

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bethel Bakery Thumbprint Cookies

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I have a pretty paralyzing fear of heights. But I had no idea until I was hiking through the Alps in Switzerland. I was with a group of people; and I couldn’t turn around; we had to stay on the trail because our endpoint was different than the starting point. The fear is strange and powerful. It is as if the openness below is so open and so vast that gravity is just going to pull me over the edge, almost like an arm will reach up and around and gobble me up. I made it through but I don’t feel the need to do that again. I can be in high valleys, but I avoid edges and cliffs.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? The opening of Bar Method Wexford! It has been over a year in the making and I can’t wait to be open!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Ha, well, neither. But If I had to pick, sky diving. I know I just elaborated about my fear of heights, but I think I would need gravity to suck me out the door. Scuba diving, don’t people die?

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Washing my hair. Every other day ladies- or less- I see you!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I love learning when I travel. I want to know the history of a place. If you are visiting Pittsburgh for the first time, I think the Senator John Heinz History Center in Association with the Smithsonian Institution is a great place to start.

Contact info for Mandy Cylc, Bar Method Wexford
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barmethodwexford/

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

 


FitLabPGH Features #10:19 Juno (as told to Tara Hoover)



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: Juno Hoover (as told to Tara Hoover)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I am! My parents moved to Sewickley a couple years ago and I love it there.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Swimming in the Ohio River (we live close enough that I can walk there!), Hiking in Sewickley Heights Park with my Dad and volunteering with my Mom. We’re a therapy dog team at Passavant Hospital and Pittsburgh International Airport. I love visiting with all the people and seeing the smiles on their faces.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I don’t know what I love more—swimming or playing ball. If I could, I’d go to a place where there’s a lake, a river, a dog pool and a field full of tennis balls so I could play fetch and swim all day. There would be frozen yogurt on tap and a big comfy bed to sleep with my parents at night.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? My parents give me the absolute best, and food is no exception. My breakfast consists of raw meat (we rotate between chicken, beef and turkey), a little bit of kibble for crunch, raw goats milk (I LOVE THIS STUFF!) and a dollop of greek yogurt and usually some kind of fruit. Sometimes it’s blueberries, applesauce or even pumpkin! And they always make sure I take my supplements to keep me healthy!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. It’s a toss up between Frosty Paws from the Sewickley Confectionery or a sweet treat from Three Dog Bakery—Snickerpoodles are my fave!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I go to physical therapy once a month to stay in tip-top shape, and they have an underwater treadmill. I get SO excited and freak out when I see it (I’m a sucker for water!) and my trainer, Laura. It’s really challenging, but a great workout. I usually run for 45 minutes.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Every year I run the 5-mile Turkey Trot with my parents. I look forward to this event every Thanksgiving!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? If it’s in the water, count me in.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? My parents give me the best puppy massages in the mornings. After I stretch, I get in down dog position and they massage my shoulders, back and neck. It feels so good and they won’t stop until I move.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? PNC Park, but not just because it’s one of the best parks in baseball, but because they let me and my friends in on Pup Nights!

Contact info for Tara Hoover (Juno’s Mom):
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarahoover/

 


FitLabPGH Features #9-19 AmyWisniowski



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: Amy Wisniowski

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Pittsburgh born and raised

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love the strength lab at Union Fitness, Urban Elements for yoga and my own practice of movement and mobility.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would practice movement and meditation all over the island of Māui, Hawaii. From the black rock beaches to the Hāna rainforest, this would be absolute bliss for me.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Espresso shots, lemon water, eggs and avocado toast on the weekdays. Square Cafe’s protein pancakes on Saturday and Pamela’s pancakes on Sunday. All the pancakes.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Coffee or espresso from Defer Coffee in the Strip and anything from Bluebird Kitchen but specifically doughnut Friday’s (Chef Steven Thompson doesn’t mess around).

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? So far it would be anything Ido Portal related. This seminar elevated my own athletic ability as well as my coaching. This seminar took everyone out of their comfort zones mentally and physically. I was able to take with me new ways to move, think and play. I am so grateful to have had that opportunity.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I am circling back into my movement practice and am learning new ways of static and dynamic stretching, expanding my range of motion, loaded progressive stretching, resistance band strength, joint prep, and physical therapy techniques.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I have been sky diving, let’s scuba!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? The practice of meditation. I try to take 10 minutes out of my day to get my mind right.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Definitely take the Duquesne incline up to Mt. Washington and watch the sun set.

Contact info for Amy Wisniowski:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aewisniowski/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AEWisniowski

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #8-19 Samantha Jordan



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: Samantha Jordan

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  I used to live in Northeastern Ohio. I felt led to come to Pittsburgh by the connections I kept making in Pittsburgh instead of in Ohio.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  I love using a workout program (right now I’m doing Anthony Osorio’s Build-A-Booty program) at LA Fitness. Of course, I take advantage of the sauna there, too! I like to explore different Vegan restaurants around town (CoreLife Eatery is my favorite so far). Third favorite is dancing, mostly hip hop moves.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Oh goodness, I’m a big traveller. Disney World is the happiest place in the U.S. I could live there. My fantasy vacation as of now, would be a trip to the beach. While here, I would jet ski, parasail, learn how to surf, walk the boardwalk, do a beach workout, and soak up that sun.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Go-to weekday breakfast: Cheerios in almond milk. I keep it simple. My weekend breakfast: The same.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Cajun Dry Rub Seitan Wings at the Double Wide Grill are phenomenal. Favorite Homemade Dinner: Vegan Chili (w/ Tofu “beef”). Favorite Snack: Carrots & homemade Hummus.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Most challenging: Snowboarding at Hidden Valley I fell flat on my face. Hard. I felt like I got a concussion for the first time in my life haha but I would do it again! Not the face planting part. Snowboarding.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Pole Fitness/Dance at FitnessEnvi with Aubrey Worek.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Ooooo. Tough choice. Sky diving!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Journaling. Sometimes, I need to calm down my brain and body by doing some writing. Plus, I love writing. Hence, my career path.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  The people here. Wherever you choose to go, talk with the people. Pittsburgh’s friendly atmosphere and people is why I moved here.

Contact info for Samantha Jordan:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samanthakjordan/

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-jordan-545635133/

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #7:19 Emily Scott, DO



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: Emily Scott, D.O.

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Pittsburgh born and raised! I’ve stayed in the area for many reasons, but most notably family, opportunities in medicine, and our thriving running/cycling/yoga communities.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Running along the river trails and Montour trail, road cycling, and yoga.  As a second year family medicine resident, finding time to train can be challenging but is a very important priority.  Staying active allows me to keep my mind and body in the best possible condition so that I can provide the best care for my patients.  Also, I am so thankful for my running partner, Cece, my 4 year old lab mix.  She helps to motivate me to get out the door for a run.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  A dream of mine is to compete at Kona Ironman World Championships.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  I’ll prepare mini veggie quiche for the week, or peanut butter banana cinnamon toast, and of course, coffee.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Pineapple curry at Nicky’s Thai Kitchen.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  The Keystone Triathlon. It was my first triathlon onto the scene in 2018. It offered a great hometown feel, challenging/hill ride, and was well supported. It fueled my excitement and desire to compete in more triathlons with the ultimate goal of completing a full Ironman!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  I’m looking forward to the Pittsburgh marathon as always! I’m also looking forward to the Ohio State Olympic triathlon and the OBX half ironman triathlon.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Scuba!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Yoga. Ashtanga flow has been such an important addition to my routine. It allows me to focus on the areas of my body that are in need of some love, and to focus 60-75 minutes on improving areas of weakness, tightness, or soreness, while quieting my mind. Yoga has also allowed me to improve my flexibility and balance, which has directly contributed to improving speed. It has been a key component to improving my mind and body wellness.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  A run on the north shore trail! It offers the best views of the city, and is always bustling with other active people no matter the time of year.

Contact info for Emily Scott, D.O.:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/run_scotty/

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #6:19 Dan Minnicks



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: Dan Minnicks

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? Being a former hockey player, I’m always going to be partial to finding an open slab of ice and playing hockey even though I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like. I really enjoy being in a gym setting and experimenting and trying things that are new to me as I’m always researching new ways to better serve my clients. I treat myself as a Guinea pig in that regard. I enjoy hiking as well and there’s plenty of that around the area.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’m not sure on a specific location at the moment but I’ve always been enticed by those tropical hikes where there’s the massive waterfalls or something majestic in the middle of the woods that isn’t visible by just pulling over on the side of the road. The few hikes that I’ve done around Utah have really opened my eyes to just how much beauty in nature there is if you’re just willing to go out and earn it.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? During the week: Steel cut oats with a scoop of protein powder, chia seeds, berries, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Weekend: I’m a creature of habit and terribly picky so it’s usually the same, but sometimes I’ll go out somewhere for breakfast. If I do, French toast and bacon is my breakfast delicacy.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. If you like ribs, Mario’s in the Southside has the best ones around.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Hiking to the top of Mount Olympus in Salt Lake City. Yes, I definitely would do it again. The views were amazing and absolutely worth it.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I’ll be hiking at Zion in early February and that’s one that’s been on my bucket list. After that I’m considering doing some kind of endurance event in the fall but I’m not sure yet.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving for sure! Although, sky diving would be one of those “conquer your fears” things that I might do one day.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Sleep is certainly number one as it seems to be very underutilized these days but in addition to that I recommend finding a good ART practitioner. It’s been a game changer for me and my clients as well.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? There’s so much to see with all of the museums, the history and the sports but I’m a simple pleasures guy so I’ll usually tell people to check out the view from Mt. Washington.

Contact info for Dan Minnicks:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danminnicks/

Instagram (Umberger Performance): https://www.instagram.com/umberger_performance/

Instagram (Umberger Fitness): https://www.instagram.com/umberger_fitness/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanMinnicks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Minnicks-Training-Systems-2051338688290948/

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #5:19 Anna Kestler



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: Anna Kestler

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Born and raised in Mt. Lebanon

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  SWEATing, horseback riding and walks to Uptown Lebo

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Traveling to Africa, going on a safari and learning about their culture.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Weekday breakfast – Eggs and grapefruit from Whole Foods with a Cortado and Charcoal Shot.  Weekends – Swapple with Almond Butter and Coffee with Collagen

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Tako! Favorite place!!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Cantering with a horse. Terrified, but still pushing to learn!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Taking my yoga journey out of the country for my 200 hour certification.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Scuba Diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Spending time at our family farm

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  PNC Park during a sunset.

Contact info for Anna Kestler:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anna_sweatpgh/

Instagram (Sweat PGH): https://www.instagram.com/sweat_pgh/

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

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #4:19 Sally Sherman



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: Sally Sherman

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  No, I was born in New Bethlehem, PA and moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 to work for the professional dance company, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  1. Exploring the many beautiful trails by foot and by Mountain Bike 2. Venturing out on my road bike with my family to explore the city and beyond 3. Attending a yoga class in one of the many yoga studios owned by my friends

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Bike-packing across Europe with my family

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  I eat two breakfasts on the weekdays! One is a smoothie packed with as many nutrients as possible and the other is a homemade vegan chia seed pudding (both of which are created by my fiancée). Weekend breakfasts are usually a bagel with almond butter and sliced banana on the way out the door with my bike.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Pittsburgh has become a beautiful mecca of amazing restaurants (a lot of which are vegan and vegetarian friendly!). Aladdin’s is one of my family’s favorites.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  I have completed two Ironman triathlons and a 50 mile ultramarathon and had a blast the whole time. Last month, I served as a hearing guide in the 24-hour World’s Toughest Tough Mudder in Atlanta for my best friend who is going deaf. I have never done an obstacle race before but needed to escort her on the course. That was definitely unusual and I had imposter syndrome the entire time.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  I am currently training for the Leadville 100 Mountain bike race in the country’s highest city, Leadville, Colorado.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  I would rather drink coffee in bed.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Nature is my healing. Everything in it is perfectly imperfect. When I go out into the woods, climb a mountain or sleep in the outdoors, it connects me to the earth and allows me to accept all that is perfectly imperfect about myself.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  North Park! Pittsburgh has a beautiful, enormous park right outside the city. North Park has everything from paddle boarding to ice skating to miles of single track mountain biking. It feels like a secret gem every time I am there.

Contact info for Sally Sherman:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shermansally/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.sherman.90

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShermanSally

 

 

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #3:19 Richard Butler (Coach RTB)



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: Richard Butler (Coach RTB)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Pittsburgh native

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  My own group X workouts – Box N Beats (hybrid boxing & karate), Indoor  rowing, Indoor cycling. I call it the Mecka Trifecta.  Every Sunday 9am -12:30pm

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  I would love to lead a week long all Inclusive Lifestyle Change retreat, therapy horses, nutritious foods and pampering.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  3 hard-boiled eggs, 4 strips of bacon, whole wheat Cherrios with soymilk, and a banana.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  I absolutely love exploring the Buffalo wing scene.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  I am in the very beginning of 60 different workouts for my 60th  Birthday.  That was September 18. I will have the rest of 2018 -19 to train. I just completed workout # 17 at SoulCycle San Diego. Most challenging? Any Yoga.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Solid Core

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  One day off of all things

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  West End Elliott Overlook

Contact info for Richard Butler (Coach RTB):
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coachrtb/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Coachrtb

 

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features- Maggie & Emma FitLabPGH Labs



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.

This Week: Maggie & Emma FitLabPGH Labs

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Emma: I was born in Ohiopyle, then lived briefly in Scott Township (South Hills of Pittsburgh), before being adopted by Ben when I was 11 weeks old.
Maggie: I was born in Carrollton, Ohio at Camolot Labradors; when I was 8 weeks old, Ben purchased me and moved me to Finleyville.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Walking through fall leaves; carrying sticks; and playing in the snow…we also enjoy hanging out with Ben’s cats, Gracie and Mia.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Our whole lives are vacations…we are not working dogs, but rather pets…who are part of the family…but if we were to go on vacation, we’d like to go somewhere cold, with a lot of snow, where we could take long walks while Ben tries to keep up with us on snowshoes

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Sweet potato and venison dog food, 7 days a week…with a smear of canned pumpkin

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Emma: carrots and frozen cranberries;
Maggie: carrots and blueberries.  We also enjoy Cloud Star Wag More Bark Less Itty Bitty sweet potato treats.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Most challenging- walking and running on icy, hard surfaces…so we insist on the majority of our movement on soft surfaces

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Walks through deep snow, and good quality sticks to carry

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Neither, we’d rather go to a new wooded area to sniff.  Emma would like to note that she’d consider skydiving as long as it could be a tandem jump with Ben.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Sleeping, including naps in the Jeep on the way back from our walks…being groomed by the cats is nice too

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  Mingo Creek Park – lots of trails, smells, and hills…but if your visitors bring dogs, please make sure they are leashed unless they are in the off-leash area!!!

Contact info for Emma and Maggie:
E-Mail: They’re Labradors…they don’t e-mail

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