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FitLabPGH Features 37:19 Emma Yourd, Fittsburgh Project




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: Emma Yourd, Fittsburgh Project

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I’m a Pittsburgh native, born and raised in the South Hills! I spent 10 years away for college and then my job, but moved back in 2018 to start grad school and ultimately a new career here in the city.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Is it biased to say my own free fitness group?? Fittsburgh Project is definitely one! I love trail running, mostly at South Park. And I’m a fan of vinyasa yoga-still trying to find that perfect studio in the city.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I haven’t spent that much time out West, so I’d love to go there for a week. Maybe Colorado or California, wake up early and do some morning trail runs. Spend the week hiking the mountains and end everyday with some yin/restorative yoga to stretch and unwind. I love vacations where you can work fitness into your daily activities instead of it being something else I *have* to do.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I’m in grad school right now, so breakfast has to be enough to fuel me but also be fast and convenient. I do a lot of smoothies and overnight oats during the week, something I can make the night before and then grab and go. Weekends can be more relaxed, so I mix it up with eggs – a favorite is cottage cheese topped with a fried egg and Tabasco. I also love a good waffle.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. La Gourmandine almond croissants.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Pilates is SO HARD. My mom and I recently went to a few classes at Moxie Pilates and I definitely went in with an ego, thinking “I’m so fit, this will be fine.” It was the most difficult workout I’ve done in years! They force you to work all these smaller muscles that runners don’t normally develop and I was shaking 10 minutes into class. 10/10 would love to make that part of my regular workout routine.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I spent six months last year sidelined from running with a stress fracture, so I’m looking forward to signing up for a race this fall and just getting back into the competitive aspect of running that I’ve missed so much.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving! I’ve been snorkeling a few times and would love to get closer to some of the things I’ve seen from the surface. Also, falling out a plane sounds terrifying.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I LOVE yin yoga for relaxing and really stretching those deep connective tissues. I also try to do weekly Epsom salt baths to help with recovery and muscle inflammation. Journaling has been a huge part of mentally recovering from my injury last year.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I know Mount Washington is a popular place for visitors, but I think that the view from behind the Pirates dugout in PNC Park is the most beautiful view in the city. Also, I always take visitors to the Strip District because I think it gives you such a flavor for Pittsburgh.

Contact info for Emma Yourd, Fittsburgh Project:
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FitLabPGH Features 36:19 Elaine Tierney, Owner, Mossy Lane Products




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: Elaine Tierney, Owner, Mossy Lane Products

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? Yoga, cycling, yoga running

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Mountains to hike and bike and a spot to swim

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Overnight oatmeal, bacon and eggs

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

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Aerial yoga and absolutely do it again

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Mastering a handstand

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Definitely skydiving I’m afraid of things in the water

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Rest

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The city bike loop

Contact info for Elaine Tierney, Mossy Lane Products:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mossylaneproducts/

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

Website: http://www.mossylaneproducts.com


FitLabPGH Features 35:19 Rollo the Kitty




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: Rollo the Kitty

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I am originally from just outside Philadelphia, and my mom and dad are both originally from the Pittsburgh area. My ancestry is Scottish and British.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Staying active is important in our family. My favorite movement activities are walking around Bloomfield/plotting my escape, playing with my toys (laser pointer!), and running around making my purrrents chase me. Sometimes my purrents don’t feel like playing with me after a long day of work, so that’s where I come in and get them moving! I dramatically meow my face off until they get the hint!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? My fantasy vacation would be going to the 9th Life Cat Sanctuary in Meowi (Maui, Hawaii) or the Lanai Cat Sanctuary (Lanai, Hawaii). I would run around and play with all the cats, go fishing with my bare paws in the Pacific Ocean, and chase the wild chickens around the island.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Fancy Feast all day, e’ry day. I will only eat the Grilled style though. I won’t touch it if it’s the flaked style, paté style or the medleys.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. My favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh Bloomfield grass. My parents tell me not to, so that makes it a lot more fun to eat.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Learning to go on walks outside on a leash and harness is my most challenging/unusual movement activity. It has taken a lot of practice, but I’ve gotten pretty good at it, and I really love it. Now I want to do it everyday. I have a LOT of energy, so going for walks and checking out the scenery helps me feel balanced and happy.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? My grandma sent us a video of a cat swimming today, so I’m hoping my purrents will let me try swimming next.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I would rather go sky diving so I can try to catch some birds on the way down. I haven’t caught one yet!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? My personal R&R motto is “you can never take enough naps.” I love sleeping. It’s good for my kitty soul. If you come over to my house, there’s a good chance you’ll find me passed out snoozin’ somewhere. You can wake me up as long as you rub my belly.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? One time my mom took me to Schenley Park and it was a beautiful place for a walk. I was surprised how close to the city it was with so much wide open green space.

Contact info for Rollo the Kitty:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rollo_and_geo/


FitLabPGH Features 34:19 Jen Cadman



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: Jen Cadman

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I’m a boomerang! I went south to the DC area for about 9 years and have now been back in the ‘Burgh for a little more than 3 years.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking local trails, taking my dog for walks and any kind of outdoor fitness classes.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I recently learned of a retreat in Costa Rica that is a combo of surf and yoga. It’s sounds amazing!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday is plain Greek yogurt with honey and berries or overnight oats and weekend is some kind of eggs.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. One of my summer goals is to have all of the soft serve flavors at Page’s Dairy Mart.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Obstacle course runs – there is always at least one obstacle that I want to avoid and it usually involves jumping in ice water.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Hiking, both locally and checking out another national park.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving! I’ve already been once but would do it again.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? A massage or a float spa session.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The skyline from Mt. Washington.

Contact info for Jen Cadman:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenc412/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #30:19 Milo, Ella, Hannah & Nelson




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: Milo, Ella, Hannah & Nelson

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Most of us are except for the little red neck from Arkansas.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking in the woods… running in the woods…sprinting through the woods

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Please check above answers and maybe bigger woods with a lake.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Our human feeds us the same boring stuff everyday, gentle giants dog food.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. We aren’t picky so anything will do, especially if it is slightly rotten and found in the woods.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Chasing deer and rabbits, you betcha we would the little guy from Arkansas has a hard time keeping up because his legs are so short but he sure is enthusiastic.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Walking, running and sprinting through the woods.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither of those options sound like fun, we all agree that we would skip those activities!!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Hanging and chilling out on the couch!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? All the parks and hiking trails Pittsburgh has to offer, again we like walking, running and sprinting through those woods!!

Contact info for Milo-man, Ella-baby, Hannah-banana, and Nelson baby boy: All 4 dogs maintain a low profile, with no social media presence, so we hope you have enjoyed their exclusive interview with FitLabPGH Features

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #29:19 Deanna Dicesere



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: Deanna Dicesere

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes, 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. Greensburg, PA

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Steel Revolution, Ramp n Rize and Level Red

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would travel around the United States trying out different studios in each major city — kickboxing, spin, anything.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Overnight oats for sure. Or a smoothie at Clean Juice. Weekend: French toast

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Wings or a burger

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Kickboxing

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Body Rock 2020

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? A massage, lying in bed and reading

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Mattress Factory or The Point

Contact info for Deanna Dicesere
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deanna_dicesere/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deanna.dicesere

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannadicesere/


FitLabPGH Features #26:19 Shannon McKenzie



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: Shannon McKenzie

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, bicycling, hiking

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Go back to Ireland to run along the Shannon River again.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Oats and banana

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Angelia’s Italian Grille in McKees Rocks for my lucky pasta before a race.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Competitive Bodybuilding. Probably not.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? 5ks and The Great Race

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Yoga.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Fallingwater

Contact info for Shannon McKenzie:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mckenzie.shannon/

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

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