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FitLabPGH Features 22:20 Sara Mastrine




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: Sara Mastrine

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m originally from Ebensburg, which is about an hour and a half east of Pittsburgh. I moved here for a job and stayed because it’s a great city!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Yoga, running/hiking, CrossFit

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I went on a camping trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah last summer. I did a lot of hiking and learned to rappel and down-climb into an amazing slot canyon!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Applesauce before a workout. Peanut butter toast and chocolate milk after.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Seafood trio appetizer from Monterey Bay

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? I just purchased a mountain bike so I’m looking forward to getting better at that! I’d also love to do more rock climbing. And there a lot of CrossFit moves I’d like to improve. I’ve done a few half marathons and I’d like to try a full one day. Lots of bucket list goals!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think a lot of people just don’t know where to start or they’re intimidated by being a “beginner.”

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Hiking Angel’s Landing trail in Zion. It’s an exposed trail with a chain you hold to keep you from falling off the side of the 1500 foot cliff (at 5800 feet of elevation). So scary but really amazing when you make it to the top!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massages or float tanks! There are some great float studios in Pittsburgh!

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Biddle’s Cafe

Contact info for Sara Mastrine:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saramastrine/


FitLabPGH Features 21:20 Cecile Elias




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: Cecile Elias

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Born and raised! I’m the only one of my parents’ 5 children that have never lived out of state. I’ve gone back and forth, between Allegheny and Washington Counties but never lived on the other side of the bridges or tunnels. I’ve traveled quite a bit, but circumstances as a young adult just sucked me into staying, I suppose! I married a rebound guy at 21 and was divorced with a mortgage at 23. My Pilates practice kept growing and at some point I found myself in a position where I had it too good to leave! However, the adaptations that I’ve made during “stay at home” orders are proof that I can make it work anywhere. For the past 3 years or so, my husband and I have talked about moving to a warmer, dryer climate…

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking/running/walking- can that be one? I love to be outdoors, especially surrounded by nature! PILATES!!! Yoga

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I feel like there are best vacations for different categories! For movement, I workout during every vacation. Typically, I run or walk a lot while I’m away and make a point to find a Pilates studio or do my own mat. I also might do a body weight circuit or HIIT style workout and home or away I do a little bit of daily yoga. I’ve loved my European trips and nothing beats a week on the beach. Last August, my husband and I visited Yellowstone for the first time with my bother, sister and brother in law . The whole week was centered around hiking. We’ve done a couple shorter trips to Colorado like that. This might be my favorite type of trip!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I’d rather eat after and I don’t “snack”, so it’s just a whole meal! Properly raised protein, please! Salmon, steak, bone broth, pasture raised eggs, homemade jerky if I’m on the go, etc.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Steak or I love a whole roasted fish!

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? Last year, I went white water rafting for the first time at Ohiopyle. I would love to do it again!!! Otherwise, maybe jiu jitsu?

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? People have a hard time prioritizing it in their schedules. Everyone has time to do 10 push ups in a day. They have to prioritize it. There’s time…

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably the white water rafting! I went with my dad and two uncles, who had all done it before and were on the swim team in college. I was the only one that didn’t fall out at some point! (I used my inner thighs like crazy to hang on!)

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Do I have to pick just one? Sauna but followed closely by meditation, foam rolling and dry brushing

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) As far as restaurants, my favorite thing is to go to different ones each time. I do very little repeats! On the outskirts of Pittsburgh, I really love Ohiopyle. (The folks out there are still Steelers Fans, so it counts!) My parents recently moved there and every time I visit them, it feels like vacation. That said, my favorite spots in the actual city of Pittsburgh are the parks!

Contact info for Cecile Elias:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pilatesandprimalliving/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cecile.wagner3


FitLabPGH Features 20:20 Special Feature – Puddin’s 1-Year Report




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: Special Feature – Puddin the Yellow Lab’s 1-Year Report

Puddin the Yellow Lab has recently completed her first year with the FitLabPGH team. She wanted to take the opportunity to share a few of her first year highlights…and to offer her advice on coping with the restrictions of COVID-19.

What are your three favorite movement activities from your first year in the Pittsburgh area? Jumping over fallen trees in Mingo Creek Park. Hiking and running with my friend Maggie the Black Lab…bonus points if we get to hike through mud or water. Wrestling with Maggie.

Any advice for humans whose movement routines have been disrupted by Stay-at-Home orders? You don’t need a gym or an event to make movement part of your lifestyle! I make movement a priority every day…I run up and down the stairs. I wrestle in the living room…and the kitchen…and the bedroom. And if Ben doesn’t take us to the park, I run extra laps in the back yard.

What’s your favorite food treat since moving to the Pittsburgh area? Carrots! Or blueberries…or maybe that plain Greek yogurt Ben puts on his steel cut oats…and I LOVE ice cubes…was that too long of an answer?

Any suggestions for humans who are bored at home? If you get bored, take a nap…or chew something…maybe chew something then go take a nap. Other ideas: wrestle with your roommate; bark at the UPS delivery person; snuggle with the cats.

What’s your greatest accomplishment in your first year at FitLabPGH? I learned to go up and down the stairs! Climbing the stairs wasn’t very difficult…but I was really nervous about going down the stairs. I made Ben carry me down like a princess for several days…that was fun…but I’m excited to have the independence of running up and down on my own…especially when one of the cats is misbehaving in the middle of the night…I go downstairs to investigate and report back to the humans.

What are your favorite home recovery or self-care practices? I’m stealing my answer from the FitLabPGH cats, and all of you humans should add these two items to your daily agenda: 1) Make sure you get enough sleep! Worried that you haven’t slept enough? Make time for a nap, preferably curled up with another dog, a cat, and a human. 2) Take time for daily mobility work – a couple of moves to try: upward-facing-dog and downward-facing-dog.

Any last thoughts for humans coping with a Stay-At-Home order? Appreciate the little things, like carrying a stick on your walk, wrestling with a friend, or taking a nap on a Rumpl blanket.

Contact info for Puddin the Yellow Lab:
The Labs of FitLabPGH do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with them through the following FitLabPGH accounts:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fitlabpgh


FitLabPGH Features 19:20 Andi




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: Andi

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Yes!!! Born and raised

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking the trails through blue slide park (Frick Park), boxing classes, lifting weights

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? New York City! Walking any and everywhere!!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Berries and a GoMacro bar!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Sushi from Just Roll’d Up

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? Mastering pistol squats, handstand, weighted pull-ups & dips

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Lacking motivation

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Rock climbing

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Using my fascial gun or getting a massage

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Randyland

Contact info for Andi:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwiqueen_fit/


FitLabPGH Features 18:20 Emily Bischof




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 Bischof

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 Johnstown, which is about 2 hours east of here. I came to Pittsburgh to go to the University of Pittsburgh and stayed here because my husband got a job here.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love going to our public parks. I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, and yoga (of course!)

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I’m a Disney fanatic, so I love going to Disney World. We are always on the go there so I definitely get my steps in while on vacation. I’m not a sit down and hang out kind of person, especially when it comes to vacation.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I don’t usually have a specific pre-workout snack. I have a lot of issues with my stomach, so eating before I exercise just never works out for me. My post- workout snack is nuts.

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

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? I would like to try boxing or even something with MMA.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think it’s diet. When I’m not eating right and feeling sluggish, I don’t want to do anything.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? My first ever time in a kayak I went through rapids. It was terrifying but also exhilarating.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love to stretch after a workout

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I love the river walk along the Allegheny

Contact info for Emily Bischof:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yinzeryogi/

 


FitLabPGH Features 17:20 Haley




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.

Contact info for Haley:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halscomett/


FitLabPGH Features 16:20 Special Feature: Gracie and Mia



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: Special Feature: the Cats of FitLabPGH, Gracie and Mia

With many people in some form of quarantine, the cats of FitLabPGH, Gracie and Mia, wanted to offer their advice on how to embrace staying at home.

What are your three favorite home movement activities? Mia (the White and Black Cat): Climbing the stall bars; climbing the coat racks; and jumping on top of the fridge (the humans don’t love it when I do this)

Gracie (the Gray Cat): Chasing Mia around the house; pacing around the downstairs while I wait for the humans to feed me; and stretching/scratching on my cat condo

Any advice for humans who wish they could travel right now? Watch a virtual tour of where you want to go on the internet and enjoy planning your future vacation.  Although, we don’t really understand the appeal of travel because we have everything we need at home.

How about advice for humans who aren’t able to enjoy dining out in restaurants right now? Our staff members have our food delivered to the house…can’t the humans out there have their food delivered???

Any suggestions for humans who are bored at home? Use your imagination to create entertainment! Examples: Turn a delivery box into a fort or a bed. Meow at the top of your lungs until your staff members come running in a panic. Knock objects off the counter at 2am to let your staff members know it’s time to play.

What’s your advice to humans who miss their gyms and fitness facilities? See our answer above about favorite home movement activities! With a few toys and a little imagination, you humans can get your exercise fix at home!

What is your favorite home recovery or self-care practice? This one is easy, and all of you humans should add these two items to your daily agenda: 1) Make sure you get enough sleep! Worried that you haven’t slept enough? Make time for a nap. 2) Take time for daily mobility work – a couple of moves to try: cat stretch and downward-facing-cat.

Any last thoughts for humans coping with a Stay-At-Home order? Appreciate the little things, like taking a nap on a sunny windowsill or watching the birds eating at the birdfeeder.

Contact info for Gracie and Mia:  The Cats of FitLabPGH do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with them through the following FitLabPGH accounts:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fitlabpgh


FitLabPGH Features 15:20 Lindsay Kober




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: Lindsay Kober

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I am not! I moved here in 2015- I had never been here before and I did not know anybody! I found two random roommates online who I still am best friends with today. I moved here after college for an internship within corporate wellness for Dicks Sporting Goods Corporate Office. I then left corporate wellness to pursue my current career at a fitness studio where I have learned the ins and outs of running a small business! I am a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and have been with the community for almost 4 years now!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love to try Group Fitness Studios, Running on the North Shore, and going for walks on the Montour Trail

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Aruba was amazing! I was able to go on a vacation with my boyfriend and his family. His mom and I would take morning walks and we took full advantage of snorkeling on the beach and off of the boats!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? My favorite thing before a workout is definitely my coffee

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bakersfield has my heart. The guac, the tacos, the margaritas!

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? I actually would love to learn something new! I would love to take self defense classes or something of the sort!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? The understanding that it will make them feel better! It’s hard to understand that movement doesn’t always make you more tired- it gives you energy!!!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably snorkeling off of a boat in Aruba!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love to walk when I need a recovery day or a boost in my mood. Listening to music, getting outdoors, and just moving always puts me in a better mindset

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) The North Shore because I love to see people out running, enjoying the weather, taking a walk on their work break, and it’s just beautiful!

Contact info for Lindsay Kober:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayjkober/

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


FitLabPGH Features 14:20 Amanda Beckett




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: Amanda Beckett

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Pittsburgh born and raised! I’m from the city and went to Pittsburgh Public Schools. I also went to Point Park University. I guess you could say I’m Pittsburgh obsessed. I never want to leave! I think it’s the perfect mix between big and small city, culture, diversity, and hometown vibes. Also, I have a very large family who all live in and around Pittsburgh and I can’t leave them.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love Endure Barre, obviously. I joined as a member last January and became an instructor in September. I also love riding bikes on the various trails around the area, and just walking the city. On a nice summer night, you can’t beat the city views.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My husband and I went to San Francisco, CA and Maui, HI for our honeymoon 5 years ago. By far the best and most active vacation! We hiked across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran and back. In Maui, we hiked, swam in the 7 pools, bikes down Haleakala, and zip lined! It was amazing. We can’t wait to go back in a couple of years with our children.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I love peanut butter toast and a banana pre-workout and chocolate milk post-workout.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love good bar food. Take me to Fatheads any day over a fancy steak house. I love a good grilled chicken club, homemade chips, and ranch dressing. If a place has good homemade ranch you can count me in.

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? I’d love to run a half marathon again! I’ve run two in the past. I also am looking forward to Body Rock-currently cancelled, but hoping it is rescheduled! I also love any of our group events at Endure Barre which I know will be coming once this quarantine is over!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. Isn’t that the problem with everything? I never feel like there is enough time in a day but I make sure to make time for movement. Even if it’s a quick walk on the treadmill. I also think people struggle with finding workouts they enjoy. I was a soccer player in college and in the best shape. After I lacked motivation to do it in the gym on my own and then had two kids. After finding Endure Barre, I have found my motivation again!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Biking down Haleakala Volcano in Maui. It was so much fun, fast, and something different to do. I also played soccer in Paris and Amsterdam in college with our college team. It was definitely an adventure.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love taking hot baths. I’ve been using epsom salts as well for helping with soreness and recovery. I also love reading a good book and just being alone.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) My favorite spot is not a hidden gem whatsoever. Haha I love Starbucks. Green tea Frappuccino’s all day everyday. Specifically the one on Cochran Road. Great people work there and they are so friendly and amazing!

Contact info for Amanda Beckett:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandatrain/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849245205


FitLabPGH Features 13:20 Jeter Joseph Campbell




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: Jeter Joseph Campbell

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? No. I’m a southern dog. Born in Goldsboro, NC. Lived there for my first 3 years and then moved to the snowy north with my family.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? walking my neighborhood, walking North Park and running away when I’m off my leash.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Topsail Island, NC. I love to run into the waves to fetch a tennis ball.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Milkbone Minis (I’m watching my calories)

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. McDonald’s French Fries or any french fry, really.

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? I’d like to run free on the field at Yankee Stadium. My name indicates that I love baseball and the Yankees so I’d love to have free reign to run the bases at Yankee Stadium.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Weather, for sure. I don’t like the ice or salt on my paw pads!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Jumping in the ocean waves!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Napping in the sun.

Contact info for Jeter Joseph Campbell:  Jeter is not allowed on social media, but you can follow Niki Campbell, who was kind enough to share Jeter’s story with us at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theflourishgroup/