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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!!!

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E-Mail: They’re Labradors…they don’t e-mail

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FitLabPGH Features- Ken Presutti



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: Ken Presutti

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Yes, raised in Springdale and now in the South Hills

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  We have so many great trails for running and biking, that I could take up almost all of my time doing those! If I’m going beyond that though, I’d add open water swimming up at Moraine State Park, yoga at any one of the awesome studios Pittsburgh has to offer, or water skiing/wake boarding down one of our rivers…

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  For right now, the realistic ones are traveling on the weekends and making mini-vacations with my family during triathlon race season. I love being able to spend time with my wife & son prior to racing. If I’m shooting for the true fantasy vacation though, it’s definitely a trip doing the hike to base camp at Everest. I’m not big on the cold, so I have no desire to actually go up the mountain, but an exhausting hike through Asia sounds right up my alley!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Coffee with a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream or MCT oil. On the weekends (or work from home days) it’s bacon and eggs. But, don’t be fooled, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Another almost impossible question to answer! I’m going to go with the Colossal Fish sandwich from Primanti Bros and/or Wings from Wings, Suds, and Spuds!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  I’m a huge fan of the Race to Anyplace, which takes place every February. It’s an indoor bike race (on spin bikes), where you basically go as fast as you can, with no resistance, for 15 minutes. Then, you hop off and another team member gets on and does the same thing. Each team member rides 2 times, and there are 12 team members. As an indoor cycle instructor, I’d never, ever recommend anyone ride like that on a regular basis, but it’s awesome for this event and raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Over the past several years my team, the “Space Monkey Mafia” has racked up a lot of miles!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  I’m registered for Ironman Louisville, and am really looking forward to that. However, I’d also add the Pittsburgh Marathon as this year I’m working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to coach their charity runners to complete the race.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Sky diving for sure… It seems less claustrophobic!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Recovery starts with the activity itself. As a ChiRunning instructor I’m very focused on moving efficiently and with proper form to avoid injury in the first place. That said, self-care and recovery is still very important.

Prior to a few weeks ago, I would have said Yin Yoga, but since I’ve picked up a pair of Rapid Reboot compression boots it’s a close call. In fact, I think I’m definitely going with 30 minutes in the boots, and a good Cabernet.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  There is so much that it would be impossible to pick one place. The triathlete in me is going to assume I’m recommending this to another triathlete, and I’d say just get on the GAP trail downtown. You’ll go from the heart of the city, over to Southside, past UPMC Sports where the Steelers practice throughout Homestead, into McKeesport, and further if you keep going. Along the way, you’ll get a sense for how the city grew up on the river. How it became an industrial hub, and how we’ve changed over the years to become a great place to live, work, and move!

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FitLabPGH Features- Lisa Boksenbaum



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: Lisa Boksenbaum

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Born in Pittsburgh; moved to Northern California at age 12; looked for “home” in Seattle, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale; moved back to Pittsburgh 5 years ago.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Walking on Montour Trail; Hiking in Mingo Creek Park; and working out at the Fitness Lab in Canonsburg

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  European hiking vacation – especially, England, Ireland, and Italy

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Egg bake with chicken Italian sausage- weekdays and weekends…although lately, I’ve been eating lentil soup for breakfast…I know…it’s strange…

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Unhealthy: Millie’s ice cream. Healthy: beet salad with salmon at Vilka Bistro in Bethel Park

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Challenging: Hiked Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ (Going down the mountain was more difficult than going up!). Absolutely, I’d do it again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Snow shoeing this winter…and getting back into tennis in the Spring

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Neither, but if FORCED (we’re talking “gun to the head” situation) to do one, then scuba diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Massage…but acupuncture is a close second

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  View from Mt Washington…but if they have time…Ohiopyle

Contact info for Lisa:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lboksenbaum/

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FitLabPGH Features- Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepard



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

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!


FitLabPGH Features- Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training



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: Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Yes, sort of. Grew up in Monroeville, but moved away when I was 18. I’ve recently moved back to the area (after being in Seattle for 12 years) to be closer to family.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Biking with my family along all the trails. Hiking/wandering in the woods. Stair climbing workouts!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Definitely somewhere in Europe, along the Mediterranean. My days would be spent walking/biking, eating, and soaking in as much of the culture as possible, feeling completely relaxed.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Fried duck egg with turkey sausage, sautéed spinach and mushrooms over brown rice, topped with a locally made kraut. Same on the weekends!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Still (happily) exploring all the new restaurants Pittsburgh has so I feel like I need some more time to answer this question! However the chocolate croissants from Mediterra Cafe are pretty damn good.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  I took a TRX/yoga class a few years ago and it was an interesting combination, especially using the straps to get into handstands/headstands. Also, I ran a half marathon once. It was pretty awful and I wouldn’t do it again. Not a fan of running 😉

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Kind of a lame answer, but yoga. My body and mind would benefit from incorporating a more regular yoga routine into my life.

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Hmmm, neither because I can’t swim well and I’m scared of heights. If I had to choose, then scuba diving.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Any of the following: Acupuncture, meditation, journaling, or soaking in a warm salty bath.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  Cathedral of Learning or the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Contact info, Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training:                                            Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pureformetraining/

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FitLabPGH, a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  In addition to a weekly podcast and FitLabPGH Features we also publish movement tips/lifestyle hacks on Instagram and YouTube
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.

 


FitLabPGH Features- Ben Reuter



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- Ben Reuter, Co-Founder and Host, FitLabPGH and Moving2Live Podcasts:

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  No- a job brought me here

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Trail running w dogs (fartlek), mtb and gravel biking

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  San Juan Hut System –  hut to hut mtb ride – Durango to Moab

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Steel cut oats, with almonds, protein powder, frozen cranberries, yogurt and 2 Tbsp of granola- week and weekend breakfast

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

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Most unusual- multi year participant in the Georgia Games torch challenge- running and biking across the state of Georgia to support the Georgia Games- an Olympic style sports festival.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Fat biking (already happening) and snowshoeing

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Neither- I would rather do some sort of mountain related activity- trail running, mtb, etc…

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Sleep and Rolfing

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  The extensive rails to trails…an under appreciated gem in the PGH area

Who do you recommend for a future FitLabPGH podcast interview and/or Features Profile?  Maggie and Emma- the FitLabPGH labs

Contact info for Ben:
E-Mail: FitLabPGH@gmail.com

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FitLabPGH, a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  In addition to a weekly podcast and FitLabPGH Features we also publish movement tips/lifestyle hacks on Instagram and YouTube
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

Check out our sister podcast Moving2Live concise but interesting podcasts for the movement and exercise professional and amateur aficionado.