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FitLabPGH Features #21:19 Cherise Rossmiller



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: Cherise Rossmiller, Co-Owner, ALTUS-HPO

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I’m not a Pittsburgh native; I’m actually from Massachusetts…Boston, Massachusetts. I came here for a part-time job that was supposed to last about 3 months, and I loved Pittsburgh so much that I stayed.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? ALTUS-HPO. Also, I like to hike – the mountains, hills, parks…I live near Riverview Park, so we’ll take the dog and go to Riverview Park. I’m not a big runner…I try, but I’m not great at it. Favorite place to hike in the Pittsburgh area? Laurel Highlands

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Hike the Appalachian Trail

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I’m a coffee drinker.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pizza…from Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room (Pittsburgh, Cultural District)

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Sled pushes, here at ALTUS-HPO on the treadmill

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Running…I want to get better at it.  I’ve been trying, and trying, and working with our head coach, and running is my thing.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither! If I have to pick one…scuba?

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? A good night’s sleep

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? ALTUS-HPO…ha, ha.  And the view of The Point from Mt. Washington.

Contact info for Cherise Rossmiller:
Instagram (Cherise): https://www.instagram.com/cheri_altushpo/

Instagram (ALTUS-HPO): https://www.instagram.com/altushpo/

Facebook (ALTUS-HPO): https://www.facebook.com/ALTUS.HPO/

 


FitLabPGH Features #20:19 Lily Engro



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: Lily Engro

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No, I’m from Erie, PA. I would visit Pittsburgh occasionally growing up but to be honest it was not somewhere that stood out in my mind. I first moved here for an internship in college and fell in love with the city. After college I moved to North Carolina for more job opportunities, but found myself wanting to be back in PA and am so happy I now get to call Pittsburgh home!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking, biking, and kayaking (I also want to say climbing but I still haven’t done that outside…)

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Bikepacking across the US to see all the national parks and forests and other places I want to visit. I meet great people and they show me their town, give me the scoop on all the best spots for local eats as well as trails to check out. Taking my time for as long as I want in places I like, probably staying at a lot of cute AirBnBs. Recording lots of new hikes in new environments. I could keep going… now you guys have me thinking of all different types of trips I want to take.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? During the week I’d say it’d be some kind of homemade yogurt parfait or overnight oats. On the weekend, an over easy egg and toast.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Millie’s ice cream.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I went backpacking for the first time last September and it was the most challenging thing I think I’ve done, and I would 10000% do it again and plan to!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I can’t wait to get out and explore more trails in the Pittsburgh area, go backpacking again, ride my bike 25 miles on the riverfront trails since I turned 25 this year, and hopefully so much more!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving. I was a swimmer my whole life and I still feel most comfortable in the water. I feel very at peace underwater and want to definitely give it a try at some point! I’ve only been in an airplane a handful of times and would be terrified of sky diving.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Couch cuddles with my dog Merris and drinking water! Everyone should drink more water.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Riding your bike or walking the riverfront trail from Millvale to the North Shore, with a stop on Washington’s Landing for the city view from the island and just to be on an island in the river a few miles from downtown. That’s crazy! When we first went on that trail my boyfriend didn’t believe me it was even an island. He knows now I was right. I also try to encourage my friends and anyone really to value Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas a short drive away as great outdoor spaces. I think a lot of people get caught up in wanting to go West or to the PNW to be outdoorsy or adventurous. I really want to showcase Pittsburgh as a great place, and that you don’t have to live in the Rocky Mountains to be outdoorsy. I think we get bogged down in that these days with social media. Pittsburgh has so many wonderful trails a short drive from the city. If you drive 1-2 hours there are even more opportunities for adventures. I don’t think enough people take advantage of that and so I try to make it so that the trailhead 30 minutes away from my house is still something I think is a must see, because it is to me!

Contact info for Lily Engro:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lilystrails/


FitLabPGH Features #19:19 Puddin aka Newlander’s Strawberry Puddin



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: Puddin aka Newlander’s Strawberry Puddin

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No – I was born in Chesterland, Ohio at Newlander Labradors.  When my breeder, Des, reluctantly decided to part with me, the FitLabPGH Team purchased me and moved me to Finleyville, PA two weeks ago (I’ve been told that’s in the South Hills of Pittsburgh).

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking in Mingo Creek Park; running around the back yard with Maggie the Black Lab (Ben doesn’t like it when we do this); stretching (downward facing dog is my favorite pose)

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? My life is pretty much a vacation because I’m not a working dog.  I would enjoy a car ride followed by a hike…bonus points if I get wet and muddy on the hike, then toweled off by a friendly human.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I stick with dog food for my main meals, supplemented by the occasional carrot or berry (blueberries are my favorite).

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. So far, all I’ve tried is dog food, carrots, berries, and ice chips…I’ve heard good things about the doggy ice cream at Bruster’s…I’m hoping to try that soon…

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Climbing and descending stairs! I learned to climb up the stairs pretty quickly, but I was really nervous about going down the stairs…Ben has been coaching me, and I will definitely keep practicing!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Climbing up and down the stairs without supervision…I want to be able to follow Maggie the Black Lab (and the cats).  Also, I’m looking forward to learning to jump into the Jeep (Ben said he’d rather help me in, but I’m fairly certain I can do it on my own).

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I like water. I don’t like jumping out of the Jeep…so I guess scuba diving, but I’d probably stick to doggy paddling in the water.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Naps!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I’ve only been in the Pittsburgh area for 2 weeks. So far, I’m enjoying Mingo Creek Park.  I’ve heard South Park is nice too.

Contact info for Newlander’s Strawberry Puddin (“Puddin”):
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FitLabPGH Features #18:19 Jamie Kemper



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: Jamie Kemper

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No, I moved here from college on a whim.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running at North Park, biking the trails downtown and kayaking

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Running the marathon on the Great Wall of China

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and everything but the bagel seasoning. Weekend breakfast depends but I do love a good waffle.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bison Meatballs with pesto sauce from Sienna Mercato

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Rachel Carson Challenge. Yes doing it again this year in the opposite direction

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving because I have a fear of falling and you’d have to push me out of a plane haha

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

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

Contact info for Jamie Kemper:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kemper_training/

 

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #17-19 Annette Aho



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: Annette Aho

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No – I grew up in Sacramento, which is in Northern California. I moved to Southwestern Pennsylvania to attend Waynesburg University, where I competed on the cross country and track team (2011 – 2015). Life then led me to the city of Pittsburgh, where my first job was in a physical therapy clinic. I fell in love with running in Pittsburgh and, the city in general. One job led to another, and then a masters degree from Chatham University. Here I am, seven years later, still loving life in Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Am I allowed to pick running for all three? Okay, if I really had to pick three they would be: running, strength training, and pilates.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? This one was hard for me because to be honest, I am living my “fantasy-movement vacation”! It has been my goal to run all six world marathon majors, in a six year time span, since I graduated college. Traveling the world and having the opportunity to race at the best marathon venues out there, is a dream come true! So far, I have run in Boston and Chicago. This year (2019) I will cross the Berlin Marathon off that list. After that, I will have the final three world majors, which are New York City, London, and Tokyo! Traveling and running go hand in hand – it is the best kind of vacation!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday Breakfast: granola from Penn Mac, mixed with peanut butter, almond milk, and berries! Weekend breakfast: it depends if we are talking pre-long run breakfast or post-long run breakfast. Runners are complicated, I know. 🙂 In general, weekend favorites include eggs (dippy style, of course!) or, pancakes!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. DiAnoia’s Eatery, hands down. They are the very best and, have something for any time of the day. In the morning, you can catch me grabbing a coffee and a baked good or breakfast sandwich. During the day, they have the most delicious panini options! And at night, there is no better place to unwind than at their bar or at a table with friends, over a bowl of cacio e pepe. All delicious and, great fuel for marathon training!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? An aerial silks class. It was a ton of fun but, there is so much technique involved, which makes it challenging. I am a former gymnast so, I feel like I had some success with it. I would definitely try it again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Running the Berlin Marathon in September! My Pittsburgh family is coming along and, they will all be waiving terrible towels, of course. 🙂

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving, for two reasons. One, I have always wanted to do it. Two, I have already gone sky diving!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Foam rolling, visiting my massage therapist, and taking an epsom salt bath are all ways that I actively recover from training on a weekly basis. Also, just listening to my body and knowing when to take a day off, has helped me a lot in avoiding injury and staying mentally relaxed through life, work, training, etc.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Strip District! I may be biased because I live in the Strip but, it truly is such a unique place. There is so much to see, do, smell, and eat. It is pure Pittsburgh – you are bound to meet some friendly people and eat some good food while you are in the Strip!

Contact info for Annette Aho:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annette_runspgh/

Photo Credit: Matt Lynch Media

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #16-19 Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)



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: Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)

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? Walking the river trails on the way to the dog parks to catch frisbee, hiking the off-leash dog friendly trails of Riding Meadows in Fox Chapel, walking for as many good causes as we can all throughout the city in the summer.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? The beach would be amazing to catch frisbee in the sand while Mikey tans on the beach.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I eat frisbees for breakfast all day every day, but sometimes I hear my hooman likes to go to Meat and Potatoes for brunch.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Frisbee – sometimes dipped in my favorite dirty puddle of mud.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I just learned to dock dive and now can chase my frisbee in the rivers too! Excited as the water keeps me cool on a hot summer day.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? We just joined the Steel City Dog Disc League and are excited to compete for the title of Pittsburgh’s best receiver.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I love both the water and the wind on my face. If you give me enough treats, how about we sky dive into a reef?

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I nap all day when I’m not chasing a frisbee. I like to stretch and mumble growl to let you know I got the best workout in of all the dogs in the park.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? West Park in the Allegheny Commons Park on the Northside. It’s an offleash dog park without any fence. It’s a magical place that I get to visit at least once a day to play my favorite game. It’s frisbee, in case that’s not clear. Mikey will certainly welcome you to the park as Mr. Social Butterfly doesn’t let a passerby through without saying hello.

Contact info for Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”):
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapydogsofpittsburgh/

 

 

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #15:19 Marsha Coniglio



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: Marsha Coniglio

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?
I was born in Williamsport, PA, went to Geneva College. Got married to a Pittsburgh native and now consider Pittsburgh my home.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? 1) Indoor rowing 2) walking in Riverview park 3) swimming

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Protein smoothie on weekdays, on weekends I eat eggs and toast.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. A hamburger from Brick N’ Mortar in Heidelberg.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I taught Pound fit class for about 2 years… it was a drum stick fitness class that had a Pilates base to it. It was definitely different. My entire family did Pound with me on the deck during our beach vacation… from my 6-year-old cousin to 79-year-old Grandma. I no longer teach this class (simply not enough hours in the week for my schedule).. but yes I would definitely do this again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I hope to do a marathon on the indoor rower.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving! I like swimming

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I try to stretch every morning, some mornings I hit snooze too many times, but most days I do, and it’s a great way to start my day.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Heinz History Museum, that place is amazing.

Contact info for Marsha Coniglio:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marsha.coniglio/

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

Photo Credits: @flowersilike and Kent Noble

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #14:19 Erin Wolfer



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: Erin Wolfer

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I moved to Pittsburgh when I was 6.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Bodybuilding, Spin (Les Mills the TRIP), Functional Training

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Beach workout!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Avocado toast with eggs and breakfast potatoes!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bakersfield on Penn Avenue – amazing tacos

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Boxing! Super fun but challenging

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Launching the new THRIVE studio at Oxford Athletic Club, and Cheerleading Worlds in April. I was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Foam roll; face mask; take a long, hot shower

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

Contact info for Erin Wolfer, Personal Trainer, Oxford Athletic Club:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinwolfer/

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


FitLabPGH Features #13:19 Cassidy Hoffman




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: Cassidy Hoffman

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? Walking my dog on the river trail, exploring downtown, boating and jet skiing on the river

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Backpacking through Europe

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Black coffee!! I do intermittent fasting.

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

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

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I’m hoping to participate in a Tough Mudder or Spartan race in the next year!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Journaling outside in the sun

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Entering the city through the tunnels at dusk when it is completely lit up

Contact info for Cassidy Hoffman, Personal Trainer, Oxford Athletic Club:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassidy_hoffman/

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

 

 


FitLabPGH Features #12-19: Carrie Konosky- 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: Carrie Konosk

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes! Newly returned home to help open Bar Method Wexford and launch my health coaching business.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Bar Method (Wexford coming soon!); Running; and cycling

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Bar Method is #1 movement and its great online option is a there, but unless our annual Team Bar Method Tampa vacay is happening, then I’d opt for somewhere I can run & hike. Mediterranean Coast is the easy choice for my list!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I love to cook!! I’m a big fan of eggs w/ any veggies I have on hand. Occasionally I’ll switch things up for a juice or smoothie from Clean Juice Wexford when I have an early day.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Homemade pierogis! Has always been the one guilty pleasure I allow myself to eat! But I’ll never let my family share their secret recipe!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I’d love to find something unusual!! Challenging would probably be the Chicago Marathon, most rewarding movement activity and I did it 3 years in a row, as a non-runner prior to. I enjoy finding activities and hobbies I haven’t tried, but are more on the active side, so I’m hoping the “most unusual” answer is still to come for me!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Pittsburgh Marathon – first time in my home city!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba Diving – love the ocean, even though the unknown creatures scare me!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Bath! Some scented bath or Epsom salts, classical music and time to just think about nothing.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I almost want to see some answers here! Returning home after 18 years, I’m excited to get back to Kennywood, PNC Park and Heinz field, & of course I hope people now will stop by for a class at the Bar Method Wexford! My family also has a small vineyard and winery in Greene County that I’d love to show all my new friends! New Friends – tell me what I need to add to my list of places first year back home!

Contact info for Carrie Konosky, Bar Method Wexford
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carriekonosky/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carrie.konosky

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrieKonosky