FitLabPGH Features 12:20 Cashmere Kosko




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: Cashmere Kosko

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Yes, but my blood runs Russian blue

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running through the house when the windows are open, Trying to escape through open doors, Sleeping hard on any available surface

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The only time I leave the house I end up having these very odd dreams and then I wake up with my arm shaved.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Hummus, pumpkin, or scrambled eggs

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. My roommate Roxy’s food

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? Jumping from the dining room table to the hutch, but I always get shooed off before I accomplish this feat

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Why do you need to do that when it’s so cozy on this pillow?

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Roaming through the backyard while my parents searched for me

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Napping and giving myself a good bath

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) This one’s easy, the couch in my basement

Contact info for Cashmere Kosko: Cashmere is “too cool for social media,” but you can follow Cashmere’s person, Grace Kosko at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graceinstrength/


Niki Campbell- The Flourish Group




Niki Campbell is the owner of The Flourish Group, a consulting firm with a passion for food, fitness, health and wellness. Flourish offers wellness consulting and coaching to both individuals and companies as well as marketing and PR services for companies in the health and wellness industries. She started her journey to be healthier in 2014 after being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions and learning about the importance of food and fitness to overall wellness. She is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Weight Management Specialist and will complete a degree in dietetics this year through CCAC.

Show Notes: Niki Campbell – contact info:
E-mail: niki@theflourishgroup.net

Website: https://www.theflourishgroup.net

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

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Reed & Co, Pittsburgh, PA (Lawrenceville)
http://reedand.company

Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Valerie Beichner of Venture Outdoors, released 12/8/19. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/12/08/valerie-beichner-venture-outdoors-exeecutive-director/

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
https://www.sru.edu

Dr. Ian Dunican, PhD
https://sleep4performance.com.au

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Dr. Ian Dunican, PhD, released 1/16/19 and 1/30/19. Link to Part 1: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/01/16/podcast-319-dr-ian-dunican-phd-sleep4perdformance-melius-consulting/

Commander Sam Brasfield, US Navy
https://www.public.navy.mil/netc/centers/ceneoddive/ndstc/commandinfo.aspx#tab1

Check out the episode of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Commander Sam Brasfield, released 9/18/18; Link: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/09/18/commander-sam-brasfield-us-navy/

ACE Fitness
https://www.acefitness.org

Dr. David Lobur, MD, Pittsburgh Center for Functional Medicine
http://www.drlobur.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Dr. Lobur, MD, released 6/16/19. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/06/16/david-lobur-md-squirrel-hill-family-wellness-center/

Grace Kosko – Movement should not be a burden
https://www.instagram.com/graceinstrength/

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Grace Kosko, released 2/9/20. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2020/02/09/grace-kosko/

Samantha Wood, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
https://www.dynamicptcos.com/our-practice

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Dr. Sam Wood, released 9/27/17, 10/11/17, and 7/17/19; Link to 7/17/19 episode: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/07/17/sam-wood-dpt-physical-therapist-runner-and-spartan-racer/

Coros (GPS Watches)
https://www.coros.com

TRX Suspension Trainers
https://www.trxtraining.com

Peloton
https://www.onepeloton.com

The Climbing Wall, Pittsburgh, PA (Point Breeze)
https://www.theclimbingwall.net

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring DJ Herring of The Climbing Wall, released 11/18/16. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2016/11/18/podcast-dj-herring-the-climbing-wall/

Ascend Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (South Side Flats)
https://www.ascendclimbing.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Ascend Pittsburgh, released 2/25/17. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/02/25/podcast-ascend-paul-alex-and-aaron/

Go Ape Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (North Park)
https://www.goape.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Go Ape Pittsburgh, released 5/13/18. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/05/13/podcast-19-18/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Fill out our FitLabPGH Features form to be a FitLabPGH featured mover…or fill one out for your 4 legged movement partner (dog, cat, goat or horse!!)

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

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 10:20




Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.  Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 10 of 2020 #trailtips 4 #hillyhikes & #windchill #ideas to #staywarm

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Gabrielle Monaco

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


FitLabPGH Features 11:20 Gabrielle Monaco




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: Gabrielle Monaco

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

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Instructing cycle at SWEAT PGH, taking barre and yoga classes, running with my husband

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Too many to list but I love trying new cycle studios when I travel!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Avocado toast on Ezekiel bread

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Authentic Italian food – my dad’s cooking is the best!

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? Boxing!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Excuses!

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? A massage or spa treatment

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

Contact info for Gabrielle Monaco:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabrielle.monaco/


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 9:20




Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.  Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 9 of 2020 #justmove prepping your puppy to be a #lifetimemover and a long term Berkey water filter review.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was twofold this week… Maggie, the Black Lab (to encourage you to submit your four legged movers to FitLabPGH features) and Barrett Kuhn.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


FitLabPGH Features 10:20 Barrett Kuhn




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: Barrett Kuhn

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I am not technically a Pittsburgh native but I did complete High School here at Chartiers Valley. I moved back post grad when I was offered an amazing opportunity with the Steelers’ corporate events department.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Elevate Fusion Fitness, Boxing, and taking walks with my hubby

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would love to travel to several latin countries and dance/learn to dance with the locals!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? we are big egg people… omelets, avocado toast topped with eggs, or my husbands weekend favorite breakfast sandwiches

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. We love DiAnoia’s! Their roasted cauliflower is AMAZING!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Salsa dancing… and yes!!!! I love dancing but I am especially in love with latin music. My husband bought me lessons for Christmas!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Trying different latin dances and using those skills to dance in Spain in July!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love soaking in a hot bath with epsom salts and essential oils

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Everyone knows about the amazing and iconic views from Mount Wash, but I feel that you can get a true feel for Pittsburgh walking up and down The Strip District- Especially on a Steeler Sunday.

Contact info for Barrett Kuhn:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barefootwellness_/


FitLabPGH Features 9:20 Maggie the Black Lab




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: Maggie the Black Lab

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I was born in Carrollton, Ohio at Camolot Labradors; when I was 8 weeks old, Ben purchased me and moved me to Finleyville. I’m still here because Ben is my staff person!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Single-track hikes in Mingo Creek Park; Wrestling with Puddin the Yellow Lab; Chasing The Girl (aka, Lisa) up hills during our fartlek sessions.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My life is pretty much a vacation, but I did have a fun road trip last year when we went to Ohio to buy Puddin the Yellow Lab.  We took walk / stretch breaks at highway rest stops, and on the way home, we explored a little park in Sewickley.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre-workout: a blueberry or raspberry from Ben’s breakfast. Post-workout: peanut butter or pumpkin dog treats…or sometimes a few pieces of cat food (chicken flavor).

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Carrots…or maybe pumpkin…

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 am looking forward to more stream crossings…and chasing The Girl up bigger hills.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? They don’t have Labradors.  If you have a Labrador, you know you need to get us outside and moving almost every day…or we will destroy your house.  Ha Ha Ha…

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Bushwhacking in Mingo Creek Park when there’s a fallen tree blocking the trail, or when Ben says there’s too much mud (how can there be too much mud?) on the trail

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Napping on my dog bed…sometimes Gracie the Cat curls up and naps with me…she keeps me warm.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Mingo Creek Park…as long as we don’t encounter any off-leash dogs.

Contact info for Maggie the Black Lab:
Maggie does not maintain her own social media accounts, but you can follow her adventures through FitLabPGH:
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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

Twitter:https://twitter.com/FitLabPgh


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 8:20



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Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.  Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 8 of 2020 #trailtips #warmhands and #chocolate review …all part of #movementisalifestyle

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Robert Dietz.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


FitLabPGH Features 8:20 Robert Dietz




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: Robert Dietz

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Allison Park, Pa was my hometown growing up. I currently live in NJ but visit area 5-6 times a year to visit with family

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running (around city, North Park, Running up Mount Washington), cycling at cycling track and North Park, swimming occasionally at Pittsburgh area Lap pools to prepare for Triathlon swims

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Running around all the National Parks out West in Moab, Yellowstone, and Zion. Possibly residing in a RV while traveling

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Bagels (Jersey bagels are the bomb) with vegan cream cheese, bananas, and Beyond Sausage Breakfast sandwich; Coffee or Americano mandatory. During weekends, I occasionally go to Local Urban Kitchen in Point Pleasant, NJ for Vegan Pancakes. My diet has changed from a meat based diet to vegan just recently. Favorite Pittsburgh breakfast haunt is First Watch.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Lately on Plant based diet it has been the vegan Mexican food options at Mad Mex a vegan burrito or tofu Wrapture wrap is my favorites there.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I Ran various 5ks, Triathlons, and Duathlons that incorporated large amounts of run in the sand on the beach. I even won Overall in a sand 5k. I am primarily a road runner but I love doing sand runs for the challenge.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Currently I am trying to run a Marathon under 3 hours. My next Marathon is Novodisk New Jersey Marathon where I am trying to get a Boston Qualifying time.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I have a fear of not being able to breathe so I would rather sky dive than scuba dive. It’s kinda ironic because I’ve done various Triathlons and even an Ironman half swim in the bay with hundreds of swimmers that sometimes try to swim over you.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Ice Baths- they work especially after hard long runs or Tempo workouts

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Randyland in the Northside it’s my favorite to run by and try to notice something new each time.

Contact info for Robert Dietz:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irunfasterthandemodogs/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psudietz08

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSUDIETZ08


repost- Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors



This podcast episode was originally released in 12/8/19.

Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors: Valerie is a seasoned nonprofit management professional with a background in organizational efficiency and capacity building, fundraising, HR and more. She holds expertise in green building and green building products, sustainable corporate culture, community and economic development, advocacy and organizational leadership.  Prior to joining Venture Outdoors, Valerie served as Executive Director with Friends of the Riverfront working with partners and volunteers to protect and extend the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.  Valerie also served at Conservation Consultants Inc. as Director of Operations and Analytics as well as Green Building Alliance as Vice President of Development.  She also formerly worked at Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission facilitating a statewide energy efficiency program supporting municipalities. Valerie earned a BA in Political Science at Clarion University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from RMU.

Valerie’s relationship with the outdoors started in 2014 when she and her husband began running to gain control of their health and wellness.  It was only a few short years later that they experienced a life changing adventure along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath helping their daughter raise funds for the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  The 11 day journey running from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh evolved their lives and refocused Valerie’s lifestyle, energy and career.  Now, Valerie’s passion is to help others realize the benefits of getting outdoors.

Valerie and her husband, Chris, live in Leetsdale with their four young children, their beagle, Brownie, and two cats; Peanut and Fudgie.

Show Notes: Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors, Contact Information:

E-mail: Valerie@ventureoutdoors.org

Website: https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

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

https://www.facebook.com/kayakpittsburgh/

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

https://www.instagram.com/kayakpittsburgh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ventureoutdoors

https://twitter.com/kayakpittsburgh

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
FitLabPGH Podcast previously interviewed Valerie Beichner when she was Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront
https://friendsoftheriverfront.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Valerie Beichner and Friends of the Riverfront, released 3/3/19; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/03/03/podcast-919-valerie-beichner-friends-of-the-riverfront/

Oil Creek 100 Trail Runsz
http://www.oilcreek100.org

Jim Skal, Founder, Outdoor Immersion
https://outdoorimmersion.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Jim Skal and Outdoor Immersion, released 4/8/18; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/04/08/podcast-14-18-outdoor-immersion-jim-skal/

Jeff Smith, Co-Owner, Local 5 Longboards
http://www.local5longboards.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Jeff Smith and Local 5 Longboards, released 7/22/18; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/07/22/podcast-2718-jeff-smith-local5-longboards/

Kayak Pittsburgh
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/kayak-pittsburgh/

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA
https://trails.dcnr.pa.gov/Trails/Trail/TrailView?trailKey=91

Chesapeake & Ohio (C & O) Canal Towpath, DC, MD, WV
https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/hikingandbiking.htm

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival

Brian Joly, Rolfer
https://www.brianjolyrolfing.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Brian Joly, Rolfer, released 10/15/16; link:
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2016/10/15/brian-joly-rolfer/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

Fill out our FitLabPGH Features form to be a FitLabPGH featured mover…or fill one out for your 4 legged movement partner (dog, cat, goat or horse!!)

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

Attribution for Intro/Exit Podcast Music:
Marathon Man by Jason Shaw from the album Audionautix: Acoustic, licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. Available at www.FreeMusicArchive.org