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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/

 


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:
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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/

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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 Features 4:20 Stephanie Diener




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: Stephanie Diener

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Not originally a native. I grew up in a small town a few hours north of Pittsburgh, and spent seven years in Colorado. Landed in Pittsburgh in 2013 to attend Chatham University.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running on the 3 Rivers Heritage trail, Linn Run hike in the Laurel Highlands, group classes at Pittsburgh FIT!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? A South American adventure! Torres del Paine, a 5 day hike in Chile, and the 5 day Salkantay Trek hike in Peru which also includes Machu Picchu.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday: unsweetened almond milk yogurt with berries and crushed walnuts. Weekend: collard greens, northern bean egg sauté

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Mediterranean food! I love Aladdin’s Eatery; Turkish Kebab House; and Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine downtown! Spicy cauliflower from Aladdin’s and chicken kebab from Turkish Kebab House are everythingggg

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I ran a full marathon in 2018. Yes, I can’t wait until I have time to devote to training for another one!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I plan on engaging in new styles of dance! I hope to join a dance studio and take regular weekly classes, I have my eye on Level Up studio!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving! I did not like scuba diving at all, although I love water and swimming in general! I had a really hard time equalizing upon descent.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Meditation, grounding in nature, regular vinyasa yoga

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? In my personal opinion, it’s a hidden gem that I don’t really want to give away haha! … But the west end of/Elliott Overlook. It beats the Duquesne incline any day. I also love the Boston bridge area of the three rivers heritage Trail south of McKeesport. Absolutely beautiful.

Contact info for Stephanie Diener:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephhjd/


FitLabPGH Features 3:20 Lindsey Pogson




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: Lindsey Pogson

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I’m not! I moved here from Philly in 2007 for college (Pitt) and never left.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Powerlifting, running along the rivers, and all the day hiking opportunities with my dog right in the city (we love Frick Park).

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would LOVE to go back to Costa Rica for an adventure vacation. I’d start at Rincon de la Vieja – hiking, ziplining, rafting, lots of intense movement activities. Then I’d head to the beaches of Guanacaste and give surfing another try. I’d end at one of the country’s beautiful yoga retreats to relax and recover.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I eat a lot of avocado toast topped with eggs during the week. On the weekends, I’ll go for a quick potato and veggie hash, using up whatever greens I have on hand (and lots of bacon).

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. The chicken and hummus plate from Aladdin’s in Squirrel Hill. It’s my go-to order (plus lots of tabbouleh) when I don’t have time to cook!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I’ve been involved in powerlifting for quite a few years now, but (re)developed a love of distance running recently. I love a ridiculous challenge, so in November, I competed in a powerlifting meet (max squat, bench press, and deadlift) on Saturday, Nov. 23, then ran my first full marathon on Sunday, Nov. 24. It was easily the most physically and mentally demanding athletic activity I’ve ever done. It required pushing my body near its limits in two very different ways, required a ton of logistical planning (especially around fueling myself), and forced me to adapt to pushing on despite being in a great amount of pain. And for that reason, it was the most rewarding. I’m not exaggerating when I say I feel like a different person after enduring the race. I’m more aware of how strong I really am. I will definitely do it again, but not for at least a year! I met my goals going into both activities, but there are SO MANY THINGS I can and will do better next time.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? While I definitely plan on doing the meet+marathon combo again, I’m hoping to attempt that in the spring of 2021 (for logistical reasons and recovery reasons). In 2020, I plan on running and PRing the Pittsburgh Half Marathon (with a sub 1:45 finish), setting some all-time PRs in powerlifting in a heavier weight class, and maybe having a go at a sprint triathlon in the summer!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? SCUBA. I love and feel at home in the ocean.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Floating! I utilized sensory-deprivation tanks (or float tanks) frequently while training for the meet and marathon -at least every two weeks. If you’re unfamiliar, float tanks are rooms or pods filled with about one foot of body temperature water and a TON of Epsom salts. Once you get in, you effortless float on the surface, and eventually lose track of where your body stops and the water starts. The magnesium absorption and zero-gravity environment provided a lot of physical relief for me, and I’d often time my floats around my long training runs. The sensory-deprivation part was actually the most beneficial. Taking an hour to unplug completely gave me the space I needed to meditate and envision what I was setting out to do in these events. I watched myself crossing the Philly Marathon finish line hundreds of times, and I really credit that visioning for crushing my time goal (with a 3:50 finish). I am a huge advocate for this practice, and will actually be part of a new float studio opening in Lawrenceville in early 2020, so keep an eye out and please ask me any questions about it!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Squirrel Hill. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for the majority of my time here and I’ve come to really love it. I love how diverse the population is, how walkable it is, the gorgeous homes and architecture you can find scattered throughout, and that it’s sandwiched between two amazing city parks. Plus, the food. So much good food.

Contact info for Lindsey Pogson:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elpogs/

 


FitLabPGH Features 2:20 Grace 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: Grace Kosko

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes born and raised in the suburban area of North Huntingdon

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I can only choose three?! 1. hiking all the wonderful parks and forests near Pittsburgh, Frick is my favorite city park 2. indoor bouldering and top-roping at Ascend or the Climbing Wall 3. Kettlebell training or spinning in my basement gym

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? A backpacking trip to anywhere, Mont Blanc in Europe, Spain’s Pyrenees on GR-11, the Pacific Crest or Appalachian Trail (maybe just a portion of those last 2!)

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I usually start my day with just coffee or coconut yogurt and granola, but weekends its Pancake Sunday!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Thai or Vietnamese food, Tan Lac Vien is my fave spot in Squirrel Hill

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? A half marathon in 2008 that I joke has cured me of ever wanting to run again and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Muay Thai which I LOVE; BJJ is like a movement puzzle and learning how to use your body as a way of defense is just awesome!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? There’s 2: Strong First Kettlebell certification in April if I’m ready, and a hiking trip to visit all 5 National parks in Utah in September!!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I’ve gone sky diving twice so I’ll take scuba diving because it would take me out of my comfort zone

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massage, I’ll be finishing massage therapy school in February. I wish we had bathhouses like in Europe, contrast water therapy is amazing for relaxation and inflammation!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I’m sure everyone says this but Phipps [Conservatory] is my favorite place in Pittsburgh, then hike Frick park

Contact info for Grace Kosko:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/graceinstrength/


FitLabPGH Features 43:19 Jackie Baker




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: Jackie Baker

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? We moved here when I was a baby, my dad worked for PPG. I’ve been here my whole life!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Yoga and climbing at Ascend is my daily grind; after work I try to get a mountain bike ride or run in on the numerous trail systems within an hour of the city; weekends you can find me climbing, SUPing, hiking or xc-skiing at the many recreation areas we have within a three hour radius.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would love to summit more mountains, traverse more long trails, bike across the country, explore more waterways. International travel is high on the list, but so are Alaska, Hawaii, the southwestern desert, the Pacific Northwest…

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Banana and yogurt with walnuts and cinnamon, and coffee. Weekends I like to sauté a ton of veggies with my eggs and eat a giant bowl of it with cottage cheese and hot sauce. Also, all the smoothies, every day.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Gooskis Jamaican Jerk wings. Polish Hill represent.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? This year I participated in the MS150 Escape to the Lake charity event. We cycled 150 miles on backroads from Moraine state park to Erie over the course of two days. It was awesome! It was the first time I’d ever rode more than 70 miles in a day, and though I’d been training for it for a month, I probably didn’t give myself enough time to train or vary my training terrain enough. It kicked my butt but I’d definitely do it again! Though I’d like to switch up the course next time – I have my sites set on the RAGBRAI in Iowa, or hitting the newly opened Great American Rail Trail.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? A major goal of mine is to be accepted into the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh’s mountaineering school next fall and summit Mount Whitney in the winter of 2021. I plan on working on my technical rope, anchor and rescue skills during the climbing season next year in preparation for this.  I’m also looking to get back into whitewater and feeling a little bit more comfortable paddling after a hiatus this year.  Also, is it ever going to snow again? I’d like to do more cross-country skiing this winter and I only got out a couple times last year!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba. I want to look at all the pretty things!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love just relaxing with a movie and a jigsaw puzzle and a homecooked meal. Sometimes I just need to recharge my batteries and let my mind wander.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? McConnells Mill State Park, or the Laurel Highlands. I really don’t spend that much time in the city

Contact info for Jackie Baker:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snackiecaker/