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FitLabPGH Features 49:19 Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepherd




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

Note: we originally profiled Maverick on 12-20-18. In honor of Maverick’s appearance on the first TV episode of Movement is a Lifestyle with FitLabPGH and Zihmer Law Firm, we are re-releasing his profile.

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 47:19 Nicole Talak




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: Nicole Talak

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yup – born and bred in Bloomfield

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Crossfit, trying new sports, bike riding

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Bali – Wanderlust Bali (Crossfit gym), yoga, hiking, swimming

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Trader Joe’s Everything Ciabatta Roll, Egg, Fat-Free Cheese, Bacon, and franks wing hot sauce sandwich. Coffee, definitely Coffee. Weekends I’ll add in a TJ’s waffle and sugar free jam if I’m working out early.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Taco Diablo tacos and chips and spicy guac. Or Batter & Dough cupcakes. Really, this list could go on for a really long time. The pommes frites at Poulet Bleu too.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I really enjoy trying out new / different sports or activities so I put myself in that position a lot. Traditionally, in my training, I’m historically bad at cardio, and I recently ran a Spartan Sprint at PNC Park. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was definitely fun to try.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Local Crossfit competition in December, trying to get a Gymnastics Certification in 2020.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba Diving, my body loves gravity too much.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Cycle with Chris Mayhew, Reading, Going to the Movies

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? Phipps at Christmas.

Contact info for Nicole Talak:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nycldenise/


FitLabPGH Features 45:19 – Special Feature – Maggie & 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: Maggie & Puddin – 20K Challenge

We’ve heard you’re participating in the 20K Virtual Challenge from Northeast K9 Conditioning. What motivated you to join the challenge? We believe that movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity.  We want to encourage other dogs, and their humans, to get outside and move more!

Where will you be completing the challenge? We happily walk / jog / hike wherever Ben takes us…now that the weather is FINALLY getting cooler, we’re hoping to complete most of the challenge on the trails of Mingo Creek Park…we especially enjoy hills and single-track trails.

Have you encountered any difficulties since beginning the challenge? Maggie: I haven’t, but Puddin the Puppy sprained her left front paw a few days into the challenge.  The humans are making her rest until it heals. She’s already feeling better, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem completing the challenge!

Do you have any tips for less active dogs who are thinking about joining the challenge? Start slowly! You have until the end of December to complete the 20K (that’s 12.4 miles), so you can start with really short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.  Also, be sure to ask your human for a treat after you finish a walk.

What are you going to do with the medal when you complete the challenge? Post it on social media, of course…forget about “Medal Monday”…we’re going for “Medal Month”!!!

Contact info for Maggie and Puddin: Maggie and Puddin do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with their activities by following FitLabPGH:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitLabPgh

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIJyXgd6Hd9miPW9rKDaXg?view_as=subscriber


Kelly Kuhn PT- Telemedicine & Physical Therapy




Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS, PES, Cert-TMD, Cert-MST (in her own words): I became a physical therapist and a CSCS almost 18 years ago because I was an athlete and wanted to work with athletes. I started my career in Florida, my home state, working with athletes. Over time I began to work more with every day pain and injuries as well and realized that the same “athlete” principals apply to everyone. But, I also really began to focus on running as my way to stay connected to the athletic population. I just love getting people moving and back to what they love doing no matter what it is and feel that changing the way we look at and approach pain, movement and exercise can have major benefits to our overall well-being.

Show Notes: Kelly Kuhn, MPT, CSCS, PES, Cert-TMD, Cert-MST, Contact Information:

E-mail: Kelly@kellykuhnpt.com

Website: https://www.kellykuhnpt.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrskuhn09

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Reginald’s Coffee, Bethel Park, PA
https://www.reginaldscoffee.com

Upper St. Clair (USC) High School Track & Cross Country Coaches Clinic- June 26, 2020
https://twitter.com/ClinicUSCXCTF

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-usc-cross-country-track-field-coaches-clinic-tickets-67581557257

MedExpress Urgent Care
https://www.medexpress.com

St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA (South Hills)
https://www.stclair.org

Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

Altra Running
https://www.altrarunning.com

Shoe Liner Test
https://www.correcttoes.com/foot-help/tips-and-how-tos/shoe-liner-test/

Check out the episode of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Ray McClanahan, DPM, of Northwest Foot and Ankle, in which Dr. McClanahan discusses the Shoe Liner Test, released 3/27/19;
Link: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/03/27/dr-ray-mcclanahan-dpm-northwest-foot-and-ankle-part-2/

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)

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 Features 44:19 Megan Clouner




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: Megan Clouner

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I was born in Denver, Colorado but was raised in Pittsburgh.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? The Montour Trail is a go to for our family. We love to run and bike the trails. The old railroad tunnels are always cool to see and run through. Mingo Creek Park – trails paved/off road in the woods, covered bridges, playgrounds, streams for playing/crayfish catching!….we love the options Mingo gives us! It’s a favorite of ours for training or just family fun! Transcend Bodyworks – I go to Bethany in Bridgeville for Hotworx workouts and massages. Hotworx is a program that uses heat and infrared technology while you workout (isometric and HIIT). It’s an extremely effective and efficient workout.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Patagonia would be an incredible trip. The scenery is unmatched and the area offers hiking, climbing, fishing, and so much more. Sweden/Norway – My family originates from this area. I’d love to just go and explore everything these countries have to offer.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? During the week my go to is a protein shake. I need a quick breakfast without sacrificing health. I use Arbonne protein, which is a plant-based source. During the weekend, I typically stick with my shake, but we love making pancakes as a family. I do love avocado toast though too!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I truly can’t think of one specific place! Eating your way through the Strip District is always good! Eating breakfast at Pamela’s, stopping at Roland’s for a bloody Mary, grabbing snacks from all the small vendors on the street! Dinner at any of the restaurants overlooking the city from Mount Washington is never a bad choice! The views are incredible. Sarris in Canonsburg is a must for the old school ice cream parlor.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? My family loves Colorado, and with that comes hiking and mountain climbing. We go once a year and always make sure to bag a few 14ers each time. While it’s unusual for most, it is a favorite of ours!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? The Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I ran this race for years, until our first daughter was born race weekend 6 years ago. This year, her birthday is finally not on race weekend! I’m excited and anxious to run this race again! My family has a few ultramarathon trail races in the works too!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? My husband and I went sky diving and it was an incredible experience. We went to New Orleans when the Steelers played the Saints, Halloween weekend, and decided why not! (Pre marriage and kids lol) Not sure I’d do it again but I think it is something every one should do once! Scuba diving scares me! Maybe snorkeling?!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love a good massage post race, or a session in a steam room. Hotworx Yoga is a great way to unwind and stretch.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? There is nothing more “Pittsburgh” than the Strip District on a weekend. Mount Washington for the views! The Phipps Conservatory, especially during the holiday season.

Contact info for Megan Clouner:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganclouner/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.lynne.56


Gretchen McNary – Girl Friday Cooking Co




Gretchen McNary (in her own words): Hey. I’m Gretchen. I’m the owner, HKB and THE Girl Friday. I always told people that Girl Friday got started by accident. Part of that is true, but now I’m convinced it was in the cards all along. I was given a path and I chose to run with it. So far, it’s working. It’s stressful, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. My love for food and feeding people is something that comes naturally to me. I was put on this earth to help people. For a while I was convinced it was nursing, but this happened. I’m not a trained chef. Martha taught me everything! Could I know more? Absolutely! I learn so much on a daily basis. I’m still blown away at the lessons I’ve learned in just the few years I’ve been in operation. I imagine that I will keep learning until I hang up my apron. I won’t lie. Some lessons were hard, but it’s how you choose to grow from them.

Having the best people around makes a huge difference. That’s not BS either. I only surround myself with the best. I am truly the luckiest person in that regard. My circle is tight and that’s just the way I like it. IF you know me, you know that I’m passionate about things I love and things I dislike. In an effort to keep things light, I’ve made a list of both.

Things I like: My husband. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. He also possesses the ability to make me want to pull my hair out. I guess that happens when two people know each other for more than half of their lives. None of this would be possible without his constant push or his hard earned money. My children. Besides my dude, they are also my biggest supporters. My littlest one keeps my business card in her desk at school and my middle one tells everyone about it. They spend a lot of time at GF sitting on their devices and complaining about when we’re going home. I’m hoping one day they will wander into the kitchen and want to learn and help out more. My mom, who I miss tremendously, my daddy who showed me what hard work looks like, and my step-mother who I kept at arm’s length for many years. I really missed out because she is amazing. It wasn’t until I lost my mom that I realized what an amazing person she is. My amazing MIL and Aunt Rosie hold down the fort when I’m not there. My sisters and brother who I rarely see but still love and my very special nieces and nephews that I love more than anything in this world. Did you even know that I’m a great Aunt? My friends. I have some good ones. You know who you are!

Crossfit- I love Crossfit. I love my community. Without them, none of this would be possible. My community built me. Sadly- it’s really hard to make time for it and I rarely get there. I know what you’re going to say…..Gretchen…you have to make time. Gretchen…..you need to take care of yourself. I know. I know. I’m working on it. I’ll get back there eventually! Tennis. I play tennis every Friday morning. I love it so much. There are a few of us from High School that get together and play. Brandt is our instructor and we torture the sh*t out of him. He loves it, too! Music. I’m super annoying about this. Ask my staff. I rarely let them listen to their own music. I know, I’m a dick for it but I cannot help it. Swearing. I love to swear. It feels good, and I do it often. Of course, I know when it’s appropriate and not appropriate. Don’t worry, I won’t drop F-bombs around your children.

Dislikes: Washing dishes, little backpacks, Meatloaf (The singer not the food), unloading the dishwasher, white tennis shoes, spiders except for daddy long legs, I’m totally cool with them, people that make noise while eating, Cilantro and cancer in any variety!

Show Notes: Gretchen McNary, Owner and HKB, Girl Friday Cooking Co., Contact Information:
E-mail: Gretchen@girlfridaycookingco.com

Website: https://girlfridaycookingco.com

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Maggie Cameron, Way Out Design
https://wayoutdesign.com

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)

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

 


Richard Butler aka CoachRTB



Richard Butler (in his own words): A multifunctional professional with a range of experiences. I am skilled in leading nonprofit organizations, facilitating inclusion, diversity, and cultural competency workshops. I also have experience as part-time adjunct professor, group exercise specialist, and a lifestyle and business coach.

Show Notes: Richard Butler, Contact Information:
E-mail: coachrtb@gmail.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Coachrtb

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coach-richard-butler-ms-ctts-870b14a/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Richard Butler was profiled in FitLabPGH Features on January 17, 2019.
Check out his profile here: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/17/fitlabpgh-features-319/

Mecka Fitness, Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)
https://meckafitness.com

ALTUS-HPO, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.altus-hpo.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring John Rossmiller, Founder of ALTUS-HPO, released 1/13/19;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/13/p0dcast-2-19/

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

Lululemon (Ambassador Program)
https://shop.lululemon.com

November Project
https://november-project.com

Concept 2 (Indoor Rowers, SKIERGs, BIKEERG)
https://shop.concept2.com

UCanRow2
https://ucanrow2.com

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), Pittsburgh, PA
http://threeriversrowing.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episodes featuring Three Rivers Rowing Association: 2/25/18 episode featuring Matt Grau, Head Coach Junior Rowing;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/02/25/podcast-8-18-matt-grau-three-rivers-rowing/

and 3/26/17 episode featuring Jenn Grieb, (Former) Executive Director of Three Rivers Rowing Association;
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/03/26/podcast-three-rivers-rowing-association-jenn-grieb/

US Rowing
http://www.usrowing.org

Lululemon SeaWheeze, Half-Marathon and Yoga Festival, Vancouver, BC, August 17, 2019
https://www.seawheeze.com

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)

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

 


Podcast 40:18 Cathy Rogers Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear




Cathy Schnaubelt Rogers, Founder, Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear, fell in love with cycling at age 12, where she attended a girl scout camp with her spider bike. From this humble beginning, she has ridden all over the world. Cathy has bicycle toured self contained with panniers across the United States riding from Tampa, Florida up the east coast to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She also has bicycle toured through eight European countries. The most she ever rode in one day is 140 miles!

Cathy is an avid cyclist who, with her husband recently rode across the United States from Washington state to Washington DC. She is a former USCF licensed bike racer, who cycled for the University of South Florida in many sanctioned races. In addition, she was a competitive triathlete. Cathy continues to ride in bicycle tours and organized bicycle events. Ms. Rogers describes her fascination with the bicycle as a form of neurosis or disease that she can’t shake off. She collects bike art and describes her home as a shrine to the bicycle. She says: “Riding my bicycle makes me happy” which is the essence of her love affair with the bicycle.

Use the links below to connect with Aero Tech Designs – “Ride Longer, Feel Stronger

Show Notes: Cathy Rogers, Founder, Aero Tech Designs, – contact info:
E-mail: cathy@aerotechdesigns.com

Website: https://www.aerotechdesigns.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aerotechdesigns

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

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aerotechdesigns/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Rick Holzworth, La Prima Espresso Co. Racing

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Rick Holzworth, released 8/5/18.
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/08/05/podcast-2918-rick-holzworth-la-prima-espresso-co-racing-cycling-advocate/

InterBike, Industry Bike Show
https://www.interbike.com

Montour Trail, 60+ mile rail-trail around Pittsburgh, PA
https://montourtrail.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Bill Orr of the Montour Trail Council, released 1/28/17.
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/01/28/podcast-montour-trail-council-bill-orr/

Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh, PA – Friends of the Riverfront
https://friendsoftheriverfront.org/trails/three-rivers-heritage-trail/

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.gaptrail.org

Bike Pittsburgh, Scott Bricker, Executive Director
https://www.bikepgh.org

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
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.

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