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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


FitLabPGH Features 7:20 Sara Angelilli




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: Sara Angelilli

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I am a Pittsburgh native and I love everything about this city!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running (of course!), yoga, and white water rafting

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would go to the Caribbean for zip lining….Might not be movement focused but definitely an adventure. Tropical locations are always great for running and water sports.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? My weekday breakfasts are always on the go. My top two picks are overnight oats or a perfect bar. On the weekend when I have more time, I enjoy over easy eggs with prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. There are so many amazing restaurants in Pittsburgh but I have to say that may favorite is the avocado toast, cashew yogurt and a delicious latte from B52 in Lawrenceville. I go there for brunch every chance I get!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I think that it would be aerial silks yoga. It was amazing and I would absolutely do it again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I have so many “favorite” races but the one that I cannot miss is the EQT 10 miler. I have run it every year since the event started.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving – for sure!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Self care is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I think that we miss so much in the hustle of day to day life. My favorite self care practice is meditation. Getting quiet and giving myself time away from social media and distractions really helps me to perform better in all other areas of my life.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? So many options! My favorite place to go in Pittsburgh is Phipp’s Conservatory. It’s so relaxing.

Contact info for Sara Angelilli:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sara_runs_this_town/

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


FitLabPGH Features 6:20 Candice Rush




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: Candice Rush

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes. I am from Mt. Lebanon. I left and went to the University of Delaware and then moved to Maryland for the next 13 years. I just moved back to the area about three years ago.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love going from studio to studio and taking different types of fitness classes. It’s a great way to get new ideas and to challenge your body to target different muscle groups from what you are used to.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would love the opportunity to go on a Point Break Retreat, which focuses on surfing and ballet. I think it sounds like such a cool concept. And I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Peanut Butter and Banana on a Rice Cake (harnessing my inner Elvis) Weekend – Gluten Free toast with avocado and a poached egg (Mediterra Cafe has my favorite)

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Ohhh tough one. My husband and I love good restaurants. Our favorites in Pittsburgh have to be Dish, Morcilla, and Arlecchino

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Rock Climbing was by far the most challenging activity I have ever done! I don’t think I could move the next day. And yes I would definitely do it again.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I love the fundraising event Race To Anyplace in support of the LLS. Our studio Endure Barre will be racing as a team.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Liquid IV hydration Packs. A must every single day!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Incline and Mt. Washington. A Pittsburgh staple

Contact info for Candice Rush:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/can_cip_rush/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candice.c.rush


FitLabPGH Features 5:20 Heather Holtschlag




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: Heather Holtschlag

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes, born and raised in Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? TRX, HIIT and swimming

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I go to Hawaii to run the beaches and swim in the water

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Usually something small…I’m not a big breakfast eater. A piece of toast and strawberry preserves or egg whites.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Anything from Clean Juice East Liberty or Fenix Fit Bars!!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I’ve done five (?) half marathons. It was especially challenging because I don’t consider myself to be a runner. And I don’t really enjoy running.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I’ve been really hoping to do a nearby triathlon. Maybe 2020 will be the year!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Cryotherapy, stretch sessions or massage

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Strip District!

Contact info for Heather Holtschlag:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherholtschlag/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heather.holtschlag


FitLabPGH- more than a podcast



FitLabPGH, a Pittsburgh based podcast about movement has been around since 2016.  Our episodes highlight people, locally owned businesses, events and  activities In the Pittsburgh, PA area that make movement a priority.  Check out this week’s short episode to learn more about our written FitLabPGH Features (version 2.0) as well as why we have the podcast and release Movement tip and Lifestyle hack videos every Monday, Wed and Fri.

Share our ethos…movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity because movement is part of what makes life complete!!

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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 1:20 Ashley Fortune




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: Ashley Fortune (SweatNET Pittsburgh)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No, I am from Seattle. Moving to Pittsburgh January 2020. My significant other is from Pittsburgh and has been wanting to move back. I am excited for the change and the opportunities of moving to Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? TBD!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’m a tropical beach person so any beautiful island that offers beautiful hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming in the waves

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday: Vegan protein smoothie mixed with kale, blueberries and a green juice. Weekends I love a delicious veggie scramble or hash with a mimosa!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I’ve been to PGH a handful of times to visit and as cliché as it sounds I LOVE the Italian Sandwich from Primanti Bros – although, I have recently gone more pescatarian so I will need to find a new favorite! I will be on the hunt for the best Thai restaurant in the city!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I took an incredible but SUPER challenging boxing class. The “warm up” was about 20 min of full on HIIT following by 40 min of partner boxing combos and static movement. It took me way out of my comfort zone but I loved it and would go back in a heartbeat. I LOVE getting out of my comfort zone when I workout.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Trying endless new workouts from studios and instructors around the Pittsburgh area as we work on launching SweatNET Pittsburgh in 2020

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Sky Diving – I love to snorkel but the idea of scuba diving makes me a little claustrophobic.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? 90 min massage with added cupping!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? I’m a sucker for a good skyline so the incline is a MUST so they can see the incredible view. I also love roller coasters so Kennywood is where I plan to take all of my visitors.

Contact info for Ashley Fortune:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweatnetpgh/

https://www.instagram.com/ashleyfortune_/


FitLabPGH Features 50:19 Rachel Runs PA




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: Rachel Runs PA (Rachel Bankaci)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I grew up near Uniontown and live in Latrobe now. So I’ve always been near Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I’m a very dedicated runner. So I spend most of my time on that! My family enjoys hiking and skiing in the Laurel Highlands.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I’d go to China and run the Great Wall Marathon!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I’m really into smoothie bowls for breakfast. On the weekend I always make pancakes with my kids.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love to go to brunch at Eleven. The food is amazing and it’s such a nice atmosphere.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I have done ropes courses several times as team building activities. It’s really fun and really challenging! I would do it again.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I am running the Boston Marathon in April! This will be my first Boston! I worked incredibly hard for years to get my qualifying time. I am ecstatic! I was also fortunate enough to get a spot in the Berlin Marathon in September. My goal is to run all of the World Marathon Majors (Boston, Berlin, Chicago, London, NYC, Tokyo.)

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Neither! I’d have to pick sky diving. I would be terrified, but I think it would be incredible.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love getting a massage at the Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing. They are fantastic and help keep my body feeling good through all of the miles I run!

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? My #1 tourist attraction is the bridges. I think they are so beautiful and really represent Pittsburgh. And they are really fun to run across! Since that’s technically not a place, I’ll pick the Strip District. I feel like it gives you a true Pittsburgh experience!

Contact info for Rachel Bankaci:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelrunspa/