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FitLabPGH Features 17:20 Haley




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: Haley

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I grew up in a small town called Acme (near Seven Springs) about an hour from the city. I currently live in Indiana, Pa, but I work for Forbes Hospital so I am in and out of the city frequently.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, Hiking and biking! And I’m a vegetarian bodybuilder so I weightlift 6 times a week.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The best vacation I ever went on was to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It was somewhere I dreamed of going for a very long time and a few years ago I was able to make it happen. I stayed in a beautiful cabin in the forest and spent all my time hiking and doing yoga.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I like rice cakes, blackberries and peanut butter before a work out and post work out I’ll have a vegan protein shake.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I enjoy going to the strip and loading up on fresh produce!

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? This year I am competing in my very first bodybuilding show at Carnegie Library Music Hall! I am so looking forward to it!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. I’m a clinical exercise physiologist and the biggest barrier to physical activity for people is that they don’t think they have the time. If something is a priority, there’s always time.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Night time trail running is always a good time.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Yoga. I do yoga every single day. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and listening to music.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I enjoy the overlook on Mt Washington.

Contact info for Haley:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halscomett/


FitLabPGH Features 16:20 Special Feature: Gracie and Mia



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: Special Feature: the Cats of FitLabPGH, Gracie and Mia

With many people in some form of quarantine, the cats of FitLabPGH, Gracie and Mia, wanted to offer their advice on how to embrace staying at home.

What are your three favorite home movement activities? Mia (the White and Black Cat): Climbing the stall bars; climbing the coat racks; and jumping on top of the fridge (the humans don’t love it when I do this)

Gracie (the Gray Cat): Chasing Mia around the house; pacing around the downstairs while I wait for the humans to feed me; and stretching/scratching on my cat condo

Any advice for humans who wish they could travel right now? Watch a virtual tour of where you want to go on the internet and enjoy planning your future vacation.  Although, we don’t really understand the appeal of travel because we have everything we need at home.

How about advice for humans who aren’t able to enjoy dining out in restaurants right now? Our staff members have our food delivered to the house…can’t the humans out there have their food delivered???

Any suggestions for humans who are bored at home? Use your imagination to create entertainment! Examples: Turn a delivery box into a fort or a bed. Meow at the top of your lungs until your staff members come running in a panic. Knock objects off the counter at 2am to let your staff members know it’s time to play.

What’s your advice to humans who miss their gyms and fitness facilities? See our answer above about favorite home movement activities! With a few toys and a little imagination, you humans can get your exercise fix at home!

What is your favorite home recovery or self-care practice? This one is easy, and all of you humans should add these two items to your daily agenda: 1) Make sure you get enough sleep! Worried that you haven’t slept enough? Make time for a nap. 2) Take time for daily mobility work – a couple of moves to try: cat stretch and downward-facing-cat.

Any last thoughts for humans coping with a Stay-At-Home order? Appreciate the little things, like taking a nap on a sunny windowsill or watching the birds eating at the birdfeeder.

Contact info for Gracie and Mia:  The Cats of FitLabPGH do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with them through the following FitLabPGH accounts:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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FitLabPGH Features 15:20 Lindsay Kober




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: Lindsay Kober

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I am not! I moved here in 2015- I had never been here before and I did not know anybody! I found two random roommates online who I still am best friends with today. I moved here after college for an internship within corporate wellness for Dicks Sporting Goods Corporate Office. I then left corporate wellness to pursue my current career at a fitness studio where I have learned the ins and outs of running a small business! I am a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and have been with the community for almost 4 years now!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love to try Group Fitness Studios, Running on the North Shore, and going for walks on the Montour Trail

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Aruba was amazing! I was able to go on a vacation with my boyfriend and his family. His mom and I would take morning walks and we took full advantage of snorkeling on the beach and off of the boats!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? My favorite thing before a workout is definitely my coffee

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bakersfield has my heart. The guac, the tacos, the margaritas!

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 actually would love to learn something new! I would love to take self defense classes or something of the sort!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? The understanding that it will make them feel better! It’s hard to understand that movement doesn’t always make you more tired- it gives you energy!!!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably snorkeling off of a boat in Aruba!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love to walk when I need a recovery day or a boost in my mood. Listening to music, getting outdoors, and just moving always puts me in a better mindset

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) The North Shore because I love to see people out running, enjoying the weather, taking a walk on their work break, and it’s just beautiful!

Contact info for Lindsay Kober:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayjkober/

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


FitLabPGH Features 14:20 Amanda Beckett




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: Amanda Beckett

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Pittsburgh born and raised! I’m from the city and went to Pittsburgh Public Schools. I also went to Point Park University. I guess you could say I’m Pittsburgh obsessed. I never want to leave! I think it’s the perfect mix between big and small city, culture, diversity, and hometown vibes. Also, I have a very large family who all live in and around Pittsburgh and I can’t leave them.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love Endure Barre, obviously. I joined as a member last January and became an instructor in September. I also love riding bikes on the various trails around the area, and just walking the city. On a nice summer night, you can’t beat the city views.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My husband and I went to San Francisco, CA and Maui, HI for our honeymoon 5 years ago. By far the best and most active vacation! We hiked across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran and back. In Maui, we hiked, swam in the 7 pools, bikes down Haleakala, and zip lined! It was amazing. We can’t wait to go back in a couple of years with our children.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I love peanut butter toast and a banana pre-workout and chocolate milk post-workout.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love good bar food. Take me to Fatheads any day over a fancy steak house. I love a good grilled chicken club, homemade chips, and ranch dressing. If a place has good homemade ranch you can count me in.

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 love to run a half marathon again! I’ve run two in the past. I also am looking forward to Body Rock-currently cancelled, but hoping it is rescheduled! I also love any of our group events at Endure Barre which I know will be coming once this quarantine is over!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. Isn’t that the problem with everything? I never feel like there is enough time in a day but I make sure to make time for movement. Even if it’s a quick walk on the treadmill. I also think people struggle with finding workouts they enjoy. I was a soccer player in college and in the best shape. After I lacked motivation to do it in the gym on my own and then had two kids. After finding Endure Barre, I have found my motivation again!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Biking down Haleakala Volcano in Maui. It was so much fun, fast, and something different to do. I also played soccer in Paris and Amsterdam in college with our college team. It was definitely an adventure.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love taking hot baths. I’ve been using epsom salts as well for helping with soreness and recovery. I also love reading a good book and just being alone.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) My favorite spot is not a hidden gem whatsoever. Haha I love Starbucks. Green tea Frappuccino’s all day everyday. Specifically the one on Cochran Road. Great people work there and they are so friendly and amazing!

Contact info for Amanda Beckett:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandatrain/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849245205


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 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/


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 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/

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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