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Lindsay Gibson- Women’s Adventure Club





Lindsay Gibson (in her own words): I founded the Women’s Adventure Club in September 2019 with a mission to create opportunities for women to connect with nature and other like-minded people and to push past their comfort zone through new experiences.  

Prior to Pittsburgh, my family and I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for seven years. During our years in the Last Frontier I experienced so many wonderful outdoor adventures. I learned how to alpine ski, nordic ski, and fatbike in the snow. Learning these activities in my late 30s meant that I was reaching beyond my comfort zone. Today, these are some of my most beloved ways to experience the natural world.  I know the magic of going outside your comfort zone and trying new things, despite age. 

Leaving Alaska was difficult for all of us, but I was determined to find a connection to the outdoors in our new home. Settling in the Sewickley area, I began to see that there is a different mindset and a different culture in regard to outdoor recreation. My time adventuring in the outdoors of Alaska had been a huge source of purpose, joy, peace, vitality, and the feeling of being connected to something bigger. I felt compelled to share this with women here in our area. 

To date (April, ‘20) we have had 35 adventures to include alpine skiing, snowshoeing, skeet shooting, biking and hiking.  It’s been so rewarding for me to see how being in the outdoors has contributed to women’s wellness, confidence, and happiness. 

Special thanks to my Alaska friends for being such an important part of my experiences in the wilds of AK. 

Thank you to Joe from REI Pittsburgh. Your enthusiasm and support of my endeavors to open the natural world to the women in the WAC is appreciated more than you could ever know. I’m so grateful.

Thank you to Fern Hollow Nature Center for being the Women’s Adventure Club’s first partner. 

Thank you to my husband for believing in me and my children for being my favorite adventurers. 

A huge thank you to the members of The Women’s Adventure Club for trusting me. I love sharing time on the trails with you. I sincerely hope your experiences in the great outdoors will be as transformative for you as they have been for me.

 Show Notes: Lindsay Gibson, Women’s Adventure Club, Contact Information:
E-mail: thewomensadventureclub@gmail.com

Website: https://www.adventureclubsewickley.com

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Menachem Brodie, Human Vortex Training
First FitLabPGH Podcast interview via Zoom, released 10/8/17; Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/10/08/podcast-42-17-menachem-brodie-human-vortex-training/

Dr. E (Ernesto Gutierrez, MD)
https://drernestomd.com

Check out the episode of our sister podcast, Moving2Live, featuring Dr. E, released 4/15/20; Link: http://www.moving2live.com/2020/04/15/dr-e-of-highway-to-health-show-living-ageless/

Bear Run Nature Reserve, PA
https://trails.dcnr.pa.gov/trails/trail/trailview?trailkey=509

John Muir Trail, CA
https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/

Go Ape, Pittsburgh (North Park)
https://www.goape.com/location/pennsylvania-pittsburgh/

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

The Wheel Mill, Pittsburgh, PA http://www.thewheelmill.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Harry Geyer, Owner, The Wheel Mill, released 12/3/16; Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2016/12/03/podcast-harry-geyer-the-wheel-mill/

Montour Woods Conservation Area
http://hollowoak.org/conservation.html

Justin Berthold, DO, Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh
https://www.rehabpgh.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Dr. Berthold, released 12/10/17; Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/12/10/podcast-50-17-justin-berthold-do-rehabilitation-physicians-of-pittsburgh/

AllTrails
https://www.alltrails.com

REI Hiking and Biking Trail-Finding Apps
https://www.rei.com/h/adventure-projects

Hiker Babes, Facebook Community
https://www.facebook.com/hikerbabescommunity/

Hiking and Backpacking Pennsylvania, Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/427764640622680/

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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)

Did you know FitLabPGH partners with Zihmer Law Firm for a Movement is a Lifestyle television show on PTCT7- available on YouTube- Movement is a Lifestyle

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

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

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


FitLabPGH Features 19:20 Andi




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: Andi

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

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking the trails through blue slide park (Frick Park), boxing classes, lifting weights

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? New York City! Walking any and everywhere!!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Berries and a GoMacro bar!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Sushi from Just Roll’d Up

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? Mastering pistol squats, handstand, weighted pull-ups & dips

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Lacking motivation

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? Using my fascial gun or getting a massage

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

Contact info for Andi:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwiqueen_fit/


FitLabPGH Rituals for a Sense of Normalcy




FitLabPGH Rituals for a Sense of Normalcy
In this stressful time of COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, and Social Distancing, the FitLabPGH Podcast is doing something a little different today…we’re bringing you a video podcast with a few suggestions for creating rituals that help create a sense of normalcy and may help with stress management. Take home messages: 1) instead of focusing on what you CAN’T do, try focusing on what you CAN do to feel more joy in your life; and 2) as evidenced by the videography, try not to take yourself TOO seriously. Our tips are detailed below. Have any tips for creating a sense of calm and normalcy? Please share with us in the comments!

Give a listen to the audio, or check out the YouTube video

Tip 1: Create a morning ritual. FitLabPGH listeners know for Ben, his morning ritual is espresso. Other ideas: a cup of tea, a few minutes writing in a journal, watching the birds outside your window. Anything that makes you feel as if you’re starting off the day on the right foot.

Tip 2: Create a nightly gentle movement practice. You can call it a mobility routine, a stretching session, yoga, or spending time on the floor with dogs…the idea is to signal your body that it’s time for rest and recovery…to activate the parasympathetic nervous system…this MAY result in improved sleep quality and a higher EliteHRV “morning readiness” score

Tip 3: Take a mid-day moment of silence. Use noise cancelling headphones if necessary to find 5 minutes of quiet. Focus on your breathing and releasing stress from your body.

Tip 4: Add an activity to your movement toolbox that is relatively disruption-proof. Injury or illness can disrupt ANY movement activity, but strive to have something in your routine that resists outside disruption. Perhaps it’s a home yoga practice, or a suspension trainer in your garage, or a go-to bodyweight workout, or a walk in your backyard with the dogs. We’re fans of including time in nature under this tip, if you can do so safely. Basically, it’s good to have at least one way you can keep moving…whether your traveling…or trapped at home.

For more healthy lifestyle ideas and inspiration, check out the FitLabPGH podcast – we release a new episode (almost) every Sunday at www.FitLabPGH.com and on Spotify and YouTube – see the website for subscription options, and check out the archives…with over 140 episodes (and counting) to choose from, they might lead you to your new favorite activity. Make a plan that includes movement and time for rest and recovery…do your best to stay safe…and wash your hands!

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)

Did you know FitLabPGH partners with Zihmer Law Firm for a Movement is a Lifestyle television show on PTCT7- available on YouTube- Movement is a Lifestyle

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

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

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

 


FitLabPGH Features 18:20 Emily Bischof




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: Emily Bischof

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 Johnstown, which is about 2 hours east of here. I came to Pittsburgh to go to the University of Pittsburgh and stayed here because my husband got a job here.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love going to our public parks. I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, and yoga (of course!)

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I’m a Disney fanatic, so I love going to Disney World. We are always on the go there so I definitely get my steps in while on vacation. I’m not a sit down and hang out kind of person, especially when it comes to vacation.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I don’t usually have a specific pre-workout snack. I have a lot of issues with my stomach, so eating before I exercise just never works out for me. My post- workout snack is nuts.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pierogies!!!!

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 would like to try boxing or even something with MMA.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think it’s diet. When I’m not eating right and feeling sluggish, I don’t want to do anything.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? My first ever time in a kayak I went through rapids. It was terrifying but also exhilarating.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love to stretch after a workout

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I love the river walk along the Allegheny

Contact info for Emily Bischof:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yinzeryogi/

 


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/


Working with Athletes during the Covid-19 Crisis- Mike Schultz Highland Training




Working with Athletes during the Covid-19 Crisis

Mike Schultz is the head coach and founder of Highland Training. He brings more than 20 years of racing, coaching and training experience from endurance and ultra-endurance events. Mike works with a range of talent from national and international elites, to age group athletes and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also certified with USA Cycling as a Certified Coach. Mike is also a writer for various publications while he continues to compete to further study the science behind sports specific training.

FitLabPGH previously interviewed Mike Schultz for an episode released on October 27, 2019. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/10/27/mike-schultz-highland-training/

Show Notes: Mike Schultz, Highland Training, Contact Information:
E-mail: schultz@highlandtraining.net

Website: http://www.highlandtraining.net

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Highland_Mike

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-schultz-26694a10/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Training Peaks
https://www.trainingpeaks.com

Strava
https://www.strava.com

Zwift
https://www.zwift.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)

Did you know FitLabPGH partners with Zihmer Law Firm for a Movement is a Lifestyle television show on PTCT7- available on YouTube- Movement is a Lifestyle

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

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

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


FitLabPGH 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/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fitlabpgh


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/


Home Gym Ideas or Hacks- video podcast part 2




The FitLabPGH and Moving2Live Podcasts are doing something a little different this week. We’re bringing you a pair of video podcasts to help make movement part of your at-home lifestyle. Part 1 was published on Wednesday 3/25/20. This is Part 2. Whether you’re exercising from home for the first time, or looking for a few hacks to make your home fitness space more functional, we hope today’s tips will help you create a home that encourages you to move more.

Link to Video podcast Part 2: Home Gym Ideas or Hacks part 2

Link for Video podcast Part 1 (on Moving2Live podcast): Home Gym Ideas or Hacks part 1

Home Hack 1: Dedicate a space to be your home fitness place. ONE of our dedicated spaces is a “Mobility” room and includes: a SandDune Stepper, available at https://www.roguefitness.com ; a balance board or wobble board (search Google or Amazon); a foam roller; and a closet dowel turned mobility stick. Added bonus of a dedicated space: you might be inspired to move more every time you see it! If you’re looking for garage gym inspiration, check out Luke Koval, https://www.instagram.com/one_o.a.k/ on Instagram, and Richard Walters, https://www.instagram.com/richarda.walters/ on Instagram.

Home Hack 2: Turn your backyard or patio into a movement annex. Collect a variety of small, weighted tools and toys that allow you to craft at-home resistance training sessions. Look for: kettlebells and Indian Clubs. Looking for instruction for kettlebells? Check out Brett Jones of StrongFirst, https://www.instagram.com/brettjonessfg/ and https://www.instagram.com/strongfirst/  on Instagram. Added bonus for small tools and toys in the backyard: you can get some fresh air and movement at the same time. Plus, if you have dogs, it gives you something to do while the dogs do their business.

Home Hack 3: Build a jungle gym in the backyard…ok, like gymnastic rings in the living room, this isn’t for everyone…but if you have the space…our DIY jungle gym lets us channel our inner American Ninja Warriors. It gives us a place to “hang around” and a place to hang a suspension trainer. Take home message: the more movement tools you have at your disposal, the easier it is to make movement part of your lifestyle…especially when quarantined.

Final thought: if you’re starting or modifying a movement routine, don’t overdo it! Listen to your body, rest when you need to rest, and consider a consult with a qualified profession for guidance and injury prevention.

Do you have tips for creating a home fitness space or home movement routine? Please share with us in the comments. For movement ideas and inspiration, check out the FitLabPGH Podcast at www.FitLabPGH.com and on Spotify and YouTube. With over 140 episodes, and counting, it might lead you to your new favorite activity.

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)

Did you know FitLabPGH partners with Zihmer Law Firm for a Movement is a Lifestyle television show on PTCT7- available on YouTube- Movement is a Lifestyle

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

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

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


FitLabPGH 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