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FitLabPGH Features 34:20 Jessie Hartman




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: Jessie Hartman

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? Crossfit, running/hiking outdoors and kayaking

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I would have to say my favorite vacation (so far) was to Hawaii in 2014. At that time of my life, I was training for and running half marathons so I would get up early every morning to run Kailua Beach at sunrise. It was absolutely amazing. I also did several day hikes around the island, standup paddle boarding in the ocean and snorkeling. Truly one of my all-time best trips ever!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre-workout I enjoy fruit and nut butter and post-workout I always try to get in some protein and carbohydrates, so usually a protein shake with almond milk and a banana.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pittsburgh has so many great foodie spots this is hard to pick! Mediterra Cafe or Gaucho Parrilla Argentina.

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 really like to try jiu-jitsu!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Talking with folks about getting more active, the number one reason they give for not including movement is “not enough time.” I understand life gets busy and schedules can be challenging to work around, but I believe that you have to make time for the things you want to do-like getting up and working out or getting to the gym after work. Create the habit and you’ll find the time!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably MMA/boxing. I was so nervous to try it and I ended up absolutely loving it!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Foam rolling, stretching and massage.

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

Contact info for Jessie Hartman:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jess_notica/

https://www.instagram.com/whole_heart_wellness_massage/


FitLabPGH Features 33:20 Kristin – @4run2




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: Kristin – @4run2

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Yes. I grew up here, but moved away for college and a couple years after. I’ve been back for about 7 years. Most of my family is here and I love being close to them.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, rock climbing, mountain biking

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Patagonia. My now husband and I did an awesome hiking trip in Argentina and Chile about 2 years ago. The scenery was gorgeous, the hikes were challenging, but fun, and the food was amazing! My favorite part of the trip was an overnight mountaineering trip we did with a guide.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre- apples, post- Diet Dr Pepper and pretzels

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

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? My husband and I are hoping to bike the GAP trail from PGH to DC next year! I would also love to do a dog trail race with my pup!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Either motivation or finding something they enjoy doing. It can be hard to stay motivated if you are not seeing the results you want to see or if you are not enjoying the activity. I love to run. I love being outside and I use that hour as me time. A lot of people hate running and see it more as torture than a fun activity.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Lead Rock Climbing

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Recovery- sitting on the couch 😂. Self care- pedicures. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of at home pedicures/foot baths. Running does a lot of work to my feet and I try and keep them looking decent.

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

Contact info for Kristin:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/4run2/


FitLabPGH Features 32:20 Steve Schohn




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: Steve Schohn

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

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, Ninja, and Skateboarding

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The Dominican Republic a couple years ago. Definitely beautiful and relaxing. It was mostly R&R.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I usually keep it light before a race, a banana and maybe a protein bar. Post-workout I do high protein: protein shake and protein bar, protein water. Usually some carbs. If its after a race I eat a LOT!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pizza is my favorite food. There’s so many different pizza places and so many good ones in Pittsburgh.

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 got really into running this past year, like going from barely able to run 1 mile without stopping to running a 50k without stopping. I don’t know where it’ll take me but I’m going along for the ride now. I may do a 50-miler or even more. I had a lot of Spartan and other Obstacle Course Races lined up for this year, hopefully next year I can get more into those (thanks, Covid).

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Motivation. Wanting to do it. Diet fads and workout fads never work. I’ve tried a bunch of times. You need to get in the right mindset and you need to WANT to move and be healthier. Its a choice and you need to be consistent to build healthy habits. Once you built the habits it comes naturally. But it all starts with changing your mindset.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? I’d have to say the Ghost Town Trail 50k Challenge Race I did in August. The furthest distance I’ve done. For now.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Cryotherapy / Float / Massage Gun

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I need to find more running trails and courses. But I do like running the GAP trail. Great views of the city. I did my Virtual Pittsburgh Marathon on it on my 37th Birthday in June. Started in South Side and ran to McKeesport (13.1 miles) and back. This was my first marathon and I was training since January. Bummed the in-person race was canceled, and I can’t wait to get the full experience next year, but it was definitely challenging and a rewarding experience.

Contact info for Steve Schohn:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skatersteev/


FitLabPGH Features 28:20 Donald Robinson




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: Donald Robinson (Coach Donald)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Yes. I moved back after graduate school taking up a job in social work. I started private coaching leading me into opening my studio. I’m still here as I learn to grow a stable business, educate the community, and build my coaching of having coached young athletes for years of their development.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Ultimate frisbee / Running / Flag Football

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Best vacation I’ve ever taken was a trip to Ethiopia. I was conducting a coaching clinic in Kenya and took the Christmas and new year week to explore there. I got to drink the world’s best coffee, meet some dope people, always get offered a marriage proposal, and feed a hyena. Movement was mostly just about doing tons of walking. When I didn’t have anything to do or my friends were busy at work, I got lots of walking in around Addis Ababa. Feeding the hyena was definitely a life changing movement haha.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Apples.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. This is hard. I can’t pick one. Z Best BBQ – chicken dinners with all the sides. / Wafflonia waffles / Danishes & fruit tarts from Oakmont Bakery

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? Tennis. Looks like a great way to develop lateral quickness and speed.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Inertia.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Hiking in various parks.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massages although I don’t get enough.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I love Everyday Cafe in Homewood. The service is great. The food and drinks are great. It has the huge window-y view & you can rub shoulders with some great people doing great work. Just sitting there and hearing convos is inspiring.

Contact info for Donald Robinson:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach_donald_/

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUYf6M_WJKCKEFe7XOvRpQ/featured


FitLabPGH Features 27:20 Zoe




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: Zoe

Where do you consider “Home”? Pittsburgh

What are your three favorite movement activities? Long hikes or walks, being in the water, playing with other puppy friends

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Haven’t been on a vacation yet! But excited to go somewhere where I can run and play

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I love crunchy ice cubes in the summer and eggs for breakfast!

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Any peanut butter treat! Also crunching on sticks!

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? To be a better run partner with my mom

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Rolling around in the soft grass and belly rubs

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) South Side River Park

Contact information for Zoe:
Zoe lives with her Mom, Erica Strasser, who we Featured on 6/25/20. You can follow Erica at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erica_strasser40/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erica.britsch


FitLabPGH Features 26:20 Emilia Hobbs




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: Emilia Hobbs

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m not a Pittsburgh native! I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Slippery Rock for graduate school then came to Pittsburgh to support my fiancé as he attends dental school at Pitt. I have stayed because I have found a community of people and activities that I love!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Biking the trails along the rivers Paddling (either kayaking or stand up paddleboarding) Hiking at the many trails and parks in the area

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My family and I took a trip to Montana about 5 years ago and had a blast enjoying nature and getting outside! We stayed in a cabin and went hiking, whitewater rafting, did a ropes course, and went on a boat ride to an island for more hiking!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? For pre-workout I like fruits and veggies with a high water content like cucumber, bell pepper, and berries My favorite post-workout is something with carbs and protein like yogurt and cereal (cereal because it has less added sugar than granola)

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pittsburgh salad! My family didn’t believe me at first when I told them people put french fries on salad here!

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? The Rachel Carson challenge!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Finding an activity that you enjoy! I think it is easy to get discouraged if you try something like running and don’t like it. My tip is to keep trying other forms of movement until you find something you like!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Kickboxing! I wanted to learn about a year ago so I got a job as a group fitness instructor at a boutique kickboxing studio

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Crafting! I love to knit, sew, and build projects to share with family and friends

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Mellon Park – the grassy area across from the playground where they have a big space for playing, a garden, and plenty of benches and chairs to sit and read!

Contact info for Emilia Hobbs:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emiliaskye13/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilia.hobbs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilia-hobbs/


FitLabPGH Features 25:20 Erica Strasser




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: Erica Strasser

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Pittsburgh native! But I’ve lived in Ohio (Cincinnati) and in Florida (Siesta Key) for periods of time.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Dog park walks with my pup Zoe! , yoga @ South Hills Power Yoga, Tennis at Highland Park tennis courts.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Panama was an amazing vacation! I was there for two weeks. I did lots of running through the small towns and swimming/snorkeling in the Gulf with my daughter and seeing the Coral reef

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre workout- Nuun sports electrolyte tabs lemon lime 🙂 post workout- coffee and a banana or PB&J

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Country Style VEGAN pizza in Bridgeville

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? Triathlon before 50 yrs old (9 years) and Paris Marathon

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? People are resistant to changing their comfortable lifestyle. Stepping out of a comfortable health and wellness box is difficult. Especially for diet change. Getting folks motivated to move in the winter months is always an obstacle. I try to lead by example.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Zip lining in North park! Very fun and super challenging for me to land on my feet!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Sauna therapy- currently at Pure Sweat Pgh and practicing Pilates on off days from running.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) West End Overlook in Elliot City neighborhood of Pittsburgh

Contact info for Erica Strasser:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erica_strasser40/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erica.britsch


FitLabPGH- Share the Trail




FitLabPGH Podcast is doing something a little different this week. Instead of releasing a new podcast episode, we’re bringing you a video podcast…encouraging you to Share the Trail…Summer is (unofficially) here…if there could POSSIBLY be an upside to the pandemic, it’s that more people are getting outside and making movement part of their lifestyle…we want you ALL to enjoy movement on the trails…so today’s video podcast includes a few tips to help minimize the squabbling (on social media and in real life) between walkers, runners, and cyclists on the trails…

Tip 1: Share the Trail. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) encouraged people to #ShareTheTrail before there were hashtags! Trails are not your private property…be a good neighbor…do your part to help all trail users have a positive experience.

Tip 2: Be aware of your surroundings…whether you’re walking or cycling, be alert, and be courteous to other trail users. If you want to listen to music…or to the FitLabPGH podcast…limit yourself to one earbud…or keep your ears open with AfterShokz Trekz headphones…and if you’re thinking about keeping your ears open by playing your music on speaker…resist the urge…please…share the trail, not your music.

Tip 3: Give warning (and space) when passing from behind. A friendly call out (or ring of a bell) prevents surprises…and giving space prevents collisions…if you’re riding in a group, please pass single file….and be aware of oncoming “traffic”…please don’t be the cyclist that causes walkers/runners to jump off the trail. Side note, if you’re being passed, please do your part to share the trail…keep right, and if you’re part of a group, close ranks or go single file. Tip 4: If you stop, step off the trail…with your bike…or stroller..or dog…or child. Take time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife…or to text pics to friends…but leave the trail clear for others.

For more healthy lifestyle ideas and inspiration, check out the FitLabPGH podcast – we release a new episode (almost) every Sunday.  See the website for subscription options, and check out the archives…with over 150 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!

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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 22:20 Sara Mastrine




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 Mastrine

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m originally from Ebensburg, which is about an hour and a half east of Pittsburgh. I moved here for a job and stayed because it’s a great city!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Yoga, running/hiking, CrossFit

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I went on a camping trip to Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah last summer. I did a lot of hiking and learned to rappel and down-climb into an amazing slot canyon!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Applesauce before a workout. Peanut butter toast and chocolate milk after.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Seafood trio appetizer from Monterey Bay

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 just purchased a mountain bike so I’m looking forward to getting better at that! I’d also love to do more rock climbing. And there a lot of CrossFit moves I’d like to improve. I’ve done a few half marathons and I’d like to try a full one day. Lots of bucket list goals!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think a lot of people just don’t know where to start or they’re intimidated by being a “beginner.”

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Hiking Angel’s Landing trail in Zion. It’s an exposed trail with a chain you hold to keep you from falling off the side of the 1500 foot cliff (at 5800 feet of elevation). So scary but really amazing when you make it to the top!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massages or float tanks! There are some great float studios in Pittsburgh!

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Biddle’s Cafe

Contact info for Sara Mastrine:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saramastrine/


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