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FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 21:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 21 of 2020 ride your bike, trail tips & summer adventures #safety #movement #stressrelief #qualityoflife

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Sara Mastrine.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


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/


Movement is a Lifestyle Micro-Workout: Suspension Trainer Shoulder Series



FitLabPGH Podcast is doing something a little different today. Instead of releasing a new podcast episode, we’re bringing you a suspension trainer micro-workout. This Shoulder Series consists of 3 exercises and is designed to activate the posterior chain of the torso…and counter-act some of the effects of spending too much time hunched over a computer. DISCLAIMER: this video is intended for entertainment purposes only! Please consult a qualified professional for diagnosis and treatment of pain or injury.

Disclaimer complete. Now for the fun. These exercises can be performed on any type of suspension trainer (TRX, Monkii, gymnastic rings, etc…). We suggest starting with 20-60 seconds of each exercise (but listen to your body)! Want to make an exercise more challenging? Walk forward, putting your body at a steeper angle. Need to make an exercise less challenging? Walk backward, putting your body at a less steep angle. The three exercises are:
1) Reverse Soda (or Beer) Can Squeeze. Focus on squeezing shoulder blades together and letting straight arms go along for the ride
2) Row (palms down). Focus on the big muscles of the back and not shrugging your shoulders
3) 3-Part Shoulder: Row-Rotate-Lift. Focus on not shrugging the shoulders and keeping tension on the suspension trainer straps throughout the exercise. This series makes a great break in your work-from-home workday.

We’ll be bringing you additional micro-workouts over the next few weeks. If you have any topics you’d like us to address, send us a message or comment below.

For more movement ideas and inspiration, check out the FitLabPGH Podcast at www.FitLabPGH.com or on Spotify or YouTube. With over 150 episodes (and counting), it might lead you to a 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 Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 20:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 20 of 2020 think of #positive takeaways w #COVID19 a #newnormal with the #officevisit protocols for a #Pittsburgh area medical practice and #flashback to #blisterproof your summer all because #movementisalifestyle.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Cecile Elias .

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Features 21:20 Cecile Elias




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: Cecile Elias

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Born and raised! I’m the only one of my parents’ 5 children that have never lived out of state. I’ve gone back and forth, between Allegheny and Washington Counties but never lived on the other side of the bridges or tunnels. I’ve traveled quite a bit, but circumstances as a young adult just sucked me into staying, I suppose! I married a rebound guy at 21 and was divorced with a mortgage at 23. My Pilates practice kept growing and at some point I found myself in a position where I had it too good to leave! However, the adaptations that I’ve made during “stay at home” orders are proof that I can make it work anywhere. For the past 3 years or so, my husband and I have talked about moving to a warmer, dryer climate…

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking/running/walking- can that be one? I love to be outdoors, especially surrounded by nature! PILATES!!! Yoga

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I feel like there are best vacations for different categories! For movement, I workout during every vacation. Typically, I run or walk a lot while I’m away and make a point to find a Pilates studio or do my own mat. I also might do a body weight circuit or HIIT style workout and home or away I do a little bit of daily yoga. I’ve loved my European trips and nothing beats a week on the beach. Last August, my husband and I visited Yellowstone for the first time with my bother, sister and brother in law . The whole week was centered around hiking. We’ve done a couple shorter trips to Colorado like that. This might be my favorite type of trip!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I’d rather eat after and I don’t “snack”, so it’s just a whole meal! Properly raised protein, please! Salmon, steak, bone broth, pasture raised eggs, homemade jerky if I’m on the go, etc.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Steak or I love a whole roasted fish!

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? Last year, I went white water rafting for the first time at Ohiopyle. I would love to do it again!!! Otherwise, maybe jiu jitsu?

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? People have a hard time prioritizing it in their schedules. Everyone has time to do 10 push ups in a day. They have to prioritize it. There’s time…

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably the white water rafting! I went with my dad and two uncles, who had all done it before and were on the swim team in college. I was the only one that didn’t fall out at some point! (I used my inner thighs like crazy to hang on!)

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Do I have to pick just one? Sauna but followed closely by meditation, foam rolling and dry brushing

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) As far as restaurants, my favorite thing is to go to different ones each time. I do very little repeats! On the outskirts of Pittsburgh, I really love Ohiopyle. (The folks out there are still Steelers Fans, so it counts!) My parents recently moved there and every time I visit them, it feels like vacation. That said, my favorite spots in the actual city of Pittsburgh are the parks!

Contact info for Cecile Elias:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pilatesandprimalliving/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cecile.wagner3


Thoughts on Dealing w COVID-19 from Doug Petrick Upper St Clair HS track & XC coach




Doug Petrick (in his own words): I teach High School Physics and coach Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, and Spring Track & Field at Upper St. Clair High School. I am happily married to my wife Kinley. We have 3 fun kids- Kaia (12), Kenzie (8), and Declan (6). I like to teach, coach, run, write, consume podcasts and connect with others that have similar interests. I am also the USC XC TF Coaches Clinic Director.

We previously interviewed Doug Petrick for the FitLabPGH Podcast episode released 12/2/18; here’s the link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2018/12/02/podcast-4218-doug-petrick-upper-st-clair-hs-xc-track-coach/

Show Notes: Doug Petrick, – contact info:
E-mail: dpetrick76@gmail.com

Website (Coaches Clinic): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-event-2020-usc-cross-country-track-field-coaches-clinic-tickets-101428246616

Twitter (Doug): https://twitter.com/DougPetrick1

Twitter (Coaches Clinic): https://twitter.com/ClinicUSCXCTF

Doug Petrick was recently on the Final Surge Podcast; here’s the link: https://blog.finalsurge.com/final-surge-podcast-episode-155-doug-petrick/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Upper St. Clair School District (PA)
https://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us

Once a Runner, by John L. Parker Jr.
https://www.amazon.com/Once-Runner-John-Parker-Jr/dp/1416597891

Wharton Health – Rope Stretching
https://www.whartonhealth.com

Coach Paul Vandersteen, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
http://www.neuquaxctf.com/staff.html

Coach Dennis Barker, Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul, MN
http://www.coachbarker.com

Kelly Kuhn, MPT, Kelly Kuhn Physical Therapy, PA
https://www.kellykuhnpt.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 Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 19:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 19 of 2020 #besafe #keeponmoving & #beagoodtrailcitizen …. all promoting the ethos #movementisalifestyle

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Puddin’s 1 year report.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


FitLabPGH Features 20:20 Special Feature – Puddin’s 1-Year Report




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 – Puddin the Yellow Lab’s 1-Year Report

Puddin the Yellow Lab has recently completed her first year with the FitLabPGH team. She wanted to take the opportunity to share a few of her first year highlights…and to offer her advice on coping with the restrictions of COVID-19.

What are your three favorite movement activities from your first year in the Pittsburgh area? Jumping over fallen trees in Mingo Creek Park. Hiking and running with my friend Maggie the Black Lab…bonus points if we get to hike through mud or water. Wrestling with Maggie.

Any advice for humans whose movement routines have been disrupted by Stay-at-Home orders? You don’t need a gym or an event to make movement part of your lifestyle! I make movement a priority every day…I run up and down the stairs. I wrestle in the living room…and the kitchen…and the bedroom. And if Ben doesn’t take us to the park, I run extra laps in the back yard.

What’s your favorite food treat since moving to the Pittsburgh area? Carrots! Or blueberries…or maybe that plain Greek yogurt Ben puts on his steel cut oats…and I LOVE ice cubes…was that too long of an answer?

Any suggestions for humans who are bored at home? If you get bored, take a nap…or chew something…maybe chew something then go take a nap. Other ideas: wrestle with your roommate; bark at the UPS delivery person; snuggle with the cats.

What’s your greatest accomplishment in your first year at FitLabPGH? I learned to go up and down the stairs! Climbing the stairs wasn’t very difficult…but I was really nervous about going down the stairs. I made Ben carry me down like a princess for several days…that was fun…but I’m excited to have the independence of running up and down on my own…especially when one of the cats is misbehaving in the middle of the night…I go downstairs to investigate and report back to the humans.

What are your favorite home recovery or self-care practices? I’m stealing my answer from the FitLabPGH cats, 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, preferably curled up with another dog, a cat, and a human. 2) Take time for daily mobility work – a couple of moves to try: upward-facing-dog and downward-facing-dog.

Any last thoughts for humans coping with a Stay-At-Home order? Appreciate the little things, like carrying a stick on your walk, wrestling with a friend, or taking a nap on a Rumpl blanket.

Contact info for Puddin the Yellow Lab:
The Labs 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


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 Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 18:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 18 of 2020 a virtual running/walking event, homemade #nutbutter and homemade #coffee because #healthyfood is part of a #healthylifestyle

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Andi.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos: