Category Archives: FitLabPGH Features

FitLabPGH Features 26:21 Rich Petyk (Repost)




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: Rich Petyk

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Born and raised in Perryopolis. Left after graduating from Cal U. Went to Harrisburg/Lancaster for 7 years and then to New England for 3.5 years. Returned for parents’ health and my work was routinely bringing me back to PA for pipeline projects.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Mountain biking in Frick Park and surrounding areas. The numerous rail trails including the GAP. And, probably the city steps although I don’t get to walk or run them as much as I would like.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Oh man so tough. Two years ago the wife and I did a 5 week western trip with mountain biking in Sedona, Bentonville, Palo Duro, Santa Fe, and we topped it off with snowboarding at Ski Cooper in Leadville, which was so amazing. We also did some hiking and snowshoeing, which was a first for us.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre- would be banana chocolate oatmeal with blueberries. Post- maybe a Probar or watermelon in the summertime.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Tough question but I would say Pizzeria Davide or Spak Brothers cheesesteak.

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 deeply desire to spend a winter season in the west snowboarding. Events that I’m considering in 2021 include another go at Crush the Commonwealth, the GRUSK Venti 200 mile bikepacking route in WV, and I hear there’s an 850 mile gravel bikepacking route dropping soon in PA.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think people are too afraid of being uncomfortable and I’ll include myself in that trap. But once you get out there you realize you won’t melt in the rain, or freeze, and that with the right clothing and mindset being outdoors year round is extremely enjoyable.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? I really think 2017 Crush the Commonwealth was probably the most adventurous. However, I did recently complete a 3 day solo bikepacking trip around the Laurel Highlands that involved paralleling the LHT (Laurel Highlands Trail) and stealth camping one night.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Without a doubt foam rolling.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Toss up between Emerald View trail in Mount Washington and the Slags/Summerset trails in Frick Park. I also really like the abandoned ghost road next to Carrie Furnace, any place off the beaten path.

Contact info for Rich Petyk:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rpetyk150/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rich.petyk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-petyk-1936a2126/


FitLabPGH Features 23:21 Laura Breen Escott (Repost)




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: Laura Breen Escott

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 Phoenix, Az. I came to Pittsburgh in 2002 to be close to my family when they moved to Pittsburgh for a job change. Within 3 years my family had all moved back to AZ. I ended up staying because I met my husband here and his work kept us in Pa at that time. Since then we stayed because we wanted to establish a good foundation for our son. At first Pittsburgh was a difficult transition for me. Especially the weather! I will never get used to the winters. Now, I love Pittsburgh! (Still not the cold) but for the growth in art, development, restaurants, culture and the wellness expansion.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Creating and moving in Meraki studio. (Rebounding, Pilates & sculpting classes revolving around supporting muscle structure) Walking in the Strip by the river to the Pointe. Stand up paddle boarding

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The Dominican Republic. We stayed in a very private location with only 7 villas on the property on the beach. It was extremely private and we were able to really fully unplug and restore. We walked on the beach daily and hiked to various waterfalls and lagoons. It was secluded and magical.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I prefer to eat fresh foods like fruit or veggies but if I don’t have access to these I will eat a Sakara Detox bar.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. B52, Soba, Nicky’s Thai! So many things from 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? Travel! Would include lots of walking to explore and experience the new environment. And walking the Camino De Santiago.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think people have the notion they need to be good at it or “perform” well. The thought process should shift from exercise or working out to, like [FitLabPGH says], “move” or “movement.” This is a primal desire. We just need to move without any expectations or pressure about what that means or should look like. The experience is simply movement. The benefits are from moving. Mind, body, emotion, soul. Are all interconnected through physicality.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Pilates! Ha. (I mean sometimes you have to be real brave to go upside down on equipment) Water rafting excursion

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Infrared sauna heat therapy

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) My home (homebody) & Mt. Washington

Contact info for Laura Breen Escott:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurabreenescott/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meraki_studio412/


FitLabPGH Features 22:21 Claudette Minnotte




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: Claudette Minnotte

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 Lehighton, PA which is just north of Philadelphia. I went to the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and I fell in love with Pitt and never left!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Rebounding at Meraki Studio, Resistance Training at [Solidcore], and spinning at Zenergy.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I went on a trip to Maui in Hawaii. I loved the laid back atmosphere of the island and the love of the native culture. I went surfing, lifted and ran on the beach, and hiked through on the road to Hana.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I’m obsessed with Over Easy bars. And I’m constantly eating chicken all day.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I’m a huge taco fan – I could eat them every day. But my favorite is the octopus taco at Tako with a Paloma.

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? At Meraki Studio, where I teach, I look forward to our new routines every week. It’s constantly changing to help your body and muscles adapt and become stronger and more flexible. We are challenging you to think outside the box in your workouts.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think time and schedule. People tend to get set in a sedentary routine and forget to carve out time or become inundated with work. I’m a creature of habit where I firmly believe waking up early and getting your workout/movement to start your day is the best thing in the world for physical and mental health.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Waterfall repelling and ziplining in the jungle in Belize.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Deep tissue massages and getting a blow out for my hair.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I love having a glass of bubbly after a long week at the Grapperia in Lawrenceville.

Contact info for Claudette Minnotte:

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


FitLabPGH Features 20:21 Dayna Coleman




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: Dayna Coleman

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m a Pittsburgh transplant! I grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY. I came out to Western PA for my Master’s degree at IUP. I had an internship in Pittsburgh, got a job here, and I’ve been here ever since!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Spinning at Cyclebar Robinson, running the North Shore trail, and attending SweatNET events – especially outdoor events!

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? One of my favorite vacations was going to Colorado to ski at Copper, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin! I went with my friend that I’ve known since we were 3. You’ll never find me happier than when I’m skiing, so I loved being able to check out the bigger mountains.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre-workout – I love an eggo waffle with peanut butter and apple slices! Post workout – I love the Honey Stinger cracker bars – they are so easy to take with you anywhere and they hold you over until the post-workout meal.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Wingo tacos at Mad Mex, the San Francisco sauce is *chefs kiss*

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 bucket list movement activity is definitely an in-person running race. I never started running until the pandemic, and since then, I ran three virtual races including the 2021 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I’ve heard there is a magic and excitement about in person races, so I can’t wait to experience that!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? I think it can be tough for people to know what they will enjoy until they start doing it, and it can be really daunting (and sometimes expensive) to try new things. But once you find the things you like to do, movement becomes part of your lifestyle. Thankfully, we have SweatNET here, and it’s bridging that obstacle! You can try yoga, HIIT, boxing, and everything in between for a $10 membership.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? The day that I walked 14 miles around London sight-seeing. Although walking isn’t the most adventurous activity on its own, it was the first day of my trip and I couldn’t wait to see everything! I love how walking allows you to see so much that you would otherwise miss by driving or taking busses and trains. I saw so many sights that day including: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Eye, London Bridge, Covent Gardens, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Abbey Road, and Speakers Corner.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love cryotherapy – it’s amazing how just a few minutes in the cold can make such a significant impact on recovery. Also, if I close my eyes, I can imagine that I’m skiing 🙂

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Washington’s Landing – I could only dream of owning a home there – but the look-out is my absolute favorite and it’s a really quiet place right in the city where you don’t feel like you’re in the city at all.

Contact info for Dayna Coleman:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dayynnaaaa/


FitLabPGH Features 19:21 James Lloyd (Repost)




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: James Lloyd

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m from Akron Ohio. My girlfriend Julie and I moved to Pittsburgh in 2016

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I’m a mountain bike coach and personal trainer, so riding bike and weight training are my passion. I also love running with my dog Sadie

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? We just recently took a vacation to Jake’s Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest to ride bikes with the Pittsburgh based group HighSpeedDirt. It was a blast, and a beautiful destination for any lover of the outdoors

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? For long rides or hard workouts I like to eat some complex carbs about 2-3 hours before. A brown rice bowl of some kind, or sweet potatoes are my go to. I always finish a workout with a protein shake or Huel.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. My guilty pleasure is definitely the Pronto Original Spicy Ranch Pizza from the Avalon location of Pizza Pronto. We’ve tried almost all of the local pizza establishments and I haven’t had a pizza I enjoyed more!

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? Julie and I are excited to race the Oz Trail mountain bike epic ride this October as long as it doesn’t get cancelled. The real bucket list destination would be to ride at Whistler Bike Park in British Columbia!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Getting people started and staying consistent for the first few weeks is the biggest hurdle! It’s much easier to make the time after you realize how much fun it is to get up and do something.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Mountain biking for sure! I’ve traveled to so many beautiful locations, challenged myself, and met some of the most amazing, generous, and community driven people while on my bike.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Yoga, and mobility movements! Not only are they great for recovery, but they also help your body perform better.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) North Park is my favorite place to move, but Pittsburgh has many amazing parks that I would encourage everyone to check out.

Contact info for James Lloyd:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirt.heroes/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCADmgBzw2fFifE1Xq1EGA


FitLabPGH Features 18:21 Erica Strasser (Repost)




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 Features 17:21 Donald Robinson (Repost)




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

 


FitLabPGH Features 16:21 Sara Mastrine (Repost)




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 15:21 Emily Bischof (Repost)




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 14:21 Cecile Elias (Repost)




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/cecile_elias_pilates/

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