FitLabPGH Features- Lisa Boksenbaum



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.

This Week: Lisa Boksenbaum

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Born in Pittsburgh; moved to Northern California at age 12; looked for “home” in Seattle, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale; moved back to Pittsburgh 5 years ago.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Walking on Montour Trail; Hiking in Mingo Creek Park; and working out at the Fitness Lab in Canonsburg

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  European hiking vacation – especially, England, Ireland, and Italy

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Egg bake with chicken Italian sausage- weekdays and weekends…although lately, I’ve been eating lentil soup for breakfast…I know…it’s strange…

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Unhealthy: Millie’s ice cream. Healthy: beet salad with salmon at Vilka Bistro in Bethel Park

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Challenging: Hiked Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ (Going down the mountain was more difficult than going up!). Absolutely, I’d do it again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Snow shoeing this winter…and getting back into tennis in the Spring

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving?  Neither, but if FORCED (we’re talking “gun to the head” situation) to do one, then scuba diving

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Massage…but acupuncture is a close second

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  View from Mt Washington…but if they have time…Ohiopyle

Contact info for Lisa:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lboksenbaum/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.boksenbaum

Facebook (FitLabPGH): https://www.facebook.com/fitlabpgh/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lboksenbaum

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-boksenbaum-5566257/

 

 

 

 

 


Podcast 45:18 Menachem Brodie- Human Vortex Training- rerelease



Periodically FitLabPGH reposts past interviews.  We want to make sure that great info doesn’t get lost in the “pod clog”, which can occur with so many podcasts and so many episodes.

This week we revisit our interview with Menachem Brodie, who has some great ideas and info for movement when the weather turns cooler (cold??)

Menachem Brodie is the owner of Human Vortex Training; based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Coach Brodie works with athletes around the world, including: Pittsburgh, France, Belgium, and Israel.  Coach Brodie (in his own words): Coaching since 2000, Menachem Brodie has been working with athletes in a number of settings, and a broad variety of sports. From Basketball and Cycling, to CrossFit and Triathlon, Brodie has helped numerous athletes to attain their goals, and beyond.

With his belief that one should Train Smarter, Not Harder, he has developed and polished his training philosophy over the last 15+ years, in order to allow his clients and athletes to not only excel in their sport of choice, but also in their professional lives.

Having earned a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Brodie has experience across the Health & Fitness spectrum including having worked as an Exercise Physiologist for a Bariatric Surgery Center for 2 years, working as the Strength & Conditioning coach in a Physical Therapy clinic for those who needed more guidance and direction to return to their sport or hobby, and working as an EMT running 911 calls. Suffice it to say, Brodie’s experience and background are far more reaching than the average coaches. In conjunction with his coaching individual and team athletes, he also works as a Business Consultant in a variety of fields including:

  • Fitness Technology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sportswear
  • Technology for Coaching & Athlete assessment
  • Ergonomic Software

For more information about Coach Brodie and his services, go to www.HumanVortexTraining.com or connect with him using the Social Media links below.

Show Notes:
Menachem Brodie, contact info:
Website: www.HumanVortexTraining.com

E-mail: Brodie@HumanVortexTraining.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HVT412/

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HVTraining/featured

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
First FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Menachem Brodie, released October 8, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/10/08/podcast-42-17-menachem-brodie-human-vortex-training/

HappyLight by Verilux
https://verilux.com/light-therapy-winter-blues

Trax Farms, Finleyville, PA (South of Pittsburgh)
http://traxfarms.com

JhonPhilipp Yonan, Co-Owner, MUV Integrated Physical Culture, Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.muvintegrated.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring JhonPhilipp Yonan, released July 16, 2017. Here’s the link to the podcast episode:
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/07/16/podcast-müv-integrated-physical-culture-jhonphilipp-yonan/

Vi by LifeBEAM, wearable tech AI running coach
https://www.getvi.com

Mark Fisher Fitness, New York, NY
https://markfisherfitness.com

Cycling Fusion- Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification
https://www.indoorcyclingfusion.com

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)- World-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators. Student and Professional memberships available.
www.nsca.com

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)- The American College of Sports Medicine has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals strong from 90 countries around the globe, including academicians, students, personal trainers and physicians
www.acsm.org

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
https://www.nasm.org

International Society of Sports Nutrition (The ISSN)
Facebook: International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)

Instagram: @the_issn

www.sportsnutritionsociety.org

Mark Nutting, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT *D, ACSM HFD, ACSM CEP Owner and Master Trainer of Jiva Fitness in Easton, PA
https://www.jivafitness.com/

Check out the Moving2Live (sister podcast to FitLabPGH) Podcast episode featuring Mark Nutting, released December 6, 2017 at http://www.moving2live.com/2017/12/06/podcast-14-17-mark-nutting-jiva-fitness-part-1/

Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS- Director of Sports Performance, Allegheny Health Network (AHN)
https://www.ahn.org/specialties/orthopaedic-institute/sports-performance

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Frank Velasquez, Jr., released September 10, 2017.  Here’s the link:
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/09/10/podcast-38-17-frank-velasquez-director-of-sports-performance-ahn/

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Pittsburgh- Locations: Squirrel Hill, South Hills, Monroeville
https://jccpgh.org

3 Rivers Outdoor Co. GearFest PGH
https://www.gearfestpgh.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring 3 Rivers Outdoor Co., released April 2, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/04/02/podcast-gear-fest-pittsburgh-christine-iksic-chris-kaminski/

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge
https://www.rachelcarsontrails.org/rct/challenge

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Steve Mentzer, Vice President and Events Director of the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, released April 30, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/04/30/podcast-20-17-rachel-carson-trail-challenge-steve-mentzer/

Guillermo Escalante, DSc, MBA, ATC, CSCS, CISSN
https://www.facebook.com/DrGFit

Check out the Moving2Live (sister podcast to FitLabPGH) Podcast episodes featuring Guillermo Escalante, released November 1, 2017 and November 15, 2017.  Here’s a link to Part 1:
http://moving2live.blubrry.com/2017/11/01/podcast-10-17-guillermo-escalante/

Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, Owner, Active Eating Advice- Pittsburgh, PA
http://activeeatingadvice.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Leslie Bonci, released September 3, 2017
http://fitlabpgh.blubrry.com/2017/09/03/podcast-36-18-leslie-bonci/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instragram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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

 

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Are you a Pittsburgh Mover?  Learn more about our FitLabPGH Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram #51:18



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new interview on Sunday and movement tips and lifestyle hacks.

This week #movement, #2019goalsetting and #balance before injury.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepard.  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out this the tips & hacks for this week:

Labrador’s Choice: Movement Variety

How Can You Make 2019 Healthier & Happier?

The Time to Improve Your Balance is BEFORE a Fall/Injury

 


FitLabPGH Features- Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepard



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.

This Week: Maverick, Schutzhund Trained German Shepard, trained by Drew Zihmer

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  I was born outside of Columbus and then brought to Pittsburgh when my fur-parents adopted me.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Schutzhund, walks at South Park, and tracking on any farm field. As long as I’m with my fur-dad it’s a good place to be!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Go to Michigan in the middle of winter to see my Schutzhund friends and play in the snow

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Fromm Gold Dog Food with my special EPI medicine. Weekends earning my breakfast (hot dogs) while tracking

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  An ice cream pup cup from Kelley’s Dari Delite in Bethel Park

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Carrying a dumbbell in my mouth as I jump over a 1-meter hurdle or carrying it as I climb over a 7’ wall. Yes! It’s fun!!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Competing for my IPO1 with my fur-dad

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Sky diving! I just need a harness and to convince fur-dad to go with me

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Taking a nap on the sofa with a movie on with my favorite humans. And extra treats!


Podcast 44:18 Pittsburgher Highland Farms- Dana O’Connor & Mark Smith




Pittsburgher Highland Farm (in their own words) is the realization of a dream to produce quality cattle in a sustainable environment and provide healthy and tasty beef to discriminating consumers at an affordable price. After a lengthy career in real estate and community development, owner Mark Smith, went back to his dairy farm roots and began to experiment with Scottish Highland cattle on rented pasture. He is continually working to implement a natural farming system that is both humane and environmentally responsible.

Smith partnered with Dana O’Connor in 2014 and together they have more than tripled the size of the operation, further fulfilling the mission of providing healthy, environmentally sustainable beef at an affordable price. Dana’s interest in grass fed beef grew from an interest in health and wellness and the ability of quality, nutrient dense diet to create health. She has completed a nutritional therapy certification in order to further her knowledge and understanding of the intersection of food and health. She also serves as the chapter leader of the local Weston A Price Foundation.

Pittsburgher Highland Farm is located near Mount Pleasant in the lush grassy foothills of the Laurel Highlands with a distribution warehouse in Wilkinsburg, an eastern Pittsburgh neighborhood.

The farm adheres strictly to USDA standards for organic, grass-fed, naturally raised, and humanely treated livestock, as well as Quality Highland Beef protocols developed by the American Highland Cattle Association.

Show Notes: Pittsburgher Highland Farm, Mark Smith and Dana O-Connor, – contact info:
E-mail (Dana): dana@pittsburgherhighlandfarm.com

E-mail (Mark): marksmith@pittsburgherhighlandfarm.com

Website: https://pittsburgherhighlandfarm.com

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

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

Twitter (Mark Smith): https://twitter.com/pahighlander

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Biddle’s Escape, Pittsburgh, PA (Wilkinsburg/Regent Square)
http://biddlesescape.com

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.gaptrail.org

For information on Farm Tours (Next tour scheduled for 1/19/19), go to https://pittsburgherhighlandfarm.com/sustainable-agriculture-farm-tours/

For information on purchasing from Pittsburgher Highland Farms, go to https://pittsburgherhighlandfarm.com/buying-from-us/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

Are you a Pittsburgh Mover?  Learn more about our FitLabPGH Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram #50:18




Movement…part of what makes your life complete
.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new interview on Sunday and movement tips and lifestyle hacks.

This week #movement session tips, ideas for seasonal sanity…and forest bathing too!!

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Rebecca Browne, Pure Forme Training.  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out this the tips & hacks for this week:

Make the Most of Your Movement Session

Share Some Seasonal Sanity Savers

A Seasonal Stress-Less Suggestion: Forest Bathing


FitLabPGH Features- Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training



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.

This Week: Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  Yes, sort of. Grew up in Monroeville, but moved away when I was 18. I’ve recently moved back to the area (after being in Seattle for 12 years) to be closer to family.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Biking with my family along all the trails. Hiking/wandering in the woods. Stair climbing workouts!

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  Definitely somewhere in Europe, along the Mediterranean. My days would be spent walking/biking, eating, and soaking in as much of the culture as possible, feeling completely relaxed.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Fried duck egg with turkey sausage, sautéed spinach and mushrooms over brown rice, topped with a locally made kraut. Same on the weekends!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy.  Still (happily) exploring all the new restaurants Pittsburgh has so I feel like I need some more time to answer this question! However the chocolate croissants from Mediterra Cafe are pretty damn good.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  I took a TRX/yoga class a few years ago and it was an interesting combination, especially using the straps to get into handstands/headstands. Also, I ran a half marathon once. It was pretty awful and I wouldn’t do it again. Not a fan of running 😉

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Kind of a lame answer, but yoga. My body and mind would benefit from incorporating a more regular yoga routine into my life.

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Hmmm, neither because I can’t swim well and I’m scared of heights. If I had to choose, then scuba diving.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Any of the following: Acupuncture, meditation, journaling, or soaking in a warm salty bath.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  Cathedral of Learning or the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Contact info, Rebecca Brown, Pure Forme Training:                                            Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pureformetraining/

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

FitLabPGH, a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  In addition to a weekly podcast and FitLabPGH Features we also publish movement tips/lifestyle hacks on Instagram and YouTube
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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

 


Podcast 43:18 Ed Shvarts- Vilka Bistro



Ed Shvarts, Owner, Vilka Bistro in Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh) has been in the restaurant industry all of his life.  He grew up in New York City, attended school in New York and Baltimore, and lived in many places in his career, including Florida and Atlanta, GA.  In 2005, he moved to Pittsburgh; he has family here and thinks it’s a great place to raise a family.  Before opening Vilka Bistro on December 6, 2017, he owned several other restaurant concepts.  Vilka Bistro is upscale, yet casual, blending a little bit of South Beach, NYC, and Los Angeles right in the heart of Bethel Park at the Millennium Shops.  The menu features fresh, high quality, made-to-order food, at a reasonable price.  He believes in taking care of his staff and giving back to the community.  For more information on Vilka Bistro, connect with them using the links below…or better yet, go in and try the restaurant!

Show Notes: Ed Shvarts, Owner, Vilka Bistro, – contact info:
E-mail: vilkabistrobethelpark@gmail.com

Website: https://www.vilkabistro.com

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vilkabistrobethelpark4607/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Millennium Shops Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh)
http://www.millenniumshopsbethel.com

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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

 


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram #49:18



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new interview on Sunday and movement tips and lifestyle hacks.

This week comfortable cold weather cycling- head, hands and feet, a s well as a reminder that you can move while injured, with modifications.

Don’t forget this week we released our first FitLabPGH Features- Ben Reuter too.  Are you a Pittsburgh mover? Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out this the tips & hacks for this week:

Comfortable Cold Weather Cycling – Head & Hands Edition

Comfortable Cold Weather Cycling – Feet Edition

Get Moving…In Any Way You Can

 


FitLabPGH Features- Ben Reuter



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.

This week- Ben Reuter, Co-Founder and Host, FitLabPGH and Moving2Live Podcasts:

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?  No- a job brought me here

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area?  Trail running w dogs (fartlek), mtb and gravel biking

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do?  San Juan Hut System –  hut to hut mtb ride – Durango to Moab

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast?  Steel cut oats, with almonds, protein powder, frozen cranberries, yogurt and 2 Tbsp of granola- week and weekend breakfast

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

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again?  Most unusual- multi year participant in the Georgia Games torch challenge- running and biking across the state of Georgia to support the Georgia Games- an Olympic style sports festival.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year?  Fat biking (already happening) and snowshoeing

Would you rather go scuba diving or sky diving?  Neither- I would rather do some sort of mountain related activity- trail running, mtb, etc…

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice?  Sleep and Rolfing

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see?  The extensive rails to trails…an under appreciated gem in the PGH area

Who do you recommend for a future FitLabPGH podcast interview and/or Features Profile?  Maggie and Emma- the FitLabPGH labs

Contact info for Ben:
E-Mail: FitLabPGH@gmail.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/reutebh

Facebook (FitLabPGH): https://www.facebook.com/fitlabpgh/

Facebook (Ben): https://www.facebook.com/ben.reuter.92

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reutebh/

FitLabPGH, a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  In addition to a weekly podcast and FitLabPGH Features we also publish movement tips/lifestyle hacks on Instagram and YouTube
Web: FitLabPGH

Email: fitlabpgh@gmail.com

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

Instagram: @fitlabpgh

We update via Facebook too!!

YouTube channel (Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks) – since May 26, 2017 all videos are ~ 1 min and posted on Instagram too

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