FitLabPGH Features #18:19 Jamie Kemper



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: Jamie Kemper

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No, I moved here from college on a whim.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running at North Park, biking the trails downtown and kayaking

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Running the marathon on the Great Wall of China

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and everything but the bagel seasoning. Weekend breakfast depends but I do love a good waffle.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bison Meatballs with pesto sauce from Sienna Mercato

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? Rachel Carson Challenge. Yes doing it again this year in the opposite direction

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving because I have a fear of falling and you’d have to push me out of a plane haha

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massages

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Point

Contact info for Jamie Kemper:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kemper_training/

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Beamon- Mecka Fitness



Kevin Beamon (in his own words): I’m Kevin Beamon, from Mt. Lebanon PA, a cool little walking community just south of Pittsburgh. First and foremost, I’m Cate and Bryce’s dad and Mandy’s husband, but also a local real estate developer and fitness entrepreneur that launched two growing fitness brands, CrossFit Mt. Lebanon and MECKA Fitness.

Show Notes: Kevin Beamon, CrossFit Mt. Lebanon and MECKA Fitness – contact info:
E-mail: kevin@meckafitness.com

Websites:
https://meckafitness.com

https://crossfitmtlebanon.com

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

https://www.instagram.com/meckafitness/

https://www.instagram.com/kevinbeamon/

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

https://www.facebook.com/CrossFit-Mt-Lebanon-350976171685701/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MECKAFitness

https://twitter.com/CFMTLebo

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Maribeth Ewing, Founder, Fenix Fit Bars
https://www.facebook.com/FENIXFITNFIERCE/

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Maribeth Ewing (released 3/31/19);
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/03/31/maribeth-ewing-fenix-fit-bars/

Richard Butler, a.k.a., Coach RTB
https://www.instagram.com/coachrtb/

Check out the FitLabPGH Features profile of Richard Butler (released 1/17/19);
Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/17/fitlabpgh-features-319/

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

Twitter: @fitlabpgh

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Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (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

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 17:19



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Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 17 of 2019 tips & hacks suspension trainer for home, sun awareness and meet Pudding…the new labrador.

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


FitLabPGH Features #17-19 Annette Aho



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: Annette Aho

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? No – I grew up in Sacramento, which is in Northern California. I moved to Southwestern Pennsylvania to attend Waynesburg University, where I competed on the cross country and track team (2011 – 2015). Life then led me to the city of Pittsburgh, where my first job was in a physical therapy clinic. I fell in love with running in Pittsburgh and, the city in general. One job led to another, and then a masters degree from Chatham University. Here I am, seven years later, still loving life in Pittsburgh!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Am I allowed to pick running for all three? Okay, if I really had to pick three they would be: running, strength training, and pilates.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? This one was hard for me because to be honest, I am living my “fantasy-movement vacation”! It has been my goal to run all six world marathon majors, in a six year time span, since I graduated college. Traveling the world and having the opportunity to race at the best marathon venues out there, is a dream come true! So far, I have run in Boston and Chicago. This year (2019) I will cross the Berlin Marathon off that list. After that, I will have the final three world majors, which are New York City, London, and Tokyo! Traveling and running go hand in hand – it is the best kind of vacation!

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Weekday Breakfast: granola from Penn Mac, mixed with peanut butter, almond milk, and berries! Weekend breakfast: it depends if we are talking pre-long run breakfast or post-long run breakfast. Runners are complicated, I know. 🙂 In general, weekend favorites include eggs (dippy style, of course!) or, pancakes!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. DiAnoia’s Eatery, hands down. They are the very best and, have something for any time of the day. In the morning, you can catch me grabbing a coffee and a baked good or breakfast sandwich. During the day, they have the most delicious panini options! And at night, there is no better place to unwind than at their bar or at a table with friends, over a bowl of cacio e pepe. All delicious and, great fuel for marathon training!

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? An aerial silks class. It was a ton of fun but, there is so much technique involved, which makes it challenging. I am a former gymnast so, I feel like I had some success with it. I would definitely try it again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? Running the Berlin Marathon in September! My Pittsburgh family is coming along and, they will all be waiving terrible towels, of course. 🙂

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving, for two reasons. One, I have always wanted to do it. Two, I have already gone sky diving!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Foam rolling, visiting my massage therapist, and taking an epsom salt bath are all ways that I actively recover from training on a weekly basis. Also, just listening to my body and knowing when to take a day off, has helped me a lot in avoiding injury and staying mentally relaxed through life, work, training, etc.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Strip District! I may be biased because I live in the Strip but, it truly is such a unique place. There is so much to see, do, smell, and eat. It is pure Pittsburgh – you are bound to meet some friendly people and eat some good food while you are in the Strip!

Contact info for Annette Aho:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annette_runspgh/

Photo Credit: Matt Lynch Media

 

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 16:19



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 16 of 2019 tips & hacks tick awareness, give your feet space to move and acclimatization time is here.

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”).  We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the tips & hacks for this week below:


FitLabPGH Features #16-19 Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)



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: Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”)

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? Yes

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Walking the river trails on the way to the dog parks to catch frisbee, hiking the off-leash dog friendly trails of Riding Meadows in Fox Chapel, walking for as many good causes as we can all throughout the city in the summer.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? The beach would be amazing to catch frisbee in the sand while Mikey tans on the beach.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? I eat frisbees for breakfast all day every day, but sometimes I hear my hooman likes to go to Meat and Potatoes for brunch.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Frisbee – sometimes dipped in my favorite dirty puddle of mud.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I just learned to dock dive and now can chase my frisbee in the rivers too! Excited as the water keeps me cool on a hot summer day.

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? We just joined the Steel City Dog Disc League and are excited to compete for the title of Pittsburgh’s best receiver.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? I love both the water and the wind on my face. If you give me enough treats, how about we sky dive into a reef?

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I nap all day when I’m not chasing a frisbee. I like to stretch and mumble growl to let you know I got the best workout in of all the dogs in the park.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? West Park in the Allegheny Commons Park on the Northside. It’s an offleash dog park without any fence. It’s a magical place that I get to visit at least once a day to play my favorite game. It’s frisbee, in case that’s not clear. Mikey will certainly welcome you to the park as Mr. Social Butterfly doesn’t let a passerby through without saying hello.

Contact info for Oprah and Mikey (“Op-N-Mike”):
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapydogsofpittsburgh/

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Ferra- Therapy Dogs of Pittsburgh



Kevin Ferra (in his own words): Founding Partner of Ferra Executive Search, a boutique recruitment firm that focuses on the higher education and healthcare industries. I originally named my dog “Oprah” in honor of my grandmother that suffered from dementia to help as a memory recall for others suffering as I wanted to train her to become a therapy dog. That quickly turned into sponsoring 21 dogs to receive full therapy dog training as the “Therapy Dogs Of Pittsburgh“. This group is already providing an outlet digitally and at universities/hospitals/airport in the area.

Show Notes: Kevin Ferra, Therapy Dogs of Pittsburgh – contact info:
E-mail: kevin@ferrasearch.com

Website: http://www.ferrasearch.com

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

https://www.instagram.com/ferrasearch/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ferra-executive-search/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Rivers-Club

Mingo Creek County Park, Washington County, PA
http://www.co.washington.pa.us/DocumentCenter/View/3560/2017MingoCreekMap?bidId=

Doggin’ Pittsburgh – 50 Best Places to Hike with Your Dog in Southwest Pennsylvania – Doug Gelbert
https://www.amazon.com/Doggin-Pittsburgh-Places-Southwest-Pennsylvania/dp/0981534651

60 Hikes with 60 Miles: Pittsburgh – Donna Ruff
https://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Within-Miles-Pittsburgh-Surrounding/dp/0897325915/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=60+hikes+within+60+miles+pittsburgh&qid=1553628573&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmrnull

Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls – Bob Frye
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Hikes-Pittsburgh-Greatest-Wildlife/dp/1493036815/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=best+hikes+pittsburgh&qid=1553628907&s=books&sr=1-1

South Side Marina, Pittsburgh, PA (Fox Chapel Marine Sales & Service)
https://foxchapelmarine.com/south-side-marina

FitLabPGH Features Profile of Juno Hoover (Chocolate Lab, Therapy Dog)
https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/03/07/fitlabpgh-features-1019/

10 Pittsburgh-area pets with Instagram Accounts Better Than You – TribLive by Jonna Miller
https://archive.triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/13200316-74/10-pittsburgh-area-pets-with-instagram-accounts-better-than-you

The Dog Stop Training & Fitness Center, Pittsburgh, PA (Strip District)
https://thedogstop.com/trainingcenter/

Contact Info for FitLabPGH:
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Twitter: @fitlabpgh

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We update via Facebook too!!

Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (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

 

 


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 15:19



Movement…part of what makes your life complete.  Each week our #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on Sunday, FitLabPGH Features on Thurs and movement tips/lifestyle #hacks MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #Pittsburgh area.

For week 15 of 2019 tips & hacks balance tips and rotator cuff exercises from Frank Velasquez, Jr of Allegheny Health Network Sports Performance and Physical Therapy.

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


FitLabPGH Features #15:19 Marsha Coniglio



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: Marsha Coniglio

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area?
I was born in Williamsport, PA, went to Geneva College. Got married to a Pittsburgh native and now consider Pittsburgh my home.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? 1) Indoor rowing 2) walking in Riverview park 3) swimming

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? I would climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? Protein smoothie on weekdays, on weekends I eat eggs and toast.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. A hamburger from Brick N’ Mortar in Heidelberg.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? I taught Pound fit class for about 2 years… it was a drum stick fitness class that had a Pilates base to it. It was definitely different. My entire family did Pound with me on the deck during our beach vacation… from my 6-year-old cousin to 79-year-old Grandma. I no longer teach this class (simply not enough hours in the week for my schedule).. but yes I would definitely do this again!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? I hope to do a marathon on the indoor rower.

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? Scuba diving! I like swimming

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I try to stretch every morning, some mornings I hit snooze too many times, but most days I do, and it’s a great way to start my day.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? The Heinz History Museum, that place is amazing.

Contact info for Marsha Coniglio:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marsha.coniglio/

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

Photo Credits: @flowersilike and Kent Noble

 

 

 


Frank Velasquez- Director of Sports Performance AHN



Frank Velasquez, Jr. is FitLabPGH’s first 3-time guest. This time, Frank introduces us to the new AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy Center in Wexford and offers tips on preparing for Spring and Summer sports.  Frank’s prior interviews were released on September 10, 2017 and January 28, 2018.

Frank, is the Director of Sports Performance at Allegheny Health Network (AHN). AHN Sports Performance & Physical Therapy has locations at Cool Springs in Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh) and at Wexford Plaza in Wexford, PA (North Hills of Pittsburgh).

Frank is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who has over 25 years of experience working with youth, high school, college and professional athletes, including 16 years in professional baseball and nine years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he served as a student athletic trainer in several sports, including Big 10 Championship teams in football and women’s swimming and diving.

In addition to his role at AHN, Frank is currently a Senior Advisor for the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society where he plays an active role in planning the continuing education seminar for the strength coaches in professional baseball at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Frank was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the gold medal winning TEAM USA for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

AHN’s sports performance services include:

  • Recovery services:We offer services such as cryo therapy saunas, leg compression pumps, assisted stretching along with other wearable technologies that promote muscle recovery. Individual athletes and high school sports teams use these services to bounce back faster after pushing their limits.
  • Strength training:Our certified strength training specialists use science supported proven techniques to help you build strength and cardio fitness. We work with people of all ages and activity levels from novice to the elite and professional athletes.
  • Training for young athletes:Our sports performance academy helps young baseball and softball players safely develop their skills. Our TEAM includes professional and collegiate-level instructors giving participants the upper hand in all aspects of the game.

For more information about Sports Performance at AHN, go to https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance or call 412-437-3001 (Cool Springs) or 724-934-2440 (Wexford)

Show Notes:
Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, contact info:
Website: https://www.ahn.org/sports-performance

E-mail: Frank.velasquez@ahn.org

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AHNSportsMed

https://twitter.com/AHNtoday

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frank.velasquez1025/

https://www.instagram.com/ahntoday/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Cool Springs Multi-Sport Facility, Pittsburgh, PA (Bethel Park)
www.playcoolsprings.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

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®).  CSCS: professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention.
https://www.nsca.com/Certification/CSCS/

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  To become a certified athletic trainer, a student must graduate with bachelors or master’s degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification (BOC). Once certified, he or she must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified. Athletic trainers must also work in collaboration with a physician and within their state practice act.
https://www.nata.org/about/athletic-training/obtain-certification

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)

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