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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


FitLabPGH Features 19:20 Andi




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: Andi

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

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Hiking the trails through blue slide park (Frick Park), boxing classes, lifting weights

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? New York City! Walking any and everywhere!!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Berries and a GoMacro bar!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Sushi from Just Roll’d Up

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? Mastering pistol squats, handstand, weighted pull-ups & dips

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Lacking motivation

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

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Using my fascial gun or getting a massage

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

Contact info for Andi:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwiqueen_fit/


FitLabPGH Features 18:20 Emily Bischof




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 17:20 Haley




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: Haley

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 a small town called Acme (near Seven Springs) about an hour from the city. I currently live in Indiana, Pa, but I work for Forbes Hospital so I am in and out of the city frequently.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Running, Hiking and biking! And I’m a vegetarian bodybuilder so I weightlift 6 times a week.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? The best vacation I ever went on was to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It was somewhere I dreamed of going for a very long time and a few years ago I was able to make it happen. I stayed in a beautiful cabin in the forest and spent all my time hiking and doing yoga.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I like rice cakes, blackberries and peanut butter before a work out and post work out I’ll have a vegan protein shake.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I enjoy going to the strip and loading up on fresh produce!

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? This year I am competing in my very first bodybuilding show at Carnegie Library Music Hall! I am so looking forward to it!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. I’m a clinical exercise physiologist and the biggest barrier to physical activity for people is that they don’t think they have the time. If something is a priority, there’s always time.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Night time trail running is always a good time.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Yoga. I do yoga every single day. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and listening to music.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) I enjoy the overlook on Mt Washington.

Contact info for Haley:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halscomett/


Working with Athletes during the Covid-19 Crisis- Mike Schultz Highland Training




Working with Athletes during the Covid-19 Crisis

Mike Schultz is the head coach and founder of Highland Training. He brings more than 20 years of racing, coaching and training experience from endurance and ultra-endurance events. Mike works with a range of talent from national and international elites, to age group athletes and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also certified with USA Cycling as a Certified Coach. Mike is also a writer for various publications while he continues to compete to further study the science behind sports specific training.

FitLabPGH previously interviewed Mike Schultz for an episode released on October 27, 2019. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/10/27/mike-schultz-highland-training/

Show Notes: Mike Schultz, Highland Training, Contact Information:
E-mail: schultz@highlandtraining.net

Website: http://www.highlandtraining.net

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Highland_Mike

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-schultz-26694a10/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Training Peaks
https://www.trainingpeaks.com

Strava
https://www.strava.com

Zwift
https://www.zwift.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 Features 15:20 Lindsay Kober




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: Lindsay Kober

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I am not! I moved here in 2015- I had never been here before and I did not know anybody! I found two random roommates online who I still am best friends with today. I moved here after college for an internship within corporate wellness for Dicks Sporting Goods Corporate Office. I then left corporate wellness to pursue my current career at a fitness studio where I have learned the ins and outs of running a small business! I am a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and have been with the community for almost 4 years now!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love to try Group Fitness Studios, Running on the North Shore, and going for walks on the Montour Trail

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Aruba was amazing! I was able to go on a vacation with my boyfriend and his family. His mom and I would take morning walks and we took full advantage of snorkeling on the beach and off of the boats!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? My favorite thing before a workout is definitely my coffee

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Bakersfield has my heart. The guac, the tacos, the margaritas!

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 actually would love to learn something new! I would love to take self defense classes or something of the sort!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? The understanding that it will make them feel better! It’s hard to understand that movement doesn’t always make you more tired- it gives you energy!!!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably snorkeling off of a boat in Aruba!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love to walk when I need a recovery day or a boost in my mood. Listening to music, getting outdoors, and just moving always puts me in a better mindset

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) The North Shore because I love to see people out running, enjoying the weather, taking a walk on their work break, and it’s just beautiful!

Contact info for Lindsay Kober:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayjkober/

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


FitLabPGH Features 14:20 Amanda Beckett




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: Amanda Beckett

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? Pittsburgh born and raised! I’m from the city and went to Pittsburgh Public Schools. I also went to Point Park University. I guess you could say I’m Pittsburgh obsessed. I never want to leave! I think it’s the perfect mix between big and small city, culture, diversity, and hometown vibes. Also, I have a very large family who all live in and around Pittsburgh and I can’t leave them.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? I love Endure Barre, obviously. I joined as a member last January and became an instructor in September. I also love riding bikes on the various trails around the area, and just walking the city. On a nice summer night, you can’t beat the city views.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My husband and I went to San Francisco, CA and Maui, HI for our honeymoon 5 years ago. By far the best and most active vacation! We hiked across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran and back. In Maui, we hiked, swam in the 7 pools, bikes down Haleakala, and zip lined! It was amazing. We can’t wait to go back in a couple of years with our children.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I love peanut butter toast and a banana pre-workout and chocolate milk post-workout.

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I love good bar food. Take me to Fatheads any day over a fancy steak house. I love a good grilled chicken club, homemade chips, and ranch dressing. If a place has good homemade ranch you can count me in.

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’d love to run a half marathon again! I’ve run two in the past. I also am looking forward to Body Rock-currently cancelled, but hoping it is rescheduled! I also love any of our group events at Endure Barre which I know will be coming once this quarantine is over!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Time. Isn’t that the problem with everything? I never feel like there is enough time in a day but I make sure to make time for movement. Even if it’s a quick walk on the treadmill. I also think people struggle with finding workouts they enjoy. I was a soccer player in college and in the best shape. After I lacked motivation to do it in the gym on my own and then had two kids. After finding Endure Barre, I have found my motivation again!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Biking down Haleakala Volcano in Maui. It was so much fun, fast, and something different to do. I also played soccer in Paris and Amsterdam in college with our college team. It was definitely an adventure.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love taking hot baths. I’ve been using epsom salts as well for helping with soreness and recovery. I also love reading a good book and just being alone.

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) My favorite spot is not a hidden gem whatsoever. Haha I love Starbucks. Green tea Frappuccino’s all day everyday. Specifically the one on Cochran Road. Great people work there and they are so friendly and amazing!

Contact info for Amanda Beckett:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandatrain/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=849245205


Meredith Wille , LVT, CCRP, CCFT- Steel City Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine



Steel City Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine is Pittsburgh’s only stand-alone pet rehabilitation center. We interviewed Meredith Wille LVT, CCRP, CCFT, who manages the facility. Meredith has been in the veterinary field since 1988. A lifelong learner, she has continued her education beyond a Licensed Veterinary Technician: in 2017 she earned her designation as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee. She is also a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) and is currently pursuing certification in pain management (CVPM). Learn more about Steel City Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at https://steelcityk9rehab.com

Show Notes: Meredith Wille LVT, CCRP, CCFT – contact info:

Website: https://steelcityk9rehab.com

E-mail: steelcityk9rehab@gmail.com

Phone: 412-837-2047

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteelCityK9Rehab/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steelcityk9rehab/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
University of Tennessee Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner Program
https://www.u-tenn.org

Pets in Harmony Veterinary Hospital, Harmony, PA
http://www.petsinharmonypa.com

Canine Rehabilitation Institute
http://caninerehabinstitute.com

Wizard of Paws, Colchester, CT
https://www.wizardofpaws.net

United Schutzhund Clubs of America
https://www.germanshepherddog.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Drew Zihmer, talking about Schutzhund, released 1/20/19. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/01/20/podcast-319-drew-zihmer-schützhund/

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


Niki Campbell- The Flourish Group




Niki Campbell is the owner of The Flourish Group, a consulting firm with a passion for food, fitness, health and wellness. Flourish offers wellness consulting and coaching to both individuals and companies as well as marketing and PR services for companies in the health and wellness industries. She started her journey to be healthier in 2014 after being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions and learning about the importance of food and fitness to overall wellness. She is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Weight Management Specialist and will complete a degree in dietetics this year through CCAC.

Show Notes: Niki Campbell – contact info:
E-mail: niki@theflourishgroup.net

Website: https://www.theflourishgroup.net

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

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

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

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Reed & Co, Pittsburgh, PA (Lawrenceville)
http://reedand.company

Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Venture Outdoors
https://www.ventureoutdoors.org

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Valerie Beichner of Venture Outdoors, released 12/8/19. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/12/08/valerie-beichner-venture-outdoors-exeecutive-director/

Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
https://www.sru.edu

Dr. Ian Dunican, PhD
https://sleep4performance.com.au

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Dr. Ian Dunican, PhD, released 1/16/19 and 1/30/19. Link to Part 1: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/01/16/podcast-319-dr-ian-dunican-phd-sleep4perdformance-melius-consulting/

Commander Sam Brasfield, US Navy
https://www.public.navy.mil/netc/centers/ceneoddive/ndstc/commandinfo.aspx#tab1

Check out the episode of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Commander Sam Brasfield, released 9/18/18; Link: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/09/18/commander-sam-brasfield-us-navy/

ACE Fitness
https://www.acefitness.org

Dr. David Lobur, MD, Pittsburgh Center for Functional Medicine
http://www.drlobur.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Dr. Lobur, MD, released 6/16/19. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2019/06/16/david-lobur-md-squirrel-hill-family-wellness-center/

Grace Kosko – Movement should not be a burden
https://www.instagram.com/graceinstrength/

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Grace Kosko, released 2/9/20. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2020/02/09/grace-kosko/

Samantha Wood, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
https://www.dynamicptcos.com/our-practice

Check out the episodes of our sister podcast Moving2Live featuring Dr. Sam Wood, released 9/27/17, 10/11/17, and 7/17/19; Link to 7/17/19 episode: http://www.moving2live.com/2019/07/17/sam-wood-dpt-physical-therapist-runner-and-spartan-racer/

Coros (GPS Watches)
https://www.coros.com

TRX Suspension Trainers
https://www.trxtraining.com

Peloton
https://www.onepeloton.com

The Climbing Wall, Pittsburgh, PA (Point Breeze)
https://www.theclimbingwall.net

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring DJ Herring of The Climbing Wall, released 11/18/16. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2016/11/18/podcast-dj-herring-the-climbing-wall/

Ascend Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (South Side Flats)
https://www.ascendclimbing.com

Check out the FitLabPGH Podcast episode featuring Ascend Pittsburgh, released 2/25/17. Link: https://www.fitlabpgh.com/2017/02/25/podcast-ascend-paul-alex-and-aaron/

Go Ape Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (North Park)
https://www.goape.com

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/

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)

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 Features 11:20 Gabrielle Monaco




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: Gabrielle Monaco

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

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Instructing cycle at SWEAT PGH, taking barre and yoga classes, running with my husband

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Too many to list but I love trying new cycle studios when I travel!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Avocado toast on Ezekiel bread

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Authentic Italian food – my dad’s cooking is the best!

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? Boxing!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Excuses!

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

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? A massage or spa treatment

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

Contact info for Gabrielle Monaco:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabrielle.monaco/