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Mike Litrell- Pittsburgh Performance Institute



Mike Littrell is the owner of Pittsburgh Performance Institute. A native of Pittsburgh, Mike grew up in Upper St. Clair where his love of physical fitness and overall well-being began. Growing up, he played lacrosse and was later recruited by Susquehanna University. After college, He began body building in the fall of 2015 and went on to take 3rd at the Mid Atlantic Grand Prix. Always evolving, Mike found his passion in Ultra Running where he excels in 50 and 100-mile distances. Some of his recent races include the UA MTN running series 50k (2x); UROC 100k; Grindstone 100 miler; Cold Water Rumble 100 Miler, Outrun 24 hour race; The Ghost town challenge 50k and Hell Hath No Hurry 50 miler, where he took 2nd place.

Show Notes: Mike Littrell, Pittsburgh Performance Institute, Contact Information:

E-mail: Michael@pittsburghperformanceinstitute.com

Website: https://pittsburghperformanceinstitute.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerformancePitt

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-littrell-656049191/

Links mentioned in the Podcast:
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
https://www.susqu.edu

The Barkley Marathons, TN
http://barkleymarathons.com

Big Backyard Ultra, Bell Buckle, TN (Last Man Standing)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/142055916440410/

Raccoon Creek State Park, Beaver County, PA
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/RaccoonCreekStatePark/Pages/default.aspx

TrueForm Runner (Treadmill)
https://trueformrunner.com

Montour Trail, Allegheny and Washington Counties, PA
https://montourtrail.org

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Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks – YouTube channel (posted on Instagram too)

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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 45:19 – Special Feature – Maggie & Puddin




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: Maggie & Puddin – 20K Challenge

We’ve heard you’re participating in the 20K Virtual Challenge from Northeast K9 Conditioning. What motivated you to join the challenge? We believe that movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity.  We want to encourage other dogs, and their humans, to get outside and move more!

Where will you be completing the challenge? We happily walk / jog / hike wherever Ben takes us…now that the weather is FINALLY getting cooler, we’re hoping to complete most of the challenge on the trails of Mingo Creek Park…we especially enjoy hills and single-track trails.

Have you encountered any difficulties since beginning the challenge? Maggie: I haven’t, but Puddin the Puppy sprained her left front paw a few days into the challenge.  The humans are making her rest until it heals. She’s already feeling better, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem completing the challenge!

Do you have any tips for less active dogs who are thinking about joining the challenge? Start slowly! You have until the end of December to complete the 20K (that’s 12.4 miles), so you can start with really short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.  Also, be sure to ask your human for a treat after you finish a walk.

What are you going to do with the medal when you complete the challenge? Post it on social media, of course…forget about “Medal Monday”…we’re going for “Medal Month”!!!

Contact info for Maggie and Puddin: Maggie and Puddin do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with their activities by following FitLabPGH:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitlabpgh/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitLabPgh

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTIJyXgd6Hd9miPW9rKDaXg?view_as=subscriber


FitLabPGH Features 44:19 Megan Clouner




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: Megan Clouner

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? I was born in Denver, Colorado but was raised in Pittsburgh.

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? The Montour Trail is a go to for our family. We love to run and bike the trails. The old railroad tunnels are always cool to see and run through. Mingo Creek Park – trails paved/off road in the woods, covered bridges, playgrounds, streams for playing/crayfish catching!….we love the options Mingo gives us! It’s a favorite of ours for training or just family fun! Transcend Bodyworks – I go to Bethany in Bridgeville for Hotworx workouts and massages. Hotworx is a program that uses heat and infrared technology while you workout (isometric and HIIT). It’s an extremely effective and efficient workout.

Describe your fantasy movement-focused vacation…cost is not an object…where do you go and what do you do? Patagonia would be an incredible trip. The scenery is unmatched and the area offers hiking, climbing, fishing, and so much more. Sweden/Norway – My family originates from this area. I’d love to just go and explore everything these countries have to offer.

What is your go-to weekday breakfast? Your weekend breakfast? During the week my go to is a protein shake. I need a quick breakfast without sacrificing health. I use Arbonne protein, which is a plant-based source. During the weekend, I typically stick with my shake, but we love making pancakes as a family. I do love avocado toast though too!

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. I truly can’t think of one specific place! Eating your way through the Strip District is always good! Eating breakfast at Pamela’s, stopping at Roland’s for a bloody Mary, grabbing snacks from all the small vendors on the street! Dinner at any of the restaurants overlooking the city from Mount Washington is never a bad choice! The views are incredible. Sarris in Canonsburg is a must for the old school ice cream parlor.

What is the most unusual and/or challenging movement activity you’ve done? Would you do it again? My family loves Colorado, and with that comes hiking and mountain climbing. We go once a year and always make sure to bag a few 14ers each time. While it’s unusual for most, it is a favorite of ours!

What movement activity/event are you looking forward to in the next year? The Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I ran this race for years, until our first daughter was born race weekend 6 years ago. This year, her birthday is finally not on race weekend! I’m excited and anxious to run this race again! My family has a few ultramarathon trail races in the works too!

Would you rather go scuba diving or skydiving? My husband and I went sky diving and it was an incredible experience. We went to New Orleans when the Steelers played the Saints, Halloween weekend, and decided why not! (Pre marriage and kids lol) Not sure I’d do it again but I think it is something every one should do once! Scuba diving scares me! Maybe snorkeling?!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? I love a good massage post race, or a session in a steam room. Hotworx Yoga is a great way to unwind and stretch.

What is the one place visitors to Pittsburgh “must” see? There is nothing more “Pittsburgh” than the Strip District on a weekend. Mount Washington for the views! The Phipps Conservatory, especially during the holiday season.

Contact info for Megan Clouner:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meganclouner/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.lynne.56


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 9:19



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 9 of 2019 tips on keeping the outdoors and a water filter hack along with the definitition of a #lifestyle hack

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Amy Wisniowski.  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:

Mother Nature Isn’t Your Mother…Clean Up After Yourself

What is a Lifestyle Hack? Hint: It’s a Good Thing

What’s in Your Water Bottle? Berkey Water Filter Review

 

 


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram #45:18




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

This week
1) Cycle Safely…Ride Often
2) Don’t Wear Underwear with Bike Shorts
3) Movement is More than an Activity…It’s a Lifestyle


Movement Tips and Lifestyle Hacks on YouTube & Instagram #44:18




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

This week take time to play, it’s stick season!! and a reminder to have a cold weather movement plan.
1) Take Time to Play in the Leaves
2) Stick Season – Enjoy the Fall Weather
3) Make a Cold-Weather Movement Plan