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FitLabPGH Features 30:20 Laura Breen Escott




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 27:20 Zoe




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: Zoe

Where do you consider “Home”? Pittsburgh

What are your three favorite movement activities? Long hikes or walks, being in the water, playing with other puppy friends

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Haven’t been on a vacation yet! But excited to go somewhere where I can run and play

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? I love crunchy ice cubes in the summer and eggs for breakfast!

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Any peanut butter treat! Also crunching on sticks!

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? To be a better run partner with my mom

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Rolling around in the soft grass and belly rubs

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) South Side River Park

Contact information for Zoe:
Zoe lives with her Mom, Erica Strasser, who we Featured on 6/25/20. You can follow Erica at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erica_strasser40/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erica.britsch


FitLabPGH Features 26:20 Emilia Hobbs




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: Emilia Hobbs

Are you a Pittsburgh native? If not, what brought you to the Pittsburgh area? If so, why are you still here? I’m not a Pittsburgh native! I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Slippery Rock for graduate school then came to Pittsburgh to support my fiancé as he attends dental school at Pitt. I have stayed because I have found a community of people and activities that I love!

What are your three favorite movement activities in the Pittsburgh area? Biking the trails along the rivers Paddling (either kayaking or stand up paddleboarding) Hiking at the many trails and parks in the area

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? My family and I took a trip to Montana about 5 years ago and had a blast enjoying nature and getting outside! We stayed in a cabin and went hiking, whitewater rafting, did a ropes course, and went on a boat ride to an island for more hiking!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? For pre-workout I like fruits and veggies with a high water content like cucumber, bell pepper, and berries My favorite post-workout is something with carbs and protein like yogurt and cereal (cereal because it has less added sugar than granola)

What is your favorite thing to eat in Pittsburgh? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pittsburgh salad! My family didn’t believe me at first when I told them people put french fries on salad 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? The Rachel Carson challenge!

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Finding an activity that you enjoy! I think it is easy to get discouraged if you try something like running and don’t like it. My tip is to keep trying other forms of movement until you find something you like!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Kickboxing! I wanted to learn about a year ago so I got a job as a group fitness instructor at a boutique kickboxing studio

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Crafting! I love to knit, sew, and build projects to share with family and friends

What is your favorite spot in Pittsburgh? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Mellon Park – the grassy area across from the playground where they have a big space for playing, a garden, and plenty of benches and chairs to sit and read!

Contact info for Emilia Hobbs:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emiliaskye13/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilia.hobbs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilia-hobbs/


Video Podcast: Healthy Feet Help You Move More




This week’s release from FitLabPGH is a video podcast designed to help you step on the path to healthy, happy feet…because healthy feet help you move more. We’ve talked about healthy feet…and healthy footwear…before…and our sister podcast Moving2Live has several episodes worth checking out on the subject…including:
-Our 2-part interview with Dr. Ray McClanahan, DPM, Natural Podiatrist and inventor of CorrectToes (released 3/13/19 and 3/27/19)
-3 episodes featuring Dr. Samantha Wood, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS…physical therapist, ultra runner, Spartan competitor, and more (released 9/27/17, 10/11/17, and 7/17/19).

Check out the interviews at www.Moving2Live.com for useful foot health information. If you have foot pain or an injury, PLEASE consult a qualified professional…but if you’re just looking for some general foot health tips…we have a few for you in this video.

Tip 1: Be aware of your calluses….and find the balance between protection and pain. Too little callus…risk of blisters…too thick callus…risk of pain. A google search for “callus remover” will provide a plethora of DIY options…but use caution, and common sense, and consult a podiatrist if necessary.

Tip 2: Spend time barefoot…or in minimal footwear, like a pair of Bedrock Sandals. https://bedrocksandals.com

Tip 3: Spread Your Toes. Tip 3(a): Consider Vibram Five Fingers…in moderation…to let toes work independently. Tip 3(b): Consider ToeSocks. Ben is a fan of the wool ToeSocks from Injinji. They let toes splay and work independently…and you can use them with your existing shoes. Tip 3(c): Consider CorrectToes…with or without shoes…over time, they may reverse the effects of cramped footwear. https://www.correcttoes.com

Tip 4: Avoid uncomfortable shoes! For Ben, that means Altra Running shoes for longer trail runs/hikes…usually the Lone Peak or Timp…for shorter hikes, casual walking, and balance play, that means Carson Footwear. Ben is a Carson Footwear ambassador. Use coupon code CFA202018Ben for 15% off your purchase at www.CarsonFootwear.com. Ben’s latest hack to his Carson Footwear shoes? The addition of their rock plate insert for a little more protection/stability on rocky trails. https://www.carsonfootwear.com

Take home message: If your feet hurt, you’re not likely to move…so take steps toward healthy feet…but when you make changes, start small, go slowly, and listen to your body…and, as always, consult a professional as needed! We’ll be back next week with a micro workout for healthy feet. Until then, check out www.FitLabPGH.com for podcasts, movement tips, and lifestyle hacks.

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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 25:20 Erica Strasser




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 Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 24:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 24 of 2020 bike short tip, you don’t have to “crush” every workout & #sunprotection

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was a crossover w our sister Podcast Moving2Live Movement is a Lifestyle w Lisa Boksenbaum

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


Movement is a Lifestyle Features 24:20 Hallie Buckel




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged 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: Hallie Buckel

Where do you consider “Home”? North East, Pennsylvania

What are your three favorite movement activities? Yoga, Walking with my dog, and Playing with my niece and nephew

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I went on a trip to Carlsbad, California, a few years ago. I walked to the beach and back every morning. I am a photographer, so I would do photo shoots with my cousin and on our walks everyday I would go down trails we found and take photos of the wildlife there. I tried my best to do a workout every night I could, on the beach. I remember the sound of the waves and the dolphins in the water being so soothing as was doing my physical therapy.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? My favorite post-workout snack is definitely my vegan strawberry banana smoothie.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. My favorite thing to eat has to be vegetarian chili over pasta. It is not the healthiest thing, but it is so comforting to sit and eat with your family after a long day!

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? The one thing I pray I will get to do one day is go on a hike at Moraine Lake in Canada. The view is gorgeous, from what I’ve seen, and it would be an incredible moment.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? A lot of individuals struggle to move more because they can’t afford to go to the gym. They feel that without a gym they don’t have the resources to workout. What so many people don’t understand is if you have room to sit or lay on the floor, you are able to do so many things. I don’t go to the gym and I am able to do yoga every morning and night, and I manage to fit in my physical therapy during the afternoon. All is done in my yard or my bedroom floor. There are so many options that you can do to keep moving that don’t have to be done in a gym!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? I once went on a hike through 16 mile crick, I did not hike the whole thing, and at the end of the hike I climbed an old bridge. My muscles were not happy with my climb at the end, but it was so fun!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? The thing that feels amazing to recover after a hard day or a week of activities is a warm bath. Add in your favorite tunes and some essential oils and you’ve got the perfect relaxation time.

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) Every Summer my family and I usually go on a hike through Jake’s Rocks in Warren, Pa. There is a lookout with an amazing view of the Allegheny River and the large rocks throughout are so fun to climb!

Contact information for Hallie Buckel:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halbuck2018/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hallie.buckel

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


FitLabPGH Movement Tips & Lifestyle Hacks 21:20




@FitLabPGH Movement Tip & Lifestyle Hack Videos
Movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity…because #movement is part of what makes life complete.

Each week our #Pittsburgh based #podcast FitLabPGH brings you a new #interview on most Sundays, FitLabPGH Features on Thursdays and movement tips/lifestyle #hack #videos MWF.  All highlighting movement in the #PGH area.

For week 21 of 2020 ride your bike, trail tips & summer adventures #safety #movement #stressrelief #qualityoflife

Our FitLabPGH Feature this week was Sara Mastrine.

We are always looking for more Features!!  Learn more about our Features and submit a questionnaire to be highlighted, but first check out the videos:


FitLabPGH Features 22:20 Sara Mastrine




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 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