Essential Pittsburgh
1:16 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

What to do About the Winter Workout Rut

Fitness contributor, Joe Vennare identifies some interesting ways to stay fit in the winter. For Joe, the key is "moving more and eating well."
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We all know exercise is good for us.

Trouble is, most of the time, fitness isn’t fun.

Some actually call it work; and boring work at that. Same gym. Same exercise machines. Same workout routine.

There has to be a better way and we’ve asked contributor Joe Vennare, co-founder of the fitness site Fittsburgh to help us out of the exercise rut.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Last Chance Summer Fitness Events

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Before summer comes to a close and the autumn chill is in the air, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Joe Vennare, co-founder of the online fitness and health magazine Fittsburgh, offers suggestions for some upcoming fitness events you may enjoy. “There’s something for everyone,” Vennare explains.

“Coming up is Pedal Pittsburgh, and they have three different events: a ride around town for the family that’s shorter, one for intermediate riders and one that goes up to 60 miles for more advanced riders. Same thing with something like the Great Race coming up here. … That’s a 5K run and walk -- but also [there is] the 10k, which is a little bit farther and more competitive.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:37 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Are Fitness Apps Really Worth It?

Fitness applications may not be the best replacement for personal training or group fitness classes.
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Whether it's a pedometer or an app tracking your calories there's no shortage of technological devices to record your fitness endeavors. But, do they work? Are they necessary? How long do people actually use them? Research states one in three people using wearable fitness technology will stop after six months.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Overcoming Physical And Mental Obstacles At Tough Mudder

Contestants hurdle one of the many obstacles at last year's Tough Mudder Pittsburgh
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The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile race, filled with obstacles, and designed by members of the British Special Forces. It was created to test the body and mind.

Contestants swim in frigid water, climb across monkey bars covered in grease, and run through live wires. The race has been immensely popular in the United States and around the world.

In the next week the Tough Mudder race comes to Pittsburgh. We talked about how to prepare with Fittsburgh co-founder Joe Vennare and Pittsburgh Tough Mudder course manager John Barker.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

'Fittsburgh' Brings Health And Fitness To Market Square

Yoga students demonstrate 'child's pose' in Market Square
Credit 90.5 WESA's Michael Lynch

When you think of Pittsburgh’s Market Square, yoga probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But hundreds of people gathered at the downtown hotspot today to talk about health and fitness, as well as try their hand at a little downward-facing dog.

More than 30 local exhibitors set up shop in downtown Pittsburgh for the Pop Up Outdoor Wellness Fair, sharing information on farming, fitness and food.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:38 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

How North Allegheny Schools Are Getting Kids Excited About Exercise

Students at North Allegheny Intermediate School run on treadmills as a part of their aerobic fitness training.
Credit Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA


In an effort to combat the rising obesity rates in Allegheny County, physical education instructors in the North Allegheny School District have taken steps to ensure students coming out their system are devoted to lifelong fitness.

Dave Schmidt, the district's Health and Physical Education Department chair, said that over time his department has shifted from a team sports-based curriculum to one that focuses on lifetime exercise activities.

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