Fittsburgh Are You Ready? Staying Fit in the Steel City

Jan 5, 2015
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It’s a new year and many are resolving to get in shape. Our fitness contributor and co founder of Fittsburgh Joe Vennare is on a mission to help Pittsburghers get in shape in 2015 by taking the Fitness Challenge. He’ll help us get started and fill us in on healthy events taking place in the Steel City in January.

Joe also shares his high hopes for the Pittsburgh community:

"For us, our mission is to make Pittsburgh the healthiest city in the nation."

7 Cold Weather Races for Dedicated Runners

Dec 10, 2014
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Like the postman, rain, snow or dark of night can't keep some runners indoors.

If you’re a dedicated runner and can’t wait until the nice weather returns we’ve got good news for you.

Fitness contributor Joe Vennare joins us with information about seven cold weather races taking place in Pittsburgh this winter.

What to do About the Winter Workout Rut

Nov 26, 2014
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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.

Last Chance Summer Fitness Events

Aug 22, 2014

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.”

Are Fitness Apps Really Worth It?

Aug 14, 2014
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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.

Talking CrossFit: Are the Workouts Too Intense?

Aug 7, 2014
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Combining cardiovascular and weight training, CrossFit is one of the biggest fitness trends in recent years.  Known for their intensity, CrossFit workouts, if taken to extremes, have resulted in serious injury for some participants.

Jim Crowell is an elite CrossFit athlete and trainer. He's also a former owner of a CrossFit facility. Crowell thinks the workout is excellent, if done safely and the right way. The biggest factor for Crowell is finding the right coach. This is especially important when a CrossFit class might have participants with varying levels of athleticism.

“It's really up to the coach to understand what their limitations are  before the workout starts, and their work is not overly aggressive,” he said.

Another concern about CrossFit is the ease in obtaining a coaching certification and opening a "box," as CrossFit gyms are known. 

“I think where the criticism is coming in is you are having these coaches who have no athletic, training or coaching background opening gyms, and then just trying to line up the most difficult and fun workout that may not have any interest in safety,” Crowell said.

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.