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Steel City Parkour, which opened in Novemberis a gym that was created to teach the activity of free running, also known as parkour. He said there are members that are as young as five and as old as mid-fifties honing their parkour skills. Parkour is a type of physical mobility where the individual finds unique ways to get around an environment. The Steel City Parkour Gym teaches classes in parkour, where students of all ages can also participate in open gym.
They can practice techniques and tricks freely for use in a real-world environment, which is the ultimate goal of learning the moves. What would eventually become his career and lifestyle started out simply as a childhood distraction for DiGirolamo, who discovered parkour in high school after he had already been doing stunts on a trampoline as a kid.
It was only after he had already been learning tricks that a friend showed him videos of parkour stunts. That is also around the time he first became a parkour instructor at a gymnastics gym, and he had only been doing parkour for about a year.
DiGirolamo decided he wanted to own his own parkour gym after he noticed there were not many spaces where people could learn parkour in Western Pennsylvania. He realized he could turn it into a profitable business after visiting other parkour gyms — Tempest Freerunning Academy in Southern California and Apex Movement in Colorado.
Even now, the nearest parkour gym to Pittsburgh is in Baltimore. Along with teaching and doing parkour in their own gym, they like to take their talents to the streets.
Weather permitting, DiGirolamo and other people he trains with try to practice their parkour skills in an outside environment as much as possible. As Winchell prepared for a jump, he cleared pebbles off a stone wall with his hands to ensure he does not slip when he lands on it.
Being cautious and aware of your landing spots is key while doing parkour outside, DiGirolamo said. In the following video, DiGirolamo describes why they go to Mount Lebanon Park and why understanding your environment is important in parkour: Appropriate footwear is also important when doing parkour outside. DiGirolamo and Winchell discuss in the clip below what shoes they prefer to wear while doing parkour: Inafter being coached by a good friend for several years, Elijah began coaching himself as well as a few individuals training for specific goals.
Everyone is supportive of you no matter your ability and we can all achieve our goals at the same time regardless of where you are in the pack! Perry Erlichman - Coach In latePerry went from not running at all to registering for a half marathon as a way to get in shape. Since completing that race, running has become a passion for Perry. He has run over 20 half and full marathons to date and plans on many more.
Running serves as way for him to stay active, but also as a way to meet others along the way. Perry became an RRCA certified coach in June as a way to help others along their running journey. In addition to running, Perry also enjoys incorporating CrossFit, mobility and cycling into his training. Brittany Goncar - Coach Brittany slipped into her first cross country uniform in fifth grade. Her love for running only continues to grow. After competing in high school, she took a year off before competing in Division III athletics.
She was a member of the first cross country team at Chatham University where she also served as the sports information assistant as a graduate student.
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At Chatham, Brittany learned that running is just as much about the community, as it is fitness and personal goals. She even met many of her close friends during long runs! Her primary distance is half marathons, but she completed her first full marathon in October in Niagara Falls.
After dealing with the effects of environmental stress, Brittany has put a strong focus on her overall health by practicing a clean diet and increasing her strength and conditioning. As a coach, Brittany wants to help runners of all levels achieve their goals anywhere from racing to improving diet and general fitness. Running and physical health are gateways to many different things in life. Brittany wants to help her runners make note of these small joys as they work towards and accomplish their goals.
Brittany interns in the athletic department at Carnegie Mellon University and covers high school track and field, and cross country for the Post-Gazette. Her other interests include hot yoga and baking.
Her favorite running book is "Running with the Buffaloes," by Chris Lear. Betsy Magovern - Coach Betsy began running for fun and exercise while in college 42 years ago. She has run more 5k and 10k races than she can remember. She ran her first full marathon in Pittsburgh inand to date has completed 20 with a few more on the horizon.
She joined SCRR in spring hoping to find friends who shared her passion for the sport. She certainly did find them! Pacing and coaching other runners to help them meet their goals are two of her favorite reasons to run.
She has coached the P3R North Hills kids summer running camp for three years and will do so again this summer. Other interests include skiing, golf, tennis, travel, cooking and entertaining at home with family and friends. Betsy has four children: Paul, 37, Megan, 34, Charlie, 28, Molly, 24, and a daughter-in-law, Dora, 35, all of whom enjoy running.
He wanted a healthier existence, a way to manage stress, and to experience the excitement his wife did in completing several Pittsburgh full and half marathons. By mid-November, every long run became a new PR. He also enjoys helping others succeed by pacing races ranging from 5Ks to the EQT 10 miler.
Danielle started running after completing her MBA.
As a former high school and collegiate wrestler, running was done as weight control. Little did he know that he was laying the groundwork for a new passion later in life. Due to some injuries from wrestling, he got away from running until the marathon came back to Pittsburgh. Daniel ended up joining the Steel City Road Runners in its very first year. This soon became more than a bunch of runners, they became family.
Some of his closest friends are people he met through SCRR. He loves that regardless of speed or distance, members of SCRR bond together over the common goal of running. Daniel is also very active with the SCRR Pace Team and enjoys that he can help out runners in reaching their goal during race day.
His journey through running started with the 5k and the marathon relay. He wanted to better understand his training as well as give back to the running community.
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In Daniel ran his first full marathon, however that may be his only one as he enjoys the shorter distances. His favorite race is actually the Liberty Mile because the six minutes of all-out running reminds him of the feeling he had during a wrestling match also typically around minutes. Daniel has also been coaching high school wrestling since He spent 11 years at Pittsburgh Central Catholic before moving to his current position with North Allegheny.
It took them three years to convince her that she could run three miles. After running that first race, it was all over. She was immediately captivated by the energy of race day morning and the enthusiasm of the runners.
She quickly progressed from 5k to marathon in that first year while learning many lessons the hard way. Since then, she takes a smarter approach to training to keep balance and minimize injury risk.
During that first year, she became an active part of the Steel City community through the group runs. Being a shy person it was nice to have a welcoming and supportive group to push you with your training goals.
Over the years, her love for running continued to grow and she became a RRCA certified coach in Obtaining that certification has afforded her the opportunity to take on personal coaching clients.
Coaching runners has truly become a passion. She enjoys helping them to refine goals, push their limits and achieve their personal bests. This passion has led to her most recent certification as a personal trainer. Sara believes that running and strength training should go hand in hand.
She also plans to continue her training related education with additional specializations. She is really excited to continue to give back to the running community and is looking forward to connecting new runners to this network to ensure that they also feel like they belong.
Jason Pergola - Coach Jason started running in to become healthier. Running was always something that he despised doing and never thought that it would become something that he enjoyed. When starting out running he started with a couch to 5K program. This seemed like the best way to start out, especially for someone who really did not like running in the first place.
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It was not until that he got up the courage to run a 5K. InJason decided it was time to challenge himself as he started running longer distances by signing up for his first ever half marathon in Pittsburgh.
Running with Steel City while training for the marathon is what really made running something that has become a passion for Jason.
Since then Jason has run 6 marathons and numerous other races of varying distances in between.
His favorite race to date is the New York Marathon which he managed to break his personal best marathon time which held since his first in One thing that Jason enjoys with running is helping others accomplish their goals through pacing. During the spring of Jason got the opportunity to pace his first big race at the Cleveland Half Marathon.
Jocelyn has been a runner for over twenty years. She first qualified for the Boston marathon in the fall ofbut missed the cut by four stinking seconds. She has since qualified two more times, and is super looking forward to running the Boston Marathon in She is a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan with a commensurate woman cave.