Casey, a Pittsburgh native, grew up playing high school football at Moon Twp. Afterward he went on to play at Bucknell University as a two-year captain, graduating with a degree in Economics. He entered the workforce in the oil and gas industry, while at the same time pursuing his passion of powerlifting. Six years later he left corporate America for the opportunity to share his knowledge and drive with fellow Pittsburghers. In a relatively short period of time he reached some bench marks like a #6 all-time ranking in the 242lb weight class, as well as a #2 current world ranking in that same class. Strength and rehab are his specialties, so it only makes sense that the goal at Union Fitness is to allow members to flourish in terms of their own strength and health.
When Alison was living at the bottom of Nob Hill, San Francisco in 2006 and she decided to take up running, there was nowhere to go but up. Soon, not even San Francisco’s formidable peaks could hinder her hustle. After the birth of her twin girls she returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she discovered CrossFit and Yoga. Now she spends her time challenging family members to competitions of strength in their makeshift garage gym, practicing downward dog with her daughters and chasing that blissed out post-workout high. Alison’s Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh provides her with the ability to communicate her passion for fitness, specifically Olympic Weightlifting and Recovery Yoga, to the many different athletes, yogis and lifters with whom she works. Alison has her own style of teaching so we’re excited to integrate her knowledge and programming into our community. As a melting pot of experience, Alison is an integral part of the machine that is Union Fitness.
Lindsey has a passion for helping beginners find their way, particularly to the barbell. She ditched her stressful office job to follow her passion for strength training and conditioning here at Union Fitness. As a certified personal trainer and powerlifting coach, she uses an approach that corrects faulty movement patterns and improves stability before moving on to tackling the big three lifts. She also loves teaching our group training classes, particularly the U.Fit Bootcamp class where she gets to challenge people with bodyweight movements and and high-intensity intervals. In her free time, Lindsey competes as a powerlifter and spends as much time outside hiking and kayaking as she can (when the Pittsburgh weather allows it).
Marco Rigazio MS, LMT
Marco has been in the health and fitness industry for over 30 years, starting back in 1983 with Jack LaLanne Fitness Centers. He has experience working with a wide variety of populations from beginners to professional athletes of various sports, youngsters to the elderly as well as rehabilitation work for people with hip and knee replacement as well as cardiac rehabilitation. He has a Masters degree in Exercise Science from California University and is a licensed massage therapist with a special interest in neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, and Swedish massage. Working with chiropractors and physical therapists, corrective exercise and tissue therapy has been a mainstay for the last 6 years. Marco is a certified performance enhancement specialist through NASM and a level II certified speed specialist with NASE. He’s working towards adding the CSCS to his resume. Marco spent his early years training in the bodybuilding lifestyle and is now a competitive power lifter. Walking the walk is very important to Marco as he lives the life he promotes to his clients.
Coming to us from the University of Texas in Ausin, Davis spent time working for UPMC and learning just how much he liked the city of Pittsburgh. His personal training experience was unique during his time spent as a Longhorn. He has a great perspective on fitness and his easy-going personality makes him a lot of fun to be around. Help us welcome Davis to the family at Union Fitness!
Rachel is a native of the Pittsburgh area and a graduate of Penn State University where she studied in the areas of Communications, Sports Administration and Dance. Her experience as a pre-professional dancer and instructor led Rachel to find her passion in fitness coaching and nutrition. She holds certifications from NASM and ISSN-SNS. Rachel has led clients of all fitness levels in reaching their strength, muscle-building, weight loss and mobility goals.
Jocelyn’s first experience with yoga was through her college gym class, where 8 AM yoga began to take precedence over staying out late the night before. Jocelyn started to practice yoga regularly, learning peace and patience, and using it as an escape from college and post-college life stressors. She progressed and pursued a deeper practice by completing her RYT200 with Om My Yoga Academy in Harrisburg, PA where she studied in great depth not only the physical practice of yoga but the practice of the mind and spirit as well. She’s certified with the Yoga Alliance, is a Reiki practitioner, an Ayurvedic bodywork healer, and has a love and passion for all things flow – yoga, hooping, poi, etc. She also loves a good Powerful class! Jocelyn hopes to help others find a peace and comfort in yoga, both physically and mentally, to overcome false . limitations set by the mind through movement and breath. She strives for people to leave her class feeling peaceful, strong, fulfilled and eager to continue practicing yoga.
CJ is a Pittsburgh area native who attended Blackhawk High School where he played football. In his first few years of college he attended Duquesne where he competed on the men’s rowing team. He then went to Slippery Rock University to finish his degree and became a student strength coach for football and women’s basketball. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science he interned with Ohio State Football and Robert Morris University. After his intern stints he worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the New York Mets organization, Morehead State and Youngstown State. During his time at YSU he was a member of the coaching staff the took the football team to the 2017 National championship game. In 2016 CJ got his masters degree in wellness promotion from Morehead. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. CJ is passionate about training athletes, youth, weekend warriors and anyone looking to live well.