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Important Announcement Regarding Massage Services

Important Announcement Regarding Massage Services


Hello everyone!


We wanted to take the time to inform our members of a change to massage services that will be effective immediately. The price of a 60-minute massage/service with Sarah will now be $115 and the price of a 90-minute massage/service will be $150. In regard to our wellness plus membership that is currently at $175 a month, the new price will now be $225 a month. With the change being so abrupt, we are keeping our current wellness plus members at their current rate until September 1st of 2024. We felt that this gives our members adequate time to decide if they would like to continue their current membership, downgrade to a different membership, or whatever else may be of interest to them.


The reason behind the price increase is to provide Sarah with a fair pay wage when she provides her service. Sarah has 20+ years of experience in massage and we felt that providing her with a higher hourly rate was necessary given her expertise.


We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your support in this decision. Thank you for continuing to be great people that you are at Union Fitness and attributing to the positive environment that we have here! If you have any questions or concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Union Fitness staff.


Thank you for your time and we hope you continue to crush your goals!


-UF Staff

Meet the Interns – Jade

Hi! My name is Jade Minniefield. I am from the Pittsburgh area and have graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Exercise Science. I am currently finishing up my master’s in clinical Exercise Physiology at Pitt as well! I plan on pursuing a career in the fitness industry, but I am not sure about the specifics at this moment.


I am a multi-business owner and live a very busy life. I have a passion for travel and fitness, as I go on trips regularly and follow the same exercise regimen I preach to my clients. I have extensive experience as a strength coach and personal trainer and love human interaction and socialization. Training clients is one way to combine my favorite things to do. I have been super active throughout my lifetime, as I played softball, ran track, and an abundance of other sports. No matter how busy I am I will always make time for fitness! If you see me around, say hello! I would love to meet new people as I help and learn exercise and training here at Union!



Meet the Interns – Alicia

Hi everyone! 


My name is Alicia and I am a new summer intern here at Union Fitness. I am a senior Exercise Science student at Slippery Rock University and I am also in the process of becoming a NASM certified personal trainer. My long-term goal is to become a Physical Therapist and I will be applying to PT school this June! 


I have had a strong passion for exercise since a young age. Growing up I played softball and did gymnastics. As of now, I focus primarily on full body weightlifting and I would like to get into yoga in the future as well! Outside of the gym I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and going out with friends. I was born and raised about 40 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh and I am a huge Steelers fan! 


 I look forward to meeting new people and increasing my professional skills as well as my fitness knowledge during my time here at Union Fitness! 


See you around! 


Alicia Maley 

Meet the Staff – Hannah

Hey Friends!


I’m Hannah, a NASM certified personal trainer. I am a Pittsburgh native and have over two years of experience with individual and group training within the city. As a coach I strive to help each person I work with to create their OWN version of a healthy and happy life. I am from an active household and was taught how important it is to live a healthy life through movement. I grew up playing softball and golf. When I’m not in the gym I still love to get out on the course in my free time and I’m always looking for new hikes to go on with my dog Quinn. My biggest piece of advice is to find a way to make training FUN!! It is a lifelong commitment to your health, why not enjoy it?


See ya around the gym!



Hello to all members of Union Fitness!! 


We have some very exciting class schedule changes happening starting this upcoming Monday, May 6th. Read on to find out what’s coming! 


We unfortunately are saying our goodbyes to all of the ryde classes, so the bikes are currently up for sale. If you or anyone you know may want one, please let us know asap! Since that class will no longer be offered, we are adding in some extra “mobility” and cardio lab classes! Here is the new weekly schedule below. 



6:00-7:00am #Powerful 

7:00-7:30am Cardio Lab 

7:00-7:45am Candlelight Slow Flow Yoga in the Alloy 26 auditorium 

12:00-12:30pm Blitz 

5:00-6:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-7:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-6:45pm Cardio Lab 



6:00-7:00am #Powerful 

7:00-7:45am Mobility 

12:00-12:45pm Cardio Lab 

5:00-6:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-7:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-6:45pm Mobility 



6:00-7:00am #Powerful 

7:00-7:30am Cardio Lab 

12:00-12:30pm Blitz 

5:00-5:45pm Cardio Lab 

5:00-6:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-7:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-6:45pm Mobility



6:00-7:00am #Powerful 

7:00-7:45am Mobility 

12:00-12:45pm Cardio Lab 

5:00-6:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-7:00pm #Powerful 

6:00-6:45pm Mobility 



6:00-7:00am #Powerful 

7:00-7:30am Cardio Lab 

12:00-12:30pm Blitz 

5:00-5:45pm Cardio Lab 



9:30-10:30am Cardio Lab 

10:30-11:30am Yoga:Yin 



10:30-11:30am Yoga:Vinyasa 


All the #Powerful classes will also be undergoing a slight change! The old programming schedule was Monday/Wednesday lower body and Tuesday/Thursday upper body. The brand-new schedule will feature Monday as bench press day, Tuesday as squat day, Wednesday as overhead press day, and Thursday as deadlift day. Friday’s will not be altered. It will stay the same full body mobility/strength with Jared. 


Stay tuned for a Summer variation of our “Strength Project” to get these new classes and class times rolling! Let’s have a great rest of our week and weekends. We’ll see everyone to start the new schedule this Monday! 


Please let us know if you have any questions/comments/concerns. We love to hear feedback! 



Team UF 

Meet the Staff – Mary

Hello everyone! My name is Mary Howski, and I am a new trainer at Union. I am a student at Pitt, studying Exercise Science. About 90% of the people in my program want to pursue Physical Therapy, but there are a few of us, myself included, who want to follow a strength and conditioning route.  


There are two main things that led to me choosing this career path. First, I grew up playing year-round, super competitive volleyball for school and for club teams. I was a libero as well as the person who chose the warmup music and gave the pregame pep talks for my club team. This team is the reason I first started being involved with sports performance as we had several sessions per week of lifting, conditioning, etc. to help us excel at our sport. It was difficult, but also very rewarding and enjoyable. I loved the time spent in the weight room and on the turf because I loved our great coach-player dynamics and bonding with my teammates and best friends. 


Second, I have always had an immense passion for exercise and health in general. Since grade school I’ve been active, and I began to enjoy it more in high school when I started lifting. During my freshman year of college I studied psychology at Boston College, but I decided to study for my personal training certification. Throughout this process I realized the real extent to which I love training. I thought that my personality, passion, and desire to learn would make me well suited for a career in sports performance. So, I transferred to Pitt and have absolutely loved school since then. I love working hands-on with physical activity and general health, whether that means learning from a professor, another coach, or the other ExSci majors. I absolutely crave figuring out all that I can to help athletes perform at an excellent, efficient level.  


I have experience in personal training, teaching group exercise, and shadowing/working with teams. This summer I will have the privilege of working with Pitt Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and I could not be more excited to be in the weight room with their very hard-working coaches and players.  


Outside of the gym, I love to read, go to concerts, and discover new music. I’m also a huge fan of long walks, painting my friends’ nails, and figuring out how to meditate. I am also a massive Cleveland Cavaliers fan. After finals week is over, I’m planning to spend some more hours at Union with all of you extremely dedicated and impressive people! I’m so grateful to be here! 



2024 UF Push/Pull Recap

Hello Friends of Union Fitness!


This past weekend we hosted our fourth annual Push/Pull fundraiser competition. It was a huge success, and we were able to see some awesome lifts from all our participants. There were some lifters who had participated in powerlifting meets or the push/pull in the past, and there were some who had never stepped up on a platform before. It is always so great to see everyone try their hardest to crush some PR’s and celebrate even the small wins. We also raised a little over $500 to donate to HEARTH. An organization that provides a range of supportive services and housing that empowers homeless families, who are survivors of domestic violence or other trauma to become independent, self-sufficient, and adequately housed; to foster housing opportunities to prevent homelessness and encourage safe, affordable housing.


I would like to take a moment to say thank you to every individual who helped us out that morning, and put their best effort forward.


CJ – thank you for killing it on the mic and for keeping the morning flowing.


Jen – thank you for being an amazing judge and helping select bench rack heights for all of the lifters.


Jared – thank you for also being an amazing judge and helping with weigh ins for the gentlemen.


Ward & Dahveed – thank you both for the stellar spotting job throughout the morning. You guys were sweating the most out of everyone from working so hard.


Ava – thank you for being an amazing photographer, we appreciate all of the hard work you put in.


Sandhya – thank you for keeping me in line and ensuring all the flights and lifts were recorded correctly. Also, for being a great videographer.


For those of you who competed, we are all very proud of how far you’ve come in your training and are excited to continue to watch your progress. Congratulations on competing in either your first push/pull or your second/third/fourth. Looking forward to next year!



What I have Learned at Union Fitness

Hi Union Fitness Team! As many of you know, I have spent the past couple months interning here at Union Fitness to broaden my knowledge of and grow my skills in the fitness field. With my internship sadly nearing its final weeks, I would like to highlight some of the important lessons I have learned throughout this experience, as well as sincerely thank everyone for the pivotal role you all have played in my growth as a fitness professional.  


One of the most prominent things I have learned during my time at Union Fitness is how many different ways we can move our bodies to achieve our fitness goals. Through joining different classes, I have learned so many new and creative exercises that target all the same muscles without having to stick to the same repetitive routine or conventional movements. This keeps exercising interesting, as performing the same movements each week can become a very monotonous and mundane experience which can make it difficult to find excitement and motivation when entering the gym. Switching up your routine every now and then by trying new exercises or focusing on different modes such as cardio, plyometrics, weightlifting, yoga, etc. can keep exercising an exciting experience! 


A key aspect of reaching your fitness goals is the type of environment you are surrounded by. As I have seen here at UF, a supportive environment can help you PR, reach your fitness goals, and boost your mood more than you think. Many times I have witnessed members and staff supporting each other throughout their workouts, ultimately pushing each other to achieve what they set out to pursue. I have both seen and experienced the difference that a supportive environment can make when it comes to lifting heavy weight or completing another set when it feels super difficult. The supportive environment fostered by UF has helped me learn just how important it is to cheer each other on and how far that support can go. 


This experience has taught me how important it is to take care of your body when it comes to exercising. While this sounds like a given, oftentimes we forget to properly warm up our bodies and stretch out after completing a challenging workout. Warming up your body correctly through performing mobility exercises and dynamic stretches prior to beginning a workout can make or break your performance. Taking the time to stretch out your muscles post-exercise is also imperative to keeping your body moving at its best. Coupling these practices together, while also listening to your body and giving it what it needs in terms of fuel and rest, is essential in preventing injury and keeping your body healthy. Rest is just as important as exercise! 


Lastly, one of the biggest lessons I have learned during my time at UF is not to be afraid of asking questions, asking for help, and trying new things. This is how you learn and build your confidence! Through asking questions and jumping into new experiences, I have learned so much about not only the fitness field, but myself as well. The welcoming community at UF has helped me feel comfortable and confident in my journey through learning and growing as a fitness professional, and I am grateful for everyone who has played a part in my experience! 


Over the course of my time at Union Fitness, I have learned and grown so much in so many aspects. I am excited to continue throughout my last few weeks here and look forward to what else there is to learn! 


Amanda Giunta 


Celebrating Women in Sports

Hi Union Fitness Community, Coach AD here!


I wanted to take time today to write this blog and talk about a few cool things going on within Women’s Sports and here at Union Fitness!


So everyone knows that it was March and in the college Basketball world it means it is time for madness… Both Men and Women’s Basketball teams qualified for the March Madness Tournament. This year is special though, especially for the Women’s Basketball World and World of Sports.


As many have came to realize many Women’s Sports are getting much more recognition and FaceTime across the board but most definitely for the Women who play division 1 basketball. Icons such as Kaitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Paige Buckers, Juju Watkins and many more have started to pave an iconic path for this sport. As these women are known from their High School tapes/social media and for the elite skill level on the court, they have helped do something this year that has never been done before for their sport. The Women’s officially had been given the logo of “March Madness” on the center court! Before this year only the men’s tournament was officially called March Madness, but that has changed with the hype that has surrounded these women and the sport of Women’s College Basketball!


To see great things happening in the World of Women’s Sports proves and shows that Women’s Sports has been nothing but on the uprise of respect and recognition around the world.


With that being said, I would like to also celebrate and welcome our Point Park Women’s Basketball Team back to Union Fitness for Off-Season Strength and Conditioning! We are excited to have these Women back and to help them achieve all their goals with the help of their hard working mindsets!


Oh and how can I forget…… Let’s Also Congratulate Zain and Jamie on their new Puppy Comet, seen here with the Point Park Women’s BasketBall Team



The Best Thing About Working at Union Fitness

What’s going on everyone!


As of late, I have been thinking about how Union Fitness has impacted my life and why I was attracted to this gym that is now my work place. At first, I thought that the hard working environment was what brought me in since I love to push my own boundaries much like all of our members, the powerlifters that train here, or our athletes. But after some consideration, I realized that the hardworking environment was just a part of the reason of why I wanted to work here. 


The largest influence on me pursuing my own professional growth at Union Fitness is the relationships I have made with so many people here. In my own opinion, the best thing about Union is the aura or vibe that creates positive relationships among our employees, our members, and our athletes. I have met so many awesome people in the 2.5 years I have been here. Some of which, I will remain friends with for the rest of my life. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact reason on how or why Union Fitness cultivated such awesome relationships but what I do know, is that I am thankful for each and every person that has made an impact here.


Whether you are a member, an employee, or an athlete, I thank you for making Union Fitness such a positive place to work at. Keep on hustling on your own personal goals and keep being you! We appreciate you all!!!