Meet the Coaches

 

Lindsey Pogson
Lindsey Pogson

Assistant Manager

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).

Ryan McUmber

Director of Personal Training

Ryan was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. His fitness journey started when he joined an MMA gym, eventually cracking the ranks of the fight team. After three years of MMA, he set his sights on getting a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology. At the same time, he found a crossfit gym that was powerlifting friendly. Once discovering powerlifting he trained under Harry Selkow of EliteFTS (also a mentor of Casey) in Dublin CA. Under Harry he learned programming, technique, and coaching values to help his clientele achieve their goals. In a round about way, powerlifting eventually lead to discovering Union fitness and moving across the country to join team UF in Pittsburgh! Look for Ryan coaching in the Strength Lab.

 

CJ
Charles Jasper

Coach

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.

Brian Pang
Brian Pang

Yoga Teacher

Brian is one of nicest, most laid back yoga instructors in Pittsburgh, but after an hour in his power flow class you might be wondering how authentic that smile is. Brian has a unique approach to his class with a challenging flow and a lot of hands on instruction, making it perfect for all types of yogis including beginners.