Todd Hamer comes to Union Fitness with 20 years of Division 1 strength and conditioning experience. Prior to Union Fitness, Todd was Director of Strength and Conditioning at the George Washington University where he oversaw all 27 teams and a staff of 6 strength coaches. Before his time at GW Hamer spent time at Robert Morris, George Mason, The Citadel, Pitt, Penn State, as well as UNC-Chapel Hill.
Todd has presented on the topic of training at more than 50 professional clinics and seminars. In addition to this Hamer has been adjunct faculty at three universities and guest lectured on topics ranging from music, history, linguistics, as well as biological sciences. Hamer was nominated as the 2017 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year and was also awarded the Presidential Distinguished Achievement Award during his time at Robert Morris. Todd has also been published over 100 times, you can find him in elitefts, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Fitness, as well as other publications.
In addition to his work Hamer has competed in powerlifting for two decades and has completed the Rachel Carson hike tens times. Hamer is also an avid cyclist and has ridden his bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington DC ten times.
Todd resides in Sewickley with his wife Erica and son Tenzing.
Charles Jasper (CJ)
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 Bachelor 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 Master’s 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.
Curtis was born and raised in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. His passion for health and fitness began at a young age through his love of Baseball and Soccer. It was through those sports that he was introduced to training and strength & conditioning. He carried this passion through college as he pursued his Bachelor of Science through Salisbury University in the spring of 2014 where he received his degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Coaching. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Curtis’ experience in the health and fitness industry includes personal training, physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as athletic strength and conditioning. He now continues that passion through powerlifting, where he has achieved an Elite total in multiple classes. Through his experiences within the sport, he is able to gain a deeper understanding of the areas of program design, form and technique, mobility, and proper recovery, in order to further benefit clients and members. As an employee of Union Fitness, Curtis’ mission is to help each individual achieve their personal goals through his passion, knowledge, dedication, and encouragement.
Toria is from the Pittsburgh area and has a strong passion for health and fitness. She comes to Union Fitness with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Activity & Chronic Disease. She has a wide range of experience within the industry as she has coached the general population, children, athletes, and the geriatric population in various group classes and sports. She also has experience working in clinical research. She worked within research labs for 3 years where she studied the effects of both aerobic exercise and resistance training on clinical populations. Toria grew up playing almost every sport at least once in her lifetime, but she has stuck with softball and soccer and continues to play recreationally. Her goal is to help anyone and everyone who is looking to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Prior to her pursuits in yoga, Haley was a business-woman-bikini-competitor determined to slay at all moments in time. After suffering severe burnout in 2017, she realized she needed to redefine what it meant to be healthy and successful in today’s world. She added yoga and meditation to her fitness mix and completed her 200-hr RYT certification through One Point One studio in Pittsburgh. Now, as a yoga teacher, she strives to help others find inner stillness and to experience lives of health, joy, and love.
Sarah Paladin has been a massage therapist for 14 years. She started her career in the spa industry and found out over time that her passion was working with athletes and active individuals, specializing in sports and flexibility massage. Sarah herself competes in obstacle course races 2 times per month during the race season and has had multiple successful podiums along the way. She got into racing after the birth of her 3rd child as a way to get back into shape. As time went on, she found that it became a true passion and competitive outlet. She found that the experience she gained helped her to understand the human body and the importance of recovery as it relates to training and the healing process.
Malik Abrams is a licensed massage therapist. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Malik has worked alongside chiropractors, personal trainers, and fitness experts, undertaking studies, and honing his practice since graduating from the Pittsburgh Career Institute in 2018. After graduating high school, he got into massage therapy after bouncing around many jobs that he didn’t truly enjoy. Once Malik found the Institute, he was able to foster a positive secondary educational experience and focus one his career endeavors. Through school and private study, studying anatomy and the interactions of the bodily systems became the cheat code, of sorts, to his own health, fitness, and healing.