Meet the Coaches

Casey Williams
Casey Williams

Union Fitness Manager

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.

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).

Alison Yee
Alison Yee

Director of Programming

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.

Ryan McUmber

Director 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.

Rachel Sapienza
Rachel Sapienza

Coach

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.

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.