posted on December 8, 2021
Hello Union Fitness Fam! My name is Dylan Kopp and I am a Personal Trainer and Strength Coach here at Union Fitness. I am from Frederick, Maryland and just recently moved up here to the Burgh. My girlfriend and I both moved here together in a pursuit of new opportunities, and to find out what the heck a yinzer is.
I’m sure growing up people always asked you, what do you want to be when you’re older? For me, I never knew what I wanted to be and I was always worried I would never find out. My passions and interests changed as I aged but one thing in my life always remained: Sports and Fitness. I played every sport you can imagine from America’s pastime to a game from across the pond (Rugby). Sports shaped me into the leader and coach I am today. They have created a passion in me for promoting and living a healthy lifestyle. When I was in high school I finally realized I wanted to pursue a career in health and fitness. You could say this spark was ignited in me when I would drive my grandfather to physical therapy. Watching the therapist work with my grandfather inspired me to take action which eventually led to me getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Towson University. From there I worked for a few years as an aid in both Physical therapy and Chiropractic clinics. This experience has provided a great understanding of how important health and wellness is and most importantly, how many people don’t know how to be healthy! This ignited a second spark in me, to help as many people as I can reach their health goals. My mission now is to create change and help those I work with reach their goals. No matter how big or small your goal is, it is achievable. In the future I plan on obtaining more certifications and creating more opportunities to help those around me. Hopefully by that time I’ll know what a yinzer is!
When I’m not lifting or coaching I am probably spending time with friends or traveling with my girlfriend. As an adventurous person I am drawn to a challenge. I have raced in multiple 5k’s and triathlons and plan on doing an ironman one day. Some of my non-fitness passions include camping, cooking and reading but my absolute favorite hobby is creating art. I have been passionate about my art for a few years now and I use it as a way to relieve stress and use a different part of my brain.
Thank you for reading a little bit about me and if you are ever interested in getting coffee or just sitting down and chatting about your goals, just say hi and we’ll go from there!
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ever can.”