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My Appreciation for Union Fitness

posted on June 30, 2022

I recently went on vacation with my family to North Carolina. I don’t usually go to the gym when I’m on vacation, as my plan is to relax and restore as much as possible. However, Being 4 weeks out from my next powerlifting competition, I had to get in at least two quality sessions while I was there. So I found what Google said to be the best gym within driving distance, and I made my way there. Having been in this profession for 13 years, naturally, I go into new places and look around to see what I think. I briefly analyze the layout of the gym, along with the equipment, the cleanliness, the staff, and the various members that go there. With this gym being in the center of a popular vacation town, I knew that at least half of the people there were visitors just as I was. So I knew to be open minded about my experience.


As I was warming up on the treadmill, I noticed many things that were very different from what I experience on a daily basis at Union Fitness. I noticed that most people weren’t acknowledging one another. There weren’t many smiles, head nods, or waves. There was no “how are you?”, “May I work in with you?”, “Excuse me.”, “Thank you”. None of that. Despite all of that, I continued to stay open minded, as I knew that many people there have never seen each other before, and may never see each other again. 


As my Wife and I proceeded to go through our training session on our final day there, a woman walks our way and asks us where we were from. We told her that we were from Pittsburgh and that we train at a gym called Union Fitness. She continued by giving us some extremely nice compliments regarding the way that we carried ourselves during our time there. This was extremely humbling. We talked for about 20 minutes and then we went our separate ways. On the way home, I reflected on that experience as well as my time training at that gym. It made me realize how fortunate I am to be able to work for and train at a gym as professional as Union Fitness, and how great of members we truly are.


During my time at Union Fitness, I have seen strangers become friends, communities and bonds built, fears overcome, and countless goals set and achieved. I have also seen members who have not only stayed consistent with their training, but who have educated and evolved  throughout the process. At the same time, I have seen our amazing staff evolve simultaneously, while educating and caring for each and every member just as they would for their own self. I truly believe that we have the best team and members of any place I’ve ever been to. I think we often take for granted the things we have as we become so accustomed to having them in our daily lives and routines. We aren’t perfect, however, as long as we continue to learn and grow just as we have, we will continue to evolve into an even better, stronger community. I want to thank all of you for everything that you have done to make Union Fitness, our home, such an amazing place to be.


– Curtis Miller


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