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New Staff Spotlight – Justin

posted on April 6, 2023

Hi Everyone! My name is Justin Zak and while I just started working here at Union, I’ve been a member since 2017. I’ve lived most of my life in Pittsburgh, going to Allderdice High School and then Washington & Jefferson College. Growing up I played almost every sport imaginable, but decided to focus solely on baseball when I started high school. Working out usually goes hand in hand with sports once you reach a certain age, and I started my freshman year after breaking my leg in the second game of the season. I would awkwardly crutch down to the small weight room in our neighborhood community center and my dad would run through simple workouts with me, teaching me the proper form, rep schemes, and different exercises…I’ve been hooked ever since.


I solely worked out to hone my craft and become the best baseball player I could be. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that my training started to become more powerlifting focused and it’s been that way to this day. I’m so thankful to have found Union Fitness right after I graduated from college in 2017. I was welcomed with open arms and everyone was so helpful right away. I finally found the lifting community I was looking for. I’ve done three meets so far, met a ton of amazing people, and formed great friendships. I’ve learned so much about training, both the physical and the mental aspects. I’m excited to now be working here with an incredible staff and looking forward to meeting even more awesome people!


A couple of fun facts about me:

  • I love to travel and have been to over 20 countries
  • I lived in Australia for two years
  • I’m a twin, but we look nothing alike
  • I’m getting married to my amazing fiancé Stephanie (who is also a twin!!) in September this year




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