As many of you know, the Iron City Open is being held tomorrow here at Union Fitness beginning at 9am. We have put in place as many safety precautions as we could think of so that it can be a sanitary environment while allowing people to return to an activity that was once a normal part of their lives. We understand the incredible responsibility involved, and we appreciate everyone who has contributed to making this event a success.
If you haven’t been a part of the powerlifting community, it’s as supportive a tribe as you will find. Winning is rarely the main focus for the competitor. The majority of powerlifters are concerned about doing more than they’ve ever done before. To take the hero’s journey. To have the courage to leave the known, travel into the unknown, slay the dragon, and bring back something useful from the journey. And you might think that a personal record is the useful thing that they bring back, but it’s not. The useful thing is a greater knowledge of the self. Getting a better understanding of what is possible and what may still be possible for every individual…this is the prize.
The powerlifters who understand this universal struggle are there to spot, wrap, encourage, and console anyone who is willing to step up to the platform. You better believe this will be going on tomorrow. And if you need a word of encouragement or someone to chalk your back, come find me.
To all of our members and friends I hope you are as excited as we are about seeing lifting again. I wanted to make sure we get an update out as the meet is now one week away.
The meet will be held Saturday August 22, 2020. Weigh ins will be Friday and Saturday (for specifics check with USPA). The meet was originally scheduled as a two day meet, yet the USPA as well as UF have decided with the reduced numbers it no longer made sense to spread it out over two days.
We will be allowing spectators. This is an outdoor event and state rules limit it to 50 total people. We are hopeful that we have a nice crowd and we are also hopeful that it stays under this number and we do not need to turn anyone away. We will be strictly following mask guidelines so please be prepared with your mask at all times. Lifters will be permitted to remove their mask for their attempts.
We are also working on food trucks as well as a beer truck to make the day more enjoyable for everyone. We ask that everyone please show extra patience this year to help us and the lifters have a great day.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me directly anytime. Lifters with more specific questions please see USPA Pittsburgh instagram or contact Doug directly.
Great people of Union,
I come to you electrified with great tidings of events to come! We are so happy to see you all safely return to Union and want to do a little something something to celebrate our members, friends of members and our community with two upcoming events.
The first event will start your 4th of July off with a BOOM! Here at UF’s outdoor location we will have an hour long, fun filled Charity Super Class led by Curtis, CeJ and a few special guests coaches. The class will start at 9am, we will toss some weights around, jump, throw medicine balls, carry bars, sprint and much much more. So please feel free to bring a friend, brag about this event on your social media and rock your best 4th of July workout gear. We will be taking any and all donations for………..Wounded Warrior.
Our next event “UF & ACB Bootcamp & Beers” will be held at Allegheny City Brewing July 11th from 11am-12pm. A few of your favorite UF Coaches have paired up with ACB to bring you a Saturday morning get you right bootcamp class, that any and all our welcomed, you just have to be 21 or older to enjoy some tasty libations after the class. If you are interested in this class please just give us a heads up or surprise us and show up, no matter what we will be ready to get bumpy then safely cheers some glasses afterwards. We will be asking for canned food items to donate to our local food bank, no money for the class is needed, just a positive attitude and your smiling faces!
Thank you for making UF so strong and building a community.