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Thank You to Our Trainers

posted on September 28, 2023

Hello everyone! As some of you know, I am the Lead Personal Trainer at Union. Basically, that means I oversee most if not all aspects of personal training. This includes giving clients to our trainers and training clients myself. However, this blog is not about me but rather it is about our trainers. I wanted to take the time to thank them for all their hard work.


First up is Ethan. Ethan who has been gone for the past month training hockey players in another country, is our most experienced trainer. His clients love him and so do we. He never fails to put a smile on our faces with his sarcastic humor. He is our morning guy and I have a lot of respect for him.


Next up is Miranda. As some of you do not know, she was one of the first friends I made at Union. She is extremely reliable although she has thousands of different things going on in her life. She has multiple jobs and is pursing her graduate degree in physical therapy at Chatham. Sometimes I don’t know how she does it all!


Now were onto Dahveed. What I love most about Dahveed is his ability to show empathy. He is perhaps the most empathetic person at Union. He really knows how to put himself in other people’s shoes and this makes him not only a great trainer but also a great person.


Now we got Dylan. Dylan is very curious and studious. He is always diving into new things and willing to learn. It seems like he is always in a perpetual state of learning and this is why I think he will be very successful with whatever he does in life. To Dylan, I still need to roll around on some mats with you and kick your ass!


Now we got our Olympic lifter Dylan. Dylan has only had a few clients but is very involved with all of our sports teams. What I love most about Dylan is his passion. I’ve heard countless good things from his athletes and he did so good that they put him on their website. If you ever have any questions about Olympic lifting then he is your guy.


Next up is Caroline. Caroline also has multiple jobs and is going to physical therapy school at Chatham. She is relatively new at Union but has helped us a lot lately. She has filled in for our fitness classes and has worked with clients. I commend her for all her hard work and being able to manage her crazy schedule!


Next in line is Montrell. I met Montrell during my undergraduate degree and we got our master’s degree together. All I can say is that Montrell is awesome. He has been absolutely killing it at Union. He has many clients already and every time we ask him for something he gets it done. He is very reliable and is very humble.


Now we are onto Kyle. Kyle is also new here at Union and he works over at Pitt for strength and conditioning. I’ve only had a few interactions with him so far but from our conversations, I get the feeling that he much more intelligent than he thinks he is. He already has several clients and he has a warm personality to him.


Next up is Erin. Erin just started working here as well. She is going to school at the University of Pittsburgh for physical therapy. She has picked up a lot of front desk hours, classes, and clients. Based on her previous experience in collegiate softball and her work here at Union, she seems like she is going to be a great fit here. I am excited to see her growth as she progresses through PT school.


After Erin we got Allyssa. As soon as she started, she made an immediate impact here at Union. She has worked with many of our teams at Chatham and Point Park University. She has also helped a lot with front desk and picked up a lot of classes as well. She is very driven. Like Erin, she is also going to physical therapy school at Pitt. I really don’t know how all of my coworkers manage to do it all during PT school. We’re going to try to give her a client or two in the future if she can manage it all!


Now we are onto Spencer. Spencer was also in my undergraduate class with me at Pitt. He is one of the most genuine people I have met. He is just a solid dude all around. If you didn’t know, he has done an Ironman before. From what I have heard those are extremely difficult. If you ever have the chance to ask him about it then I’m sure he would tell you all about it.


Now onto our newest hire Adeel. From the minute Adeel got here and I saw his passion with his athletes I knew he would be great at Union. All of us are very impressed with his ability to adapt to situations and his willingness to step up when we need him. I am grateful he is now working with us and I am excited to see him grow as a trainer.


Last but certainly not least is April. Unfortunately for us here at Union, Aprils last day with us was last week. April was a great trainer here. She always went above and beyond for her clients and it shows because she made lasting relationships with all of them. She will definitely be missed and I am sure she will do awesome in whatever her future holds!


All in all, I and the rest of the full-time staff are very grateful for all of our personal trainers. If any of our gym members are reading this, please take the time to thank all of them. They work very hard and are each unique in their own way. They make my job a lot easier and I appreciate them!




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