We try a unique approach to personal training at Union Fitness. We don’t have trainers walking the floor trying to sell you things you don’t need. Instead, we first assess each client’s physical health and wellness, fitness background, and goals. Then we pair that individual with one of our trainers that is best suited to help the client reach their goals in the most efficient way possible.
Most clients are just searching for motivation, accountability, or knowledge. They want to lose weight, strengthen nagging injuries, or just get back into the swing of things at the gym. But we’ve also successfully trained clients to improve their hobbies inside and outside of the gym including downhill bicycle racing, marathons, powerlifting, and olympic weightlifting.
Zain is from Cranberry Township and currently resides in Pittsburgh. He was a wrestler in high school and graduated from Seneca Valley in 2014. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was stationed in San Diego. During his time in the Navy, he was on 3 deployments and got to see several different countries around the world. During his time on deployment, he found his passion for fitness and decided he wanted to return home to pursue a degree in exercise science. Zain then attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. While he was earning his undergraduate degree, he competed in men’s physique, he competed in several powerlifting meets at both the local and national level through the powerlifting club at the University of Pittsburgh and interned at Union where he then came on as a part time coach. After obtaining his bachelors degree in exercise science, he then went to earn his master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology where he was a graduate student assistant at Pitt and spent time interning at the Lemieux Center in Cranberry. He was then hired full-time as the head personal trainer at Union while he was in the process of earning his masters. Zain now spends his time enjoying all Pittsburgh sports, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying his passion for exercise.
April Suto is an accredited trainer and nutrition coach from The National Academy of Sports Medicine, born and raised in Pittsburgh. Her passion for fitness started at an early age. Ever since, it has been her goal to share her knowledge and experience to help others find happiness, confidence, and strength through healthy living.
Ethan has been involved in the field of strength & conditioning for close to a decade now. While studying exercise science at the University of Pittsburgh, he spent many hours working under coaches at the colligate level. Ethan has also worked in the private sector giving him the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of athletes from high school to Division 1 and even up to the professional level. Ethan has two highly respected certifications including certified strength and conditioning special (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a certification in USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach. Currently, he is the strength coach for the Carnegie Mellon football program. And in working with clients at Union Fitness, he uses his background in multiple sports and disciplines to help each client reach their goals.
Miranda is from one of the many small towns of the Pennsylvanian countryside. With a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Chatham University, Miranda continues her passion of fitness and sports at Union Fitness. From a young age, Miranda started gymnastics which gradually lead to competing in other sports as she made her way through high school, picking up cheerleading, volleyball, and track and field. In college, Miranda pursued track and field as a pole vaulter and continues to hold the school records for pole vault. Miranda is continuing her education with Chatham’s Physical Therapy program. Her previous experiences of coaching gymnastics, cheerleading, and swimming set up the foundation for her current position as a personal trainer and coach at Union Fitness, and a strength coach at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jose Dahveed Jorge is originally from Caracas, Venezuela but moved to the United States when he was 14. He moved to Findlay, Ohio, where he attended Findlay High School and competed on the swim team. Dahveed then attended Bowling Green State University and was in the Athletic Training program for two years and worked with multiple sports, football being one of his favorites. He then decided to specialize in strength and conditioning. During that time, he completed two internships- one at a Physical Therapy clinic in Findlay, and another at Fastrak Performance, a private strength and conditioning facility in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Dahveed graduated with his degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Kinesiology. After graduating, he got a job as a strength and conditioning coach at Fastrak Performance, where he worked with athletes from middle school to college and professional. Since joining Union Fitness, Dahveed has worked with our college teams and clients. Dahveed’s goal as a coach is to help people become the best version of themselves, not just in the weight room but in their everyday life.
Charles Jasper (CJ)
CJ is a Pittsburgh area native who attended Blackhawk High School where he played football. In his first few years of college, he attended Duquesne where he competed on the men’s rowing team. He then went to Slippery Rock University to finish his degree and became a student strength coach for football and women’s basketball. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science he interned with Ohio State Football and Robert Morris University. After his intern stints, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the New York Mets organization, Morehead State and Youngstown State. During his time at YSU he was a member of the coaching staff the took the football team to the 2017 National Championship game. In 2016 CJ got his Master’s degree in wellness promotion from Morehead. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. CJ is passionate about training athletes, youth, weekend warriors and anyone looking to live well.
Dylan is from Frederick, Maryland, and has always been deeply involved in sports and fitness. Growing up he participated in many different sports, including baseball and rugby. It wasn’t until college that he developed his love and passion for fitness. After working for a few years as a physical therapy aide, he decided to pursue and obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Towson University. As a personal trainer, Dylan uses his education and experience to help his clients lose weight, gain strength and improve their health. When he’s not coaching he enjoys creating art, biking, and reading. Dylan’s goal with every client is to help them be who they intend to be and will help them create a healthy life they love.