Introducing the Pittsburgh Fitness Project Team
Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.
Thomas Duer and Brian Clista
Tom and Brian started the Pittsburgh Fitness Project to provide the community with a judgement free space where members can reach their health and fitness goals. Tom, a national Olympic Weight Lifting champion and personal trainer, and Brian, a physician and avid runner, combine to bring the Pittsburgh area the finest in barbell training, fitness and exercise recovery.
Our Professional Coaches
PFP Trainer M.S. Exercise Science, NASM PES After bouncing around various unenjoyable jobs post-undergrad, I decided to make a career change and commit to making one of my passions and favorite hobbies my life. I went back to school and got a master's in exercise science.
I haven’t looked back since and have been training now for over 6 years. I’m not here to just tell you what exercises to do as a personal trainer. As a personal trainer, it is my responsibility to coach and educate my clients as well. I’m here to tell you why I’m giving you a specific exercise, educate you on how to perform it correctly and how it will help you reach your specific goals. I’m big on continuing education and am constantly learning new tools and refining my coaching techniques to help us reach your goals. In other words, I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to fitness. My goal for you is to help you become the best version of yourself, achieve the results you want, no matter where you are in your fitness journey and to have a little fun along the way.
PFP Trainer A.A.S. in Physical Therapy Gina is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She also holds her A.A.S. in Physical Therapy and works as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant outside of PFP. Growing up, I was involved in various sports including soccer, karate, and track.
In my early 20’s, I started to really prioritize building strength and adopting a healthier, more well-rounded lifestyle. I was introduced to CrossFit several years ago, which led me to find my passion for Olympic weightlifting. I now train and compete as a member of the barbell club here at PFP. As a personal trainer, my goal is to motivate, educate, and to help my clients recognize their potential. My perspective on training stems from my own fitness experiences, my background in physical therapy, and continuing education. I strongly believe in establishing key foundations and progressing accordingly to ensure proper movement patterns and injury prevention. I aim to take away any uneasiness about starting a new exercise routine so that it becomes approachable and attainable. I look forward to helping others break through barriers and achieve their goals, wherever they may be in their fitness journey.
Co-Owner B.S., NSCA -CSCS, NSCA TSAC, USAW-Level 1, Crossfit Level 1 Tom founded Pittsburgh Fitness Project in 2015 and PFP Barbell in 2017. He started personal training in 2009 and coaching Olympic style weightlifting in 2015. Tom began his career working with people on general fitness and now his focus has shifted to primarily working with people who want to learn and master the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.
I believe in using the right tool for the right job. Through my diverse experience as not only a fitness professional but also a competitive athlete through multiple disciplines (football, track and field, bodybuilding, CrossFit, Olympic lifting ). We work together to find the best possible solution for your fitness needs. There are a ton of ways to get you as in shape and healthy as you want to be. It is my mission to help find on that will work for you, but also that you will stick with, and hopefully have a good time in the process. 10000+ hours of 1-on-1 training experience 2021 Masters World Champion 2020 USAW National Champion 102kg Class and International Medalist for TEAM USA Published Fitness Model (Musclemag/REPS! magazine).
Grew up snowboarding, playing baseball and soccer but was met with a series of knee surgeries in middle school and high school. It wasn't until the end of high school in 2013 that I found some form of strength and conditioning through CrossFit. After competing in CrossFit for several years, I found my passion for Olympic Weightlifting.
While attending Slippery Rock University for Exercise Science, that passion led me to pursue coaching in both CrossFit and Weightlifting. Having coached powerlifters to state records, I enjoy working with barbell athletes of any sorts and anyone who has a desire to get stronger. The pursuit of strength is something that can seem intimidating to many people and it is my goal to make that journey accessible to anyone willing to put in the work. However, helping the general population towards the same goal has led me to appreciate the wide range of personalities and meet some of the most important people in my life currently. Coming back from shoulder labrum surgery at the end of 2019, my goal has been to take a step back and focus on foundational strength, building the areas of my fitness that were lacking in my time training for CrossFit. My history of surgeries have made me empathetic towards anyone struggling with consistency. My biggest takeaway from my fitness journey thus far is to focus on the things that you are able to do in the moment and make the most out of training. My greatest moments as a coach are when people achieve things through training that they never thought to be possible, and watching that confidence transfer to their regular life. “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
Nick is a personal trainer, certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He started becoming more involved in fitness later in his teenage years, and decided to make it a part of his career as he completed college. That didn't come to fruition until after working his share of jobs that were less than ideal for him. However, those jobs did help him realize how people can let their health slip away.
It is Nick’s personal mission to help people from all walks of life to unlock their potential, and to believe in their ability to do so. It is his desire to foster an interest in fitness and to teach people the benefits of exercise along the way. A lifelong learner himself, Nick is passionate about seeking new challenges, and loves to share that passion for personal growth with others.