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Scott Umberger MS Personal Trainer/Physical Preparation Coach

Personal Trainer Scott Umberger
Scott and RJ Umberger

Scott’s passion for performance enhancement started at an early age, stemmed by his desire to receive a Division I scholarship.  This is the basis for which Umberger Performance was started and what drives Scott's passion for learning and helping athletes achieve their dreams.  The number one goal of Umberger Performance's sports performance training program is to help athletes gain scholarships or earn places on sports teams from elite academic institutions. Thus far 15 Umberger Performance athletes attend or have graduated from top 100 schools(based in a Forbes school ranking list). Of those, 10 are in the top 50 and 5 athletes are in top 20 schools.

Sports Science Knowledge

One year interning at University of Pittsburgh under renowned coach, Buddy Morris changed everything. After working with Buddy, Scott spent two years working as Todd Hamer’s Assistant Strength & Condition Coach at Robert Morris University training 600 of their athletes. The influence of James Smith, who is regarded as a leading American expert on Soviet Sport Science,  led Scott to an understanding of Sports Science held by handful of Americans.  Since Sport Science doesn’t really exist in the U.S.(Scott confirmed this during his exploration of a PhD at PSU).  Scott’s knowledge has been obtained via mentorships, self study of his small library of foreign authored materials, videos, seminars with International Sports Scientist, and personal correspondence with elite track coaches, and Sport Scientists.  This knowledge of International Sports Science is essential due to the lack of investment in Sport Science research in both human performance and youth development.  We simply think that "we know it all" in the US despite the world wide data and research saying otherwise. Scott's athletes are direct benefactors of his desire to"seek the truth" from scientific facts and real world results verse internet guru's, miracle training aids, magic supplements, and marketing fluff.


Attempting to “get the edge” on the competition, Scott read and has tried everything that he could get his hands on.  Taken under the wing of D1 track coach, Waddie Freeman his senior year of high school, Scott reduced his 40 yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.4. Scott played football, baseball, and ran track in high school. This led him to compete at the Division I level in football and track at Robert Morris University.  Scott’s personal experience teamed with his extensive knowledge of the late sprint coach Charlie Francis’s methodologies as well as current Olympic medal winning coaches like Ralf Mann PH.D, Henk Kraaijenhoff, and Dan Pfaff present a very unique mix of knowledge and practical experience regarding speed and athletic development.  In the track world, EVERY event is measured.  Either the athletes runs, jumps, or throw better or they do not. Multiple Olympic medals with multiple athletes are results that simply don't lie.  Scott also implements slow motion video capture to analyze what the human eye can not catch to improve upon running techniques.


Scott spent three months training at the strongest powerlifting gym in the U.S., Westside Barbell.  There he gained an advanced knowledge of the three powerlifts, the bench, the squat, and the dead lift.  He also learned about the concept of strength and its application to specific athletic scenarios. Scott currently competes in the sport of power lifting and has squatted 800, dead lifted 670, and bench pressed 500 for an elite total of 1970 at a drug free bodyweight of 220.


As part of his 20,000 hours in the trenches training experience, Scott has worked with over a 2,000 athletes and clients:

Two Iron Man Record Holders(consecutive games played) for Two separate NHL Team, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets• Trains two 1st NHL draft picks whom he started training from an early age (12 and 15) Rj Umberger and JT Miller • Brandon Saad- 2015-16 NHL All Star, 2x Stanley Cup Winning Forward• 2x Stanley Cup Winner Craig Adams whom former Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma called "the best physically prepared player on the Penguins"! • Three players in the 2016 Frozen Four • Male and female athletes in hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, track. • Fitness/figure competitors •Professional athletes (NHL, NFL, Arena Football , MLL&NLL-pro Lacrosse, World Championship Games.) • 2x Olympic Silver Medalist- USA Olympic Woman’s Hockey Team • 3 All-Americans (track, swimming, hockey) • 2 Hobe Baker Trophy Finalist (Heisman Trophy of College Hockey) • A top 10 NCAA scorer in Men’s Hockey •2016 WPIAL and PA State Backstroke Champion • ECAC/IC4A qualifying track hurdler • Professional Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer players in Europe(Finland and Italy) • Two Major D1 walk on football players- one who made OSU’s team when they were ranked #1 and WVU when they were top in the 20. • Celebrities- Country Music Superstar Martina McBride and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Scott practices what he preaches.

Research is fantastic but it is useless if it’s not applied in a real world setting.  Scott studies and applies knowledge on himself before having his athletes use it.  Scott is a competitive powerlifter squatting 800 lbs and achieving an "Elite total" of 1970 lbs as a drug free competitor.   In August of 2013 he completed a Tough Mudder Race(which is consider the most legit race of it's kind in the US) which is a 12 mile "mud run" with 20+ obstacles. Though it’s Scott’s formal education(BS, MS) that enhanced his abilities as a coach, it’s the intensive study of  ”The Soviet Sports Science,” as well as Sport Science stemming from sources outside of the United States(primarily football(soccer) and Australian sports(AFL and Ruby) as well as Australian Sports Science) that have really separated him from the majority of the field.   Real world success with real athletes is what the industry standard should be and are what Scott bases his sports performance training upon.  Using his “in trenches training experience,”  as well as a unique blend of leadership and knowledge of International Sport Science makes Scott a rare commodity as a physical preparation coach in the US.

Pepsi Umberger- Personal Trainer/ Group Fitness Instructor/Yoga Instructor

Pepsi is her REAL name. Her parents named her Pepsi because they pictured her bubbly, active, and full of life with infectious energy.

Pepsi and ceelaPepsi has been in the fitness and wellness industry for over 15 years. She caught the fitness bug in college when she started working with post cardiac rehab patients, did fitness assessments, taught group fitness, yoga, and pilates, and personal trained. She was hired as Fitness and Wellness Director at Kent State University after receiving her degree. After getting her Master’s Degree she was hired as Associate Director of Programs-Fitness and Wellness at Cleveland State University. Currently, she is faculty at Penn State University in Kinesiology/Exercise Science.

Pepsi was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a disease that affects her lungs and digestion system. Fighting this disease she quickly learned how exercise and nutrition made her feel so much better. During her fight against CF, she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She has a unique perspective about exercise and disease management. She has works with clients who are diabetic, gastric bypass, knee replacements, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, asthma, and heart disease.

Pepsi works with clients on all aspect of their lives: exercise, nutrition, accountability, goal setting, and motivation. Her approach helps client reach small monthly goals to reach their overall fitness and wellness goals. Her bubbly, infectious energy and enthusiasm for helping her clients achieve their fitness and health goals, ensures sessions are fun, full of energy, and results driven, but also focus on education. She wants to ensure her clients are knowledgable in current fitness trend to discern fact from fiction.

Education: Bachelors and Masters Degree from Kent State University.

Certifications: AFAA in Group Exercise, Personal Training, Aqua Aerobics, Mat-Science, and Prenatal Fitness, Yogafit-Yoga Level 1-3, and NETA-Pilates.

Clients Hours: 1000’s of hands on training hours with clients and certifying new personal trainers

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Michelle Benigni

Michelle Benigni- Personal Trainer/ Group Fitness Instructor

Michelle’s interest in physical fitness stems all the way back to her childhood years, during which she was a gymnast and track athlete. For some time, adult life unfortunately kept her away from exercising. This, in combination with having three children and battling Thyroid cancer, led to a tremendous weight gain. She began running to target the weight. She fell in love with it, running two half marathons, countless 5 and 10Ks, and the Mud on the Mountain obstacle race in 2010. Running helped Michelle loose the weight, but she injured her Achilles tendons and heels in the process due to a lack of a formal training program or insight on injury prevention. To supplement running, she joined a few gyms to take classes such as Aerobics and Spinning, but was never fully satisfied with her fitness level. A friend recommended Umberger Performance’s Fusion Fit classes, and the combination of fitness information, gym atmosphere, challenge level of the workouts, and the far-from-stagnant routine kept her coming back daily.

Michelle felt fit and strong, and was inspired to help others reach their goals. She earned her Personal Training certification this year from ACE and now has extensive knowledge on women’s weight loss, fat loss, and proper ways to train. She is ready to share her insights and all that she has learned through the certification process. Michelle feels she can connect with clients because she was once a client herself, and her goal is to motivate and inspire others to not only take health and fitness seriously, but to fall in love with it like she has. She believes everyone can improve their health… all it takes is a commitment.

Sonny Hughes- Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer Sonny Hughes
Sonny Hughes

Sonny has been training clients for over 25 years.  He received his BA in Business Administration from Ohio State University.  While there, he was a member of the Ohio State Buckeye Football team participating in their 1971, 1972, and 1973 Rosebowl wins.  Sonny’s certifications include IFPA Personal Fitness Training, Ace Personal Fitness Training, IDEA Personal Fitness Training, Star Trac/Precision Cycling, and First Aid/CPR.  He has won awards in the ANBC Natural Bodybuilding Shows taking 1st place in the 1999 PA Natural, 2nd place in the 2002 Lion Country Classic, 1st place in the 2002 Pittsburgh Natural, and 3rd place in the 2002 National Natural.

 Jennifer McDowell- Personal Trainer/Group Instructor

Jennifer is an avid sports enthusiast and has years of experience in many sports, most notably basketball and volleyball. She also enjoys running, and has been coaching "Girls on the Run", an international program that works with young girls in grades 3-8.   (The goal of the program is to instill confidence through accomplishments, while also establishing a lifetime appreciation of

Personal Trainer Jen McDowell
Jen McDowell

health and fitness.) She has run in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon the past four years and competed in several 5k and 10k runs.

Jennifer joined the Umberger Performance team in September 2012, and took over as instructor for the 8:30am Fusion Workouts classes in May 2013.  Fusion Workouts involves working with clients of all ages and fitness levels enabling them to increase fitness at their own pace. Jennifer strives to get the most out of them, and encourages clients to "get out of their comfort zone.”

She believes fitness is an integral part of one’s personal wellness, offering both physical and mental benefits. Exercise and good nutrition are essential lifestyle habits that promote healthy and happy lives. Her goal as a trainer is to educate her clients and offer them a FUN, safe and effective workout that produces results. Changing your life is a journey and she will be there to support you, motivate you and make sure you enjoy every step along the way.  With positive coaching and motivation she WILL help you achieve your goals.

Former athletes, runners, moms wanting to lose “baby fat”, or just men/women looking to get back into shape, Jennifer is here to help accomplish your goals.

 Rusty Miller-Physical Preparation Coach/Personal Trainer

Rusty’s passion for exercise and fitness started when he was young and began lifting weights to get better at football.  After falling in love with lifting weights, he became very interested in powerlifting and continued to keep up with it. He went on to win two state championships in Pennsylvania during high school.  Rusty has continued to compete in powerlifting and has squatted 580lbs, bench pressed 430lbs, and deadlifted 705lbs.

 Rusty attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received a degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.  Rusty also has a certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Rusty did an internship at Umberger Performance during college, and was hired to stay on after graduation.  While here, Rusty has helped train a variety of athletes ranging from youth, up to the professional level. He also taught many group fitness classes, and helped them along with many other clients achieve their fat loss and fitness goals.  Rusty has gained knowledge from some of the best minds in the performance and fitness industry and knows how to apply them to help you achieve your goals

Dan Minnicks -Physical Preparation Coach/Personal Trainer

Dan Minnicks
Dan Minnicks

Dan’s passion for physical fitness started as a youngster after watching the training montages in the “Rocky” movies. While playing multiple sports growing up, Dan eventually made hockey a priority as he became a teenager. He was named team captain at the middle school, high school, amateur, and collegiate level where he played for Community College of Allegheny County and earned an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010.

After taking a year off from hockey, Dan decided to try and play pro hockey at the single-A minor league level. Seeking to put himself in the best position to succeed, Dan began training at Umberger Performance in the fall of 2011. Despite being cut numerous times, he eventually was selected 8th overall by the Danbury Whalers in 2013 Federal Hockey League Draft.

During his time at UP as an athlete, Dan would often stay after his own training session to help with younger athletes as well as covering some of the adult fitness classes. Upon retiring from pro hockey in 2016, he decided it was time to start the next phase in his life. Dan is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) and First Aid/CPR certified.

Dan has been around numerous trainers and gyms throughout his career, seeing firsthand the good and bad out there. Drawing from his own failures and setbacks, an ongoing five year apprenticeship at UP, and his own studying from other top coaches and trainers, Dan knows what it takes to help you achieve your goals.