About Us

Here, Every Rep Counts.

We always say every rep counts. Each rep is a chance to make progress; each rep gets you one step closer to reaching your fitness or performance goals.

Our entire staff is trained—and certified—to provide the best instruction on sports performance and exercise science. 

Dean Bryan, Co-Owner

A true Pittsburgh native and former college football player, Dean has two decades of experience as a youth and collegiate athletic trainer. He'll push you hard. But with his humor and wit, there's no such thing as a boring session.

Favorite Exercise: Squat
Favorite Sport:

Chico Orlando, Co-Owner

As a tight end, Chico led Truman State University in touchdowns during his final season. Since Truman, Chico has leveraged his Exercise Science degree to become certified in physiology as well as strength and conditioning. When he's not at The Grind, Chico's definitely lounging at home with his little boy and girl.

Favorite Exercise: Bench Press
Favorite Sport:

Jacy Cash, Trainer

Jacy grew up an athlete, as she swam year-round for 12 years and played basketball. She pursued her passion in fitness by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She loves to help people become better! We all have things we are working on, so no matter where you are in your journey, Jacy is there to help you achieve your goals.

Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
Favorite Sport:

Andrew Kramer, Trainer

Drew’s background as a former competitive cyclist, now CrossFit level 1 Trainer and competitor has helped broaden his training experience and knowledge to best help his clients.

With a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and minor in Nutrition, and experience working with the Olympic BMX team, he will help guide you along your fitness journey having fun along the way.

Favorite Exercise: Crossfit
Favorite Sport: Cycling

Joe Lasky, Manager

Joe played college football at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL, where he was an offensive lineman. He joined The Grind as our first intern—and later first hire! Joe's dedication translates to his day to day training and his creation of our lineman-specific program.

Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
Favorite Sport: Football

Ashley Mann, Office Manager

Ashley has been a critical member of The Grind team for over three years! She's the glue, making sure our trainers, athletes, and clients are comfortable in an environment where they can succeed. From social media to customer service, Ashley has us covered.

Favorite Exercise: Squat
Favorite Sport: Hockey

Nick Niehaus, Trainer

Nick competed in track and field at Centre College earning 10 All-Conference accolades and still holds the 400m hurdle school record.

As the former head coach at Webster University, he brings seven years of collegiate track coaching and strength and conditioning experience to the Grind.  Nick is passionate about developing people and helping them reach their goals.

Favorite Exercise: Deadlift
Favorite Sport:
Track and Field

Jason Rothweiler, Trainer

Jason was a 4-year starter on the St. Pius X High School soccer team. His love for soccer has grown into a love for fitness. Jason is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and you can often find him posting High Intensity Interval Training tutorials on social media.

Favorite Exercise: Russian Deadlift
Favorite Sport:

Tyler Steinkamp, Manager

Simply put, Tyler is a technician. While at Lindenwood University, he competed on the Olympic Weightlifting Team. He also earned a B.S. in Excercise Science with a minor in Fitness Management and Wellness. Need random trivia facts? Ask Tyler about Jurassic Park.

Favorite Exercise: Power Clean
Favorite Sport:
Olympic Weightlifting