• Pure Edge Defined




    1. without any extraneous and unnecessary elements
    2. free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes
    3. having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role



    1. give an intense or sharp quality to
    2. a favorable margin; advantage

    The Pure Edge Performance Training process gets results. We utilize a specialized approach to get the most out of our clients. Our programs are built on the basics of human performance - strength, power, mobility, and nutrition. When you walk in our doors, we'll discover your goals, assess your abilities, and get right to work. Whether you're a superstar recruit, a weekend warrior, a mom on the go, or just looking to shed a few pounds, we can help you get the advantage over your competition.

    So what are you waiting for? Either make it happen, or watch it happen.

    Find your edge.

  • Performance Team

    Over 20 years of combined experience to help you shatter your goals.

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    Justin Shal, MS, CSCS, PES, TPI Certified

    Owner | Performance Director

    Credentials and Achievements

    • M.S. - Exercise Science, California University of PA, 2011
    • B.S. - Kinesiology, Penn State University, 2006
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NCSA, 2006
    • Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM, 2011
    • Titleist Performance Institute Certified, 2019
    • USPA member and competitor, held 5 USPA Pennsylvania state records for powerlifting

    Justin has been actively coaching athletes and weekend warriors for optimal performance as a professional for over 15 years. After receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State, he gained valuable experience in both the sports performance and rehabilitation disciplines, allowing him to assess and train clients utilizing multiple approaches. He earned an M.S. in Exercise Science from Cal U while putting to use his improved knowledge every day as the leader of a team of trainers in a commercial gym setting. Justin brings energy and presence to every session to motivate clients to reach beyond their goals and achieve unexpected results. Voted one of the top 3 personal trainers in Pittsburgh by PGH City Paper readers in 2021!

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    Rachel Hirst

    Performance Coach

    Credentials and Achievements

    • B.S. - Exercise Science, Mercyhurst University, 2022
    • Team Captain - Mercyhurst Women's Lacrosse, 2022
    • High School All-American at Hampton HS, led team to back-to-back girls lacrosse WPIAL championships
    • Trained at Pure Edge as a high school and college athlete
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    Jake Woodruff

    Performance Coach

    Credentials and Achievements

    • M.S. - Sports Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2022
    • B.S. - Exercise Science and Athletic Training, Baldwin Wallace, 2020
    • Current defender for Pittsburgh City United FC men's soccer club, former member of Baldwin Wallace men's soccer team, athletic training intern for NFL Los Angeles Chargers
  • The Shield

    A shield signifies strength; a desire to protect from all things harmful; a source of unity bearing one's ideology. The Pure Edge Shield is an icon created to elicit a sense of pride in the pursuit of a greater strength both inside and out.

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