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About Steven

Steve is a lifelong athlete and established coach holding numerous certifications including NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CrossFit L3, Precision Nutrition L1, Stanford Exercise Physiology Short Course Certificate and USA Weightlifting Level 1 to name a few. Growing up on Long Island Steve was always active in athletics. During his high school years he was involved in several varsity sports including Cross Country, Track and Wrestling, achieving either All-Conference or All-County recognition in all three. It wasn’t until college however that he found his true athletic calling in Rugby, where he achieved both regional and national level success. Steve continued his Rugby career after college with the Long Island RFC, and was appointed captain his first year. During this time Steve also began coaching the Hofstra University Women’s RFC, leading them to a conference championship which resulted in divisional promotion. Steve began his CrossFit journey in 2013 after a knee injury forced him to retire from playing. Previously Steve served as the Director of competition programming and Head Coach at Crow Hill CrossFit. Afterwards he took over as Head Coach and Competition Coach at CrossFit Prospect heights and Dean CrossFit in Brooklyn. During the events of 2020 Steve decided it was time for a change and moved from Brooklyn to Englewood Colorado where he is currently coaching at Rigar Performance while simultaneously pursuing a masters degree in Biomechanics at the University of Northern Colorado. In October of 2022, Steve became the 102kg Colorado State Weightlifting Champion and will be competing in Masters Weightlifting Pan Ams at the end of May and Masters Weightlifting Worlds in Krakow Poland in August. 

My favorite client story

Performance and aesthetic focused results are great but my favorite story is from one of my earliest clients, we'll call him Bob. Bob was in his 60s had been a runner, tried rowing briefly years ago but for the most part was a minimally active 60 something NYC professional who was feeling the effects of aging. Bob had a few different goals in mind, most relating to being able to do things that he used to be able to do...running, hiking etc. One of the things that I noticed very early on was that Bob would always plop down into his seat with an audible "OOF" which he referred to as the "old guy oof" . We started on basic movement, squat mobility, a lot of isometrics at end range, nothing super intense. Bob was a little hesitant of these methods because he couldnt quite see how improving these squat patterns would help him in hiking up hill or running on the streets. Over the weeks and months we spent a ton of time on unilateral and bilateral movements and I constantly challenged his active squat range. Fast forward to a few months later, we were working on a relatively light set of squats and bob sat down on the bench between "oof". I asked him if he noticed anything and kind of aloof he said something along the lines of "yeah my hips have been feeling pretty good lately not sure why". I showed him some before and after footage of what his squat looked like when we started and a video from that day and I think it dawned on him that moving and challening his range was making sitting and standing easier. Fast forward another year or so, Bob moved out of the city and shortly after that registered for a half marathon which he completed with his partner.

My favorite exercise


My favorite quote

"Strength is never a weakness"

My training philosophy

The goal is always growth!

My training experience

I have over a decade of sports specific, personal and group training experience. I enjoy working with clients coming from all backgrounds and experience levels. I boast a personal training client list in the hundreds and have worked with thousands in group or team settings.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Gain
  • Kettlebells
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention
  • CrossFit
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Additional Certifications

CrossFit Level 3, Stanford University Center for Health Education Exercise Physiology, Totten Basic Olympic Lifting, Power Monkey Gymnastics, Precision Nutrition Level 1, USAW Level One Coach, USAPL Powerlifting Coach


BA in Psychology from Albright College, MS in Biomechanics from University of Northern Colorado

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, Bodybuilders, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Middle-aged, Military, Models, Overweight/ Obese, Rehab, Student-athletes

Medical Conditions Experience

ACL tear, ADHD, Ankle Injury, Arthritis, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Bone/Joint Injury, Chronic Pain, Disordered Eating Recovery, Golfers Elbow, Hamstring Issues, Hip Pain/Issues, Knee Pain/Issues, Obesity, Plantar fasciitis, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow

Training Areas Served

After working with Steve, I was in the best shape of my life. He helped me reach many of my fitness goals, including getting my first strict pull up, bar muscle up, and ring muscle up. In addition to reaching several gymnastics goals, he helped me hit several weightlifting benchmarks - nearly body weight snatch, body weight bench press, 1.5 (nearly 2x) body weight squat, double body weight deadlift. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about the movements, and the science and reason behind them.

Lacey K.

Steve is the best trainer & nutrition coach I've ever had. He really listens to your goals, and if you don't know what they are he will patiently help you figure them out. Each time we talk or he provides feedback he's very thoughtful and truly cares - it's not just all about results it's about doing right and also not getting hurt. Even though Steve is my trainer and I obviously pay him, for some reason I never want to let him down. He has that personality, and it's a feeling i've shared with other people I know who have trained with him. You can't go wrong with choosing Steve, you'll only get better.

Jessica U.

Steve was amazing from start to finish. I had a few issues and concerns before hand and he dealt with them easily. The whole session was structured around what he felt I needed the most. While I have a long way to go, I’m confident Steve will help me reach all my goals

James W.

Great coach - don't hesitate to work with Steve! Steve is a fantastic and extremely knowledgable coach. I'm a handful of sessions in, and I'm having a great experience. I've been wanting to lift heavier but didn't want to do it without feeling like I know what I'm doing so that I don't end up hurting myself. Steve's giving me the confidence, guidance, and structure to reach my goals.

Rebecca H.

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