Steve’s journey into the fitness profession was a little non-traditional. He graduated Duke University with a BS in Zoology, but had discovered computer science late in his undergraduate career. He worked as a systems administrator while taking graduate courses in computer science and eventually moved to Colorado to pursue a career in software engineering. Three companies and three layoffs later, Steve decided enough was enough!
After leaving the computer software industry, Steve started his career in the fitness profession as a Spinning™ instructor and became interested in exercise physiology, personal training, and coaching after completing his first Ironman in 2007. “I found the race and the whole Ironman experience incredibly inspirational. If you had told me in 2001 when I did my first sprint-distance triathlon that I would someday do an Ironman (I did two that year!), I would have said you were crazy. I think people are capable of much more than they give themselves credit for.”
Steve has become an experienced amateur endurance athlete, having successfully competed in four Ironman triathlons, including Ironman Hawaii. His athletic resume also includes numerous other endurance events, such as XTerra off-road triathlons, the Triple Bypass, el Tour de Tucson, the Tucson and Colorado Marathons, and the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (including the “Double”).
In addition to his certification from ACE as a Personal Trainer, Steve also holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon and USA Cycling. He has been a personal trainer at Infinity since 2009. Outside the gym, he coaches other endurance sports athletes and has been a triathlon coach for Team in Training since 2012.
Steve has a grown son who recently joined the Navy. He is extremely active and is an avid skier as well as a recreational athlete. His other interests include computers (of course!), technology, photography, and home repair.