Owner/Program Director

In 2014 Steven became involved with the National Pro Grid League and took on the primary role as Head Coach of the Miami Surge ending the first Season with a 3-1 Record only losing to the championship team DC Brawlers in the Semi Finals. Steven comes from a background of Power lifting, Bodybuilding, and Kick Boxing.

Steven has acquired the following training throughout the years (see below).

Steven founded the Underground Playground Podcast (UPP) in 2017 after speaking with several friends including Co Host Michael Manning. The primary focus of the UPP is to bring knowledge and entertainment to Gym Owners, General Fitness Consumers, and ordinary people looking to learn about the overall heath and fitness industry and its relations to a broad variety of subject matter linked or not linked. UPP is raw and uncut bringing a wide range of personalities and professions to the table. So sit back and enjoy we hope you are entertained and educated at the same time.

Certifications / Seminars / Coaching Experience

  • Head Coach 2014 Miami Surge Pro Grid League Team (Record 3-1)
  • Owner / Head Programmer / Coach – Playground Gym – Broward CrossFit since 2007
  • Level 1 CrossFit Coach (4 times)
  • Level 2 CrossFit Coach
  • Internship CrossFit Level 1 Staff
  • Basic Barbell Training Certification with Coach Mark Rippetoe
  • Olympic Lifting Certification with Coach Mike Burgener (3 times)
  • CrossFit Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification (2 times)
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Certification with Coach Jeff Martone (2 times)
  • CrossFit Running and Endurance Certification (2 times)
  • CrossFit Gymnastics L1 Course
  • POSE Running Technique Coach
  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach with Glenn Pendlay (3 times)
  • Certified Rowing Coach (2 times)
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification (3 times)
  • USA Powerlifting Certification
  • IKFF Level 1 Certification with Ken Blackburn
  • Westside Barbell Power Lifting Certification with Lou Simmons
  • Westside Barbell Power Lifting Certification with Mark Bell
  • Mike Mahler Hormone Optimization and Kettlebell Workshop Level 1
  • Several Kettlebell and Olympic Lifting Workshops and Seminars
  • Tom Furman Kettlebell and Mobility Workshop
  • Level 1 Muscle Driver Olympic Weightlifting Seminar with Glenn Pendlay
  • Level 2 Muscle Driver Olympic Weightlifting Seminar with Glenn Pendlay
  • Outlaw Training Camp with Rudy Neilson
  • Olympic Weightlfting Seminar with Don McCauley – Catapult System
  • Juggernut / Cube Method Powerlifting Seminar w/ Chad Wesley Smith and Brandon Lilly
  • Tactical Athlete Instructor Course w/ Jeff Martone
  • Underground Strength & Conditioning CoachCertification with Zach Even Esh
  • USA Sports Performance Coaching w/ Mark Cannella
  • CrossFit Level 1 Gymnastics Seminar
  • 321 Go Project Business Systems Seminar
  • Reactive Training Systems Powerlifting Seminar w/ Coach Mike Tuchscherer
  • Aerobic Capacity Seminar w/ Coach Chris Hinshaw
  • Training Think Tank Athlete Camp w/Coach Max El-Hag
  • OPEX Athlete Camp w/ James FitzGerald (Nov 2016)
  • OPEX Lifestyle Coaching
  • OPEX Nutrition
  • OPEX Assessment
  • OPEX Program Design
  • OPEX Business Systems

Books and Study Material

  • “Starting Strength” by Mark Rippetoe
  •  “The Paleo Diet for Athletes” by Loren Cordain
  •  “The Renaissance Diet” by Dr Mike Israetel
  •  “Becoming a Supple Leopard” by Dr Kelly Starrett
  •  “Dinosaur Training” by Brooks Kurbik
  •  “Intervention” by Dan John
  •  “Can you go” by Dan John
  •  “Fat Loss happens on Monday” by Josh Hillis and Dan John
  •  “Spartan Up” by Joe DeSena
  •  “First, What it takes to Win” by Rich Froning
  •  “The One Thing” by Jay Papasan
  •  “The Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson
  •  “Good Calories, Bad Calories, Fats Carbs…. ” by Gary Taubes
  •  “Ashman Strength System Book” by Jay Ashman
  • “Keto Clairy” by Eric C Westman, Jimmy Moore MD
  • “Wired to Eat” by Robb Wolf
  • “Peak Performance – Elevate your Game by Steve Magness, Brad Stulberg
  • “Fodmap Solution” by Shasta Press
  • “The Gray Cook Lecture Compendium” by Gray Cook
  • “A Lifelong Approach to Fitness” by Dan John
  • “The Microbiome Diet” by Raphael Keilman
  • “Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire…. by Simon Sinek