Affordable Conditioning & Training

Affordable Conditioning & Training

4.9 (19)
28 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

Hello~ My name is Steven Leppert.  It depends on if you're looking for baseball or personal training.  I am a former College All-American @ Jacksonville State University in Alabama, where I was named to their All-Time Team, captained them to the College World Series and played in the prestigious Cape Cod League. I am a former pro baseball player with the Reds Organization and oldest son of former Major League All Star catcher and lifetime MLB coach Don Leppert. I have been coaching and teaching for over 25 years. I concentrate on hitting, switch-hitting, bunting, pitching, throwing mechanics, base running, stealing bases, catching, infield and outfield play and game situations. If you become a regular client(s) I would like to attend a game this season and see you play. I not only focus on the basics & fundamanetals, but their minsdet, attitude, and the cerebral (mental) approach to hitting, and the game itself.

Fitness related comments are following...thx. Steve C602.544.7616 PLEASE just call, so much easier.

I enjoy assiting people lead healthy lifestyles, and coaching and mentoring those from 5-82, whether it is with baseball, or personal training.  I currently have a 5 yr old who I have switch-hitting, and a 61 yr old who I worked with for 2 years now who won the MVP and Most Improved Player at The Rockies Fantasy League Camp in 2019.  He was like a little kid, FANtastic for him.

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Credentials

Phoenix, AZ 85083
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19 Reviews

4.9

  • Rand Kitt

    STEVE IS AN EXCELLENT COACH. MY SON IS VERY EXCITED AND HAPPY TO LEARN FROM HIM. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM TEACH OUR KID ALL ABOUT BASEBALL. THANK YOU COACH. ADAM LOVES EVERY TIME THEY PRACTICE TOGETHER.

  • James Hicks

    Coach Lep has done wonders working with our son. His confidence on field has improved tremendously. He has been able to take the skills learned in sessions with Lep directly on to the diamond and his game has improved by leaps and bounds. We will continue working with Coach Lep for sure.

  • Bruce Twersky

    Coach Steve is amazing! Very personable and a great coach. On day 1, he had my 6 year old in a more athletic stance and throwing the ball better than I've seen in years of coaching him myself. He also makes it fun with games to mix things up, all while teaching to have fun!

  • John Lott

    Steve is a caring and talented coach. My son loves every session with him and we would both highly recommend.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I try to assess their experience.  Second, We simply play catch and I see how they throw and receive the ball. Third, I ask them to loosen up and run a bit.  Then, depending on their position, we work on their strengths & weaknesses and how to improve them.  In HS I started as a Freshman with 8 Seniors, played SS and Catcher.  At JSU I played 3rd my Freshman year, C my sophomore year, and played CF my Junior Year.  For the Reds I played 2nd, 3rd, SS, C, CF and even pitched a few innings. I was a lead off switch hitter, and once ran a 6.38 60.  I have played every position at some level, and have a firm grasp on all.  As far as pitcher's, once they turn 13-14 I turn them over to a qualified pitching coach.  Growing up as the son of a Major Leaguer I saw many of the greats play, and was a sponge as a toddler until age 17 going to Forbes Field, then Three Rivers Stadium in Pgh every day with pop Don.

Fitness is obviuosly unique...it's a very personal choice, so I like to sit down, or talk, not text & assess your interest level, why your here/curiosity, & what will make this time different. 

First & FOREMOST, my sessions are FUN. You will look forward to it, as you'll feel better the entire day, & your sleep will improve.  We'll DEF get in all your work, that's promised, however other than most trainers, I KNOW that people like to PLAY, & HAVE FUN!  Age unnecessary.  Fitness level unnecessary. I do everything I can think of to alleviate boredon, mindless repititions & the same old B.S. A robot could show you how to do a tricep pushdown. It's on your phone. I can show you 5-7 other ways to train that same range of motion, & more efficiently.  I'll also show you THEE WORST tricep exercise there is, especially for the DAMAGE it IMPOSES on your shoulders, & it's shown in every fitness AD for triceps. My tricep exercises will require more attention, balance, & results.

MY FIRST PROMISE TO YOU - you will NEVER BE ASKED TO DO ONE sit-up WITH ME.  I WILL HOWEVER SHOW YOU CRUNCHES if interested, & I can show you an assortment of abdominal, low back, & hip exercises & stretches, that will prove to be more beneficial, with more total body movement, & less injurious. The term core is overused, for simplicity I'll refer to that area still as your core, for explanation sake.  You are also coming to have FUN, not go to CLASS!  I will suggest homework, that's on you.

SECOND & BEST PROMISE - I WILL NOT ASK/ALLOW YOU TO DIET. PERIOD!  Do you know there are over 10,000 registered diets?  And that was from a 1991 statistic. One would think if ANY OF THEM WORK, SHOULD'NT THERE BE JUST 1, A BEST, 3rd Place, etc?  I will show you how to eat, work around what you like to eat, & what other choices you have.  I will also make recommendations.  I follow an adjusted Keto program, I do grains, but NO GLUTEN. I also love & eat fruit. No need to go further now.  I hope your thinking WOW, I can do this.  YES, you can.

I AM ALSO an observer & studier of human behavior, & in doing that I realize people are going to drink, eat 3 scoops of Ice-cream, & around Halloween eat way too much chocolate, I'm GUILTY!  I LOVE Mr. Hershey. Best INVENTION of ALL TIME!  We are mortal, & we are not programmed to be expected to change years of poor choices, simply by joining a gym, & hiring a Trainer. I AM NOT just a TRAINER, I'm your PERSONAL COACH. HUGE DIFFERENCE. I train the whole person.  

LAST PROMISE - I WILL NEVER PUNISH YOU. And that is either physically or emotionally.  You should NEVER feel apprehensive about going to workout, & feel like you had to weigh and/or report your food, points, or WHATEVER, that's IDIOTIC.  If you ended up out with friends, had 3-4 plus drinks (PLEASE DONT DRIVE, CALL ME), split a XL pizza, X cheese, then maybe got a double scoop on the way home, I hope you enjoyed every bite.  Will it help you reach your goal? Negative. Do you need me to tell you that? No. But you can EASILY do that once a month, & the last thing you need is to worry about it in this hectic world, & to feel shame.  Your food choices will be your responsibility, & I will inquire, but believe me, I'll be able to tell anyway. What I do belive in is planning your meals a week in advance, shopping that way (less expensive) & it saves time & mental exhaustion.  Why do we plan our kids birthday parties better than our own, and/or your families nutritional needs/menu? You will save ample time & stress knowing what each meal is going to be, & you will save $.  It is SIMPLE TO DO!  Personal Training is one term, Personal Accountability is another, & that is ON YOU if you want to win.

GOAL SETTING...We will discuss...most importantly, they have to be REALISTIC, and ATTAINABLE. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

 Drafted twice, once out of H.S. (16th round) and College (5th round).

All Conference - Gulf South

College All-American

I.S.S.A. Certified Fitness Trainer since 2001.

Winner of Body for Life Transformation Challenge & $5,000. I lost 36 pounds of body fat & gained 6 lbs of muscle in 90 days. I could NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT A TRAINER. 

I.I.S.A. Certified In-Line Sk8 Instructor

HERE IS A NOTE FROM MY COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH, Alabama Hall of Famer Rudy Abbott.

Rudy Abbott, is in The Alabama Hall of Fame, as a Baseball Coach with the JSU Gamecocks and winner of over 1000 games in his illustrious coaching career.
Steve Leppert was drafted by the Blue Jays out of high school, but elected to go to college and was one of the greatest catchers to ever play for The Jacksonville State Gamecocks & was also an excellent infielder & switch hitter. He hit .423 his Junior year and was 23 of 24 in stolen bases and was named as an All-American. If I had a son wanting to get a head start on baseball I would want my son to work with Steve. Not only does he have the College World Series experience, his dad Don coached and played in the Majors for the Pirates and Senators, and he also coached for The Blue Jays, Astros and Twins.  Steve followed in his footsteps & played pro ball for the Reds/Pirates. Steve brings a level of energy and experience to the job as a baseball instructor. He gives his players insight others can hope to learn someday. I strongly recommend Steve's instruction if you want to be an outstanding baseball player.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Individual, group and package rates.  The more you schedule, the better the pricing.  I always have water, usually an apple, or banana as well.


How did you get started teaching?

My father was a Major League Player/Coach, and after my professional baseball career I entered the fitness industry, encompassing high end exercise equipment sales, facility planning & design, Health Club Management, Personal Training Instruction and Sales.  I love helping, instructing and coaching.


What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked from ages 4-85, special needs students, disabled children and adults, a paraplegic, Mrs. Indiana, amatuer/professional athletes, and I specialize in 'seasoned citizens' in regards to Personal Training BECAUSE I AM ONE. ;)


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I helped Becki F lose 30 lbs in 90 days, and she was literally crying & elated. I helped a shy, introverted teen in making his Jr. High baseball team...in which he was ecstatic & improved his entire confidence.  His mom thanked me profusley.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't just shop rates, talk before and try one lesson before committing to more.  Less isn't always more, and make sure they at least played and started in college, if not further professionally...


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your goal(s) and expectations, and be thorough in communicating that.  Also, in this day and age, you're welcome to film the session(s), or parts dependent upon your phone etc.


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