My name is Steve Leppert, Lep, or Coach Lep. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm a former College All-American @ Jacksonville State University in 1980 and a 2nd generation professional baseball player. My pop Don was a former MLB 1963 American League All-Star Catcher & longtime MLB Coach for The Pirates, Blue Jays, Houston Astros & then Minor League Farm Director for The Minnesota Twins, and has 3 W. S. Rings, '71 Pirates & '87 & '91 Twins. He recently passed in April @ 91.
I was drafted 2x, in the 16th round (Boston Celtic's Danny Ainge was 15th pick) out of H.S. by The Toronto Blue Jays as a Catcher in 1977, and again in the 5th round by The Cincinnati Reds as a 2b in 1980 after my All-American Junior year. I hit .423 and was 23/24 in SB, with no errors in CF. I then signed with The Reds and was with their organization for 3+ years & The Pgh Pirates for 1.
As a kid I/we spent every spring in FL @ Spring Training(s), summers going to Three Rivers Stadium, plus going to winter ball & living in Puerto Rico @ 5 yrs old, Dominican Republic @ 10, and Venezuela @ 18.
After baseball I got into the fitness fitness industry in multiple capacities, from Membership Sales, Commercial Equipment Sales/Club Design, to Mgmt & Personal Training.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I keep just a few clients and have 2 openings available.
"Hit 'em where they aint".
'Wee' Willie Keeler, 5' 5", when asked about his secret to hitting.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First, we simply play catch w no gloves & tennis balls. Secondly, I see how they throw and receive the ball. Third, I ask them to show me how they hold the ball throwing, & the bat hitting. Then, depending on their position, we work on those basic fundamentals, strengths, possible weaknesses and how to improve them.
I have played C, SS, 3b, 2b & CF at some level, and have a firm grasp on them. 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 18 going to multiple spring trainings in FL, winter ball in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela and going to Forbes Field, then Three Rivers Stadium in Pgh with pop.
Fitness is obviously unique...it's a very personal choice, so I like to sit down, or talk, not text & assess your interest level, why now, & what will make this time different?
First & FOREMOST, my sessions are FUN. You will look forward to it, as you'll feel better. 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 boredom and mindless repetitions.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Drafted twice, once out of H.S. 1977 (16th round) Toronto Blue Jays and College 1980 (5th round).
1980 All Conference - Gulf South
1980 College Baseball All-American
I.S.S.A. Certified Fitness Trainer from 2001.
I.I.S.A. Certified In-Line Skate Instructor by Rollerblade from 1993
Winner of First Place in 2001 Body for Life Masters (over 40) Transformation Challenge & $5,000.
I lost 35 pounds of bodyfat & gained 5 lbs of muscle in 90 days for a total loss of 30lbs from 200 to 170.
*NOTE FROM MY COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH, Alabama Hall of Famer Rudy Abbott.
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.
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 enjoy 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.