Steve Mackel – Graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1985 with a B.A. in Psychology, then jumped directly into the business world. He managed a small business in Los Angeles before he joined his brothers in opening a Gold’s Gym in Simi Valley, CA. After seven years in the fitness industry he moved into non-profit, raising valuable funds for Muscular Dystrophy patients. In 1997, he joined City of Hope to focus his efforts in raising money to fight cancer and other life-threatening illness. While at City of Hope he organized their national Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer 5k/10k series and created City of Hope’s Marathon Training Program geared towards first time marathoners.
Always athletic, Steve was captain of his high school water polo team and a member of the swim team. He participates in many other sports including yoga, surfing, road biking, mountain biking, snowboarding, ice and street hockey, basketball, ping-pong and backpacking. In 2000 he entered his first triathlon, which focused his attention towards swimming, cycling and running. He ran his first marathon and became a certified Spinning® instructor, in 2002. The following year, Steve began teaching triathlon training classes at a local fitness center. Since then he has coached over a thousand athletes, marathoners and triathletes, most of them first timers, in completing a race that was once considered a dream.
Steve is a Certified ChiRunning/ChiWalking® Senior Instructor, Certified Newton Natural Running Coach, USA Triathlon Coach, USA Cycling Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, FIST Bike Fitter, Certified Hypnotherapist, and Yoga teacher. His training philosophy has been greatly influenced by the axioms of yoga and the body-mind-spirit connection. He is a student of World Class athlete and coach Steve Ilg, and Ilg’s Wholistic Fitness® training system.
With his attention devoted toward working with people in the area of endurance sports programs, specializing in working with beginners, he prepares his athletes in the physical and mental aspects of their training. Steve focuses on each individual’s needs and current limitations. He knows his clients are athletes and encourages them to step beyond their boundaries. In addition, he works with his athletes in creating transformational life goals, positive attitudes and being able to radiate a peaceful, loving spirit in their communities.
Steve currently lives in South Pasadena, CA. He is president of Tri This Coaching, Head Coach and Program Director of the Sole Runners Marathon and Half Marathon Training Programs, Co-founder of SoCalRunning.com, MarathonTraining.TV and a member of the Pasadena Tri Club.
He works with all levels of athletes and can be reached for private lessons or more information on his group training at 818.414.9181