Steve Kpa

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Born and raised in the Bay Area, I spent a portion of my childhood soaking up the mid-Pacific sun and consuming bountiful mangoes on the island of Maui. At least, that’s how I remember it. In my family of four (mom, dad, sister, and me), my father was a military man; both mental and physical fortitude were measures of manhood.

My family encouraged regular gymnastics and martial arts training, intended to teach me how to control my body and mind and enhance my character. But after being introduced to weight training in high school, I became solely consumed with improving my physical abilities. The ensuing injuries and imbalances I suffered due to not training properly led me to reassess my non-existent training program. Once at San José State University, I realized the importance of combining my prior training methodologies in martial arts and gymnastics with my growing knowledge in weight training and nutrition. This improved both my physical and mental health, and it got me closer to obtaining well-rounded fitness. I then became a personal trainer to help others reach similar wellness goals.

Shortly after graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, a close friend introduced me to CrossFit: a “simple” deadlift to double-under workout. With some amateur boxing training and a big deadlift to keep my young ego afloat, I went in confident, but came out seeing colors, not knowing where I was, and with an uncontrollable shaking in my leg. I was immediately humbled and hooked. My fitness since then has improved far beyond what I had originally envisioned. I earned my Level 1 Certification in 2010 and continue to educate others on proper health, fitness, and nutrition.

At Tabata Times, I currently research and write articles about proper movement, nutrition, and motivation. As a current coach and personal trainer, my contributions are based largely on personal and professional experiences. My role here allows me to reach the greater CrossFit community with objective, detailed information regarding health and fitness.

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