Taylor Lewis grew up in the Central Valley town of Hanford. The youngest of five, his brothers helped instill in him the passion and drive that he’d later use for his playing career and his transition into performance training.
Baseball is Taylor’s passion. When it was time to decide what sport to play in high school, baseball, basketball, or soccer, he choose baseball. Taylor went on to play 1 year of Junior College Ball at West Hills in Coalinga, CA. He then moved on to pitch at Fresno City College (8-0) in 2005, which led to a scholarship to Sonoma State University (SSU). At SSU, Taylor became the team’s closer from 2006 to 2009.
After graduating from SSU with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology, Taylor continued his education and completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA-PT, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PEC), Russian Kettle ell Certification (RKC), and Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certifications after returning to Fresno.
In Fresno, Taylor started the Academy of Total Performance (ATP). He developed peer relationships with premier Strength Coaches including: Dan John (Strength Coach and consultant to multiple MLB teams and military personnel), Eric Cressey (consultant for New Balance, multiple professional MLB teams and owner of Cressey Sports Performance), Mike Boyle (owner of MBSC), Sean Skahan (Minnesota Wild Strength Coach), Brad Jellis (Dallas Stars Strength Coach), Mike Potenza (San Jose Sharks Strength Coach), and Marin County’s top strength coach Bobby Aldridge.
In 2009, Taylor joined the Fresno Monsters as their Strength and Conditioning Coach, and helped them reach the playoffs from 2009 through 2012. During that time, Taylor also worked with sports teams at Clovis North High School, area youth travel baseball teams, soccer teams, as well as working with additional sports. In the three years that he worked with these organizations, 95% of his athletes were healthy for the whole season, and 5 of those teams reached the postseason playoffs.
In 2012, Taylor returned to the Bay Area and moved to Marin County. He took the job at Sonoma State as the head baseball Strength Coach, and completed his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at SSU.
After 4 years as the SSU baseball Strength Coach, Taylor moved on to be the founder of Academy of Total Performance in Marin County, CA. With ATP, Taylor monitors all onsite athletic programs to ensure clients and staff are up to date on the latest new training techniques and athletic performance research. He also provides support to the community by helping out local youth baseball leagues. Taylor also trains and gives guidance to high school programs to ensure that the programs are incorporating a proper balance between training and recovery.
Taylor also found the love for working with adults with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and he is currently working with researches at Stanford Cystic Fibrosis Clinics to develop structuralized fitness programs on the quest to find a cure for CF. He has written for Max Muscle magazine, Strength Matters, and On Target Publications, and continues his professional career striving to help educate and inspire people to improve their quality of life through the fundamentals of basic human movements.