Taylor Lewis grew up in the Central Valley town of Hanford. The youngest of the 5, 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 his 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 onto pitch at Fresno City College (8-0) in 2005 where it led to a scholarship to Sonoma State University (SSU) where he became the team’s closer from 2006 to 2009.
After graduating from SSU with a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, Taylor continued his education and completed his CSCS, NSCA-PT, PES, RKC, and FMS certifications after returning to Fresno.
In Fresno, Taylor started the Academy of Total Performance. 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, helping them reach the playoffs from 2009 through 2012. During that time, he also worked with sports teams at Clovis North High School, area youth travel baseball teams, soccer teams and additional sports. In the 3 years 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, moving to Marin County. He took the job at Sonoma State as the head baseball strength coach while he finished his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at SSU.
After 4 years as the SSU baseball strength coach he moved on to start Academy of Total Performance in Marin County, CA. There he monitors all onsite athletic programs to ensure clients and staff are up to date on the latest new training techniques and athletic performance research. His passion to help others streams outside of the gym where he helps out local youth baseball leagues as well as trains and give guidance to high school programs to ensure the proper balance between training and recovery.
Taylor also found the love for working with adults with Cystic Fibrosis, 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.