From athlete to coach

A Lifetime of learning


Steve is a lifelong athlete who demands maximum commitment from himself and from his partners.

Steve Neal has been involved in sports in one form or another since the age of 5. Growing up an avid hockey and lacrosse player, he went on to play Junior A lacrosse in Brampton at the age of 16. After a year of Junior A lacrosse he started to focus on training for the sport of cross country skiing which also led to triathlon during the summer months. At the age of 21 went back to lacrosse to play in the inaugural season for Orangeville Northmen Junior B lacrosse in which he was part of the Canadian Championship team. At this time he went back to competing in the sport of cross country mountain bike racing with a personal best of 11th in the Country.

At the age of 23 he started to coach a few National Level mountain bike athletes and helped them to achieve their personal goals. This led to coaching further athletes and eventually the Ontario Provincial coach for mountain bike for 7 years as well as being a private coach for many top Canadian cyclists for over 20 years.

With over twenty years of both competing and coaching in individual and team sports he has a wide variety of knowledge to pass along to all.

Steve’s certifications include:
- Level 3 mountain bike coach
- FaCT level 3 certified test centre
- Level 1 Crossfit Trainer and affiliate owner
- Functional Movement Screen

Steve is very active in coaching in the sport of mountain bike racing and working with both elite level National Team members as well as top masters athletes in Ontario and Canada.

Training hockey and lacrosse players at the minor and elite level is also a specialty of Steve’s. His vast knowledge base from years of working with individual athletes and improving their fitness to the highest level brings information to team sports than many trainers and coaches haven’t experienced.

I was introduced to CrossFit training by Steve in September of 2009 as a way to supplement my endurance training to build muscle endurance, core strength and maintain cardiovascular fitness. It was intimidating at first because there were many new exercises to learn and the workouts were always challenging. The reason I have stayed with CrossFit training for these last many years is because of the way Steve coaches me through the workouts.
— Heike Bronson, Triathlete