Steve Ettinger is a nationally recognized kids fitness expert, speaker and children’s book author. His first book, Wallie Exercises (Active Spud Press), earned 7 awards and as People.com put it, "encourages kids to break a sweat- in the cutest way possible."
Steve holds a degree in psychology from Boston University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and Youth Exercise Specialist (NASM). His creative workouts and fitness advice have appeared in national media such as Parents Magazine, Fitness, People.com, and ESPN.com.
Steve travels around the country speaking to children, parents, and educators about the importance of quality exercise and health education. He is a trained behavior therapist and uses his unique background and high-energy presentations to inspire kis (and grown-ups) to be healthy, happy, and active.
Born and raised in Oak Park, CA, Steve now lives in New York City.
"Why I Got into Fitness"
"I grew up a big sports fanatic. Mostly baseball and soccer, but anything that involved a ball or running and I was in. However entering high school at an imposing five feet even, the odds were not in my favor. I discovered the gym as a way to naturally manipulate and more importantly, take control, of my performance on the field. When I also realized that this contributed to the way I looked and felt, I was hooked."
"I earned my college degree in Psychology from BU. Although my career in Psychology was only a year long- spent working with autistic children as a behavior therapist- I'm still consumed by how psychology contributes to our performance and wellness in all aspects of life."
"Ideally, exercise is something that you find real enjoyment in. At the very least, it should be efficient, effective, and empowering. I believe that although the same basic principles hold true for most people, individually, there is a perfect (but often different) combination of sports science and performance psychology to achieve max results."