personal trainer rob stephenson

Meet Rob- Movement Educator

Biomechanics Specialist, Bodywork Practitioner, Health Pioneer

The way people feel is important to me.” I have been active my entire life. As a kid, I couldn’t sit still and for twenty years I dabbled in many sports where I discovered exercise and movement was a tool in which I could achieve self-growth and confidence. As a result, moving and fitness was not just a hobby; it was what made me feel healthy. I soon realized I could take my messages and share them with others, which launched me into a lifelong career of helping people attain a healthier feeling mind and body. I have worked as a trainer and bodyworker for 13 years.

After college I felt I had a talent for teaching others how to move themselves in ways that left them feeling more supported and confident in their bodies, so I opened a gym in Boston, MA. We held various class types, private training and prioritized building people’s bodies in ways that were conducive to their lifestyle. Over time this translated to our members feeling more capable out in the world.

Although I have many certifications the ones that have shaped my perspective the most are listed below.
North American Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
Flow Motion Model Biomechanist Certified- Gait Training
Board Certified Structural Integrator- 750 hours
Biomechanics Specialist- Joint Physiology
Functional Patterns Human Foundations Practitioner
Postural Restoration Certified- Posture and Diaphragm Restoration
Functional Anatomy Specialist: Range Conditioning, Tissues Release, Range Assessment- Joint Conditioning


In addition to independent study, I mentored closely under a bodywork specialist and acupuncturist for 4 years where I was taught Eastern medicine and holistic approaches to healing and building the body . I also took the rare opportunity to work alongside physical therapists and chiropractors in order to get an inside perspective on western rehabilitative alternatives. I have also completed cadaver dissections on untreated bodies, which helped me see and understand the body at a more intimate level. Additionally I seek out regular conversations with osteopaths in my area in order to learn what I don’t know. Continuing education and being ahead of the curve in the health industry is important to me so that I can offer my clients the most efficient, up to date, and effective solutions for their goals.

Training the body is an art form and to reorganize the body for more efficient and fluid movement is more complicated than the fitness industry leads the public to believe. What separates my approach from other ‘fitness solutions’? When teaching how to optimize movement and joint function I use holistic practices blended with scientific reasoning. I try to take a mechanistic approach while listening to the whole person’s experience, not just the symptom. Having studied western and eastern medicine, I have developed a way of thinking that uses a global approach to help clients get exactly what they want and need out of their body. Having worked with hundreds of individuals of all ages, shapes, and abilities, one thing I’ve learned is that everyone’s health needs are unique, but most people’s end goals aren’t that different. People want to feel healthier, and that’s where your body comes into play. I train individuals with specific needs ranging from rehabilitation from injury to sports mastery. I closed my gym in 2015 to focus on more on my craft and less on running a business with employees and over 200 members. I look back at those 5 years of teaching people to feel their bodies as the foundation of my training for where I am now. Today, I am wondering how to optimize people’s daily performance and tap into their potential through kinesthetic teaching and learning.


I apply my expertise in biomechanics in Cambridge and Lexington, Massachusetts. I train and work on individuals who wish to achieve a more centered, aligned place within their body and their mind, while also building their physical awareness. In addition to that, I coach athletes who use endurance racing, sport specific training, and functional movement as their exercise outlet, helping them to improve their overall biomechanics and positions in space.

While my passion for fitness and exercise remains, my focus in the field of health and kinesiology is constantly evolving. In my quest for health I have integrated structural myofascial therapy into my practice to better assist individuals in achieving sustainable peak performance. I am both a bodyworker and trainer for most of my clients. It is my intention to bridge the gap between health-care and self-care while providing athletes critical information about how their body is moving, recovering, and performing day to day.

My approach to individual health-care makes me a hybrid trainer, or a ‘body coach’, and by using Structural Integration methods I am able to help people improve tissue and joint health, movement effectiveness, and training outcome (results!). And when your body isn’t performing optimally, I can work with you and provide insight as to where the misalignment or blockage is in your system.

Heading into 2019, my dedication to train and educate my clients continues to grow. It is through Train Rugged that people can inhabit their bodies differently as they get older and reverse the effects of degeneration! I want my clients to understand and feel the benefits of training patterns into their bodies that are useful day to day. With an emphasis on quality of movement and longevity of health, whole body training is still my guiding principle, including sustainability of movement and how that sustainability transfers into life. The methods I use work for individuals who are training for the long haul and for those who want their training to reflect improved functioning in their day to day living.

My intention is to help my clients achieve long lasting progress by gaining balance and stability of themselves without the pain. The goal is healthness, to feel more upright than yesterday, and to build new relationships and connections with our bodies. Though sometimes the process is difficult, the product is well worth the work. Are you ready to shift into a new way of moving in order to live a happier and healthier life?

My Approach to Optimizing Human Biomechanics

Geometry and gravity- Where are you in space?

I watch movement in a unique way. First, I assess movements and postures based on the quality in which they are done, and then by how much recruitment of the body is involved. For example: how well is your brain communicating to the rest of your body; how are you breathing; and how does your nervous system respond to different exercises? These are the priorities that will be determined early on in our work together in order to have a better sense of where your body is in space.

Train Rugged uses biomechanics methods to teach sound, smooth, and efficient movement. Techniques focus on building individuals from the inside out, the bottom up and the top down. I work closely and hands-on with my clients to teach them about their geometrical patterns and where they are in space (where their bones are most of the time). The goal is to build the system as a whole taking into account injuries, traumas, dormant tissues or overactive tissues! Training sessions emphasize core-to-extremity movements paired with stability, conditioning, and balance exercises.

For growth and physical comfort it is important for people to learn how to tap into their true potential, and deep core training is a part of that. Deep core training involves observing the breath, spine, and interplay of the various joints in the body. With a precise eye, I will teach you to perform exercises with alignment that makes sense and full recruitment of your diaphragms and core musculature. By acquiring new knowledge of how to move well, with ease and intention, you’ll develop a feeling of balance and strength in your own body. When limitations in your life come about you will be able to overcome the physical pains or injuries because you have trained and learned about how to move.

With or without challenges, it is a journey of regular conscious practice to master the body. Let Train Rugged guide you to this mastership.

Services & Clientele

Teaching people to move with biomechanics- reintroducing you to your body

My services pull from a broad pool of movement therapies, and my clients range from 10-80 years of age. Elders, baby-boomers, full time office workers, anybody and everybody is able to train with me. I train trainers, instructors, and other movement therapists looking to fine tune their coaching as well. Combining yoga, weights, and functional exercises, I liberate, rejuvenate, and restore bodies of all ages and sizes. Some clients work with me for performance based training goals like endurance racing or weightlifting competitions, while others come to me seeking to move more easily in the world. I also work alongside anyone with injuries and surgeries, to help get them back to where they were before the accident. To me training the body is an art, and it will be viewed that way over the course of your development.

Tissue health and movement technique is of great importance in my coaching, and you’ll see after our first session how I use constructive exercises instead of destructive ones, improving your recovery and ability to do workouts more often. Your goal can be cardiovascular health,  joint strengthening, sports performance, team competition, or to just be able to hang when your your friends or kids wants to do something active on the weekend. The degree of exercise varies by several circumstantial factors unique to your anatomy, but the commonality across demographics is the same; regular physical movement will make you healthier. Most of my athletes see me on a weekly basis, for bodywork and for training, and incorporate my workouts into their weekly lives.

Background & Education

Raised to think differently and challenge the norm

I was born in Rochester, New York and moved to Luxembourg at the age of four when my family took an opportunity to live abroad. Growing up overseas our weekends were spent traveling to other countries where we immersed ourselves in the cultures of Europe. When I was fourteen years old we moved back to upstate New York where I spent all my free time away from school swimming, running, or weightlifting. Upon graduation from high school, I attended college in Tampa, Florida and relocated to Boston in 2010.

During my college years in Florida I discovered that, no matter where I live, I must find the pool, track, and gym because these places are central to my wellbeing. It was also during that time, while competing in endurance races, I stumbled upon yoga, martial arts, and Olympic weightlifting. Weightlifting showed me exactly how to take my training, strength and physical growth to the next level. Pairing weightlifting with yoga and martial arts, I learned how to build mobility and control in my joints. I also learned to appreciate the benefits received in relaxing my muscles, particularly through yoga. It was this trifecta that opened me up to a better, smarter, way to move and train; and it was in this realization that my passion to become a personal trainer was born.

Nowadays, in my free time, I love to get outside, specifically going for long walks or hikes. Anything in nature helps me to reconnect with myself and the world. If I am indoors I do a lot of cooking, always trying new foods, recipes, and ways to make things tastier. I play sports as often as I can and love jumping in on any sort of pick-up activity. When I do have some down time, I like to read, write, and talk about psychology with the love of my life my wife Jess. Apart from that, sleep is another best friend of mine.

My Future as a Health Coach

A renaissance in health- bringing you with me

Having spent years as a personal trainer using Spatial Medicine in my practice, I am now on a mission to reintroduce people to themselves by way of conscious movement that helps them train well and be well for the rest of their lives.

Spatial Medicine – the integration of particular modalities suited for individualizing training programs for each client – is a growing field, and I believe it will be one of the most important trades in healthcare as we move further into the 21st century. Living in a time where all we do is work long hours and race around in our lives, I think it is important that we learn to slow down in order to speed up. We are complex human beings, and it behooves us to get more curious about the way we move and function in our day to day life. I want to encourage that physical curiosity within each of my clients.

When I teach I incorporate restorative and integrative exercises into individualized training sessions so that my clients can feel themselves get stronger without experiencing stress on their body. By working closely with individuals each day I have a firm knowledge and understanding of what can be done to help you take your training to the next level. My goal is to teach you how to train physically for life and any activity that may come your way. Training Rugged does this and more; it sets clients on a path inward to discover a brighter, more enjoyable version of themselves. Won’t you join me on a journey to greater health and well being that will last your whole life long?