Steven L. Spearman is an Erie Pennsylvania native entrepreneur and the founder of the Spearman’s Youth Development Center. Steven has worked with many people from all walks of life, working his experiences into physical results for some, and life-long mentorships for others. He can tell you that life comes with highs and lows, but at the end of the day it’s about setting goals and being determined to not give up.
Steven Spearman was born to teenage parents. Although, he would later reconnect and have a fruitful relationship with his father, at this time it would be his grandmother who stepped in to raise the future personal trainer. Steven was taken care of while her daughter manages to bounce back, graduating high school and going on to higher education. Although Steven’s mother would return educated, she would a short time later, become a drug addict during what would be considered the beginning of a vicious epidemic of drug abuse within the inner-cities of the United
States brought on by the introduction of Crack-Cocaine. So young Steven, would remain with his grandmother.
No father in his life. Mother absent due to addiction, growing up, Steven’s normal gave him a unique perspective. Being raised by his grandmother, commuting from the humble project neighborhood, to his parochial school classmates would sometimes question dealing with his living situation, no father, no mother… to which he would reply, ‘it’s all he knows’, so there wasn’t anything to miss or hold onto.
However, Steven had no shortage of friends. Those same friends would also suit up during little league football seasons, with Steven often creating and leading exercise regimes as they walked and road bike to and from practices.
Shuttling between two worlds, habits were picked up along this journey where the temptation of things he wanted were limited by his finances causing the wheels of ambition to turn in his head.
During Junior Year of college Steven made a pivotal sequence of events that would land him in the Federal
Penitentiary to serve a six-year sentence. Many times, young Steven would turn down opportunities to get into dealing
drugs, but it was during a holiday break by chance hanging with family and friends, that the temptation and allure of
easy money became too strong. One deal lead to another, and eventually another and another. One day Steven would eventually have to repay his debt to society starting with many nights of thinking alone.
Naturally, Steven would work out and exercise passing the time. Within the last two years of his time there, the warden of the facility
recommended that he participate in furthering his education. Making the decision to take the opportunity to become a
certified trainer while serving his time, became the pivotal point in Mr. Spearman’s nearly two decades working to get
others physically fit.
Once released armed with a new purpose, Steven set out to capitalize on his gift, and determined to not return to Federal Prison landed two part-time jobs to make ends meet. Steven managed to tread water until he got the chance to use his NFPT license in a life-changing way.
Despite his record, he was given a chance to prove he belonged in physical fitness. His personality paired with a Health and Wellness certification in personal training, helped Steven quickly rise in the ranks to become the head managing personal trainers at the fitness center, to eventually being given the opportunity to host “Get Fit Tuesday on Channel 24”.
Steven eventually opened his own gym, consulting and training, and was able to open his gym up to coaches, athletes,
inner-city youth never charging, just lending time and services.
Today Steven Spearman can be spotted working alongside a group of young men and women, some former athletes and students, who will work together to help the next generation of inner –city youth. “You look like me”.
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