- Performance Consultant to professional sports teams from around the globe. Has worked with teams and individuals in the NBA, MLB, International Rugby, MLS, and more.
- Coach to Olympians, World Championship qualifiers, and six individual Top 10 finishers at Major Marathons (Boston, NY, Chicago).
- Writer on the science of performance including books (Peak Performance), The Passion Paradox, and The Science of Running.
- Lecturer in Exercise Science and Strength and Conditioning at St. Mary’s University (UK).
- Media: has appeared on major TV (BBC, CNN, and more), major print media (The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, National Geographic, Wired) and numerous radio shows and podcasts around the world.
Interested in consulting, mentoring, or one-on-one coaching, contact Steve here.
Steve Magness is a performance coach, author, and lecturer.
Steve is a world-renowned expert on performance, having coached numerous professional athletes to Olympic and world championship levels. Steve has coached seven athletes top Top-15 finishes at a World Championship, twelve athletes to births on the World Championship or Olympic teams, and guided over twenty-five Olympic Trials Qualifiers. Recently, he helped guide Roberta Groner, a 41-year old full-time nurse, to 6th place at the 2019 World Championships in the marathon. He has worked with professional sports teams and individual athletes on mental skills and toughness, including some of the top professional teams in sport.
Steve was a columnist for Running Times magazine and has also had his writing appear in Runner’s World, Wired, Outside, Sports Illustrated, and NY Mag. In addition to his own writing, Steve’s expertise on elite sport and performance has been featured in the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Men’s Health, The Guardian, Business Insider, and ESPN The Magazine.
B.S. University of Houston 2008 (Exercises Science) Suma Cum Laude Graduate
M.S. George Mason University 2011 (EFHP-Exercise Science)
A Selection of Media Contributions:
- New York Times- “What We Can Learn From Endurance Athletes About Getting Through a Pandemic”
- The Washington Post- “Losing the Motivation to Exercise as the Pandemic Drags On?”
- The New Yorker – “What is Fatigue?”
- The Wall Street Journal- “The Mystery of What Drives Bob Iger”
- The Wall Street Journal – “Caroline Wozniacki NYC Marathon After Busy Few Days.”
- Wired, “How Googlers Avoid Burnout (and Secretly Boost Creativity)”
- Wired, “What’s Up With That: Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body.”
- ESPN The Magazine, “Rise Above It or Drown—How Elite NBA Athletes Handle Pressure”
- Inc, “Go Big or Go Home? A New Book Says the Linkage Between Going All-In and Success Is B.S.”
- FiveThirtyEight, “Can Science Help Runners Break The Marathon’s 2-Hour Barrier?”
- The Washington Post, “Lasers, rabbits and new Nikes: How the 2-hour marathon barrier was broken.”
- Forbes, “Follow Your Passion: Crazy or Genius?”
- Vox, “Boston Marathon will pay prize money to top 3 women finishers after all” Book Riot, “8 Books the 2019 Boston Marathon U.S. Elite Women are Reading”
- Sports Illustrated, “Marathoner Shalane Flanagan on the Power of Passion”
- The New York Times, “The Once and Future Way to Run.”
- The Guardian–“Paula Radcliffe Comes Out Fighting After Doping Allegations”
- Men’s Health – “6 Treadmill Workouts That Will Kick Your Ass”
- CNBC, “These 15 Books Will Help You Live a Happier and More Successful Life”
- Thrive Global, “Discover the Secret to Avoiding Parental Burnout”
- Running Times – “Can’t Hurry Love”
- Competitor, “Before You Soak in That Ice Bath”
- Dance Magazine, “Become a Better Performer: 7 Strategic Ways to Prime Your Mind for The Stage”
- Outside, “Meet Steve Magness, the Mad Scientist of Running”
- Outside, “How to Develop Mental Toughness”
- Outside, “6 Principles to Crush in Life Without Burning Out”
- NPR, “I Am A Woman: Track Start Caster Semenya”
- Austin American-Statesman, “Commentary: The college admissions scandal and our obsession with status.”
- The Independent –“Doping Crisis: Paula Radcliffe Should Just Come Clean”
- The Globe and Mail, “Runners, don’t sweat taking a break- rest can improve performance”
- ESPN.com, “The remarkable story of 41-year old Olympic marathon hopeful Roberta Groner”
- Irish Times, “When the going gets tough, the men quit and the women kick-on”