About Me

My career in performance training and recovery is targeted towards helping people attain a healthier body and mind. I use Western science as well as traditional Eastern modalities in the way I build the body. The methods I use are unique, as is your body, and so every person is trained differently. I have been a certified personal trainer, bodyworker and sports massage specialist for more than 13 years.

My name is Rob and I’ve been a mover all my life. As a kid, I never could sit still. I dabbled in every sport that interested me. Through personal experiences, I figured out that exercise was a tool to achieve self-growth and confidence. For the first two decades of my life fitness was my passion and my hobby. It took a few years of soul searching and wandering to realize that I could transform my hobby into a lifelong career. This is when I decided to open a movement, strength, and conditioning gym in Boston, MA. I found that I had a knack for teaching others how to move, feel healthier and more supported in their bodies.
What separates my methods from all the ‘fitness solutions’ out there is that I use holistic approaches when I teach movement. From my perspective 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.

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- Gait Training
• Board Certified Structural Integrator from Anatomy Trains– 750 hours
• Functional Patterns Biomechanics 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.

My goal is simple. Strengthen your muscles and prioritize your joints! Attain fitness without inflammation. Align your body and change the way you move and feel in space!

What to Expect

You’re only as strong as your foundations are stable. For this reason we review fundamental skills constantly and polish every piece of your body mechanics together. The body works most efficiently when biomechanics are understood, taught, and applied. Biomechanics- a prime ingredient missing from almost all exercise regimens, is part of the formula for success with Train Rugged programming. Having sound biomechanics will help improve hydration of your body’s tissues and help make you more elastic and pliable, a characteristic that is necessary to have if you want to live a happier and healthier life. Whether you’re training for something specific or broad and general, Train Rugged’s methods will get you to understand exercise in a much more deliberate, precise, and intentional way. And what sets this coaching apart from all the other trainers you’ll see out there is that I make training fun, educational, effective, and about you. Group classes and fitness fads swear that it will address your every need, but general fitness has gaps in it, mainly that they are not tailored to you. I don’t believe in random programs and assigning exercises unintelligibly. I want your brain and body to understand how to move in a methodical way, with precision and intention. Train Rugged programs get you to systematically lengthen and strengthen tissues by focusing on isometric holds, controlled movements, as well as locomotive patterns that benefit your body. From there we’ll work together to address strategies to improve pliability in your body and coordination of your brain-to-body. Throughout sessions we will cover a broad range of topics ranging from power cultivation, to moving with mindful control, to maintaining your stability. The goal is to harmonize the way your body communicates, so that you can perform any physical task with a sense of ease, confidence, and strength.

Client Success Story

The ultimate test for any trainer is how do you feel and how well can you move after working out. Rob has opened up a whole new world of movement for me. After the first three months of working with him, I literally was rediscovering how I felt when I was 20 years younger. He has also tailored my program to improving my golf game and has made a noticeable impact on how I perform but also on how I approach the mental game. Rob takes a holistic approach to your overall well being. He’s hyper-focused on every detail of a workout and knows just how far to push you. Most importantly, he’s easy to be with and keeps me positive and motivated.

“Lengthen and Strengthen” is one of Rob’s many mantras and aptly describes his training approach. He knows his anatomy and the importance of preparing the muscles for work. He encourages you to push your limits and then makes sure you properly stretch and cool down. Every session is unique and tailored to your body and goals. You get stronger and leaner and you become more flexible and balanced. I love training with Rob and I look forward to our sessions.

Rob has been a game-changer for me. We've worked on balance, strength, and just about everything else. As someone who wouldn't put exercise on the top of my favorites, I truly look forward to working with Rob twice a week. He's kind, but serious about what he's doing; he pushes, but does it with a sense of humor; and, above all, he listens to both what I say and what my body is saying. He's terrific.

I have worked with Rob on strength, running, flexibility and bodywork for the last four years. As an old gym rat, I thought that I had seen it all. But Rob has opened my eyes to new levels and types of fitness, and a new awareness of my body.

Rob is relentlessly analytical and curious. He is amazingly knowledgeable across a variety of disciplines, providing highly personalized coaching, identifying weaknesses or imbalances, and developing programs to address them. He is a very good listener, and as a coach patiently gives me cue after cue until he finds one that I can understand (which is not easy).

I heartily recommend him!

Because he is so knowledable about physiology and varied techniques of strength-training, exercise, and body-work, Rob creates personalized, effective, and interesting sessions. And because he is intellectually curious and personally warm and engaging, the time flies by. Best trainer I have ever found.

Rob Stephenson is a master trainer. His consummate knowledge of the body, interphased with targeted exercises designed for optimal body development is what sets him apart from other trainers. While working with him I have amplified my physical ability, while avoiding injuries or set backs.
I would recommend him without hesitation.

I have had the pleasure of training with Rob over the last 12 months and he has been a life changer for me. I have severe scoliosis that causes excruciating pain in my hip and lower back. I have worked with a myriad of doctors, PT’s, chiro’s and healers. I had nearly given up hope that anyone that could help me, and then I met Rob Stephenson.

He stated that he could not cure the scoliosis, he could, however, create a foundation to support my body and build strength in my legs, abdomen and arms. After just a few weeks, I could feel the difference. He worked with me, gradually increasing my strength, yet understanding not to push too hard. After the first few months, we achieved more than any practitioner has ever been able to accomplish. I would encourage anyone that needs any type of bodywork to seek out Rob Stevenson

Rob is the perfect trainer and bodyworker for anyone struggling to incorporate flexibility, strength, and cardio training into a regular routine. His workouts address your whole body combining focused breathing techniques with lengthening movements, and strength training that always leaves me feeling lighter, enlivened, and better balanced. Rob also keeps his sessions interesting- whether using resistance training to improve muscle elasticity / reflex, plyometrics and throwing at the park, stability exercises that challenge your mind, or teaching you to how to run more efficiently and upright. His whole approach is never boring and always energizing.


  • Aerobics
  • Athletic Performance
  • Bodybuilding
  • Bodyweight Training
  • Bosu
  • Calisthenics
  • Cardio
  • Chiropractic
  • Circuit Training
  • Core
  • Cross Country
  • Crossfit
  • Cycling
  • Endurance Training
  • Functional Training
  • Jogging
  • Kettlebell
  • Marathon Training
  • Martial Arts
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Personal Training
  • Plyometric
  • Post-Natal Fitness
  • Rehab Training
  • Resistance
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Senior Fitness
  • Skiing
  • Spin
  • Strength And Conditioning
  • Stretching
  • Suspension Training
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field
  • Trail Running
  • Triathlon
  • TRX
  • Yoga

I Can Help You Accomplish

  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Firming And Toning
  • Flexibility
  • Increase Muscle Strength
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Endurance Training
  • Body Building
  • Nutrition
  • Pre/Post Natal

Training Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Training Location

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Miles Radius
  • Lexington , MA 02421
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 50 Miles Radius
  • Boston, MA 02109
  • In Home Training
  • At Home
  • Anywhere, MA 02139
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Miles Radius
  • Somerville , MA 02143
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Miles Radius
  • Chestnut Hill , MA 02467
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Miles Radius
  • Brookline , MA 02446
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Miles Radius
  • Cambridge , MA 02140
  • Willing To Travel To Client
  • 15 Mile Radius
  • Newton, MA 02458
  • Train Rugged
  • 222 Meigs Road
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Willing To Travel
  • Anywhere
  • Montecito, CA 93108

  I can travel within 10 miles of zip code 93109

General Availability

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Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 6pm
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