MADE BY MOUNTAINS MINI STORY
In these mountains, I have played in soil, been cut by brush, cried on ridges, and found comfort in rhododendron tunnels and streams. These mountains taught me to walk, run, ride, swim, climb, love and grow as a person. Now my family and I share adventures in these mountains making a lifetime of memories.
Steven McHone — CoFounder of McHone Performance Training
Steven McHone and his family found their calling conditioning WNC’s outdoor athletes for a lifetime of outdoor recreation at
McHone Performance Training
Husband to Cofounder, Shona McHone, and father of two youngins, Micah and Gabriel,
Steven McHone is the Cofounder of McHone Performance Training in Asheville, NC. McHone Performance Training (MPT) provides Sport Performance Training for WNC’s outdoor athletes, including: cyclists, runners, climbers, paddlers, adventurers, weekend warriors, ultra endurance runners, ultra cyclists and enduro racers.
Steven McHone is an Asheville native who, for the last decade, has dedicated himself to helping his mountain community to stay fit for adventuring in Western North Carolina. As a certified personal trainer, nationally accredited yoga instructor, and a licensed massage therapist Steven, uses his unique skill set to help increase individuals athletic performance with their adventures in mind. His own adventures have led him to bike across the country from West Coast to East Coast and North to South, run the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon, and compete as a bodybuilder and physique competitor.
“Being born and raised in WNC, I have always called Asheville home. After living in a city for 4 years while attending college at University of North Carolina – Greensboro, I found myself returning to WNC most weekends to backpack, mountain bike, trail run and swim in waterfalls,” said McHone. “In 2011, the call of the mountains brought me back home permanently.”
“I believe that a time spent outdoors is a life well spent! When opening McHone Performance Training, I hoped to help my community to keep adventuring in WNC’s Outdoors for a lifetime.”
On Building Community as a Small Outdoor Business in WNC
McHone Performance Training is a grassroots gym built by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts, delivering a unique style of training specifically designed for individuals with active outdoor lifestyles. New Squat PR’s are always nice, but feeling stronger and more confident while ripping down your favorite trails is what MPT is all about. The challenge is to get folks to dedicate time off the mountain to strength training, so that they can keep playing for a lifetime.
Team MPT loves being a part of the local mountain sports community by volunteering on the trails, volunteering at races and events, and also competing in many local races.
Steven currently enjoys his daily movement practice, backpacking, distance running and mountain biking as much as possible. All of his adventures in Pisgah National Forest have led Steven to refine various movements using his extensive knowledge of sports medicine, massage, yoga, performance training and corrective exercise. These experiences inform his coaching methodology for the classes offered at MPT.
“I’m stoked to see so many new faces in the Outdoors and I’m looking forward to seeing
how WNC grows together. An organization I’m excited about these days is Catalyst Sports, who specialize in bringing adventure sports to people with physical disabilities.”
Steven’s wife and MPT co-owner Shona McHone lives by the motto: “move, connect and explore.” She is an avid outdoor adventurer pursuing the world from the seat of her bike. She is passionate about fitness that leads to unmarked trails and paths, unleashing new possibilities within the body and spirit. She is motivated pursuing the ‘why’ in your fitness journey helping people to move in new and dynamic ways that lead to their most courageous self.
Together, Steven and Shona are building community through their business while providing a safe and efficient program to lead athletes through their optimal fitness goals to find success in athletic events and adventures. Inspired by the Western North Carolina Mountains, the McHones turn movement into medicine, and help clients on their path to success in achieving long term results.
Learn more about McHone Performance Training at mchoneperformancetraining.com.