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Facility promises complete training for the masses

Steve Harrison standing in South Tampa's new performance training facility center, Tampa Sports Academy.

Steve Harrison standing in South Tampa's new performance training facility center, Tampa Sports Academy.

SOUTH TAMPA — Tampa Sports Academy, Orthopedic Medical Group of Tampa Bay and Advanced Rehabilitation have joined forces to open a performance training facility in South Tampa.

"Our goal is to provide world-class training services to the masses, not just athletes," said co-owner Steve Harrison.

Originally from London, Harrison has been living in Tampa for 10 years and became close friends with Dr. Jeff Watson.

"I had an opportunity to meet Steve Harrison, who was an important component to making the whole concept come together," said Watson, another co-owner. "It took a few years for us to get all the pieces together."

While Watson brings his orthopedic experience to the venture, Harrison, owner of the former Fitness Solutions Tampa, brings his training skills, which extend even to his 5-year-old son.

"My passion is youth development and physically preparing kids for sports," Harrison said. "Basic things like running correctly, jumping and human performance stuff tend to get ignored."

Harrison trains the general population just like he would any athlete in the new 26,000-square-foot facility, which houses a 55-yard indoor track.

Together, the three separate Tampa Bay area businesses provide the total training package, the owners say.

"We all work together and have developed a methodology to hand a patient from a doctor, to a therapist, to a strength training coach," Watson said.

Tampa Sports Academy hosts an official grand opening on Thursday at 4539 S Dale Mabry Highway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m with tours of the gym and medical and rehab facilities, as well as food and drinks catered by Intelligent Gourmet. For more information call (813) 773-3872 or visit

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Facility promises complete training for the masses 04/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:49pm]
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