ABOUT THE PLAYGROUND
The Athlete’s Playground is New Mexico’s Premier Strength and Conditioning and Sports-Performance facility. The Athlete’s Playground was created to fill New Mexico’s knowledge gap when it came to proper strength and conditioning and sports-performance training. Our focus is creating a link between proper education, knowledge, and training with safe and challenging exercises and workouts that are relative to each of our member’s goals and physical abilities. We wanted to provide a State-of-the-Art training facility that offers programs for everyone in the family.
Our passion is youth sports-performance training. We take great pride in helping young athletes take their performance to the next level, by working on strength, quickness and building self confidence. The programs we provide are designed to increase the speed, power, agility, strength and quickness in your athlete, establishing the optimum amount of flexibility throughout the body. Each training session you will notice a greater development of flexibility and overall self confidence.
ALL AGES WELCOME
For those adults looking to step outside their normal routine, get out of the big box gyms cluttered with machines, and start moving while working out, YOU need to step into the future of fitness and leave the past behind. We offer functional strength and conditioning programs designed to increase range of motion, develop balance and stability, build lean muscle, lose excess body fat, and more. We offer several programs and classes that challenges the entire body in all of the right ways to help you perform at your best.
Do not let the name of our facility intimidate you, confuse you, or fill your mind with superficial stereotypes. When you train here, we want to build and develop you like you are an athlete. Here at The Athlete’s Playground, we define an Athlete as a person; man, woman, boy, or girl, who is proficient in exercising, working out, playing sports, and participating in recreational activities that requires physical strength, cardiovascular endurance, good work ethic, self-discipline, and maintaining a healthy diet.
meet the playground TEAM
Co-Owner - Chief Executive Officer - Strength Coach
Brandon Learson is co-owner and co-founder of The Athlete's Playground. He was born and raised here in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended the University of Nevada Reno for a BA in Business. He has always had a strong passion for fitness and the vision of starting and running his own business. Brandon is a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified sports performance coach. It is Brandon's mission to develop tomorrow's future superstars. With heavy focus on proper form, technique, posture, and position, he believes he will develop a solid foundation for strength training and speed development. Brandon is always looking for new and innovative ways to strengthen and challenge the body by doing research and developing new workouts, concepts, and programs. Brandon thrives off of getting everyone excited, passionate, and motivated about fitness and exercise. He believes in workouts that are effective, efficient, fun, and always challenging.
Co-Owner - Training Director - Strength Coach
Elizabeth Albertson is a co-owner and co-founder of The Athlete's Playground. She was born and raised in a small town in Oregon where she had always been involved in sports and fitness. Since she was young, Elizabeth knew that her passion for fitness and her drive to help others would lead her to where she needed to be. Elizabeth attended the University of New Mexico for a Masters in Exercise Science and Sports Administration. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). It is Elizabeth's mission to provide a link between proper education and knowledge of strength and conditioning. Not only to establish what to do, but why we do it. Elizabeth believes in training the overall athlete, from strength and conditoning to injury-prevention, not just focusing on one goal.
Omar Sosa was born in Clovis, New Mexico. After spending his early years throughout West Texas, he returned to Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School where he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. He then attended Eastern New Mexico University where he committed to play baseball before he began his passion for coaching. Before joining The Athlete's Playground, Omar was an educator and a coach, leaving his footprints at Clovis High School and V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Omar has 8 years of coaching high school baseball, and 8 years of coaching high school football under his belt. Omar has found a true passion in building positive relationships with today's youth, and what better way than athletics. He finds a way to relate the workouts to athletes and continues to research how to improve sport specific strength and movement. Omar is currently studying to become a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and will continue to pursue certifications to continue to develop tomorrow's superstars here at The Athlete's Playground.
Strength Coach - Basketball Skills Coach
Coach Joe Hoeup was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. Earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration while playing four years of collegiate basketball at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Currently plays for the Cambodian National Basketball Team where he plays competitively every two years. Started with The Athlete’s Playground in August 2019 as a Strength and Conditioning and Basketball Skills Coach. Coach Joe is a certified Speed Agility Specialist and a certified USA Basketball Youth Developmental Coach, and is currently in the process of becoming a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). Besides playing Basketball, Coach Joe’s other hobbies consists of Fishing, Hiking, and just being outdoors.
Noah Brown was born and raised in the 505! His fitness journey began with his love for sports growing up. He realized early that he could use sports to open doors unimaginable to him at the time. He was driven to create a successful and enjoyable future for himself, so he dedicated his energy and effort into training. Upon graduating from Valencia High, he earned academic, district, state, and player of the year honors. His hard work and dedication continued, he would go on to play collegiate football at both Eastern and New Mexico State. While playing, starting, and lettering every year, he went on to play professional football after graduating. Throughout his journey of becoming the best athlete he could be, Noah was blessed to come into contact with professionals in a variety of practices in fitness, which included: sport-specific, movement specialized, speed mechanics, powerlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, yoga, and boxing. He's unique in that he likes to incorporate a little bit from everything he's learned into each session to maximize his client's potential. He's enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate about training and his athletes can always count on him. He promises to give his athletes the best version of himself and will always do the best he can, and he encourages and expects the same from his athletes.
Jayla was born and raised in Rio Rancho New Mexico and attended Rio Rancho High School where she played volleyball for four years. Her love and passion for volleyball lead her to playing at the colligate level. She earned a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy while playing and starting on a full ride scholarship at Barry University in Miami Florida. After completing her degree in Miami, Jayla chose to return home to give back to her community and was able to do so teaching 9th Grade Science at Rio Rancho High School. Her love for volleyball and athletics lead her to Albuquerque Rebels Volleyball Club where she has coached since 2017. Jayla is dedicated to helping people maximize their potential and realized her calling was with sport, wellness and fitness. After five years of teaching, she’s decided to return to her roots. She joined the TAP family in 2021 and is dedicated to contributing to a community that strives to create a link between education, knowledge & training through FAMILY & FITNESS.
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