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.
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.
"SOME PEOPLE WANT IT TO HAPPEN, SOME WISH IT WOULD HAPPEN, OTHERS MAKE IT HAPPEN"