Hi, my name is Steve Pursell, I am the owner/operator of Temple Body Fitness in Tucson, Arizona. First, let me say I give thanks, honor, praise and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for all my blessings in life and all my 'achievements.'

I was born in the 'city' of Nuku'Alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu, in the island kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific in 1967. I grew up until nearly age 16 in Oroville, California. I was raised with an athletic outdoors lifestyle in the foothills of North/Central California riding bikes and motorcycles a lot, sometimes even horses, with lots of running around, swimming, and climbing trees, etc. From sixth grade on I was involved in sports, especially football and basketball, both of which I played on through high school. I moved from the foothills to the metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area in 1983. I graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1985 with a 3.66 GPA, I was co-captain of the football team my senior year and was awarded the Silver Seal Award for outstanding student leadership.

I worked as a salmon fisherman in Alaska for the summer after I graduated. Then I lived and worked in the Bay Area in California and traveled to South America to work with missionary friends. I moved to Tucson, Arizona to start college in January of 1987. I began writing poetry in my first year at college and today several dozen of my poems are on my website, Godpoems, and are in the process of being published as a poetry book and as songs in India: with the plan to publish all over the world in time.

I made the University of Arizona Wildcat football team as a walk-on and played for two years, '87-'88, until I suffered debilitating shoulder problems and had four shoulder surgeries: two arthroscopies and two reconstructions. During the time I was paying football I was a Golden Eagle Student-Athlete Award winner for outstanding academic performance and maintained a 3.5 GPA from which I received an out-of-state tuition fee waiver. At that point I was planning to becoming a chiropractor so I had chosen Exercise Physiology as a major in school. My injuries were such that the U of A Athletic Training Staff and physical therapists couldn't seem to help me so I took on my rehabilitation process on my own.

In addition to my regular studies in school I added a lot of independent study and a lot of trial and error experimentation with my body to find out how to get whole and strong again. God gave me faith and drive to be whole again so despite being told by my surgeon that I would never be the same again, I succeed in rehabilitating myself completely. After a couple of years I had learned a great deal and developed an excellent bag of tricks and coaching points. I took a job with the University of Arizona Campus Recreation Department in the Student Recreation Center weight room and began to work with training clients one on one. I soon developed a niche there in handling the rehabilitation-oriented clients and enjoyed much very fulfilling success with them. I also worked with the University Athletic Department's Strength and Conditioning Staff as a volunteer student assistant and learned lot more about sport - specific training with top notch Division -1 college athletes.

During this time I also worked with private clients with whom I would incorporate massage and basic nutritional counseling with their training, giving them a more integrative support package. I took some time off school and then came back and finished my B.S. in Exercise Physiology and graduated from the U of A in December 1997 with a GPA of 3.11. I was always interested in the spiritual aspect of health and my ability to help in that way began to improve dramatically in 1997 when my own personal connection to the Creator took on a whole new level of centrality in my life.

I am a bible-believing follower of Jesus and believe in prayer and supernatural healing in addition to a well-balanced natural approach to our health and fitness needs. In my own personal life I am not the over-the-top fitness nut I was 20 years ago but I believe I actually have more to offer my clients now than I did then. I want to see people get whole and healed inside and out and grow to become who God created them to be as his children.

I am flexible on the matter of location for the training work. I enjoy working with clients in their homes and also going to a gym or a park.  I want to see the client in an atmosphere of peace, wholesomeness and healing and repose individual preferences. There are plenty of ways to develop an adequate training program for a client in the comfort and peace of their own home or an outdoor setting so I am delighted to serve in that way if they do not prefer the gym atmoshpere.

These days I also dedicate plenty of time to my role with Lion of Judah Homes for Children, a long time dream of mine to build orphanages in impoverished places all over the world to care for God's precious little ones. We are currently planning the first two homes in India. Thank you for visiting the site and I look forward to hearing from you so we can see about your fitness needs.

God bless you.