Steve McAninch

Business Pathway Completer Opens Fitness Center

Steve McAninch, entrepreneur and a 2011 graduate of Tallmadge High School, credits his experiences in the Business Pathway and teacher Joni Giles for giving him the opportunity to learn about technology and starting his own business.

Steve owns and operates Forged Purpose Fitness, located at 84 Main Street in Munroe Falls. A personal trainer, Steve also teaches fitness classes and supervises middle to high school athletes in strength and conditioning at his gym. A former football player, Steve served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Tallmadge High School football team last fall.

After graduation, he continued his education at Walsh College, The University of Akron and Kent State University, but he really loved being a personal trainer. Steve says, “I jumped at the chance to really make an impact on people’s health and wellness.” He worked and taught at a number of gyms and fitness centers and holds certifications in CrossFit, spinning, yoga and coaching.

A natural salesperson, Steve also worked as an Account Executive for a Cleveland advertising agency selling kiosk advertising space. “I found out I was the least suited desk person,” he says with a laugh. “Faith has played a prominent role in my life,” Steve says, explaining why he called his business Forged Purpose Fitness. “Although put under heat and pressure, I believe you will be created into your purpose to best serve humanity.”