As Director of Performance for the Denver Nuggets, Steve was responsible for overseeing the team’s weight training, conditioning and nutritional programs. He designed and arranged the Nuggets’ weight room in the Pepsi Center and also designed functional pieces unique to the Denver Nuggets. In addition, the Denver Nuggets named the weight room after him to continue his legacy with the organization.
Hess was one of six trainers worldwide who sat on the Under Armour training council, a position he held for close to 14 years. He was a sponsored athlete by Met-Rx and an ambassador for Red Bird Chicken.
Currently, he is an influencer for Blue Sky CBD, a local Colorado company. He is also on the scientific advisory board for Masimo MightySat in addition to sitting on the scientific facility board for Panorama Orthopedic and Spine.
Hess has been featured on NBA Inside Stuff, All-Access with Ahmad Rashad, NBATV and The Eating Network. He also had his own workout segment on the Altitude Sports & Entertainment network and has been featured on all the major news stations including the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and the Wall Street Journal. Last March, Steve was nominated as “Citizen of the Year” by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for his work with the deputies, sheriffs, and SWAT team. Hess has also been a competitive bodybuilder since the age of 18 and in 2018 won the Rocky Mountain Masters division, the
MiddleWeight division and came 2nd overall in the entire show.
A graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.), Hess received a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports medicine and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science fitness and cardiac rehabilitation in ’91. Hess became a Muscle Activation Techniques (M.A.T) specialist in 2013 and just completed his M.A.T RX certification in 2019. In 2016 he completed his RTS Mastery certification and in 2017 he completed his CSCS certification and was be awarded the RSCC*E (registered strength and conditioning coach with 20+ years experience) in 2018.
As most people enjoy a completely different life outside of work, Steve is not your average workaholic. He lives and breathes the same philosophy and mentality that he preaches to his players and clients every day.