Steven Starks

Steve Starks


Owner, Guardian Fitness



Occupation: Steven Starks is owner and operator of Guardian Fitness, a Christian-based exercise training facility that offers general and specialized fitness programs, as well as nutrition advice, to improve overall fitness and well-being for all ages. As an executive trainer, Mr. Sparks also offers private, personalized training.  


Community Involvement: His career as an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard led to his involvement in a variety of community activities. He was formerly lead sergeant in charge of the First Choice Youth Program at Proctor Recreation Center and a volunteer for the Illinois State Police summer youth camp. He also served on the honor guard for the funeral of President Ronald Reagan and for two living presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.


Education: Associates degree, exercise science with emphasis on personal training, Pinnacle Career Institute; certifications as master trainer, personal trainer, group trainer, youth fitness trainer and nutrition health coach.  


Three things he’s passionate about: His relationship with Christ, mental health and wellness, and, as a result with his military experience in counter-drug operations, building coalitions to reduce drug trafficking and drug abuse.


Three favorite hobbies: Weight-training, fishing, and vacations with his wife


Career Influence or Inspiration: In addition to his military service, watching his mother deal with diabetes inspired his decision to build a career focused on exercise and health. He was also influenced after he developed an exercise program for teachers based on the idea that healthier teachers produce healthier students.


Inspirational Quote: “Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Rev. Martin Luther King

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