Boston Underground Strength Training is a private strength training facility born out of Waltham, MA just about 4 years ago.
We originally started training at a playground behind a local restaurant. There was nothing fancy about what we had for equipment, as most of it was homemade. Every Thursday we would load up a friend’s truck and head to the nearby playground, unload the equipment and wait for the kids to come and train. We would train anyone that wanted to train. Rain or Shine. Looking around at the end of every session, we knew we could build this into something bigger and also be able to offer it to anyone willing and wanting to train and learn. Having worked in private, commercial, and sports performance settings, we felt as though we could blend the experiences we’ve had in those settings and provide a unique and high-quality experience for the people. An experience that would provide an atmosphere where people take ownership of what they are doing and learning.
We offer a simple, no-nonsense approach to training in a high-energy environment, focusing on both small and large group training. We keep it simple - our facility is equipped with the essentials and our highly-motivated coaches are there to ensure you make progress each step of the way.
Our priority is you, and our goal is to help you reach your full potential. We pride ourselves on offering members an environment in which they feel the most comfortable where they can truly enhance their lifestyle, not an image. We believe what you do inside our facility should transfer your life outside of it.
We want to challenge you both mentally and physically while continuing to build the confidence and courage needed to tackle challenges outside of the gym. We accomplish this by finding an appropriate training approach that will not only meet your needs, but also compliment your current lifestyle.
I can't recommend this place enough. For the first time in my life I enjoy going to the gym. It changed my life. ~ Hayley H.
I couldn't have asked for a better place! Even while struggling to get out of bed after day 1, I found myself anxious and excited for our next workout. ~ Adam C.
/ Angel Jimenez
Angel Jimenez is the Owner of Boston Underground Strength Training in Waltham, MA. He is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with a high level of care for the clients and athletes he trains within his community. Prior to coaching, Angel served in the United States Marine Corps. during 2003-2007, while also completing one tour in Iraq. He received the Certificate of Commendation in 2006 for his service in Iraq. Additionally, he was granted an Honorable Discharge in 2011, after serving as the Platoon Sergeant while in command of over 70 Marines.
He began his academic work at UMass Lowell within their Bachelors of Science Nursing program. After successfully completing three years within the program, he ultimately decided that the field of Strength & Conditioning was his true passion, and also a field in which he felt he could provide the most positive impact. Angel then transferred to Lasell College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, helping to enhance his knowledge in the areas of strength training, physical fitness, and sports performance. Throughout his entire academic career, Angel had also been training clients in both the private and collegiate sectors.
Angel is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and also a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach (Pn1). He has completed Strength & Conditioning internships at the world-renowned Cressey Sports Performance, Northeastern University, and Emmanuel College, while working with a wide variety of athletes in multiple sports (baseball, basketball, hockey, rowing, diving, soccer, and softball) within the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels.
In September of 2014, he opened Boston Underground Strength Training to provide a simple and no-nonsense strength training approach with a primary focus on both individual and group adult training, and also sports performance training for athletes. In addition to training the general fitness population at Boston Underground Strength Training, Angel also works with athletes looking to enhance their overall performance. The high school and collegiate-level athletes training at his facility have played field hockey, football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. He has also worked with Muay Thai fighters, triathletes, and marathon runners.
/ Jon Shepard
Jon Shepard is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and a former professional Minor League Baseball player. As a former elite-level athlete who also overcame a severe head injury, Jon understands the perseverance, hard work, and commitment needed to achieve health, fitness, and performance goals.
During his senior year at Triton Regional High School, he was selected to the All-State baseball and basketball teams after undergoing a major head accident and losing multiple Division I scholarship offers. He then went on to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology and Economics through Wheaton College (Norton, MA), while also spending time working with athletes in the Special Olympics. Jon took a Division III scholarship at Wheaton where he went on become an All-American baseball pitcher in 2010. He had professional baseball invites to try out for the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees. Through 5 years of professional baseball, Jon played in the Can-Am League, the Frontier League, and the Atlantic League. Additionally, he spent one season as a Division III college pitching coach at Rivier University.
Jon is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), and certified in Speed, Agility & Quickness through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Being a former athlete, Jon had always been interested in pursuing a career in the Strength & Conditioning field and learning more about human performance. He began this path working simultaneously as a Personal Trainer at a Sports Performance Training Facility and a Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Aide at McGovern Physical Therapy. During this time, he worked with athletes in the youth, high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic ranks.
As a coach at Boston Underground Strength Training, Jon uses his career experience and background as a former professional athlete to help clients and athletes alike to excel past their goals and realize their true potential.