Taylor Burns is the Owner, Founder, and Director of Athletic Development of Absolute Human Performance, a high performance training facility in Edmonton, that opened in the fall of 2017. Taylor is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. A former college pitcher, Taylor’s shoulder injury led him into the field of strength and conditioning. He spent four years as the Co-Head Coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Prospects Baseball Academy, and was the Fitness Centre Director at Bellerose Composite High School.
Taylor had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum after his junior season of university, in 2011. He was unable to recover to pitch again – until 2016/17 when he returned to play his senior season for the University of Central Missouri Mules. It was during the in between time when Taylor discovered passions other than baseball, most notably coaching and writing. However, even though he had moved on from playing it was always in the back of his mind and he never stopped working to fix his shoulder.
During this time between playing he spent two years as the Associate Head Coach of the St. Albert Midget AAA Cardinals, helping them to a 2013 Western Canadians Championship, a 2014 Provincial Championship and a Runner-Up Finish at Nationals. He was the Head Coach of the Edmonton Midget AAA Cardinals from 2015 to 2018, leading them to a 2016 Provincial Championship Title.
Taylor’s favourite things include – in no particular order: Deadlifts, The Oilers (despite being very difficult to love), Harry Potter, The Blue Jays, Cheesecake, Seinfeld, and Star Wars.