Our history

Started in 2012, FSP was formed with the idea of providing the most customized, efficacious methods of getting clients to their goals, but our story begins even before that.

In 2010, a hobbled 35-year-old former Astro Lance Berkman sought out the help of Fairchild, having heard of his injury-preventive approach to training. Coming off of two knee surgeries that year, Berkman faced only two contract offers as a free agent. After beginning work with Fairchild, he chose to sign a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and then set about the process of rebuilding his aging body. Four months later, Lance reported to the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training 25 pounds lighter, with a completely renewed movement capability. By the all-star break in 2011, the now 36-year-old Berkman led Major League Baseball in home runs and returned to All-Star status for the first time in years. As the Cardinals team MVP, Lance led St. Louis to a World Series title, as well as garnering the 2011 Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year award.

In the end, Berkman graciously credited Fairchild with the resurrection of his career.  He had gone from the verge of retirement to extending his career 3 years and earning an additional 40 million dollars from the time he started working with Fairchild. The following year, Yankees legend Andy Pettitte, having heard of Berkman’s success through the Fairchild process, hired Fairchild to attempt a comeback after an 18-month hiatus. Pettitte also returned to his prior levels of play, finishing his Hall of Fame career on a high note.

These success stories led to Fairchild Sports Performance officially opening its doors in 2012, expanding its reach to multiple sports and hundreds of athletes as FSP has continued to specialize in transforming bodies and careers, with a focus on longevity. Since then, similar stories have occurred for numerous veteran MLB and NFL stars such as JJ Watt, George Springer, and many others. While one of our clear passions is turning around older bodies, we also love the incremental development process for athletes from 8 years old, all the way up.

We also take great care with the fitness and health goals of those who don’t play sports!  We love people and want to share our solutions to help you succeed –  whether it’s weight loss, postural correction, mitigating joint pain, or improving your golf drive.

At FSP, we take a business-like approach to the athletic development and fitness process, managing physical preparation with longevity and career earnings in mind. Through our research and experience with hundreds of professional athletes, we have developed and continually refined a process to both prevent injury for all athletes and rehabilitate veteran athletes with complex injury histories. FSP has a unique hiring and developmental process for its trainers. We are an institution that prides itself on education for both our clients and our trainers. Each of our degreed and certified team members spend a minimum of 500 hours in a training and development program prior to coaching FSP’s valued clients.

About The facility

Fairchild Sports Performance is a sports performance training facility designed for athletes & those looking to make a serious commitment to their health.
We provide athletes with an evidence-based training approach, applying the latest scientific findings to sports and exercise training programs. FSP is a 12,000 square foot boutique-style fitness training center which provides you with a comprehensive program from training to recovery to nutrition.

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12,000 Square feet

1 State of the art assessment lab

3 PT pods for treatment

About Ben Fairchild, MS, CSCS

Ben Fairchild is a sports performance manager in Houston, TX, who specializes in baseball preparation. He has also helped hundreds of football players, basketball players and general fitness seekers find their optimum condition. He owns Fairchild Sports Performance, Inc., which is a 12,000 square foot boutique-style training facility. It serves as off-season home to over 50 professional baseball clients. Ben has been an innovator in the sports performance industry for 15 years. Ben has built a reputation for resurrecting the careers of aging and injured athletes. Most notably, helping Lance Berkman win 2011 Comeback Player of the Year and return to All-Star status, following his contemplation of retiring injured in 2010. Other baseball clients include All-Stars Andy Pettitte, Mark Melancon, Anthony Rendon, Jaime Garcia, and Astros #1 overall draft selection Mark Appel. Prior to opening FSP, Ben worked with athletes from all sports and spent significant time preparing college football players for the NFL Combine.

Ben credits much of his foundational understanding to his mentor Mackie Shilstone, a New Orleans-based trainer who is known for helping Roy Jones Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Serena Williams, Ozzie Smith and others return to top form. With a Master’s degree in Human Performance and Bachelor’s degrees in sports science and business, Ben takes a business-like approach to the management of his athletes, using FSP’s comprehensive and proprietary assessment process to drive programming. Ben’s training approach is evidence-based. He is an avid exercise and nutrition researcher who applies the latest scientific findings to his sports and exercise training programs. In addition to his education and experience, Ben is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

About the team

FSP features the best coaching staff in the country. All trainers have a minimum of a 4-year degree and possess, or are in pursuit of, a certificate from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The staff has decades of sports experience, both as players and coaches. We have former division 1 athletes, an NBA World Champion, a former Gatorade state player of the year, and much more. One thing you will find at FSP is that there are no egos. Our staff is dynamic, friendly, supportive, and most interested in you reaching your goals.

MIchael Donovan

MIchael Donovan

Lead Assessor,
Internship Coordinator

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“The best investment you will ever make is in your own health and wellness.”

• BS Sport Management, Texas A&M University

• Former Collegiate athlete

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Sports Performance Coach

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“Nothing is given, everything is earned…good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better, and your better is best.”

-Tim Duncan

• BS Kinesiology, Texas Tech University

Jonathan Bravo

Jonathan Bravo

Sports Performance Coach

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“You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.”

• BS Kinesiology, Texas Wesleyan University

• Former Collegiate athlete

Jacob Grams

Jacob Grams

Sports Performance Coach

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“Sports have given me my favorite memories and taught me my biggest lessons. The time I spent learning and training solidified my passion for helping athletes of all stages to achieve their dreams.”

• BA Sport Management and Kinesiology, Rice University

• Former Collegiate athlete

• FSP training athlete from high school to college

Devin Guthrie-Brown

Devin Guthrie-Brown

Administrative Assistant

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying, when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

– Dale Carnegie

• BA Sociology, Louisiana State University