Head Coach/ Programmer and one of Asia leading fitness experts and celebrity trainer, Mark was born and raised in Australia the place that has more personal trainers, gyms and sports clubs per capita than anywhere in the world. Mark believes no training system is superior, only different goals and applications and has spent 30 years researching and training all types of fitness modalities with 20 years related international experience, 23,000+ coaching hours- personal training, group classes, corporate fitness & team building, gym equipment and interior design, manufacturing and sports nutrition. A pioneer of specialty fitness in China for the past 17 years, is one of the most established expat trainers, holds 20 different certifications and was the first certified crossfit and kettlebell coach. Known as one of the fathers of functional training and the “go-to guy” for serious performance. His background includes opening the first personal training studio, the first outdoor bootcamp programs, kettlebell training to the masses and first CrossFit gym on the mainland. Worked and trained with top professionals in the industry-CrossFit Games World Champion Matt Swift, 16 times World Kettlebell Sport Champion Sergei Merkulin, IFBB 4 time World Champion bodybuilder Jay Cutler, Movement Master Steve Cotter, to name a few. Has regular appearances on national TV shows and magazines. Trained contestants for hit reality TV show “Shanghai Rush” and also China’s First Body Transformation Challenge. Has worked for numerous leading fitness brands over the entire supply chain to design develop and test new products entering the market as well as corporate training such as LIFE FITNESS, WILSON, POWERTEC, CENTURY BOXING, TOTAL SPORTS AUTHORITY, APPLE, BMW, NIKE, ADIDAS, NEW BALANCE. Following CrossFit from its infant stages early 00’s began integrating CF workouts for his clients from 2006. Coming to China at the beginning of the century was the ticket to abandoning the common gym training, as at that time there was hardly any gyms in existence. The first commercial gyms just started entering the market- from then Mr Soo decided to open the first Personal training studio and later the first CrossFit gym and “ultimate big boys playhouse” . Clients include High society, A-listers, TV personalities, athletes basketball, football and martial artists, is also the strength coach for the SRFC Shanghai Rugby Club. Not to mention house wives, pregnant and injured and most importantly the thousands of newbies getting started on their fitness journey. When not coaching or training himself, you can find him eating a bag of chips and sipping on a nice whiskey.
Born and grew up in a small Russian Siberian village where he did manual work since childhood, chop firewood, mow hay and field work. Though out his childhood he played soccer and basketball achieving good results and formed a solid base through physical sports training and also adaptation to hard physical work. 2003 he discovered kettlebell training and at the age of 15 years Anton began to play kettlebell sport and participated in competitions of different levels. At the time entering university, Anton became the strongest kettlebell sportsman of Zabaikailsky region in his weight category and represented the national team of the region in the All-Russian competitions, and has won many awards. Anton was trained by the best-known kettlebell sportsmen of the country – champions of Europe, World champions and World Cups champions. Anton was the leader of the institute team and this team became the strongest among all institutions in the city.
During 13 years of kettlebell sport Anton has gained invaluable experience and skills, today he shares with you using the most advanced techniques and secrets of the Russian kettlebell sportsmen which are the strongest in the World. Over many years Anton has won a lot of awards including
– The eight-fold champion of Zabaykalsky region;
– The three-fold winner of the open tournament “Transbaikal Games”
– The two-fold prize-winner of the masterful tournament of the Honored Master of Sports named by Leonov S. T.
-Champion of the open Army Championship
– The three-fold bronze prize-winner of the team championship of Russia
-All round champion of the World Association of Kettlebell Clubs, Kettlebell World Grand Prix Shanghai, China 2016
-Honored guest of IWF 2017 Shanghai, «China Fitness»
Anton offers several options of the training preparation:
– group functional training fitness for whole body, directed to increase the general physical training;
– individual and group trainings of basic competitive movements: jerk, snatch, long cycle;
– individual and group trainings of kettlebell juggling;
– preparation for competitions and consultations.
At the moment not just a trainer, but also he is actively promoting kettlebell sport through various trainings and seminars around China.
Soufiane has recently come to Shanghai from France and has been training fitness for the past 10years. In 2009 became listed as an official competitor attending various Powerlifting competitions. Most notable achievement winning the French National Championship in 2011 Junior category -74kg. Also during this time he trained and learnt the coaching profession with his coach and mentor Emmanuel Marc, ex MMA French champion. Working
together for many years in Paris, he coached many different types of people from beginners who wanted to gain volume or lose weight to professional athletes who wanted to improve their physical condition. Soufiane is a passionate former athlete who understands what is takes to help people to achieve their goal. Not only to get fit, but to STAY fit and develop a positive state of mind around sport, good nutrition and happiness. All these years i have kept developing my professional and human skills in strength and conditioning and also in fitness field, and now in China for new challenges.
Stefan has recently moved to Shanghai from Serbia. His background is predominately in basketball but has been an active athlete with experience in different sports since an early age. (Swimming , Tennis, Karate, Real
Aikido). Along with practicing different sports, basketball has always been his main focus. In 2007 he received a D2 student athlete Scholarship in the US, where he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration and a minor in Physical Education. His first encounter with Crossfit was in Tampa, Florida in 2010 and been an active crossfiter ever since. Stefan is passionate about overall functional fitness and is driven to motivate others to follow suit and achieve their personal goals. He holds a brown belt in Karate, Shotokan and Okinawa styles, a blue belt in Real Aikido ( Serbian Martial Arts, trained under the founder Ljubomir Vracarevic). Stefan is still an active basketball player who during the year enjoys playing 5 on 5 , but his favorite basketball discipline is playing competitive 3 on 3 popularly known as streetball (3×3), which is tougher, more physical than 5 on 5 and is played outdoors in the summer. Some personal achievements include:
– Winner of the King of the Rock 1 on 1 competition, Paris (France)
– Finalist Top 32 King of the Rock 1 on 1 competition 2015,2016 (Serbia)
– 3×3 Serbian National Finalist, 2015, 2016.
– Personal deadlift record is 215kg
From Bulgaria has been active and training martial arts and teaching for over two decades has trained with various champions across Europe and USA. Now in China for the past few years is a former Bulgarian national team champion and holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. Most notably European Champion and Vice World Champion. Dimi has conducted hundreds of personal trainings through Europe, Asia, and United states. Has trained at the famous Shaolin monostary also in various and dojos in Japan and conducted seminars across China.
– II dan in World Pro-Tae Kwon Do Federation, China
– Taekwondo lessons in Jiyang College – Zhuji city
– Former national TKD player, taekwondo coach (ITF, WTF)
– Victory vs European champion, Vice-World champion and Asian players
-2014 – Tae-bo Instructor No. 1 in Bulgaria for 2014, award by BeautyLife Fitness
2013 – Work-out session in Chicago and New York City, USA
2012 – Tae-bo seminar in Shanghai, China and Sanya island
2007 – Tae-boxing instructor
1998-2006 – fitness instructor, Taekwondo ITF, IWF
1997 – National Championship, 1st place under 57 kg
1996 – “Etropole Open” tournament, 1st place under 54 kg
1995 – Training camp with gen. Choi Hong Hi – founder of Taekwondo
1995 – National team player WTF – European cup, Thessalonica, Greece;
1995 – Bulgaria Open, 1st place under 54 kg
1994 – National tournament, 1st place– under 57 kg
1994 – Sofia Open Cup, 1st place under 55 kg
A Chinese native has been training fitness for 8 years including more than 3 years experience in Crossfit. She also is an experienced dance teacher with many years background in modern dance and hip hop. Attending many workshops and seminars with leading performers and choreographers, she’s bringing a unique mix of dance coordination and agility to fitness strength and tenacity. Alice strongly believes each of us can achieve an energetic and fit lifestyle. Knowledge of nutrition and crossfit techniques have helped Alice to support her clients getting strong and healthy and to achieve their fitness goal. Having trained along with hundreds of practitioners, from beginners to advanced levels, Crossfit is now her main modal of training. Alice holds a diploma in journalism and when she’s not training at the box, Alice enjoys traveling, photography and eating dark chocolate.
Paul is an American-Chinese born and raised in New York. He has lived in Shanghai since 2011, and has been training in Crossfit since 2013. He became Level 1 certified in Singapore in 2015. While he stays active by playing basketball and tennis, he also has an interest in photography and film production, along with an in-depth experience working on cooking shows. His first encounter with Crossfit was for filming a TV program with a local Chinese TV station. Ever since that challenging first training session, he then decided that regular workout routines really shouldn’t have to be so comfortable like they had been in the past.