Global Team

ViPR is a truly global brand, with passionate educators and trainers bringing the Loaded Movement Training methodology to every continent across the globe.

Jake has been in the fitness industry for the past 11 years as a personal trainer and the past five years as an educator. His educational background is in sports management with certification through Personal Training Academy Global (PTA Global) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with specialization in performance enhancement and corrective exercise.

Jake is currently a faculty member for PTA Global, ViPR master trainer and founder of Movefree located at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, TX.

Stephen Tongue is a full-time personal trainer at stephentonguefitness.com with 15 years of industry experience. His CV includes fitness instructing, group exercise, fitness management, fitness presenting and consultancy. With a sporting background in amateur boxing, Stephen is a big fan of movement training and delivers education on behalf of Power Plate, TRX and, of course, ViPR. A big fan of innovative exercise, Stephen says “the only limit to using ViPR is your imagination.” Stephen's favorite ViPR exercise is the Hamstring Tilt Stretch.

It was no surprise when Danny's passion for sport as a child developed into a full-time career in the fitness industry. Currently based in the Middle East, Danny's role as a ViPR master trainer, senior master instructor for TRX, and national trainer for Les Mills has led to extensive travel around the globe, delivering educational and entertaining workshops, training courses and classes to hundreds of fitness professionals, educators and enthusiasts. Danny believes in the timeless statements ‘lead by example’ and ‘practice what you preach’, ensuring he makes his own health and fitness a top priority, no matter where he is in the world. This is not just for himself but also to help inspire others to be better and work towards their best.

Jaap Bijsterbosch has been a health, wellness and fitness entrepreneur since 2007. He started in the industry in 1999 and worked his way up the ladder from group fitness instructor to club manager to owning his own PT studio. Always looking for ways to grow as a personal trainer and business owner, he came into contact with ViPR in 2013 and is now a ViPR master trainer and distributor in the Benelux and Germany, growing his business with multiple trainers, as well as ViPR PT and ViPR Group Fitness. His background in sport includes football on a semi-pro level and various other sports, such as snowboarding, trail running and different ball sports.

Since 2011, Jan has been a ViPR Australian pro trainer. His greatest influences for ViPR development have been Michol Dalcourt, Derek Vandenbrink and Matt Truscott. He is now a proud ambassador for the Institute of Motion (US). In 2014, he opened personal training boutique studio EvoPrime Fitness with his fiancée Chantel at Airlie Beach, North Queensland. Their focus is on movement, nutrition, recovery and mindset. Jan also trained with Dr Emily Splichal to become a barefoot training specialist, supported by VIVOBAREFOOT Australia and New Zealand, of which he's also a proud ambassador. Thanks to QPEC, Jan fulfil's his wildest dreams and represents QPEC in Australia.

Jenny is the founder of Burrell Education, the UK's only accredited education provider specializing solely in modern pregnancy, postnatal fitness and therapy education. Jenny is passionate about the possibilities for taking education for this special population to a wider audience within fitness, and helping all fitness professionals with female clients to value the progressive education now available. Jenny has led a research team testing the value of training with ViPR on pelvic floor activity.

As well as educating her peers, Jenny runs her own private practice seeing pre- and postnatal clients in West London and is a FitPro presenter. In partnership with Power Plate International, Jenny created and delivers the Power Plate for Post Natal Certification worldwide and, in partnership with North London School of Sports Massage, created their Pre/Post Natal Massage Therapy Certification.

Gordon has always had a key interest in health and fitness and has continued his drive to learn more and keep up to date with the latest courses, treatments and applications to provide the best service possible to his clientele. After suffering a number of injuries and turning down a golfing scholarship, Gordon understands what it's like to feel lost and frustrated during the rehabilitation phase. It is through this experience that Gordon helps people achieve their goals at a sensible and effective work rate, whether returning from an injury or starting out on a fitness transaction. Gordon combines his experience as a sports therapist and personal trainer to guide people into understanding their body and how to use it to its full capacity through movement. Gordon is currently a master trainer for Trigger Point Performance Therapy, educator for IAM tools and coach for VIVOBAREFOOT, alongside running a private movement performance therapy studio in Scotland.

Konstantinos Fligos has been active in the fitness industry for more than 17 years. A qualified PT and group training instructor, he specializes in functional training and designing holistic professional athlete programs, specialized training, injury prevention, post-rehab conditioning, and nutrition. The owner of Science Place Personal Training Studios, located in Athens, Greece, he's also collaborated with well-known fitness centers and exclusive clubs, such as Holmes Place, Mallios Boxing Team and Fitzone Mykonos by Nammos, as the head of fitness programs. Konstantinos constantly enhances his skills and expertise by enthusiastically following the new trends in the fitness industry. He has obtained numerous training certifications in functional training, PT, TRX and Pilates, and is a certified EQF Level 4 personal trainer, a 68th UEFA B football coaching graduate and, since 2014, has been the exclusive distributor and authorized master trainer of ViPR Greece.

Tommy Yau Heng Ho is the head of fitness education at Fitness First Singapore, overseeing its fitness department at its 16 clubs. With 250 personal trainers under his wing, Tommy heads the recruitment, training and development of trainers and fitness managers. Tommy has more than 15 years of experience at Fitness First and contributes greatly to expanding the personal training business for the company in Singapore.

A diploma in sports and exercise science graduate from Blackburn University in the UK, he is also a certified personal trainer with ACE and FISAF and a Michael King UK Pilates Institute certified Pilates matwork instructor. Tommy is a master trainer and presenter for TRX STC, GSTC, Rip Trainer, BOSU, Wattbike, Dynamax, Sandbell, ViPR for Singapore and a PTA Global faculty master trainer. He is a competitive triathlete and has completed seven IRONMAN races in Malaysia, Australia, China and Canada. He lives by his motto: Change your body and it will change your life – you will live life to the fullest.

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Kazuhiro Ikakeyama created his own business after working in a fitness club for eight years, and helped 20,000+ people including top athletes and celebrities. He studied the ‘skillful touch’ method in the US in 2010, which is to approach fascia using the hands, and developed his original training program/method to improve a client's physical movement and bring out their best performance by integrating the whole body. In 2011, he accompanied a professional golfer as a trainer on the Japanese tour and international tours, and led the win. He also worked for competitive cyclist Koji Yamaguchi, and facilitated his winning the GP Title and Money Title. Ikakeyama is known as the trainer who makes the impossible possible.

Robert has been a fitness, sports and games fanatic since he could walk. Having been in the fitness industry since he was 17, Robert has been an open book, absorbing skills from everyone and believing in better knowledge and application to deliver fun, effective training to the world. This has led him to become a ViPR master trainer, which he achieved in 2012. Over the past 11 years working within the fitness industry, Robert has gained the knowledge that has enabled him to follow a huge passion of his, which is effective movement. Using these two components when teaching and training encourages people to 'play out' rather than work out.

Kennedy has been dedicated to the fitness industry for almost 25 years. He's currently a PTS pro trainer, teaching the Personal Trainer Specialist Certification course for Canada's largest certification company canfitpro. In addition, he's a master trainer for COREFX, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, BOSU, ViPR and a graduate of Michol Dalcourt's Institute of Motion Level 1 and 2 mentorships. Kennedy co-founded and is director of live education for the Canadian Fitness Education Alliance (CFEA), a fitness educational company. Kennedy has taught more than 1,700 trainers and coaches, and he is continually educating himself with new, cutting-edge fitness programs, theories and techniques within the industry. He currently resides in Kitchener, ONT with his spouse, enjoying the quiet and peaceful small city life.

Pete McCall helps clients improve their lives through fitness, as well as educating personal trainers around the world. Currently Pete is the science officer for the Institute of Motion, a global master trainer for ViPR, a master trainer for Star Trac, an education consultant, international presenter and author. Prior to starting his own consulting business, PMc Fitness Solutions, he was an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) where he helped create the Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT©) model of program design, and created education programs to help personal trainers earn and maintain their professional credentials.

Frequently quoted as a fitness expert in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, U-T San Diego, SELF, Glamour and Shape and featured as a fitness expert on a variety of TV news outlets, Pete is a sought-after media resource for accurate, in-depth insight into how to get results from exercise.

Pete holds a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and earned a fellow in applied functional science credential from Gray Institute®. In addition, he is a certified personal trainer with ACE and NASM and is a CSCS with the NSCA.

Alexey graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University (MSPU). He is a wrestling coach, master of sports in judo and a 2nd Dan in aikido. He has been both a participant and the prize-winner of Russian and international martial arts tournaments. From 2006 to 2011 Alexey was a personal trainer in Russia's premium fitness chain World Class, focusing on martial arts, functional training, group X and outdoor programs. Since 2012, he has been a personal trainer in the famous Russian functional training studio Pro Trener. As well as a coach of martial arts (aikido, judo, Brazilian ju-jitsu, grappling), functional training and stretching, Alexey is a ViPR master trainer.

Steve Rast is a strength and conditioning coach with more than 15 years of experience, ranging from personal training to coaching athletic teams to running CrossFit gyms. Coach Rast spent seven years in the United States Marine Corps and played rugby at the University of Washington, where he has since acted as the club's S&C coach. He has hired and helped develop a large number of trainers, opened and consulted for several successful gyms and now operates a 501(c)(3) non-profit gym focused on childhood obesity in Oregon. Coach Rast enjoys training other trainers and currently works with companies such as CrossFit on their Olympic Lifting Trainer course, ViPR and TriggerPoint Performance Therapy as a master trainer involved in the teaching and certification of other trainers, as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon's PE department. He brings a unique perspective and experience to coaching and teaching, which is apparent in his work. www.coachrast.com

John Sinclair is a master trainer, strength and conditioning coach, educator, author and mentor. John currently serves as the fitness director for Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Florida. He has presented more than 150 full-day workshops in the industry and has 15 years of personal training and coaching experience. John is a faculty member for PTA Global and the programming officer for the Institute of Motion.

John's experience as a strength and conditioning specialist includes coaching amateur and professional athletes in hockey, lacrosse, football, soccer, tennis and basketball. John has an ability to take the complex and make it simple. When he presents, he is passionately energetic and, above all, entertaining. John has the ability to mix humor and fun with the content of his presentations to create a lasting memorable experience.

Bill Sonnemaker is an internationally sought-after exercise physiologist, personal trainer and educator. Bill's impressive credentials, first-class scientific education and numerous national and international awards distinguish him as a cutting-edge leader in the performance training and fitness industry. In 2007, Bill received both the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year and the NASM Pursuit of Excellence awards. He is recognized worldwide by his peers as a highly motivated and committed leader and advocate for the advancement of fitness professionals’ education, training and competence standards.

Bill's scientific foundation, and his superior understanding of functional anatomy and physiology, and the composition and ultimate potential of the human body, provides the platform for his ongoing quest to reach the masses. Whether he is working with political figures, CEOs, professional athletes or the general population, his passion is to help motivate, educate and train others to achieve their optimal level of health by reaching and maintaining their fitness goals.

With more than 29 years' experience, Dr Carla Sottovia has helped individuals achieve a path of personal wellness, improved fitness, and quality of life. Dr Sottovia is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received a doctorate in exercise physiology from Texas Woman’s University in 2002. She holds several advanced personal training certifications in functional movement training and assessments, Pilates, optimal flexibility, vibration training, post-injury/preventive exercise intervention, youth training and sports-specific coaching (running, swimming and triathlon). She is also a licensed wellness coach and adjunct instructor (The Cooper Institute). She is the owner/founder of MWOVE EDUCATION INC (USA and Brazil), which is dedicated to providing cutting-edge education and programs to fitness professionals, including functional movement systems, PTA Global and ViPR. Dr Sottovia has completed more than 50 triathlons, including three IRONMAN triathlons, and is the author of Energy Substrate: Truths and Misconceptions.

Matthew Truscott, born and raised in northern California, achieved Varsity status all four years of high school participating in football, basketball and track. Through college, he continued to play football and, despite multiple injuries, played at a level high enough for NFL consideration.

Relatively young in this industry, Matthew's growth has been extensive. As a personal trainer (specializing in athletic performance, rehabilitation and weight management), group X instructor, ViPR master trainer and most recently becoming an educator/founder of 180 Training, Matthew has taken on many roles to help put enthusiasm and energy towards creating healthier and happier bodies.

Pontus Wärnestål has been a group fitness instructor since 2001 and a ViPR master trainer since 2013. His sports background includes a range of martial arts, with instructor and competition merits in tae kwon do in 1999. He has also worked as a snowboard instructor and enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and hiking.

During his 15 years as an instructor and coach, Pontus has taught a wide range of different programs, presented at conventions and worked in the national instructor development team for one of the largest fitness club chains in Sweden. Pontus currently works as a university researcher and teacher, giving him a solid methodological and pedagogical base. Using his enthusiasm and experience, Pontus teaches fun, effective and meaningful movement training for health and happiness.

Koray has been in the Turkish fitness industry since 2003. Beginning his career as a Pilates trainer, Koray is currently a master trainer for ViPR, TriggerPoint, TRX and Kangoo Jumps. As the founder of 21Way Pilates Studios, Fun & More Training Studios and Futurex Sports Team, he also serves as a PT. He heads up Turkey's ViPR master trainer team.