Mark Cheng is a rarity in the world of fitness. With an extensive background in traditional martial arts, he went on to study traditional Chinese medicine, specializing in Tui-Na (Chinese manual medicine) therapies. He is currently a licensed acupuncturist in California and holds a Ph.D. in Chinese medicine & acupuncture. Thanks to his patient, the world renowned Bruce Lee disciple Dan Inosanto, Cheng was introduced to Hardstyle kettlebell training pioneer, Pavel Tsatsouline. Training diligently under Tsatsouline's watchful eye, Dr. Cheng earned his RKC instructor certification and was eventually promoted to Senior RKC instructor. Thanks to Tsatsouline, Cheng was introduced to Functional Movement Screen (FMS) founder, Gray Cook, under whom he now serves as an FMS faculty member. Because of the unique combination of influences in his background, Dr. Cheng brings a unique approach to strength & conditioning training, focused on using the kettlebell for functional rehab & prehab! ... read more.
Senior RKC Doug Nepodal first began his personal training career in 1996 in Medina, Ohio, where he was born and raised. Over the next several years, Doug held training certifications from I.S.S.A., A.C.E., Jump Stretch and Parrillo Performance as he progressed through his field of work. In 2002, Doug discovered Russian kettlebells and integrated them into his own personal routine. Amazed by the possibilities that training with kettlebells offered, Doug became RKC certified in September, 2005 and has not looked back since. He was invited to be an assistant instructor at several RKC certifications in 2006 and 2007, and became thoroughly immersed in the RKC. In the fall of 2007, Doug was appointed to the position of RKC Team Leader by Pavel Tsatsouline, founder of the RKC. Throughout the year 2008, Doug taught at RKC certifications in Denmark, St. Paul, Minnesota, and at UCLA. In September of 2008, three years after first becoming an RKC, Doug was promoted to the position of Senior RKC by Pavel, a rank that only nine individuals hold worldwide. From 2004 to 2008, Doug owned and operated Better Bodies of Medina, Ohio. At Pavel’s prompting, he sold the practice and moved out to Ventura in February, 2008. Doug currently lives in Carpinteria, CA, and still teaches kettlebell classes in both Ventura and Santa Barbara. Doug also offers private appointments, ranging from Santa Maria to Los Angeles. ... read more.