Michael Holmgaard

Coach (CF-L2)

Michael Holmgaard


Michael Holmgaard is our in-house Viking. Having lived and worked across the globe, his coaching philosophy comes back to the fundamentals; learn the basics and then the rest will follow.

Michael was deployed with the Danish military on Balkan for four tours, before becoming member of the United Nations Protective Detail, which took him to places like Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia. His experience allowed him to work as a bodyguard instructor, paramedic responder in Cape Town and Private Security in Iraq. After almost a decade in the world’s hotspots, Michael was offered a position as a civilian instructor at the Danish military.

His career in fitness began as Strength and Conditioning coach for a top European female handball team in 2009. After finishing his first season, he moved to San Francisco to start his CrossFit coaching career at the highly-famed San Francisco CrossFit under guidance of some of CrossFit’s top coaches. Over the next 8 years, Michael worked internationally in Aalborg, Copenhagen, Hanoi, and London as head coach at two affiliates and senior coach at four affiliates.

Part of CrossFit HQ’s judging team at Regionals and three CrossFit Invitational around Europe, Michael knows CrossFit. He continues to pursue his passion for travel and learning by attending coaching seminars all over the world. Next goal, CrossFit L3 certification is just around the corner!

Michael now calls Hong Kong home as a coach at CrossFit Asphodel.
“Mechanics – Consistency – Intensity combined with a freaking positive mental attitude all day long!” This is the oath of a Viking.

Professional Training

  • NASM Advanced Personal Trainer Level 5 - with speciality in Corrective exercises (CES) and Performance enhancement (PES)
  • CrossFit Trainer Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Rowing Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification
  • CrossFit Football Certification
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certification
  • CrossFit Running & Endurance Certification
  • Training for Warriors Level 2 Instructor
  • IKSA Kettlebell Level 2 Instructor
  • LIFT Sandbag Instructor Course
  • Freestyle Connection Gymnastics Movement
  • OPEX Life Coaching
  • OPEX Exercise Physiology Assessment
  • OPEX Exercise Physiology Program Design
  • Ido Portal
    • Movement X
    • The Corset
    • Motion
    • European Movement Meeting
  • First Aid (AED)