My philosophy as a trainer is to develop great focus and patience in learning the fundamental movements in the beginning. I feel safety and comfort is crucial at first in order to develop the confidence to move on to bigger and better things. I want to create the muscle memory that is needed in highly coordinated movements so that one feels comfortable performing them in the more intense workouts that I will give once I feel an individual is ready. I think many people aren’t as in touch with their bodies as they think they are and by breaking down the highly dynamic movements and repeating them consistently one learns how to control their body’s motor recruitment patterns. As my clients adapt to these challenging movements both physically and mentally, their workout programs begin to grow in complexity and intensity. As this begins to happen, clients naturally begin to start setting greater goals for themselves and it is my job to help them reach their goals. In turn, their strength in character grows and they want to achieve much more than they ever thought they could accomplish.
BSC (HONS) SPORTS SCIENCE
NASM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
IRISH STRENGTH INSTITUTE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
CERTIFIED CROSSFIT LEVEL 3 TRAINER (CCFT) – HONG KONG’S FIRST L3
CERTIFIED POSE RUNNING COACH
CROSSFIT CERTIFIED GYMNASTICS TRAINER
IKFF LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED KETTLEBELL TEACHER
IKSFA LEVEL 1 SPORT COACH
WMC CERTIFIED MUAY THAI INSTRUCTOR
TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE PRACTITIONER
CPR AND AED CERTIFIED
CROSSFIT GAMES ASIA REGIONAL INDIVIDUAL COMPETITOR
2012: INDIVIDUAL COMPETITOR
2013: INDIVIDUAL COMPETITOR
2014: TEAM COMPETITOr
I’m a CrossFitter and have watched this sport and fitness method grow from something people did in their garages to one of world fame aired on ESPN. Although I’m competitive by nature, it’s really the people who have become my best friends that drive me to this sport (including my wife). Anyone can do CrossFit, regardless of your skill level, injury, whatever. It’s the most universally scalable workout program on the planet.
CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CrossFit qualified Courses:
CrossFit Kids Trainer
ISSA Senior Fitness Certified Trainer
USAW Sports Performance Coach
OSHA Ergonomics Certificate Holder
CPR and AED Certified, First Aid Certified, Basic Life Support Certificate
Wim Hof Method Course Completion
Sports Injury and Medical Awareness Course Completion
CrossFit Regionals Team Competitor 2014
Asia Championships 2015
Sin City 2013 and 2014
Victoria is the only female coach at CrossFit Asphodel and an accomplished CrossFit Regionals athlete. She masterfully balances the passions of coaching and training, and she finds great reward in seeing athletes of all levels excel in the Sport of Fitness. Victoria draws from experience in New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and Hawaii to offer diversity in warm-up drills, scaling options, programming, personal training, nutritional advice and more. With a head coaching background at two affiliates, she is a credible instructor, who promotes solid technique before load and speed. After all, competition has taught Victoria that efficiency in movement is rooted in virtuosity: doing the common uncommonly well.
Originally from Brazil, Victoria started CrossFitting in 2013 while living in New Zealand, because it was often too cold to play soccer or surf. In October 2014, she moved to Hong Kong and China to expand her teaching and training career. Victoria also enjoys surfing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, soccer, skateboarding, traveling and eating.
Top 10 in Hawaii in U.S.A NorCal Region for CF Open 2017 (9th overall)
Fittest Woman in China and fifth in Asia Region for the CF Open 2016
Fittest Woman in Hong Kong and eighth in Asia Region for the CF Open 2015
Taylor Rank, has over 10 years international experience in coaching. He has worked under some of the most respected qualified Strength and Conditioning experts in the U.S. as well as many renowned CrossFit Coaches from around the globe. Drawing on his knowledge and personal experiences as an athlete, Taylor can create, implement and adapt programs allowing his clients and athletes to reach their fullest potential.
Taylor began his career after graduating from University of South Carolina in 2009 as part of the Strength Staff at Oregon State University. There he worked across a multitude of college athletes in American Football, Women’s Volleyball and Soccer. Later moving to Washington State University, he worked closely with both men’s and women’s Olympic sports teams.
In 2011, whilst traveling through Seoul, Taylor was introduced to the sport of CrossFit, the “Sport of Fitness”. Through his connections, Taylor was introduced to his now long-time friend, Cody Hunter, who later convinced him to make a permanent move to Seoul. The two, along with a few others worked together to open the very first English-speaking CrossFit box in Korea which still exists today.
After 3 years in Seoul, a unique opportunity presented itself to Taylor, allowing him to live and work in Hong Kong alongside his Father whilst coaching and building the community at Hong Kong’s very first affiliate, Reebok CrossFit Asphodel. Once again, through the amazing and ever-expanding CrossFit community, a year later Taylor was fortunate enough to receive an offer to extend coaching abilities and experience in Dubai.
Now, after nearly 4 years in UAE, Taylor makes his return to Hong Kong along with his wife Larissa! Reunited with the CrossFit Asphodel team, Taylor uses his enthusiasm and passion in fitness to help those around him attain their fitness goals and more!
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance
Vanessa moved back to Hong Kong in 2010, and it was not until the fall of 2013 that she got exposed to CrossFit. Thanks to job changes from practicing landscape architecture to working in real estate property development. Since then, the words “health” and “fitness” took on a completely new and inspiring definition which changed her life.
With her energetic and multi-disciplinary outlook and approach to life, in addition to her full-time job, Vanessa is a convener of NarrativeHK, an initiative promoting positive attitude and increased confidence among her generation in envisioning the future of Hong Kong. She is also a co-founder of Quo Kefir Believers, a natural probiotic health food company. Her passion projects continue this year she pursues yet another venture in the fitness industry, as a co-owner and Director of Wellness Development of Reebok CrossFit Asphodel, the first CrossFit gym in Hong Kong.
When she gets a free second from work, Vanessa loves to CrossFit, swim, bike and run, travel, name trees along her walks, daydream of possibilities in her city, make connections with people and the community, and above all, imagines what could be.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Endurance and Mobility
John started Crossfitting with Reebok CrossFit Asphodel in 2012. And it has been his passion since. He believes in infusing fun and element of play into any form of rigorous physical training. He also believes that training for the body is training for the mind. Workout should be hard, yet body and mind should stay soft and flexible; always open to new challenges, training methodologies, and physical adaptations. Movements should link with breaths, as breaths are always intricately linked with the mind; and a balance can always be found somewhere between effort and ease. These are the principles that he always strive to share in his coaching and on the mat as a Yoga teacher.
AntiGravity® Level 2 Instructor
AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga I & II
Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
Crossfit Gymnastics qualified
Santosha 200+ Hrs Yoga Teacher Training
Crossfit Open: 2016 (11th in HK), 2017 (18th), 2018 (12th)
Asia Championship - Downtown Throwdown: 2016 (16th), 2017 (15th)
China Championship 2018 - Guangzhou Region: 4th
China Championship 2017: 19th
Bangkok Throwdown 2018
X45 Pandora Box Challenge 2018 (Team)
I’m Michelle O’Brien, athlete and mother of 2 boys. with over 15 years in the medical devices industry, I have seen the results of poor lifestyle choices, lack of knowledge in nutrition and no emphasis on exercise.
I started CrossFit in 2012 and have not looked back since. The sense of community is unique and powerful. I love seeing people becoming a part of something more than themselves and Yes, I love PEOPLE! working out AND MAKING FRIENDS is totally right up my alley!
Crossfit is many things, Its aim is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. It’s gymnastics. It’s cardio. It’s strength, power and speed. It’s coordination. It’s flexibility and balance.
The more kids can be exposed to when they are young, the more connections and capacities they develop and retain for the rest of their lives.
In CrossFit Kids, we teach kids fundamental movements so that, in the future, regardless of whatever sport/s they decide to do, they would be able to excel in them and avoid injuries.
This program is to me very personal. We have the opportunity to shape the kids’ lives, whether it would be physically, socially, emotionally. Starting from a young age, we can change the way they think about what they eat, about their health, their friends, supporting others within the community or school. We encourage kids to have a GROWTH MINDSET. We encourage them to be open minded and tackle every challenge that’s presented to them. try everything! and always in a stimulating and fun environment.
I also lead the Keep Moving Kids Program under Keep Moving Project, a Hong Kong-based, non profit organisation, focused on kids health and wellness education.