Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator focused on bodyweight training, skills-based practices, and multi-planar, fluid movement. As the president of Global Bodyweight Training, he has developed multiple programs (including Animal Flow) that celebrate movement. All of his work embraces the philosophy that anybody can excel at bodyweight training and advanced skills building with practice and proper progressions. With 18 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Mike has used and taught a range of styles from Olympic lifts and kettle bells to sports-specific and Speed-Agility-Quickness training. He has also done specialized training for post-rehab and corrective exercise clients.
Now dedicated to the various bodyweight-based disciplines, he still draws upon his accumulated knowledge to develop new training programs. He’s been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Fitness Magazine, Shape, My Mad Methods, and Train Magazine, as well as on The Doctors, Good Morning America, and LIVE with Kelly and Michael. Read more.
Chris Flo (aka Chris Flores) is part of the GBT Team as an Animal Flow Master Instructor. When he’s not busy teaching the next group of certified Animal Flow instructors at workshops throughout the U.S., Chris can be found running his own personal training center, Flo Fitness, specializing in working with young athletes. Read More.
Clifton Harski has a long history as a student of human movement, making him a natural fit as an Animal Flow Master Instructor. A lifelong athlete and collegiate basketball player, Clifton holds a degree in kinesiology from SDSU and has been in the fitness industry for more than eight years. He currently is the Director of Programming and National Head Coach for Fitwall, the popular new workout program that incorporates high intensity interval training with innovative wall equipment system. Read More.
Kathy Donatto, a successful personal trainer and fitness competitor, has been practicing Animal Flow since its creation, learning it directly from her friend Mike Fitch when he first developed the program in 2011. In addition to being one of the inaugural Animal Flow Master Instructors teaching certification workshops, Kathy is building on her previous experience with children’s fitness programs to explore how Animal Flow can be an ideal practice for reaching out to teach children about movement. Read More.
Rich has extensive experience with both fitness and nutrition, and his love of new knowledge shows in the wide range of fitness related areas in which he is educated. In addition to being an Animal Flow Master Instructor for the entire United Kingdom, Rich is involved with several movement-based disciplines. He is a Vivo Barefoot running coach, practices Capoeira in his spare time, and as the lead health and fitness advisor with Universal Pictures UK), he is responsible for developing and presenting the official Tabata program.Read More.
As an Animal Master Instructor and former pro-athlete, Sascha is able to engineer tremendous results for his clients. In January 2013 Sascha founded the Amsterdam based company Transatlantic Fitness vof as a functional products and education company for the BeNeLux market. After 2.5 years of successfully growing Transatlantic Fitness vof, Sascha and his wife opened up their own Personal Training and Group Fitness Club in Amsterdam – “MT Fitness Read More.
Freddy M. Satizabal is an ex soccer player turned movement educator. A veteran of the United States Navy, he ran fitness programs and managed weight loss programs for Navy personnel allowing them to meet the militaries’ rigorous standards. After his 4 year enlistment he went on to achieve a degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Administration from the University of Miami.Read More.
Freyja has been active in the strength and conditioning industry in Canada for over a decade, working with a wide variety of athletes from Olympic skaters, professional Ballet dancers, weightlifters, endurance athletes, and weekend warriors alike. She is among Canada’s first cohort of Animal Flow instructors and Canada’s first Master instructor. Additionally, she runs a successful independent training business and is a Lead Instructor for DTS Fitness Education, delivering courses to fitness professionals across the country.Read More.
Rafa Diez is the founder of Movenat Entrenamiento Natural in Madrid, Spain. They offer non-conventional training from real movement experts. He is also the first Spartan race trainer in Spain. His background includes “traditional” sports like mountaineering, climbing, MTB, ultra-trail running, kickboxing, aikido, and so on. He came to appreciate functional movement after a tragic motorcycle accident nearly killed him and almost left him a quadriplegic. Non-conventional military experience has shown him the value of sacrifice, mental toughness, survival skills and extreme training out of our comfort zones. Read More.