Remember when you had to pick teams for dodgeball in school?
We do, and it was never pretty. You’d want to choose your friends, but you knew that, in the end, you needed the strongest and meanest players on your team if you wanted to survive until the end of recess.
Luckily for us, we have stronger friends now.
The (Questionable) Leadership Team
Ryan is the mythic hero of the GMB epic saga. As Program Director, it’s his job to personally develop and test each of our programs before releasing them into the wild. With many years of experience in strength and movement coaching, Ryan makes sure that everything we do puts health first and gets results.
“It all comes down to this: I want to be able to do what I want, where I want, and whenever I want without fear of injury. This means training skills that make me strong physically and mentally for my family, friends, and loved ones. Is there anything else?”
Background/Credentials: Holds black belts in Kendo, Judo, and Shorinji Kempo and practiced 10 years as a competitive gymnast.
Favorite Beer: Boxed wine
We’ve written a bit about Ryan’s background on the blog, and it’s probably not what you’d expect. Check it out:
Andy’s our Executive Director and also works as chief engineer and strategist to keep the GMB wheels turning and pointed in the right direction. He not only loves it when a plan comes together, but pities the fool when it doesn’t.
“We need more strong people in this world, but strength shouldn’t have to be serious all the time. I want to make real strength available to real people with less hype and more doing cool stuff. GMB is a training curriculum and an attitude I believe can transform bodies and lives.”
Background/Credentials: Former professional educator and funkiest bass player in Atlanta. Has taught thousands of martial artists on four continents.
Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
As Content Manager, Jarlo is responsible for reining Andy and Ryan in when they start getting too many crazy ideas. His background in physical therapy and coaching bring an extra layer of practicality to GMB programs and methods.
“The GMB approach inspires me, because after all these years of training for so many different goals, the one goal that has always remained is being strong and conditioned for all the activities I do with friends and family.”
Background/Credentials: Physical therapist (MPT) since 1998 and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Extensive postgraduate training in neck and back rehabilitation. JKD Unlimited/MMA Instructor, Battlefield Kali Stick and Knife Instructor.
Favorite Beer: Guinness
In order to prevent Gold Medal Bodes from being a total sausage party, we added Amber as our Director of Client Experience. She’s your first point of contact with emails and technical or service issues.
“Iron Man had Pepper Potts – GMB has me. I’m the behind-the-scenes, manage-the-details lady, and I make sure everyone comes away with warm and fuzzy feelings. I like that GMB focuses on building strength incrementally using simple tools and easy-to-follow guidance that I can work on at home.”
Background: A Hawaii native and animal lover, Amber has done almost everything: photography, publishing, design, and probably more stuff she hasn’t bothered telling us about yet. Most importantly, she’s awesome.
Favorite beverage: Coconut water or mimosas
Our Kick Ass Support Staff
As fast as GMB is growing, it didn’t take very long for us to realize that we couldn’t do it all alone.
Luckily, we don’t have to…
Further cementing our commitment to doing what others might think is impossible, we set out to hire a marketing assistant who was even shorter than Amber.
“After years of working out, I realized my strength was not improving at all. Hell, I could barely open a pickle jar! That’s when I discovered GMB, and for the first time in my life, I’m getting stronger every day. I love that GMB programs help me have control over my body and movements.”
Background: Rachel is a chameleon communicator – she’s worked in academic, nonprofit, and marketing roles, and brings a can-do attitude to GMB’s table.
Favorite beverage: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee
Clayton is a man of mystery, and yes, this is the best picture we have of him. As our Special Projects Manager, he’s responsible for various aspects of design and technical wizardry around GMB HQ, and we suspect he spends most of his time thinking up crazy ideas and figuring out ways to make them happen. But we could be wrong about that.
“Hey guys, xxx xxxxx xx xxxxxx x xxxxx. X xxx xxxx xxxxxxx xxx x xxxx xxxxxxx xx xxx xxxxxxxx.” Clayton’s comments have been censored due to the top-secret nature of the things he’s working on at GMB.
Background/Credentials: Among the few tidbits we do know about Clayton are that he studied architecture, lived in Thailand for a while, and now resides in Portland.
Favorite Beer: We honestly have no idea
The GMB Monkey symbolizes the collective goal of our Posse to live a life of freedom and physical exploration.
He’s also a lot of fun at parties.
“I used to just swing around in the jungle and beat my chest. Yeah, I got strong, but it got boring, and I needed a more reliable source of bananas. GMB gives me lots of bananas.”
Background: Grew up in the jungle (which explains his table manners) and joined the GMB Team after a chance encounter Ryan while visiting family around Mt Rokko in Kobe, Japan.
Favorite beverage: Anything but coffee
(Ever seen a caffeinated monkey? It isn’t pretty.)
Certified GMB Trainers
SF Bay Area, California
Daniel is the first graduate of our complete GMB Trainer Apprenticeship program, and as such is certified to teach all our Level One courses (R1, P1, and F1) as well as individual and group classes.
Auckland, New Zealand
Our first Trainer outside the US, Andrew is also a graduate of our intensive apprenticeship program and fully certified to leach all GMB Level One programs.
Junior teaches GMB movement classes and Mini Muscles training for kids.
Here’s a little more about how GMB has worked for him and his clients.
Deston Le Roux
Cape Town, South Africa
Deston is our most recent graduate.
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