We are a team of gamers, professors, Ph.D.’s, coaches, psychologists, and professionals with decades of experience in the 5 Pillars of Health and in esports who are passionate about creating positive change in the gaming space. The trainers who provide content for the FITGMR app specialize in communicating well with gamers from all backgrounds and at all levels of capability. They provide modifications where needed and positive encouragement for all.
To ensure that we continue to use cutting-edge science in designing and executing our program, we also partnered with organizations specializing in nutrition, sleep, diagnostics, and monitoring technologies. We customize and integrate information, and subject it to testing and refinement.
Holden is a Professor Emeritus of Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University. He has a B.A. in Physical Education and English, M.Ed. in Kinesiology, and Ph.D. in Physiology. He has published articles and received grant funding from government and industry for research on human health and performance. His prior work includes research on elite athlete and military performance, and he is currently implementing high performance support for esports athletes. He has designed and conducted clinical trials focusing on technology and nutritional interventions to optimize performance.
Kristin is an experienced financial professional with an investment banking and financial consulting background. She spent over a decade at JPMorgan and then joined Evercore Partners specializing in distressed M&A. She has over 700 hours of training in various forms of yoga and yogic philosophy, is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified trainer and has run 8 marathons on 3 continents. She is passionate about health and wellness, and joined her first start-up team in 2000 and has worked as a Director for a habit forming app.
Mike has Master’s Degrees in Public Health & Experiential Education and a B.S. in Sports Medicine. Mike is a professor at Pepperdine University and owner of a gym in Malibu, California. He has taught students in inner city classrooms, esports teams in his gym, and locals in communities in Southeast Asia.
Matt is a 7-time ironman triathlete, who has completed dozens of marathons, including 50-mile ultra-runs. He has led numerous training camps for kids and adults and has a passion for nutrition and its importance in overall health. As a former Marine and pilot, Matt understands the importance of the ready state and being prepared.
Howard is a fitness and biohacking enthusiast who has spent his career launching innovative products for startups and Fortune 500 companies, often finding inspiration from ecstatic free form dance at music concerts and festivals around the world.
Leslie brings 30 years of media experience in sales, revenue management, marketing, and executive leadership to her role as head of marketing at FitGMR. Leslie started her career in esports while teaching integrated marketing and communications at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2018. After leaving UNLV, she oversaw a multi-media content platform that served as a bridge between mainstream audiences and hardcore esports fans and gamers. Leslie has a passion for startups that are not only disruptors but that want to make a positive impact on their industry’s ecosystem. “FitGMR is a perfect fit.”
Landon is FITGMR’s Mental Performance director and trainer. Landon is a lifelong gamer who fell in love with the science of expertise development. He has a B.Sc. in Psychology and an M.Sc. in Performance Psychology and now specializes in training elite-level esport athletes to be both healthy and high-performing.
Nikki specializes in all things content and has a passion for storytelling. From pre-production to post, she enjoys taking a project from conceptualization to picture lock. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in VFX and has almost 10 years of experience in the industry. In her free time you can find her playing League of Legends dominating the bot lane.
Peter is FITGMR’s director of Yoga and Meditation and a trainer. Peter is an initiated Yogiraj, or master, who has been teaching yoga and meditation for 20 years and studying for 35. He is the author of two books on yoga and meditation and the host of a podcast about getting the most from life. Peter’s varied life pursuits make him a skilled advocate for FITGMR’s lifestyle pillar, which encourages development of the whole person.
Kyle’s journey into esports started with founding a local high school esports program and continued through his MBA at Pepperdine University where he coaches League of Legends. A lifelong coach he loves everything scholastic esports and helping athletes succeed. In his spare time Kyle can be found on the slopes of mammoth or the pickle ball court!
Marcin is a sports and gaming nerd. Everything about movement, doing cool things with our bodies AND brains – he is game for it! Although he has three degrees in exercise and sport science, and many decades experience as an athlete and coach, he probably takes his gaming the most serious. Nah jk – he might have nostalgic moments of remembering UT, CS1.5 & Quake esports, but otherwise he just likes to play all the games for “fun”.
Haylesh is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist who has a passion for all things to do with health, wellness, and performance. He is an accomplished exercise physiologist with over 10 years of experience working in New Zealand and USA within the hospital outpatient, clinical, rehabilitation, university, and high-performance settings. He spent the past 5 years with UCI Esports as their esports exercise physiologist, where created the first of its kind comprehensive health and wellness program for collegiate esports athletes.