We are here to make you better at life.
Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, extreme athlete and coach Marcus Smith is the founder of InnerFight. Whilst building a career in the corporate world Marcus realized his real passion was “making people better at life” and in 2008 InnerFight was born. Today along with running InnerFight and Smith St Paleo Marcus teaches many of the Innerfight classes, coaches a number of endurance athletes, mentors both youths and adults and continues his extreme challenges which took him to 30 marathons in 30 days in 2018.
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Carmen is a CrossFit athlete and coach, born and raised in Belgium. She studied nutrition for 3 years at the “Plantijn hogeschool Antwerp” during her studies she discovered CrossFit. This was a life changer for her! She has competed in the European regional for Crossfit for the last 3 years taking 15th place in 2013, 14th in 2014 and 6th in 2015. In 2016 she aims to be in the top 5 and make the CrossFit Games. When Carmen is not training she is helping others get better at life combining her studies with the practical experience she has gained from competing in CrossFit. She truly believes that you can enjoy life more fully when your fit and healthy!
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Jamie is an athlete, coach, and mentor. He has played and coached sport to the highest level. His interests lie in athlete development, getting people active, and working with them from where they are to where they want to be. Having lived in the Middle East for 12 years, he understands the excitement and thrills of living here. Jamie stepped away from a successful career in the corporate world to help people achieve all they can. His diverse background comes with understanding the complex and dynamic nature of sport, health, and fitness.
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Miloš is passionate about personal training, group classes….training humans to live better lives.
He originates from Serbia where he completed his masters in Physical Therapy as well as a Bachelor degree in Physical Education and Sport. He is a former handball player & 24 hour ski erg record holder. Miloš brings to our community over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry of which the last 8 he spent in Kuwait.
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Jess is one of our Performance and Endurances coaches. She spent her childhood as a competitive swimmer, before being selected for the Great Britain Triathlon team where she raced and trained all throughout her teens and University.
Since moving to Dubai in 2011 Jess turned her attention to coaching and competing in Crossfit, she competed at the Crossfit Games Regionals and set a world wide event record.
Most recently she has found success in obstacle course racing and is currently the top OCR athlete in the Middle East.
Jess’ passion lies in all forms of fitness, combining both strength and conditioning with endurance. She wholeheartedly believes that it’s never too late to change your life and reach your full potential through health and fitness.
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Originally from Zimbabwe, Andy has joined InnerFight after spending the last 13 years in the UK. Prior to moving to the UK, Andy was playing rugby while completing his Bsc (Hons) Degree in Sport Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. It was in 2013 when Andy first discovered CrossFit in a small gym in London and has been coaching CrossFit ever since. Like all the team at InnerFight Andy is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals through his passion for exercise. You will find him in the gym or even out on the track with the Endurance team. He will also be sharing his experience and expertise in rowing as he regularly competes in indoor races and has also completed a 24 and 36 hour row.
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Bonnie is our Head of Kids Program and from the US. After attending the University of Michigan and subsequently working for a major consulting firm, she left her corporate career to become a full-time mom. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2014, both she and her 4 children began doing CrossFit. Upon recognizing all of the physical and mental benefits they were gaining, she decided to become a CrossFit Kids trainer. Her goal has always been to help children develop a strong affinity for fitness. She does this by focusing first on building a strong foundation and ultimately guiding kids down the path to a lifetime love of fitness. Her keys to achieving this goal center on instilling confidence in the children and growing a community among her young athletes. She currently holds ten certifications in both CrossFit and youth training.
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Tom is one of our endurance and performance coaches. He blends nearly 10 years of coaching experience with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Sport Science and competitive experience at national and international level.
Tom takes a wide interest in all endurance sports but works closely with high performance athletes, middle to long course triathletes and ultra runners.
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Rob is from the UK and spent his early sporting life as a competitive swimmer from the age of 13. Coming from 10 Years in Secondary education has enabled him to gain vast experience in coaching and helping people with many different levels of ability. Rob has competed in numerous International and local ultra distance events, most recently the 24hour Back Yard Ultra race, UTMB OMAN 140km and just for fun, ran from the top to the bottom of Corsica on “Europes hardest Ultra trail” Rob believes that no excuse is valid and that everyone can go to sleep 1% better than when they woke that day.
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Steph is one of our endurance running coaches from the UK. She spent her childhood playing tennis and attended the University of South Carolina on a full tennis scholarship. Following her graduation, Steph worked in the media industry in London and Auckland, whilst running and racing in her evenings and at the weekends. Steph made the transition to Running Coaching in order to follow her passion, and to help others improve and train for races. Steph specialises in 5km – Marathon distances and also heads up our Ladies Running Club.
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Rob is one of our Endurance coaches. Having performed at a high level in both running and cycling, over 10 years of coaching experience and a BSc in Applied Sports Sciences. He has the knowledge, experience and passion to get you where you want to go. He believes a scientific approach should always be employed and cleverly combined with life to maximise the potential of each athlete.
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Ivana is one of our Performance and Endurance coaches. Originally from Serbia, she has been living and working in Dubai for the past six years helping people with their fitness journeys to achieve their goals and feel good about themselves.
Being a mountain and outdoors lover, Ivana enjoys all sorts of endurance sports, from trail running to mountain biking. She has been actively competing in obstacle course and adventure races locally and around the world on an elite level. She enjoys constantly challenging herself and redefining her limits. She competed in the World’s Toughest Race – Eco Challenge Fiji in 2019 and is at the forefront of adventure racing in the UAE.
Her goal is not only to inspire and engage people to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle, but also push them past their limits and improve their performance.
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Matt is one of our Endurance coaches. Aside from coaching adults Matt will focus on developing our junior endurance programs! Exciting times!
He is a former professional football player and coach. Rode 24 hrs on his indoor trainer during lockdown 2020 charity.
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Lee spent his early 20s competing in cross country and 3000m steeplechase whilst serving in the British Army including winning Army championships for the steeplechase. After leaving, Lee continued with his passion for running amassing 12 years of coaching and teaching, specialising in injury prevention. He now finds comfort in pushing his mental limits through ultra-marathons, having already completed Marathon des Sables, The Spine Challenger and Lakes in a Day. He has his sights on a Bob Graham Round in 2021 and 6633 Arctic Ultra in 2023
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My name is Ivana from Serbia and I am a nutritionist here at InnerFight. I am here to help you eat right to reach your goals. No matter if you are low on energy, struggling to lose weight, looking to build muscle or just do not feel you are eating optimally I can help out. Catch me around the gym or get in touch and let’s have a chat about how we can have you feel awesome through the food you eat.
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The InnerFight Team deliver knowledge, experience and above all the motivation that you need to become the best you can be.
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