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Chris Van Loan


BA San Francisco State University, International Relations
AFAA Certified
Years Training: 13+

Chris used to be a gym rat. You know, the guy who spends all his time “lifting” in the weight room. The results were so impressive that other members started asking for advice, so he got his AFAA certification at age 19 and got to work as a personal trainer. That might have been the end of the story, had he not discovered Chinese martial arts and Tai Chi, and later, backpacking. The holistic nature of martial arts, and the satisfaction of being outdoors with a pack, completely changed Chris’s approach to physical fitness. Now a backpacking veteran and practitioner of Kenpo and Jujitsu, Chris can help you find the mental and physical reward of challenging yourself beyond the gym.