Marco Tan – Head Coach

Marco, “Coach M”

When did you start Crossfit?
2009

Why did you choose Crossfit?
Crossfit made sense, both physically and mentally. It challenged my fitness levels like never before and has gotten me into the best shape of my life.

Do you prefer a sprint or marathon?
Sprint

Favorite Crossfit “Girl” WOD? and PR Time?
“Diane” – 3:20

Olympic lift of choice, Snatch or Clean and Jerk?
Snatch

What sports have you played and at what level?
Basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, football all throughout high school. One year of university football at UBC.

What is your “clean” food of choice?
Cobb Salad, or Hot Pot

What is your “cheat” food of choice?
Dumplings of any sort

What kind of music do you WOD to?
Depends on the WOD. Hard rock/metal if it’s fast and short, rap anthems/pop if it’s a chipper

What is something unique about yourself?
I was a classical violinist for 17 years

How do you spend your free time? Hobbies?
These days, my time is spent with my beautiful daughter Madison and her endless adventures! My hobbies are playing sports, hanging out with friends, and enjoying good food around town.

What do you love about coaching?
I love being able to make a difference in people’s lives, whether through teaching proper technique and helping them become really great athletes or by helping someone get healthy, build more confidence, and transform them into impactful difference makers themselves!

What advice would you have for anyone wanting to adopt the Crossfit lifestyle for the first time?
Nothing in life comes easy. Hard work  and persistence pays off. So, if you’ve been already thinking about it, don’t procrastinate and try it out. The worst thing that can happen is that you may get into the best shape of your life and make really good friends along the way! As Wayne Gretzky once said : “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”

Marco’s ambassador photo inside the Lululemon Richmond Centre store![/caption]

Marco is also currently one of the Ambassadors for the Lululemon Richmond Centre Store. As a community fitness leader, Marco’s role, along with the other ambassadors and Lululemon, is to help build and promote a fitter and more active city of Richmond! 

Certifications/Education :

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, UBC
  • BCRPA Fitness Trainer
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Level 2
  • Crossfit Kids
  • Crossfit Weightlifting
  • Crossfit Mobility
  • Crossfit Kettlebell
  • Outlaw Science and Precision Training Camp
  • Gymnastics Freestyle Movement Seminar – Carl Paoli
  • Olympic Weightlifting Workshop – Christine Girard
  • Olympic Weightlifting Workshop – Parm Phangura
  • NCCP Club Coach, Olympic Weightlifting

CF Competitions :

  • Crossfit Games Open, 2011-2015
  • Survival of the Fittest(Studeo 55), 2013
  • RPCFO, 2010-2014
  • Nutts Cup(CFV), 2012
  • Sweatfest(NSCF), 2014
  • VanCity Battle(CF 604), 2015