Nationality : Persian
Personal Trainer (15+ Years Experience)
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Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas
Shakiba Moghadam is the co-owner and one of the coaches at Muscle Up Gym. Shakiba has trained and competed in amateur boxing for the last 3 years and qualified for the ABA national finals in October 2015, where she became one of the first female amateur boxers to compete at the famous venue of York Hall, London, placing herself top 2 in the country for her weight and developmental category. Shakiba is also a keen long distance runner, who has competed in trail marathons, 10K and 5K races, usually placing in the top 10 athletes in her category. Shakiba graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a First Class degree in BSc Psychology in 2015, as well as a Masters of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2016, where she has gained valuable experience working with professional, elite and amateur athletes. Shakiba is currently studying a doctorate at the University of Portsmouth, in the field of mental health in sports, and will be completing the last stage of her training to become a Sport and Exercise Psychologist (BPS accredited). Shakiba works with a range of clients at Muscle Up Gym, she has experience with working with the younger gym members typically aged between 3-13 years old. She has recently started to work with the over 55 year-old population, helping and guiding clients to become active and agile and tackle health issues such as arthritis and obesity via physical activity. Shakiba is also a part-time Sport and Exercise Psychology lecturer and former research assistant at the University of Portsmouth.
Jakub 'Kuba' Jursza is a first year student of Applied Sport Science at Southampton Solent University. He has been training parkour & freerunning for about 10 years trying to develop his physical skills in a variety of ways. He is concentrated on comprehensive training methods that are body control-oriented. For the last few years he has been struggling with a few injuries. Eventually learning from mistakes he made, Kuba decided to support people in order to avoid the same mistakes he made regarding physical development. That time of his life inspired him to devote himself to help others choosing a holistic path of mental and physical growth. Kuba formally worked in a Norwegian gymnastics club for one year teaching freerunning and bodyweight training classes for kids. Alongside Team Exeo he was also invloved in Norway's Got Tolent show (2014) and successfully proceeded to the semi-finals. During the time he spent in Norway he was taking part in many freerunning performances, running workshops and co-organising large events for the freerunning community.
Owen’s journey began with martial arts at just the age of 4 years old after taking up Taekwondo. Owen began competing in full contact competitions at 5 years old eventually becoming a national champion, achieved a 1st Dan black belt at 8 years old and eventually a 2nd Dan black belt at 12 years old. In 2008 Owen began training to become a personal trainer and strength coach while at the same time training in mixed martial arts (MMA). By 2012 Owen was a top 10 ranked professional MMA fighter competing at an elite European level. Owen was also training as a full time strength coach under the well-respected and accomplished strength coach and athlete Tom Hibbert from Winning Health Solutions/Winning Performance as well as personally learning from some of the industries leading including Charles Poliquin, Derek Woodske, Andre Benoit to name but a few. Currently, Owen is the owner of a successful Southampton based training facility called Muscle Up Gym. A gym dedicated to calisthenics, sports conditioning, body mobility and sport psychology. Working from this central hub, Owen is now specialising in sports conditioning and calisthenics training, as well as a practicing nutritional health adviser.