Shakiba Moghadam is one of the coaches at Muscle Up Gym, and currently works with the younger members of the gym. Shakiba has been following a raw vegan lifestyle since the summer of 2015, where she has transited from a pescetarian to a vegan and now a raw vegan. She has trained and competed in amateur boxing for the last 2 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 Master’s 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 is also a part-time Sport and Exercise Psychology lecturer and former research assistant at the University of Portsmouth.

Training Experience
First Class degree in BSc Psychology
Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Probationary Sport and Exercise Psychologist
Calisthenics UK Instructor
Training Skills
  • Boxing 100 %
  • Coaching Children 100 %
  • Conditioning 100 %
  • Sport & Exercise Psychological Workshops 100 %

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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.
Lara has a background in gymnastics from a personal interest as a child which led to discovering calisthenics as an adult in 2016 with a particular interest in handstands. Lara also has a personal interest in weight lifting to compliment her calisthenics training.