Throughout his life, Craig Marks has breathed the fitness lifestyle. A champion folkstyle and freestyle wrestler since the age of 10, Craig knows the type of dedication it takes to achieve fitness goals.
“Nothing is achieved without sacrifice...when I was younger, my number one goal was to get a collegiate wrestling scholarship, I worked towards that, and I did it... My second goal was to become a nationally ranked collegiate wrestler, which I also achieved...My final goal was to compete in the Summer Olympics and represent the United States. One match before I was scheduled to do Olympic trials, a serious neck injury kept me from achieving that goal. However, I became a physical therapist - which led me down the road as a specialized fitness trainer. These past experiences in strength training, agility training and conditioning, has helped me to create interesting fitness challenges...and I enjoy it!"
Craig grew up in South Florida and, after graduating high school, attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the perennial Southern Conference Wrestling champions. He studied athletic training and physical therapy. After graduating, he moved back to South Florida and began a successful physical therapy practice as a shoulder, neck and knee specialist. Later, in 1994, Craig’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and because he wanted to help his dad, Craig developed a specialized training program for people who have Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis: Kinesio-Arts Training Program (R). This program has had much media attention and is internationally recognized for its results.
Licenses and Certifications:
ACE Certified Personal Trainer (1989)
NASM Certified Personal Trainer (1998)
NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (2005)
Physical Therapist (1989)
Certified Athletic Trainer (1989)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (1997)
APTA Certified Balance and Movement Specialist (1995)
Certified Knee Specialist (1991)
Certified Shoulder Specialist (1991)
Certified Cervical Spine Specialist (1991)
Certified Parkinson’s and MS Specialist (1996)
“I’m fortunate to have a career that I love: teaching people how to exercise and improve their overall level of fitness. I enjoy seeing my clients achieve their health and fitness goals. When you walk into my studio, I don’t want you to know what is in store for you. I want each session to be dynamic, yet effective."