At Fit For Trips, we don't plan your trip. We don't guide your trip. We don't go on your trip. We simply ensure that you arrive at your destination in optimal physical shape. Doing so will provide you the best chance to enjoy the adventure exactly as your tour operator intended it to be.
Created by fitness trainer and adventure enthusiast Marcus Shapiro, Fit For Trips leads the adventure travel-fitness industry with impressive - itinerary specific - resistance and endurance conditioning programs. Past clients will tell you that every trip begins with Fit For Trips...
Founder and Head Personal Trainer
Marcus’ career in personal training began in 1993. From the beginning, he dedicated himself to providing his clients with the highest level of commitment and service. As a result, he’s retained many clients from the early days of his practice – more than 20 years.
Although he is running Fit For Trips, Marcus continues to train some clients face to face to field test new ideas. He believes that strictly training clients in a virtual world creates a loss of empathy for what people struggle with and a sharpness in training skills to see the minutia in all exercises. He continues to educate himself with the ever evolving world of exercise and conditioning thru colleague experiences, continuing education, anecdotal client feedback and more...
Marcus received his BS in Athletic Training and shortly after earned his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation. This combination is uncommon, but outstanding in the world of personal fitness training. His athletic training education has enhanced his ability to work with clients who have sustained orthopedic injuries. The CSCS designation – prevalent in collegiate, professional and Olympic conditioning coaches – ensures that clients receive the most progressive and up-to-date training techniques.
Max has always had a passion for the outdoors. After a semester course in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), he decided he wanted to share his passion, as an instructor, with others.
He has guided extended hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and rock climbing trips at wilderness therapy programs in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and throughout the mountains and deserts of the Pacific Northwest.
With excellent risk management and decision-making skills, Max has accrued over 700 days of leading in the backcountry. Certifications and other training include PSIA level 1, Avalanche level 1 and Wilderness First Responder.
Recently, Max began instructing 30-day expeditions for NOLS and has led courses in the Wind River Range of Wyoming and the Gila Mountains of New Mexico.
Christian Parrett is a Professional Cyclist with the 5 Hour Energy-Kenda Racing Team and a USA Cycling certified coach.
He entered the world of competitive cycling through mountain bike racing, eventually switching to the road where he progressed to the US National Team in 2007 and turned Professional in 2010. He’s won elite-level races and been on the podium of National Championships and international level events.
When he’s not focused on his own racing, Parrett enjoys sharing his approach to training with the athletes he coaches. He calls Macon, Georgia home but spends much of his time on the road and counts travelling and seeing the world as a passion that rivals his love for bike racing.
John first started paddling in a canoe when he was ten. Today, he’s a fourteen-time qualifier for the USA Canoe/Kayak Wildwater Team, an eleven-time US National Champion and a two time World Champion.
As a coach, John has produced numerous National Champions. His keys to success are good coaching, being a lifelong student and sound training techniques. When he’s not in the water, he enjoys hiking, trying to run with the dog, mountain biking, and messing around with a fly rod.
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