THE KP TEAM
Our client approach is a coach to athletes relationship. You're in the best hands with the coach.
All of our coaches are or have been athletes and athletes know best. They've competed at high levels sports/competitions and some still do.
Founder + Owner
Mario has always been one who puts others before himself and has a gift to connect others to their greater, more efficient self. He would know, he rebuilt himself after a major sports accident in college that literally almost cost him his right leg and has dedicated his life to reestablishing movement in his kinetic chain. What he discovered through this life changing event, was the importance of not only reestablishing movement in his kinetic chain, but reestablishing a sense of self, they are inseparable.
Being an athlete all his life and excelling in football at De La Salle High School and Portland State University, he then found his true passion and calling to become the fitness specialist he is today through proper technique and maximizing one’s potential kinetic energy and converting that into the most efficient functioning kinetic chain.
He believes in embracing the now, accepts adversity as an opportunity to better himself, and wants others to experience and feel the best version of themselves. "That’s what I want to bring the KP community".
Mario's influences continue to develop on a daily basis and inspired the opening of what is now known as Kinetic Playground. His philosophy and methodology is something unique and has changed the status quo of fitness forever.
I believe in the life changing power of exercise, health, and wellness! As an endurance athlete, Ironman trainee, and Boston Marathon qualifier, proper nutrition and fitness have always been my way of life. I began my career as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 to help those who are in need of rehabilitation. Over time, I realized that I wanted to work with the full spectrum of people: those who are just starting their fitness journey, athletes who want that extra kick to boost their performance, and those who are regaining fundamental strength after an injury.
My focus is on building a solid foundation based on proper body mechanics followed by strength conditioning and mobility. Whether I’m teaching group fitness classes or personal training, my genuine passion is helping clients achieve their goals and pushing beyond their limits!
Certifications & Education
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer
National Board of Occupational Therapy - Occupational Therapy Assistant
Florida International University - Bachelors of Health Science
"The satisfaction I get from aligning both the mental & physical bond during workouts is a journey I want to guide you at"
Alan grew up in Europe, Croatia, where he was involved in various sports and athletics from a young age. As one gets raised in Europe you are always surrounded by soccer, which helped him built agility and reflexes since early days. He later played High school basketball and transitioned to boxing for the 2 years of college.
During his academic years, he fell in love with primary bodybuilding but later fitness and strength conditioning. Since then he was working as an assistant trainer in various gyms helping clients reach their goals, while constantly learning new things. Sports helped him realize his athletic potential and since he was genuinely surprised with what was underneath the surface, he believes that any one of us can with proper training regime and discipline reach physical and mental connection that will fulfill you as a person in both personal and professional life.
He simply describes himself as a fan of movement, having been observing how different athletes and animals move he wants to ensure proper form with his clients while maximizing their kinetic chain.
"I don't want you to think about sets, reps or speed, that's ego and fatigue talking, I want you to focus that every single motion your body does while exercising is with proper physical form and balance, that's how we progress, that's how you reach your kinetic potential“
Alan has a simple motto "Whatever it takes, as long as it takes“