Chris Kostman - Fitness Educator Biography

Chris Kostman - Fitness Educator Biography

Ph.D. Program, University of California, Berkeley, (1992-1994; 2001-2002)
Arabian Gulf Archaeology

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1992
Near Eastern Archaeology

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
South Asian Archaeology

Teaching/ Training Experience
Independent Indoor Cycling Workshop Presenter, 1996 to the present.
• Present original workshops for new and advanced indoor cycling instructors in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Boston, Boulder, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.

Director of Cycling Programs, Bodies in Motion Company, CA, 1996 to 1998.
• Created company's unique "RoadRacers™" indoor cycling program and served as the full-time manager of all aspects of the cycling program at the company's four LA area clubs, overseeing fifty instructors, 100 classes per week, and 100 bicycles.
• Handled all media coverage, created and led ongoing instructor development, wrote and provided instructor manuals and teaching guidelines.
• Taught six classes a week at flagship club in Century City, CA, including 45 and 75 minute classes, intro classes, heartrate efficiency classes, and special training classes.
• Organized and led ten hour "Adventure Sunday" multisport day quarterly.

Certified Master Spinning Instructor and Workshop Presenter, 1995 to 1996.
• Was part of the team that created and developed Spinning in 1993 through 1995, launched the program in 1995, then trained Instructors in Portland, San Francisco, Miami, Vermont, and elsewhere in 1995 and 1996.
• Member of four-person team that created Spinning instructor manual and materials.
• Represented Spinning at industry tradeshows, media events, and video shoots.

Indoor Cycling Instructor, 1995 to present.
• 24 Hour Fitness, La Jolla, 1-2 classes a week, 2010 to 2011.
• Fit Athletic San Diego, 1-2 classes a week, 2009.
• The Sports Club / L.A., 1-6 classes a week, 1995 to 1999; 2006 to present.
• Bodies in Motion, 1-6 classes a week, 1996 to 2006.
• Spinning Centre Sherman Oaks, 3 classes a week, 1996.
• Johnny G's Headquarters, 2-4 classes a week, 1995 to 1996.

Athletic Background
Nationally sponsored cyclist, triathlete, technical diver, and outdoor athlete, 1984 to the present:
Race Across America bicycle race, 3127 miles, 9th place, 10 days, 1987.
Triple Ironman Triathlon, France, finisher, 53 hours, 1993.
Iditarod Trail, Alaska, 100 mile snowshoe and 200 mile mountain bike races, six time finisher, 1988-1996.
Seven time world cycling record holder: San Francisco to Los Angeles, 24 Hour Mountain Bike, Trans-California, Death Valley Double Crossing, etc.

Writing / Editing Background
Has published over 250 articles on fitness, lifestyle, cycling, triathlon, scuba diving, snowshoeing, adventure, travel, history, and others in 30 different publications. Served as Special Features Editor of Fitness Plus Magazine, Adventure Sports Correspondent for Oui Magazine, Contributing Editor for Bicycle Guide Magazine and ULTRA Cycling Magazine, and columnist for Endurance News, among other positions.

Professional Background
Chris owns and operates AdventureCORPS, Inc,, an extreme sports event production, expedition planning, and life trainings firm based in Oak Park, CA. This athlete-run company is involved in a widely varied but interconnected variety of pursuits in the world of outdoor sports, total fitness, and human potential. With his company, Chris organizes the Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race, Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, Badwater Salton Sea, and Badwater Cape Fear ultra running races, the biannual Death Valley Century and Double Century, Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic, CORPScamps in Death Valley and elsewhere, as well as other endurance sports events. He also founded and organized the inaugural LA Marathon Bike Tour, Team Race Across America, and Earth Journey Triathlon, among other unique events.

Certifications, Awards, and Professional Affiliations

2008 CPR for the Professional Rescuer

2005 Certified Cycling Coach, USA Cycling

2003 "Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart" honor from Sri Chinmoy (Info)

1998 Fellow National, The Explorers Club, New York, NY

1997 Lifetime Achievement Award, Race Across America, Los Angeles, CA

1996 Advisory Board Member / Resident Archaeologist, International Association for Nitrox and Technical Diving, Miami, FL.

1994 Full Cave Diver Certification, National Association for Cave Diving, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

1994 Nitrox (EANx) Cave Diver Certification, International Association for Nitrox and Technical Diving, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

1992 Assistant Instructor Certification, Scientific Diving, University of California at Berkeley.

1991 Scientific Diver Certification, University of California at Berkeley.

1991 Open Water II Diver Certification, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Berkeley, CA.

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