The founder of ELIN Personal Training Redefined, Elin Kanchev is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. With over 20 years of experience, Elin is dedicated to helping his clients achieve and maintain their fitness goals through his proven 4 Seasons Training Method.
In addition, Elin is a 2004 Bulgarian National Karate Champion, a 2017 WPA/IPE Summer Show of Strength Overall Bodybuilding Champion, Classic Physique Champion, 2017 NPC Capitol Grand Prix Bodybuilding Champion and Winner of Best Performance in Show. He is has been NASM certified as a personal trainer, behavior change specialist, fitness nutrition specialist, corrective exercise specialist, and in Fall 2018, will be certified as a NASM Master Trainer.
What does Elin love most about being a personal trainer?
“My goal is to positively impact a billion lives through my love of fitness and exercise. I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes to excite, empower and inspire my team of trainers, our clients and all those who come our way. If I can make a difference in just one person’s life, I’ve done my job.”
Also hailing from Bulgaria, Kris is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kris is passionate about teaching his clients that fitness is part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Kris specializes in recovery and injury prevention, core stabilization, bodybuilding, fat loss, strength and conditioning, MMA/wrestling training, and event-specific personal training.
His favorite thing about being an ELIN® trainer?
“I love being a part of a team of like-minded people, where I am able to share my passion for a healthy lifestyle and training, while positively impacting the lives of others.”
Before Viktoria became a Certified Personal Trainer, she participated in competitive ballroom dance and won many international competitions, including Washington Dance-O-Rama 2016. This love of dance influences Viktoria’s current training techniques. As a personal trainer, she specializes in choreography and movement, prenatal and postnatal training, and women’s personal training.
Her favorite thing about being an ELIN® trainer?
“I love being a personal trainer because it feels great to help people feel better and it’s also healthy, fun. I like to motivate and inspire my clients. I love seeing them walk out of the session feeling amazing and strong. Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to play such a big role in people’s lives.”
As a kid growing up in Serbia, Aleksandar played every sport his small town had to offer. His love of sports translated into a career as a Certified Personal Trainer. As a trainer, Aleksandar specializes in lifestyle change and improvement, motivation, bodybuilding, hypertrophy training, fat loss, strength, and conditioning.
He loves being a personal trainer as he has the ability to motivate and encourage his clients to make better lifestyle choices. He enjoys training people of all fitness levels and ages. As long as people are willing to learn he loves teaching.
Tyler was born and grew up in Saigon, Vietnam. He has been involved in JKA Shotokan Karate since he was 11 years old and received his 1st degree black belt. He moved to America at the age of 17 and trained Kyokushin karate, as well as weight lifting.
Tyler went through high intensity fitness and combat training to qualify as a U.S Army infantryman. He is now devoted to becoming the best Personal Trainer possible and help as many people as he can. He is loves pushing himself hard in the gym and is looking forward to hit the stage and become IFBB Pro. In his spare time, he loves to cook, train, and help other people develop a healthy lifestyle. He has been inspired by John F. Kennedy’s quote, “…don’t pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.”
He is super excited about being a part of ELIN’s team, because this is a team where everybody walks the walk, not only talks the talk.
Zuzana Matulakova is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise). Growing up in Slovakia, she participated in various sport activities.
“Ever since I first started working out, it became a passion. I knew this is something I am always going to pursue and explore in one way or another. I took on different athletic endeavors, I experimented with all kinds of different sports, workouts and diet plans. I am constantly expanding my knowledge and experience through continuous education and hands on practice during our team meetings.
It’s not just something I do, it’s who I am! I am very happy and excited to be a part of team ELIN® and I feel very confident, that together we can make a difference.”
Troy has always had love for sports. Unfortunately an injury in his 20s got him “out of the game”. The following 3 years were “dark”. Troy was out of shape, broke and did not have any motivation to do anything. He knew something needed to change, but didn’t know what and how. It was 3 AM while he was working his newspaper route that it hit him – he had to get back to sports. Troy started training again and lost 70lbs in 5 months. It was at that time when he began his professional fitness career at a commercial gym. He got certified as a trainer. Over the course of the next 5 years he climbed the latter and became a lead senior trainer. Even though he had success, he felt that something was missing. At the beginning of 2019 he started to look for better opportunities, then he found us and the rest is history. In his own words:
“I joined ELIN Personal Training Redefined® for one simple reason – I wanted to change lives! The very moment I spoke to Elin I knew that this is where I belonged– surrounded by a group of like-minded people, a real family. All of us united and driven by the same cause – to inspire and empower others. I know what training did for me and I wanted to share it with the world. Now I know that I will.”
I have been passionate about fitness for years and I have been training groups and individuals since 2011. Over the years I have helped hundreds of clients meet a large variety of different goals ranging from improving athletic performance to living and moving without pain. My goal has always been to help my clients become the best versions of themselves and to redefine what they are capable of achieving. Joining the team at Elin allows me to continue to help people reach their goals.
Strength and Conditioning
Khaled has loved the art and science of physical and sport training ever since he started his own journey as a very young swimmer when he was just 7 years old. By 15 years old he became a competitive water polo player and over the years worked his way up to Head Coach of water polo clubs while attending university. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education knowing that teaching and training others to be strong and healthy was his calling and life passion.
His world experience has taken him from Egypt to Brazil to the USA training many different cultures of people. He wants to help everyone succeed no matter what fitness level and training preferences they have. He will provide you with a unique and fun experience unlike any other trainer you may have worked with before, keeping you moving throughout the full time of your sessions, eager to continue the process of body reformation.
He is friendly, outgoing, and easy to work with, dependable in meeting with you consistently over the time of your plan.
John is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has been involved in athletics and fitness for most of his life. His main sport was fencing, and over a 13 year career he competed in many national-level competitions, and at one point was ranked the #1 fencer in Virginia. Later on John became passionate about strength training and nutrition, and earned his B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. John has trained clients of all ages and backgrounds, and enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals.
“I love training because it allows me to make a lasting positive impact in people’s lives. For me fitness is not a job, but a way of life, and that is the mindset I try to impart on all my trainees.”
Michaela first fell in love with fitness in high school when she was introduced to CrossFit. Having been a competitive swimmer in childhood, Michaela was unfamiliar with weightlifting – or the gym in general. But after only a few classes, she was hooked. These days, Michaela takes a different approach to fitness; incorporating lifting while focusing on a well-rounded workout routine overall.
In college, Michaela studied general nutrition, sports nutrition, and trained one-on-one. She’s particularly inspired by young women in fitness and enjoys teaching classes for the supportive and inclusive environments they create. Michaela believes in finding a form of exercise that challenges, motivates, and engages her clients while maintaining that every session should be fun for everyone involved.
It’s those very same principles that made her want to be a part of the ELIN4STM team, where everyone values a holistic approach to health and their clients!