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Dr. Mark Kelly

Dr. Mark Kelly has been actively involved in the fitness industry spanning 30 years as a teacher of exercise physiology, a trainer of trainers, individuals, and groups. He has educated people in boot camps, on athletic teams, at academic institutions, and in the gyms. He was an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise where he developed workshops, webinars, written content, and videos. He has experience in the corporate world teaching and assessing workers as a corporate wellness director, and analyzing the health of fireman, sailors, and other laborers at a Functional Capacity Evaluation specialist. In addition, to the academic and professional positions, Dr. Kelly was a nationally-ranked duathlete, competitive marathoner and baseball player, collegiate bowler, and still is a competitive trail and mud runner.

Dr. Kelly, has led many studies in the fitness product industry, written personal training manuals and produces workshops, articles, webinars, and educational courses in the fitness and health industries both nationally and internationally. He is currently teaches kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry to those going into clinical health care fields at various community colleges in Orange County, CA.. He is developing a complete training system, and app using technology, for assessments and programming to improve human performance and quality of life for those who are medically compromised as well as those who have health. He hopes to launch Train SMART in the beginning of 2018.


Q & A with Dr. Kelly

What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make at MFN?
I am truly excited to put my knowledge, skills and abilities towards such a worthy endeavor. The medical application of exercise has been a passion of mine for a long, long time. The deeper I delved into exercise science and physiology, the more it became apparent that exercise is medicine. I hope to contribute my 30 years of experience and enthusiasm to grow this organization and help people with chronic disease get the help they need.

What mentor had the greatest influence in your life and why?
I have had many mentors in life but my Dad would have to be the greatest influence. He is the kindest, most generous and thoughtful person I have ever known. He conducts his life with a wonderful attitude and truly positive energy flows from him. I consider him to be my HERO, as well as my dad.

What are your personal interests outside of work?
I have many personal interests. My family would be the top one. I love playing and talking with my girls and wife. I am back into bowling after about 30 years, where I bowled for UCLA and a few professional tournaments. I still like distance running, both on the trails and streets, and now doing mud runs. I like functional type training, and leading boot camp type sessions. I really enjoy teaching and speaking, and even doing research! I love movies, especially super-hero flicks and am a huge fan of Sudoku and Ken-ken mind games.

How long have you been doing what you do?
It is hard to say exactly what I “do”! If this means teach, train, or be involved in the health and fitness sciences, I have done it for about 30 years — since my undergraduate degree. I have taught in colleges and universities for about 25 years, and trained people in one form or another for about 20 years.

Where did you grow up and currently live?
I grew up in South Los Angeles, in an area known as the South Bay. We moved when I was in high school to Southern Orange County, where I am back living now. I did spend 17 years in New Orleans and decided to leave after Katrina tossed the city upside down.

Any nonprofits you love, & why?
I am a fan of the many patient organizations in chronic disease. I am also a big fan of organizations that give a “hand up” versus a “hand out”. Funding education as loans, not grants, is my idea of a helping hand.

Any awards or medals you have received?
I have received many small awards but the best most recent award was ring from the US Bowling Congress (USBC) for a 300 game, and an award for the highest average in the league (212). I also recently won my age group at the Irvine Mud Run and was 8th overall. I was a nationally-ranked duathlete by Inside Triathlon in 1993 for the 1992 season (6th in the 25-29 yr group). Way back when, I won the LA County Science Fair in 8th grade and went to the State Finals.