EP. 032

The State of Fitness Coaching with Marcus Filly


Marcus grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He played multiple sports as a child including soccer, baseball and golf, which eventually led to a collegiate career in soccer at the University of California, Berkeley. There he earned his degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Nutrition and Physiology. After Berkeley he complete a year of graduate work at the Ohio State University School of Medicine.

His interest in both athletics and human health and performance eventually led him to CrossFit in 2007. He has gone on to compete at the CrossFit Games 6 times, three times as an individual (2016 12th fittest) and three times as a team member (2012 6th fittest team). Marcus is also the captain and member of the Phoenix Rise in the NPGL. For two years he has been voted to the all GRID league team, in 2016 earning 1st team honors, and in 2015 earning the award for leadership excellence.

Marcus has been a health and fitness coach for 8 years since leaving Medical School in 2009. He was formerly a CrossFit facility owner for 5 years, has completed all 5 of the OPEX CCP courses, and has coached clients remotely from all over the world. He has coached athletes at the CrossFit Games as well as several Regionals athletes. He lives with his wife Megan, and daughter. He lists his parents, Barbara and Roy, as his role models and drive to succeed in life.

Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – revival-strength.com

Facebook – Marcus Filly

Twitter –

Instagram –

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Books Mentioned:

Beyond Training

Never Lose a Customer Again

Kitchen Confidential

Podcasts Mentioned:

Brute Strength – Episode 153 – High Performance Training w/ Elite Coach Eric Cressey

Resources and People mentioned:

Charles Poliquin

Paul Chek

James Fitzgerald

Mike Lee

Bryan Mann

Functional Bodybulding

Eric Cressey

Ben Greenfield

Joel Jamieson

Ben Esgro

DeNovo Supplements


Tia-Clair Toomey

Annie Thorisdottir

Sara Sigmundsdóttir

Tennil Reed-Beuerlein

Mat Fraser

Pat Vellner

Brent Fikowski

Noah Olsen

Anthony Bourdain

Éric Ripert

Kevin Hart

Conan O’Brien

Conor McGregor



0:00 – 7:11 – Robbie Intro’s the show and asks Marcus to introduce himself and give us his background

7:12 – 9:24 – Robbie asks Marcus why he decided to study molecular biology in college?

9:25 – 23:29 – Robbie asks Marcus about his experience in Medical School and for his thoughts on the current conventional medical model

23:30 – 33:18 – Robbie asks Marcus who have been his biggest influences on him personally and professionally?

33:19 – 39;19 – Robbie asks Marcus – what are the good and not so good things that he currently sees within the fitness coaching profession, and for the not so good things, what solutions would he offer to counteract them?

33:20 – 49:31 – Robbie asks Marcus – Where is the line between exercise being beneficial or a detriment to someone’s health and well-being? Robbie and Marcus also get into a deep discussion about fitness vs health.

49:32 – 1:01:38 – Robbie asks Marcus how is he finding fatherhood? Robbie and Marcus go on to discuss the importance of time management and training, work, and life balance

1:01:39 – 1:04:45 – Robbie asks Marcus why he started up his supplement company Revive-RX?

1:04:46 – 1:07:16 – Robbie asks Marcus what are the biggest lessons he has learned so far in his life?

1:07:17 – 1:09:30 – Robbie asks Marcus for his top and current book recommendations

1:09:31 – 1:12:29 – Robbie asks Marcus for his top resources

1:12:30 – 1:14:13 – Robbie asks Marcus if he only had 1 year left on planet earth – how would he spend that year and why?

1:14:14 – 1:18:26 – Robbie asks Marcus for his 2018 Crossfit Games predictions

1:18:27 – 1:21:05 – Robbie asks Marcus – if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:21:06 – 1:22:40 – Robbie wraps up the show!

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