Markus Fürst

Markus Fürst is the founder of First Performance and has worked at Mamba Sports Academy together with some of the best Sports Performance coaches and athletes in the U.S. He's passionate about the subjects that revolve around training (physics, chemistry, and biology) and are driven by curiosity. He lives by a "constant curiosity" mindset and always wants to learn more, to be able to help his clients get better, which means he always stays up to date. Doing so, by reading research and continuing his education in human performance.

  • Bachelor's Degree - Exercise Science

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • Former professional Swimmer


Dr. John Acquaviva

John Acquaviva, Ph.D., is a professor of exercise science and teaches at Wingate University (NC). His courses include Anatomy & Physiology, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology. Professor Acquaviva has authored 17 peer-reviewed articles with particular research interests in the nutritional knowledge and habits of athletes, and respiratory exchange ratio. Dr. Acquaviva resides in Matthews, NC, with his wife Alecia and four children, Clare, Luke, Abigail, and Grace.

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist(ACSM)

  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology 

  • Former professional baseball player