Coaches

CoFit Coaches are not just trainers. We are a collection of passionate community builders, program designers and industry innovators with an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place through fitness.

Our Team

CoFit Coach Leo Fuchigami

Leo Fuchigami | Founder

Leo is a corporate fitness specialist that has worked at all three levels of the industry (client > agency > trainer). He specializes in high intensity interval training, partner training, and obstacle course training.

In his free time, he pursues his passion to "connect people through fitness" as the Director of Community at SOGO Fitness.

Originally from Vancouver, he is a Japanese-Canadian that speaks five languages.

Qualifications

CoFit Coach Menya Hinga

Menya Hinga | Co-founder

Menya believes that given the appropriate tools and opportunity, anyone has the ability to do great things. He is the Co-founder and Director of Operations at SOGO Fitness, a non-profit fitness empowerment platform based in Tokyo, as well as an experienced personal trainer and certified Animal Flow instructor with a passion for functional movement. His other interests include soccer, cycling, reading, hiking, cooking, and playing piano. Born near Boston to parents from Kenya, he has lived in Japan for the past 8 years.

Qualifications

CoFit Coach Mine Kawamura

Mine Kawamura | Yoga Specialist

Mine is a certified Yoga Teacher based in Tokyo, who is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga and meditation. She has been a yogi since 2005 and in 2014 completed her first 200 hour teacher training. She is active in the Tokyo community through her job at lululemon spreading yoga and mindfulness, and also teaching corporate and private yoga classes. Her goal is helping her students become strong, flexible, and relaxed in both body and mind.

Having lived in Tokyo and California, she speaks English, Japanese, Turkish and some Spanish.

Qualifications

  • 2014 Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) - Yandara Yoga
  • 2019 Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) - Mindfulon lululemon
  • Ignite Yoga Teacher Training - Ignite
  • Yoga Anatomy Training - Yoga International
  • Reiki Level 1
CoFit Coach Federico Cazzaniga

Federico Cazzaniga | Mindfulness Specialist

Federico since small age has been swimming and playing basketball. In recent years he started to surf and once he moved to Tokyo he became a member of a surf club based in Chiba, where he tries to escape from Tokyo every week.

Yoga is also a big part of his life. This ancient practice was first introduced to him to palliate the back pain he was suffering from, but it later became more an instrument for spiritual growth. After travelling to India, he became a certified 500 hours yoga teacher by the Yoga Alliance.

Federico was born in Italy. After graduating as an architect, he spent 8 years in Spain and then he moved to Tokyo to pursue the doctorate in sustainable architecture. He is a passionate of the ocean, surf and whatever is water related. In recent years his life has been turned toward spirituality. Also for this reason that he become a reiki healer and a feng shui consultant, a part of helping people grow spiritually towards yoga practices.

Qualifications

  • RYT 500H Yoga Alliance
  • Head of SOGO Awareness
CoFit Coach Daniel Norris & Minami Suzuki

Daniel Norris & Minami Suzuki | AcroYoga Specialists

Daniel Norris and Minami Suzuki are acroyoga partners who regularly teach and practice their craft. Together, they love sharing the fun of acroyoga with all people. Daniel is the founder of AcroShift and the co-creator of SOGO Acroyoga. He’s been practicing and teaching since 2015. Minami is the founder of Life is Feel. She’s been practicing acroyoga since 2017.

Qualifications

Daniel

  • NASM-certified personal trainer
  • Completed Basic Thai Massage (course), Ong’ss Thai Massage School
  • CPR/AED-certified (Japan Red Cross)
  • 3+ years acroyoga teaching experience
  • Founder of AcroShift

Minami

  • RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
  • Completed Basic Thai Massage (course), Ong’ss Thai Massage School
  • CPR/AED-certified (Japan Red Cross)
  • 1+ years acroyoga teaching experience
CoFit Coach Makiko Takahashi

Makiko Takahashi | Pilates Specialist

My Pilates journey began when I first encountered it while working in reception at a major fitness club. By attending classes, my back pain disappeared and my physical condition improved. So, I decided to become a Pilates master trainer and personal trainer.

I hope to inspire others to improve their physical and mental health, as I have, by creating fitness experiences that are fun and meaningful.

In 2017, I helped establish the organization “PILATES TRAINERS” to connect, support and develop reliable and skilled Pilates instructors across Japan.

Past Activities

  • DK PILATES Instructor Training Course
  • POP PILATES Qualification Support Workshop
  • Asakusa ASICS / Yokohama THE BAYS Pilates group lessons
  • Contract Personal Trainer, Central Sports
  • Pop Pilates Lesson, TIP X TOKYO
  • Pop  Pilates Lessons, ASICS Move Studio

Qualifications

  • Master Trainer, DK PILATES JAPAN
  • Instructor, POP PILATES
  • Personal Trainer, JHCA
  • Basic Trainer, Japan Core Conditioning Association (JCCA)
CoFit Coach Ruri Ito

Ruri Ito | Kids Fitness Specialists

Ruri has experience in teaching gymnastics for both kids to adults in Japan and Canada. She also coached competitive level of gymnasts, and she raised them to be a champion of province competition. Now, Ruri wants everybody to be physically and mentally healthy through fitness, so she teaches gymnastics by using Japanese and Canadian methods of coaching. Additionally, she is a director of Spartan Kids Race in Japan.

Achievements

  • 2011 The Cheerleading World Championships (A club team of Canada)
  • 2012 The Cheerleading National Championships 1st place (A club team of Canada)
  • 2013 Team All Japan Gymnastics Championship 1st place

Qualifications

  • Sports Leader
  • INESTA Kids High Performance Specialist
  • SGX Spartan Level 1 Certified Coach
CoFit Coach Minami Harashima

Minami Harashima | Nutrition Specialist

Having worked at in the program production department of a mail order program of a major Japanese TV station, I have experience in program production, location shooting, and editing. In addition, I oversaw the development of hit apparel and jewelry products, such as shoes, jewelry, bags, etc. as an apparel manager in the product development department.

After having worked in the TV production and product development industry for six years, I switched industries to become a personal trainer. In order to train others on how to create beauty from the inside as well, I became certified on a wide range of specializations in preventive medicine in 2016, and have been providing nutritional guidance in addition to physical conditioning. My clients range from pro athletes to men and women of all ages and abilities.

I also have experience as a model, and have made TV and radio appearances.

Professional History

After graduating from the Department of Life Sciences at Nihon University College of Bioresource Sciences, I worked in the program production department at Grande Marche K.K. for six years. Currently, I work as a freelancer personal trainer at the Dr. Training Ebisu Studio and Jungle Gym Minami Azabu Studio.

Qualifications

  • Vegetable Sommelier
  • Athlete Food Meister
  • Macrobiotic Enzyme Advisor
  • Beauty Core Instructor, Certified Lifestyle Improvement Program, Core Body Design Association
  • Fasting Advisor
  • Optimal Cooking Senior Master
  • DNA Advisor, Food Additive Expert, etc.

Our Difference

Community Builders

Community Builders

We are expert community builders. In addition to being certified fitness professionals, we have extensive experience building and managing local and global fitness communities.

Program Designers

Program Designers

We are specialists in creative program development. Our programs and workshops are all designed from the ground up to be challenging yet accessible, while being dynamic, fun and interactive.

Industry Innovators

Industry Innovators

We are a collective of industry thought leaders and influencers. By being active and influential community builders, brand ambassadors, and novel content creators, we aim to disrupt the traditional fitness industry.

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