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Fred Engelfried

Fred Engelfried founded FS2 Training, LLC (FS2) in 2011. FS2 focuses on the interface between fitness, survival and self-defense and how these pursuits ignite a spirit of vitality and preparedness for life.

Prior to launching FS2, Fred was named fitness trainer of the year in 2008 and 2009, by one of the nation’s premier gyms at the time, The Sports Club/LA.

His understanding of kinesiology, anatomy and biomechanics provide him with the ability to design training programs that help clients of all ages and backgrounds exceed their fitness goals.

Fred has worked with a broad range of athletes and mixed martial artists. His lifelong interest in martial arts and knowledge of the human body provide him with the foundation to create strength and conditioning programs that refine one’s biomechanical abilities. This approach enables his clients to achieve peak performance at an accelerated pace.

In addition to fitness and self-defense, Fred has a lifelong passion for outdoor skills. In 1994, he lead interpretative plant walks and taught environmental education programs in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area of Ohio.
In 1995 he worked for the U.S. Peace Corps and lived for two years in a Central American squatter settlement.  There he gained first-hand experience of living in a harsh environment with out electricity or running water and was influenced by locals who taught him practical skills from their culture.

His interest in the outdoors later lead him to pursue a Master’s degree in Eco-Psychology in 1998, a field which focuses on the relationship between humans and nature and a background which continues to inform the curriculum design of many FS2 classes.

In 1999, Fred ran the environmental education program at Slide Ranch in Northern California (a live/work ranch) and concurrently studied primitive skills at the Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin. During that time he introduced the first primitive skills programs to Slide Ranch -teaching families how to work together to create fire by friction.

Since then Fred has attended many primitive technology conferences such as Rabbit Stick, Native Shores Rendezvous and Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Group. His competencies include animal and human tracking, fire craft, shelter-building and survival foraging.

Fred owes his understanding of survival skills to many people who have passed down their knowledge over the years.  He is grateful to Mors Kochanski, Cody Lundin, Kelly Harlton, Kevin Reeves, Thomas J. Elpel, Socorro Garcia, Jim Lowrey, John Kallas, Kami McBride, Thomas Coyne, David Moskowitz and Tamara Wilder, amongst others.

Fred takes special pleasure in helping his urban clients reconnect to nature. Each class reflects his experience as an outdoor educator and is designed to help you develop the strength, confidence and mastery to flourish in the face of life’s demands.

Fred’s training includes an MA in Eco-Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, BA from the University of Michigan and certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Certified Trainer, National Association for Search and Rescue, Cybertracker and Wilderness Medicine Institute - Wilderness First Responder.

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