Meet our Coaches
Marcus has always been involved in sports from a young age. He was nominated to represent Singapore in Badminton for the Youth Olympic Games and soon after made his transition to Powerlifting where he became the first Singaporean to break a world record.
Coaching is like second nature to Marcus. He founded CoachbyMARC in 2014 and has been coaching since. He has groomed dozens of athletes to break national records in the sport of Powerlifting and more notably, he led his team in 4 consecutive Asian championships (2017 - 2019), travelling the world and rewriting more than 15 Asian records in total.
In his own words, "I hope to spread the benefits of fitness to the masses, more than just Powerlifting. Apart from the physical aspect, I've gotten feedback from people saying that they are more confident in themselves over the years. Fitness has also been used as a tool to forge their character."
He now has a team of coaches under his wing and is a full-time Coach and Personal Trainer. Marcus specialises in coaching for Powerlifting, Strength & Conditioning and General Fitness. His clientele ranges from elite athletes to folks who are sedentary.
Starting his Powerlifting journey in 2014 under his elder brother & coach, Marcus Yap. Matthew gained lots of exposure and picked up on skills like Platform Coaching, Programming, and understanding the psychological state of an athlete.
Matthew made his international debut in December of 2016 and never looked back. He currently won 4 consecutive Asian titles (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and is also a 13x Asian record holder. He broke 4 World records in his career and is ranked #2 in the world in his category in 2017.
He picked up coaching shortly after, in hopes to continue his elder brother's legacy in Powerlifting, steering athletes in the right direction like how his elder brother did for him and show that everyone else can fight on the biggest stage Powerlifting has to offer.
In December 2019, Matthew competed in the Asian Championships 2019 held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In that competition, he swept all four gold medals and broke several Asian records and was also awarded the Men's Best Lifter for the competition. In the week long competition, he also coached a team of his very own athletes and produced several medals and an Asian champion.
Lifting became Farhanna's passion before deciding to joining CoachbyMARC in 2018. Since then, she has competed in several local and international competitions and have never failed to deliver results.
In 2018, she made her international debut in the Asian championships and was the first female lifter to win in the Open category for Singapore, claiming her first Asian title. The following year, she competed in Kazakhstan for the Asian championships and won her second title. To date, she also has 5 Asian records under her belt.
Being inquisitive and observant, coupled with her passion to make a change in people's lives, she quickly picked up soft-skills and have been assisting the team in local & international competitions.
She hopes to bridge the gap between women and lifting, and educate the general public about the health benefits of lifting. In her own words, "If you treat your body well, it will carry you through your lifetime beautifully."
Yeong Qing Quan
QQ has been doing sports his whole life from Basketball for 6 years to Volleyball for 5 and finally transitioning into Powerlifting, where he found his forte in 2015. He made his local debut in the Powerlifting scene in 2016 and has been competing ever since, being named the Squat specialist. He made his international debut in 2018, earning a Gold medal in the Squat and was ranked #3 in Asia for his category.
His coaching career started in the 2017 Asian Championships where he led the CoachbyMARC team alongside Marcus Yap with a total medal haul of 9 Golds, 6 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Currently, he has coached the CoachbyMARC team in 3 Asian championships (2017, 2018, 2019).
Under Marcus' wing, QQ has developed a strong sense of coaching. In Marcus' words: "QQ is a fast learner and I am very honoured to be able to raise a Coach like him. He thinks outside the box for solutions, and pays lots of attention to his athletes."
In his own words, "I want to inspire people to compete and share the same joy I experience with Powerlifting."