Meet THE Coaches!
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Marcus was the Captain of his Badminton team before Powerlifting and he has picked up intricate skills on how to build a solid team culture. Marcus places huge importance and assures that his team is always sending out positive vibes and does his best to lift the spirits of his athletes himself.
Graduating with a Diploma in Sports & Exercises Sciences, Marcus specialises in Powerlifting and Personal Training.
Marcus believes that Coaching is holistic. Not only is a training program necessary, but taking care of his athlete's psychology is as important to him.
Marcus being one of the pioneers to lead Team Singapore in Powerlifting as well as Coaching has made an impact in the local scene and aims to groom the next generation of Powerlifters in Singapore.
A former National Youth Badminton player who has gone through the National Youth Olympics trials, Marcus Yap moved over to Powerlifting in 2012 and has been in the sport ever since, making his debut in the 2014 IPF Asian & Oceania Championship where he broke Singapore's first ever Asian Record in the Squat at 185.5kg for this mad grinder of a third attempt.
In 2015, Marcus competed in the IPF World Championships in 2015 where he broke the Deadlift World Record of 223kg and placed 2nd in the World which was held in Salo, Finland.
After this impressive performance, he then went onto the IPF Asian & Oceania Championships 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand where he broke his second World Record, for the Total at 536kg and was ranked number 1 in the world for the U59 Junior Category.
He also Coached his younger brother, Matthew Yap, breaking 3 Asian Records and bagging home the Best Sub Junior in Wilks trophy.
Marcus also competed in the IPF Asian Classic Championships in 2017 held in Kerala, India and become the Asian Champion for the third time, being the Best Junior Lifter by Wilks.
Following his successful victory, Marcus alongside his assistant, QQ, led the CoachbyMARC team to a huge victory with 3 Asian Champions with a total medal haul of: 9 Golds, 6 Silvers and 1 Bronze.
In December 2018, Marcus spearheaded the Asian Champs team for CoachbyMARC alongside his two coaches, honing their skills on platform coaching at an international level. In his words. "There is so much more to Coaching, understanding your own athlete's mindset and approach and most importantly, altering your own approach to align and enhance their performance." Marcus places great emphasis on ensuring that his athletes are at the right state of mind before game day and bringing their mental game to its peak.
In total, Team CoachbyMARC had a cumulative medal tally of 10 Golds, 5 Silvers and 3 Bronzes.
Thus far, Marcus is a 2x World Record Holder, World Silver Medalist (2015), 5x Asian Record Holder and a 3x Asian Champion (2014, 2016, 2017). Currently, Marcus places all his energy into grooming his athletes and continuing his legacy.