Mark Nielsen – Managing Partner
Lifestyle Coach, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Transformation Specialist, Unicorn, Mr. Clean
Mark grew up in Columbus, OH with athletics as part of his lifestyle. Nearly 80 games of travel baseball in the Summer and multiple basketball leagues in the Winter and Spring. After a momentum halting injury took him out of contention for professional baseball, he took his love for music and performance from Columbus, OH to San Diego, CA. The professional musician lifestyle does not always pay that well, especially in a new city 2,200 miles away from home, and fitness became the fallback as he became a fitness counselor and at a big box retail gym. After some time enjoying the fitness lifestyle, music took him on a US tour which culminated in settling into a career in enterprise technology consulting. Having a performance and motivational background with music and fitness, this seemed to parlay well into a business and technology transformation role. It also provided him opportunities for public speaking and education on various subjects including leadership development and self-improvement. Over 10 years on the road traveling for business and 3 kids later (hey, there’s sympathy weight, right?!?), Mark’s health and fitness started to decline. In the Spring of 2019, Mark came off the road from a string of speaking engagements realizing that his health and life balance had become a serious issue. And ultimately, the advice he was giving to so many other people, which was drastically helping them in their journey, he was not following himself. Mark decided to circle back to a focus on fitness and didn’t find all the answers but found a platform to explore sustainable wellness for himself and others. The Inner Athletika platform of creating wholeness for their clients was thus born! If you ever catch Mark saying the words “plant-based,” let Nicole know and she may have a prize for you!