New Coach Bio: Mark Sapino

Mark Sapino

Mark was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  At a young age, his father kept him involved in sports year round.  His passion for competition continued as he remained in competitive sports to include wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu.  In the seventh grade, Mark made the decision that he wanted to become involved in Law Enforcement.  After completing high school, he received a degree from Florida State University in Criminology and subsequently completed the Broward County Police Academy.  He was hired as a Law Enforcement Officer in south FL in 1994 and retired 2014.  He enjoyed retirement for one day and started his second career as an Officer in Pinellas County, FL.

Mark spent 17 years on S.W.A.T. and was assigned the position of Team Leader.  He was also an instructor/trainer in many disciplines to include use of force, firearms, and defensive tactics. He was introduced to CrossFit as a member of the S.W.A.T. Team.  After buying into the program, he realized that no other fitness paradigm prepared him for the fitness levels required by his job.

Mark moved over to Clearwater, FL in 2014.  After experimenting at several gyms, he found his home at Evolve Fitness Clearwater.  The programming, level of instruction, and the motivation provided by the coaches were second to none.

Mark completed his CrossFit Level 1 Certification February 2016.  He has a passion for training and is always willing to assist you in achieving your goals.  He believes that fitness is a life-long process that not only enhances your quality of life; but prepares you for the unexpected.


Favorite Sport: Jiu Jitsu

Favorite Movie: Departed

Favorite Athlete: Randy Couture

Favorite Exercise: Snatch

Least Favorite Exercise: Thrusters

Favorite Quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)