Christoph Klueppel

Ultimate Fitness Academy – Founder & President
ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences - Specialist in Performance Nutrition
Guest Lecturer at various local Universities
NGA Education Director for South East Asia

( PhD. in Holistic Natural Health ; PhD. h.c. in Fitness Sciences)

Chris at Ultimate Fitness GymBefore initiating his latest fitness venture in Thailand, the non-profit “ULTIMATE FITNESS ACADEMY” in Uthumphon Phisai, Sisaket province, Dr. Christoph ran the operations of the Bangkok-based Ultimate Fitness Co., Ltd., a company offering a great variety of fitness-related services, which has finally ceased its operations with effect from Dec. 31, 2015. The operations of Ultimate Fitness Co. Ltd. did not only include commercial gym-grade weight-training-equipment manufacture and sales, but also the highly popular Ultimate Fitness Gym facility on Bangkok’s Ramkamhaeng Rd., which Dr. Christoph and his associates succeeded to make well-known far beyond its vicinity, due to their dedicated and success-oriented fitness instruction and training assistance, provided to each and every member free of charge at each and every visit. ( It is now run by new owners under the name B-Fit-Gym, and a lot has changed!).

Before establishing Ultimate Fitness Co., Ltd. in early 2005, Christoph ran the operations of Anatomic Fitness, a Fitness Club established as a joint-venture with the owners of Benz Amorn Ratchada Co., Ltd. on the premises of the Amorn Building/Bangkok in early 2002.

Prior to entering into this joint venture, Christoph worked as the Fitness Manager of the Capitol Club, President Park Properties, formerly one of Thailand's most exclusive Fitness Clubs, from September 1999 until January 2002. Before taking up the fitness management position at the Capitol Club, Christoph also held positions as the Fitness Manager and Fitness Consultant at a number of 4- and 5-star hotel fitness facilities in Bangkok throughout the past some 15 years, which include the "Power Connection" Fitness Center of Chaophya Park Hotel (1992-1999), the "Royal Landmark Health Club" at the Landmark Hotel (1979-1981) and the Health Club of the Meridien President Hotel.

Prior to taking over the fitness management of these clubs and helping to build them into first class facilities with impressive membership lists, Christoph also helped with the design, lay-out and establishment of these fitness facilities.

Throughout his professional career in fitness management in Thailand, Christoph, who speaks German, English and Thai fluently, has often accepted guest lecturer invitations from various university physical education departments in order to let students of physical education benefit from his extensive expertise in the field of fitness sciences and physical education.

Christoph, who holds an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences Diploma, and who is also a certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition, is a fitness professional in the truest sense of the word. His dedication to promoting a healthy fitness lifestyle has lasted throughout his professional career of almost 40 years so far.

After graduating in sports with honors from the Rhabanus Maurus School in his German hometown Fulda, Christoph completed seven semesters of Medical Studies at the renowned Karl-Franzens-University in Graz/Austria, before he eventually decided to change plans and study Fitness Sciences to pursue a career in the fitness industry. His studies of Medicine and Fitness Sciences, as well as his competitive career in weightlifting and bodybuilding, provided an excellent basis for Christoph's professional career as a fitness consultant, manager, teacher, and business owner.

In May 1998, the International Sports Sciences Association in the USA awarded Christoph with the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his attainment of the highest educational standards of fitness excellence.

In June 2005, Christoph was exclusively appointed the National Gym Association's (USA) Education Director for South East Asia and received the NGA's Honorary Master Fitness Trainer Award in appreciation and recognition for pioneering contribution, dedication, life achievements and excellence in character in the field of health and fitness training.

In subsequent years, Christoph enrolled in yet another course of study, a PhD. program in Holistic Natural Health, which he eventually concluded “summa cum laude”, obtaining his PhD. in Holistic Natural Health in 2010.

To the Thai public, Christoph is not only well-known through his achievements in fitness management and features and articles in fitness related magazines, but also for his participation in several international action movies such as Gold III ("The Lost Idol") and Gold IV (" In Gold We Trust" ), as well as numerous Thai movies and commercials. He continues to promote a fitness lifestyle through his appearance in Thai movies, films and TV series.

To see some of the tv and movie work that Chris has done, click here
To see some training and competition photos, click this link