Axel is a NSFA certified trainer who has been involved in sports and fitness his entire life. He was born and raised in Northern Germany. At the age of 5, he started playing soccer, which has been his main focus for 35 years. In his mid 20's, he player semi-professional soccer for many years before a torn ACL benched him for a year.
In 1997, he moved to Maryland for a job with a reputable German engineering firm. In 2007, he retired from soccer (although he still coaches kids leagues here and there), and crossed over to the "dark", and muddy, arena of Obstacle Course Racing. He competed in Tri-Fitness competitions since 2008, and has been doing other kinds of Obstacle Races since 2012.
Axels certification and list of accomplishments and races include:
- ASFA Group Fitness/Boot Camp Instructor
- Tri-Fitness competitions
- Spartan Races
- Rugged Maniac
- 2015 American Ninja Warrior Applicant
- 2015 OCR World Championship Competitor