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Yoav Avidar, an international leading fitness professional, started his career in 1997. In that year Yoav became the national sports aerobic champion (man individual). After completing his group fitness training certification course with honors, Yoav started teaching in Israel's leading gyms and studios.

After establishing a career as one of Israel's leading instructors Yoav got formal recognition for his achievements when he received the 2001 Israel Instructors of the Year award. The same year Yoav graduated from Law school at the Tel Aviv University and successfully passed the BAR exam and got his advocate license.

Yoav became a major influence in the Israeli aerobic scene, being one of the pioneers in creating the most up to date teaching techniques for step and dance aerobics classes. At the same time, he always kept up his professional development and went on to enrich his knowledge with certification in various courses such as personal training, Pilates, stability ball, functional training, posture and more. Today Yoav is finishing his masters in physical education science and specializes in exercise physiology.

From early on in his career Yoav was considered one of Israel's most sought after instructors. He has presented hundreds of master classes and workshops around the country and since 1999 has become a regular member of every major national fitness convention presenter faculty. In 2003-4 Yoav became a part of the organizing team of the "Aerobithon" convention and since 2004 directs three of the most successful fitness events in Israel - Hagymnasia Pilates Convention, Hagymnasia Mind Body Convention, Hagymnasia Cardio Convention.

Yoav's success led several sport brands to contact him for a sponsorship. It was Adidas that included him in their "All star team" in 1999-2001 and since 2002 Yoav has been a Nike Israel elite trainer.

In the year 2000 Yoav broke into in the international fitness scene and started presenting in the world's leading fitness events (World fitness IDEA, ECA, International show case UK...). Since then Yoav has presented in more than 15 countries around the globe including the US, Europe, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, China, and is in high demand on the international scene. Yoav is the first Israeli instructor who "made it" in the international circuit and as such is considered an inspiration and a role model to instructors in Israel.

Yoav was the first Israeli instructor to produce fitness DVD's, which became a huge hit among fitness professionals and enthusiasts. He was chosen to take part in an international fitness DVD production (Evolution videos) made by Marcus Irwin, one the most successful fitness presenters in the world.

While establishing himself as a world renowned fitness presenter Yoav also became a major factor in the Israeli fitness education industry. After teaching at the "Nat Holman School for Fitness Certification", Yoav then joined his partner, Michal Azmon, and together founded a new boutique fitness certification institute - :Hagymnasia LTD". Today Hagymnasia is a leading fitness certification institution that trains and certifies instructors in a variety of topics - group fitness, personal training, jazz dance, Pilates, indoor cycling, kickboxing, rehabilitation and more.

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