Mizar Fuentes-Ortega

Mizar Fuentes-Ortega is a former gymnastics Québec champion (1998), OPEX HQ Head Coach and certified level 1 CrossFit instructor at MFO Training, CrossFit athlete, and martial artist. His coaching career started when he was 15 and he first started instructing gymnastics at a recreational and pre-competitive level (kids ranging from 4-16 years old). As a gymnastics instructor, he coached for 8 years and obtained a gymnastics level 1 certification.

After retirement from his gymnastics career, he began practicing martial arts. Looking for ways to improve his physical abilities to its natural limits, he started CrossFit in 2009. Since he first started, he continued to pursue his development as an athlete and coach in both disciplines.


Optimum Performance TrainingCoaching Certification Program – CCP Level 1 Coach – OPEX Remote Coach
Currently being trained by James OPT FitzGerald, Crossfit Champion – 2007.

    • OPT CCP L1 – Exercise Physiology: Assessment – Completed
    • OPT CCP L1 – Exercise Physiology: Program Design – Completed
    • OPT CCP L1 – Nutrition – Completed
    • OPT CCP L1 – Lifestyle Coaching  – Completed
    • OPT CCP L1 – Business Systems – Completed


Olympic Lifting Certification

Currently being trained by Pierre Roy (2010 – present)

Mathieu Lalonde Nutrition Seminar (2010 – 2011)

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certificate (2010, 2016)


CrossFit Athlete and Coach

Mizar has is a level-1 certified Crossfit coach and has been coaching athletes since 2010.

Crossfit is a sport attempting to test physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.

Crossfit Games Results

Crossfit Open Canada East Region 2015 – 164th
Crossfit Open Canada East Region 2015 – 110th
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2014 – 24th/50
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2013 – 46th/50
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2012 – 30th/46
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2011 – 26th/60
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2010 – 39th/55
Crossfit Canada East Regionals 2009 – 26th/69
Gymnastics – Athlete and Instructor

Mizar trained for 7 years at Rikigym gymnastic club. Through his career, he won several individual competitions, but particularly, the Québec scholar championships in 1998. He was rewarded with the Athlete of the Year trophy for the periods of 1997-1998 and 1999-2000. As an instructor, he coached for 8 years and has a first level certification which allows him to teach recreational and pre-competitive groups.

Martial Arts

He is currently studying Martial Arts (2008 – present). This particular martial art concentrates on the proper utilization of human biomechanics. Balance in motion, timing, and adequate measurements of the distance are key concepts that are studied.

Soccer Player

Played through high school – MVP 2003.


B.Eng. – Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University (2002 –2007) – Co-op Program Biomedical Engineering Specialization

 B.Eng. – Civil Engineering, McGill University (2001 – 2002) – Transferred to Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University

The engineering programs offered at McGill and Dalhousie Universities are both limited-enrolment degrees that focus on mastery of the fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering such as Engineering Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Probability & Statistics, Design and Graphics, Engineering Economics, Electric Circuits, Machine Design, as well as written and oral communication skills.

As an elective courses offered by the biomedical engineering department, I completed two graduate course; Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BMNG 5040), and Biomechanical Engineering (MECH 4650.03). In BMNG 5040, some of the topics covered included the history of biomedical engineering, experimental design and instrumentation, approaches to equipment design, statistical principles for measurement and quality control, optimization principles, economic considerations and impact of technology on medicine, and ethical concerns in animal and human experimentation.

This second class (MECH 4650.03) focused on engineering analysis of biological systems in order to provide novel insight into evolutionary design of animals and plants and into the intelligent design of medical devices. This class examined the structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems using tools from solid and fluid mechanics. Topics included the heart as a pump, blood flow, arterial pulse propagation, the mechanics of breathing lung elasticity, muscle contraction, tissue mechanics, basic skeletal design, locomotion, and engineering of surgical implants.