Founder, Chairman and CEO

Powerhouse Gym (China)

Christy Cao

By having pioneered fitness life style and club development for 20 years in China, Ms. Cao is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the industry. From founding her first gym in 1999 to being licensed in 2004 for the territory in Asia by Powerhouse Gym USA, one of the world’s largest club chains, Ms. Cao led to expand over 50 clubs nationwide and build one of the most successful chains in China. To ensure professional service, she brought AFAA Athletics and Fitness Association of America to China by organizing the first AFAA training institution in 2001, as well as created series of fitness programs such as “Shine” and “Functional Exercise”. In the field of fitness technique and management, her fluency publications include “Revolution Aerobics”, “Fitness Hip Hop”, “Boxing by Rhythm” and “Good Luck, Fitness Industry”, which all are considered classical literatures on national academic journals such as “Fitness & Beauty” and “Mr. Fitness”. At the traditional media age, Ms. Cao created and published video programs “Fitness Hip Hop” and “Civic Radio Exercise”, and TV programs “Dancing World” with CCTV and “Power Fitness Tips” with Tianjin TV Station. At Internet stage, Ms. Cao created an alliance with “China People’s Network” and created competition named “i-Sport 19” getting exercise habit within 90 days. The annual event got support and participation sustainably from “Sina Sport”, “Fitness & Beauty” and 19 fitness club chains nationwide. Ms. Cao’s extraordinary achievements have been recognized in awards (Top 10 fitness characters of Healthy China in 2017, Top 10 influential fitness figures in 2014, Top 10 leaders of fitness club in 2011, Top 10 characters of Fitness Industry in 2009 and Official Torchbearer of 13th National Game), in media acclaim (“Sinovision”, “Zhi Lai Zhi Wang” and “Only You”) and in invitations to judge the performance of others (“New Silk Road Model” and “National Fitness Championship”).