Ruben Payan is many things but above all he defines himself by a mission and a vision. His is to share his life experiences and those he gained pioneering the fitness industry in China to motivate athletes, coaches, corporate executives and everyday people to reach their full potential. He has a message he calls POWERFUL HUMAN – it is a universal set of ideas aimed at self-actualization that he articulates through life-changing presentations and workshops. It is Ruben's recipe for life and dreams, and one that has literally brought him to the top of the world and back.
Ruben's success climbing the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents, is set to culminate with an eighth and final climb, his 2016 expedition to scale K2. But his adventures as a mountain climber are just part of his fascinating story. He is also a successful American entrepreneur – first landing in China in 2007 with little more than a suitcase and a plan to study Chinese martial arts – who went on to build HUMAN IN MOTION, the nation's No. 1 fitness studio; IHP China, Asia's leading source of functional training education; numerous high-level athletes; and a successful reputation delivering corporate wellness programs.
His achievements are anchored by a calling to inspire others, as well as an ongoing commitment to mentoring youth and giving back to the people of China. Ruben's professional, philanthropic and personal priorities are centered on encouraging others to take the first step to discovering their own POWERFUL HUMAN.