Chris Cordner traveled to China from the United States for the first time in 2011 as an exchange student from the University of Maine. He was so impressed by the booming economy and the job prospects he found in Beijing that he was determined to come back. Two years later, he was accepted into a graduate program at Tsinghua, one of China's most prestigious and influential universities. Although he was a student of international relations, Chris found a fulfilling career path in the fitness industry and landed a job as a coach at a gym after graduation. Over the past few years, he has gained popularity in Beijing as an advocate of fitness and healthy lifestyles.