“I aspire to teach health and wellness in a simple, straightforward way,” says New American Nutrition owner and master level personal trainer Gary Collins. “My goal is to reach over a million people during my career and change their lives.”
Personal trainer and group fitness instructor Dimitris Kandris has been involved in the fitness industry for 28 years. Through it all he has stayed enthusiastic about his passion. “I love presenting to the world my love of fitness,” Dimitris says. Aside from presenting, he attends charity events and helps children and older adults stay active.
“My passion is driven from wanting to help people get fit without getting lost in the fads,” says business owner and health fitness specialist Maria Beall. She was once a size 14 and now fits into a size 2. She uses her personal story to encourage clients to care about their health and not give up on their goals. “I believe that health and fitness can happen at any size.”
“It’s never too late to start an exercise program,” explains advanced health and fitness specialist Maurie Cofman. “I want to educate consumers to acquire a healthy lifestyle so that they can make informed decisions about their fitness goals and eating habits.”
Jocelyn Martin works as a personal trainer and a health coach at Kadena Air Base. “Most of my clients are moms who bring their children along with them,” she says. Jocelyn modifies her sessions around the moms’ busy schedules and their children’s moods—just “like what moms encounter in real life.” She teaches her clients about proper nutrition and exercise for both themselves and their families.
Robert LoFaso inspires others every day by promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes good eating and exercise habits. He says that the best part of being a group fitness instructor is watching his clients transform by choosing better lifestyles and surpassing their fitness goals. When teaching classes, Robert always puts safety at the forefront.
“My background as a performer, combined with many years of rehabilitation, gives me a broad perspective on movement,” says Geneviève Nedder, founder of Body Fundamentals Inc. She was first introduced to Pilates as a way to relieve neck and back pain—the result of a car accident—and to avoid surgery. During her recovery, Geneviève developed a passion for Pilates.
“In an age when many trainers seem to be specializing, my success comes from my ability to teach multilevel classes,” says personal trainer and group fitness instructor Nancy Korf. “Everyone is welcome and respected in my classes.” She teaches both large- and small-group sessions, which have enhanced her access to clients because she can cross-promote herself.
“My lifetime mission has been to help people feel better,” says personal trainer and wellness coach Janis McDonald. She taught her first exercise class in 1972 and has been helping people get active ever since. Janis now works with people aged 60 and older to help them adjust their lifestyles as their bodies change.
As a personal trainer specializing in running, Jason Karp has created a unique niche for himself. He encourages others to do the same. Jason’s teaching style has been called strong, but subtle, by others, but he claims to focus mainly on intrinsic rewards. “Running is unique in that it has the power to reveal things in us, so I use that as a way to motivate and inspire my clients to find out what those things are,” Jason says. He also invests in making changes in the relationship between the fitness industry and the medical field. Jason is pushing for exercise physiology to become a requirement for physicians in the future.