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John Berardi, PhD
John Berardi, PhD, is the founder of Precision Nutrition and is an advisor to Apple, Equinox, Nike and Titleist. He has columns on Livestrong.com and The Huffington Post, and was recently selected as one of the 20 smartest fitness professionals in the world. Each year, John and his team coach small groups of trainers and coaches through the renowned Precision Nutrition certification programs.
Mike Bracko, EdD
Mike Bracko, EdD, is the director of Dr. Bracko’s Fitness and the Hockey Institute, and is a fitness educator, hockey skating coach, writer and back injury prevention expert. He holds a doctoral degree in exercise science and he works with hockey players, industrial workers and fitness professionals to improve performance and prevent injury. Mike is the author of 28 DVDs and CDs on topics such as body leverage training, ultimate back exercises, lateral training, back injury prevention and safe lifting. Certification: NSCA
Douglas Brooks, MS
Douglas Brooks, MS, is the director of programming for BOSU® and RealRyder® Indoor Cycling, an ex-Ironman® triathlete, and is currently the director of athlete conditioning for Sugar Bowl Ski Academy. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and has been honored by CanFitPro™ as the International Presenter of the Year. Coach Brooks is also the author of numerous books.
Bobby Cappuccio is an internationally recognized speaker and author, widely known for his dynamic and provocative style. He draws from an extensive background, having worked as a personal trainer, sales consultant, fitness manager and corporate trainer. As the former director of professional development for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM®) and a co-founder of the educational company PTA Global, Bobby helped to develop strategies that assist thousands of trainers, managers and industry leaders to facilitate remarkable changes in their businesses.
Fabio Comana, MA, MS
Fabio Comana, MA, MS, is the director of continuing education for NASM®, and a faculty member at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He was the original developer of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training™ model and led the development of their personal trainer educational workshops. Fabio has a wealth of experience from working as a collegiate head coach, strength and conditioning coach, and club manager for Club One. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NASM, NSCA
Rodney Corn, MA
Rodney Corn, MA, is a co-founder of PTA Global and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco and the California University of Pennsylvania. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Rodney has traveled worldwide presenting at numerous conferences, sharing his experience in wellness, sports performance and corrective exercise. He holds a master’s degree in biomechanics and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute. Certifications: NASM, PTA Global
Marc Coronel is a senior TriggerPoint™ master trainer based in Las Vegas. He trains a diverse clientele of A-list actors, executives, music moguls, models, Olympic athletes and fitness novices. Marc believes in the power of the human form, not equipment, to provide resistance, and build strength and endurance. The innovative training approaches Marc teaches his clients not only transforms their bodies, but also inspires new confidence. He holds a bachelor's degree in sports medicine and is a competitive skateboarder, and amateur boxer and kickboxer.
Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, inventor and industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. He has served as an instructor at the NAIT College School of Health Sciences, and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco in the sports science department, and the director of the Institute of Motion. Michol is the creator of ViPR™, the co-founder of PTA Global and has studied exercise science at the University of Alberta.
Fran Dean Bishop
Fran Dean Bishop is an award winning business coach and CEO with 20 years in the health management industry. She founded AFC Management Services in 1994 as a corporate service provider of health promotion, fitness management and behavior change programs for the private sector and federal agencies. Fran also designed and launched two health technology innovations, MyEquilibriumCoach and MECkids.com. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and marketing from George Mason University, as well as a certificate in executive leadership coaching from Georgetown University.
Amy Dixon is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors in the industry today. She is a contributing editor for numerous fitness and lifestyle magazines and is the senior group fitness manager for Equinox. Amy is the spokesperson for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a Reebok walking expert, as well as a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and ShockWave. She has starred in many critically acclaimed fitness DVDs and online fitness programs, and holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Certification: AFAA
Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE® Instructor of the Year, is the founder of SFR, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers, as well as the owner of Balletone® and GroupEx PRO®. Shannon is a 17-year fitness veteran, freelance writer and international presenter for Schwinn®, BOSU® and ACE. She is a certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach interested in helping fitness professionals navigate the industry and find their niche. She is also busy improving the self-esteem of the world as the director of exercise programming for the Anytime Fitness® franchise. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Rich Fahmy, MS, is a master instructor for NASM®, a master trainer for Power Plate® North America and a speaker’s bureau trainer for the American Diabetes Association® Orange County chapter. As a formerly obese individual, Rich has a unique understanding of what it means to be overweight. Inspired by his own transformation, he began his career in fitness over 13 years ago and has built a solid reputation as a trainer and educator. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in exercise science. Certification: NASM
Chris Gellert, MPT
Chris Gellert, MPT, is the CEO of Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC. He holds an advanced master’s degree in orthopedics and sports physical therapy, a master’s degree in physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He is an experienced physical therapist, personal trainer, international presenter, writer and consultant, and the developer of Synergy of Human Movement, a home study, live seminar and video-based continuing educational learning system on human movement. Certification: NSCA-CSCS
Victoria Giorgi has worked in the fitness industry for more than 19 years. She has significant knowledge and experience in the area of pre/postnatal exercise and has been presenting workshops on this topic for more than 6 years. A FAFS graduate from the Gray Institute, Victoria is also a U.S. Navy veteran, a freelance health and fitness writer and the author of a forthcoming book. Certification: NASM
Doug Gray is an accomplished businessman, entrepreneur, national lecturer, author, coach, trainer and athlete with a deep understanding of and experience in Applied Functional Science®. He has worked extensively with coaches, trainers, therapists, professional athletes, children and parents. Doug serves the Gray Institute as a director and faculty of GIFT (Gray Institute for Functional Transformation), he is a co-lecturer for Chain Reaction® 3D, and he is a director of Free2Play, a nonprofit organization utilizing movement to transform the lives of children all over the world.
Trina Gray is a national presenter and the owner of the award winning Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan. She is the creator of the Corporate Fit Challenge program and she coaches trainers to build stronger businesses and change communities. Trina is an elite coach in Team Beachbody® and is on the coach advisory board. She’s a savvy business strategist and teaches fitness classes, specialty boot camps and community weight loss contests. Certification: AFAA
Steve Hertzler, PhD, RD, LD
Steve Hertzler, PhD, RD, LD, is a senior research scientist for Abbott Nutrition with expertise in sports nutrition and carbohydrate metabolism. Steve holds a doctorate degree in human nutrition and has been a registered dietitian since 1988. He is an author on 20 peer reviewed research articles, was on the nutrition faculty at the Ohio State University for 7 years, and has 3 years of experience as a clinical dietitian.
Sue Hitzmann, MS
Sue Hitzmann, MS, is the creator of the MELT Method®, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. Sue is a nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist and founding member of the Fascial Research Society. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book The MELT Method and has helped over 100,000 people get into their body and out of pain.
Brett Klika is the director of athletic performance at Todd Durkin’s Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, and has worked with thousands of youth and elite athletes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has been published in a variety of academic textbooks and industry publications. Brett is the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, a dynamic international speaker and a consultant to many youth-based fitness organizations. Certification: NSCA
Len Kravitz, PhD
Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He was honored with the 2009 CanFitPro™ Specialty Presenter of the Year award and chosen as the 2006 ACE® Fitness Educator of the Year. Len holds a doctorate degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certification: ACSM
Marc Lebert is the owner of Lebert Fitness, Inc., a leader in developing innovative fitness training tools like the Lebert Equalizer™, Lebert Stretch Strap™ and the Lebert Buddy System™. An international presenter, Marc is also a fitness club owner, a certified NLP practitioner, the Silver Lining Entrepreneur of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2012 CanFitPro™ Fitness Professional of the Year. He is an artist, has a passion for teaching and holds a black belt in tae kwon do. Certifications: ACE, CanFitPro
Sherri McMillan, MSc
Sherri McMillan, MSc, has been inspiring the world to fitness for almost 25 years. She has received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 CanFitPro™ International Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year and the 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. As a fitness trainer, fitness columnist, and author of five books, Sherri is also a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs and is a spokesperson for Nike, Schwinn® and PowerBar®. Sherri holds a master’s degree in exercise science.
Carol Michaels, MBA
Carol Michaels, MBA, is the creator of Recovery Fitness®, a cancer exercise program developed to improve recovery from cancer surgery and treatments. Carol is a nationally recognized cancer exercise specialist, consultant, author and presenter, and she is on the advisory board of numerous cancer organizations. Her book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors, is a helpful resource for anyone undergoing cancer surgery or treatments. Certification: ACE
Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD
Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD, is the co-owner of Mohr Results, Inc., in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to Clif Bar®, the National Dairy Council® and Nordic Naturals®, to name a few. A consulting sports nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and for Under Armour®, Chris also serves on the advisory board for Men’s Fitness magazine. Chris is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in nutrition and a doctoral degree in exercise physiology.
Teri Mosey, PhD
Teri Mosey, PhD, is the founder of Holistic Pathways, LLC, an education company specializing in holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She has 16 years experience as a consultant, educator and exercise physiologist. Teri strives to assist others to discover their personal path to wellness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a master’s degree in exercise physiology, a doctorate degree in holistic nutrition, and is a graduate of culinary studies. Certifications: ACSM, NASM
Mindy Mylrea is a respected presenter who has inspired and motivated fitness professionals worldwide. She is a recipient of the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, and the CanFitPro™ and ECA Presenter of the Year. A Gatorade® athlete and the creator of Tabata Bootcamp™ and Gliding™, Mindy is also on the professional development team for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Flirty Girl Fitness®. Mindy owns FitFlix Productions, a DVD production service, and has starred in over 200 instructional videos. She is a continuing education provider for ACE® and AFAA®.
PJ O’Clair is the recipient of the 2008 IDEA Program Director of the Year award and is a proud member of the IDEA Program Director Committee. She is a master instructor trainer for TRX® and Merrithew Health & Fitness™, and a renowned international speaker and presenter. PJ most recently obtained her advanced training in fascial fitness with the Fascial Fitness Association of Germany. She owns a boutique training center in Manchester, Massachusetts, where she conducts teacher trainings in a variety of modalities.
Susane Pata is a global senior master instructor for TRX®, Life Fitness and Trigger Point Performance Therapy™. She has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and conducts education courses for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, healthcare professionals and the military. Susane presents worldwide and has been published in IDEA Fitness Journal. She believes that no matter what tool or philosophy you choose to advocate, one thing remains steadfast: fitness professionals should not only look to motivate for the moment, but to inspire for life.
Fraser Quelch is the head of training and development for TRX® and the creator and lead educator of the revolutionary TRX Suspension Training® program. An award-winning presenter, Fraser is an internationally renowned expert who has been featured in the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and has presented at conferences and events all over the world. As an industry leader, Fraser thrives on bringing new ideas to the forefront, stretching the minds of his audiences and providing relevant and effective training solutions in a practical setting.
Scott Rawcliffe is the owner/operator of Revera Health & Fitness in Queensland, Australia. With more than 10 years experience in the fitness industry, Scott is a big believer in trainers "running their own race" and doing what they are truly passionate about. A lateral thinker, he is passionate about trainer education and helping dispel many of the common myths in our industry. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Brian Richey is the owner operator of Fit 4 Life DC and he holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and kinesiology. A personal trainer for 19 years, Brian instructs for the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals, conducting workshops throughout the U.S. He is known for his work as a postrehabilitation conditioning specialist and program director. Certifications: AAHFRP-MES, MEPD/PRCS
Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized fitness expert and a best-selling author. He holds a master’s degree in health science and two bachelor’s degrees in physical therapy and exercise science. A former U.S. bobsledder, Martin is the creator of the Training for Warriors (TWF) system and a partner of the Parisi Speed School national franchise. His TFW system is now operated in over 170 facilities worldwide and has over 2,500 certified trainers and coaches. Martin has trained athletes from the NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA, WNBA and numerous Division I colleges across the country.
Greg Roskopf, MA
Greg Roskopf, MA, is the owner and developer of Muscle Activation Techniques®, a biomechanical based process designed to evaluate and correct muscular imbalances that contribute to pain or injury. Greg holds a master’s degree in exercise science from California State University, Fresno, and he has worked as a consultant with various professional organizations, including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.
Jonathan Ross’ prolific fitness career was directly inspired by his “800 Pounds of Parents.” He is a fitness expert and blogger for Discovery Fit & Health, a master trainer for ACE®, SPRI® and Tabata Bootcamp™, and was named Personal Trainer of the Year by ACE® and IDEA Health & Fitness Association. Jonathan’s book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies—now he builds them! Certification: ACE
Steve Shenbaum is a classically trained actor/comedian and the president and founder of the nationally acclaimed communication firm game on Nation, LLC. Steve and his staff have worked with some of the most recognizable athletes, colleges, professional sports teams and businesses in the world. They are innovators in the use of improvisation and game dynamics, and he is considered one of the industry’s leading experts in presentation skills, team building and communication training. Steve has worked with over 50 first round NBA, NFL and NHL draft picks, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies and college and professional athletic teams. Steve graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies and also trained at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.
Cody Sipe, PhD
Cody Sipe, PhD, is a co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and an associate professor at Harding University. He is an award winning fitness professional whose expertise in functional aging and exercise has been featured in over 30 journal articles and over 100 international presentations. Cody has over 20 years of industry experience as a trainer, group instructor, program director, facility owner and professor. He holds a doctorate in exercise physiology.
Tara Sowka grew up as a dedicated student of classical ballet and began teaching in 1998. She holds certifications from NASM®, ACE® and Peak Pilates®. She is currently a group fitness instructor at Life Time Fitness and works with OPTP (Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products), marketing health and fitness products to professionals and individuals. Tara's passion is coaching and mentoring new instructors, inspiring them to learn all aspects of teaching fitness.
Nora St. John, MS
Nora St. John, MS, is the education program director for Balanced Body®. She has taught Pilates since 1988 and currently directs the Pilates instructor training program for Balanced Body. Nora has studied Chinese medicine, massage, the Franklin Method®, Anatomy in Clay® and other modalities. She is focused on creating experiences that are innovative, enlightening and effective. She holds degrees in biology, dance and traditional Chinese medicine, and is the author of 11 teacher training manuals and magazine articles.
Casey Stutzman was drawn to the fitness industry in 2004 by his love of athletics and competition as a Division I college football player, amateur bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Owner at the Performance Locker in Alpena, MI, he specializes in functional movement and performance training. A master trainer for TRX, Ignite360, BOSU, Surge, and RealRyder, Casey shares his expertise at conferences across the country empowering and educating fellow fitness professionals. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Peter Twist, MSc
Peter Twist, MSc, is the president and CEO of Twist Sport Conditioning™. He is an exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science and a global education partner for Ignite Performance Training certification (powered by Under Armour®). He has received awards from the NSCA™ and CanFitPro™, and is the recipient of the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year award and the 2013 IDEA Fitness Inspiration Award. Peter is a passionate motivation speaker at corporate keynotes and in Vancouver mentorship retreats, helping people unlock their potential. Certification: NSCA
Craig Valency, MA
Craig Valency, MA, president and co-founder of SPIDERfit, has been a personal trainer for 11 years. Currently working at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, Craig specializes in youth strength and conditioning programs that promote physical literacy, injury prevention and optimal performance. In addition to his work with elite young athletes, Craig implemented the SPIDERfit program and taught physical education for underprivileged schools in South San Diego. Craig holds a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University. Certification: NSCA-CSCS
Ken Weichert (a.k.a. SGT. Ken)
Ken Weichert (a.k.a. SGT. Ken) is an international speaker, six-time Army Soldier of the Year, master fitness trainer, master resilience trainer, counterintelligence agent, and highly decorated combat veteran. Ken has trained over 500,000 soldiers and civilians, has written over 100 articles for GX, Backpacker, Outside and Health, and has starred in several best-selling fitness videos. He was awarded the 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year by CanFitPro™ and it is Ken’s mission to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.
Jacob Wilson, PhD
Jacob Wilson, PhD, is an assistant professor of health sciences and human performance at the University of Tampa. He has a strong background in muscle physiology, with over 100 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts. He was also the recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator of the Year Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is currently on the editorial boards for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Jacob holds a doctorate degree in exercise physiology. Certification: NSCA-CSCS*D
Chuck Wolf, MS
Chuck Wolf, MS, is the director of Human Motion Associates and the biomechanics director of the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab at the Neurospine Institute in Orlando. He is known for his expertise in functional anatomy, movement analysis, function and advanced program design. Chuck teaches workshops, presents at conferences and conducts seminars with fitness professionals and elite athletes from a wide array of sports. He holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute.
Kari Woodall, a former U.S. National Team swimmer and collegiate swim coach, has trained at the highest levels and coaches others to do the same. She uses her knowledge about the power of the body, physical training and mental toughness to help fitness enthusiasts perform as athletes. Kari is a senior instructor for TRX® and a volunteer firefighter, and she owns Woodall Training, a group training and boot camp studio in Middleton, Wisconsin.