Presenter Bios

Meet our presenter faculty!
Presenters ordered by last name:

We have over 50 highly talented presenters ready to share their knowledge of a broad range of fitness, business and wellness topics!

Traci Bartee

Traci Bartee

is the owner of Fly Fitness at Kirkland’s magnificent Carillon Point, where she strives to create a community unlike any other by following her guiding mantra: "Socialize and Exercise”. She earned the respect of the fitness community with Allure Magazine naming her Top Trainer in the Northwest for 2008 and King 5 News naming her in the top 5 trainers in the Northwest for 2009. Fly has been featured on Evening Magazine as well as New Day Northwest. Certification: AFAA

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James Beauchemin, PhD

James Beauchemin, PhD

James Beauchemin, PhD, is a senior staff therapist at the Ohio State University where he specializes in performance enhancement, lifestyle change and working with student athletes. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the colleges of social work, counselor education and kinesiology at OSU. James has contributed to multiple publications and national presentations, and has provided training for organizations including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is also a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise®.

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Nick Clayton, MS, MBA

Nick Clayton, MS, MBA

Nick Clayton, MS, MBA, is the personal training program manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association®. With more than 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry, he started the sport performance program at TMI Sports Medicine (home to the Texas Rangers), managed the fitness programs at the University of Florida, and owned/operated a small corporate fitness business. Nick earned his master’s degree in exercise science and his MBA from the University of Florida. Certifications: NSCA-CPT, CSCS

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Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove co-owns and operates Results Fitness, a training company located in Southern California. She has authored two best-selling books, The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes, and created the Drop Two Sizes DVD set. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as strength training, fat loss, business and nutrition. A consultant for Nike, Rachel is also on the advisory board for Women’s Health, and is the recipient of the 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award.

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Michael Cummings, PT

Michael Cummings, PT

Michael Cummings, PT, is the sports performance and fitness category manager for SKLZ® in Carlsbad, California. He is a physical therapist with more than 18 years’ experience as a personal trainer and performance coach specializing in injury prevention. A former gym and yoga studio owner, Michael consults with, and has developed educational content for numerous fitness clubs. He has also been a featured writer for ISSA, Iron Man, Golf Digest, Greatist and others. Certifications: ACE-CPT, NSCA-CSCS

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Jesse Dietrick

Jesse Dietrick

Jesse Dietrick is a strength and conditioning coach at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, and works with clients of all ages and abilities. He graduated with an exercise science degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he was the captain of the ice hockey team. Jesse is dedicated to motivating others to achieve their personal goals, live a healthy lifestyle and recognize all of the rewards that health brings. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS

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Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is a fitness business and programming consultant who has helped brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, and BOSU® over the last 20 years. As an experienced educator and certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money. Fable, a member of the ACE board of directors, is the owner of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool, and Balletone®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Adam Feit, MS

Adam Feit, MS

is the assistant director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition. As part of the Precision Nutrition team, Adam helps to deliver life-changing, research-driven nutrition coaching for everyone, including professional athletes and fitness professionals alike. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and nutrition coordinator for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, Eastern Michigan University, University of Louisville and The Citadel. Adam holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certifications: NASM-PES, NSCA-CSCS, Precision Nutrition-Level 2

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Yoni Freedhoff, MD

Yoni Freedhoff, MD

Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is the medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, and was the third physician in Canada to receive board certification in bariatric medicine from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). He is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa and he writes an award-winning blog. His first book for the public, The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work, is a #1 National Canadian bestseller.

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Brent Gallagher

Brent Gallagher

Brent Gallagher, MSS, is the owner of AVENU Fitness & Lifestyle, a brand that measures the quality of the life one can live, not just biceps and waistlines. He has created a one-of-a-kind, unorthodox, 30-minute approach to training, nutrition and life that’s an unexpected experience from the typical workout. Brent invests his time coaching high-performing leaders and challenging fitness businesses to come to blows with the status quo by redefining what’s possible for the communities they serve.

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Sean Greeley

Sean Greeley

Sean Greeley has an unrelenting passion for helping people grow. Over the last 10 years, he’s developed Net Profit Explosion into the only global fitness community that empowers entrepreneurs at every stage of business growth and development. NPE now serves over 21,500 fitness business owners in 95 countries. With offices in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, the company has been listed six times on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing, privately-owned U.S. corporations.

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Clifton Harski

Clifton Harski

Clifton Harski is the director of training and global head coach for Fitwall. He has traveled the United States, instructed over 3,000 people, and conducted more than 200 workshops and certifications for numerous companies, including Fitwall. In addition, he has contributed articles to Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Dr. Oz The Good Life. Clifton holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University, and teaches for KB Athletics, Animal Flow and Spartan Group Training. Certification: ACE-CPT

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John Heringer

John Heringer

John Heringer is the founder and chief motivator for Fast Action Training, a thriving fitness studio in San Jose, California. Prior to owning his own business, John worked as a trainer and fitness manager in the trenches, helping trainers increase their clientele and build prosperous careers with his specific sales and marketing techniques.

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Steven Hertzler, PhD, RD

Steven Hertzler, PhD, RD

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.

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Scott Josephson, MS, RD

Scott Josephson, MS, RD

Scott Josephson, MS, RD, is an international speaker, specializing in fitness and nutrition. He is the recipient of canfitpro’s 2010 Specialty Presenter of the Year award and ECA’s 2011 Citizen of the Year award. Scott is also on the advisory boards for American Fitness Professionals and Associates and Canadian Fitness Professionals. Scott earned his degrees at the University of Miami, and his clients include Wimbledon champions and athletes who play for the New York Giants and the New York Mets.

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Shari Kalkstein

Shari Kalkstein

Shari Kalkstein is a licensed physical therapy assistant, certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer. As the owner/president of Fortify Your Frame, Inc., Shari specializes in balance and fall prevention and recovery, as well as improving strength and endurance in aging adults. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Texas at Arlington and an associate degree of applied science in physical therapy assisting. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NSCA

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Brett Klika

Brett Klika

Brett Klika, CEO of SPIDERfit Kids and the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is a personal trainer, author and international motivational speaker inspiring men, women and children around the world to create a culture of wellness in their home and live the best version of their life. Certification: NSCA-CSCS

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Len Kravitz, PhD

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. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Len was awarded the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise®, and has received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award. Len holds a doctorate degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certifications: ACSM, NSCA

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Dillon Kreider

Dillon Kreider

is owner of The Fitness Lab in Seattle, WA, a training facility that is focused on offering functional training for teams, small groups and individual clients. A fitness entrepreneur, Dillon also provides fitness services for brides through The Healthy Bride program. In addition, she delivers tools and coaching for fitness professionals who are committed to growing their businesses, via Fit Pro Planner. Dillon is a member of the Todd Durkin Mastermind Institute. Certification: ACSM-HFS

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Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata is the founder of Fitness Profit Systems, the creator of the Fitnesspreneur’s Life Podcast, a high-performance business and marketing coach and a fitness coach. Vito helps fitness professionals launch their business, income and lifestyle so they can create a brand that matches their dreams. As an internationally recognized speaker, he has presented at numerous industry events, including IDEA World Convention, IHRSA, Fitness Business Summit and Club Industry. Certifications: NASM

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Whitney Mack

Whitney Mack

is an Integrative Nutrition certified health coach, fitness pro and founder of Macks Mo, a Seattle-based and online fitness, nutrition and healthy living business. Her signature program, Six-Pack Living: A Blueprint for Defining and Strengthening your True Core from the Inside-Out, uses food and fitness to help clients to get more out of their lives. She trains at HIIT Lab, Limber Yoga and Evofit in West Seattle. Certification: ACE

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Rick Mayo

Rick Mayo

Rick Mayo is the founder and CEO of Alloy Personal Training Center and Alloy Personal Training Solutions. Alloy services clubs worldwide in markets as remote as Tasmania and Poland. Rick is an industry board advisor for ACE®, a think tank advisor for Gold’s Gym®, and an advisor for the Association of Fitness Studios, the Atlanta School of Massage—Personal Trainer Program, Fitness, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. He also contributes to national publications such as Men’s Health.

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Pete McCall, MS

Pete McCall, MS

Pete McCall, MA, is a personal trainer and fitness educator in San Diego. He has authored numerous articles, online blogs and textbook chapters. Currently, Pete is the science officer for the Institute of Motion and a freelance consultant working with certification organizations, apparel manufacturers and health insurance companies. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science, is a fellow of Applied Functional Science®, and is certified as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. Certifications: ACE, NSCA-CSCS

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James J. McCormick, MS

James J. McCormick, MS

James J. McCormick, MS, is completing his doctoral degree in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His research interests include human performance, molecular and cellular adaptations of exercise in clinical and aging populations, as well as therapeutic interventions in diabetic and HIV+ patients.

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Chris McGrath, MS

Chris McGrath, MS

Christopher McGrath, MS, is the founder of Movement First, LLC, a New York City-based education and consulting organization. He is an internationally recognized educator and has taught and consulted with the American Council on Exercise®, TRX®, Functional Movement Systems, Town Sports International and others. Chris is also an assistant professor in the division of athletic training, health and exercise science at Long Island University, and holds a master’s degree in sports performance and injury prevention.

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Marty Miller, DHSc

Marty Miller, DHSc

Marty Miller, DHSc, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine® health and fitness educator with more than 20 years’ experience in sports medicine, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Marty holds a master’s degree in exercise science and injury prevention, and a doctorate in health sciences. His advanced research project studied exercise causality orientations to determine if individuals had different beliefs and attitudes toward exercise. He was able to research how to motivate nonexercisers to become exercisers, and motivate traditional exercisers to maintain this healthy behavior. Certifications: NATA, NASM

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Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD

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 a variety of companies; some current and recent partners include General Mills Bell Institute of Health, Nestlé, Clif Bar®, the Almond Board of California, the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Reebok, Nordic Naturals® and the Cincinnati Bengals. Chris is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in nutrition and a doctoral degree in exercise physiology.

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Tricia Murphy-Madden

Tricia Murphy-Madden

is the fitness director for two health clubs in Seattle and a program creator for Savvier. In addition to co-creating Barre Above™, she has developed many highly acclaimed programs for the industry, including Urban Striptease Aerobics, My Best Friends Workout, a fitness program designed for pet owners to get in shape while walking their pet, and now the ABC’s of Exercise, a children’s book that provides 10–20 minutes of exercise for kids ages 3–6 years old.

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Pam Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, CSSD

Pam Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, CSSD

Pamela Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is a sports dietitian with EAS® Sports Nutrition, and a former pediatric clinical dietitian, adjunct college instructor, and nutrition spokesperson. She currently writes for multiple publications, including Runner’s World where you can follow her nutrition advice in the Fuel School column. Pamela earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Miami University and a master’s of science in medical dietetics from the Ohio State University.

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Mindy Pedersen

Mindy Pedersen

is the owner and founder of Game ON Fitness in Seattle, WA. She currently teaches and trains at Magnuson Athletic Club, Community Fitness, Rival Fitness, and Orangetheory Fitness. She is a Sports Conditioning and Performance educator specializing in small group and group fitness for both competitive and everyday athletes. Mindy is currently also a master trainer for Savvier Fitness educating teachers and trainers across the country in Barre Above and Tabata Bootcamp programming. Certifications: ACE

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John B. Perry, PT

John B. Perry, PT

holds a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Ohio State University and has over 25 years of experience in clinical, outpatient, and athletic and sports settings. He has developed and presented programs on lower-extremity injuries, motor development and Applied Functional Science® principles for patients and clients. He is the co-owner of Inner Circle Management in Ohio, the director of live events for the Gray Institute® in Adrian, Michigan, and the author of Hip To Be Fit. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS

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Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her motivating, creative and practical sessions. As the 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and 2016 canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year, Krista is a highly sought after educator and speaker. As a TV personality, education director and international trainer for Keiser® and JumpSport®, and an Adidas sponsored 3-stripe team member, Krista’s goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education.

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Derrick Price, MS

Derrick Price, MS

has over 13 years of experience in the fitness industry. He currently is the programming officer at the Institute of Motion and the chief science officer at Project Resistance. In addition to personal training at the acclaimed Function First Exercise Studio in San Diego, Derrick is adjunct faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University where he teaches the very first course on loaded movement training. Derrick holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certifications: NASM-CES, NASM-PES, PTA Global

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Fraser Quelch

Fraser Quelch

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Brian Richey

Brian Richey

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 over 25 years, Brian instructs for Balanced Body® and the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals, conducting workshops internationally. He is known for his work in the medical exercise, corrective exercise and postrehabilitation field. Certifications: AAHFRP-MES, MEPD/PRCS

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Rick Richey, MS

Rick Richey, MS

Rick Richey, MS, is an international speaker who provides solid evidence-based education for personal fitness trainers, sports medicine practitioners, and strength and conditioning coaches in the areas of client assessment, injury prevention and performance enhancement. He is the senior faculty instructor for NASM®, adjunct faculty at the California University of Pennsylvania, and the owner of a personal training studio called Independent Training Spot in New York City. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Certifications: NASM, NSCA

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Ashley Selman, MA

Ashley Selman, MA

Ashley Selman, MA, is the founder of Evolution Trainers, a 14,000-square-foot elite personal training and small-group training studio. She has assembled a world-class team of over 40 top health and fitness professionals and is generating over $4,000,000 in revenue per year within her facility alone! She is now expanding her reach outside of Evolution Trainers as a national presenter and studio start-up coach to help fitness entrepreneurs around the country achieve the business of their dreams. Ashley holds a master’s degree in sports psychology. Certification: NSCA-CSCS

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Cody Sipe, PhD

Cody Sipe, PhD

Cody Sipe, PhD, is a co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute. His mission is to teach fitness professionals how to train older clients through innovative, evidence-based education programs such as the Functional Aging Specialist Certification, as well as how to grow their business with the largely underserved population of mature adults. Regarded as one of the industry’s foremost authorities on fitness and aging, Cody has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, educator, trainer and business owner.

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Emily Splichal, DPM

Emily Splichal, DPM

Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, is the founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy® and creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE Workout® certifications for health and wellness professionals. As a podiatrist and human movement specialist with over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career to studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.

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Kyle Stull, MS

Kyle Stull, MS

Kyle Stull, MS, is the senior master trainer for TriggerPoint™, where he collaborates with universities and professionals to develop evidence-based programming. Kyle is also an instructor for NASM’s fitness and corrective exercise workshops. He holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation and is a licensed massage therapist with more than 12 years of experience. Kyle is presently completing his doctoral degree, and is a member of the Fascia Research Society and the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine.

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Casey Stutzman

Casey Stutzman

Casey Stutzman is the owner of The Performance Locker in Alpena, Michigan, where he shares his passion and knowledge for functional and movement-based training with the community. He is a master trainer for TRX®, BOSU®, Surge™ and RealRyder®, and conducts seminars and workshops to help other fitness professionals expand their knowledge base and skill set. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Tim Tolliver

Tim Tolliver

is a personal trainer at Denali Fitness in Seattle, WA. As a personal trainer and performance coach for over 15 years, Tim is sought out for his creative approach, his positive vibe and as a skilled teacher of athletic movement. His signature style is informed by his experience in martial arts, massage therapy and performance psychology. Tim is a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA and holds certifications in Olympic weightlifting, mobility strategies and CrossFit. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS

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Craig Valency, MA

Craig Valency, MA

Craig Valency, MA, is a personal trainer and strength coach at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, where he specializes in developing long-term training programs that promote functional fitness, injury prevention and optimal performance. Craig is the president and co-founder of SPIDERfit, an organization dedicated to improving youth physical literacy. Along with Brett Klika, Craig is the co-author of Powerful Play – The Ultimate Guide to the Foundation of Youth Fitness and Physical Literacy. Craig holds a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University. Certification: NSCA-CSCS

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Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness and Fusion Fitness Training™. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year and the 2015 Canadian Presenter of the Year. An elite athlete, Helen is a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and member of the Sports Hall of Fame. She is the author of Fusion Workouts, and an education developer and master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®. Certifications: ACE, E-RYT

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Diane Vives, MS

Diane Vives, MS

Diane Vives, MS, is the owner and director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, Texas. She is an internationally recognized presenter who focuses on creating a progressive approach to both fitness and sports performance. Diane also serves as the director of education for Functional Movement Systems and has served on the NSCA board of directors and the Under Armour® performance training council. Diane holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Certifications: NSCA-CPT, CSCS

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Chuck Wolf, MS

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, Florida. He is known for his expertise in functional anatomy, movement analysis, and advanced program design. Chuck holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute®.

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Bennie Wylie

Bennie Wylie

Bennie Wylie is a seasoned strength and conditioning coach and the first-season winner of the NBC television series competition, S.T.R.O.N.G. Bennie has served on the coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Tech and the University of Tennessee, and as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Texas. He currently trains everyday athletes at his fitness and performance facility, The Performance Lab, in Abilene, Texas. Bennie holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certifications with CSCCa, TPI and USAW.

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Tyler Yearby, MEd

Tyler Yearby, MEd

Tyler Yearby, MEd, is the owner of Inspire Movement in Minneapolis. He is a master instructor and international representative for KettleBell Concepts (KBC), and a master instructor and international presenter for Evidence Based Fitness Academy (EBFA) and Stroops. With more than 11 years’ experience, Tyler has taught more than 40 training courses in multiple countries. He is also the former strength and conditioning coach for University of Minnesota football. Tyler also holds a master’s degree in kinesiology. Certifications: ACE-HFS; NASM-CPT, PES, CES; NSCA-CSCS

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