Presenters ordered by last name:
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
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.
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
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
Renae McCloud is the owner of McCloud Fitness on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. She grew up a competitive athlete and is currently a personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor. Renae has been in the fitness industry over 20 years and specializes in individual, small-group and large-group training. She is a national fitness educator and a master trainer for TRX® Training, P90X® Live and downDAWG Yoga. Certifications: ACSM, ACE
Dan McDonogh is the senior group training and development manager at TRX® in San Francisco and has special expertise in athletic development and indoor cycling. He is the recipient of the 2012 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award and was previously the program director for RPM™ by Les Mills International. Dan holds a degree in recreation management and certifications with CanFitPro™. He is also the founder of Rooster Racing International, a group of determined fitness professionals and cyclists raising awareness and funds for various charities.
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.
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®.
Nardia Norman has worked extensively in the fitness industry as a speaker, trainer and health coach. She has been instrumental in developing and nurturing aspiring personal trainers in her roles as a lecturer and content developer for the Australian Institute of Fitness, as cluster manager with Fitness First and as a lecturer at the Personal Training Academy, earning herself the nickname Trainer of Trainers™. Nardia is the proud recipient of the Australian Fitness Network™ 2014 Personal Trainer of the Year award.
Lenny Parracino is a faculty member for the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science® and has spent over 20 years serving the health industry as an integrative practitioner and international lecturer. Formerly an instructor and clinician for the National Academy of Sports Medicine®, Lenny has written educational materials and consulted for various medical organizations around the world. He holds a degree in health science and has a license to practice soft tissue therapy in the state of California.
Krista Popowych has been inspiring personal trainers, fitness leaders and managers for over two decades with her motivating and practical sessions. As this year’s 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, and a two-time CanFitPro™ Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year, Krista has shown an outstanding commitment to fitness. She is an international trainer and education consultant for Keiser® and JumpSport®, TV personality, past program director, published author, and on the Adidas 3-stripe team. Krista’s goal has always been to inspire others through education and movement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
Justin Price, MA
Justin Price, MA, is the creator of The BioMechanics Method®, which provides corrective exercise education for health and fitness professionals. He is a former IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and an education provider for ACE®, BOSU®, TRX®, PTontheNet, PTA Global and the NSCA™.
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.
Mike Robertson, MS
Mike Robertson, MS, is the president of Robertson Training Systems, a co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST), and a performance coach for the Indy Eleven professional soccer team. He has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from weekend warriors to professional and Olympic caliber athletes. His company, IFAST, has twice been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine. Mike holds a masters degree in sports biomechanics. Certification: NSCA-CSCS.
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.
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
Mary Lou Schell
Mary Lou Schell is the founder of LATAM Fitness Development, a consulting firm for English speaking health and fitness companies and professionals that are interested in delivering their products and education to Spanish speaking markets. A 17-year fitness veteran, Mary Lou was the first to deliver the ACE Group certification, TRX® Suspension Training®, Group Suspension Training and Rip™ Training courses in Spanish. An accomplished volleyball player, she attended Mount St. Mary’s College on an athletic scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in physical therapy. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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 is the head trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan, where he specializes in individual, small-group and large-group training sessions. He is currently working with Surge™ (Hedstrom® Fitness) and has been instrumental in the development of training methods and education for the Surge product. Casey is also a master trainer for Ignite Performance and TRX®. Certification: 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
Trisha VanDusseldorp, MS, is a doctoral student in the health, exercise and sports science department at the University of New Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in human performance and applied sport science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Trisha is passionate about studying the cellular and molecular responses to supplementation and nutritional interventions, while also examining changes in muscular strength/power and endurance. She currently serves as a student representative for the ISSN and the NSCA nutrition, metabolism, and body composition special interest group. In her spare time, Trisha enjoys training for marathons and biking.
Amanda Vogel, MA
Amanda Vogel, MA, is a fitness instructor and the owner of ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing and consulting service for the fitness industry. In addition to being a social media manager and consultant for major fitness brands and public figures, Amanda blogs at FitnessTestDrive.com and writes for IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE Certified News, Oxygen, Self and Reader’s Digest. Her blog was a finalist in the Best Health Magazine Blog Awards. Amanda holds a master’s degree in human kinetics.
Brandon Wagner owns and operates his own personal training business, FIT Specialists in Tucson. He has been in the fitness industry for 17 years and is a senior master trainer for TRX®, where he develops programs and helps design and fine-tune their wide range of certification courses. He has extensive experience in TRX military education courses and proprietary team training, and is essential in the enrichment of the TRX cadre, leading instructor courses and evaluations for new TRX instructors and team members. He was the first ever winner of a TRX FACEUP award and is also a master trainer for TriggerPoint™. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
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.