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Presenters ordered by last name:
Laura Acosta, MS, RD
Laura Acosta, MS, RD, is a nationally recognized expert in health and fitness. She holds a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Florida and has earned the prestigious title of board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). In 2008, Laura opened LifeStyle Wellness, and in 5 years, she built the company from a one-woman business to a staff of over 20 fitness professionals and hundreds of clients. Currently, Laura is a full-time faculty member with the food science and human nutrition department at the University of Florida. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Ken Alan was a presenter at the very first IDEA convention and his career as a teacher, mentor, author and presenter is well documented. Ken has served on the ACE personal trainer and group fitness instructor certification committees, he is a chapter author for ACSM and AFAA certification manuals, and he is the co-star of Time Life’s Medical Patient Education Media exercise video series. Ken was also the program designer and choreographer for seven Richard Simmons videos and a former IDEA Instructor of the Year award recipient. Currently, Ken is a lecturer in the department of kinesiology at California State University Fullerton.
Kari Anderson, owner of The Seattle Gym, has been an international fitness presenter since 1987. She is the producer and star of over 25 award-winning exercise videos and holds a degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University. Kari is the recipient of several prestigious industry awards including IDEA Business Person of the Year 1993, IDEA Instructor of the Year 1994 and ACE Fitness Director of the Year 2003. Additionally, Kari was a junior national gold medalist in synchronized swimming and a former scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Certifications: ACE
Luke Andrus is the director of personal training for five Anytime Fitness clubs in South Louisiana. His love for fitness began while training his way through a history degree at ULL, where his passion for writing fiction quickly turned to motivating others through fitness. In addition to his own blog, Luke writes for anytimefitness.com and has stood out as one of the most well known personal trainers of the Anytime Fitness franchise. He has been heavily involved in several of their pilot programs, consulted with many other clubs around the nation, and was recently recognized as the 2014 Anytime Fitness Trainer of the Year. Certification: ACE
Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator and the group fitness manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs® in Miami Beach. As a consultant for Activmotion Bar™, Schwinn®, SPRI® products and TRX®, she specializes in developing progressive fitness programs. Abbie has published articles in SELF, Shape and Prevention, and has created and starred in numerous videos. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is an award-winning author who has written more than 15 titles and is also as a certified yoga and Pilates teacher. Shirley's been featured on Americas's Next Top Model, and in Shape, The Huffington Post, and more. Through her various works, Shirley inspires others to live their best lives. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NSCA
Julz Arney is an award-winning trainer of trainers, a choreographer and star of consumer dance-fitness DVDs, a program creator for club chains and professional brands, and a leader of the industry's top master trainer teams. She is the program director and a master trainer for ShockWave and Indo-Row®, and is a member of the BOSU® presenter and development team. She teaches regularly for Equinox® and 24 Hour Fitness. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is the founder of Fluidity® and a former Lotte Berk Method® instructor who trained with Lotte Berk in London. Michelle combines her rich history in barre and passion for teaching with a background in kinesiology and therapeutic movement to create the Fluidity Instructor Training (FIT) Program. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was awarded the university’s highest alumni award, the Penn State Alumni Fellow, in 2009.
Don Bahneman, MS
is a co-founder of Well Equipped, LLC and the fitness director at The Energy Club in Arlington, Virginia. He consults on a variety of wellness-based projects. Don holds a master's degree in human performance and holds several specialty certifications, including RKC-II, PCC and FMS. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NSCA
Gail Bannister-Munn is the flexibility, core and Pilates coach with the New York Jets football team and the Pro Hoops Basketball program, and is a fitness consultant for professional athletes. She runs the Bannister Method Studio in Long Island, New York and presents The Bannister Method™ at conferences across the country. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
Steve Barrett TK
Josh Beaudoin is the lead instructor for Slackline Industries, and has taught the benefits of slacklining to more than 50,000 students over a 6 year period. He works with professional athletes utilizing the cross-training benefits to improve sport performance, most notably, the 2014 Sochi Olympic men’s halfpipe Gold gold medalist, David Wise. Although slacklining is a relatively new sport, Josh’s unparalleled passion and knowledge for the sport has made him a well -respected leader in the fitness community, where he has been instrumental in crafting the guidelines and support materials to introduce this unique activity to fitness professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Marcie Benavides is a Zumba® education specialist for Zumba Fitness® and a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She holds a degree in exercise physiology and has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years teaching multiple formats, including step, high-low impact aerobics, kickboxing, spinning and weight training. However, she holds a special passion for Zumba and travels worldwide leading Zumba Fitness instructor trainings. Certification: ACE, AFAA
is a master educator for Stages™ Indoor Cycling as well as a master trainer for BOSU®. She is also a certification specialist for AFAA®, and a provider of CEC workshops, including indoor cycling, BOSU®, kickboxing, functional/resistance training and aquatics. A member of the elevateEDUCATION PRO trainer team, Pam currently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia in the department of exercise science and sports management. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is the founder of the Pilates Coach and the creator of the Bender Barre Method. A 2010 finalist for IDEA Instructor of the Year, Leslee has over 25 years experience in the fitness industry and has presented in more than 20 countries. Leslee is a graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science™ and a Nike Golf 360° certified movement specialist. She has produced over 30 DVDs and is the creator of the Bender Ball®, which was voted the 2007 Best Fitness Short Form infomercial. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Brook Benten, MEd
Brook Benten, MEd, is president of Cardiopump™ Fitness, LLC and an advisory board member for Hyperwear®, GoFit, and Power Music®. Brook was also a 2012 finalist for PFP Personal Trainer of the Year, and has contributed content for Prevention, Livestrong.com and the Associated Press. She is best known for her work with kettlebells, and is a former RKC and current SFG Level II kettlebell instructor. Her early career was spent managing university fitness programs, and she now brings kettlebell and SandBell® education to campus recreation centers. Brook holds a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in sport and fitness administration. Certification: ACE, ACSM
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.
Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and global cultures as a means of creating better individuals and a more informed society. A multifaceted journalist, DJ and yoga instructor, he is the creator of Flow Play, an innovative vinyasa-based class that fuses yoga, music and neuroscience. This class is offered nationally at Equinox Fitness®, in addition to his new fitness program, Mosaic Method.
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
Brent Brookbush, DPT, MS
Brent Brookbush, DPT, MS, is the president of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science and is revolutionizing the learning process in which fitness professionals are trained throughout the country. Having developed a presentation style that is focused on clear and engaging delivery of evidence-based practical education, he has been a resource for industry giants like New York Sports Clubs (TSI), Equinox®, NASM, HFPN, Shape and Power Plate®. A certified personal trainer for more than 15 years, Brent’s relatable style and methods have positioned him as a go-to resource for many in the fitness industry. Certifications: NASM, NSCA
Candice Copeland Brooks
Candice Copeland Brooks is an internationally known fitness expert and is a past IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. She has authored four fitness books and has been featured in more than 25 DVDs. As director of programming for the BOSU® brand, she creates innovative workshop and leads the global master trainer teams. Candice, with her husband Douglas, directs year-round athlete conditioning programs on top of a mountain at Sugar Bowl Ski Academy.
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.
Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM,
is the chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise®. He represents ACE as a national and international lecturer, writer and expert source. Cedric has written more than 250 articles or columns in fitness trade magazines, as well as sports medicine and exercise science journals, and authored, co-authored or edited more than 30 books. He is an authoritative resource for fitness and nutrition articles in a variety of respected national outlets, including USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Parade, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Reports, Fox News, CNN Headline News and more. Cedric shares his expertise as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Obesity Solutions Roundtable and as co-chair of the Physical Activity Working Group of the Arthritis Foundation’s Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. He also serves as an advisory board member for Arthritis Today, Shape, IDEA Fitness Journal, Women’s Health and Better Homes & Gardens.
Lee Burton, PhD
Lee Burton, PhD, is currently the president and co-owner of Functional Movement Systems, a consulting and education organization that focuses on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. He holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in health promotion and wellness. Lee is an internationally recognized speaker focusing on human movement and performance enhancement. He has authored numerous book chapters and articles in sports medicine and strength and conditioning publications. Lee is currently consulting with a wide variety of top professional and medical organizations around the world on injury prevention and performance enhancement. Certifications: ATC, NSCA-CSCS
Brent Callaway is the international performance director for EXOS, where he oversees the performance staff for the US National soccer team, the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and a host of other organizations around the world. With 12 years experience in human performance, strength, speed and multidirectional training, Brent coaches athletes on the intricacies of human movement across a broad spectrum of sports. He has delivered education to sport coaches and other performance coaches in numerous countries worldwide. Brent holds a degree in exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina where he was also captain of the track and field team.
Colin Carriker, PhD
Colin Carriker, PhD, holds a doctorate degree in physical education, sports and exercise science. He is an educator and researcher at Indiana State University and has been published in several health and fitness related journals. Colin shares his enthusiasm for exercise science with his students by equipping them to promote lifetime wellness and physical activity in their community. His appreciation of exercise as preventive medicine stems from his previous experience working as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and emergency medical technician. Certification: ACSM
Cameron Chinatti is the director of education and lead developer of Stages™ Indoor Cycling. As an elevate EDUCATION PRO trainer for Sunshine Fitness Resources and an international lecturer, Cameron presents on topics ranging from indoor cycling to career development and successful program implementation. Her recent publishing credits include work for Foundation Fitness and numerous contributions to IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fitness Manager. She is a continuing education provider for ACE and AFAA and a national master trainer for BOSU®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Fabio Comana, MA, MS
Fabio Comana, MA, MS, is a faculty instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, San Diego State University and UC San Diego. Previously, Fabio was an exercise physiologist and certification manager for the American Council on Exercise where he was the original creator of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and primary developer of all live personal training educational workshops. Fabio is a former head coach at the collegiate level, and strength and conditioning coach and manager for Club One. As a national and international presenter, he is frequently featured on television, radio, and the Internet, and in print publications. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NSCA
Gregg Cook is a group fitness instructor and educator for Equinox® in New York City, and a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and ShockWave. In addition to being known as an indoor cycling specialist, Gregg delivers outstanding circuit training programs. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Kathy Corey is the director of Kathy Corey Pilates and the developer of the Core Band™, which is used in studios around the world. Kathy’s Pilates certification program is taught in several locations in the U.S. and her continuing education programs are taught in 12 countries. A master teacher who began her career with the Pilates technique in 1979, Kathy has been a leading expert in the Pilates community for more than 30 years. She is on the contributing editor board for IDEA Pilates Today and has been invited to be profiled as an IDEA Expert. She is an advisory board member for Pilates Style and a member of the board of advisors for the American Fitness Professional Association. Certification: PMA-Gold
Rachel Cosgrove, 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, co-owns and operates Results Fitness, located in Southern California and open since 2000. 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 and is a columnist for Women's Health and has been featured in almost every fitness magazine on the market. She oversees a team of 22 who help her run the gym while she works full time coaching up-and-coming fitness professionals through ResultsFitnessUniversity.com, a resource for trainers to join in to the mission of changing the way fitness is done.
Kathryn Coyle is a Peak Pilates® senior master instructor and mentor with over 15 years of experience teaching mind-body movement for prehabilitation, rehabilitation and performance enhancement. As the Pilates coordinator at Life Time Athletic℠ in Reston, Virginia, Kathryn manages one of the top three Pilates studios in the company. She has been featured multiple times in Pilates Style and has written articles for several magazines on Pilates. In addition to her comprehensive Pilates certifications through Pilates Systems and Peak Pilates, she is a certified nutritionist through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition® and a Jivamukti™ certified yoga instructor.
Josh Crosby is a world champion rower, ultra-endurance athlete and international fitness presenter who has been featured on the Today show, CNN and Fox News. He is best known as the co-creator of the rowing-based fitness programs Indo-Row® and ShockWave. Motivation, encouragement, variety and a little tough love are key components to his coaching formula, which has brought results to thousands of shapes, sizes and abilities. He brings out the athlete in everyone. Certification: ACE
Tahneetra Crosby is a presenter, group fitness instructor and personal trainer with over 12 years of experience. She is a senior course instructor for TRX® Suspension Training® and Group Rip™ Training, and is a new member of the Schwinn® Cycling master trainer team. Tahneetra is also on the WELLBEATS elements team and the Qignition development team, and she created a strength and cardio program as the featured trainer for SELF magazine's March 2010 SELF Challenge issue. She specializes in dance, boot camp, resistance and interval-style classes. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Mike Curry is a co-owner of StrongHold Fitness, LLC and the creator and designer of StrongBoard Balance. His products employ balance techniques to strengthen the core, build stronger stabilizing muscles and increase neuropathic communication. As a certified fitness coach with nearly 20 years of experience, Mike has true passion for his work and takes pride in generating quick, long-term results for his clientele who include a host of professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities and renowned physicians. Mike is also an expert in nutrition counseling and motivating clients toward adhering to a healthy lifestyle.
Marco Della Torre
Marco Della Torre is a serial entrepreneur and, most recently, the engineering co-founder of Basis Science, which was acquired by Intel in 2014. Basis is the company behind Peak, the most advanced health and fitness tracker on the market today. Along with his background in biomedical engineering, he now brings a range of wearables, sensors and fitness expertise to Intel’s new devices group, where he is focused on both business development and advanced research. Marco is the inventor of a wide range of technologies across cognitive neuroscience, artificial intelligence, fitness technology and beyond, many of which he used to power successful startups and launch as the core technology inside a variety of consumer products globally.
Emily Desmond’s background in dance led her to explore yoga, which healed her chronic back pain and helped her build a more mindful relationship with her physical body. Emily completed Core Power Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training in 2007 and has continued to seek additional training from leading yoga instructors nationwide. Emily holds a master’s degree in counseling and has been trained to utilize yoga as a medium to heal trauma, stress, anxiety and depression. Emily seeks to create a joyful, accepting and balanced experience for her students and believes in the power of yoga to make the world a better place, one inhale and one exhale at a time.
Christopher Digby, with his wife Marena, is a co-owner of Positive Action Pilates and The Pilates Company in Melbourne, Australia. He has trained in the Pilates method within Australia and alongside first and second generation teachers in the U.S. Through his involvement with industry committees he has helped to develop Pilates training for fitness professionals in Australia.
Marena Digby, with her husband Christopher, is a co-owner of Positive Action Pilates and The Pilates Company in Melbourne, Australia. Also a remedial massage therapist, Marena is regarded as a Pilates expert in the fitness industry and is involved in developing Pilates programs. Marena is also a published author, featured on several Pilates DVDs, and is regularly invited to share her knowledge and passion as a presenter.
Amy Dixon is a dynamic fitness instructor and celebrity trainer. She is a master trainer for FitnessGlo®, Gatorade®, Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and ShockWave, and she promotes health and fitness through her role as spokesperson for Avon’s breast cancer walks and Reebok’s Global Walking Partner. Amy is a west coast cycling master trainer at Equinox® and director of THE Force at Vimmia™. Her many television and media appearances include Oprah’s OWN Show, Today show, Women’s Health, Shape and The Los Angeles Times. A former world competitive power tumbler and coach, Amy applies her energy and athleticism to the many award-winning workout DVDs and online programs she has created. She holds multiple fitness certifications and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.
Denise Druce, MPH
Denise Druce, MPH, has been inspiring people to live healthier and happier lives from the moment she donned leg warmers and taught her first class in 1981. She is an instructor for the Utah Jazz and athletes at the University of Utah, and is the owner/creator of Yoga Assets Teacher Training Systems, a turn-key yoga teacher training curriculum. Denise is also a master trainer for Schwinn®, and the director of yoga teacher training at the University of Utah. She holds a master’s degree in public health. Certifications: Yoga Alliance E-RYT500
Lisa Druxman, MA
Lisa Druxman, MA, is a fitness expert, author and mompreneur. She is the founder of FIT4MOM®, the company that defined fitness for motherhood. Her programs include Fit4Baby®, Stroller Strides® and Body Back®, and she is the author of Lean Mommy and the creator of the Mama Wants Her Body Back DVD series. Lisa holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in behavior modification weight control. She is a pre/postnatal fitness expert, and is certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Certification: ACE
Todd Durkin, MA
Todd Durkin, MA, owns Fitness Quest 10 and Todd Durkin Enterprises in San Diego. He is a human performance specialist, bodyworker, author and motivational speaker who trains dozens of elite, high profile NFL and MLB athletes, including two Super Bowl MVPs, Olympic gold medalists, and Heisman Trophy winners. Todd is a past recipient of the IDEA and ACE Personal Trainer of the Year awards. Certifications: ACE, NSCA
Bo Eason is a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, and international presence/story coach. He has trained with some of the world’s most brilliant performance and movement coaches, logging over 20,000 hours on stage crafting and presenting his personal story. Bo is now dedicated to helping others tap into the power of their personal story and become effective, persuasive communicators.
Lauren Eirk, MS
Lauren Eirk, MS, owns and operates Yoga I.S.®, a yoga, fitness and wellness studio in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a certified E-RYT 500-level yoga instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience, and is the owner and creator of the internationally recognized, biomechanically-based registered yoga teacher training school Yoga Integrated Science®, which offers 200-hour and 500+-hour yoga coursework. Lauren is a Muscle Activation Techniques® certified specialist at the mastery level, a MAT® Jumpstart instructor, a mastery level Resistance Training Specialist® and a certified personal trainer. Lauren is also the recipient of the 2007 OBOW Most Mindful Program award.
Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the director of exercise programming for the Anytime Fitness franchise. Shannon is a 17-year fitness veteran, freelance writer, and international presenter for Schwinn® and BOSU®. She is a member of the ACE board of directors, has helped author portions of the ACE and ACSM group fitness manuals, and has starred in over 25 fitness videos. Shannon is a certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach interested in helping fitness professionals navigate the industry and find their place in it. She also owns both Balletone® and GroupEx Pro®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Rich Fahmy, MS
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
Michelle Felzmann has covered all avenues of fitness in her 20 years of experience in the field. She is a CanFitPro-certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, a Bender Ball® and TRX® master instructor, and has 10 years of experience in fitness programming. Michelle trains and educates fitness professionals across the country and brings energy and enthusiasm to every class she teaches.
Eve Fleck, MS
Eve Fleck, MS, is known around the world for her no-nonsense interval workouts and real-world choreography. As an exercise physiologist, Eve uses science to create her workouts to make them challenging, effective and safe. Based in Los Angeles, Eve is a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, and leads indoor and outdoor workouts. She has been presenting and writing for IDEA for more than 10 years. Certifications: ACE, NASM
Troy Fontana is the founder of PT Solutions, a management and consulting corporation. He has over a decade of business experience in the fitness industry, ranging from small business ventures and online business development to consulting services and professional speaking. Troy is considered one of the country's top fitness entrepreneurs. Along with his book, A Climb to the Top, Troy has published over 150 fitness and business related articles. Troy holds a bachelor's degree in business. Certification: NESTA
Chris Frankel is a PhD candidate and has been a coach, trainer and educator for more than 30 years. He has trained and consulted for collegiate and professional sports teams, the U.S. Navy SEALs, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Secret Service. Before taking the role as head of human performance for TRX®, Chris was the instructor of record for undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of health, exercise and sports science at the University of New Mexico. He presents on topics related to training and human performance and is the subject matter expert for TRX in the science and best practices for functional training.
Yoni Freedhoff, MD
Yoni Freedhoff, MD, is the author of The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work and he is widely considered Canada's most outspoken obesity expert. His weekly column in U.S. News & World Report's online Eat + Run edition is the most read on the site. He writes on issues of health, weight management and fitness for a variety of publications, including Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and daily on his award-winning blog Weighty Matters. Yoni is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa and a sought-after international speaker.
Linda Freeman-Webster is a national trainer for Keiser®, IDEA presenter, author and master-level PFT. She is also a three-time finalist for the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award. As the owner/director of Guru Fitness®, a fitness education and consulting company, she leads a successful fitness professional mentorship program, and is the creator of multiple original programs and fusion formats featured at conferences and on DVDs. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, 500RYT
Chris Freytag is a nationally recognized fitness expert, speaker, and founder of GetHealthyU.com, a website dedicated to helping you “Get Better Every Day.” She is a contributing editor to Prevention and an emeritus member of the board of directors for ACE. Chris has authored five books, created dozens of fitness DVDs, appears weekly on the Minneapolis NBC affiliate and loves teaching classes at Life Time Fitness.
Michiko Fujisaki is an active member of the Japan Fitness Association. A graduate of the physical education faculty of Fukuoka University, she is in charge of fitness qualification programs at several universities where she teaches young students how to start a professional fitness career. Her motto is to teach the fun and enjoyment of exercise, along with the wonders of a smile. The sense of togetherness and empathy is very important in all of her classes.
Yoko Fujiwara is a 28-year veteran in the fitness industry. She created Bou-bics and established the NPO Health-Support Exercise Association to spread this wonderful program. Improved range of motion and muscular strength are the outcomes noted in a joint study with Mie Prefectural College of Nursing. In 2011, the NPO collaborated with Nagoya University to develop exercise programs for older adults. Yoko also presented her research on aerobic dance and immunity at ACSM.
Brent Gallagher, MSS
Brent Gallagher, MSS, is the owner of AVENU Fitness & Lifestyle, a brand measuring 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 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.
Lizbeth Garcia is the owner of Tilcia Studios in San Diego and has 17 years experience as a group exercise and Pilates instructor. Lizbeth has gained wide recognition for several of her DVD workout titles, including Shape magazine’s Shape Pilates and 10 Minute Solution: Prenatal Pilates, Exercise TV’s Less Is More Yoga and Less Is More Pilates, CRUNCH: Fat Burning Blast, Harpers Bazaar’s The Bottom Line Fitness Workout, and Natural Journeys’ On the Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners. Lizbeth’s studio is San Diego’s host site for the Balanced Body® education teacher training program. Certification: PMA-Gold
John Garey, MA
John Garey, MA, is the executive program director of John Garey Fitness & Pilates and the creator of JG FIT TV (Fun. Inspiring. Training.). He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA, a master instructor trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and has starred in over 60 DVDs. John is an international Pilates and fitness presenter and has contributed to, and appeared in, Men’s Fitness, Shape, SELF, Pilates Style and The Los Angeles Times. John holds a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in adult fitness from NYU. Certifications: ACE, NSCA, STOTT PILATES
Cappie Geis is a certified clinical nutritionist, cooking instructor and cookbook author who has had a lifelong passion for exercise, fitness and healthy cooking. She is also a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor who has been teaching group exercise since the age of 20. As Cappie began raising her own family, her fitness world collided with a commitment to seek out ways not only to prepare and cook fabulous, delicious food but also to make that food healthier by adding more nutritious ingredients and reducing the unhealthy ones. She makes it her mission to teach others how to make healthy food taste great! Certification: ACE
Rob Glick is the director of group fitness education and feature formats at Life Time Fitness. His bachelor’s degree is in movement and exercise science with an emphasis on sports medicine from Chapman University. Rob is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®, and is the co-creator of the 5-Star Instructor Development Program for fitness professionals. He is also a continuing education provider for ACE, ACSM, AFAA and NASM.
Nico Gonzalez is an international fitness educator with over 25 years of teaching experience. As a faculty trainer for Balanced Body®, he conducts trainings worldwide. Nico is the owner of a fitness/wellness boutique in Southwest Ohio called Fitness Physiques and he is the former director of fitness for a regional hospital-based wellness facility, where he created their Pilates program from the ground up. Nico was a contributing creative editor of the following Pilates instructor manuals: EXO™ Chair, Pilates Arc®, and the Mat With Toys workshop manuals. Certifications: ACE, PMA
Sara Gottfried, MD
Sara Gottfried, MD, is a Harvard/MIT-trained physician/scientist, author and speaker with more than 20 years experience. She’s the real deal, the kind of doctor every person needs on their team. As an integrative physician practicing functional medicine, Dr. Gottfried doesn’t treat problems or even symptoms. She treats people and specializes in getting to the root cause of disease. Yoga teacher, mom and author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Hormone Cure, Dr. Gottfried also teaches online workshops on detoxification and how to double your weight loss.
Sue Grant is a master instructor for FallProof, an internationally recognized balance and mobility training program for older adults. She holds several advanced and specialized certifications, including ACE’s senior fitness specialty certification, and the designation as a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute. Sue also holds a professional certificate in fitness instruction and exercise science from UC San Diego, specializing in both personal training and group fitness instruction. Sue is passionate about helping older adults stay fit and active at any age! Certification: ACE
Steven Griffith has been a business performance and communication coach for over 25 years. As one of America’s most trusted coaches, he has implemented his High Performance Coaching System with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as consulted with thousands of health and wellness professionals on how to rapidly grow their business and improve their performance. Steven is an Amazon best-selling author and keynote speaker. He is the author of the soon to be released Its Not Selling Its Serving–The New Science of Enrolling Clients, as well as High Performance Coaching, Email Power: How to Get What You Want From Every Email You Send, and Simple Decisions, Life-Changing Results. Steven has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Style, Esquire TV and others as an expert in high performance and communication.
Katie Haggerty is a national group fitness brand manager for Life Time Fitness. She is known for her ability to create a perfect balance of innovation, breakdown and functionality while bringing her signature style of fun and pure entertainment to various group fitness formats. She teaches several workshops to develop and grow the Life Time brand, and she teaches at fitness conferences and delivers motivational lectures. Katie holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Certification: ACE
Carrie Haines is a fitness educator, program director, personal trainer and group instructor from Truckee, California. She is a national master trainer and presenter for Tabata Boot Camp™, Barre Above™, BOSU®, and 3DXtreme™. In addition, Carrie has been managing fitness programs for over 15 years and lectures on fitness program development and management. She has presented workshops and certification courses at various industry events, and works with Tahoe Mountain Martial Arts & Yoga in Truckee, California. Carrie earned her bachelor degree in theatre arts from the University of Southern California. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Jenn Hall is an international dance and fitness presenter. After retiring from dancing professionally with artists such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Jenn shifted her focus to fitness choreography and instruction. She is the education director for Lebert Training Systems™, the creator of LTS™ LeBarre, a Reebok-sponsored presenter and dance fitness consultant, a master trainer for several other cutting-edge companies such as Tabata Bootcamp™, and she teaches in the kinesiology department at Georgia State University. Jenn is still an active choreographer, instructor, author, wife and mom.
Vicki Hatch-Moen is the co-founder, program developer and owner of Total Body Tabata™ LLC. She is also the owner of Tailor Made Training and is the group fitness coordinator at The SeattleGYM, owned by Kari Anderson. Vicki has presented at FitnessFest and SCW Mania, and conducts ongoing Total Body Tabata instructor certification trainings. Vicki has been teaching a variety of group fitness formats for over 25 years including HIIT programs, BODYPUMP™, BODYSTEP™, high-low aerobics, GRAVITY® and TRX® Suspension Training®. Vicki holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and dance from the University of Washington. Certification: ACE
Dunte Hector has been in love with cycling for longer than he can remember. A deep curiosity about bicycling mechanics drove him to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University, and an incredible passion for the sport took him into road racing, cyclocross, triathlon and all-weather bike commuting. His experience with the bike was a ticket to freedom, taking him away from engineering and into fitness as an ACE personal trainer, boot camp instructor, kettlebell trainer and indoor cycling instructor. He previously served as TTU's group fitness coordinator, building instructor training systems that centered on sport science-driven programming and student-centered teaching techniques. Certification: ACE
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 Ohio State University for 7 years, and has 3 years of experience as a clinical dietitian.
Demetreous Hill, MS
Demetreous Hill, MS, is a Pilates and dance instructor with more than 25 years experience in the fitness industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Demetreous can be seen on Livestrong.com and ehow.com. He has presented at conventions in Europe, Scandinavia and Turkey, he has danced with the Frankfurt Urban Dance Theatre, and he was a regular guest host on the German television show Fit und Fun. Demetreous is most noted for his passion for teaching health science and for delivering winning results. Certifications: AFAA, BASI, Cooper Institute
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. She is a nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist and founding member of the Fascial Research Society. Sue 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.
Kendell Hogan is the regional group fitness director for Crunch Fitness and head master trainer for the Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED™ program. He is known for bringing surf, sand and step to television daily as one of the hosts on ESPN’s longest-running worldwide fitness program BodyShaping, and has hosted Fit TV’s All Stars and Exercise TV. A national and international workshop presenter, Kendell is also a fitness consultant on numerous celebrity fitness DVD projects, including Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss’ Chris Powell, Dancing With the Stars’ Brooke Burke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, to name a few. Kendell is also on the advisory board of the new NBC digital/television fitness program Radius. Certifications: AAAI, ACE, AFAA
Hayley Hollander is a personal trainer, an educator, the co-founder of Advanced Training Performance, and the fitness director at Midtown Athletic Club Chicago. She has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, and is a master trainer for Technogym® and faculty member for PTA Global. Hayley holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM, PTA Global
Janet Hollander is a gerontologist, author, exercise leader and wellness educator. She joined the Nia Technique training faculty in 2012. Currently the fitness coordinator for an independent living retirement community, Janet has served in older adult recreation and education for 30 years. She has presented workshops at many national conferences and teaches ongoing classes in the Nia Technique, and chair-based fitness. She engages in training and research on the value of the Nia Technique for the older population. Certification: ACE
Kim Hollingdale, MA
Kim Hollingdale, MA, is a Los Angeles-based licensed marriage and family therapy intern with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. A certified personal trainer, Kim specializes in the use of exercise, in combination with psychotherapy, to improve her clients’ physical and mental health, often tackling issues including stress, anxiety, depression and disordered eating. Certification: NASM
Beverly Hosford, MA
Beverly Hosford, MA, is a personal trainer, health coach and Muscle Activation Techniques specialist (MATcs). Her master's degree is in sport and exercise psychology, and she has been teaching fitness professionals about anatomy, psychology and business for 10 years at colleges, conventions and fitness facilities. She produces fitness anatomy videos and shares business strategies on her website. As a subject matter expert, Bev enjoys writing articles, blogs and curriculum for organizations like ACE and NFPT. Certifications: ACE, MATcs
Farel Hruska has almost 20 years experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator. She is the national fitness director for FIT4MOM®, holding Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, Stroller Barre® and Body Back® instructor certifications, as well as supporting thousands of instructors nationwide. Farel is a national educator, author and presenter, and is a subject matter expert in pre- and postnatal fitness. She is also an approved continuing education provider for ACE and AFAA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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Keith Irace is the regional director for group fitness for Equinox® in California and is a 20-year veteran of the fitness industry. He has been certified by ACE, AFAA, and Schwinn® Cycling, along with specialty training in ViPR™, BOSU®, Total Gym®, Step360™, Pilates mat, Indo-Row® and Kettlebells. Combining his passion for fitness, music and humor, Keith's classes are challenging, creative and welcoming“and driven by great beats and much laughter.
Alex Isaly is a master trainer for Radius, a first-of-its-kind, multiplatform, fitness and wellness program. He leads interactive fitness videos on Radius’ digital platforms and telecasts on the NBC Sports Network, including their 30-day workout, kettlebell, weight training and other workout series. With more than two decades of experience, Alex works as an elite athlete, celebrity trainer, international fitness program creator/developer/presenter and nutrition expert. He is currently a member of IDEA’s Group Fitness Committee, a team dedicated to growing and evolving fitness professionals. In addition, Alex is the lead trainer and spokesperson for KettleWorX7®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Sarina Jain, known as the "Indian Jane Fonda," is the creator of the original Masala Bhangra® program. An AFAA certified fitness instructor for over 22 years, she teaches classes ranging from step aerobics, total body conditioning, and many more. She successfully moves, touches and inspires many people around the world with her knowledge and passion for Bhangra and Bollywood. Recognized as a global game changer, Sarina has over 12 workout videos under her belt with Masala Bhangra classes currently being offered in over 20 countries around the world. This year, Masala Bhangra is celebrating 15 years of success.
Sarah Jarvis joined the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team in 2004 after completing her full certification in STOTT PILATES® and is now programming coordinator in the education department, a STOTT PILATES lead instructor trainer and an instructor trainer specializing in ZEN•GA™, and Total Barre™. Sarah began teaching aerobics and weight training classes while finishing her degree in business administration at the University of Windsor. While working in sales and managing a club, she soon discovered STOTT PILATES exercise. Intrigued by the method and the ability to strengthen and refocus the mind and body, she made the transition from the high-impact training world and continues to witness the impact these programs have made all over the world.
Jeanette Jenkins is the founder and president of The Hollywood Trainer, LLC and is one of Hollywood’s most sought after health and fitness experts. She is the author of The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan and creator of the internationally successful Hollywood Trainer DVD collection with 17 DVDs sold worldwide. Jeanette boasts an extensive list of celebrity clients, including Kelly Rowland, Pink, Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nia Long, LL Cool J, and others. With over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jeanette has studied human kinetics at the University of Ottawa and has earned over 18 international certifications covering nutrition and various methods of training. Jeanette is also a 14 year Nike Athlete and a featured trainer on the Nike Training Club App.
Skip Jennings is the owner of Mind Body Spirit Solution, LLC, the author of Spirit Explosions and a fitness instructor at SpiroFIT™. He is also a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and WaterRower, and his fitness DVDs are well loved around the world. A popular presenter, motivational speaker and trusted transformational coach, Skip’s intention is to inspire a global movement for health, fitness and wellness. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Stephanie Jennings drives MINDBODY’s sales operations and strategies worldwide. She has been with MINDBODY for over 7 years, overseeing office locations throughout the world. Her understanding of appointment-based businesses comes from years of experience as a manager of a full-service Aveda concepts salon and as a licensed massage therapist, group fitness instructor and personal trainer. As a salon manager, Stephanie assisted in the construction, design and implementation of the salon’s day spa. Prior to joining MINDBODY, Stephanie worked in technology sales in the Internet and telephone communications industry. Certification: AFAA
Viveca Jensen created the PILOXING® brand and programs by combining her extensive fitness experience and passion to create a unique exercise program that instructors around the world can embrace. Viveca holds a bachelor's degree in dance from the Stockholm Ballet Academy and an international Pilates certification approved by the National Pilates certification. She is a professional dancer, master Pilates instructor, trained boxer and award-winning body builder. She merged elements of dance, Pilates and boxing to craft this new interdisciplinary exercise program and she branded it PILOXING. Today, the PILOXING community extends to over 35 countries.
Scott Josephson, MS, RD
Scott Josephson, MS, RD, is an award winning international speaker who specializes in fitness and nutrition. He has been published over 100 times and has been featured in educational webinars, videos and DVDs. He is the recipient of the 2010 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year and the 2011 ECA Citizen of the Year awards, and he sits on several advisory boards. Scott earned his degrees at the University of Miami, and has provided numerous nutritional services, dietetic protocols and exercise prescriptions to the patients of several Florida-based physicians. He previous served as an operating partner at the Center for Nutritional Research and Treatment, and as the Director of Operations at the world renowned Hippocrates Health Institute. Scott’s clients include world renowned television, film and music industry celebrities, as well as Wimbledon Champions and athletes from the New York Giants and New York Mets.
Annika Kahn, MA
Annika Kahn, MA, is the founder of Jungshin Fitness. She is a lifelong athlete and four-time world grand champion in the Korean Art of Kuk Sool Won, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt. Her Jungshin Fitness workout has been featured on ABC and NBC, and in Shape, Martha Stewart's Whole Living and Prevention magazines. She is a national presenter and develops programs that apply to youth, adults and seniors. She holds a master’s degree in the psychology of movement. Certification: ACSM
June Kahn is the 2009 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and founder of June Kahn's Bodyworks, LLC. She is the education director of Balance Through Movement Pilates and is best known for bridging the gap between classical Pilates and the fitness industry. Currently, June works with a variety of clients and patients as the Pilates rehabilitation specialist for Masso Whole Body Therapeutics in Westminster, Colorado. In addition, she has partnered with the PhysicalMind Institute® and endorses their Pilates programming. June is the co-author of Morning Cardio Workouts, has produced several Pilates certificate training programs and appears in numerous mind-body and fitness DVDs. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, ACSM, PhysicalMind Institute for Pilates
Shari Kalkstein is a licensed physical therapy assistant, certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer with over 20 years experience. As the owner/president of Fortify Your Frame, Inc., a personal training business, Shari specializes in balance and fall prevention, fall 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 of applied science in physical therapy assisting from Broward Community College. Shari also teaches SilverSneakers® FLEX Indoor Balance and Strength classes. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NSCA
Jason Karp, PhD
Jason Karp, PhD, one of the foremost running experts in America, is the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, the 2014 recipient of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership award, and the creator of the Run-Fit Specialist certification. Holding a doctorate in exercise physiology, he has more than 200 articles published in international running, coaching, and fitness magazines, has authored five books, including Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies, speaks at international fitness and coaching conferences, and competed at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. His newest book, The Inner Runner, is due out in the fall of 2015.
Monika Kaufman is a health and fitness professional who has been actively involved in the health and wellness industry since 1986. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and has a diverse history that includes personal training, life coaching, yoga instruction and teaching a wide variety of group exercise formats. Monika is passionate about mentoring and leading fitness professionals, and has spent more than a decade focused on teaching yoga and leading yoga teacher trainings. Monika is committed to the empowerment of self and others through mindful use of language and modeling powerful self-care. Certifications: ACSM, AFAA
Kevin Kearns is the founder of Burn With Kearns Fitness. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Kevin has over 25 years experience in the fitness industry and an extensive background in the martial arts. Kevin has worked with more than 15 UFC fighters and is a featured writer for Ultimate MMA and Train Hard Fight Easy magazines. Certification: FMS
Joel Klausler is a graduate of Butler University with advanced training from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Prior to teaching yoga, he spent 20 years dancing on stages across North America and taught over 10,000 ballet classes. He joined the CorePower® Yoga management team in 2008 and is currently the continuing education manager for the Minnesota region. Joel teaches all yoga formats and leads many trainings nationally. He also refines and develops extension programs and other trainings for CorePower Yoga.
Brett Klika is the CEO of SPIDERfit Kids and the recipient of the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award. With over 15 years of experience, Brett is dedicated to improving the fitness and performance of all his clients. He is an author, presenter and international consultant to a host of professional athletes, youth and high performing Fortune 100 executives. He has written for a variety of consumer and industry publications on integrating "health into the hectic life." Certifications: ACE, NSCA
Mike Koenigs is a seven-time #1 best-selling author, 2009 Marketer of the Year winner, serial entrepreneur, filmmaker, speaker, patented inventor, and “chief disruptasaurus” and founder of Instant Customer and Traffic Geyser. His products and services have simplified and automated marketing for over 35,000 small businesses, authors, experts, speakers, coaches and consultants in more than 60 countries. His mission is to create 1 million entrepreneurs in his lifetime. Mike has produced 12 consecutive multimillion dollar product launches, each in less than 100 days from concept to delivery. The largest grossed over $9.1 million in 1 week. Mike produced over $3.1 million in a single direct-to-camera interactive online livecast. An active philanthropist, Mike has raised over $2.2 million for the Just Like My Child Foundation. He’s also a recent stage 3a cancer survivor, completing 9 months of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments.
Tatiana Kolovou, MBA
Tatiana Kolovou, MBA, has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a fitness manager, national presenter and coach. Today, Tatiana coaches business students and corporate executives to design persuasive and motivating messages that get results. She is a faculty member of a top-ranked business school and owns Team Performance, a training and professional development company. Tatiana holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in business administration. In addition, she is a master trainer with the Schwinn® Cycling education team. Certifications: ACE, ACSM
Kim Kraushar has built an impressive reputation as an expert and leader in the health and wellness industry. She is a MERRITHEW™ master instructor trainer and an integral member of their programming/education team, representing STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA™, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and Total Barre™ programming. Kim is the proud owner of one of the first STOTT PILATES licensed training centers in Canada. She presents on behalf of MERRITHEW throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events, and is featured in several of MERRITHEW’s new DVD releases. Kim studied at York University where she received her bachelor of fine arts in dance/B.Ed. and completed her bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Yamuna Body Rolling certified instructor trainer, and certified Franklin Method instructor.
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
Robert Lewis, Jr, MS
Robert Lewis, Jr, MS, is the fitness manager at 24 Hour Fitness in Rancho Bernardo, California. He is a fitness expert and business strategist who discovered a disturbing trend among fitness professionals. While certifying hundreds of personal trainers, he observed that many were not succeeding due to their lack of business and sales training. Since this discovery, Robert has made it his life’s mission to create successful and profitable health clubs through a strategic fusion of sales, business and fitness principles. Robert holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition. Certification: NSCA
Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS
Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, is a 30-year fitness veteran and international presenter. A former collegiate athlete, Irene is the author of A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength and a contributing fitness expert for Oxygen and Women’s Health magazines. Irene is on the SCW Fitness faculty and is a master trainer for TRX®, JumpSport® and Tabata Bootcamp™. She is also a subject matter expert and exam writer for ACE and adjunct faculty at Grandview University. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AEA, AEA, NSCA
Kennedy Lodato has been dedicated to the fitness industry for over two decades. He is the director of educational programming for Burn with Kearns Fitness and the co-founder of Canadian Fitness Education Alliance Inc. Kennedy holds a full time position at Ryerson University and has been awarded PRO TRAINER of the Year by CanFitPro 3 years in a row. He is a master trainer for Twist Conditioning™, BOSU®, Surge™, ViPR™, Trigger Point Performance™ and Burn With Kearns MMA. Certification: CanFitPro
Mark Macdonald is the creator and CEO of Venice Nutrition®, an international nutrition and fitness expert, a TV personality, a sought after speaker and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Body Confidence. Mark opened the first Venice Nutrition consulting center in Venice Beach, California in 1999. It has now grown to include more than 550 consulting practices, 18,000 nutrition coaches and over 1 million people living the plan around the world.
Buddy Macuha is a Keiser® master trainer and with over 20 years in the fitness and yoga industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with special emphasis in exercise science, and has appeared as the “fitness guru” for numerous television shows and magazines. His passion for movement and love for teaching is evident in his unforgettable style that he brings to all his classes! Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Fabrizio Mancini, DC
Fabrizio Mancini, DC, is Fox News’s healthy living expert, Hay House’s best-selling author of The Power of Self-Healing and host of his popular radio show, Self-Healing With Dr. Fab. He is also the best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, and an internationally acclaimed educator, business leader, speaker, and president emeritus of Parker University. Having been featured on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, Fox News, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and others, Fabrizio has been interviewed in various documentaries and has received honors like Heroes for Humanity, Humanitarian of the Year, CEO of the Year, and induction into the Wellness Revolutionaries Hall of Fame. Most recently, the president of Mexico even named the library at UNEVE, Mexico's new leading university, after him. Dr. Mancini is also a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Educational Management in the graduate school of education at Harvard University.
Sharon Mann, internationally renowned fitness expert and presenter, is the host and co-producer of In Shape With Sharon Mann and Sharon Mann’s Bodytech, Sharon has filmed over 500 fitness episodes spanning four continents. A four-time National Sport Aerobic Champion, Sharon’s passion is helping people achieve their fitness goals through the development of cutting edge programs for group fitness, small-group training and one-on-one personal training. As a co-owner of the SkyHigh Media Group, Sharon continues to produce cutting edge material for the fitness industry. She is a sponsored Adidas athlete, published author, and part of the Lebert Training Systems team with her newest project LTS™ LeHIIT.
Kristy Manuel, MS
Kristy Manuel, MS, is a 30-year veteran of the fitness and yoga industries, having held positions as a manager, presenter, lecturer, personal trainer and yoga therapist. She is a senior master trainer for YogaFit® with over 4000 teaching hours and associate director of the YogaFit Therapy program. As an author and presenter for YogaFit, Kristy developed and wrote the Healing Emotional and Physical Trauma and Restorative Therapeutics trainings that are part of the YogaFit for Warriors special training track, a track that helps the healing of our military and families. Armed with a master’s degree in health and fitness management, and her extensive training as a yoga teacher-trainer, Kristy designs safe and effective yoga programming for all clients. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, ERYT-500
Susy C Marks
Susy C Marks is the co-founder and creative director of U-Jam Fitness®. She has been inspiring and motivating people of all ages and dance backgrounds through her world class dance fitness choreography. Susy C’s 20+ years of dance experience and 16 years of fitness teaching experience has blossomed into her exploding and internationally recognized urban fitness dance program, U-Jam Fitness. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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Pete McCall, MA
Pete McCall, MA, helps others improve their lives through fitness. Pete is the science officer for the Institute of Motion, a master trainer for Star Trac®, an education consultant and blogger. Prior to starting his own business, PMc Fitness Solutions, he was an exercise physiologist for ACE where he helped create the Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT®) model. Frequently quoted as a fitness expert in publications such as The Washington Post, San Diego UnionTribune, SELF, Glamour and Shape, and featured as a fitness expert on a variety of TV news outlets, Pete is a sought after media resource for accurate, in-depth insight on how to get results from exercise. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and earned a fellow in Applied Functional Science® from the Gray Institute. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NSCA
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.
Alex McLean is a senior course instructor for TRX®, a featured instructor for fitnessglo.com, and a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED™ and Total Gym®. With 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Alex has appeared in multiple video and print fitness projects. A Los Angeles-based professional dancer and acrobat, he has danced for LeeAnn Rimes, the international hip-hop troupe Nike Culture Shock, the Reebok Performance Team, Disney and the NBA/WNBA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
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.
Ami McMullen is a classically trained ballet dancer who dedicated herself to movement at a young age. She transitioned from a career in dance to teaching group fitness classes and personal training. Since graduating with her degree in exercise and sport science, she has had the opportunity to work with some of the top minds in the fitness industry. Having studied directly with the creators of the TRX® Suspension Training® and Rip™ Training programs, she has traveled extensively as a TRX master instructor.
Jeff McMullen is an award winning international fitness presenter based in San Francisco, and he is the group fitness manager for Equinox® Union Street. With 25 years experience in the fitness industry, Jeff has been featured in several fitness DVDs. He is a master trainer for Tabata Bootcamp™, Barre Biz™, Jumpsport® Fitness, Lebert Fitness, and multiple TRX® formats. Certifications: ACE, AEA, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Minal Mehta, MBA
Minal Mehta, MBA, is the co-founder and president of BollyX®, and she leads instructor certifications across the U.S. and teaches regularly in New York City. Minal’s fitness background includes competitive synchronized swimming and water polo, and her artistic background is in various styles of dance, including Bollywood, kathak, jazz and hip-hop. Minal is a strategy and branding mastermind who has leveraged her expertise to build a virtual community for BollyX all over the world. She enjoys driving BollyX’s powerful brand to boost awareness around healthy living. Minal holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration. Certification: AFAA
Moira Merrithew, together with president and CEO of MERRITHEW™, Lindsay G. Merrithew, has spent over two decades promoting the benefits of responsible exercise through their brands STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™ and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training. Working closely with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, they ensure all programming is aligned with current scientific and biomechanical research. In addition to overseeing the creation of the curricula and support materials for the company's education and certification programs, Moira is a content creator and featured performer in the extensive DVD series. A published author and media personality, she presents at numerous fitness industry events all over the globe. After an accomplished career as principal dancer with the City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company, Moira Merrithew went on to retrain and certify as a Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original studio founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates.
Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country, educating, inspiring and motivating millions through her best-selling books, fitness DVDs and video games, and her award-winning podcast, hit TV shows, regular television appearances and more. As a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years, Jillian has established an impressive media empire. Her New York Times best-selling books include: Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, Master Your Metabolism, Making the Cut, and Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss, Her DVDs are consistently top sellers and her newest title, Jillian Michaels Killer Body, will be released in March 2015.
Mike Michels is the owner of M2 Live Fit, LLC, a fitness and education company based in Los Angeles. He provides health, fitness and sport-specific coaching to general population clients, endurance athletes, college athletes and actors getting ready for the big screen. All of Mike’s clients have achieved their performance goals and body transformations with his proprietary Live Fit Formula. Over the last 17 years, Mike has been a product spokesperson and program creator for Schwinn®, Star Trac®, FreeMotion Fitness® and Matrix Fitness. Mike has also competed on a national level for over 20 years in triathlons, mountain bike races and adventure races. Certification: NASM
Derek Mikulski is the inventor of the ActivMotion Bar™. Curious and inventive his whole life, Derek has always followed the road less traveled. He started taking an interest in fitness at the age of 18 when, through self-education and hard work, he lost 80 pounds. He has been featured in several health and fitness publications and on television for his innovations in fitness. Derek now looks to share his knowledge and inspire everyone to lifelong fitness. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and exercise science. Certifications: NASM, NPTI, NSCA
Amanda Mittleman, MS
Amanda Mittleman, MS, is passionate about empowering people to reach their greatest potential through fitness. She is a 20-year veteran in the fitness industry and the creator of Mo-Mentum Fitness in Huntington Beach, California. Amanda uses real world experience, science and passion to provide tools that transform mindsets and guide individuals to confront their own perceived limitations so that they may ultimately become their own superheroes. She holds a a master’s degree in kinesiology.
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 Clif Bar®, the National Dairy Council®, 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.
Ian Montel, MS
Ian Montel, MS, has been in the fitness industry for over 6 years as a personal trainer and sports performance coach. He was also an instructor and program supervisor for a personal training degree program in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ian has been a master instructor with the NASM for 3 years and is a content development coordinator with NASM. Ian holds a master’s degree in human movement, with an emphasis in sports conditioning from AT Still University. Certification: NASM
Hideko Moriyama is a 34-year fitness industry veteran, and she was the first Japanese trainer to obtain a fitness certification in the U.S. In 1986, Hideko opened Studio Paradiso, a membership facility where all generations can enjoy varied exercise programs. While studying at Kyushu University graduate school of integrated frontier sciences, she developed the 10 Minute Lunch Fitness program, which became a nonprofit association in 2012. She has presented over 2000 lectures for local governments, universities and companies to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle.
Teri Mosey, PhD
Teri Mosey, PhD, has over 16 years of experience as a consultant, educator and exercise physiologist. Her knowledge and expertise includes studies of Eastern and Western philosophies, energy medicine and culinary exploration. 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 in holistic nutrition and is a graduate of culinary studies. Certifications: ACSM, NASM
Tamae Murai is a 30-year veteran in the fitness industry. Tamae has been a leader in her local community providing exercise classes through her fitness circle activity P.E.A.K.S. (People Enjoy Aerobics and Keiraku-bics, Saitama). When she attended an IDEA convention in 1999, she came up with the idea of an exercise program that combines Western and Eastern medicine. Keiraku-bics Research Society was founded in 2006 and in 2010 it became a nonprofit organization.
Cathleen Murakami is the department head of GYROTONIC® and Pilates at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Spa & Resort, located in Tecate, Baja California. She has specialized in the Pilates technique for over 20 years and GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS® for nearly a decade. Originally trained by Alan Herdman Pilates in London, Cathleen has been associated with IDEA since 1994 as a presenter, having had many of her presentations filmed for educational purposes. She holds certifications from ACE, Alan Herdman Studio of London, PhysicalMind, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, GYROTONIC Levels 1 & 2 and GYROKINESIS, and has completed yoga teacher training with Tim Miller and Erich Schiffman.
Carol Murphy, recipient of the 2010 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award, is an international fitness expert and motivational speaker. She has worked as a consultant, master trainer, course instructor and spokesperson for leading companies, including Reebok, Drums Alive®, Flexi-Sports®, Qignition, Tabata Bootcamp™ and TRX®, and as the education director for Resist-A-Ball®. Known for her infectious energy and passion to make fitness fun, Carol’s innovative, results-oriented workouts have been featured in numerous fitness DVDs and magazines, and at conventions worldwide. She has written more than 50 instructor training courses, lectures and articles. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Tricia Murphy Madden
Tricia Murphy Madden is the fitness director for Denali Fitness and has been teaching since 1991. She owned her own facility, Urban Fitness, in Seattle’s West Seattle neighborhood from 1999 to 2007 and has managed group fitness programs at clubs throughout Seattle since 2006. Tricia is the creator of three group fitness programs, including Barre Above, Urban Striptease Aerobics and My Best Friends Workout, and has sold over 50,000 exercise DVDs. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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 awards. Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Tabata Bootcamp™ and Gliding™, and she is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, Body Bar®, BOSU® and Flirty Girl Fitness®. The owner of FitFlix Productions, Mindy has starred in over 400 instructional videos and authored numerous articles. She is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 Minutes to Slim It infomercials. Continuing education provider for ACE and AFAA.
Valorie Ness-Sonnemaker is an award winning and internationally recognized speaker and educator in the health and fitness field. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in food and nutrition and one in dietetics, with minors in corporate and community fitness and athletic coaching. A personal trainer since 1996, Valorie is also a master trainer for ACE and numerous equipment companies, and she was awarded the 2013 PFP Personal Trainer of the Year Award. Valorie enjoys the professional challenge of providing people with real-world solutions to real-world problems through corrective exercise techniques and a progressive approach to training. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NFPT, NSCA
Perry Nickelston, DC
Perry Nickelston, DC, is the owner of Stop Chasing Pain, LLC, an educational and information company that empowers people to take back control of their life from pain. As a chiropractic physician with special expertise in performance enhancement, corrective exercise, and movement assessment, Perry is also certified as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA). He is the creator of the Primal Movement Chains: Moving Beyond Mobility RAIL Reset System for health and fitness professionals, and is a regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic, Livestrong and To Your Health magazine.
Aimee Nicotera, MS
Aimee Nicotera, MS, is the creator of the fitness DVD series 2X2 Conditioning® and Take 20!®. A 20-year fitness industry veteran, Aimee works with Dynamax and MOSSA to develop group programming for medicine balls and ViPR™, respectively. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science, a master’s degree in health education, and numerous industry certifications. Aimee markets her own brand and teaches group classes in Miami. Certifications: ACE, ACSM
Brian Nunez runs a successful training center in San Jose, California. He speaks around the country as an industry leader and motivates coaches on how to deliver results to their clients. Brian is a Team SPRI® board member, SPRI master instructor and IGNITE360 master trainer and presenter. He prides himself on not just coaching athletes but on being one as well. He has run in 20+ half marathons, two marathons (Boston and Big Sur), an Ironman and the GORUCK Tough challenge, and he took first place in the national IDEA “I Will” challenge. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University, and he is a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist. He holds certifications with TRX®, and is a holistic lifestyle coach through the C.H.E.K Institute. Certification: NASM
Bernadette O’Brien, MA
Bernadette O’Brien, MA, teaches land and aqua fitness classes for all populations, and she is helping the world rethink what teaching seniors really means today. She has acquired the nickname Super Betty for her unmatched dynamism. In addition, Bernadette was voted the Most Energized, Amazing Woman in America by Centrum®, winning over applicants in their 50s, 60s and 70s. At 82, Bernadette not only teaches, she sports a black belt in karate. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Alex Ochart is a business strategist, digital marketing expert and the founder of Essential Know-How, a successful international marketing consulting firm. For many years, he worked in multiple technology companies while starting up other businesses in other areas to feed his appetite for entrepreneurship. In 2006, Alex taught himself the skill of Internet marketing while still working a full-time job. Suddenly, financial success came almost effortlessly and by 2009 he was a self-made millionaire. Stunned, yet grateful, he shifted his focus to reverse engineering his success with the stated mission of helping others duplicate his results. Today, Alex is one of the leading experts on making money online and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities at engineering marketing funnels that produce leads and customers, often at triple or quadruple the average value experienced by competitors.
PJ O’Clair is a renowned international speaker and presenter. She is the recipient of the 2008 IDEA Program Director of the Year award and is a proud member of the IDEA Program Director Committee. PJ is a Merrithew Health & Fitness™ master instructor trainer, a senior master instructor with TRX® and a newly appointed Fascial Fitness master instructor 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.
Kelle Rae Oien
Kelle Rae Oien is a unique Nia teacher and trainer. As a trained and certified Rolfer and Rolf movement practitioner, she brings a rich understanding of the human form and an integrationist approach to looking at, sensing and moving the body. Her classes are athletic and packed with power. This approach, blended with her years of work in the healing arts, bring depth, compassion and choice into every move, making each class experience deep, yet intuitive. Kelle loves sharing her integrative perspective of the body and teaching new ways of creating systemic health and wellness by synthesizing anatomy, movement, somatics and therapeutics.
Amy Opielowski graduated with a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2004. After a few years of working as a personal trainer and manager at 24 Hour Fitness, she was introduced to CorePower® Yoga, where she is now the San Diego regional program manager and national boot camp manager.
Ingrid Owen has been in the fitness industry for 25 years, including 18 years with 24 Hour Fitness where she served in various capacities as the vice president of fitness, group fitness, learning and development as well as corporate operations. Through the course of her tenure at 24 Hour Fitness, Ingrid developed key partnerships with industry leaders such as Zumba®, Les Mills, Parisi Speed School, IDEA and TRX®. She is currently an industry consultant and helps club owners and industry leaders develop stronger fitness programming and integration to strengthen member retention as well as build strong ancillary business revenue through both personal and small-group training. Ingrid is still active as an instructor and trainer for both Les Mills and TRX and is passionate about her MMA and CrossFit workouts.
Portia Page has been in the fitness industry for over 24 years as a teacher, program and fitness director, international presenter and author. She is a Pilates & Barre faculty member, a CoreAlign® master instructor and the education project manager for Balanced Body®. In addition, Portia is a U.S. national trainer for Les Mills BODYFLOW™ and CXWORX™. Portia holds a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego and is the author of Pilates Illustrated (over 10,000 copies sold). Certifications: ACE, AFAA, PMA
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.
Susane Pata is a global senior master instructor for TRX®, Life Fitness and TriggerPoint™ 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. Certifications: ACE, NASM
Shahil Patel is the co-founder and CEO of BollyX®. Prior to BollyX, he served as the president, CEO and artistic director of Ishaara Dance Company, the first-ever Bollywood group in history to make the semifinals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent! He has choreographed, produced and led over 200 Bollywood performances for private clients nationwide, and performed alongside celebrity superstars including Gloria Estefan, Jamie Foxx and Diana Ross. With a rare blend of Indian heritage, American upbringing and years of experience in the entertainment industry, Shahil is a leading expert in the art of integrating Bollywood and Hollywood. Shahil holds bachelor's degrees in economics and psychology and is a candidate for a master's degree in business administration. Certification: AFAA
Amanda Patterson is the senior director of marketing for MindBody, Inc., where she drives strategy and execution for all marketing efforts, including branding, public relations, product marketing and demand generation. Amanda graduated summa cum laude with an English degree from Vanguard University and was hired by a large local company to write website and collateral copy while finishing her degree. She quickly discovered her passion for harnessing the power of creativity and compelling communication to improve business performance. Her 13 years of experience includes both B2B and consumer advertising agency work for a wide array of industries, and in recent years, her focus has been software marketing.
Beto Perez is the creative genius behind the Zumba® program, the fitness formula that has revolutionized the way millions of people think about exercise. Zumba Fitness® is a global movement and the largest branded dance-fitness program in the world, with 15 million weekly class participants in 200,000 locations across 180-plus countries. Beto teaches master classes around the world and trains instructors to teach Zumba classes, and in his role as Zumba Fitness chief creative officer, produces popular soundtracks that earn international acclaim.
Heather Peterson is the senior vice president of programming and classroom experience for CoreRower® Yoga, where she has served in a number of varied strategic and operational capacities. Heather was the regional manager of Colorado, then later moved to Huntington Beach to develop the emerging markets along the West Coast as CorePower expanded its studio reach. With specific expertise and aptitude in designing and directing the strategy and content for classroom instruction and programming, Heather developed the first Hot Yoga teacher training program at CorePower. She has contributed to over 50 teacher trainings, developed and led the CorePower Yoga nutrition program and is the current national director for teacher training.
Cassidy Phillips, founder of TriggerPoint™ Performance Therapy, is a biomechanical specialist concentrating in sports performance and injury prevention. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia over 10 years ago, it became his mission to understand muscular structure and the regeneration of dysfunctional tissue. This led to his development of TriggerPoint Performance products, education and methodologies, including Myofascial Compression™ Techniques. Cassidy specializes in recognizing the biomechanical challenges and inefficiencies in movement and travels the world educating others on the benefits of self-massage.
Michael Piercy, MS
Michael Piercy, MS, is a TRX® master instructor and the owner of The LAB (Performance & Sports Science) in West Caldwell, New Jersey. A former professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets, Mike specializes in performance enhancement for the modern athlete and active adults. He is a certified performance enhancement specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and holds a master’s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NSCA
Krista Popowych has been inspiring personal trainers, fitness leaders and managers for over two decades with her motivating and practical sessions. As the 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®, a TV personality, a past program director, an 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.
Debbie Praver holds a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics from California State University, Long Beach. She is the star of the upcoming fitness show Fit To Be Bride and has designed programs for more than 100 Fitness DVD’s including the Inside Out Method with Bob Harper and Points Plus System for Weight Watchers. In addition, Debbie has been doing stand-up comedy professionally for more than ten years for the Improv comedy clubs as well as headlining her Armed with Laughter: Soul(dier) Boot Camp show for Armed Forces Entertainment to entertain the troops all over the world. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, Physical Mind Institute
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.
Joy Prouty is the director of education programs and training for Zumba Fitness®, a co-developer of the Zumba Gold Instructor training program and a Zumba education specialist. She is a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, and member of Reebok University’s Development Team. Joy served on the ACSM Summit Committee for 13 years and is the owner of Fitness Programming Inc. An internationally renowned fitness personality and presenter, Joy has been featured in numerous fitness DVDs and is the lead presenter in the Zumba® consumer Gold DVD series. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Fraser Quelch is an internationally renowned expert and a founding member of the revolutionary training company TRX®. He is an award winning presenter who’s been featured at conferences and events all over the world, including on the TED stage. Fraser combines an animated, entertaining style with his knowledge and gift to motivate and inspire. His provocative presentations have been known to stretch the minds of his audiences and provide relevant and effective training solutions in a practical setting.
Erika Quest is the owner of Studio Q Pilates Conditioning in Laguna Beach, California, and she is a part of the Balanced Body® faculty and BOSU® development team. A Body Arts & Science International® graduate, Erika is also honored to be a regular instructor for the prestigious Pilates Anytime, Inc website. She is a premier presenter at a number of fitness and wellness conventions, including IDEA, SCW Fitness Mania, Balanced Body Pilates on Tour, Pilates in Asia, and RIMINI Wellness. Erika’s writings can be found in Pilates Style, IDEA Pilates Today, IDEA Fitness Journal and Pilates-Pro.com. Certifications: BASI
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 quickly becoming a popular educator, having presented at some of the top gyms and conferences worldwide. He is also a leading authority on social media for fitness professionals and consults for numerous industry experts. Scott’s unique ability to make technical information easy to understand, along with his passion and enthusiasm for enabling people to move and live better, is what makes his presentations enjoyable and engaging. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Greg Ray, MBA
Greg Ray, MBA, is a pioneer in the branded thought leader and business guru space, and continues to create new platforms for expression and learning today. As an investor, owner, founder and creative force, he helped grow the worldwide public brands of legendary thought leaders such as Stephen Covey and Tom Peters, and launched several branded media properties, including Faith and Value Media (acquired by National Interfaith Cable Coalition), Peterman.com (acquired by founder John Peterman), and Rovion, Inc. (acquired by Local.com). His former company WYNCOM also produced the Fortune CEO Forum in the mid-1990s in association with Fortune magazine, which put CEOs center stage as branded personalities.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Reece
Gabrielle (Gabby) Reece, former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star and fitness icon, has been dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes. At 6’3”, Gabby has been a dominant force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit and has taken her experience into the gym to create an innovative high intensity explosive training and conditioning program, HIGHX™ powered by Lifeline. Her commanding presence, passion for healthy living and fitness expertise makes her a popular public speaker on the subjects of health and wellness. An avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, Gabby has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women, Travel & Leisure Golf, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Outside, Volleyball, Fitness and Life,and has regularly appeared on Good Morning America, Today and Chelsea Lately, as well as other top tier entertainment shows.
Adam Reid is recognized as one of the leading indoor cycling instructors in Los Angeles. Since moving to California from the UK in 1999, Adam has continued to share his enthusiasm for fitness and cycling by teaching thousands of classes and leading certifications both nationally and internationally. He holds numerous indoor cycling certifications and, through his classes, he teaches the fundamentals of authentic cycling and takes riders on a journey with clearly defined challenges, using a format that accommodates entry-level riders through champions. Adam is the customer care manager and lead master trainer for RealRyder® International. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
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 and postrehabilitation field. Certifications: AAHFRP-MES, MEPD/PRCS
Rick Richey, MS
Rick Richey, MS, is an international speaker who provides solid evidence-based education for personal fitness trainers in the areas of client assessment, injury prevention and performance enhancement. He is a master instructor for NASM, adjunct faculty at California University of Pennsylvania, and the owner of a personal training studio called Independent Training Spot in New York City. Rick has worked with numerous film and television personalities, professional athletes and traditional clients to help them reach their goals. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and is a graduate of the prestigious Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in massage therapy. Certifications: NASM, NSCA
Pat Rigsby, MS
Pat Rigsby, MS, has been behind the growth of many of the most successful brands in the fitness industry. He is a founder of Fitness Revolution, Athletic Revolution and the Fitness Consulting Group. Pat has also helped to propel brands, such as the International Youth Conditioning Association and Resistance Brand Training, to positions as market leaders in their respective categories. He is a seven-time best-selling author and has coached thousands of fitness professionals to owning their ideal business. Pat is certified as an IYCA youth fitness specialist Level 3 and he holds a master’s degree in physical education and athletic administration.
Keli Roberts is a world-renowned presenter and fitness educator who continues to raise the bar as a well respected fitness professional. She is a member of the BOSU® development team, a Schwinn® master trainer and a 2007 Fitness Hall of Fame inductee. Keli is also the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and the 2008 ECA Lifetime Achievement awards. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Debbie Rosas Stewart
has been a pioneer in the mind-body fitness industry since 1976. Dedicated lifelong to self-healing and self-mastery, her extensive study of dance, martial arts, music, fine arts and healing work inspired the co-creation of Nia®, an internationally acclaimed mind-body fitness program and lifestyle company. Based in Portland, Oregon, home of Nia International Headquarters, Debbie is committed to educating and inspiring year-round, offering workshops, master classes, events and Nia trainings to communities around the world.
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.
Laura Sachs is the creator of the E-MOTION® body-mind fitness video, relaxation and yoga walk programs, as well as the FitFoody blog. Since the fall of 2000, she has been an adjunct professor in the exercise and sport science department at the University of San Francisco where she teaches Pilates mat and aerobic fitness. Her articles have been featured in IDEA Fitness Journal, Shape, Fit Yoga, Natural Health, JCC 3200 Stories, and most recently, LinkedIn. Laura currently teaches mat, reformer and yoga at the Bay Club and the Jewish Community Center San Francisco. Certifications: ACE, RYT
Robert Sallis, MD
Robert Sallis, MD, is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California where he serves as co-director of their sports medicine fellowship program. He is a past president of the ACSM and currently chairs Exercise Is Medicine®, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association. Dr. Sallis received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy (where he played intercollegiate basketball) and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. Among his professional awards, Dr. Sallis received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI) and the 2011 Citation Award from the ACSM.
Leslie Sansone is an internationally recognized fitness expert and creator of the Walk at Home fitness program. Her philosophy is simple: Our bodies were made to move, and we can walk our way to health and wellness! With over 30 years experience leading millions to health and wellness, she holds several fitness certifications. A 2014 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Leslie is a highly sought after contributor to publications, including Woman’s Day, Real Age, iVillage, Family Circle and many more. She was QVC’s first on-air guest and has made national TV appearances for the past 30 years. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, Cooper Institute
Jan Schroeder, PhD
Jan Schroeder, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology, specializing in fitness, at California State University, Long Beach. Jan has authored over 45 research articles and book chapters in the area of exercise physiology/fitness. She is an international presenter specializing in the areas of women’s fitness as well as the older adult, and she is a certified group exercise instructor who teaches weekly in the private sector.
Kim Schwabenbauer, MS, RD
Kim Schwabenbauer, MS, RD, is a graduate of Penn State University’s nutrition program and has over 10 years of experience as a registered dietitian. Her work as a triathlon coach, professional triathlete and board certified specialist in sports nutrition drove her to found her personal sports nutrition counseling and endurance coaching business, Fuel Your Passion. Kim has appeared on national television as a dietitian and coach for the hit show MTV Made and is currently ranked 22nd in the world among female triathletes.
Jeffrey Scott is an international fitness presenter, the lead master trainer for Schwinn® Indoor Cycling, and the senior national group fitness manager of cycling for Equinox Fitness Clubs®. With over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jeffrey has conducted training workshops in over 15 countries around the world and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known for his creative program development and motivational teaching. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Kenta Seki is a celebrity trainer and group fitness instructor, as well as a fitness consultant and exercise choreographer. He has been featured in multiple magazines, TV shows, infomercials and close to 100 fitness DVDs. Kenta has worked with Jillian Michaels for over 3 years, and is featured in many of her DVDs and live events. He’s also honored with the role of being her personal trainer! Now, as one of Jillian’s BODYSHRED™ master trainers, Kenta brings her new group fitness program to instructors everywhere.
Greg Sellar has a degree in sports science and was named the 2010 International Fitness Showcase (IFS) International Presenter of the Year. He is a Nike sponsored athlete and Nike Training Club master trainer, and has presented in over 48 countries in his 20-year career. Currently, he services contracts with large fitness brands, including BOSU® as a member of the BOSU Global Elite Development Team, Total Gym® as a member of the GRAVITY® Training Advisory Group, and fitness fx as developer for their blast fx program. More recently, Greg has completed a diploma in coaching, mentoring and leadership with the International Coaching Federation and qualified as a wellness coach. He runs a consultancy with clients in the UK, U.S. and Australia, and regularly contributes to online and print media.
Norma Shechtman, MEd, MS
Norma Shechtman, MEd, MS, teaches Pilates and a full array of classes in Orange County, California. A well-respected fitness professional, she has been involved in fitness and education for over 30 years. As an author, script writer, TV personality and correspondence course reviewer, Norma retains a multitude of avenues to increase awareness of health and fitness. Norma was named the 2003 Group Fitness Professional of the Year by ACE and she holds a double master’s degree in kinesiology and education. Norma is an international presenter and author who is known for her down-to-earth, fun, caring and unassuming presentations. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA, NASM, NESTA
Robert Sherman is a master instructor and program developer for SPRI®, Schwinn®, ActivMotion Bar™ and the president of Robert Sherman Fitness LLC. He has spent 32 years in fitness, and is a much sought after speaker, teacher trainer and consultant for programming for studios, fitness clubs and wellness facilities and conventions throughout the U.S. and internationally. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Maryland, and is a gold-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor by ACE, AFAA and ACSM.
Aileen Sheron has been an innovator in the fitness industry since 1979. She has starred in over 30 exercise videos, has made many TV and radio appearances as a fitness expert, and is a contributor to several fitness publications. An IDEA presenter and continuing education provider for over 20 years, she specializes in choreography, equipment-based resistance programming, myofascial release, cardio dance, cycling and treadmill training. Aileen currently teaches at Renaissance Club Sport, UC Irvine and Breakthru Fitness. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Jeremy Shore has worked in the fitness industry for 18 years and is currently the director of education for Dynamax medicine balls. As a fitness expert, Jeremy has made appearances on the The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, and on other nationally recognized morning shows. He is an expert contributor to Reebok ONE, Men’s Health and Livestrong.com, and the host of two Men’s Health DVDs: The 15 Minute Workout: Arms, Abs, & Chest, and The Muscle System Workout. Certification: NASM
Terry Shorter has over 25 years of experience in music, production, dance, martial arts, sports and television performance. He is a versatile instructor and presenter who can instruct and train in several areas of fitness. Terry is the founder of R.I.P.P.E.D. – The One Stop Body Shock® and R.I.P.P.E.D. 4 kids. He has contributed to several fitness publications and has appeared on Fox, NBC, CNN Headline News and CBS. An engaging presenter, Terry is sure to put a smile on your face while putting the FUN in FUNctional fitness training.
Tina Shorter is a sunny Southern California native and former dancer. In addition to being a co-founder of one of America's hottest and fastest growing group fitness formats today, R.I.P.P.E.D. – The One Stop Body Shock®, Tina is a contributor for several top fitness publications. She leads and appears in many fitness videos, including R.I.P.P.E.D. Total Body Challenge home DVD, Popsugar Fitness, and TurboJam by Beachbody®. Her experience includes over 25 years of professional music and dance, and 16 years as a fitness instructor, and she currently enjoys teaching at one of the premier fitness facilities in the country. Certification: AFAA
John Sinclair is a master performance coach and faculty member of PTA Global. With 15 years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience, John travels extensively delivering energetic and memorable presentations. He is a master trainer for Technogym®, ViPR™, Power Plate® and Hyperwear®. John holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sport performance. Currently, John serves as the fitness director at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Florida, and is also the programming officer for the Institute of Motion. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS and PTA Global
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.
Autumn Skeel, RN
Autumn Skeel, RN, is the co-founder, program developer and owner of Total Body Tabata™ (TBT™) LLC. She has presented for FitnessFest and SCW Mania, and conducts ongoing TBT instructor certification trainings. Autumn has over 20 years experience as a group fitness instructor, teaching multiple formats, including high-low aerobics, step, boot camp and HIIT. She is a practicing registered nurse with a specialty in community health. Certification: ACE
Lynne Skilton-Hayes is the fitness program supervisor at the University of Guelph where she is responsible for hundreds of programs for students, faculty, staff and the community. Lynne holds a bachelor’s degree in science and brings over 20 years of education and experience to the fitness industry. She is an international fitness presenter and educator, a CanFitPro Pro Trainer and a master trainer for Bender Ball®. Certifications: ACE, CanFitPro
Craig Smith is a professional choreographer as well as an established presenter in the fitness industry. He is currently Madonna's head personal trainer and creative director of Hard Candy Fitness. Craig is also an endorsed NIKE, Rufskin, and Props Athletics dancer/athlete, has won numerous awards, and been featured in various mediums in media and editorials for fitness.
Derek Snowden is the head trainer at Witzlib Training in Atlanta and has more than 14 years experience in the fitness industry. His unique training style is proven to get his clients to their goals with a few movie quotes thrown in along the way. Derek is known for his innovative take on small-group training, using many modalities to train competitive tennis players, golfers and friends. Most recently he has launched a specialized golf training program, Golf Movement Mechanics, a program that utilizes his education from the Titleist Performance Institute. He is a senior course instructor for multiple TRX® training programs and is a former national Les Mills BODYPUMP™ trainer and presenter. Certification: AFAA
Bill Sonnemaker, MS
Bill Sonnemaker, MS, is the founder of Catalyst Fitness, Georgia’s only fully accredited and medically recognized personal training and performance enhancement facility. An internationally recognized exercise physiologist, personal trainer and educator, Bill's impressive credentials, first-class scientific education and numerous national and international awards distinguish him as a cutting edge leader in the fitness industry. In 2007, Bill received both the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year and the NASM Pursuit of Excellence Awards. He holds a master’s degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention, and has obtained advanced specializations and certifications as a performance enhancement specialist, corrective exercise specialist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NASM, NSCA and PTA Global.
Kimberly Spreen-Glick is the senior national director of group fitness, yoga and cycling for Life Time, a premier “healthy way of life” company that operates over 110 centers across the U.S. and Canada. She is a member of the IDEA Program Director Committee, a LifePower Yoga faculty member, and one of Exercise TV’s star trainers, as well as star of several exercise videos. Kimberly is the co-creator of 5 Star Development Training and co-producer of EMPOWER! Fitness Events. Known for her passion, enthusiasm and humor, Kimberly travels the world as a presenter, motivational speaker and continuing education provider.
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.
Haley Stone is the owner and lead choreographer for WERQ™ Dance Fitness, the fiercely fun dance fitness class based on pop, rock and hip-hop music. She is also a proud member of the Schwinn® Fitness master trainer team. With a background in group fitness instruction, personal training, dance and sports, Haley exudes positive power and passion to create an energetic buzz in all her group fitness classes. Her goal is to make her students feel comfortable and free to move to the beat.
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 professional expand their knowledge base and skill set. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Izumi Tabata, PhD
Izumi Tabata, PhD, is a world-renowned expert on exercise physiology, and is responsible for the groundbreaking work that bears his name, the Tabata Protocol. In his 35-year career, he has regularly worked as an advisor to the Japanese government on public health issues. Dr. Tabata is now dean of the faculty of sport and health science at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He continues to research the effects of exercise and physical activity on calorie consumption, and how Tabata can benefit victims of diabetes and heart disease by improving cardiorespiratory fitness.
Doris Thews has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Her journey in fitness began as a college athlete, after which she worked as a divisional director for 24 Hour Fitness. Now Doris owns her own fitness business, Team Thews. She is known for her motivational and athletic coaching style and is a master trainer for BOSU®, Indo-Row®, ShockWave and Schwinn® Cycling. In addition to being featured in several fitness DVDs, Doris has contributed her knowledge and expertise as an author for IDEA Fitness Journal and is a RYKA® brand ambassador. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM
Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, is a regents’ professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Education at Georgia State University, and is the executive director for After-School All-Stars Atlanta. He currently is serving on the ACSM Board of Trustees as an elected vice president, as chair of the ACSM Publications Committee, and on the American Fitness Index Advisory Board and the Exercise Is Medicine® Advisory Board.
Tomi Toles is a premier wellness and fitness coach, and sports conditioning specialist in the Five Towns Area of Long Island. As a former Tri-State All Natural Body-Building Champion, Tomi set off on an educational journey of health and wellness that lead him to become an integrative neurosomatic therapist and a member of the C.H.E.K Institute faculty. With over 19 years experience in the fitness industry, Tomi lectures and presents for the C.H.E.K Institute at conventions around the U.S. and Canada.
Roman Torgovitsky, PhD
Roman Torgovitsky, PhD, is a Harvard-trained biomedical and sleep researcher, an internal martial artist, and the creator of soma system®, a holistic self-bodywork practice based on myofascial release, trigger point therapy, active movement, and mindfulness. Roman has presented lectures and workouts at fitness conferences nationwide and has worked one-on-one with top athletes, yogis and healthcare professionals. He is committed to exploring soma system’s effect on human health, specifically its effect on sleep, pain, immune system functioning and emotional states.
Fen Tung is the product director and master trainer at BollyX®. She has been working in the fitness industry for 10+ years and holds numerous certifications. Fen began as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, then became a master trainer for both ISCA and BollyX. Her cuing workshops and creative insight form much of the backbone of BollyX's structured training program. As a leader in the fitness community, she has more than quadrupled BollyX’s partnerships and participant base in Boston, positioning the city as the flagship location for BollyX. Fen’s passion is educating and inspiring others to lead healthy, fit lives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. Certifications: AFAA, ISCA, NASM, STOTT Pilates
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
Louis van Amstel
Louis van Amstel is a grand slam three-time World Latin Dance Champion. He is best known for his nine stunning turns on Dancing With the Stars with celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Priscilla Presley, Niecy Nash and Sabrina Bryan. Louis is an Emmy nominated choreographer and he regularly choreographs for So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Louis now focuses on his fast-growing dance fitness program, LaBlast® Fitness and his activewear clothing line LVA Lifestyle.
Helen Vanderburg is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness and Fusion Fitness Training™. With over 30 years of experience in club management, program development and motivational speaking, she brings a wealth of experience to her presentations worldwide. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year, and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. She is an education developer and master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®. Certifications: ACE, E-RYT
Manuel Velázquez is a WATERinMOTION® national trainer and SCW fitness education faculty presenter. He is the proud recipient of the 2011 ECA-NYC OBOW All-Around International Presenter of the Year award. Manuel teaches a variety of formats, from aquatic exercise like aqua-core training and HIIT aqua sport conditioning to mind and body mat-fusion workshops and land-based cardio-strength and dance training. Forming part of the continuing education faculty of ACE, AFAA, SCW-EDU, AEA, FG2000 and WATERinMOTION, Manuel is also an AFAA examiner and star of the AFAA online distance-learning bilingual Sunrise Yoga and Cream Rises programs.
Shana (Martin) Verstegen
Shana (Martin) Verstegen is a master trainer for TRX® and ACE. She is a six-time world champion lumberjack athlete, she holds records as a collegiate pole vaulter and she is a nationally ranked fitness competitor. Shana holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a certified personal trainer. As the fitness director at Supreme Health and Fitness in Madison, Wisconsin, Shana coaches across multiple disciplines. She has guided her lumberjack athletes and fitness competitors to world best performances and her collegiate track and field athletes hold many school records. An energetic and personable speaker, Shana is also a national spokesperson for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NFPT
Mark Verstegen, MS
Mark Verstegen, MS, is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative human performance experts. He pioneered the concept of integrated performance training (mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery) and has brought that system to the world’s top athletes, teams and sports organizations. As the founder and president of EXOS™, Verstegen leads more than 2500 employees across eight-owned world class performance centers and within 250 client sites globally. Verstegen and the EXOS performance innovation team consult for high performance companies, including Adidas, EAS®, SKLZ®, Keiser®, and Axon Sports, helping them with product and program inspiration, development and testing, as well as consumer marketing. He is the author of six books, including Every Day Is Game Day (2014) and Core Performance.
JJ Virgin is a nutrition and fitness expert known for helping clients to lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerances and crushing their sugar cravings. She is the author of New York Times bestsellers, The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast, and The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks. In addition to being board certified in holistic nutrition, JJ is also a certified nutrition and fitness specialist. She has completed 40 graduate and doctoral courses and continues to stay abreast of the latest science. JJ is also a frequent blogger at Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and other outlets, as well as a popular guest on TV and radio, and in magazines.
Diane Vives, MS
Diane Vives, MS, is president and performance training director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, Texas. Coach Vives is passionate about guiding her team of professionals in current innovative training methods that are driven by an evidence-based system. Vives is also the education director and a lead instructor for Functional Movement Systems. Vives co-authored Speed, Agility, and Quickness, 2nd Edition as well as Developing Speed that are both published by Human Kinetics. She has produced video courses for Training the Female Athlete, SMARTsets Training and H2O Training with Active Resistance. Vives is also the test designer and training director for AFM FITTEST where fitness organizations come together in Austin, TX to prep, train and test over 500 fitness competitors in Austin’s most motivating fitness event. Certification: NSCA
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 ProSource, 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.
Dana Von Badinski, MS
Dana Von Badinski, MS, is a certified health and fitness specialist, personal trainer, group exercise instructor and educator. At the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Dana is a senior personal trainer specializing in select populations such as multiple sclerosis, post-stroke, and autoimmune conditions. She instructs participants ranging from prenatal to seniors in kettlebell training, studio cycling and Pilates. Dana started her career in corporate wellness in Indianapolis leading ergonomic programs and employee wellness strategies. Throughout her career her focus has been overall wellness, seeking balance in the mind and body. Certification: ACSM
Brandon Wagner owns and operates FIT Specialists, a personal training business 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
Anthony Wall, MS
Anthony Wall, MS, is the director of professional education for ACE. Prior to joining ACE, he served as the national director for personal training with Les Mills New Zealand. He was responsible for the development and training of their personal trainers and was instrumental in implementing small-group training programs. Anthony is a world-ranked master sprinter and the 2011 New Zealand Athlete of the Year. With more than 20 years experience in the fitness industry, Anthony has worked in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and currently presents on topics in fitness and personal branding.
Terri Walsh is the creator of the Active Resistance Training® (ART) Method. She is an author, studio owner, certified fitness instructor, personal trainer and former Creative Director of Crunch. The ART Method can be found at CRUNCH in NYC, San Francisco, Miami, Greater NYC YMCA, Equinox® Palo Alto and MetFitness in Melbourne, Australia.
Sandy Todd Webster
Sandy Todd Webster is the Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips. She is a career journalist/editor who has worked for IDEA since 2001. She believes that food and nutrition education for all, especially children, is the missing link in the obesity equation.
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.
Lisa Wheeler is the senior national creative manager of group fitness for Equinox® and the owner of Wheels in Motion Productions. She has designed programs for Hyperwear®, ViPR™ and SmartBells® among others, and was previously the education manager and global master trainer for Reebok University. Lisa has starred in over 20 DVDs and has choreographed almost 300 more, including The Biggest Loser, Dancing With the Stars and Dirty Dancing, as well as productions for Denise Austin, The FIRM, Reebok, Richard Simmons, 10 Minute Solutions, Shape, DailyBurn.com and Livestrong.com. She is the author of two New York Times best-selling books and consults regularly for magazines, TV programs and online media. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, Physical Mind Institute
Katy Widrick is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, leading PiYo Strength, Turbo Kick and other classes in Orlando, Florida. A full-time multimedia producer for Growing Bolder, celebrating active lifestyles, Katy is also a runner, triathlete, cyclist and exercise junkie! Mom to Audrey, Katy also offers blog and social media consulting services for bloggers who want to grow their audiences, make more money and have a lot of fun!
Laura Wilson, MS
Laura Wilson, MS, leads the KettleWorX® development of group training classes as Pivotal 5’s director of programming. She has over 12 years of experience as a fitness instructor, fitness manager, personal trainer and club owner, developing freestyle programming, prechoreography and structured fitness programs. Laura is a certified kettlebell teacher through the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation. Prior to her position with KettleWorX, she trained and presented with Les Mills and starred in BODYSTEP™ 90. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
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 150 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts. The recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator of the Year Award from the NSCA, Jacob is currently on the editorial boards for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He holds a doctorate degree in exercise physiology. Certification: NSCA
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.
Erin Woodbury has been a group exercise instructor for 14 years. She has been a cast member for several fitness infomercials and television shows, and is a video virtual trainer for meltdownchallenge.com. Erin currently balances her love of fitness with her love of nutrition as a media chef for Quest Nutrition, creating fun and healthy recipes for the press, social media and cookbooks, and for live demo events. She is a nutrition coach with Venice Nutrition® and a proud wife and mom to three amazing kids. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Sarah Zahab is a registered kinesiologist, certified exercise physiologist, group fitness instructor, nationally ranked race walker, and former international fitness competitor with over 15 years of full time fitness industry experience. She is the co-owner of Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance Inc. in Ottawa, Canada and the creator of the Prenatal and Postnatal Strength Workout DVDs. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and human kinetics.