Laurie Alfano is the director of education for Xtend Barre® Workout. She is a senior teacher trainer, program designer of numerous workshops and choreographer of fitness DVDs. Her fitness expertise and knowledge has been presented at various conferences as well as quoted in multiple publications. Laurie is a master Xtend Barre instructor and also teaches Pilates, spinning and TRX®.
Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator. As a consultant for Resist-A-Ball®, SPRI® products and TRX®, she specializes in creating progressive fitness programs. Abbie contributes to publications including SELF, Shape and Prevention, and has starred in numerous videos. She was recently chosen by CanFitPro as the Best New Presenter of 2012 and by ECA as the Best Female All-Around Presenter of 2013. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Julz Arney initially carved out her unique space in the industry as a dance-fitness expert, choreographing and starring in dozens of DVD programs. Today she is the education programs manager and lead master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, and a master trainer for ShockWave™, Indo-Row®, BOSU® and Gatorade®. She is known for her passion to help instructors hone their communication skills and digital acumen. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Yoav Avidar is a Nike elite trainer and co-owner of Hagymnasia, Israel’s leading fitness and dance certification institution. Yoav is well known for his dance-based aerobics and step classes, and for providing cutting-edge stretching, core conditioning and stability ball education. It is these professional skills, creativity and charisma that have brought him to present in more than 20 countries around the globe. Yoav is the recipient of the 2012 ECA award for best international presenter and is Israel's 2001 Instructor of the Year. Certification: AFAA
Ken Baldwin is a national and international presenter with over 25 years in the fitness industry, including a military background as a physical training instructor in the Australian Air Force. Ken is a master trainer for Schwinn® Indoor Cycling, Twist Sport Conditioning™ and BOSU®, specializing in presentations on water exercise and personal training. He presents for PTA Global in Australia for their personal training module, and continues to write for several prominent fitness magazines. He is also the education and training director of QPEC, a company that specializes in products, education and training workshops for the fitness industry.
Doug Balzarini is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator champion Mike Chandler and more. Doug has produced two DVDs on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos, is a contributor to multiple fitness/MMA-related websites and magazines, and was recently a coach on The Ultimate Fighter, a FOX TV reality show. Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Certifications: ACE, NSCA
Mike Bannan is the chief development officer for IDEA Health & Fitness Association. He joined IDEA in 2005 as chief operating officer and has been focused since 2008 on product development and strategic partnerships. In 2010, he was responsible for the launch of IDEA FitnessConnect, the largest international directory of fitness professionals, clubs and classes, and the only one that verifies professionals' credentials. A collaboration of 150 certification and training organizations, IDEA FitnessConnect lists more than 250,000 professionals, 25,000 clubs and15,000 classes.
Neil Bates has been in the fitness industry for over 19 years, and is a master trainer for fitness fx and is the program developer for stomp fx. Neil is a regular presenter at UK and international conventions and is known for his creative and innovative choreography. In addition, he is the first winner of the Presenter of the Year award at the World Fitness Experience in Blackpool, UK.
Eric, MS, Beard is the senior education specialist for the National Academy of Sports Medicine®. As a licensed massage therapist and trainer, he has successfully blended manual therapy and corrective exercise techniques for the average gym-goer, elite professional athletes and Olympians. For more than a decade, Eric has been delivering powerful and entertaining presentations worldwide. Certification: NASM
Leslee Bender is the founder of the Pilates Coach and the creator of the Bender 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
Lawrence Biscontini is a mindful movement specialist and the recipient of multiple awards from ACE, IDEA, Inner IDEA CanFitPro and ECA. Lawrence currently serves as the senior consultant for group programming for the American Council of Exercise® and Power Music®. Known for his versatility as an educator, author of multiple fitness books and regular contributor of articles to industry periodicals, Lawrence also forms part of the program development team for BOSU® and other organizations. In addition, Lawrence is a consultant and trainer to leading international gyms and spas in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AEA, AFAA, RYT
Brent Bishop is an on-air fitness and lifestyle expert, actor, author and highly sought after personal trainer. He is the owner of Think Fitness Studios, a performance-inspired, boutique personal training center in Toronto. Brent is also the regular fitness expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show, the functional fitness host of the series Body Fuel and the author of The Think Factor. Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology from Simon Fraser University. He has over 16 years experience inspiring people of all levels to demand more of themselves through fitness and personal development.
Jay Blahnik is a Nike athlete, the program creator for Schwinn® Indoor Cycling, the co-creator and program director for Indo-Row® and ShockWave™, and a lead advisor for BOSU® and Power Music®. Jay is also the group fitness spokesperson for IDEA, the recipient of the 1996 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, the 2005 CanFitPro Presenter of the Year and the 2012 Network Fitness Presenter of the Year (Australia). Certification: ACE
Sharon Catherine Blanks is the co-creator of Billy Blanks Jr.’s Dance It Out®. She was born and raised in New York City and started acting when she was 3½. As one half of the fitness industry’s power duo, Sharon hosts the popular fashion lifestyle series, The Love It Show! and America’s Fit Party. Sharon and Billy were featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show and are currently enjoying success with their brand-new workout, Dance It Out®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Billy Blanks, Jr, is the creator of Dance It Out®. From a young age, Billy gained much exposure and experience working professionally in the world of dance and entertainment. He directed and choreographed the WeSparkle Take II celebrity concert for the WeSpark Cancer Support Center. The fitness industry’s only power duo, Billy and his wife Sharon are in the process of launching their own original family lifestyle and fitness show, America’s Fit Party, executive produced by Paula Abdul. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Mike Bracko, EdD, is the director of Dr. Bracko’s Fitness and the Hockey Institute. In addition to being a writer, hockey skating coach, fitness educator and media consultant, Mike has expertise in back injury prevention and ergonomics. He is an active volunteer with ACSM and IDEA, and he holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in exercise science. Mike is the author of 24 fitness, sports performance and hockey DVDs. Certification: NSCA
Mary Bratcher, MA, is a life coach who specializes in small business development and stress management. She is a published author, professional speaker, media consultant, faculty member for the American Council on Exercise®, associate director of content for PTontheNET, and a member of the PTA Global board of directors. Mary has developed numerous continuing education courses for fitness professionals and is the co-creator of The BioMechanics Method® corrective exercise educational program.
Darya Bronston is the founder and CEO of Annovium Products and the inventor of the CoreFitnessRoller®. She is a massage therapist with expertise in deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, cranio-sacral and hot stone therapy. Darya is known for creating dynamic and exciting new classes utilizing trigger point therapy, functional movement and massage techniques to teach and empower participants about muscle release, circulatory flow, core strengthening and overall health. Certification: PMA
Douglas, MS Brooks is the director of programming for both BOSU® and RealRyder® Indoor Cycling. An ex-Ironman® triathlete, Douglas 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.
Heather Brunk is a certified global master trainer for Octane Fitness. She has over 7 years of personal training and teaching experience in health clubs, and has owned her own personal training studio. Heather has been an integral part in developing the CROSS CiRCUIT training program at Octane Fitness. She has traveled worldwide training trainers on the benefits of CROSS CiRCUIT and the value it can add to their clubs. Certifications: ACE, NESTA
Marc Bubbs, ND, is the founder of Naturopathic Sports Medicine and currently works as a sports medical consultant at the Toronto Athletic Club, Laylor Performance Systems and for the Canada Basketball Development Program. As a naturopathic doctor and strength and conditioning coach, Marc focuses on the integration of health and exercise, believing that “movement is the best medicine”. He focuses on an integrative approach, using a combination of traditional Eastern medicine and cutting-edge Western medicine to meet his clients’ health and performance goals.
Leandro Carvalho, a Brazilian, is the creator of the Brazil Butt Lift workout program. He has an extensive dance résumé, a degree in physical therapy, and multiple personal training certificates. His signature class, Brazil Butt Lift, was named Best Fitness Class by New York Magazine and has been showcased in Marie Claire, People, Time Out, New York Times, Elle, Health and Vogue.
Lourdes Castro, MS, RD, is a registered dietician and adjunct professor with New York University’s department of nutrition, food studies and public health. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Columbia University and has written three cookbooks: Simply Mexican; Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish; and Latin Grilling. Lourdes is also the director of the Biltmore Culinary Academy.
Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD is a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist in Riverside, California. She is the nutrition consultant for The Sport Clinic and has consulted with the Los Angeles Lakers, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Angels. Ellen is the author of two books, Eating for Endurance, 4th ed. (2003) and Ultimate Sports Nutrition, 2nd ed. (co-author, 2000). She has also authored three continuing education courses for health and fitness professionals. Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in home economics, a master’s of public health in nutrition, and a master’s degree in physical education. She has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics medallion award.
Fabio Comana, MA, MS, is the director of continuing education for NASM®, and a faculty member at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He was the original developer of ACE’s IFT™ model and led development on their personal training educational workshops. Fabio has a wealth of experience working as a collegiate head coach, strength and conditioning coach, and club manager for Club One. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NASM, NSCA
Gregg Cook is a group fitness instructor and educator for Equinox in New York City. He is also a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling. In addition to being known as an indoor cycling specialist, Gregg holds expertise in delivering outstanding circuit training programs. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Kathy Corey is the director of Kathy Corey Pilates and has been recognized as a leading expert in the Pilates community for over 33 years. Her programs are taught at locations across the U.S. and in 20 countries. Kathy is on the contributing editor board for IDEA Pilates Today and is an IDEA Expert. She is also an advisory board member for Pilates Style magazine and a member of the board of advisors for the American Fitness Professional Association. Kathy has been selected by IDEA as one of 10 people in the world Who Inspire the World to Fitness. Certification: PMA
Rodney Corn, MA, is a co-founder of PTA Global and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco and California University of Pennsylvania. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Rodney has traveled worldwide presenting at numerous conferences, sharing his experience in wellness, sports performance and corrective exercise. He holds a master’s degree in biomechanics and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science™ with the Gray Institute. Certifications: NASM, PTA Global
Richard T. Cotton, MA, is the national director of certification and registry programs for the American College of Sports Medicine, and as such, he utilizes the vast expertise of the ACSM membership to provide a state-of-the-art certification program that is in direct support of the mission of the College. As chief exercise physiologist at both the Sharp Healthcare System and the world-renowned Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation from 1980 to 1991, Richard worked with both obese and underweight patients, and people with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and hypertension. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science from San Diego State University. Certification: ACSM
Kathryn Coyle is a Peak Pilates® instructor trainer and international presenter with over 10 years experience. She has been featured on NBC, in Pilates Style magazine and on numerous DVDs. With Pilates certifications totaling over 1,000 hours, she is committed to making the classical work accessible and has worked closely with physical therapists, gaining insight into how to use Pilates for prehabilitation and rehabilitation. Kathryn is also a Jivamukti yoga instructor, a Bodyblade® master instructor, a personal trainer and a certified nutritionist. Kathryn co-owns the Innerspace, a thriving Pilates and yoga studio in Avon, Connecticut.
Heather Coyle is a certified personal trainer and MMA fitness trainer (Levels I and II). Based in Philadelphia, she also leads boot camp classes. Heather joined forces with Kevin Kearns in 2012 to fight obesity after experiencing the MMA Warrior Workout at the 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention™. Certification: NASM
Josh Crosby is a world champion rower, ultra-endurance athlete and competitor in the Ironman® World Championships. He is the creator of Indo-Row®, an international fitness presenter and a certified trainer who has been featured on the Today show, CNN and Fox News. Josh serves on the international indoor rowing federation advisory group (FISA) and recently joined the Gatorade® G-Series Fit team. Josh has coached celebrities, athletes and fitness enthusiasts and is known for his ability to lead people beyond their perceived limitations. Certification: ACE-CPT
Tahneetra Crosby is a presenter, group fitness instructor and personal trainer with over 11 years of experience. She is a senior course instructor for TRX® Suspension Training® and Group Rip Training, and a master trainer and development team member for Qignition. In addition, Tahneetra 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: AFAA, NASM
Lene Kristine Dahl is the international director of the Corebar® Academy. An experienced national and international presenter, Lene Kristine also teaches classes in one of Scandinavia’s leading fitness chains. She holds several European fitness degrees and certifications. A talented dancer with a genuine understanding of music, Lene Kristine possesses a unique commitment to her work and has a rare talent for being strategically creative, disciplined, enterprising and outgoing.
Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, inventor and industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. He has served as an instructor at the NAIT College School of Health Sciences and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco in the sports science department, and the director of the Institute of Motion. Michol is the creator of ViPR™, the co-founder of PTA Global and has studied exercise science at the University of Alberta.
Lashaun Dale, MA, MPH, is the senior national creative manager of group fitness at Equinox®. She holds degrees in international relations, philosophy and applied anthropology, as well as a master’s of public health from Columbia University. Lashaun is a certified trainer who specializes in holistic lifestyle management, yoga, core strength, flexibility training and youth fitness. She represents Team Body Bar® and Yoga Tune Up®, and is featured in the Master Your Body videos: Core Strength and Stretch, Sportszone, Yogasculpt, Equanimity, Strength Resolutions and Body Bar Flex, and Human Kinetics Total Body Toning. Certification: NSCA
Wendy Dale, MEd, serves as Power Music’s Group Rx program coordinator with her husband Brad. Previously an emergency medical technician, she has been a professional in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. Wendy has performed in dozens of fitness and education videos and has educated and trained fitness professionals both nationally and internationally since 1996. Certification: ACE
Amy Dixon is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors and master trainers in the industry today. She is a group fitness manager for Equinox®, a Reebok walking and fitness expert, as well as a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and KettleWorx®. Amy has starred in many critically acclaimed fitness DVDs and online fitness programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology. Certification: AFAA
Denise Druce, MPH, is the director of yoga teacher training at the University of Utah, where she also works with the athletic teams on campus. She is a master trainer for YogaFit® and Schwinn® Cycling, and a lululemon ambassador. Denise has produced a series of 28 home workout DVDs and is a fitness contributor to SELF magazine. She holds a master’s degree in public health and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three boys. Certifications: NSCA, Yoga Alliance RYT500
Todd Durkin, MA, owns Fitness Quest 10 and Todd Durkin Enterprises in San Diego. He is a human performance specialist, bodyworker 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. Certification: NSCA
Terry Eckmann, PhD, is a professor at Minot State University and has over 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She recently authored the book 101 Brain Boosters and has authored chapters for the ACSM personal training manual and health fitness management text. In addition, Terry is the recipient of the NDAHPERD 2010 Honor Award, the 2007 University Teacher of the Year Award and the 2007 Minot State University Regents Award for Scholarship and Research. Certification: ACE
Dan Edwardes, MA, MPhil, is the founder and director of Parkour Generations, the world’s leading parkour organization with operations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. An expert in several fighting arts, Dan is also a Cambridge University Scholar, the author of several books, as well as the co-creator of the global A.D.A.P.T™ and Parkour Fitness Specialist™ certifications. Dan regularly presents and teaches at seminars and conferences around the world.
Lauren Eirk, MS, is a certified E-RYT 500 level Yoga Instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. She is the owner and the creator of the internationally recognized, biomechanically based Registered Yoga School “Yoga I.S®”, which offers 200hr, 300hr and 500 hour yoga coursework. Lauren is an MATm, Mastery Level Muscle Activation Techniques™ Certified Specialist and the first female MAT Jump Start Instructor. She is a Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist®. Lauren has a specialty yoga studio in Louisville, KY called Yoga I.S. that offers group yoga, resistance training, pilates, and mediation classes, personal Training/ MAT, stress management, and continuing education courses. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA, E-RYT 500
Carrie Ekins, MA, is the CEO of Drums Alive, Inc. and UG. She is also the founder and creator of Drums Alive® and the co-founder of Academic Beats®. Carrie holds a master's degree in physical education and dance, with special emphasis in sports medicine; and she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chemnitz in Germany. An international presenter, trainer and educator in the fitness and wellness field for more than 20 years, Carrie is the recipient of the IDEA 2012 Program Director of the Year award and the ECA 2010 Most Innovative and Creative Programming award for Drums Alive.
Marshall Eklund, MA, is a 25+ year fitness industry veteran and the founder of Marshall Eklund Fitness and Pilates, the exclusive STOTT PILATES® training facility in San Diego County since 2002. Marshall is an international presenter and writer with a master’s degree in biomechanics, as well as decades of athletic mixed-modality and mind-body training.
Marla Ericksen thrives on educating through the fusion of fitness and yoga and champions the mind-body movement with reverence to traditions. As a yoga educator, her teaching style reflects an appreciation of the principles of human performance while encouraging personal transformation through embodied presence. Marla is a contributing author to numerous industry publications and she is CanFitPro’s Fitness Presenter of the Year (2002 and 2007). Marla is the owner/director of Empower ME Yoga studio and teacher training academy in Ottawa, Canada.
Jeremiah Evans’ athleticism, competitive attitude and persistent work ethic have steered him on his fitness journey. He is a national trainer and presenter for LES MILLS GRIT™ Series, BODYPUMP™, and CXWORX™, and a national presenter for three other Les Mills group fitness formats. Additionally, he is CrossFit Level 1, TRX® certified and a U.S. Marine veteran. His passion to change lives through health and fitness, coupled with a decade of sales experience, give him the tools to help Les Mills facilities turn fitness into a win–win proposition for both facilities and members. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Jessica Exposito has worked in the fitness industry for more than 15 years and is the owner of X2 Fitness Academy in Barcelona, Spain. She is the creator of XMOVE programs and an educator for DiR Fitness Clubs. Her degree in physical education and the rapid growth in the European fitness market has opened new avenues for Jessica to reach a large fitness audience. Her accomplishments include International Presenter awards, Guinness Book of World Records for dance, TV trainer personality for Operación Triunfo (American Idol- Spanish version), and creator of the top-selling Spanish dance DVD workout, Batuka. As a global fitness partner for Reebok, she promotes ReebokONE and presents dance- and aerobics-based classes around the world.
Shannon Fable, 2012 IDEA Instructor of the Year finalist and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the founder of Sunshine Fitness Resources, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers. Shannon is a 15-year fitness veteran and master trainer for Schwinn®, BOSU® and ACE®. She serves on the ACE board of directors, is Anytime Fitness’s director of exercise programming and is a certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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 trainer, 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.
Mike Fitch is the founder and president of Global Bodyweight Training and creator of the Animal Flow Workout. As a body weight–training specialist, he is an innovator in reintroducing the power and effectiveness of movement-based training, with his style featured in Men’s Health as “the evolution of exercise.” With 15 years experience as a fitness professional, he is cross-trained in disciplines from power lifting and sport-specific training to gymnastics, parkour, breakdancing and general body weight conditioning. Certifications: NSCA, NASM
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
Linda Freeman-Webster is a national trainer for Keiser® and is an IDEA presenter, author and master level PFT, and was a finalist for IDEA's 2012 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.
Cheryl Forberg, RD, is one of the nation’s leading advisors on health and nutrition, Cheryl is a James Beard award-winning chef and one of the few professional chefs in the country who is also a registered dietitian. She strongly believes you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat well and that eating well can change your life. She is the nutritionist for NBC's "The Biggest Loser”, and has written multiple bestselling cookbooks, including "Flavor First: Cut Calories and Boost Flavor” (Rodale) and “Cooking with Quinoa for Dummies” (Wiley).
Brent Gallagher, MSS, started West U Fitness in 2006, with a vision to create a space with a unique and energized look and feel, where trainers and clients become family and the facility itself is a part of the community fabric of Houston. Brent's core philosophy is to train with and live a life of purpose; a life that inspires individuals to become better versions of themselves. As a recognized performance coach, Brent works with some of the world's top professional golfers, as well as other elite athletes, weekend warriors and top-level executives. Certifications: ACSM, NSCA
Anja Garcia is a former Division I gymnast and works as a registered nurse in a pediatric ICU. She strives to inspire people to find their strength within to not only change their bodies, but to change their lives! Anja performs with the Group Rx WAR Team. Certification: AFAA
John Garey, MS, is a master instructor trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and is an integral part of the programming team specializing in STOTT PILATES® and CORE™. John holds a master’s degree in physical education and has been a STOTT PILATES-certified instructor since 2001. He is an accomplished Pilates and fitness presenter and has presented workshops and lectures in more than 14 countries, including the U.S. He has contributed to and appeared in many international publications, including Men’s Fitness, Shape, ePregnancy, Pilates Style and the Los Angeles Times. John is the president and founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates. Certifications: ACE, NSCA
Teri Gentes is an international speaker, educator and lifestyle coach. She specializes in healthy everyday living with a provocative, playful and engaging style. Her passion to continually research, practice and share the benefits of whole-self health and consumption of nutritionally dense real foods is balanced with a progressive transitional approach. Teri's teachings inspire action in her clients to make healthier everyday habits easy, realistic, enjoyable and delicious.
Rob Glick is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®, and is a co-creator of the 5-Star Instructor Development Program for fitness professionals. A highly respected presenter at many popular fitness conventions, Rob was named International Presenter of the Year by CanFitPro and the Best Male Presenter by ECA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in movement and exercise science from Chapman University and continues to bring cutting-edge education, programming and choreography to the fitness industry as a member of the development team for Total Gym's GRAVITYSystem. Rob teaches in Irvine, California, at Renaissance ClubSport, Yoga Works and Core Power Yoga. He is also a continuing education provider for ACE, ACSM, AFAA and NASM.
Josh Gonzalez, a graduate of the University of Texas, has been training clients for 17 years. He is an NASM associate instructor and owns Athletic Performance of Texas, where he trains a wide range of clients, from youth to professional athletes. Josh is a leader in fitness education, ensuring safe lifting practices and providing youth fitness outreach. Certification: NASM
Patrick Goudeau is a Nike elite fitness athlete and one of the most sought-after fitness personalities in the world. Known for his unique and innovative approach to movement, the KING of CHOREOGRAPHY™ is a former U.S. National Aerobic Champion, celebrity trainer and the star of 23 highly acclaimed workout DVDs. His challenging, results-driven workouts continue to inspire those who are fortunate to experience his incredibly addictive passion for all that is health and fitness. Certifications: ACE, NASM
Trina Gray is the owner of Bay Athletic Club, a full-service medical-based health club, and Bay Urban Fitness, a training studio in Alpena, Michigan. Trina Inspires the World to Fitness® every day with her commitment to helping the thousands of individuals who live in this economically depressed and unhealthy community. She is also active as a corporate wellness presenter and has seen success with her 6-week Corporate Fit Challenge program. Certification: AFAA
Angie Green, MEd, is a master trainer for Beachbody®, the producers of the best-selling at-home fitness programs such as INSANITY®, P90X®, TurboFire® and more. She has been a national presenter since 2006 and travels around the country to present instructor trainings at fitness conventions. Angie has been in several fitness instructor videos as well as on QVC and the infomercial for TurboFire®. She is the owner of AngieFit.com and lives in Toledo, Ohio, where she works as the associate director at the University of Toledo Student Recreation Center. Certification: AFAA
Maureen Hagan is a licensed physiotherapist and physical health educator. She is the president of operations for the GoodLife Fitness Clubs in Canada and the education director for CanFitPro. Maureen, best known in the fitness industry as Mo, has been teaching, training and traveling the world since 1991, sharing her passion and knowledge of fitness and health, and inspiring leaders in her path. She is the 1998 IDEA Program Director of the Year, the 2006 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a Canadian 3-stripe athlete with Adidas, and the author of 6 Weeks to a New Body and Newbody Workout for Women—6 Weeks to a Fit and Fabulous New You.
Katie Haggerty is a national group fitness brand manager for Life Time Fitness. Katie 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, teaches at fitness conferences and delivers motivational lectures. Katie holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. Certification: ACE
Jennifer Hall is an international presenter for Nike, Power Systems® and Body Bar®, and a master trainer for Flirty Girl Fitness®. Having retired from dancing professionally, Jenn shifted her focus to fitness. She teaches in the kinesiology department at Georgia State University, is a group fitness instructor, author, wife and mom. Jenn is still an active choreographer and her work can been seen on FOX Television's So You Think You Can Dance, professional and collegiate dance teams around the country, and Flirty Girl Fitness Professional Collection DVDs.
Laird Hamilton, a world renowned waterman, is known as the guiding genius of crossover board sports and is largely considered the primary influence behind many surfing innovations, including, tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. Surfer Magazine has labeled Laird as, "the sport’s most complete surfer, displaying almost unnerving expertise in a multitude of disciplines, and flat out surfing’s biggest, boldest, bravest, and the best big wave surfer in the world today, bar none".
Dan Hellman, PT, holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. With over 20 years of professional experience, Dan’s expertise includes orthopedic rehabilitation, evaluation, creation and implementation of fitness programs, golf-specific conditioning, biomechanics, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. He is a member of the CHEK Institute faculty and holds several certifications.
Abraham Hernandez is a Zumba® education specialist and personal trainer. He has more than 12 years experience in the fitness industry as a gym owner and manager, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Born and raised in Mexico, he opened his first gym in 2000, and in 2007 went to Spain to work with Zumba Fitness®. He now lives in Oregon. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA
Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, is an advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole-food, plant-based diet. She is the host of What Would Julieanna Do? on the Veria Living Network, and is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking. A registered dietitian, Julieanna counsels a variety of clients with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition.
Sue Hitzmann, MS, is a nationally recognized somatic-movement educator and manual therapist. Her decades of practice, research and study of anatomical science and alternative therapies have culminated in the creation of the MELT Method®, a revolutionary approach to living pain-free for a lifetime. This groundbreaking self-treatment program utilizes Hands-Off Bodywork™ to support the health, fitness and quality of life of any person, at any age or activity level.
Cassey Ho is a self-made fitness entrepreneur and popular online personality who is best known for her creative POP Pilates exercises that make working out “like a party.” Forbes magazine named her one of YouTube’s Rising Women of Power. Her videos have been viewed over 50 million times all over the world. She's also the writer behind Blogilates.com, which was named the Best Healthy Living Blog of 2012 by Fitness magazine. Certification: NESTA
Fred Hoffman, MEd, is the owner of Fitness Resources Consulting Services. He holds a master’s degree in health education and is a consultant and master trainer for companies such as Reebok, TRX®, BOSU®, and Gliding™. Fred has traveled to nearly 50 countries on six continents to present at conventions and conduct instructor trainings, and is the author of Going Global: An Expert’s Guide to Working Abroad. Fred is the recipient of the 2007 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award, and in 2001 was elected to the International Who’s Who of Professionals. Certifications: ACE, ACSM
Hayley Hollander is a personal trainer, educator, and co-founder of Advanced Training Performance in Las Vegas. She has been in the fitness industry for over 13 years, and is a master trainer for TRX® and the director of training and education for PTA Global. Hayley holds a bachelor's degree in physical education. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM, PTA Global
Pete Holman, PT, is the creator of the TRX® Rip™ Trainer and the director of Rip Training at TRX. A registered physical therapist, Pete was also the U.S. national tae kwon do champion and former captain for the U.S. national team. Pete has practiced physical therapy with a specialty in sports performance and biomechanics for 14 years, and has trained many professional athletes. Certification: NSCA
Tony Horton is the creator of the best-selling fitness programs P90X®, Power 90®, 10-Minute Trainer®, and now the much anticipated P90X2®. For more than 25 years, Tony has inspired and motivated professional athletes, celebrities and millions of people all over the world by sharing his fitness expertise, which includes, but is not limited to postrehabilitation training, yoga, resistance and cardiovascular training, high-intensity interval training and functional core fitness. Using his technique of “muscle confusion,” Tony has provided the opportunity for millions of people to turn their lives around with the perfect mix of encouragement, humor, discipline and fun! Certification: NCEP
Beverly Hosford, MA, instructs courses for fitness professionals at Mesa College and at her studio in San Diego. She was recently featured in the American Council on Exercise ACE Academy video series. Bev has a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and is a Muscle Activation Techniques® specialist. Over the years she has helped facilitate fitness research for arthritis at San Diego State University. Certifications: ACE, MATcs
Arthur Hsu is the director of training and fitness education for Indo Board Balance Trainer, and is a master instructor for TRX®. He is also the metabolic specialist and a personal trainer for Life Time Athletics in Las Vegas. Among his continuing education credits are courses with the Institute of Motion, PTA Global, USA Weightlifting, and Muscle Activation Techniques® Jumpstart program. With over 14 years in the industry and as a co-founder of Advanced Training Performance, Arthur is constantly learning and reinventing himself to stay at the forefront in this ever-growing field. Certification: NASM
Donna Hutchinson is the founder and co-owner of On The Edge Fitness Educators, Inc., Canada’s only private school taking trainers from certification to business start-up. She is the author of the How-to Guide to Starting Your Own Personal Training Business. In 2010 Donna was the recipient of the Fitness Educator of the Year award through the B.C. Parks and Recreation Association and was nominated for a business innovation award through the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Donna speaks internationally on how to build high-performance teams through strong leadership and customer service.
Keith Irace has been active in the fitness industry for over 20 years and is currently the group fitness regional manager for the Equinox fitness clubs in California, overseeing 18 locations. Keith is certified by, and a master trainer for, Schwinn® Cycling and has completed specialty training in GRAVITY GTS®, BOSU®, KBC Kettlebells and ViPR™. Keith holds a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Certification: ACE
Alex Isaly is an educator, personal trainer, presenter, and founder/creator of R.I.P.P.E.D®. He is an ambassador, consultant and content creator for several major fitness brands, such as Nike, BILT, NextFIT™ and RVLution. Alex has appeared in Shape and Muscle & Fitness magazines and his programs have been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX. Alex’s vision is to create innovative programs and strong partnerships that lead to healthy lifestyle changes.
John Ivy, PhD, is the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his doctorate degree in exercise physiology, he trained in physiology and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine as an NIH post-doctoral fellow. John’s research has increased our understanding of muscle metabolism and how nutritional supplementation can improve muscle performance and recovery from exercise. He is the author of over 160 scientific papers, numerous book chapters and three books on sports nutrition, including the very popular Nutrient Timing.
Steve Jack is a thought leader, speaker and transformational facilitator in fitness, well-being, strategy and performance. With degrees in psychology and physical education, and a 4-year diploma in energy healing science from the acclaimed Barbara Brennan School of Healing, he has over 18 years of experience facilitating groups both as an accomplished business strategist and a mind-body-energy life transformational coach. He is a regular on the professional speaking circuit, having presented in over 20 countries around the world. Steve is the founder of PT-Professionals, he consults to numerous international clubs and brands, and he is a master trainer for TRX®, Trigger Point Performance Therapy and Stroops Performance.
Sarina Jain is America’s first cross-cultural fitness star and the creator of the Masala Bhangra Workout®. Jain proudly embraces her Indian heritage and is an active member of the Indian-American community. She is an energetic fitness innovator, music-video choreographer and international television/radio personality. She hosts her own TV segment on Discovery Channel’s Fit TV and has a show on Exercise TV. Her regular appearances on NBC’s Today, and other major media have catapulted her to fame across mainstream America.
Bell, PhD, RD, Jenna A. is the co-author of Energy to Burn and Launching Your Dietetics Career. She is a registered dietitian and holds a doctorate degree in exercise physiology. Jenna is an international presenter and co-owner of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! She is a two-time Ironman® finisher, a marathoner and the 2012–2013 chair-elect for the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Stephanie Jennings drives MINDBODY Online's sales operations and strategies worldwide. Her understanding of class- and appointment-based businesses comes from having worked in a fitness environment for 8 years and acquiring seven certifications as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. With her unique background and stellar sales instinct, Stephanie knows the secrets to keeping your classes full, your studio growing and your clients coming back for more!
Skip Jennings is the group fitness manager for the Pasadena Equinox, a transformation coach, and an inspirational speaker. As a master trainer for Schwinn® and a licensed spiritual counselor, he has traveled the globe lecturing and motivating people to live their greatest life. Skip holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from New York University and has been teaching dance and fitness for over 20 years. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Viveca Jensen is a professional dancer, master Pilates instructor, trained boxer, and creator and CEO of PILOXING®. After years of running a successful Pilates studio in Los Angeles, Viveca used her business savvy and fitness acumen to create a new interdisciplinary exercise program called PILOXING, a unique mix of Pilates, boxing and dance. Viveca has been featured in numerous magazines, such as Shape, Fitness, In Style, Elle, Vogue, People and US Weekly.
Kolko, RD, LD, Jess After over 15 years of kitchen experience, Jess knew that there must be a better way to teach people that they really are what they eat. A lover of whole, natural foods, Jess knew what was good for us, but wanted to know why. After obtaining an additional degree in nutrition as well has her RD credential, Jess joined the Healthy Eating Team at Whole Foods Market as a dietician and culinary educator. Jess can often be found running, biking and swimming in Austin, Texas.
Chalene Johnson is a celebrity fitness trainer, entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of PUSH. Fitness professionals and consumers around North America know her as the creator of top fitness programs like Turbo Kick®, HUSTLE™ and PiYo™. Chalene is also the star and creator of several #1 fitness infomercials, such as Turbo Jam®, TurboFire® and ChaLean Extreme®. Chalene holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most exercise videos and is also one of the nation’s leading experts on goal setting and life balance. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Annika Kahn, MA, is the creator of JUNGSHIN® Fitness. She is a lifelong athlete and a four-time world grand champion in the Korean art of Kuk Sool Won, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt. Annika has been featured on ABC’s View from the Bay, NBC, in Shape magazine, and on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living website. She offers instructor trainings throughout the U.S., and is currently designing online education seminars on the benefits of Jungshin Fitness. Annika holds a master’s degree in psychology and health from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Paul Katami has 20 years of experience as a fitness professional and a proven record as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. His programming is always creative and forward thinking. Specializing in conditioning workouts, Paul's expertise has led him to become one of the most sought after group fitness instructors in Hollywood.
Kevin Kearns is the founder of Burn With Kearns Fitness. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, he has over 23 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: NSCA
Mark P. Kelly, PhD, is an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise®. He currently produces workshops, presentations, webinars and articles to bridge the gap between science and application for trainers and the lay public. An author, presenter, trainer and athlete, Mark has been teaching sciences in universities, and performing research and physiological assessments in exercise science for over 20 years. Mark is a former nationally-ranked duathlete. Certification: NSCA
Patricia Kirk, MS, is a regional manager for Club One Fitness where she manages the company’s largest commercial club, Club One at Oakland, with a membership of over 6000, as well as oversees the management of the San Francisco and Petaluma clubs. Patricia is also the director of training and staff development in customer service and management. She is the author of four books: The Rugged Walker, Women in Management, A Woman's Body: Her Divine Truth, and Women, Meditation and Good Posture. Patricia holds a master’s degree in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation. Certifications: ACE, ACSM.
Brett Klika is the director of athletic performance at Todd Durkin's Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego and has worked with thousands of youth and elite athletes. Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has been published in a variety of academic textbooks and industry publications on the topics of youth fitness, athletic performance and personal training. He is a dynamic international speaker and a consultant to many youth-based fitness organizations. Certification: NSCA-CSCS
Stacey Lei Krauss is the lead fitness advisor for Vibram FiveFingers®. Having specialized in foot fitness for over a decade, Stacey Lei is best recognized for her award-winning barefoot fusion program, the willPower Method®. Stacey Lei is a Reiki practitioner, a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU®, and Peak Pilates®, and a proud member of the Gatorade® G-Series Fit trainer team. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He was honored with the 2009 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year award and chosen as the 2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year. Len holds a doctorate degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certification: ACSM
Elizabeth Larkam is a Balanced Body® Pilates faculty member and mentor, integrating functional movement with intuitive medicine in the contemporary Pilates environment. A co-founder of the Pilates Method Alliance® project Heroes in Motion™, Elizabeth received the medal of the Danish Society of Military Medicine in recognition of her efforts to improve the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. The 2011 Pilates Style award for Best Abs went to her 5-DVD series Pilates Pro at Home. Certifications: PMA
Linda LaRue, RN, MEd, is the CEO of reZeneration, Inc., a multimedia healthy lifestyle corporation based in Los Angeles. Due to orthopedic injuries received from a traumatic ski injury over 18 years ago, Linda transformed her life to practice what she preaches to her clients...three-dimensional, progressive core training. Linda is a registered nurse and athletic trainer with a master's degree in exercise physiology and sports medicine from the University of Virginia. Certification: BOC
Heather Lawson is a lead instructor trainer for Merrithew Health and Fitness™ and a valuable member of the company's prestigious programming team. She has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years. Heather graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 where she received a bachelor of fine arts in ballet performance. She was involved in the most recent DVD production for Merrithew Health & Fitness as a featured performer and instructor for the STOTT PILATES® Stability Barre™ program. Certification: ACE
Marc Lebert is the owner of Lebert Fitness, Inc., a world leader in developing innovative fitness training tools like the Lebert Equalizer™ and The Lebert Buddy System™. An international presenter, Marc is also a fitness club owner, a certified NLP practitioner and the Silver Lining Entrepreneur of the Year. He is an artist, has a passion for teaching and holds a black belt in tae kwon do. Certifications: ACE, CanFitPro
Angela Leigh is 200-ERYT and has also completed her 500-hour yoga certification. An innate teachers’ teacher, Angela thrives on developing her instructors so they can provide an unparalleled fitness and community experience at Equinox®. She holds certificates in TRX®, Kettlebell Concepts, Indo-Row® and Schwinn® Cycling, and is a master trainer for Schwinn. Angela helped create Stacked for Equinox in 2013, which is being taught at Equinox locations across the country. And she was featured in the February 2013 issue of SELF magazine for Stacked. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Janet Leland started teaching group fitness in 1979. She holds several certifications, including as an ACE and AFAA group fitness instructor, and a Pilates instructor in mat work (advanced and standing Pilates) through Pilates PhysicalMind Institute. She is a recognized Yoga Alliance teacher (200-ERYT), a senior master trainer for YogaFit®, as well as a presenter for ITA and WSSC .
Buddy Macuha brings over 20 years of experience to the fitness industry and holds a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from San Francisco State University. Buddy is a master trainer for Pure Yoga and Keiser Fitness Corporation, as well as a five-time Lululemon Athletica ambassador. He has appeared as the “fitness guru” for numerous television shows and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, San Francisco magazine, Daily Candy and Lifetime TV. His passion for movement and love for teaching brings his unforgettable style to all his classes! Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Will Marre is the CEO and founder of the ThoughtRocket Innovation Studio, an online human development platform providing up-to-the-minute leadership research and courses detailing what successful, happy people are doing to thrive in the 21st century. He is also the cofounder of the Covey Leadership Center where he brought the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to millions of executives worldwide. Will served on the advisory board of the Human Performance Institute, founded the American Dream Project, and is an Emmy-winning writer of a public television documentary.
CC Martin’s experience and practice in the fitness industry has spanned over 20 years. She began as an aerobics instructor and personal trainer in 1992 and after earning a STOTT PILATES® certification, CC became an instructor trainer for the method in 2001. After graduating with a BFA, CC continued to gravitate toward fitness as a career. She is a valuable member of the esteemed Merrithew Health & Fitness™ programming and presenting team and a lead instructor trainer specializing in Total Barre™ and STOTT PILATES. CC is now the proud owner/operator of four studios in the greater Boston and Hartford areas. Certification: NSCA
Josef Matthews is a U.S. national trainer and DVD presenter for the LES MILLS GRIT™ Series, BODYPUMP™, CWORX™, BODYCOMBAT™ and BODYFLOW™. He embodies both the charisma and infectious energy that are at the heart of the Les Mills experience, and the business savvy that makes Les Mills’ programs successful in facilities around the world. Originally a part of the Swedish National Team, Josef trained and presented internationally before establishing himself in the U.S. Josef has been a part of the Les Mills tribe for the past 10 years.
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. Previously, Dan was the program director for RPM™ by Les Mills International. Dan holds a degree in recreation management and certifications with CanFitPro. Dan is also the founder of Rooster Racing International, a group of determined fitness professionals and cyclists raising awareness and funds for various charities.
Jericho McDuffie is a national trainer and DVD presenter for Les Mills SH’BAM™, BODYJAM™, BODYCOMBAT™ and BODYPUMP™, and a social media consultant to Les Mills International. She is also a Beachbody® ambassador and one of the stars of the Les Mills PUMP™ home DVD. Jericho brings an extensive background in dance and martial arts to her classes, creating an authentic fusion of fun and fitness. She enjoys travelling and meeting all the people whose lives have been changed by Les Mills and Beachbody.
Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of “science-help.” She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success. A long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation, Kelly serves on the advisory boards of several nonprofit organizations bringing yoga and meditation to underserved and at-risk populations. Kelly holds a doctorate degree in psychology from Stanford University, with a concentration in humanistic medicine.
Alex McLean has been in the fitness industry for 17 years as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. He is a development team member for Qignition, a master trainer for Total Gym® GRAVITY® and Wun-Jo™, a senior course instructor for TRX® and a featured instructor for fitnessglo.com. Alex can be seen in fitness videos by Petra Kolber, Michelle Dozois, Reebok, Total Gym and Spinning®. A Los Angeles-based professional dancer and acrobat, Alex has danced for Leann Rimes, international hip-hop troupe Nike Culture Shock®, the Reebok Performance Team, Disney and the NBA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Sherri McMillan, MSc, has been inspiring the world to adopt a fit lifestyle for over 20 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, the 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, and the 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year. As a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, and author of five books and manuals, Sherri is also a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs, as well as being a spokesperson for Nike, Twist Sport Conditioning™ and PowerBar®.
Jeff McMullen is a nationally certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor in San Francisco. He is affiliated with the Bay Club, Crunch, Equinox and Sports Club/LA. With over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, Jeff has been featured in 18 fitness DVDs and is a master trainer for WATERinMOTION®, JumpSport® Fitness, and TRX® GSTC/STC courses. He is also a lululemon ambassador alumnus. Certifications: ACE, AEA, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Sarah Mirkin, RD, is the owner and creator of Kitchen Coach, a private nutrition consulting practice in Beverly Hills, California. Sarah is a registered dietitian certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a member of the Academy of Dietetics. For 15 years, Sarah has been working to help people reach their health and weight loss goals by giving them the tools they need to achieve permanent lifestyle change. Sarah holds a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics.
Teri Mosey, PhD, is the founder of Holistic Pathways, LLC, an education company specializing in holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She has 15 years experience as a consultant, educator and exercise physiologist. Teri strives to assist others to discover their personal path to wellness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a doctorate degree in holistic nutrition. Certifications: ACSM, NASM
Luciano Mottola is one of the most influential Italian fitness presenters. A student of physiotherapy, he is renown for the choreography of his fitness classes (aerodance, step dance, step choreography, aerobic choreography) as well as for his body sculpt classes in more then 25 countries around world. Awarded the 2006 Instructor of the Year in Italy (Federazione Italiana Fitness) and also the 2012 Best International Presenter in Poland, he uses his charisma and methodology to create successful and energetic workouts.
Michelle Murphy Zive, MS, RD, has worked in community and nutrition research for over 20 years in the division of community health at the University of California, San Diego, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on determinants of healthy eating and physical activity. Michelle has also written for lay publications translating nutrition research for the general public. She has presented at conferences, as well as written and edited articles and chapters for the American Council on Exercise®.
Mindy Mylrea is a respected presenter who has inspired and motivated fitness professionals worldwide. She is a recipient of several fitness awards, including IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, and the CanFitPro and ECA Presenter of the Year. A Gatorade® athlete and the creator of Tabata Boot Camp and Gliding™, Mindy is also on the professional development team for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Flirty Girl Fitness®. Mindy owns FitFlix Productions DVD production services and has starred in over 200 instructional videos. She is a continuing education provider for ACE and AFAA.
Brian Nunez is the founder and operator of the FNS Training Center (Fitness Never Sleeps) in Santa Clara, California. He has extensive experience working with everyone from professional to everyday athletes. He is a master instructor and member of the team SPRI® fitness advisory board and a master instructor for IGNITE360 performance training. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University. Certification: NASM
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, 60 and 70s. At 82, Bernadette not only teaches, but sports a black belt in karate. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Suzette O’Byrne is a master trainer with Keiser Corporation and a TRX® senior trainer who specializes in yoga therapy, indoor cycling and personal training. She is a faculty member with Mount Royal University’s yoga therapy program and the author of Yoga for the Core: Finding Stability in an Unstable Environment. Suzette holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a designation as trainer of fitness leaders from AFLCA. Certifications: ACE, E-RYT500
PJ O’Clair is a master instructor trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ and has been a leader and consultant in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. She is the owner, president and educational director of New England-based Northeast Pilates, a STOTT PILATES®-licensed training center. A featured performer and instructor in numerous fitness videos including over 30 titles with Merrithew Health & Fitness, PJ is a sought-after speaker and consultant at fitness conferences worldwide, and has written numerous articles for industry publications. PJ is the recipient of the 2008 IDEA Program Director of the Year award.
Ingrid Owen is currently the vice president of group fitness at 24 Hour Fitness, but over her successful tenure there she has also served as vice president of fitness, vice president of learning and development and vice president of operations. Ingrid joined 24 Hour Fitness as a group X instructor in 1995, and has continued to teach a variety of group exercise classes throughout her career.
Aileen Padilla has been a fitness instructor for over 6 years. In 2005 she took a Zumba® training, was instantly hooked, and has been teaching Zumba classes ever since. She now is a Zumba education specialist and a presenter at fitness conventions and trade shows in the U.S. and abroad. She has also done motion capture for the Zumba Fitness video game and was recently filmed as the lead instructor for four DVDs with Zumba and Kelloggs®. Aileen hopes to inspire others to pursue a healthy lifestyle and to have fun while working out. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Alfredo Padilla is a Zumba® education specialist and a music producer for Zumba Fitness®. A personal trainer, he has been in the fitness industry for 7 years, teaches all Zumba Fitness formats, and conducts workshops and trainings across the U.S. and internationally. Alfredo holds a bachelor’s degree in a related science. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Bill Parisi is the founder and CEO of the Parisi Speed School, a national youth fitness and performance franchise company with over 75 locations in 26 states. Bill received his undergraduate degree in finance from Iona College, and later attended the University of Florida where he was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Gators. His organization has produced hundreds of youth fitness related articles and DVDs and has been featured on Fox Sports, ESPN, CNBC, and in CBI, Running, Sporting News and the New York Times. Certification: NSCA-CSCS
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 international lecturer, soft tissue therapist and movement therapist. 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.
Cristina Peerenboom is the co-founder of the groundbreaking new fitness program POUND¾Rockout. Workout.™ A neuroscience-savvy choreographer and former personal trainer, Cristina utilizes her physiology, dance and music background to facilitate a balanced approach to fitness through POUND. Since both Cristina and her business partner, Kirsten Potenza, are drummers, it was simple for them to team up and create POUND. Fusing their love of music, creativity and innovation to the fields of fitness and business, Kirsten and Cristina invented Ripstix™, weighted drumsticks specifically engineered to intensify the POUND workout.
Matty Perkins is a national trainer and DVD presenter for Les Mills CXWORX™, BODYVIVE™ and SH’BAM™. He works in the Les Mills West Coast office in San Francisco, helping the team support over 4000 Les Mills group fitness instructors and small-group training coaches. His passion began from his own transformation, losing 90 pounds with Les Mills programs. Today he most enjoys teaching participants who are new to the gym or to exercise, and helping them develop their own love of fitness.
Haley Perlus, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, a seminar leader at top sport and fitness conferences, a consultant to national team and Division I athletes, and the author of The Ultimate Achievement Journal and The Inside Drive. She has a doctorate degree in sport and exercise psychology, and was appointed an Industry Leader by IHRSA. A former elite athlete, Whistler Cup Champion, coach, group fitness instructor and trainer, Haley is an expert at empowering individuals to achieve peak results. Certification: ACE
Cassidy Phillips is the founder and CEO of Trigger Point Performance Therapy and is a biomechanical specialist concentrating on sports performance and injury prevention. Having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it became his personal mission to understand muscular structure and the regeneration of dysfunctional muscle tissue. This led to his development of Trigger Point Performance Therapy products, education and methodologies, including the methodology of myofascial compression techniques. Certification: ISSA
Krista Popowych has been educating fitness professionals all over the world for more than 20 years. As a two-time Canadian Presenter of the Year and 2011 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year finalist, she has a long list of accomplishments. Krista is a master trainer and education director for Keiser® and JumpSport®, an Adidas®-sponsored international presenter, a TV personality, the past program director for the Richmond Olympic Oval and the Fitness Group, a writer, a professional speaker, and a board/committee member for CanFitPro and IDEA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human kinetics and her goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education.
Kirsten Potenza is the co-founder of the groundbreaking new fitness program, POUND¾Rockout. Workout.™ A former Division I athlete at UCLA and multimodal artist, Kirsten contributes her business and sociology background to POUND. She and her business partner, Cristina Peerenboom, are both drummers, so it was simple for them to team up and create POUND. Fusing their love of music, creativity and innovation to the fields of fitness and business, Kirsten and Cristina invented Ripstix™, weighted drumsticks specifically engineered to intensify the POUND workout.
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.
Fraser Quelch is the director of training and development for TRX® and is the creator and lead educator of the TRX Suspension Training® program. He is the recipient of the 2011 IDEA Program Director of the Year and the 2011 ECA Innovative Program awards. Featured in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, Fraser is a renowned expert in the fields of functional training and endurance athletics, and has presented at conferences and events worldwide.
Scott Rawcliffe is the owner/operator of Revera Health in Queensland, Australia. With more than 10 years experience in the fitness industry, Scott is a big believer in trainer's "running their own race" and doing what they are truly passionate about. A lateral thinker, he is passionate about trainer education and helping dispel many of the common myths in our industry. Not only will you gain some new perspectives on training, you may even have a laugh or two. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Adam Reid is recognized as one of the leading indoor cycling instructors in Los Angeles. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1999, he has continued to share his enthusiasm for fitness and cycling by teaching more than 5000 classes. Adam holds indoor cycling certifications with Schwinn®, Spinning® and Keiser®. Through his classes, he teaches the fundamentals of real cycling and takes riders on a journey with clearly defined challenges, in a format that accommodates entry-level riders through champions. Adam is a customer care manager and lead master trainer for RealRyder® International. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
Steven Renata is a founding shareholder and one of the original employees of Les Mills International. Today, he is CEO of Les Mills West Coast where he established the corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness® by introducing Les Mills programs in more than 400 facilities nationwide. Steve holds a master’s degree in marketing and has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience. He was a rugby representative for New Zealand schools and has competed in Ironman® triathlons. In 1999, he set the Guinness World Record for indoor stationary cycling.
Brian Richey is the owner and operator of Fit 4 Life DC and he holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and kinesiology. A personal trainer for 20 years, Brian instructs for the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals conducting workshops throughout the U.S. He is known for his work as a postrehabilitation conditioning specialist and program director. Certification: AAHFRP
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 the National Academy of Sports Medicine®, adjunct faculty at California University of Pennsylvania, as well as the sole proprietor of R2 Fitness in New York City. 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. Certification: NASM
Gretchen Ritter has been a personal trainer and fitness manager for over a decade. She is passionate about transformation of all kinds; physical, emotional and spiritual. Gretchen utilizes a common sense approach, combined with progressive and traditional training methods when designing programs for her clients. Currently, Gretchen owns the Results Factory, a company that supports the independent personal training businesses of over 100 trainers in Los Angeles. Certifications: NASM, NESTA
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 Gatorade® G-Series Fit-sponsored athlete. 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-HFS, AFAA
Andrea Rogers, the creator and founder of Xtend Barre®, boasts an extensive career as a professional dancer and choreographer. Having shared the stage with numerous celebrities and recording artists, Andrea traveled the country with several professional dance companies, including as a principal dancer for Walt Disney World Company. Andrea aligned her passion for dance and Pilates in 2006 when she cultivated Xtend Barre“ Pilates and dance amplified. Her creative combination of traditional Pilates methods and ballet basics sculpts bodies into lean, strong, dancer-like physiques, helping people of all fitness levels achieve a reflection they love.
Christine Romani-Ruby, MPT, is a licensed physical therapist and a Pilates Method Alliance gold-certified Pilates instructor. She is an associate professor in the exercise science program at California University of Pennsylvania and practices clinically at PHI Pilates Studio in Pittsburgh. Certifications: NATA-BOC, PMA
Debra Rose, PhD, is a professor in the kinesiology department and director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. Her primary research focus is in the area of postural control, mobility enhancement and the prevention of falls in later years. The innovative fall risk reduction program she developed, called FallProof™, was recognized by the Health Promotion Institute of the National Council on Aging in 2006 as a Best Practice program in health promotion. Debra is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.
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 has worked as a consultant with various professional organizations, including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.
Aaron Scheller is the creator of CardioBOUNCE™. He enjoys teaching many different formats of group exercise and loves seeing members enjoying themselves in classes. Aaron has 13 years experience teaching group exercise and is formerly a Les Mills trainer and assessor. He is also a registered nurse and is currently pursuing a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner. He enjoys spending time with his family and two bull terriers. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Coy Schneider is a 2008 graduate of Sam Houston State University where he earned his degree in Kinesiology. He is an NCSA member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Upon graduation, he moved to Austin and began his training career under head coach Matt Gieringer. Now, as a coach of Urban Animal, Coy possesses a set of unique skills to help you achieve your goals. Having trained clients from the professional level to fitness fanatics, he has the perfect knowledge for you. When Coy is not training or throwing around medicine balls, he can be found in the weight room in his quest for never ending strength.
Jeffrey Scott is an international fitness presenter, Schwinn® master trainer, Reebok master trainer and the group fitness education and training manager for Equinox® fitness clubs. With over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jeffrey has conducted training workshops around the world and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known for his motivational teaching. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Greg Sellar was named the 2010 International Fitness Showcase International Presenter of the Year having presented in over 40 countries over the last 20 years. He is a Nike master trainer, a member of the BOSU® Global Development Team and a choreographer for fitness fx. He is also a master trainer for fitness brands, including GRAVITY® on Total Gym®, Indoor Cycling Group, Gliding™, Fitness Industry Education, and Physical Company. He runs a fitness consultancy and regularly contributes to online and print media.
Beth Shaw is the founder and president of YogaFit® Training Systems, Inc, Yogafit Canada, and Yogafit China, the leader in mind-body fitness education and the largest training facility for yoga instructors in North America. Along with running YogaFit, she's an internationally renowned health and fitness expert. Beth has published a series of yoga and fitness books, has a number of fitness DVDs, and frequently appears in international media.
Robert Sherman is the president and owner of F.I.T., Inc., a master trainer for SPRI®, and an area group fitness manager for Equinox®. He has spent 30 years in fitness as a much sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant for programming on “aging strong” for fitness clubs, 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. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Aileen Sheron is a 30-year veteran of the fitness industry. An IDEA member and presenter for over 15 years, she is an entrepreneur with multiple videos, fitness products and articles to her credit. Aileen currently teaches at Renaissance ClubSport, the University of California, Irvine and the Sports Club/LA in Orange County, California. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Jeremy Shore teaches individuals and groups how to eat, move, and live healthier lives. Jeremy has made appearances on The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show as Rachael’s trainer, and on morning shows coast to coast as an on camera contributor for Men’s Health Magazine. Jeremy regularly appears in publications including Men’s Health, Outside, Runner’s World, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Fitness. Jeremy is the creator and host of the television show Real Strength inspiring men and women across the country to get fit and get involved by using their strength to serve others. Certification: NASM
Jamie G. Smith is a Reebok global fitness ambassador and project consultant, as well as an international fitness presenter, dance choreographer, master trainer, and evaluator for QiDANCE and QiFORZE. A fitness expert with over 20 years of experience, Jamie G. holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science. She has been featured on TV, multiple fitness videos and commercials, and has written for IDEA Fitness Journal and MyGroupFit.com. Certification: ACE
Kimberly Spreen-Glick is the national director of group fitness programming and education for Life Time, the Healthy Way of Life company. 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 the 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. Certification: ACE
Tom Spring, MS, is the senior director of strategic accounts for WebMD Health Services, Provider Systems Segment, focusing on corporate and community health promotion program strategy and implementation for health system and hospital clients. He holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology, a graduate certificate in complementary medicine and wellness, and is a fellow with the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Tom has worked in a variety of areas of health and exercise science, including noninvasive cardiology, clinical weight management, corporate and community health promotion, physical therapy, and personal fitness training. Certification: ACSM
Michael Steel is the director of international business for Total Gym® and a program director for GRAVITY® and pump fx. The recipient of both the UK IFS International Presenter Award and the prestigious Fitness Professional’s Fitness Leader of the Year Award, Michael has been actively involved in international instructor training and development since 1994. He is still at the forefront of many of the industry’s established freestyle and prechoreographed training programs, and specializes in combining his trainer expertise with his business acumen in all his presentations.
Julie Steffen co-owns WERQ Fitness, LLC, and is a WERQ master trainer and national presenter. She is also the group fitness manager for Cheetah Gyms in Chicago, where she teaches several fitness formats, including indoor cycling and strength training classes. Before devoting herself to fitness, Julie was a full time CPA for 10 years. She has completed two marathons and holds specialty certifications with Keiser® Cycling and GRAVITY®. Certification: AFAA
Eliza Stone currently works for Zumba Fitness, LCC, as a Zumba® education specialist and international presenter. She has appeared in several Zumba DVDs and teaches specialty programs like Zumba B1 and Zumba B2, Zumba Gold and AquaZumba. Eliza has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and human health, and has been in the fitness industry for 20 years. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA
Haley Stone co-owns WERQ Fitness, LLC, and is a WERQ master trainer. A fitness instructor since 2004, Haley is also a fitness writer entrepreneur and the creative force behind several fitness formats. She has been featured in IDEA Fitness Journal and SELF magazine, and believes that with the right tools and planning, anyone can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Currently, Haley is a national presenter for WERQ, a group fitness director for Cheetah Gyms Chicago, and an ambassador for lululemon athletica. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Jeremy Strom is the Director of Education for FreeMotion Fitness and has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a coach, personal trainer, fitness director and international fitness educator. Jeremy works along side fitness, research and educational leaders to create leading edge fitness programs and protocols. Jeremy has presented continuing education lecture and practicum to personal trainers and fitness professionals worldwide on topics ranging from integrated functional training, whole body vibration training, incline training and rip:60.
Casey Stutzman is the director of education at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan, where he shares his passion and knowledge for functional and movement-based training with the community. He travels North America as a master trainer for TRX® and Ignite 360 teaching seminars and workshops to help other fitness professionals increase their knowledge and skill set. Certification: AFAA
Kristin Sudeikis is the co-creator/founder of the new dance fitness program 2FLY, LLC. She is a master dance instructor, choreographer and performer based in New York City. The artistic director of Kristin Sudeikis Dance Company, her passion for dance, music and overall mind and body health is the driving force behind her success. She currently teaches 2FLY at Crunch Gyms in New York City and Brooklyn. Kristin is also a master instructor for Nike, and was recently on the team of presenters for the Nike Blast 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. Certifications: AFAA
Shaun T, born Shaun Thompson, made a name for himself as a track-and-field star at Rowan University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sports science with a minor in theater and dance. Since 2007, he has put both degrees to epic use and created many of Beachbody®’s top-selling fitness programs, including Hip Hop Abs®, Rockin’ Body®, INSANITY® and INSANITY:THE ASYLUM®. He has been showcased on national television shows such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Conan and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Doris Thews has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 28 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 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. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief for IDEA’s publications, including the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Food & Nutrition Tips. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a sports and allied health journalist/editor before landing at IDEA 12 years ago. The fitness industry is the perfect center for her passion to develop great content that inspires others to reach beyond the status quo. She loves cooking, gardening and sports.
Anita Tonne is the CEO for the Coremon Company, as well as the founder and program creator for Corebar®. She is a fitness journalist and training expert who holds several fitness degrees and certifications in Europe, and has been in the fitness industry since 1993. In addition to teaching daily classes in one of Scandinavia’s leading fitness chains, Anita is a personal trainer and motivator of women who wish to achieve ambitious goals such as running a marathon and hill-climbing competitions.
Zoey Trap, MSc, is a Peak Pilates® master trainer and a co-author of the Peak Pilates instructor certification and MVe® programs. A mind-body-spirit pioneer, she travels the world sharing her passion for holistic fitness and inspiring instructors to keep learning and growing. Zoey holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a research focus on alternative therapy and the spine, and is a certified Jivamukti yoga instructor. Certifications: ACE, E-YRT-500
Peter Twist, MSc, is the president and CEO of Twist Sport Conditioning™ and is an exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science. An experienced conditioning coach and author of numerous books, DVDs and articles, Peter is also the global education partner for IMG's Ignite Performance Training certification. He has received awards from the NSCA and CanFitPro, and is the recipient of the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year award.
Helen Vanderburg is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness Club 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. Certifications: ACE, E-RYT
Julian Varela, MS, MA, has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for over 15 years and has helped establish numerous community efforts to create healthier companies, individuals, families and youth. He is a fitness trainer, industry presenter, columnist, and owner of Vie Wellness Solutions, a corporate wellness consulting company in San Luis Obispo, California. Julian holds master’s degrees in exercise science and health promotion, and in clinical psychology and marriage family therapy. Certification: NSCA
Mark Verstegen, MS, pioneered the concept of integrated performance training and has brought this proven system to sport, the military and to leading corporations globally. As president of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, he leads more than 250 employees at the company’s training centers in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. Mark is the author of five books, including Core Performance, which popularized integrated performance training and has sold more than 250,000 copies. He is a consultant for several high-performance companies, including Adidas®, EAS®, SKLZ®, Keiser® and Axon Sports, and serves as the director of performance for the NFL Players' Association. He's regularly interviewed for his training insight for publications, and he is a sought-after industry speaker who regularly presents at the leading conferences in the field.
Pepper Von is an international fitness educator, motivational speaker, Zumba® education specialist and co-owner of Step I Dance and Fitness in Sacramento, California. He is also the co-creator of Fierce Funk and F4 Fierce. Pepper is a U.S. National Aerobic Champion, a member of the International Kickboxing Team with two black belts, and the recipient of the Make Fitness Happen Award from IDEA. He is also the mentor and inspiration for the world-renowned Jabbawockeez from Americas Best Dance Crew and the owner of Enough Is Enough®, an anti-bullying project for school-aged children. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, AAAI
Rachel Warren is the co-creator/founder of the new dance fitness program 2FLY, LLC. She is an experienced dancer and performer and has been working in the fitness industry since 2009. Rachel currently teaches a variety of dance and fitness classes, including 2FLY, throughout New York City and Brooklyn with Crunch gyms. This hot program was featured in Marie Claire, Cosmo, SELF, and AM New York, and is offered in Crunch gyms nationwide. Certification: AFAA
Kate Watson has practiced Zen meditation for almost 20 years and has worked closely with dharma teachers throughout that time. Over the past decade she has been offering zazen instruction in the workplace and elsewhere. She is the manager editor of IDEA publications.
David Weck is the CEO and founder of BOSU Fitness, LLC. The inventor of the BOSU® Balance Trainer and other products, David’s influence reaches millions of people across the globe. He has worked in fitness for more than 21 years and has helped people of all fitness levels, including elite athletes from multiple sports. David is a consummate student of movement who believes physical education is the foundation for a happy and healthier world. Certification: ACE
Lisa Wheeler is the national senior creative manager of group fitness for Equinox® and the owner of Wheels in Motion Productions. She 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, 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
Keith B. Wheeler, PhD, FACSM, is the global director of performance nutrition, research, development and scientific affairs for Abbott Nutrition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in life science, and a master’s degree and doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. A fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine® and an elected member of the American Society for Nutrition, Keith has worked with professional teams and organizations on the topic of performance nutrition.
Rockell Williamson-Rudder is the international director and a master trainer for Xtend Barre®, and has been involved with Xtend Barre since 2010. A former professional dancer and a STOTT Pilates® instructor, Rockell has a passion for movement, and educating and nurturing instructors to teach incredible classes. She has created Xtend Barre continuing education workshops and has launched the program in countries all over the world. Certification: ACE
Nick Winkelman, MS, is the director of training systems and education for Athletes' Performance®. He oversees the education department and the speed component of the NFL Combine Development Program. Nick received his master’s degree in strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University and is completing his doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Nick holds certifications with the NSCA, USAW and USATF. He is an internationally recognized speaker on all topics pertaining to human performance, and has publications through the UKSCA and an upcoming book chapter on assessing athletic qualities.