2014 Presenters (2015 presenters to be posted in early 2015)
Presenters ordered by last name:
is the owner and CEO of the TELOS™ Fitness Center, and Ortho-Kinetics®, which is a proprietary system of integrated assessment, training and manual therapy. A highly sought after international presenter and industry consultant, Everett provides continuing education for numerous organizations such as IDEA, IHRSA, NSCA™ and the Cooper Institute. He has authored six books dedicated to biomechanically based fitness and performance training, and has received numerous industry awards, including the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year. He has over 25 years of experience integrating his research, development and application of assessing, programming, and training with different forms of treatments and manual therapies to provide a truly unique approach for improving the function, fitness and performance of his clients and athletes.
is an international fitness educator and group fitness manager for Equinox® in Miami Beach. As a consultant for Resist-A-Ball®, SPRI® products and TRX®, she specializes in creating progressive fitness programs. Abbie has published articles in SELF, Shape and Prevention, and has starred in numerous videos. She was 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
Bob Andersen, PhD, has been in the performance coaching field for nearly 20 years and brings with him a vast array of knowledge and experience. He has expertise in performance training and functional movement as well as planning and implementing performance/strength and conditioning programs for all fitness and performance levels. He was the head performance and strength coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, director of performance at Victory Human Performance, director of the Sports Medicine Institute of Nebraska, and is a performance consultant for numerous universities, teams, clubs and academies. Bob is now an instructor trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™, specializing in CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. He has earned a reputation as a dynamic presenter, expert instructor, and engaging mentor. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with bachelor's degrees in exercise science as well as psychology, and then received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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 director 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
is a Nike elite trainer and a 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
Shane Barnard, JD
, is the founder of UrbanKick, a co-founder of UrbanPlay and a business partner at Studio360. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she teaches at Crunch and Fitness SF™, and is a health coach at UC Berkeley. Shane is a CEC provider for ACE® and AFFA®, and is an honored ambassador for lululemon and Larabar®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
holds a doctorate degree in health and human performance. She is an international presenter and her articles have been featured in SELF, Pilates Style, Runner’s World, IDEA Fitness Journal and other publications. She is a nutrition advisor to several sports nutrition companies and is the 2012–2013 chair-elect for the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
is a master educator for Stages™ Indoor Cycling as well as a master trainer for BOSU®. She is also a certification specialist for AFAA®, and a provider of CEC workshops, including indoor cycling, BOSU®, kickboxing, functional/resistance training and aquatics. A member of the elevateEDUCATION PRO trainer team, Pam currently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York College at Fredonia in the department of exercise science and sports management. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is the founder of the Pilates Coach and the creator of the Bender Barre Method. A 2010 finalist for IDEA Instructor of the Year, Leslee has over 25 years experience in the fitness industry and has presented in more than 20 countries. Leslee is a graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science™ and a Nike Golf 360° certified movement specialist. She has produced over 30 DVDs and is the creator of the Bender Ball®, which was voted the 2007 Best Fitness Short Form infomercial. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Lawrence Biscontini, MA,
is a mindful movement specialist and the recipient of multiple industry awards. He currently serves as a senior consultant for Power Music® and is part of the development master trainer team for BOSU®. Known for his versatility as an educator, Lawrence is an author and regular contributor of articles to industry periodicals. A well-known mentor to fitness professionals worldwide, Lawrence is a consultant to leading international gyms and spas in Europe, Asia and the U.S. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AEA, AFAA, NASM, RYT
Mike Bracko, EdD,
is the director of Dr. Bracko’s Fitness and the Hockey Institute, and is a fitness educator, hockey skating coach, writer and back injury prevention expert. He holds a doctoral degree in exercise science and he works with hockey players, industrial workers and fitness professionals to improve performance and prevent injury. Mike is the author of 28 DVDs and CDs on topics such as body leverage training, ultimate back exercises, lateral training, back injury prevention and safe lifting. Certification: NSCA
is the founder of Annovium Products and the inventor of the CoreFitnessRoller®. She is a licensed massage therapist, Pilates instructor and personal trainer. Darya’s quest to explore and understand the body drives her continued personal education efforts and growth. Her passion for moving bodies into vibrancy and wellness fuels her creation of programming, courses, classes and sessions based on building dynamic strength through unique patterns of integrative movement. Certification: PMA
DESIGNATION: STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer, ZEN•GA&Trade; Instructor Trainer, Total Barre Instructor Trainer, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training™ Instructor Trainer
TRAINING CENTRE: Northeast Pilates Education Center, Massachusetts
LOCATION: Gloucester, Massachusetts
STOTT PILATES® IT CERTIFICATION: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels and ISP
ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS/DESIGNATIONS: BFA in Dance
Carol began her training with STOTT PILATES® in 2002 and went on to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness™ in 2003. She now specializes in ZEN•GA™, Total Barre™, and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and is a Lead IT for STOTT PILATES. She is also part of the team creating new programming for Total Barre and ZEN•GA. She received a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Purchase, NY and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol has continued her training in a variety of other disciplines and is an NASM Personal Trainer, a TRX® Suspension and Rip Trainer qualified instructor, a certified Spinning® instructor, a certified ZUMBA® instructor, a 200 hr &RYT) certified Yoga instructor, and an Indo-Row® qualified instructor.
is an internationally known fitness expert and is a past IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. She has authored four fitness books and has been featured in more than 25 DVDs. As director of programming for the BOSU® brand, she creates innovative workshop and leads the global master trainer teams. Candice, with her husband Douglas, directs year-round athlete conditioning programs on top of a mountain at Sugar Bowl Ski Academy.
Douglas Brooks, MS,
is the director of programming for BOSU® and RealRyder® Indoor Cycling, an ex-Ironman® triathlete, and is currently the director of athlete conditioning for Sugar Bowl Ski Academy. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and has been honored by CanFitPro™ as the International Presenter of the Year. Coach Brooks is also the author of numerous books.
Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM,
is the chief science officer at the American Council on Exercise®. He represents ACE as a national and international lecturer, writer and expert source. Cedric has written more than 250 articles or columns in fitness trade magazines, as well as sports medicine and exercise science journals, and authored, co-authored or edited more than 30 books. He is an authoritative resource for fitness and nutrition articles in a variety of respected national outlets, including USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, Parade, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Reports, Fox News, CNN Headline News and more. Cedric shares his expertise as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Obesity Solutions Roundtable and as co-chair of the Physical Activity Working Group of the Arthritis Foundation’s Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. He also serves as an advisory board member for Arthritis Today, Shape, IDEA Fitness Journal, Women’s Health and Better Homes & Gardens.
is the group fitness coordinator for Total Woman Gym + Spa. She has worked in the fitness industry for 35 years and in fitness management for 10. Sue is certified as a personal trainer and group instructor, with her group certification through AFAA®. She also holds several specialty certifications in the following formats: Spinning®, Step, Zumba®, kickboxing, Pilates mat, BOSU®, FLEXI-BAR®, Groove Method™, BarreVite®, Drums Alive®, R.I.P.P.E.D™, and Jillian Michael's BODYSHRED™. Certification: AFAA
Anthony Carey, MA
is the owner of Function First, voted one of San Diego’s “best of” personal trainer studios in 2010¬–2012. He holds a master’s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and was named PFP magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year. He is an international presenter on biomechanics, corrective exercise, functional anatomy and motor control and their relationships to pain and function. Anthony is also the author of The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain and the inventor of the Core-Tex™.
has taught exercise and dance fitness for over 20 years and has performed around the world as a hip-hop dancer. Additionally, she was an NBA Dance Team member for 5 years where she discovered her love for developing choreography and fitness programming. She has choreographed for numerous university dance and cheer teams as well as the WNBA. Medora is one of the most followed choreographers on YouTube and instructors travel from all over the world to participate in her classes.
Terence Chau, MSPT
is a sports physiotherapist who obtained his bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy in Hong Kong, a master’s degree in sports physiotherapy in Australia and a diploma in acupuncture in China. He is also a certified rowing coach and resistance training instructor. Terence is currently serving as the CEO/program director and principal lecturer for the Asian Academy for Sports and Fitness Professionals and is the sports physiotherapy consultant for the Asian Fitness Therapy Center. He also specializes in applying medical knowledge to the fitness setting for speeding up recovery and performance enhancement.
is the director of education and lead developer of Stages™ Indoor Cycling. As an elevateEDUCATION PRO trainer for Sunshine Fitness Resources and an international lecturer, Cameron presents on topics ranging from indoor cycling to career development and successful program implementation. Her recent publishing credits include work for Foundation Fitness and numerous contributions to IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fitness Manager. She is a continuing education provider for ACE® and AFAA® and a national master trainer for BOSU®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Christina Christie, PT
is a senior physical therapist and women’s health manager for Accelerated Rehabilitation and Sportsmedicine, and the president of Pelvic Solutions, LLC, in Park Ridge, Illinois. She is a licensed physical therapist, a fellow of Applied Functional Science™, and is certified in Functional Manual Reaction through the Gray Institute. Christina specializes in the evaluation and treatment of conditions affecting women, including pregnancy, incontinence/pelvic floor dysfunction and orthopedics/sports-related injuries. She developed the Female Chain Reaction course for the Gray Institute, is the inventor of the PelvicorePro and PelvicorePro Training methods, and continues to lecture internationally on the evaluation and treatment of the women’s health population for the Gray Institute, APTA and other organizations.
Christina Christie, PT
Ingrid Knight-Cohee, MSc, is the director of group fitness at Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, the largest provider of fitness in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Ingrid thrives on educating and motivating people of all ages to get and stay fit. Through teaching fitness classes and courses, mentoring new fitness professionals, writing articles and presenting workshops, Ingrid aims to inspire others to get the most out of life! Certifications: ACE, BCRPA
Fabio Comana, MA, MS
is the director of continuing education for NASM®, and a faculty member at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He was the original developer of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training™ model and led the development of their personal trainer educational workshops. Fabio has a wealth of experience from working as a collegiate head coach, strength and conditioning coach, and club manager for Club One. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, NASM, NSCA
is a group fitness instructor and educator for Equinox® in New York City, and 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
Rodney Corn, MA
is a co-founder of PTA Global and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco and the California University of Pennsylvania. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Rodney has traveled worldwide presenting at numerous conferences, sharing his experience in wellness, sports performance and corrective exercise. He holds a master’s degree in biomechanics and is a fellow of Applied Functional Science™ with the Gray Institute. Certifications: NASM, PTA Global
Jessica Crandall, RD
is a registered dietitian and the general manager at Denver Wellness Center-Sodexo. She specializes in nutrition counseling in weight management, bariatric education, cardiac diet modification, renal diet guidance, celiac disease, diabetes nutrition counseling and oncology, and also works with children who have special nutritional needs. Jessica earned her bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and is a certified diabetes educator and group fitness instructor. She has completed her postgraduate work in Oneonta, New York with rotations at Rose Medical Center. Jessica is also accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a national spokesperson for the organization.
is a world champion rower, ultra-endurance athlete and an international fitness presenter who has been featured on the Today show, CNN and Fox News. He is best known as the co-creator of the rowing-based fitness programs Indo-Row® and ShockWave. Motivation, encouragement, variety and a little tough love are key components to his coaching formula, which has brought results to thousands of shapes, sizes and abilities. He brings out the athlete in everyone. Certification: ACE
Crosby is a presenter, group fitness instructor and personal trainer with over 12 years of experience. She is a senior course instructor for TRX® Suspension Training® and Group Rip™ Training, and is a new member of the Schwinn® Cycling master trainer team. Tahneetra is also on the Fitness on Request™ elements team and the Qignition development team, and she created a strength and cardio program as the featured trainer for SELF magazine's March 2010 SELF Challenge issue. She specializes in dance, boot camp, resistance and interval-style classes. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
is the senior vice president of programming for Crunch, spearheading the development of innovative programming that makes Crunch a leader in today’s competitive fitness industry. Since 1998, Donna has made significant contributions to the field through the creation of entertaining, yet highly effective group fitness classes. During her time at Crunch, she served as the producer and designer of the top-selling fitness videos Fat Burning Pilates, Yoga Body Sculpt and Belly Butt and Thighs, and most recently, a DVD for the reality show Dance Your Ass Off. In addition, Donna served as the group fitness creative consultant director for New Evolution Ventures and designed group fitness programming for Madonna’s new club, Hard Candy Fitness, which recently opened in Mexico City, Moscow, St Petersburg and Santiago, Chile. Donna now serves on the prestigious IDEA Program Director Committee.
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, MS
is Power Music’s Group Rx program coordinator, along with her husband Brad. She is a veteran video presenter with more than 50 prechoreography videos. She choreographs Group Rx Power Step and RIP and writes the Group Rx educational materials. A former emergency medical technician, Wendy holds a master’s degree specializing in instructional design. She has served as fitness director in both university and fitness club settings and holds numerous industry certifications.
is the director of program development for BodyEvolver.com. He has more than 20 years experience getting client results, and is a presenter for NEFC and NEHRSA. Mike is known for his incredible passion for educating trainers and clients about a balanced approach to fitness. He was the lead training developer of the Reebok Fitness App and a former endorsement athlete for EAS. Mike is a huge fan of the Helix® Lateral Trainer and of working clients through multiple planes of motion. He was voted Boston’s Best Trainer and rated a Top U.S. Trainer by Allure magazine. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Certifications: NCSF
Laura Daray, MS
is an exercise scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute with a primary focus in science translation for athletes and influencers, helping to educate about hydration and sports nutrition. In addition to a background in athletic training and personal fitness training, Laura earned a master’s degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in exercise physiology, from Louisiana State University. During her leisure time, Laura enjoys kickboxing, yoga, hiking and photography.
is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and assistant fitness manager at Crunch in Los Angeles. His personal motto is, "Envisioning success brings you an inspiring image, but bringing that image to life requires action." As a longtime personal trainer, Francisco uses his experience to inspire clients of all fitness backgrounds to achieve their goals. Francisco spearheaded the creation of the highly successful Powerwave Battlerope class at Crunch. Certifications: AFAA, NASM
Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD
is a dual board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, and a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. She is an ACE®-certified health coach and is the author of Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters, the textbook Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals, and ACE’s Fitness Nutrition Manual and specialty certification. She can be reached at drnataliemuth.com.
a master trainer and program creator for Helix®, has been teaching, training and educating in the fitness industry for over 18 years. She is a former hip-hop dancer, with a contemporary dance and musical theater background. Kristy is a regional director for Equinox®, a master trainer for Reebok International and an ambassador for Indo-Board. Her quest for incorporating fun, safe and innovative exercises allows her to motivate and educate students of all ages and fitness backgrounds. Work hard, play hard...win big! Certifications: AFAA, AAAI/ISMA
is the co-founder of Spartan Coaching. He has worked as a health and performance coach, entrepreneur, and prior to joining Spartan Race, oversaw 100+ personal training studio locations across the U.S. He specializes in program design, human psychology, nutrition and business development. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Fitchburg State University and is pursuing a master's degree in sports psychology. Joe is certified as a performance enhancement specialist, corrective exercise specialist and strength and conditioning specialist. He has also been trained by the C.H.E.K Institute for holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching. Certifications: NASM, NSCA
is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors in the industry today. She is a contributing editor for numerous fitness and lifestyle magazines and is the senior group fitness manager for Equinox®. Amy is the spokesperson for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a Reebok walking expert, as well as a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and ShockWave. She has starred in many critically acclaimed fitness DVDs and online fitness programs, and holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Certification: AFAA
Lisa Druxman, MA
is a fitness expert, author and mompreneur. She is the founder of FIT4MOM®, the company that defined fitness for motherhood. Her programs include Fit4Baby®, Stroller Strides® and Body Back®. She is the author of Lean Mommy and the creator of the Mama Wants Her Body Back DVD series. Lisa holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in behavior modification weight control. She is a pre/postnatal fitness expert, and is certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Certification: ACE
Todd Durkin, MA
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. Certifications: ACE, NSCA
Lauren Eirk, MS
owns and operates Yoga I.S.®, a yoga, fitness and wellness studio in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a certified E-RYT 500-level yoga instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience, and is the owner and the creator of the internationally recognized, biomechanically-based registered yoga teacher training school Yoga Integrated Science®, which offers 200-hour and 500+-hour, and yoga coursework. Lauren is a Muscle Activation Techniques® certified specialist at the mastery level, a MAT® Jumpstart instructor, a mastery level Resistance Training Specialist® and certified personal trainer. Lauren is also the recipient of the 2007 OBOW Most Mindful Program award.
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, and for decades has provided athletic mixed-modality and mind-body training.
is a versatile and spirited presenter who thrives on entertaining, educating and empowering people through the practice of mindful fitness, yoga and meditation. Marla’s primary interest as a teacher involves accessing and nurturing all dimensions of our humanity through body-based consciousness, human energetics and psycho-spiritual inquiry. As a graduate of the acclaimed Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, she draws extensively from Buddhism and transpersonal psychology in her approach. Marla is the owner and director of Empower ME Yoga Studio and Teacher Training Academy in Ottawa, Canada. She is guest faculty for numerous conferences and conducts regular retreats, teacher training and experiential intensives internationally. Certification: CanFitPro
athleticism, competitive attitude and persistent work ethic have steered him on his fitness journey. He is an international trainer and presenter for Les Mills GRIT™ Series, BODYPUMP™ and CXWORX™, and a U.S. 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 over a decade of expert fitness consulting, have given him the tools to help turn fitness into a win–win proposition for both facilities and members. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE® Instructor of the Year, is the founder of SFR, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers, as well as the owner of Balletone® and GroupEx PRO®. Shannon is a 17-year fitness veteran and freelance writer, as well as an international presenter for Schwinn®, BOSU® and ACE. She is a member of the ACE board of directors, has authored portions of the ACE and ACSM group fitness manuals, and has starred in over 25 fitness videos. Shannon is a certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach interested in helping fitness professionals navigate the industry and find their niche. She's busy improving the self-esteem of the world as the director of exercise programming for the Anytime Fitness® franchise. Certifications: ACE-CPT, ACE-GFI, AFAA-GFI
Rich Fahmy, MS
is a master instructor for NASM®, a master trainer for Power Plate® North America and a speaker’s bureau trainer for the American Diabetes Association® Orange County chapter. As a formerly obese individual, Rich has a unique understanding of what it means to be overweight. Inspired by his own transformation, he began his career in fitness over 13 years ago and has built a solid reputation as a trainer and educator. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in exercise science. Certification: NASM
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.
is the founder and CEO of Greatist.com, a social health and fitness startup working to make healthy living cool. He is an entrepreneur on a mission to make everyone a “greatist,” someone who simply makes better choices for their fitness, health and happiness. Formerly with Clicker.com, Derek, graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in government, and has been building brands and organizations that last since his dog-walking business at 10 years old. Besides everything health and wellness, he also loves theme parks and theme bars.
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
has 9 years of experience as a fitness trainer at spas and gyms, and she is a master trainer for Hyperwear®, TRX® and Trigger Point Performance Therapy. She has a passion to coach and empower others to enrich their quality of life through movement, education, nutrition and mind-body awareness. Britny holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University. Certification: NASM
is a national trainer for Keiser®, an IDEA presenter, author and master level PFT, and a finalist for IDEA's 2013 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.
Anja Garcia, RN
is a certified group fitness instructor, a former Division 1 gymnast, and a registered nurse in the pediatric ICU at UC Los Angeles. While saving lives is a love of hers, her true passion is teaching others how to take care of themselves to live their healthiest, happiest life. Anja teaches at Equinox® fitness clubs in Southern California and is a lead trainer of fitness videos for dailyburn.com. Bringing her knowledge of competitive athletics and health coaching into her cycling and strength classes, she strives to inspire people to find their own athlete within to not only change their bodies, but to change their lives today. Certification: AFAA
is the owner of Tilcia Studios in San Diego and has 17 years experience as a group exercise and Pilates instructor. Lizbeth has gained wide recognition for several of her DVD workout titles including Shape magazine’s Shape Pilates, 10 Minute Solution: Prenatal Pilates, Exercise TV’s Less Is More Yoga and Less Is More Pilates, CRUNCH: Fat Burning Blast, Harpers Bazaar’s The Bottom Line Fitness Workout, and Natural Journeys’ On the Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners. Lizbeth’s studio is San Diego’s host site for the Balanced Body® education teacher training program. Certification: PMA-Gold
John Garey, MA
is the executive program director of John Garey Fitness & Pilates and the creator of JG FIT (fitness instructor training). He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA™, a master instructor trainer for Merrithew Health & Fitness® and has starred in over 60 DVDs. John is an international Pilates and fitness presenter and has contributed to and appeared in Men’s Fitness, Shape, SELF, Pilates Style and the LA Times. John holds a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in adult fitness. Certification: NSCA
is a Reebok athlete and Les Mills master trainer and presenter for BODYCOMBAT™, BODYPUMP™ and CXWORX™. Since 2007, she has focused on instructor development and helping spread the Les Mills programs across the West Coast, including the rollout of BODYCOMBAT at 24 Hour Fitness. Rebecca has spent countless hours studying boxing, muay thai and grappling, and injects her mixed martial arts experience into every BODYCOMBAT class she teaches. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is the director of group fitness education and feature formats at Life Time Fitness. His bachelor’s degree is in movement and exercise science with an emphasis on sports medicine from Chapman University. Rob is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®, and is the co-creator of the 5-Star Instructor Development Program for fitness professionals. He is also a continuing education provider for ACE®, ACSM®, AFAA® and NASM®.
Jeff Godin, PhD
is an associate professor at Fitchburg State University where he serves as chairperson for the department of exercise and sports science. He holds a doctorate degree in exercise science/ kinesiology from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in exercise science/human performance from Bridgewater State University. Jeff has worked in the fitness industry for 22 years as a fitness director and personal trainer. He has competed in and finished over 20 ultra-endurance events, including: Leadville 100, Tahoe 100, VT 100 endurance runs, the Spartan Beast, Ironman® Lake Placid and Coeur D’Alene, and numerous other marathons, adventure races and mountain bike marathons. Through his organization, Spartan Coaching, Jeff hopes to rip 75 million people off the couch and get them living the active Spartan lifestyle. Certifications: ACSM, ISSN, NASM, NSCA
Eden Goldman, DC
is a wellness-based chiropractor, certified yoga therapist, physical rehabilitation specialist, and owner of The Yoga Doctors Mandiram in West Los Angeles. He is the author of The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses and Yoga Therapy: Where Ancient Science Meets Integrative Therapy and co-directs Loyola Marymount University’s prestigious Yoga and the Healing Sciences 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Certifications: E-RYT500, CYT
came to Pilates as a professional ballet dancer. In her 20-year career as a classical ballerina, she performed in France, Italy, New York and New Orleans. Allison discovered the strength, balance and flexibility benefits of Pilates while rehabilitating from a dance injury. Following 12 years cross-training with Pilates, Allison completed the instructor certification in 2000 under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska, a devotee of Joseph Pilates. Allison owns Purely Pilates in the Bay Area and has been a teacher trainer for Power Pilates since 2006. She holds bachelor’s degrees in dance and business. Certification: PMA
is an international fitness educator with over 25 years of teaching experience. As a faculty trainer for Balanced Body®, he conducts trainings worldwide. Currently, Nico is the owner of a fitness/wellness boutique in Southwest Ohio called Fitness Physiques. He is the former director of fitness for a regional hospital-based wellness facility, where he created their Pilates program from the ground up. Nico has been credited as a contributing creative editor of the following Pilates instructor manuals: EXO™ Chair, Pilates Arc®, and the Mat With Toys workshop manuals. Certifications: ACE, PMA
is a national presenter and the owner of the award-winning Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan. She is the creator of the Corporate Fit Challenge program and coaches trainers to build stronger businesses and change communities. Trina is an elite coach in Team Beachbody® and is on the coach advisory board. She’s a savvy business strategist and teaches fitness classes, specialty boot camps and community weight loss contests. Certification: AFAA
is the national director of group exercise for Gold’s Gym and a national trainer and presenter for Les Mills. She holds a degree in communications from Texas A& M University. While in college, she turned her love of exercise and passion for people into a successful fitness career. She is certified by ACE® and AFAA® and has acquired several specialty certifications throughout her career.
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
is an international dance and fitness presenter. After retiring from dancing professionally with artists such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Jenn shifted her focus to fitness choreography and instruction. She is the education director for Lebert Training Systems™, creator of LTS™ LeBarre, a Reebok-sponsored presenter and dance fitness consultant, a master trainer for several other cutting-edge companies such as Tabata Bootcamp™, and teaches in the kinesiology department at Georgia State University. Jenn is still an active choreographer, instructor, author, wife and mom.
is the director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, California, where he has facilitated more than 1,000 high-intensity interval training sessions. Ryan also owns and operates Fit Scribe Media, a content consulting company that provides writing, editing and coaching services for individuals and companies in the fitness industry.
is a master trainer for Beachbody®, the producers of the best-selling at-home fitness programs such as INSANITY®, P90X®, TurboFire® and more. As a national presenter, Vanessa travels the country leading INSANITY, Turbo Kick®, PiYo™ Strength, and hip hop HUSTLE® certifications. She is also the owner of Brickhouse Cardio Club in Falls Church, Virginia and holds several certifications, including ACE® and AFAA® primary group fitness instructor certifications.
Marta Helliesen, PhD
is a certified fascial fitness trainer and has a background in neuroscience, psychology and massage therapy. Her interdisciplinary background gives her a unique perspective on the workings of the fascia and how to train it to obtain optimal effect. She has studied with the top teachers in the field of fascia and bodywork and is on the cutting edge of the emerging field of fascia and fitness.
is the owner of Innovative Fitness Solutions, LLC, the founder of the Dynamic Variable Resistance Training™ program, as well as the creator of the Ultimate Sandbag. With a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and more than 20 years in the fitness industry, Josh has lectured in more than 11 countries. He is known for his expertise in the areas of functional training, kettlebell training, corrective exercise and program design. Josh has written over 100 articles on new methods of functional and performance training for various publications, including Men’s Health, Experience Life, Reps and many more. Certification: NSCA
originally from Mexico, started his fitness career as a gym owner in 2000 and has been helping people reach their fitness goals ever since. He took his first Zumba® Basic Training in 2006 with Zumba creator Beto Perez, and in 2007 moved to Spain where he started his career as a Zumba education specialist. Abe now teaches Zumba trainings across the U.S. to people who want to become part of the Zumba dream. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, AEA, IFTA
is a Zumba® Education Specialist based in Mexico. She has been a competitive Ironman® triathlete for over 10 years, a member of the Mexican national gymnastics team (1984–1991), and a member of the Mexican national volleyball youth team (1998–2004). Sara presents Zumba Toning and Zumba Sentao™ in addition to the traditional Zumba Fitness Party. Certification: AFAA
Steve Hertzler, PhD, RD
is a senior research scientist for Abbott Nutrition with expertise in sports nutrition and carbohydrate metabolism. Steve holds a doctorate degree in human nutrition and has been a registered dietitian since 1988. He is an author on 20 peer-reviewed research articles, was on the nutrition faculty at the Ohio State University for 7 years, and has 3 years of experience as a clinical dietitian.
Sue Hitzmann, MS
is a nationally recognized somatic-movement educator and manual therapist. Her decades of practice, research and study of anatomical science and alternative therapies 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. She is the author of the best-selling book The MELT Method.
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 and 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 several international companies and health club chains. 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
is the regional group fitness director for Crunch Fitness and head master trainer for Jillian Michaels’ new fitness program BODYSHRED™. He is known for bringing surf, sand and step to television daily as one of the hosts on ESPN’s longest-running worldwide fitness program BodyShaping, and has hosted FitTV’s All Stars and Exercise TV. A national and international workshop presenter, Kendell is also a fitness consultant on numerous celebrity fitness DVD projects including Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss’ Chris Powell, Dancing With the Stars’ Brooke Burke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to name a few. Certifications: AAAI, AFAA
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, is a master trainer for TRX® and is 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, MSPT
is the creator of the TRX® Rip™ Trainer and the director of Rip Training at TRX. A registered physical therapist and certified strength coach, Pete was also a U.S. national tae kwon do champion and a former captain of the U.S. national team. He has practiced physical therapy with a specialty in sports performance and biomechanics for 14 years, and has worked with professional athletes and strength coaches from the NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA, UFC and X-Games. Certification: NSCA
is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series’: Power90®, Power Half Hour®, Power90 Master Series®, P90X®, P90X2®, 10-Minute Trainer® and One on One® With Tony Horton. Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books, Bring It! and Crush It! He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert, and his latest undertaking is producing nutritionally balanced meals from Tony Horton Kitchen, a passion project Tony founded to make fresh, organic, wholesome foods available to busy folks via home delivery. For the past 25 years, he has used his unique brand of humor to change the lives of over 8 million people through his incredible fusion of motivation, physical exercise, nutrition and discipline. From world-class athletes, pro sports teams, celebrities and the U.S. Military, to corporate executives, couch potatoes and busy moms and dads, Tony has what it takes to reach and teach them all. Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise and whole foods and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.
Beverly Hosford, MA
instructs courses for fitness professionals at Mesa College and at her studio in San Diego. She has been featured in the American Council on Exercise® Academy video series. Bev has a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and is a Muscle Activation Techniques® specialist. She uses anatomy knowledge to teach body awareness and injury prevention to her clients. Certifications: ACE, MATcs
has almost 20 years experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator. She is the national fitness director for FIT4MOM®, holding Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, Stroller Barre® and Body Back® instructor certifications, as well as supporting thousands of instructors nationwide. Farel is a national educator, author and presenter, and is a subject matter expert in pre- and postnatal fitness. She is also an approved continuing education provider for ACE® and AFAA®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Christi Idavoy, MA
is the director of education for Polestar® Pilates Latin America. While her academic career prepared her for a life in politics, her passion for movement as an expressive art form ultimately led her to become a yoga, Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor. Christi currently instructs teacher trainings to develop future Polestar mentors and educators. She also teaches weekly group classes at the Polestar headquarters in Miami and recently won the 2013 Pilates Anytime Next Instructor Award.
is currently the regional director for group fitness for Equinox® in California and is a 20-year veteran of the fitness industry. He has been certified by ACE®, AFAA®, and Schwinn® Cycling, along with specialty training in ViPR™, BOSU®, Total Gym®, Step360™, Pilates mat, Indo-Row® and Kettlebells. Combining his passion for fitness, music and humor, Keith's classes are challenging, creative and welcoming“and driven by great beats and much laughter.
is an elite athlete, master trainer, international fitness program developer and presenter, fitness/nutrition expert, founder/creator of R.I.P.P.E.D®, and lead trainer for the globally known fitness program called KettleWorX®. He is an ambassador, consultant and content creator for several major fitness brands, such as Nike, BILT, FitnessAccount, BowFlex®, and DISQ™ Pro. 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. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Pat Jak, MS
worked for several years in eBusiness before changing careers. He is now the director of metabolic testing at Todd Durkin’s Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego. Pat’s workouts have been featured in Bicycling magazine and he provides online coaching to endurance athletes such as the SKLZ-Swami’s Development Cycling Team, the UCSD Cycling Team, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and many state, national and world champions and medalists. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Certifications: IFPA, USA Cycling
is the owner of Mind Body Spirit Solution, LLC, author of Spirit Explosions and fitness instructor at SpiroFIT™. He is also a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and WaterRower, and his fitness DVDs are well loved around the world. A popular presenter, motivational speaker and trusted transformational coach, Skip’s intention is to inspire a global movement for health, fitness and wellness. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
created the PILOXING® brand and programs by combining her extensive fitness experience and passion to create a unique exercise program that instructors around the world can embrace together. Viveca is a professional dancer, master Pilates instructor, trained boxer and award-winning body builder. She merged elements of dance, Pilates and boxing to craft this new interdisciplinary exercise program and she branded it PILOXING. Today, the PILOXING community extends to over 35 countries.
Carol Marcia Johnson
is a NYC-based dance fitness educator and manager with Crunch. She has appeared on LIVE With Kelly and Michael, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America and the Today Show as well as Crunch Exercise TV and Crunch Live. Carol presented for SELF magazine’s Workout in the Park, Women's Health Are You Game, and Atlanta MANIA®, as well as contributed to features in the New York Times and magazines such as Dance Spirit, Health, Shape and Fitness. She can be seen in the feature film Mad Hot Ballroom and received the Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education Award from New York University.
Jason Karp, PhD
is a nationally recognized running and fitness expert, 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, owner of Run-Fit, and head track coach at La Jolla High School. Holding a doctorate degree in exercise physiology, he has contributed to more than 200 publications in international running, coaching and fitness magazines, has authored five books, including Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies, speaks at international fitness and coaching conferences, and competed at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games.
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.
is the founder of Burn With Kearns Fitness. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Kevin 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. Certifications: NSCA-CPT FMS
is the director of athletic performance at Todd Durkin’s Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, and has worked with thousands of youth and elite athletes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has been published in a variety of academic textbooks and industry publications. Brett is the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, a dynamic international speaker and a consultant to many youth-based fitness organizations. Certification: NSCA
is a movement motivator with over 25 years experience presenting at key fitness events around the globe, and has led workshops in over 20 countries. She recently completed a year-long certificate program in positive psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, and has combined the academic research from that field with her many years as a leading fitness expert to create Moving to Happiness®. Petra is the Spokesperson for Yes! Fitness Music, the fitness expert for California Walnuts and a consultant for Reebok. She was recently named one of America’s top trainers over 40 by Spry Living, and is the humble recipient of the 2000 CanFitPro™ International Instructor of the year, 2001 IDEA Instructor of the Year, and named the ECA Best Female Presenter in 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, RYT-200hr
Tatiana Kolovou, MBA
has over 23 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a fitness manager, national presenter and coach. Today, Tatiana coaches business students and corporate executives to design persuasive and motivating messages that get results. She is a faculty member of a top-ranked business school and owns Team Performance, a training and professional development company. Tatiana holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in business administration. In addition, she is a master trainer with the Schwinn® Cycling education team. Certifications: ACE, ACSM
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
Andre' Labbe' PT, MOMT
is a physical therapist that has been performing research on motor learning and injury prevention/ treatment throughout the United States and Europe. As a physical therapist, he has worked on the PGA tour and most recently with the New Orleans Saints. André has collaborated with numerous strength coaches and researchers at LSU, Florida State, Witchita State and the Australian Chiropractic Association. He holds a master’s degree in orthopedic manual therapy and founded The Total Package Sport Performance & Wellness facility in New Orleans, LA to provide the only scientific, evidence based functional training facility for adolescent strength training and injury prevention.
Michele LaFleur, MS, MBA
is chief marketing officer at Total Woman Gym + Spa, a California-based chain of full service gym and wellness centers that focus on women. She holds three graduate degrees including master’s degrees in exercise physiology and organizational development, and an MBA in marketing. Michele has 35 years experience in the health and fitness industry and has worked in the USA and abroad developing health clubs, resort spas, integrative wellness centers, medical spas/anti-aging centers and coaching practices that help women in midlife optimize health and well being. She is a former member of the USA, UCLA and UCSB volleyball teams, taught exercise classes for 21 years and currently competes in 10Ks and triathlons, recently winning her age division in the Beijing International Triathlon. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
is the owner of Lebert Fitness, Inc., a world leader in developing innovative fitness training tools like the Lebert Equalizer™, Lebert Stretch Strap™ and the Lebert Buddy System™. An international presenter, Marc is also a fitness club owner, a certified NLP practitioner, the Silver Lining Entrepreneur of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2012 CanFitPro™ Fitness Professional of the Year. He is an artist, has a passion for teaching and holds a black belt in tae kwon do. Certifications: ACE, CanFitPro
is the creator of the AthleKinetix™ and Colorgized Wellness programs. She has been in the fitness industry since 1986 and is the area group fitness manager for Equinox® fitness clubs in Florida. Christina holds several specialty certification including Schwinn® Cycling and Spinning®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM, NCSF
Robert Lewis, Jr, MS
is the fitness manager at 24 Hour Fitness in Encinitas, California. He is a fitness expert and business strategist who discovered a disturbing trend among fitness professionals. While certifying hundreds of personal trainers, he observed that many were not succeeding due to their lack of business and sales training. Since this discovery, Robert has made it his life’s mission to create successful and profitable health clubs through a strategic fusion of sales, business and fitness principles. Robert holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition. Certification: NSCA
Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS
is a 30-year fitness veteran and international presenter. A former collegiate athlete, Irene is the author of A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength and a contributing fitness expert for Oxygen and Women’s Health magazines. Irene is on the SCW Fitness faculty and is a master trainer for TRX®, JumpSport® and Tabata Bootcamp™. She is also a subject matter expert and exam writer for ACE® and adjunct faculty at Grandview University. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AEA, AEA, NSCA
Kristen Livingston, MEd
is the owner of KLivFit, a health coaching company designed to assist its clientele toward reaching their greatest potential. With over 23 years in the fitness industry, Kristen is the program developer for Power Music's Group Rx WAR and a multiprogram video presenter in dozens of prechoreography fitness DVDs. Kristen's athleticism shines as a fitness model and her positive attitude is unforgettable. She holds a master’s degree in education with emphasis in exercise physiology, as well as several industry certifications. Certifications: ACE, YMCA
is the president of Angie's World, a personal training and nutrition center located in Riverside, California. A professional public speaker, Angie has made numerous appearances in print and live media. She can be heard or seen on NPR radio, Personal TrainerTV.com, HealthyLife.net, SpikeTV and in Oxygen magazine. Angie has produced two exercise videos and developed a line of personal skincare products. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in biology and being a certified nutritionist, Angie is also a C.H.E.K practitioner, Level 1 and holistic lifestyle coach, Level 2.
a husband to Abbi and father to their son Hunter, is the creator and CEO of Venice Nutrition®, an international nutrition and fitness expert, a TV personality, a sought after speaker and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Body Confidence. Mark opened the first Venice Nutrition consulting center in Venice Beach, California, in 1999. Venice Nutrition has now grown to include more than 550 consulting practices, 17,000 nutrition coaches and over 1 million people living the plan around the world. Visit Mark at www.VeniceNutrition.com/media.
is a Keiser7reg; master trainer and with over 20 years in the fitness and yoga industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with special emphasis in exercise science, and has appeared as the “fitness guru” for numerous television shows and magazines. His passion for movement and love for teaching is evident in his unforgettable style that he brings to all his classes! Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Teresa Maldonado Marchok, MPT
is a licensed physical therapist, certified Pilates instructor, and movement educator and lecturer with Stanford University School of Medicine's health improvement program. She is the founder of Pilates With Teresa, LLC, in California and is a guest faculty member with Body Arts and Science International. As an ambassador for American Bone Health, she teaches free community workshops. Her newly released DVD, BoneSmart Pilates® has met with critical acclaim and was honored as Pilates Style magazine’s best DVD of 2013.
Michael Mantell, PhD
is the senior consultant in behavioral sciences for the American Council on Exercise®, a best-selling author, and a presenter and keynote speaker at national fitness conferences throughout the U.S. He earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemann Medical College where his thesis was on the psychology of obesity. His work has been featured by many health and fitness broadcast and print media outlets. Michael appears in greatist.com's list of 100 Health and Fitness Influencers of 2013. He provides breakthrough strategies to help business leaders, elite amateur and professional athletes, individuals and families live healthy, fit and happy lives.
Susy C Marks
is the co-founder and creative director of U-Jam Fitness®. She has been inspiring and motivating people of all ages and dance backgrounds through her world-class dance fitness choreography. Susy C’s 20+ years of dance experience and 16 years of fitness teaching experience has blossomed into her exploding and internationally recognized urban fitness dance program, U-Jam Fitness. “The dance fitness industry is helping change lives, one beat at a time,” says Susy C, as she ramps up for her second year presenting at the IDEA World Fitness Convention. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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.
Kathy Mauro, MS
has been a certified personal trainer and instructor for over 24 years in the New York metro area. She has special expertise in all facets of exercise, from class development and injury programming to facility management. She has taught, trained and presented in national, regional and private gyms and clubs, and currently works in multiple locations teaching a wide variety of class formats. Kathy holds a master’s degree in biology. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Sheldon McBee, MS
is an international master trainer, national trainer and North American program coach for Les Mills GRIT™ Series. He is also a Les Mills International DVD presenter for the Les Mills GRIT Series, BODYPUMP™, national trainer for BODYPUMP™ and CXWORX™, instructor and trainer for BODYCOMBAT™ and SH’BAM™, and a BODYJAM™ instructor. Sheldon holds a master’s degree in human nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in biology. His charismatic presentation style motivates and inspires all who attend his classes and presentations. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
is a wellness expert, mentor, author and producer of yoga DVDs. Since teaching her first class in 1984, Stacy has taught thousands of students and certified hundreds of teachers. In addition, she is a faculty member at MiraCosta College in the department of kinesiology, health and nutrition, specializing in yoga studies. Stacy holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Certification: E-RYT500
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.
is an international trainer and presenter for Les Mills SH’BAM™, BODYJAM™, BODYCOMBAT™ and BODYPUMP™, and a brand ambassador to Les Mills International. She is also a Reebok athlete, Beachbody® trainer 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.
Sherri McMillan, MSc
has been inspiring the world to fitness for almost 25 years. She has received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 CanFitPro™ International Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year and the 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. As a fitness trainer, fitness columnist and author of five books, Sherri is also a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs and a spokesperson for Nike, Schwinn® and PowerBar®. Sherri holds a master’s degree in exercise science.
is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country, educating, inspiring and motivating millions through her best-selling books, fitness DVDs and video games, and her award-winning podcast, hit TV shows, regular television appearances and more. As a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years, Jillian has established an impressive media empire. Her New York Times best-selling books include Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, Master Your Metabolism and Making the Cut, and her newest book, Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets to Simple, Fast, and Lasting Weight Loss was released in February 2013. Her DVDs are consistently top sellers and her newest title, Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, will be released in March 2014.
is the owner of M2 Live Fit, LLC, a fitness and education company based in Los Angeles. He provides health, fitness and sport-specific coaching to general population clients, endurance athletes, college athletes and actors getting ready for the big screen. All of Mike’s clients have achieved various performance goals and body transformations with his proprietary Live Fit Formula. Over the last 17 years, Mike has been a product spokesperson and program creator for Schwinn®, Star Trac®, FreeMotion Fitness® and Matrix Fitness. Mike has also competed on a national level for over 20 years in triathlons, mountain bike races and adventure races. Certification: NASM
Marty Miller, DHSc
has over 17 years of experience as a health and fitness educator. He earned his doctorate in health sciences from A.T. Still University. Marty's advanced research project studied exercise causality orientations to determine if individuals had different beliefs and attitudes toward exercise, and to see if this was not only measurable but whether it could motivate nonexercisers to become exercises, or motivate traditional exercisers to maintain this healthy behavior. Marty is a certified athletic trainer and a mixed martial arts conditioning specialist. Certifications: BOC, NASM
Theresa Miyashita, PhD
is a National Academy of Sports Medicine® health and fitness educator and the program director for the athletic training education program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her research revolves around concussions and high-intensity interval training. She began her career in health and fitness working with collegiate athletes, and developed injury prevention and injury management programs. Theresa is a certified athletic trainer, performance enhancement specialist and corrective exercise specialist. Certifications: BOC, NASM
Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD
is the co-owner of Mohr Results, Inc., in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to Clif Bar®, the National Dairy Council® and Nordic Naturals®, to name a few. A consulting sports nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and for Under Armour®, Chris also serves on the advisory board for Men’s Fitness magazine. Chris is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in nutrition and a doctoral degree in exercise physiology.
is a 20-year veteran in the fitness industry and has presented throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is the co-creator of R.I.P.P.E.D.™ for Kids, and was a master trainer and master trainer director for R.I.P.P.E.D. before creating her own format, Cardio Core Revolution: The Method, a workout designed to cross-train the body functionally with a focus on posture and correct form. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Teri Mosey, PhD
is the founder of Holistic Pathways, LLC, an education company specializing in holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She has 16 years experience as a consultant, educator and exercise physiologist. Teri strives to assist others to discover their personal path to wellness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a doctorate degree in holistic nutrition. Certifications: ACSM, NASM
is a popular fitness presenter in Italy and Europe. A student in physiotherapy, he is known for his aerobic dance, step choreography and total-body workouts in more than 30 countries. Elected the 2006 Instructor of the Year in Italy, Luciano was also awarded 2012 Best International Presenter in Poland. He is the fitness coordinator and manager of IFA (Italian Fitness Association), a well-known fitness school in Italy.
is the department head of GYROTONIC® and Pilates at the world-renowned Rancho La Puerta Spa & Resort, located in Tecate, Baja California. She has specialized in the Pilates technique for over 20 years and GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® for nearly a decade. Originally trained by Alan Herdman Pilates in London, Cathleen has been associated with IDEA since 1994 as a presenter, having had many of her presentations filmed for educational purposes. She holds certifications from ACE®®, Alan Herdman Studio of London, PhysicalMind, Long Beach Dance Conditioning, GYROTONIC® Levels 1 & 2 and GYROKINESIS®, and has completed yoga teacher training with Tim Miller and Erich Schiffman.
recipient of the 2010 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award, is an international fitness expert and motivational speaker. She has worked as a consultant, master trainer, course instructor and spokesperson for leading companies, including Reebok, Drums Alive®, Flexi-Sports®, Qignition, Tabata Bootcamp™ and TRX®, and as the education director for Resist-A-Ball®. Known for her infectious energy and passion to make fitness fun, Carol’s innovative, results-oriented workouts have been featured in numerous fitness DVDs, magazines and at conventions worldwide. She has written more than 50 instructor training courses, lectures and articles. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM
Tricia Murphy Madden
is the group fitness director at Community Fitness and Denali Fitness in Seattle. She is a certified group fitness instructor along with many other specialty trainings in dance and fitness. Tricia is a 20-year veteran instructor who has starred in 14 DVDs and is the creator of numerous programs, including Urban Striptease, Barre Basics and My Best Friend’s Workout. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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 Bootcamp™ and Gliding™, Mindy is also on the professional development team for Schwinnreg; Cycling, BOSUreg; and Flirty Girl Fitness7reg;. Mindy owns FitFlix Productions DVD production services and has starred in over 200 instructional videos. She is a continuing education provider for ACEreg; and AFAAreg;.
Miwa Natsuki, MA
started her fitness career at UC Berkeley where she trained with Shane Barnard of UrbanKick to become a kickboxing instructor. She is a business partner for UrbanKick and Studio360 where she offers personal training and health coaching. She manages multiple fitness and wellness programs as the assistant director of fitness at UC Berkeley’s department of recreational sports. Certifications: AFAA, 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, 60s and 70s. At 82, Bernadette not only teaches, she sports a black belt in karate. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
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. A valuable member of the programming team, PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™ and ZEN•GA™ Mindful Movement and is the owner, president and educational director of New England-based Northeast Pilates, a STOTT PILATES Licensed Training Center. She is a featured performer and instructor in numerous fitness videos including over 30 titles with Merrithew Health & Fitness. PJ won the prestigious IDEA Program Director of the Year Award in 2008. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant at fitness conferences and spas worldwide, and has written numerous articles for industry publications. No matter where she goes, PJ takes her trademark enthusiasm and dynamic personality with her.
has an extensive background in several martial arts and related training methods. He has been teaching martial arts forms for over 20 years and is a full-time professional instructor. Scott is a 5th degree black belt in Kenpo karate, a brown belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu, a certified MMA conditioning instructor with UFC® strength and conditioning, and a student of Muay Thai kickboxing. In addition, Scott is a member of a nationally recognized group of professional martial arts instructors dedicated to raising the standards of martial arts instruction worldwide!
Pawel Oracz, MA
is an accomplished fitness professional who lives in Poland. He holds a master’s degree in physical education and is a leading presenter and educator for IFAA Poland and Germany. Pawel has presented at the most prestigious fitness conventions in 17 countries. In 2012, Pawel was awarded the Top Polish Presenter award. Dance and step aerobics are his great passions, and he is known for his warm and sunny disposition.
has been in the fitness industry for over 24 years as a teacher, program and fitness director, international presenter and author. She is a Pilates & Barre faculty member, a CoreAlign® master instructor and the education project manager for Balanced Body®. In addition, Portia is a U.S. national trainer for Les Mills BODYFLOW™ and CXWORX™. Portia holds a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego and is the author of Pilates Illustrated published in December 2010 (over 10,000 copies sold). Certifications: ACE, AFAA, PMA
Janet Parks, RDH, RN
has over 25 years of experience as a fitness professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UC Los Angeles. She opened three dance fitness studios during her career: NY Dance (1985), Studio California (1990) and Bodymoves® (2002) where the BarreVite® program was created. Janet combines her passion for fitness and ballet through teaching BarreVite where she provides her students with the exhilaration and joy of sweating at the barre! Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is a faculty member for the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science™ and has spent over 20 years serving the health industry as an integrative practitioner and international lecturer. Formerly an instructor and clinician for the National Academy of Sports Medicine®, Lenny has written educational materials and consulted for various medical organizations around the world. He holds a degree in health science and has a license to practice soft tissue therapy in the state of California.
founder of Trigger Point Performance Therapy, is a biomechanical specialist concentrating in sports performance and injury prevention. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia over 10 years ago, it became his mission to understand muscular structure and the regeneration of dysfunctional tissue. This led to his development of Trigger Point Performance products, education and methodologies, including Myofascial Compression7trade; Techniques. Cassidy specializes in recognizing the biomechanical challenges and inefficiencies in movement and travels the world educating others on the benefits of self-massage.
has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her practical and motivating sessions. As a two-time recipient of the CanFitPro™ Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year award and an IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year finalist, Krista has a long list of accolades and walks the talk when it comes to fitness. She is the education director and a master trainer for Keiser® Indoor Cycling and JumpSport®, a TV personality, a DVD creator as well as the talent, a former program director, a writer, and an Adidas® 3-stripe sponsored international presenter. Krista’s goal has always been to inspire others through education and movement. Her creative sessions and her real-life approach to instructing make her a highly sought after presenter and educator. Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
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™.
Derrick Price, MS
is a personal trainer at the acclaimed Function First in San Diego, and a master trainer for ViPR™, PowerPlate® and Core-Tex™. Derrick has been a master instructor for NASM® and is now a faculty member for PTA Global. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion with an emphasis on injury prevention and performance enhancement. Certifications: NASM, PTA Global
Tom Purvis, PT
is a licensed physical therapist specializing in exercise mechanics. He is the founder of RTS®, the Resistance Training Specialist® program and has served as a keynote speaker at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Symposium, as well as at the IDEA Personal Training Summit.
is the head of training and development for TRX® and is the creator and lead educator of the revolutionary TRX Suspension Training® program. An award-winning presenter, Fraser is an internationally renowned expert who has been featured in the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, and has presented at conferences and events all over the world. As an industry leader, Fraser thrives on bringing new ideas to the forefront, stretching the minds of his audiences and providing relevant and effective training solutions in a practical setting.
is the senior director of fitness operations for 24 Hour Fitness. Her career in the fitness industry spans the evolution of the large-club environment and the advent of its service culture over the last 20 years. She has played an instrumental role in pioneering both service and technology innovations at 24 Hour Fitness. She has a keen sense of industry trends and the ability to translate them into results, which has assisted 24 Hour Fitness in becoming a leader in the health club industry and serving nearly 4 million members in more than 400 clubs across the U.S. Certification: NESTA
is the owner/operator of Revera Health & Fitness in Queensland, Australia. With more than 10 years experience in the fitness industry, Scott is a big believer in trainers "running their own race" and doing what they are truly passionate about. A lateral thinker, he is passionate about trainer education and helping dispel many of the common myths in our industry. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
is recognized as one of the leading indoor cycling instructors in Los Angeles. Since moving to California from the UK in 1999, Adam has continued to share his enthusiasm for fitness and cycling by teaching thousands of classes and leading certifications both nationally and internationally. He holds numerous indoor cycling certifications, and in his classes, he teaches the fundamentals of authentic cycling and takes riders on a journey with clearly defined challenges, using a format that accommodates entry-level riders through champions. Adam is the customer care manager and lead master trainer for RealRyder® International. Certifications: AFAA, NASM.
Steven Renata, MA
is a strategic development consultant and one of the founders of Les Mills International. He has held a variety of senior roles, including training, sales, CEO and board member. Steven is best known as a pioneer of Les Mills BODYPUMP™, launching the program on three continents while circumnavigating the world for 7 years. He was a rugby representative for New Zealand schools and has competed in Ironman® triathlons. In 1999, Steven set the Guinness World Record for indoor stationary cycling. He holds a master’s degree in marketing and has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience.
born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. Trained as a dancer in his early years, his passion for fitness quickly developed and he put aside a promising corporate career to take up a role with Les Mills. As well as training instructors and presenting classes globally, he now looks after two premier clubs, Les Mills Auckland and Britomart, operating their extremely successful group fitness departments.
is the director of marketing for the highly acclaimed Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego. Lindsey’s more than 10 years of marketing experience with major players in the restaurant and retail industry have allowed her to create and implement highly effective and profitable marketing strategies and campaigns. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has been a featured speaker at San Diego State University’s graduate sports management program.
is the owner operator of Fit 4 Life DC and he holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and kinesiology. A personal trainer for 19 years, Brian instructs for the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals, conducting workshops throughout the U.S. He is known for his work as a postrehabilitation conditioning specialist and program director. Certifications: AAHFRP-MES, MEPD/PRCS
is the owner of the Shapes Fitness for Women in Palm Harbor, Florida, where she specializes in health and wellness-related services, products and preventive health education. With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jani is the founder of the R.E.D. Warrior program, and one of the original 12 Zumba® education specialists. During her 11 years with Zumba Fitness, she managed the toning program and hosted the toning training DVD, as well as seven additional continuing education volumes, which were launched in several countries, training trainers as well as instructors. She also appeared in the Exhilarate™ infomercial. Jani is a retired professional dancer and graduate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
is a world-renowned presenter and fitness educator who continues to raise the bar as a well-respected fitness professional. She is a member of the BOSU® development team, a Schwinn® master trainer and a 2007 Fitness Hall of Fame inductee. Keli is also the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and the 2008 ECA Lifetime Achievement awards. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA
Debbie Rosas Stewart
has been a pioneer in the mind-body fitness industry since 1976. Dedicated lifelong to self-healing and self-mastery, her extensive study of dance, martial arts, music, fine arts and healing work inspired the co-creation of Nia®, an internationally acclaimed mind-body fitness program and lifestyle company. Based in Portland, Oregon, home of Nia International Headquarters, Debbie is committed to educating and inspiring year-round, offering workshops, master classes, events and Nia trainings to communities around the world.
Greg Roskopf, MA
is the owner and developer of Muscle Activation Techniques®, a biomechanical-based process designed to evaluate and correct muscular imbalances that contribute to pain or injury. Greg holds a master’s degree in exercise science from California State University, Fresno, and he has worked as a consultant with various professional organizations, including the Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.
prolific fitness career was directly inspired by his “800 Pounds of Parents.” He is a fitness expert and blogger for Discovery Fit & Health, a master trainer for ACE®, SPRI® and Tabata Bootcamp™, and he was named Personal Trainer of the Year by ACE® and IDEA Health & Fitness Association. Jonathan’s book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies—now he builds them! You can reach Jonathan at www.AionFitness.com and www.AbsRevealed.com. Certification: ACE
is a business owner and avid fitness professional. He spends his days working on growing his company, FEWDM Fitness, which promotes and sells his invention ROCK 360. His work ethic, drive and passion all started before he was a businessman, when he played wide receiver at the University of Missouri, played for a short stint in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, and played for the U.S. rugby team.
Kim Schwabenbauer, RD, LDN, CSSD
is a graduate of Penn State University’s nutrition program and has over 10 years of experience as a registered dietitian. Her work as a triathlon coach, professional triathlete and board certified specialist in sports nutrition drove her to found her personal sports nutrition counseling and endurance coaching business, Fuel Your Passion. Kim has appeared on national television as a dietitian and coach for the hit show MTV Made and is currently ranked 22nd in the world among female triathletes.
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
Norma Shechtman, MEd, MS
teaches Pilates and a full array of classes in Orange County, California. A well-respected fitness professional, she has been involved in fitness and education for over 30 years. Author, script writer, TV personality and correspondence course reviewer, Norma retains a multitude of avenues to increase awareness of health and fitness. Norma was named the 2003 Group Fitness Professional of the Year by the American Council on Exercise®, and she holds a double master’s degree in kinesiology and education. Norma is an international presenter and author who is known for her down-to-earth, fun, caring and unassuming presentations. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA, NASM, NESTA
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
has been an innovator in the fitness industry since 1979. She has starred in over 30 exercise videos, has made many TV and radio appearances as a fitness expert, and is a contributor to several fitness publications. An IDEA presenter and continuing education provider for over 20 years, she specializes in choreography, equipment-based resistance programming, myofascial release, cardio dance, cycling and treadmill training. Aileen currently teaches at Renaissance Club Sport and UC Irvine.
is a master personal trainer and faculty member for PTA Global. With 13 years of personal training experience, John has shared his expertise in cities across North America. As a master trainer for Technogym®, ViPR™, Power Plate® and Hyperwear®, John travels extensively, delivering energetic, memorable presentations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in athletic therapy and sport performance. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS, PTA Global-CPT
Cody Sipe, PhD
is a co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and an associate professor at Harding University. He is an award-winning fitness professional whose expertise in functional aging and exercise has been featured in over 30 journal articles and over 100 international presentations. Cody has over 20 years of industry experience as a trainer, group instructor, program director, facility owner and professor. He also holds a doctorate in exercise physiology.
is the fitness program supervisor at the University of Guelph where she is responsible for hundreds of programs for students, faculty, staff and the community. Lynne holds a bachelor’s degree in science and brings over 20 years of education and experience to the fitness industry. She is an international fitness presenter and educator, a CanFitPro™ Pro Trainer and a master trainer for Bender Ball®. Lynne has done work for television and print. Certifications: ACE, CanFitPro
Carla Sottovia, PhD
is the director of education for the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, and the founder and president for MWOVE EDUCATION in the U.S. and Brazil. An international presenter with more than 29 years dedicated to helping individuals achieve their path to personal wellness, fitness and overall quality of life, Carla is the developer and creator of the Cooper Personal Trainer mentorship program. She holds a doctorate degree in exercise physiology and is a master trainer for the Functional Movement Screen and ViPR™. Certifications: ACSM, NASM, PTAGlobal
Nora St. John, MS
is the education program director for Balanced Body®. She has taught Pilates since 1988 and currently directs the Pilates instructor training program for Balanced Body. Nora has studied Chinese medicine, massage, the Franklin Method®, Anatomy in Clay® and other modalities. She is focused on creating experiences that are innovative, enlightening and effective. She holds degrees in biology, dance and traditional Chinese medicine, and is the author of 11 teacher training manuals and magazine articles.
is the founder and owner of Strala. Partnering with SCLA and Club Med, Strala is the first branded yoga program to be available in major chains. Tara is the designer of Reebok Yoga, and is the author of the best-selling books, Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures, published in five languages. Tara has been profiled by the New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and Sweden’s Dagnes Nyheter, and featured in most major national and international magazines. She supports the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 20,000+ participating schools.
is a Reebok master trainer, group fitness instructor and creator of The Stoked Method and the award-winning Stoked series of classes. With 20 years of experience in the industry, Kira's suite of classes is the ultimate athletic, high-intensity cross-training regimen that is proven to challenge and shock the body in a progressive manner. Kira and her signature workouts have been featured on CBS This Morning, the Today Show, Good Morning America, FOX News, Rachael Ray, The View, The Insider, and in numerous national magazines and social media platforms. Kira is a graduate of Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in health science. Certification: NASM
is the president of Fitness Beyond Borders, an education and training company designed to bridge the gap between borders, boundaries and cultures of fitness. As the former director of education for FreeMotion Fitness®, Jeremy had the opportunity to work with the best educators all over the world, creating dynamic relationships and education. Jeremy has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a coach, personal trainer, fitness director and international fitness educator. He offers continuing education trainings on topics ranging from integrated functional training, whole-body vibration training, incline training, suspended rotation training and running biomechanics. Jeremy also created the popular suspended rotation training system rip:60™. Certification: NASM
is the head trainer at the Bay Athletic Club in Alpena, Michigan, where he specializes in individual, small-group and large-group training sessions. He is currently working with Surge™ (Hedstrom® Fitness) and has been instrumental in the development of training methods and education for the Surge product. Casey is also a master trainer for Ignite Performance and TRX®. Certification: AFAA
is the president of Fitness Beyond Borders, an education and training company designed to bridge the gap between borders, boundaries and cultures of fitness. As the former director of education for FreeMotion Fitness®, Jeremy had the opportunity to work with the best educators all over the world, creating dynamic relationships and education. Jeremy has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a coach, personal trainer, fitness director and international fitness educator. He offers continuing education trainings on topics ranging from integrated functional training, whole-body vibration training, incline training, suspended rotation training and running biomechanics. Jeremy also created the popular suspended rotation training system rip:60™. Certification: NASM
is the creator and choreographer of the dance fitness program known as Booiaka Movement. Born in Venice, Italy, Tatiana began dancing at the age of 4. By the time she was 14, she was hosting the popular Italian television series Dance Superstar, and collaborating on the show’s choreography and art direction. During the winter of 2000 she moved to Rome to attend the prestigious I.A.L.S Dance School, where she trained initially as a lyrical dancer and then fell in love with hip-hop. Tatiana has performed and collaborated as a choreographer, dancer and artist in live concerts around the world. She has executive-produced and performed in her own project, Prendimi Prendimi, and for more than 3 years, choreographed and performed for the USO Tour. Certification: AFAA
has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Her journey in fitness began as a college athlete, after which she worked as a divisional director for 24 Hour Fitness. Now Doris owns her own fitness business, Team Thews. She is known for her motivational and athletic coaching style and is a master trainer for BOSU®, Indo-Row®, ShockWave and Schwinn® Cycling. In addition to being featured in several fitness DVDs, Doris has contributed her knowledge and expertise as an author for IDEA Fitness Journal and is a RYKA® brand ambassador. Certifications: ACE, AFAA
Jesse Thomas, MS
is a master trainer and national presenter for the Indoor Cycling Group (ICG®) of North America. With over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jesse has a well-rounded and unique approach to coaching. A competitive multisport athlete and mixed martial arts practitioner, Jesse holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and has trained collegiate and professional athletes. He has vast experience managing multiple corporate and commercial health clubs, and is a national course presenter for the NAFC and a continuing education provider for ACE®, AFAA®, NASM®, and NSCA™. Certification: NSCA
charismatic and enthusiastic presentation style make him a popular presenter on international schedules. Having owned and run a successful personal training business in San Francisco, he delivers sound scientific knowledge with confidence and passion. More recently, Matt joined FitPro, a leading education provider, to become part of the international development team that created group fitness programming for the ViPR™ tool. Since then he has taken a position to manage the continued development of ViPR programs and ViPR trainers for both personal training and group fitness. Matt’s passion is to share his knowledge and experience, and develop other fitness professionals.
Peter Twist, MSc
is the president and CEO of Twist Sport Conditioning™. He is an exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science. An experienced conditioning coach and published author with numerous books, DVDs and articles, Peter is also the global education partner for Combine360 certification (powered by Under Armour®). He has received awards from the NSCA™ and CanFitPro™, and is the recipient of the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year award. Certification: NSCA-CSCS
Louis van Amstel
is a grand slam three-time World Latin Dance Champion. He is best known for his nine stunning turns on Dancing With the Stars with celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Priscilla Presley, Niecy Nash and Sabrina Bryan. Louis is an Emmy nominated choreographer and regularly choreographs for So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Louis now focuses on his fast-growing dance fitness program, LaBlast (LaBlastFitness.com) and his activewear clothing line LVA (LVAlifestyle.com).
is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness and Fusion Fitness Training™. With over 30 years of experience in club management, program development and motivational speaking, she brings a wealth of experience to her presentations worldwide. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year, and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. She is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and Total Gym®. Certifications: ACE, E-RYT
Amanda Vogel, MA
is a fitness instructor and the owner of ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing and consulting service for the fitness industry. In addition to being a social media manager and consultant for major fitness brands and public figures, Amanda blogs at FitnessTestDrive.com and writes for IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE Certified News, Oxygen, SELF and Reader’s Digest. Her blog was a finalist in the Best Health Magazine Blog Awards. Amanda holds a master’s degree in human kinetics.
Anthony Wall, MS
is the director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise®. Prior to joining ACE, he served as the national director for personal training with Les Mills New Zealand. He was responsible for the development and training of their personal trainers and was instrumental in implementing small-group training programs in New Zealand. With more than 20 years experience in the fitness industry, Anthony has worked in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and currently presents on topics in fitness and personal branding.
Ken Weichert (a.k.a. “SGT Ken”)
is an international speaker, six-time Army Soldier of the Year, master fitness trainer, master resilience trainer, counterintelligence agent, and highly decorated combat veteran. Ken has trained over 500,000 soldiers and civilians, has written over 100 articles for GX, Backpacker, Outside and Health, and has starred in several best-selling fitness videos. He was awarded the 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year by CanFitPro™ and it is Ken’s mission to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.
is the founder of Stand Up Fitness and creator of PaddleFit™. His passion is introducing new people to the sport of stand-up paddling and training athletes in this, as well as other sports. Brody was named the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year by the St. Petersburg Young Professionals Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. Certification: ACE-CPT
is the senior national creative manager of group fitness for Equinox® and the owner of Wheels in Motion Productions. She has designed programs for Hyperwear®, ViPR™ and SmartBells® among others, and was previously the education manager and global master trainer for Reebok University. Lisa has starred in over 20 DVDs and has choreographed almost 300 more, including The Biggest Loser, Dancing With the Stars and Dirty Dancing, as well as productions for Denise Austin, The FIRM, Reebok, Richard Simmons, 10 Minute Solutions, Shape, DailyBurn.com and Livestrong.com. She is the author of two New York Times best-selling books and consults regularly for magazines, TV programs and online media. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, Physical Mind Institute
leads the KettleWorX® development of group training classes as Pivotal 5’s director of programming. She has over 12 years of experience as a fitness instructor, fitness manager, personal trainer and club owner, developing freestyle programming, prechoreography and structured fitness programs. Laura is a certified kettlebell teacher through the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation. Prior to her position with KettleWorX, she trained and presented with Les Mills and starred in BODYSTEP® 90. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
Nick Winkelman, MSc
is the director of movement for EXOSTM (formerly 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. He is an internationally recognized speaker on all topics pertaining to human performance, and has publications through the NSCA and UKSCA with an upcoming book chapter on assessing athletic qualities. Certifications: NSCA, USAW, USATF