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Connecting With Clients

June 19, 2015

Ted Vickey, MBS, is president of FitWell LLC, an international fitness management and design company serving corporate America and the fitness and golf industries. Often referred to as “the most connected man in fitness,” Vickey spent 11 years as executive director of the White House Athletic Center, a post he held throughout the presidencies of…

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The Transformative Power of a Single Good Choice

May 14, 2015

Jonathan Ross has received numerous accolades for his work in the fitness industry, including recognition as the 2010 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, the 2006 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year, and the 2003 Personal Training Director of the Year by


magazine. He possesses a rare combination of fitness knowledge and personal experience with obesity, which he acquired while growing up with nearly “800 pounds of parents.” Ross has served as the fitness expert for Discovery Health and hosted its series

Everyday Fitness.

His book,

Abs Revealed,

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Create Enduring Change

April 20, 2015

Alison L. Steiber, PhD, RDN, serves as chief science officer at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She previously served as an associate professor and direc- tor of the coordinated dietetic internship and master’s degree program at Case Western Reserve University, where her research focused on nutritional assess- ment, quality of life, functional status, pancreatitis and probiotics.

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Meeting Clients Where They Are

March 16, 2015

Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, wears many hats in the fitness industry, most notably through her work as an ACE expert, a media spokesperson and a fitness blogger. She also serves as an assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, where she teaches courses within the department of exercise science, health and nutrition. In addition to holding ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach certifications, Matthews is an experienced yoga teacher, registered through Yoga Alliance.

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First, Do No Harm

February 23, 2015

A longtime athlete who found himself constantly falling prey to injury, Greg Roskopf, MA, created a new approach to recovery called Muscle Activation TechniquesTM. The process, which helps to identify unique causes of muscle tightness and weakness in order to remedy them, has been used by professional athletes playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, as well as a wide range of other clients.

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Enabling Success

January 22, 2015

Michele Stanten, a walking coach and ACE Certified Professional, has been motivating people to be more active for over 20 years. As the former fitness director of Prevention magazine, she cre- ated a marathon walking program that helped thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons and, perhaps more importantly, to transform their lives. Now a freelance writer and walking coach, Stanten is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight, coau- thor of Walk Your Butt Off! and creator of MyWalkingCoach.com.

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Kids in Motion Are Happy Kids

December 11, 2014

Kathleen Tullie, director of social purpose at Reebok International, is the cofounder and executive director of BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success). The physical activity program aims to jump-start children’s brains, improving academic performance and overall health by promoting exercise and nutrition knowledge. The program is run by moms, dads, teachers and volunteers, 2–3 days a week before or during school.

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Leveraging Change in the Workplace

October 23, 2014

Gregory Florez is the founder and CEO of V2 Performance, a premier vitality education and performance coaching firm for leaders. Through keynote speaking engagements, customized workshops and seminars, and one-on-one vitality coaching, Florez and his team have improved the health and well-being, work capacity and breakthrough performance of thousands of leaders worldwide.

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Fitness as Pharmacy

September 24, 2014

An accomplished orthopedic surgeon, Gregory Degnan, MD, serves as medical director of ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers, home to 38,000 members throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia. Since a rare medical condition sidelined Degnan’s surgical career, he has worked to map out the ACAC physician-referred exercise program and has advocated for the unification of the healthcare and fitness industries. An avid exerciser, Degnan attended Wesleyan University and Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

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The Biomechanics of Obesity

August 20, 2014

Justin Price, MA, is a biomechanics specialist, expert in corrective exercise, and creator of The BioMechanics Method® continuing education program. His assessment and exercise techniques are widely used by health and fitness professionals around the world to help people eliminate chronic pain. Price has been consulted for his expertise by Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Tennis, Men’s Health, Arthritis Today, WebMD and Discovery Health.

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30 Seconds to Victory

June 23, 2014

After spending much of his young life at a healthy weight, Lee Jordan began steadily gaining mass in his 20s. He reached a top weight of 450 pounds and was living what he refers to as a “nightmare of a life.” Inspired by his friend Beth, an ACE-certified personal trainer and now his wife, Lee began his journey to health and fitness by walking 30 seconds every morning down the hallway outside his apartment. Now, more than 275 pounds lighter, Lee is an ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach who specializes in helping people who need to lose 100 pounds or more.

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Fostering Change Within Our Communities

May 28, 2014

Mary Jayne Rogers, PhD, a 30-year veteran of the health and wellness industry, is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As owner of Profound Wellness, LLC, she provides expert commentary for leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Shape and SELF. Rogers has earned several industry accolades, among them the IHRSA/CYBEX Fitness Director of the Year Award and the IHRSA/Keiser 50+ Award for excellence in mature adult programming. Rogers specializes in whole-person wellness and fitness education and instruction.

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Embracing the Self-Care Model

April 18, 2014

Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognized expert in human movement and performance. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Motion, inventor of the ViPR™ fitness tool, and cofounder of Personal Training Academy Global (PTA Global). An international lecturer and educator, Dalcourt has written numerous articles on human design and function, and he has developed a widely used model for high-performance training.

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Making Realistic Lifestyle Changes

March 20, 2014

After serving many years as director of fitness research for the YMCA, Wayne Westcott, PhD, now works as director for fitness research programs at Quincy College in Massachusetts. Westcott has been a strength training consultant for the U.S. Navy, ACE, the YMCA of the USA, and Nautilus. He has also served as an editorial advisor for numerous publications, including The Physician and Sportsmedicine, ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, Prevention and Shape, and he’s written more than 20 books on strength training.

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Helping Clients to Take Small Steps

February 21, 2014

Gina M. Crome, MS, MPH, RD, is an ACE-certified personal trainer and the owner of Lifestyle Management Solutions, a nutritional counseling and consulting practice that specializes in weight management and disease prevention. Having once weighed more than 300 pounds, Gina has unique insight into the mindsets of those impacted by obesity. Now 172 pounds lighter, she holds dual master’s degrees in clinical psychology and public health nutrition from Loma Linda University, where she received the Selma Andrews Award for Excellence and Professionalism.

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Establishing Standards

January 22, 2014

Brian Biagioli is the executive director for the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) and a founding member of the Coalition on Registration for Exercise Professionals (CREP). A longtime leader in the health and fit- ness industry, Brian also serves as the graduate program director for strength and conditioning in the department of kinesiology and sport sciences at the University of Miami.

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Putting Health Over Convenience

December 20, 2013

Kara A. Witzke, PhD, leads the exercise and sport science program at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her work in the health and fitness industry spans more than 20 years and has included positions in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, workplace wellness, fit- ness certification, weight management, education and research. Most recently, her research has focused on the effects of exercise on musculoskeletal and metabolic systems through funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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Sporting Chances

October 24, 2013

Ed Downs is a fifth-degree black belt, a U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a more-than-20-year fitness industry veteran. He has spent much of his career working with professional athletes from a variety of sports, many of whom have trained at his TERF Athletic Facility in Miami. The creator of PROTERF train- ing, Downs has successfully developed and patented the Downs Disc, which he uses in client training programs.

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Wellness Starts With the Young

September 23, 2013

Antonio S. Williams, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health and CEO of Identity Branding and Marketing LLC. His passion for health and wellness among youth led him to found Fit University, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children to make healthy food choices at home, at school and on the go. He has given numerous lectures on fitness branding and marketing throughout the United States and in countries such as Korea, Greece and Spain. He has also been featured in the New York Times, the St.

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