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Presenter Bios

Meet our presenter faculty!

IDEA offers an unrivaled opportunity to learn from the most-respected experts in the industry. Over 225 world-renowned presenters will share their hard-earned wisdom about how they’ve built careers that help others. Each speaker has been hand selected and will be prepared to give you clear content, take-home-ready practical tools, and direct guidance on implementation, all while creating a fun and inspiring learning environment. Meet our incredible presenter team:

Presenters are ordered by last name.

Ken Alan

Ken Alan

Lecturer at Cal State Fullerton Department of Kinesiology. Chapter author in four texts. Served on committees for ACE, ACSM, and AFAA.

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Mike Alpert

Mike Alpert

Mike Alpert has been the President/CEO of The Claremont Club since 1997. Located in Claremont, California, The Claremont Club is a multi-use athletic, aquatic, tennis and social facility encompassing 19 acres, with a staff of 271 and servicing over 10,400 members and working on an $13 million operating budget. Because his passion is for the chronically injured and the chronically ill, Mike has been presenting “Exercise is Medicine” to universities and organizations internationally, including Israel, Italy, Madrid and Ireland. He believes that now, more than ever, the healthcare industry and the fitness industry must join efforts in combating and preventing the progression of disease and the effects of injury.

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Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson

Dana Anderson is the developer of TRANSFORM™ and co-developer of SPORT™ by Group Rx. She is a Group Fitness Instructor, Running Coach and Fitness Model, and has been working in the fitness industry since 2004. She teaches multiple formats including: kickboxing, strength training, yoga, sports conditioning and cycle. She is an avid runner, the 50-mile and 100-mile trail race kind of crazy runner. Her passion is motivating people to set and achieve their goals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Certifications: NASM.

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Lenita Anthony

Lenita Anthony

Lenita Anthony, MS, is a veteran industry presenter, author and master educator for Stages™ Cycling. She has over 25 years experience in clinical exercise physiology, program development and fitness education. A former IDEA contributing editor board member, her expertise includes program design for special populations, working with medical professionals, and sports performance. Lenita is a licensed USA Cycling Power Coach, a coach for the Challenged Athlete's Foundation, a former coach for the U.S. Women's Triathlon Series, and she holds multiple USA Cycling State and National Championship titles, as well as an age group world record.

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Abbie Appel

Abbie Appel

Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator and the group fitness manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs® in Miami Beach. As a consultant for ActivMotion Bar™, Schwinn® Cycling, SPRI® products and TRX®, she specializes in developing progressive fitness programs. Abbie has published articles in SELF, Shape and Prevention, and has created and starred in numerous videos. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM

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Abrea Arnold

Abrea Arnold

Abrea Wooten has over 16 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry. She has served as a personal trainer, metabolic technician, group fitness manager and fitness presenter. Her passion lies in coaching and developing new and seasoned instructors, endurance multisports and training, as well as creating a love of fitness in her participants through her edgy, yet authentic, style and sense of humor. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Travis Barnes

Travis Barnes

Travis Barnes is a certified personal trainer who grew his multimillion dollar fitness company, Journey Fitness, to five locations in less than 4 years. He started at less than zero, building his future with an unemployment check while living in a FEMA trailer. Travis is the coauthor of the best-selling book, 52 Amazing Journeys and author of Journey Fitness, with a forward written by Todd Durkin. His company is known for exemplary customer service and business systems. It is his vision to franchise Journey Fitness and make the world a happier place through life-transforming coaching.

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Emma Barry

Emma Barry

Emma Barry is a citizen of the world and has been a pioneer in group fitness for 25 years. A founding member of Les Mills International and one of the original international master trainers to take choreographed programming and the group fitness management system to the world, she has passionately pursued senior roles in product development, world-class training and building a ferocious people culture. Now living in L.A. with her family, Emma is a prolific blogger and contributor to innovation and business forums. Her M.O. is to unleash the potential in people and projects, and to help define WHAT’S NEXT.

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Pam Benchley

Pam Benchley

Pam Benchley is a master educator with Stages™ Cycling, a national master trainer for BOSU® Hedstrom Fitness, and a provider of many workshops on indoor cycling, BOSU and functional/active aging training. Pam currently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is a member of numerous organizations within the fitness industry such as IHRSA, IDEA and ACSM.

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Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender is an international presenter, the creator of the Bender Method of training and a graduate of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science®. She is best known for the 2007 Bender Ball Fitness infomercial and has filmed over 20 DVDs. Leslee is a lead trainer for Club Pilates, bringing functionality to flexibility and fascia as a modality to keep the body pain free.

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Brian Bettendorf

Brian Bettendorf

Brian Bettendorf, MA, MSM is the Head of Education for RumbleRoller and a partner in Drake Global Strategy, a consulting firm helping accelerate their international growth. He has developed and launched products and education courses for companies including TRX and RumbleRoller. He holds a master’s degree in kinesiology along with a graduate degree from Stanford Business School. B.S. Exercise Physiology, M.S. Kinesiology, M.S. Management

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Lawrence Biscontini

Lawrence Biscontini

Lawrence Biscontini, MA, is a mindful movement specialist with multiple industry-recognized awards, and is currently on the advisory boards for the International Council on Active Aging and Power Music®. He has been a part of the SCW and BOSU® development teams, and is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, and a contributing author for ACE and AFAA magazines and texts.

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Billy  Blanks

Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks is the creator of Tae Bo@ Fitness, the revolutionary total body fitness system that has helped millions of people around the world get in shape and feel great! Aside from Tae Bo@ Fitness, Billy has devoted a great deal pf his life toward helping other people through the Billy Blanks Foundation and by travelling around the world to train groups, such as the U.S. Armed Forces in places such as Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sarajevo, Greece, Africa, Germany and Italy. In addition, Billy continues to earn acclaim through his extraordinary achievements as a world Karate Champion, actor, author, motivator, philanthropist and humanitarian.

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Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN

Leslie Bonci is the owner of Active Eating Advice by Leslie, a nutrition consulting company based in Pittsburgh. She is a nutrition consultantfor the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Chiefs. She was the sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24 years, and has also worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Nationals. In addition, she is the company nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a sports nutrition consultant to the WNBA.

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Amy Boone Thompson

Amy Boone Thompson

Amy Boone Thompson has been a presenter and author for franchise and fitness over the last two decades, lecturing on topics of fitness business, programming, leadership, management, wellness and health. Amy has worked with thousands of fitness professionals to further their careers and learn the business. Amy was named IDEA Program Director of the Year Finalist in 2016 and 2017. She currently serves as Program Director Committee Chair for IDEA, Advisory Board Member for National Personal Training Institute and Industry Advisory Panelist for American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was the Co-Chair for the San Diego Women's Franchise Network Chapter through the International Franchising Association (IFA).

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Emily Booth

Emily Booth

Indoor Cycle Education Manager at LifeTime.Life

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Chantal Brodrick

Chantal Brodrick

Chantal worked for 15 years in senior sales and marketing roles in the media industry before transitioning careers and becoming a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. In 2015, she became the host of the The Fitness Business Podcast. Now, with more than 160 shows and 200,000 downloads, it is the world’s top podcast for fitness business owners, managers and fitpreneurs. Chantal has spent more than 2,500 hours interviewing business leaders, industry experts and authors and has ringside seats for the journey of business development. She’ll share insights into successes and challenges and offer advice on how to lead an exceptional fitness business.

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Candice Brooks

Candice Brooks

Candice Brooks is an internationally known fitness expert and 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.

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Douglas Brooks, MS

Douglas Brooks, MS

Douglas Brooks, MS, is an exercise physiologist and the director of programming and education for BOSU® and COREFX. The former Ironman® triathlete currently directs athlete conditioning for Sugar Bowl Ski Academy where he works with elite junior and professional athletes. Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Fitness Hall of Fame and has been honored by canfitpro as the International Presenter of the Year, and by IDEA as the 2014 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Coach Brooks is the author of numerous fitness education books.

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Cedric Bryant, PhD, FACSM

Cedric Bryant, PhD, FACSM

As Chief Science Officer of the American Council on Exercise, Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM, represents ACE as a national and international lecturer, writer, and expert source. He is responsible for ensuring the scientific accuracy of ACE-commissioned research studies, publications and all other educational materials that ACE creates. Dr. Bryant has written nearly 300 articles and columns in fitness trade magazines and sports medicine and exercise science journals and has authored, co-authored or edited more than 35 books. He’s an authoritative resource for health, fitness and nutrition articles in a variety of respected national media outlets including USA Today, Washington Post, The New York Times, Parade, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Shape, Consumer Reports, Fox News, CNN Headline News and more. Dr. Bryant spearheads the Prescription for Activity Task Force, a think-tank-style strategic-planning task force of multisector, national thought-leader-level stakeholders focused on developing a roadmap to mobilize healthcare to help more Americans achieve physical-activity guidelines to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. He also shares his expertise as an advisory member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Obesity Solutions Roundtable, the National Association for Physical Literacy, the National Physical Activity Plan Healthcare Sector Expert Panel, Exercise Is Medicine’s Credentialing Committee, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance’s—Physical Activity Working Group.

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Chao Cao

Chao Cao

A POP DANCE and POP FIGHTER program director, Cao graduated from Tianjin University and works full-time at Asian Fitness Academy in China. One of the founders of Fighter, Cao is currently focusing on dancing and Muay Thai combat.

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Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA, is the owner of Function First and creator of the Pain-Free Movement Specialist. 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®.

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Paul Chek

Paul Chek

Paul is an author and internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective exercise, high-performance conditioning and holistic health. For thirty years, Paul's unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. He is an award-winning presenter and has consulted for professional athletes and sports teams around the world.

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Cameron Chinatti

Cameron Chinatti

Cameron is the Director of Education for Stages Cycling. In this roll she has had the pleasure of mentoring other Master Educators throughout the world. As a leading authority in the indoor cycling tech revolution, Cameron has had the opportunity to work with the largest commercial fitness accounts in the world. Top fit-tech operations and innovators seek her expertise when bringing their products and programs to the group fitness market. Her passion for making the education experience meet the demands of today’s tech-savvy consumer, drives her to innovate each and every day. When not ‘nerding out’ Cameron can be found singing in a studio session in Nashville, TN or riding a bike. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Claudia Cofrancesco

Claudia Cofrancesco

Claudia Cofrancesco is an accomplished business leader who has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding performance, exceeding goals, and generating profits. Holding a Master of Science in Real Estate Development and Finance from New York University, she is a veteran Property Manager known for her innovative management style, excellence in interpersonal communication and strategic relationship development. Claudia’s personal experience with morbid obesity, bariatric surgery, and struggle to find her way back to wellness led her to lose and keep off 439 lbs. and found The Kinesis Centre, a company dedicated to serving the unique health and fitness needs of bariatric clients and filling a wide gap in wellness services. Claudia is a Certified Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, and the creator of Training the Bariatric Client, an online course providing continuing education to fitness professionals on how to train their clients.

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Fabio Comana, MA, MS

Fabio Comana, MA, MS

National Academy of Sports Medicine®, San Diego State University and UC San Diego. Previously, Fabio was an exercise physiologist and certification manager for the American Council on Exercise® where he was the original creator of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and the primary developer of all live personal training educational workshops. As a national and international presenter, he is frequently featured on television and radio, and in print publications. Certifications: ACE, NASM, NSCA

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Kathy Corey

Kathy Corey

Kathy Corey is the Director of Kathy Corey Pilates. The Kathy Corey Pilates Certification Program is taught at locations across the United States and her continuing education programs are taught in twelve countries. She is a Master Teacher who began her career with the Pilates Technique in 1979 and is PMA Pilates Gold Certified. She designed the innovative CORE Band, which is used in studios around the world. She is an Advisory Board Member for Pilates Style Magazine, a member of the Board of Advisors for the American Fitness Professional Association (AFPA), and a contributing columnist to the online publication YesPilates.com.

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Marc Coronel

Marc Coronel

Marc Coronel shares his passion of training, movement and education as a senior master course instructor (one of nine worldwide) and conference presenter for TRX®, a master trainer/conference presenter for TriggerPoint®, and a master instructor for LifeFitness. An expert in connecting people to movement and energy, his presentations at NIRSA, TSI NY, ACSM, ECA and IDEA are filled with humor and empowerment. He is sought-after fitness consultant and program director worldwide and has helped a multitude of gyms start their businesses. Marc has trained people is all walks of life, including professional athletes, actors, models, celebrities, secret service and law enforcement professionals, moms, dads, grandmas, and children. He believes in balance of body and mind and that nothing is impossible.

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Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove, 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, co-owns and operates Results Fitness in Southern California. Opened in 2000, Results Fitness was voted one of the top 10 gyms in the USA by Men’s Health Magazine and one of the Best Gyms in the US by Women’s Health Magazine and was featured on BBC World for its scientific programming. Rachel has authored two best-selling books:—The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes—and created the Drop Two Sizes DVD set. A consultant for Nike, she is also on the advisory board and is a columnist for Women’s Health Magazine. An athlete herself—she is an Ironman triathlete—Rachel has completed half-marathons, powerlifting competitions and fitness events. She and her team at Results Fitness strive to become the best part of their members’ day, achieving results and changing lives while having fun doing it!

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Steve Cotter

Steve Cotter

Steve Cotter draws from an extensive and diverse background as a champion athlete and cutting-edge trainer and throughout his lifelong study continues to research and implement highly effective training methods in the fields of kettlebell training, martial arts, qigong, strength and conditioning, athletics and human performance. Constantly improving his skills and abilities to benefit, he teaches and motivates students the world over. Since developing the now world-known International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation/IKFF, Steve has introduced kettlebell and function fitness training in over 40 countries on 6 continents . He shares his years of experience as a martial artist, world-class athlete and fitness coach to design and supervise programs for those who take their training seriously. A common theme always presents itself in Steve's training programs: an unyielding focus, unparalleled intensity and precise attention to detail. Certifications: NSCA

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Jacque Crockford, MS

Jacque Crockford, MS

Jacque Crockford, MS, CSCS, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach and Exercise Physiology Content Manager at ACE. She has been a personal trainer and performance coach for over 15 years. Jacque grew up in the fitness industry, participating in YMCA sports and teaching gymnastics and swimming from a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University, where she was on the women’s rowing team. She went on to Florida International University to earn a master’s degree in sport and exercise science. She is currently a certified yoga instructor, as well as a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, and she competes in triathlons throughout the country. Jacque has been featured in several publications, including LA Times, New York Post, Health, USA Triathlon, US News and World Report, SHAPE and Women’s Health.

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Kristen Cronin

Kristen Cronin

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Kristen Cronin

Kristen Cronin

Education Director at ActivMotion Bar

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Tahneetra Crosby

Tahneetra Crosby

Tahneetra Crosby is a senior master trainer and development team member with Qignition for QiDance and QiForze. With over 12 years experience as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, Tahneetra is also a senior course instructor for TRX®. She specializes in personal training, dance, boot camp, resistance and interval-style classes with an emphasis on the fun factor of exercise. Tahneetra created a strength and cardio program as the featured trainer for SELF Magazine's March 2010 SELF Challenge issue. Certifications: AFAA and NASM

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Yancy Culp

Yancy Culp

Yancy Culp coaches many of the top OCR (obstacle course racing) athletes on the planet, including seven Spartan Pro Team members and eight elite-level Toughest and World’s Toughest Mudder athletes. He owns YancyCamp.com, where he trains over 400 OCR athletes from 18 different countries. Yancy has competed at the elite level in OCR for 7 years, he’s a certified Spartan SGX coach, and he was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Obstacle Racing.

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Michael Cummings, PT

Michael Cummings, PT

Michael Cummings has expertise in product development, small-business consulting and startups. He also has 20 years of experience in the industry as a personal trainer specializing in injury prevention, health club manager, strength and conditioning coach for schools and teams, international presenter, and fitness content developer and contributor. Michael has over 50 utility and design patents in sport and fitness training to his name.

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Michael Cunico

Michael Cunico

Michael Cunico is the national fitness manager for Fitness First Australia. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction of both the personal training and group exercise departments for the organization, overseeing a department that includes 2,500 fitness professionals. Michael has spent the majority of his career working directly with trainers and instructors to maximize their performance and to positively impact members. He has delivered training to thousands of trainers and instructors globally.

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Michol Dalcourt

Michol Dalcourt

Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, inventor and industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. He has served as an instructor at the NAIT College School of Health Sciences, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco in the sports science department. Currently the director of the Institute of Motion, Michol is also the creator of ViPR™ and the co-founder of PTA Global.

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Jesse Dietrick

Jesse Dietrick

Jesse Dietrick is a strength and conditioning coach at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, and works with clients of all ages and abilities. He graduated with an exercise science degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he was the captain of the ice hockey team. Jesse is dedicated to motivating others to achieve their personal goals, live a healthy lifestyle and recognize all of the rewards that health brings. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS

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Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP

Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine physician, registered dietitian and health coach. She practices general pediatrics with a focus on healthy family routines, nutrition, physical activity and behavior change in North County, San Diego. She also serves as the senior advisor for healthcare solutions at the American Council on Exercise. Natalie is the author of five books and is committed to helping every child and family thrive. She is a strong advocate for systems and communities that support prevention and wellness across the lifespan, beginning at -9 months of age.

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Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon is a master trainer for FitnessGlo®, Gatorade®, Schwinn® Cycling, BOSU® and ShockWave. She is the Director of Group Fitness Programming for Equinox® and was named IDEA’s 2015 Fitness Instructor of the Year. Her many television and media appearances include Oprah’s OWN Show, TODAY, Women’s Health, Shape and the Los Angeles Times. A former world competitive power tumbler and coach, Amy applies her energy and athleticism to her many award-winning workout DVDs and online programs. She holds multiple fitness certifications and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.

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Joe Drake

Joe Drake

Joe Drake, MS, is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Educator, Technogym Master Trainer, and Co-owner of Gravity + Oxygen Fitness in South Florida. He also Co-Owns and runs a Fitness Academy and loves helping other Fitness Pros find success. When Joe isn't working with his team and changing lives, you can find him somewhere on a paddleboard or off finding new ways to include peanut butter in every meal. Certifications: ACSM, NSCA, NASM, ACE, USA Weightlifting Association

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Lisa Druxman, MA

Lisa Druxman, MA

Lisa Druxman, M.A. is best known as the creator of FIT4MOM, home to Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby and Body Back, the country's largest fitness program for new moms. She is also the author of The Empowered Mama and Lean Mommy and the creator of the workout DVD, Mama Wants Her Body Back. Lisa has been in the fitness industry for nearly two decades and is the proud recipient of the IDEA Program Director Of The Year Award among others. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and sits on the board of the Postpartum Health Alliance.

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Laureen DuBeau

Laureen DuBeau

Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications.

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Shane Duncan

Shane Duncan

Shane Duncan is a RealRyder® Indoor Cycling master trainer who leads education programs throughout the United States. A former professional Australian footballer with a lifelong involvement in sports, health education, fitness and coaching, Shane holds a degree in sports science and has been coaching athletics and teaching group fitness classes for 20 years. His business experience includes education, marketing and business development for consumer health products, as well as launching a highly successful, boutique RealRyder cycling studio.

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Todd Durkin, MA

Todd Durkin, MA

Todd Durkin is an internationally recognized fitness trainer, coach, author and speaker who works with some of the highest-level athletes in the NFL, MLB, MMA and Olympics. Todd was a featured trainer on NBC STRONG last year (produced by Sylvester Stallone) and owns Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, an award-winning gym that has been named a Top 10 Gym in the US 5 years in a row by Men’s Health Magazine. He leads a team of 38 employees and runs a Mastermind Group for hundreds of fitness professionals.

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Carol Earle

Carol Earle

Carol is a Lead Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in all branded programming, including STOTT PILATES®, Total Barre™, ZENGA®, and CORE™ Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training™. She is also part of the ZEN•GA and CORE programming teams. She has been an instructor trainer since 2003 and is based out of New England’s Northeast Pilates Education Center. Carol received her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and ran her own dance company for over a decade, performing and teaching throughout New England. Carol is currently on the faculty of the dance department at Endicott College, where she teaches a “Mind, Body and Awareness” course. She is certified and has trained in several other fitness brands, including a 200 HR (RYT) yoga certification, personal training, TRX® and TRX Rip-Trainer®, Zumba®, SPINNING® and Indo-Row®. Carol lives in Gloucester, MA, with her daughter, mother and dog, and her hobbies include cycling around the North Shore of Massachusetts, gardening and cooking with local produce.

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Cliff Edberg

Cliff Edberg

Cliff Edberg is the program manager of personal training at Life Time Fitness™. As a certified personal trainer, registered dietitian and competitive physique athlete, Cliff has spent much of his life helping trainers and clients in their pursuit of their ideal physique. His methodology combines an intricate understanding of human metabolism, with the science and art of personal training and nutrition coaching to aid the trainers of Life Time Fitness in creating incredible transformations for their clients.

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Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson

Paul has undergone extensive training with Gray Institute, as a fellow of applied functional science, he now finds himself teaching for them on a global scale. He is also a master trainer for both Core-Tex® and Power Plate®, and he prides himself on teaching complex topics on human movement, breaking them down in a simple, easy-to-understand manner for those he is lucky enough to serve.

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Nick Ekbatani, MBA

Nick Ekbatani, MBA

Nick Ekbatani, MBA, is a Los Angeles-based fitness professional and speaker. After losing his leg in a catastrophic motorcycle accident in 2012, Nick aims to inspire people far and wide with his high energy and positive attitude. A lifelong athlete, having once played football for UCLA, he remains undeterred in his passion for fitness and athletic performance.

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Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is a fitness business and programming consultant who has worked with impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness®, Schwinn®, Power Systems®, ACE® and BOSU®. As an experienced educator and certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach, she helps fitness professionals navigate the industry and make more money. Fable, a member of the ACE board of directors, is also the owner of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.

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Sue Falsone, MS

Sue Falsone, MS

Sue Falsone is the owner and founder of Structure and Function Education, owner of Falsone Consulting, and an associate professor of Athletic Training Programs at Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. She has held many positions within the professional sports and athletic arena including working for the U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS). Certifications: APTA, NATABOC, NSCA, IAOM-US, RYT-200.

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Zhengxu Fan

Zhengxu Fan

ZhengXu Fan works at UION life Fitness Center of Beijing as the area east regional group exercise department manager. She studied sports education and aerobics at Harbin Normal University. Certifications: NASM, NSCA

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Michelle Felzmann

Michelle Felzmann

Michelle is a highly accomplished fitness leader with 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. Michelle is a Bender Ball master trainer, TRX Master trainer, host of "The Look" Fitness video series and an international fitness presenter. Michelle specialization lies in strength, flexibility and core training classes and is a CEC provider in Calgary.

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Brian Ferrari

Brian Ferrari

Exercise and fitness professional with over 12 years of experience ranging from strength and conditioning of professional and national championship programs to big-box health club facilities. Experienced fitness leader with a history of setting and achieving business metrics, establishing and developing teams, and creating, launching, and managing successful fitness programs.

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Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is an in-demand international speaker, consultant and entrepreneur. He is the co-owner of Mark Fisher Fitness, one of Men’s Health Magazine’s Top 20 Gyms in America. MFF has two locations in Manhattan and was ranked #312 on the 2015 Inc. 500. In addition to MFF, Mark co-founded Business for Unicorns in 2016. BFU has worked with clients like Sony Music, Sylvan Learning and the ACLU, as well as many of the leading fitness studios across the U.S. and UK.

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Heather Flebbe

Heather Flebbe

Heather Flebbe, MS, is a Master Educator for Stages Indoor Cycling and has been inspiring and educating health and fitness professionals for 23 years. Heather earned her Master's Degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology and is a Lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles as well as College of the Canyons Valencia. She is most passionate about the physiology of exercise and how the body responds and adapts to exercise and how instructors can apply this knowledge in providing effective and life changing workouts to their clients.

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Eve Fleck, MS

Eve Fleck, MS

Eve Fleck has a master's degree in exercise physiology and is the owner of Gym Without Walls in the Los Angeles area. She teaches exercise physiology at California State University, Northridge, and is co-Author of Growth and Development Across the Lifespan.

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Mary Foster

Mary Foster

In my graduate education (in Athletic Training) I presented numerous times across various topics, including research, case studies, and athletic training protocols.

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Chris Frankel

Chris Frankel

Chris Frankel, MS, PhD(c), draws from over 35 years of experience as an educator, lecturer, and strength and conditioning coach. As head of human performance for TRX, he directs the research and development of products, educational content and training methodologies delivered worldwide. Chris has consulted with all branches of the U.S. military, as well as professional and collegiate sports teams. He is currently completing his doctorate in health, exercise and sports science at the University of New Mexico.

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Joel Freeman

Joel Freeman

Joel Freeman is the co-creator of Core De Force™ and one of the newest super trainers in the Beachbody® family, but he’s no stranger to fitness. He’s held elite personal trainer certifications from the American Fitness Association of America, the American Council on Exercise® and the National Academy of Sports Medicine®. From running day-to-day operations in his own gym in Olympia, Washington, to managing group-exercise programming at Gold’s Gym®, to becoming a national BODYCOMBAT™ trainer, Joel’s done it all. As a certified fitness instructor, he’s traveled the world helping people fall in love with fitness and reach their highest potential—all while having a blast.

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Linda Freeman-Webster

Linda Freeman-Webster

Linda Freeman-Webster is a three-time finalist for IDEA’s Fitness Instructor of the Year award. With more than 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, Linda has been an active educator and presenter at numerous conferences. She holds specialty certifications with STOTT PILATES®, Titleist Performance Institute, Kettlebell Concepts and many more. Linda is a national trainer for Keiser®, a mind-body spokesperson and author for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the owner of Guru Fitness, LLC, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, RYT-500

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Sonja Friend-Uhl

Sonja Friend-Uhl

Sonja Friend-Uhl is a world-class athlete and skilled fitness programmer. She has over 17 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds several certifications, including USATF and AFAA specialty certifications in youth, senior and prenatal fitness. Sonja is also a professional runner and holds multiple records. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA

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Jules Fultz

Jules Fultz

Jules Fultz is the program director for POP Pilates®, with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and a passion for educating group fitness instructors and participants. She is the former group exercise manager at 24 Hour Fitness®, managing instructors and programs throughout Texas. With a background in assessment from Les Mills, Jules is dedicated to developing instructors who are committed to providing safe, fun and effective classes. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Glenn Gaesser, PhD

Glenn Gaesser, PhD

Glenn Gaesser is a professor of Exercise and Wellness in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, and is director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, at Arizona State University. Professor Gaesser has had prior academic appointments at the University of Virginia and UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Alison Galvan

Alison Galvan

As Owner and Creator of EnergyX Fitness in San Antonio, Texas, Alison’s passion for helping others drives the success of the studio, her clients and her continued growth in the fitness industry. Alison achieved her BS in kinesiology from Texas A&M and master’s degree in exercise sports science from Texas State University. She currently works with BOSU® as a master trainer. Certifications: RYT 200, NASM, AFAA.

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David Garcia

David Garcia

David earned his physical therapy degree from the University of New Mexico in 2000 and received his Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine. David has been active in Kinesio Taping research since his days as a PT student. He has been utilizing Kinesio® Taping since 1997 and became a Certified Kinesio® Taping Instructor in March of 2003. He has provided Kinesio® Taping for the LPGA, Duke City Marathon, Race for the Cure and other events. David is currently based in San Diego, California.

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Lizbeth Garcia

Lizbeth Garcia

Lizbeth Garcia, owner of Tilcia Pilates Studios in San Diego, has been teaching group exercise and Pilates for more than 18 years. She has gained wide recognition for her DVD workout titles, including Shape Magazine’s Pilates Firm Up From Head to Toe and Makeover Your Abs, Butt and Thighs—FAST! In 2006, Fair Winds Press published her first book titled, 101 Ways to Burn Fat on the Ball. Lizbeth currently works with private clients and is a faculty instructor for several Balanced Body® teacher training programs.

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Lana Gelb, MS

Lana Gelb, MS

I have been in the Fitness/Wellness world in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties South Florida for the past 30 years . I'm a Certified Exercise Physiologist(ACSM)and a Registered International Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA). As a Wellness Consultant/Educator, and graduate of the Neuroscience Academy, I specialize in Brain Health and Stress Management and work with people with Movement Disorders and those with Cognitive decline and Cancer and Stroke survivors. I'm an International Trainer for the dynamic, one-of-a-kind, Brain Body Health program Ageless Grace and have been an ACE Continuing Education Provider since 1992. I give Workshops and Conference presentations on Neuroplasticity and many other topics to do with Health and Wellness, I have owned a Fitness studio, specialized in Corporate Wellness and have approached Wellness through various modalities throughout my career - including Pilates,Yoga /Yoga Therapy, Dance as well as Whole Body Vibration Therapy, which I studied in Belgium, France and England.

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Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine LLC, and works with a wide variety of food companies, brands, hospitality/food service operators and private clients. She is a spokesperson, and developer of recipes, products and menus, as well as an educator, private chef, culinary nutrition counselor and author. Food & Nutrition Magazine recently presented her with the 2017 Stone Soup Blogger of the Year award.

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Lauren George, MA

Lauren George, MA

Lauren George is the creator of PulsePointe barre an innovative and challenging cardio barre format. After completing her undergraduate and master's degree in Sport Management, Lauren ran the fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and ToddPilates. Her true passion has always been mentoring other instructors. Currently, she owns and operates a fitness studio, Clemson Fitness Company, in Clemson, SC, instructs Leisure Skills courses for Clemson University, and leads PulsePointe barre Instructor Trainings across the country. Certifications ACE, AFAA

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Rob Glick

Rob Glick

Rob Glick is the senior director of group fitness, yoga and cycle at Life Time Fitness™. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and continues to bring cutting-edge education and programming to the fitness community. Rob was named the 2006 International Presenter of the Year by canfitpro and the 2005 Best Male Presenter by ECA He is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and a co-creator of EMPOWER!

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Nico Gonzalez

Nico Gonzalez

Nico has been dedicated to the world of fitness for the past 15 years. As a Balanced Body University faculty trainer, personal trainer, and group fitness innovator, Nico travels extensively presenting and inspiring. Nico is featured in multiple Pilates videos, podcasts, and print that showcase his creativity in movement and inspiration. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, PMA

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Trina Gray

Trina Gray

Trina Gray is recognized worldwide as a passionate leader in fitness. She is a successful health club owner, business mentor and IDEA presenter. Trina has owned a medically based health club and a large group training studio for more than a decade. She founded Team Rockstar Fit, an online coaching team of thousands of fitness professionals who partner with Beachbody. She won the Top 10 Small Business of the Year Award in Michigan, the CEO Award from Beachbody and the Community Service Award from IHRSA.

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Sean Greeley

Sean Greeley

Sean Greeley has an unrelenting passion for helping people grow. Over the last 10 years, he’s developed Net Profit Explosion into the only global fitness community that empowers entrepreneurs at every stage of business growth and development. NPE now serves over 21,500 fitness business owners in 95 countries. With offices in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, the company has been listed six times on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing, privately-owned U.S. corporations.

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Paula Gustafson

Paula Gustafson

Paula Gustafson is currently the National Indoor Cycle Operations Manager for Life Time, Healthy Way of Life Company. She has held many positions over her 15+ years in the fitness industry, including personal trainer, studio manager, regional manager, master instructor, presenter and format creator. Her passions are dance, kickboxing, strength and indoor cycle. She believes her mission in life is to empower, uplift, and spread healing love and light to the world healthfully and holistically.

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Maureen Hagan

Maureen Hagan

Maureen Hagan is vice president of program innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro. Mo, as she is known in the fitness industry is a licensed physiotherapist, a Physical Health Educator and award winning program director and fitness instructor. Mo is one of Canada's 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity (2014) and was named as IHRSA Julie Main Woman Leader of the Year (2016). Mo is a published author, Huffington Post Columnist, speaker and trainer.

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Cher Harris, MS

Cher Harris, MS

Cher Harris serves as the general manager of The Houstonian Club, a 175,000-square-foot private health club featuring state-of-the-art facilities and exercise equipment. This private facility with elite membership levels has been recognized as a top hotel health club and one of the nation’s Top 100 Clubs by many national publications and media outlets. Cher joined the Club as fitness director in 2007 and has served as assistant general manager since 2008. She has more than 22 years of club management experience, providing direction for trainers, instructors, pros, dieticians and other wellness professionals in large fitness facilities around the country. She has a master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified exercise physiologist.

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Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson is the owner of the Functional Training Institute and is a dynamic presenter who delivers courses to fitness professionals worldwide. In addition, Dan owns a prestigious personal training studio in Sydney. He has created accredited courses in many functional training modalities, including kettlebells, powerbags and battling ropes. He is a contributor to several magazines, leads a team of over 20 presenters and has presented at major fitness conferences around the world.

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Abraham Hernandez

Abraham Hernandez

Abraham Hernandez started in the fitness industry as a gym owner and Spinning® instructor in 2000. Since then, he earned his personal trainer certification and became a Zumba® education specialist in 2007. Abraham is currently presenting and representing Zumba as a bilingual ZES at numerous trade shows and conventions around the world. His passion is teaching, and helping people and instructors reach their goals for a healthier life, while acting as a stellar role model to his two wonderful children.

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Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho is an award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and online personality. She is the creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube, with over 400 million video views and three million subscribers. In a revolutionary partnership, Cassey’s unique format, POP Pilates®, has become a live class that can be taken at 24 Hour Fitness® gyms nationwide. She’s the author of the best-selling book, Hot Body Year Round, and is the designer of her own active wear line, POPFLEX.

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Hayley Hollander

Hayley Hollander

Hayley Hollander is the education director for Gray Institute®, as well as a Precor® master coach, PTA Global contributor, youth and EXOS® performance trainer, international presenter and author. After 18 years of training, Hayley lives and strives on “moments of clarity” and instances to grow beyond measure. With the ever-changing dynamics of the human being, she seeks opportunities to diversify training through the individual needs of her clients and the evolution of knowledge in the industry. Hayley holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics.

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Pete Holman, MSPT

Pete Holman, MSPT

Pete Holman, MSPT, is a physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, U.S. National Taekwondo champion and two-time Gleason’s International Master Boxing champion. He is the creator of the TRX® Rip Trainer and its accredited 8-hour TRX Rip Training Education Course. Pete has lectured on four continents and educated thousands of professionals on concepts that include biomechanics, core performance, functional training and rehabilitative medicine. He has worked with professional athletes and strength coaches from the MLB, NFL, NBA, UFC and X-Games.

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Scott Hopson

Scott Hopson

Scott Hopson is the national education director for Midtown Athletic Clubs, the co-founder of PTA Global, and an educator for EXOS® and Gray Institute®. As a global coach and educator in the fitness and performance industries, he specializes in the areas of athletic performance and youth conditioning. His work has been accepted and integrated into leading universities, high schools, professional and Olympic performance organizations such as the U.S. and Chinese Olympic Associations, the NFL, the Tennis Corporation of America, national rugby, and global health and athletic clubs. Scott has created and authored accredited certifications and qualifications, as well as CEC workshops, study manuals and DVDs. He is a respected industry consultant, presenter and published author. Certifications: ACSM, NASM, NSCA, PTA Global

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Tony Horton

Tony Horton

Tony Horton is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series’: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, and Ten Minute Trainer®. He is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of the top-selling books Bring It! and Crush It!, and his latest motivational book, The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life. He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition. Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle.

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Beverly Hosford, MA

Beverly Hosford, MA

Beverly Hosford, MA, is a successful entrepreneur and author. She holds degrees in exercise science and kinesiology, and teaches personal trainers, massage therapists, Pilates instructors, health coaches and yoga teachers. Bev guides her audience to go deeper with body awareness, anatomy and career mindfulness.

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Farel Hruska

Farel Hruska

Farel Hruska has nearly 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, and has been with FIT4MOM® since 2002. She has presented at numerous fitness conferences, including EMPOWER, FitFest, Fitness Festival of South China, MEFIT in Dubai, SCW and IDEA. Farel is the recipient of the FIT4MOM Instructor of the Year award, and was nominated for IDEA Instructor of the Year and Program Director of the Year 4 years in a row.

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Alex Isaly

Alex Isaly

Alex is a Signature Brand Lead for Life Time Fitness, including a member of IDEA's Advisory Board and Men's Health Fitness Council. With 20+ years of professional experience he specializes in program/product development, education and consulting. He has been an IDEA World presenter for the previous 7 years. Current national projects include KettleWorX, Spartan Strong, WTRX, and Kettlebell Kombine with media experience in Men's Health, Sports Illustrated, SHAPE, Men's Fitness, NBC Sports Network, TODAY Show, Discovery Channel, Hallmark's Home & Family, CBS The Talk, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and CNN.

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Adam Jongsma, MSc

Adam Jongsma, MSc

Adam is the owner and director of education development for Kinetic Performance. Working as a clinical kinesiologist and a strength coach, he has worked with numerous professional athletes from the NHL, NFL, SPFL, CFL and NCAA, as well as everyday fitness enthusiasts looking to optimize function. He brings his knowledge and passion for educating others to each session with a mission to bridge the gap between research and practical application.

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Lee Jordan, MS

Lee Jordan, MS

After spending much of my life at a healthy weight, I began steadily gaining weight in my 20s. I reached a top weight of 454 pounds, and lived what a "nightmare of a life." In addition to a myriad of health conditions, I could barely walk and lived tethered to an oxygen tank. After being inspired by my then-friend Beth Jordan, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, I began my journey to health and fitness by walking 30 seconds every morning down the hallway outside of my apartment. Now over 270 pounds lighter, I am an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach specializing in helping people lose 100-300 pounds and rediscover a life of freedom. My physician endorsed "30 Seconds to Victory" program has inspired multiple people all over the country to change their lives.

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Elizabeth A.  Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM

Elizabeth A. Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM

Dr. Joy is the medical director for Community Health, Health Promotion & Wellness and Food & Nutrition at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. She practices family medicine and sports medicine at the Salt Lake Clinic LiVe Well Center. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and in the University of Utah College of Health Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology. Dr. Joy is the immediate past president of both the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Female Athlete Triad Coalition. She serves on the Exercise Is Medicine Steering Committee for the ACSM, and chairs the EIM Clinical Practice Committee and the Healthcare Workgroup for the National Physical Activity Plan.

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Greg Justice, MA

Greg Justice, MA

Greg Justice, MA, is a best-selling author, speaker and fitness entrepreneur and was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2017. He opened AYC Health & Fitness, Kansas City’s Original Personal Training Center in May 1986. Greg is the co-founder and CEO of the National Corporate Fitness Institute (NCFI), a certifying body for fitness professionals, and Scriptor Publishing Group. Greg holds a master’s degree in HPER (exercise science) and a bachelor’s degree in health & physical education from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

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June Kahn

June Kahn

June Kahn is an internationally recognized fitness leader and educator. She is the 2009 World IDEA Instructor of the Year, founder of June Kahn's Bodyworks, LLC™, and former Life Power Pilates Coordinator for Lifetime Fitness. June is currently a Pilates Rehab Practitioner with Masso Medical & Bodywork and is and special consultant to Curves International. As a program developer for many leading fitness organizations, June is also a continuing education provider for the fitness and mind/body industries, June is best known for bridging the gap between traditional Pilates and the fitness industry. A Certified Pilates practitioner through the Physical Mind Institute, June furthered her education as a Rehab Specialist applying that to both Mat, Reformer and Apparatus work. A Master Trainer with Savvier™ Fitness to both A Barre Above™ & Tabata Boot Camp™ Programs allows her to reach the consumer and inspire them to incorporate more movement into their lives. She is the creator of many programs including Curves Dance & Tone Caffeinated Pilates, Body Bar Flex® Trek Walking & Active Ageing Programming. SCW Fitness’ Pilates Matwork Specialty Certification programs for the fitness industry as well as the designer of Pilates Bowflex Training Program for Nautilus Health and Fitness Group. A former Reebok World Master Trainer, June is an ACE, AFAA, & ACSM Certified Health Fitness Instructor and a Physical Mind Institute Certified Pilates Trainer with over 40 combined years of dance and fitness experience.

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Kymberlee Kaye Raya

Kymberlee Kaye Raya

Kymberlee Kaye Raya is the CEO of Big Shot Marketing and Fly Girl Dance Fitness. She has an extensive background in marketing, with an emphasis in Branding and offers over 17+ years of marketing and branding expertise. Kymberlee built Big Shot from nothing; a one woman show has grown in the last 17+ years to a thriving, growing business that works with companies such in all industries. Kymberlee's creative mind combined with her knack for excellent business strategy continues to drive Big Shot to the forefront.

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Sgt Ken

Sgt Ken

SGT KEN® is an award-winning international speaker, six-time U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, master resilience trainer, counterintelligence agent and decorated combat veteran. He has trained over one million service members and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 articles for GX®, Backpacker®, Outside® and Health. Ken is the recipient of the canfitpro 2011 Best New Presenter of the Year, EMPOWER Fitness 2013 Male Presenter of the Year, and the IDEA World 2016 Fitness Instructor of the Year awards, and has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News.

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Kaisa Keranen, MS

Kaisa Keranen, MS

Kaisa Keranen is a personal trainer, fitness educator and social media influencer known for her fun and innovative ways to get people moving. She graduated from the University of Washington where she was a member of the Track and Field team and went on to get her masters in science, sports performance and injury prevention. As owner of KaisaFit, she developed her own method of movement which she shares daily with her clients and social media following. She lives and teaches by the motto that health is a feeling not a look and believes whole-heartedly in her mission to get people around the world up and moving! Kaisa has been featured in Vogue, Shape, SELF, Harpers Bazaar, ESPNW and Runner’s World, as well as on the Greatist as one of the most influential people in health and fitness, and she was asked by Michelle Obama to be one of the go to trainers for her “Let’s Move!” digital campaign. You can find Kaisa on social media as KaisaFit where she educates, motivates and empowers her followers daily to get up and get moving!

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Kristy Kilcup

Kristy Kilcup

Kristy Kilcup is a master educator with Stages™ Cycling. She holds an honors degree in human kinetics and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Ottawa. Kristi has also earned several certifications, including Functional Movement Specialist, STOTT PILATES®, TRX® and Kettlebell (Level 2). She is also a certified personal trainer.

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Brett Klika

Brett Klika

Brett Klika, CEO of SPIDERfit Kids and the 2013 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is a personal trainer, author and international motivational speaker. He inspires men, women and children around the world to create a culture of wellness in their home and live the best version of their life. Certification: NSCA-CSCS

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Rory Knight

Rory Knight

Rory Knight is an elite fitness expert who is internationally renowned for his unique style of motivation and innovative training techniques. He is a Master Trainer for Technogym & a Coach for Nike Run Club. He teaches regularly at some of London's top boutique studios. Rory has played a key role in both planning & presenting at numerous large-scale events worldwide, for global brands such as Nike & Technogym, as well as delivering training & education to other fitness professionals.

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Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber is a happiness expert, keynote speaker and movement motivator. She has 25 years experience presenting around the world and has led workshops in over 20 countries. She has spoken at TEDx and consulted for many companies including Reebok, Gatorade, California Walnuts and Health Magazine. Petra hosts The Perfection Detox Podcast and is the guest host for the online fitness show, Daily Burn 365. She was the proud recipient of the IDEA 2001 Fitness Instructor of the Year. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

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Tatiana Kolovou, MBA

Tatiana Kolovou, MBA

Tatiana Kolovou, MBA, has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry as a national presenter and educator. Today, Tatiana coaches business students and corporate executives as a faculty member of a top-ranked business school, and owns Team Performance, a training and professional development company. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in business administration. She is certified by ACE and ACSM, and is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling Education.

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Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss is the creator of the barefoot fusion program, The willPower Method®, and the lead fitness advisor for Vibram FiveFingers®, specializing in foot fitness since 2000. Recipient of the 2014 ECA Best Female Presenter award, she is also the mindful music advisor for Power Music® and an advisory board member for NAFC. Stacey Lei has worked as a master trainer for BOSU®, Schwinn® Cycling and Peak Pilates®. Certifications: ACE, ACSM

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Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Len was awarded the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise®, and has received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award. Len holds a doctorate degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certifications: ACSM, NSCA

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Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata

Vito La Fata is the founder and CEO of Fitness Profit Systems, creator of The Fitness Preneurs Life and co-founder of Team Rockstar Fit, as well as a certified high-performance business and fitness coach, certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist and internet entrepreneur. As an internationally recognized speaker and writer, he has contributed to IDEA, IHRSA World Conference, MindBody Conference, Australian Fitness Health Expo, Todd Durkin Mastermind Group, canfitpro, Fitness Business Summit, and Fitness and Club Industry.

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Christina LaGrega

Christina LaGrega

Christina LaGrega is a Life Time elite instructor and Spartan Strong & Amp Cycle master trainer who is fueled by people in search of a positive lifestyle. She has spent her career finding ways to create positive impact and influence, and she spends much of her time getting involved in various community projects and charitable work throughout the country, all while being a wife and mom to her supportive family. Christina believes that ability is limitless, and we all acquire the ability to be empowered and in control of our destination and journey in life.

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Elizabeth Lenart, MEd

Elizabeth Lenart, MEd

Elizabeth is the owner and founder of innerathelete and master trainer for Balletone, BOSU, Hedstrom Fitness (Kamagon & Surge), Tabata Bootcamp and Barre Above. Armed with two Harrington rods in her spine and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Elizabeth fuses her background in both education and counseling in her approach to instructing group exercise and training clients. She believes in moving with and coaching the importance purpose, power & poise while making group exercise an experience, not just a workout. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Andrea Leonard

Andrea Leonard

Andrea Leonard, 33 year cancer survivor, graduated from the University of MD in 1990 and has been certified as Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by NASM. She has been certified as a personal trainer by ACSM, NASM, and ACE. Andrea is the President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, has authored 14 books on cancer and exercise, and trained over 7,000 fitness professionals worldwide to become Cancer Exercise Specialists. Andrea is currently the Chairperson for the Medical Fitness Network Advisory Board.

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Brett Leto

Brett Leto

Brett Lato currently serves as Training Specialist with Polar Electro Inc. In this role he works directly with physical education instructors, personal trainers, fitness directors, health club owners, strength & conditioning staff and various collegiate and professional coaches across the country. Lato works with a team of trainers at Polar who conduct hundreds of on-line and on-site trainings annually, educating professionals on how best to utilize and incorporate heart rate based training into their unique programs. Lato has over 10 years of experience working with Polar heart rate technology.

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Stephen Levall

Stephen Levall

Stephen serves as a master trainer for several formats with Life Time. He has served as a personal trainer, metabolic technician, endurance coach, studio manager and area lead with Life Time. With a master’s degree in performance, he loves bringing the entertaining side to each class. His passion lies in helping people take the “un” out of unobtainable. When he is not working, you can find him outside riding/running getting ready for his next Iromman.

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Irene Lewis-McCormick

Irene Lewis-McCormick

Irene Lewis-McCormick MS, CSCS, is adjunct faculty at Drake University, a twice published author international lecturer, keynote speaker, RYKA FitPro brand ambassador, head coach at Orangetheory Fitness and HPA for the National Egg Council. Irene is a contributing author and Subject Matter Expert for ACE and NASM and a twice-nominated IDEA Health & Fitness Instructor of the Year (2015, 2017). Irene is a senior course instructor for TRX Education, master trainer for Savvier Fitness (Tabata Bootcamp, Barre Above) and a content writer for JumpSport Fitness. Certifications include ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NSCA, & AEA.

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Qian Li

Qian Li

Qian Li is a national-level trainer of POP DANCE. She majored in eurythmics in university and is a National Athlete of Second grade and a All-round dance trainer.

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Shuangshuang Li

Shuangshuang Li

A POP CARDIO program manager and popular instructor, Li graduated from Harbin Normal University and works full-time in Beijing UION Life Fitness Center in China.

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Julie  Logue, MPH

Julie Logue, MPH

Julie Logue delivers top-notch training for professional audiences across the country. She has written a number of fitness curricula and thrives on engaging learners through interaction, hands-on experiences and self-discovery. She has been a leader in the health and wellness industry since 1999 and has experience as a fitness manager, national presenter and public health professional. She’s been published in the American Journal of Physical Education and Sport and Yoga Journal and works for the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. Certification: ACE, AFAA.

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Simon Lovell

Simon Lovell

Author of The Lunch Box Diet (Harper Collins) &The New Encyclopedia Of Modern Fitness Business Building, Simon is a contributor for Forbes & Men’s health and took his coaching company for fitness professionals from zero to a $1 million dollars in 18 months. He helps personal trainers create the lifestyle they want by creating a unique mix of mindset and cutting edge business strategy.

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Maria Luque, PhD

Maria Luque, PhD

Maria Luque, PhD, is a health educator and fitness expert with more than 15 years’ experience. During her service in the U.S. Air Force she served as a fitness program manager, which encouraged her to pursue her passion for health and education. She currently holds both graduate and post-graduate degrees in health sciences. Maria teaches workshops, leads group and personal trainings, is a freelance writer and teaches at the College of Health and Human Services at Trident University International.

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Buddy Macuha

Buddy Macuha

Buddy Macuha is the group fitness manager for Equinox® Pine Street, and a Northern California Cycling and Keiser International master trainer. Buddy has appeared as a fitness expert for numerous television shows and magazines and has presented at several IDEA and canfitpro conventions. He is a dynamic teacher who believes that you can do anything you set your mind to. Buddy holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in exercise science. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Crystal Main

Crystal Main

Born in Suffolk, England, Main has devoted her life to dance; her love of ballroom and Latin American dance has led her to top-level competitions, stage productions and TV dance shows, and her love of FitSteps,™ combining dance and exercise, has inspired her to help others get fit through dance. She is a professional presenter, former UK Closed Champion, UK international representative dancer, well-respected dance instructor, choreographer for more than 17 years, and a committee member to the ISTD dance association. Maine is also an accredited competition Adjudicator and Compare. As one of the contributors to the FitSteps Programme, she has combined the beauty of both passions for dance and fitness with years of background on and off the stage, understanding the key demands the body needs for an active healthy lifestyle. Maine’s fun-packed FitSteps workouts are aimed at all abilities and are for those that want to have fun getting fit without even realizing it – or for those who have been too self-conscious to try!

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Tracey Mallett

Tracey Mallett

Tracey Mallett has 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and has revolutionized the exercise world with the creation of the hugely popular workout, bootybarre. With her infectious personality and well-choreographed workouts, Mallett’s roles span from television host to author to creator of a best-selling line of dance and fitness-based DVDs (over 1 million units sold to date). Mallett is a dancer, choreographer, master Pilates instructor, and international fitness presenter, and she owns her own fitness and Pilates studio (ATP Specific Training) in Los Angeles. Certifications: AFAA, PMA

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Ingrid Marcum

Ingrid Marcum

Ingrid Marcum is an accomplished multisport athlete with great passion for teaching and coaching. Since 1997, Ingrid has been helping others reach their fitness and athletic goals as an international speaker and educator, strength coach, trainer and movement specialist. Owner of BGB Fitness in Chicago, she teaches many specialty courses, including weightlifting, battling ropes, mobility, stability and body-weight training. Ingrid has also worked with USA Field Hockey, USA Soccer and DI Collegiate athletes. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS

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Erica Marsh

Erica Marsh

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Emma Masters

Emma Masters

Emma is Australia and New Zealand's STAGES Indoor Cycle Master Educator. She has been cycling her way through the fitness industry since 2009, and as she likes to say - she lives and breathes fitness! Managing Group Exercise across Melbourne for Virgin Active Health Clubs as well as mentoring, consulting and developing instructors and studios, she feels extremely lucky to get up every morning and LOVE what she does!

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Tommy Matthews

Tommy Matthews

Tommy Matthews is the head of education and programming for Escape Fitness®. A personal trainer for more than 12 years, Tommy has enjoyed developing curricula and educating others. In 2005, he launched his own education business, which led the way in product-based education and programming. Now working exclusively with Escape Fitness, Tommy and his team conduct education courses across Europe, the U.S. and Australia. In addition, they provide programming options and online learning.

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Jessica Matthews, DBH

Jessica Matthews, DBH

Jessica Matthews, DBH, is faculty in kinesiology and integrative wellness at San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University and a professor of yoga studies at MiraCosta College. Honored as the 2017 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Jessica also serves as ACE’s senior advisor for health and wellness education.

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Jessica Maurer

Jessica Maurer

Jessica H. Maurer is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who works in collegiate, corporate and private settings. With a background in dance, she found her passion in fitness education and has concentrated on program development. Jessica is a master trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp™, Lebert Training Systems™, and Barre Above™, as well as the co-creator of LOK Fitness. A social media manager for many fitness personalities, Jessica is also an active writer for various fitness blogs.

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Pete  McCall, MA

Pete McCall, MA

Pete McCall, MA, is a personal trainer and fitness educator in San Diego. He has authored numerous articles, online blogs and textbook chapters. Currently, Pete is the science officer for the Institute of Motion and a freelance consultant working with certification organizations, apparel manufacturers and health insurance companies. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science, is a fellow of Applied Functional Science®, and is certified as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. Certifications: ACE, NSCA-CSCS

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Amanda McCarroll

Amanda McCarroll

After graduating with a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University in 1999, Amanda went on to become an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor in 2001 and received her HHP in Bodywork and Thai Massage Therapy in 2008. Looking for a new creative outlet as well as feeling the need for a more innovative and full-body workout that is both fun and effective, she created the FlowLift class with her business partner Carolina Vivas.

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Stacy McCarthy

Stacy McCarthy

Stacy McCarthy is a nationally recognized wellness expert, a kinesiology professor specializing in health, nutrition and yoga studies, and a content developer, author and yoga educator. A 25-year yoga and fitness industry veteran, Stacy is also the founder of Yoga Namastacy, a company that offers world-class yoga that integrates mind, body and spirit. Stacy was a finalist for the 2012 IDEA Instructor of the Year award. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

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Dianne McCaughey

Dianne McCaughey

Dianne McCaughey, PhD is an award-winning fitness specialist with more than 35 years experience in personal training, group exercise, coaching and post-rehabilitation. She is a master trainer for multiple companies and practices and teaches optimal wellness emphasizing the mind, body and spirit. Dianne is an international speaker, author, consultant and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives. Her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire and empower people to be the best they can be. In addition, she is an international corporate and private seminar facilitator for personal growth, empowerment and team building; some of her previous clients include Hewlett Packard and the United Nations.

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Renae McCloud

Renae McCloud

Renae is a Personal Trainer, Exercise Nutrition Coach, and Group Exercise Instructor certified by ACSM and ACE, a PWR! Moves Instructor working with People with Parkinson's Disease, a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor, and Master Trainer for TRX Training and ActivMotion Bar. With 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, Renae believes fitness and wellness is a lifestyle and lives by example. A lifelong competitive athlete, Renae enjoys obstacle course racing, mountain biking and hiking and has been known to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Contact Renae at www.McCloudFitness.com for group class days/times and rates. And join me on Facebook where I offer nutrition and fitness tips and motivation to keep you going!

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Alex McLean

Alex McLean

Alex McLean has been teaching group fitness since 1995. He started as a dancer and master class presenter for the Reebok® Performance Team and Nike® Culture Shock. Currently, Alex is an educator for three global brands: TRX®, Schwinn® Cycling and Strong by Zumba™. He has appeared in video and print projects for TRX, Under Armour® and Total Gym®, as well as working behind the scenes as a fitness tech for TRX projects and Health Magazine shoots with Brooke Burke and Cheryl Burke. As a professional dancer and acrobat, Alex has been in commercials for Facebook and Joy Mangano Home Products. He danced for Leann Rhimes in the opening ceremonies of the Rose Parade, as well as for Disney, Universal Studios and the NBA/WNBA. Alex is certified in group fitness and personal training by ACE, AFAA and NASM.

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Jericho McMatthews

Jericho McMatthews

Jericho McMatthews, co-creator of Core De Force™, is one of the newest Beachbody® super trainers and truly is a force to be reckoned with. She’s held personal training certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine®, the American Fitness Association of America, and the American Council on Exercise®, and received degrees in psychology, physical education and kinesiology from UC Santa Barbara. Boasting over a decade of experience as an international master trainer, she has traveled the world educating thousands of new instructors and has presented at esteemed fitness industry conferences such as IHRSA, IDEA, ECA and canfitpro.

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Sherri McMillan, MSc

Sherri McMillan, MSc

Sherri McMillan, MSc, has been inspiring the world to fitness for almost 25 years. She has received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 canfitpro International Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year and the 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. As a fitness trainer, fitness columnist, and author of five books, Sherri is also a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs, and is a spokesperson for Nike, Schwinn® and PowerBar®. Sherri holds a master’s degree in exercise science.

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Dennis Mellon

Dennis Mellon

Dennis Mellon is a master educator with Stages™ Cycling and has been a certified indoor cycling instructor since 1997. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the State University of New York College, Cortland. In 2012 Dennis was voted the Mountain West’s "Top Spin Instructor" by Competitor Magazine. He is also the proud father of twin teenage boys. Certification: NASM-PES

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Amanda Mercer

Amanda Mercer

Amanda Mercer, CSCS, is a former collegiate water polo player with a BS in exercise science. She is a master instructor for START Fitness®, a unique tactical fitness program created by SGT Ken®. She is a studio owner, personal trainer, SPINNING® instructor, triathlon coach and holistic health coach. Her personal mission is to coach people to thrive—in all areas of health—that they may not only be physically fit, but also have complete wellness, leading strong lives with strong bodies.

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Derek  Mikulski

Derek Mikulski

Derek Mikulski is the proud founder of ActivMotion Bar®. He holds certifications from NASM, NPTI and NSCA, and also possesses a degree in health promotion and exercise physiology from Central Michigan University. He has presented internationally on fitness and business-related topics, and has been featured in many nationally circulated print publications and on television. Derek and his team at ActivMotion Bar have the grand vision of making the world stronger and more balanced through fitness.

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Jill Miller

Jill Miller

Jill Miller is the co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the self-care fitness formats Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method. With more than 30 years of study in anatomy and movement, she is a pioneer in forging relevant links between the worlds of fitness, yoga, massage, athletics and pain management. She is known as the Teacher’s Teacher and has trained thousands of movement educators, clinicians, and manual therapists to incorporate her paradigm shifting self-care fitness programming into athletic and medical facility programs internationally. She has crafted original programs for 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, YogaWorks, and numerous professional sports teams. She and her team of 500+ trainers help you to live better in your body with an emphasis on proprioception, mobility, breath mechanics and recovery.

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Marty Miller, DHSc

Marty Miller, DHSc

Marty Miller, DHSc, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine® health and fitness educator with more than 20 years’ experience in sports medicine, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Marty holds a master’s degree in exercise science and injury prevention, and a doctorate in health sciences. His advanced research project studied exercise causality orientations to determine if individuals had different beliefs and attitudes toward exercise. He was able to research how to motivate nonexercisers to become exercisers, and motivate traditional exercisers to maintain this healthy behavior. Certifications: NATA, NASM

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Angie Miller, MS

Angie Miller, MS

Angie Miller, MS, LPC, is a health and fitness specialist, university educator and licensed professional counselor. A veteran of the fitness industry for over 20 years, Angie’s mission to influence future leaders brought her to Northern Illinois University, where she is a faculty instructor in the department of kinesiology and physical education. In addition, Angie presents at fitness conventions worldwide and trains industry professionals. She is a master instructor for NASM and Kettlebell Concepts, and a certification specialist for AFAA. Angie writes for fitness journals and digital communities, and publishes a weekly blog for CollageVideo.com. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM

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Marina Mitchell

Marina Mitchell

Marina Mitchell is a Stages™ Indoor Cycling master educator based in Portland, Oregon. Marina loves people and exercise, and believes health is an absolute gift. Faith, family and fitness are the three cornerstones of her life. She currently teaches indoor cycling, cycle strength, strength conditioning and core. To every class, she believes in bringing the mindfulness, self-awareness, and purpose that we all desire. In addition to teaching fitness classes, Marina is on the leadership team at ClubSport Oregon.

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Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD

Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD

Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD, is an internationally recognized nutrition expert. He has presented at the White House and the Culinary Institute of America, and has been featured on nutrition education programs globally. He is a consulting sports nutritionist for the WWE, a former consulting sports nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations.

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Tricia Murphy-Madden

Tricia Murphy-Madden

Tricia Murphy-Madden is the fitness director for two health clubs in Seattle and a program creator for Savvier. In addition to co-creating Barre Above™, she has developed many highly acclaimed programs for the industry, including Urban Striptease Aerobics, My Best Friends Workout, a fitness program designed for pet owners to get in shape while walking their pet, and now the ABC’s of Exercise, a children’s book that provides 10–20 minutes of exercise for kids ages 3–6 years old.

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Mindy Mylrea

Mindy Mylrea

Mindy Mylrea is a respected presenter who has inspired and motivated fitness professionals worldwide. She is a recipient of the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, and the canfitpro and ECA Presenter of the Year awards. Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Tabata Bootcamp™ and Gliding™, and she is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling, Body Bar®, BOSU® and Flirty Girl Fitness®. The owner of FitFlix Productions, Mindy has starred in over 400 instructional videos and authored numerous articles. She is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 Minutes to Slim It infomercials.

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Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND

Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RDN, FAND, is an award-winning dietitian and president of Farmer’s Daughter® Consulting, Inc., an agriculture, food and culinary communications firm. Amy and her team work on behalf of clients to dispel myths and provide science-based information about our food system. A farmer’s daughter from North Dakota, Amy is a highly sought-after speaker and moderator; in the past 5 years, she has presented at more than 120 national and international conferences.

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Sadie Nardini

Sadie Nardini

Sadie Nardini, is the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga™ (CSV Yoga), an anatomy-enhanced flow yoga style, and The Yoga Shred™, a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and yoga fusion based on more mindful yoga alignment and Western anatomy for safer, stronger results. She is an Anatomy of Yoga-Certified instructor and the founder of the CSV Yoga 200 and 300 Hour yoga/fitness school (RYS) through Yoga Alliance. She is a successful online wellness entrepreneur, and creates bestselling, high-quality at-home trainings and personal transformation courses. Her empowering, nurturing fierceness attracts students and teachers of all levels worldwide. Sadie is the lead singer for the rock n roll band Sadie & The Tribe, and she lives and ‘OM’s in Santa Barbara, California. Certifications: E-RYT 500

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Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson is the co-owner and creator of HIGH Fitness, LLC. Growing up as a dancer, fitness has always been a huge part of Emily’s life. She took her passion for fitness and turned it into a career. Emily gained a large following as an instructor and was given the honor of becoming a lululemon ambassador. She and her business partner, Amber Zenith, noticed a missing niche in the industry and proceeded to fill it: a fun class that was also intense, consistent and effective. Certifications: AFLCA

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Chris Nentarz

Chris Nentarz

Chris is a Physical Therapist with over 17 years experience and specializes in movement science, sports orthopedic rehabilitation and athletic reconditioning. His experience includes working with athletes of all ages, including Olympic athletes, NFL, MLB, world soccer and professional endurance athletes. Whether it is helping a top NFL quarterback perform or an amateur athlete manage their body, or speaking at a conference, Chris Nentarz brings world class experience and passion to every job. He is a WEALTH of knowledge and will be teaching TRX classes with us as well as helping to ensure all of our instructors are teaching proper movement mechanics and minimizing injury risk. Look for his workshops too! Starting in Feburary Chris will be in the building working for Sports PT.

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Cameron Nichol

Cameron Nichol

Cameron Nichol is a medical doctor, two-time world silver medalist, former Olympic rower, and founder of RowingWOD, a company dedicated to inspiring and empowering athletes to master rowing. He has played an active role in content development with Technogym since his experience & knowledge gives him a unique perspective on the world of health and fitness.

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Aimee Nicotera

Aimee Nicotera

Aimee Nicotera, MS, is the creator of the fitness DVD series’, 2X2 Conditioning® and Take 20!®. A 20-year fitness industry veteran, Aimee holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and a master’s degree in health education, in addition to numerous industry certifications. Aimee teaches group classes and trains clients, as well as consults with various companies to develop group fitness programming. Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA

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Andrew Page

Andrew Page

Andrew Page is a strength & conditioning coach for NBA players in NYC and the co-founder of The Axle Workout. While researching new training modalities, he began coupling Olympic Weightlifting exercises with rolling core exercises to create a metabolic effect that simulated “on court” workload. Andrew realized these training techniques would benefit athletes of all levels – and The Axle was born.

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Portia Page

Portia Page

Portia Page has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years as a teacher, program director, international presenter and author. She is the education project manager for Balanced Body® and a U.S. national trainer for LES MILLS BODYFLOW™ and CXWORX™. Portia holds a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from UC San Diego and is the author of Pilates Illustrated (over 10,000 copies sold). Certifications: ACE, AFAA, PMA

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Michele Park

Michele Park

I have been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. I currently teach 7 group classes per week and have owned my own Personal training company. I am now a Southern California Area Promotional Director for Powder Blue Productions the creators of Turbo Kick,All Star Presenters Camp, Piyo and Hustle. I love working with future group ex instructors and individuals who want to further their education in the fitness industry!

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Lenny Parracino

Lenny Parracino

Lenny Parracino is a former author, hands on instructor, and clinician for The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Currently, he serves as a faculty member of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science, is the Soft Tissue Therapist for the Los Angeles Clippers, and operates a manual/movement private therapy business. Lenny has recently authored seven manual therapy manuals (Functional Soft Tissue Transformation) and the Gray Institute’s Certified Applied Functional Science (CAFS) curriculum for manual/movement practitioners of all levels. Lenny has earned his degree in Health Science, is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, holds a California certification/license to practice soft tissue therapy, is a Certified Functional Range Conditioning Practitioner, and holds a certification in nutritional therapy. Lenny has worked with professional sport teams and/or players from Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Phillies. Minnesota Twins, LA Kings, and Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. As a full time practitioner, Lenny integrates an eclectic approach of Manual/Movement Therapy with the intention of optimizing individual client function.

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Susane Pata

Susane Pata

Early on as a Rutgers University student, I discovered my passion for exercise and became a group fitness instructor for both the Rutgers Recreation Center and nearby Johnson & Johnson’s World Headquarters Employee Fitness Centers in New Jersey. Ultimately, I turned fitness into a full-time profession in 2003 while living in San Francisco where I managed, instructed and personal trained at multiple fitness facilities, such as Equinox and Crunch. In 2004, I met TRX CEO and founder Randy Hetrick and created TRX’s first-ever group fitness program. I joined TRX full time in 2007 to develop and run the company’s education department, and later opened the company’s first-ever Suspension Training studio (TRX Training Center) in San Francisco. As a Global Senior Master Instructor for TRX, Life Fitness and Trigger Point, I conduct education courses for group fitness instructors, personal trainers, healthcare professionals and the military. I also conduct courses to help develop new course instructors, evaluating and fostering their development in delivering best-in-class education. I present worldwide at a variety of conferences for these companies, including Italy, China, Canada, as well as Brazil and Mexico. I am multilingual and have conducted education trainings in Brazil and Mexico, in Portuguese and Spanish. I have also recently been published in IDEA Journal on the topic of foam rolling and I continue to explore writing projects in order to share my expertise regarding fitness and group training. I've been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years, and believe that no matter what tool or philosophy you choose to advocate, one thing remains steadfast: seek not only look to motivate at the moment, but to inspire for life.

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Shahil Patel

Shahil Patel

Shahil Patel is the co-founder and CEO of BollyX®. Prior to BollyX, he served as the president, CEO and artistic director of Ishaara Dance Company, the first ever Bollywood group to make it to the semifinals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent! He has choreographed, produced and led over 200 Bollywood performances for private clients nationwide, and performed alongside celebrity superstars including Gloria Estefan, Jamie Foxx and Diana Ross. With a rare blend of Indian heritage, American upbringing and years of experience in the entertainment industry, Shahil is a leading expert in the art of integrating Bollywood and Hollywood. Certification: AFAA

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Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA

Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA

Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA, is a co-founder and director of Examine.com. He holds two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University, in business and in public health, and is on hiatus from a PhD in nutrition for which he has investigated the link between diet and chronic pain. Kamal has published peer-reviewed articles on vitamin D and calcium, as well as on a variety of clinical research topics. He’s also been involved in research on fructose and liver health, nutrition in low-income areas, and mindfulness meditation.

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Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson is the vice president of marketing for MINDBODY®. Her passion for marketing started early. While finishing her college degree, she was hired by a large company to write website and collateral copy. She quickly discovered her passion for harnessing the power of creativity and compelling communication to improve business performance. In recent years, her focus has been software marketing. At MINDBODY, she drives strategy and execution for all marketing efforts, including branding, public relations, product marketing and demand generation. Amanda loves working for a purpose-driven company that cares so deeply about its customers and employees.

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Leanne Pedante

Leanne Pedante

Leanne Pedante is an RRCA-certified running coach, ACE-certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016, she joined STRIDE co-founders Katie Ownbey and Misa Dugally in opening STRIDE Treadmill Studio - the first of its kind in Southern California - where she works as the Program Director and Head Coach. With a background in community organizing and web design, Leanne celebrates the use of technology in fitness contexts as a valuable tool for team-building and creating data-driven success.

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Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, is a nationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in fitness, nutrition and integrative medicine. She is a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and a senior Olympic triathlete. Dr. Peeke is a popular TED presenter and a three-time New York Times best-selling author, including The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.

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Michael Piercy, MS

Michael Piercy, MS

Michael Piercy, MS, CSCS, is the owner of The LAB in Fairfield, New Jersey. He is the recipient of the 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award and the 2013 TRX FACEUP award for Overall Instructor of the Year. A former professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Montreal Expos, he brings his unique perspective to his work with athletes and active adults. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in performance enhancement and multiple advanced level certifications from organizations such as ACE, ACSM, NASM and NSCA.

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Charles Poliquin

Charles Poliquin

Charles R. Poliquin is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished strength coaches. He attributes his success to his quest for the “magical training program,” which has led him to produce hundreds of medals, wins and personal bests for many elite athletes in over 17 different sports, including athletes from the summer and winter Olympics, the NHL and the NFL. As the creator of Poliquin Performance Center, Charles dedicates his time to educating strength coaches from around the world so they can produce world-class athletes.

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Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych

Krista Popowych has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her motivating and practical sessions. She is the 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and a two-time canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year. An international trainer and education consultant for Keiser® and JumpSport®, Krista is also a TV personality, DVD creator, past program director, published author and professional speaker.

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Chris Powell

Chris Powell

Chris Powell holds a degree in exercise science (CSCS) with concentrations in biomechanics and physiology. He is a certified trainer, motivational coach, and New York Times best-selling author. Chris has written three books: Choose to Lose (Hyperion, 2011), Choose More, Lose More, for Life (Hachette Books, 2013), and Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days (Hyperion, 2015). He is also a nationally ranked physique competitor.

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Heidi Powell

Heidi Powell

Heidi Powell is an ACE and CrossFit certified trainer, with more than a decade of coaching experience. Heidi writes an incredibly successful blog, and contributes regularly to several national magazines, including a column in Redbook. She is also on the advisory board for Women’s Health magazine. In addition to being a full-time mom to the couple’s four children, Heidi is also an IFBB bikini competitor, recently earning her pro-card in July.

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Carlisle Price

Carlisle Price

Certified Personal Trainer at Gold's Gym

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Derrick Price, MS

Derrick Price, MS

Derrick Price, MS, has over 13 years of experience in the fitness industry. He currently is the programming officer at the Institute of Motion and the chief science officer at Project Resistance. In addition to personal training at the acclaimed Function First Exercise Studio in San Diego, Derrick is adjunct faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University where he teaches the very first course on loaded movement training. Derrick holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion. Certifications: NASM-CES, NASM-PES, PTA Global

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Fraser Quelch

Fraser Quelch

Fraser Quelch is the director of training and development for Fitness Anywhere® and the creator of the TRX training program. An expert in functional training and endurance athletics, Fraser has presented at events worldwide and is featured in 19 fitness DVDs. Fraser holds a bachelors degree in physical education.

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Erika Quest

Erika Quest

Erika Quest is the owner of Studio Q Pilates Conditioning in Laguna Beach, California. She is part of the Balanced Body® faculty and the BOSU® development team, and she is a Body Arts and Science International® graduate. Erika is also a regular instructor for the prestigious Pilates Anytime, Inc., a premier presenter at many national and international fitness conventions and a passionate, published freelance writer. Certification: PMA

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Scott Ramsdell

Scott Ramsdell

Scott is a Fitness Education Consultant with over 25 years of experience in the area of fitness education and training. Scott is the President of Fitness Solutions which is a Fitness Education Consulting Company based out of Minnesota. He holds a BS Degree from the University of Minnesota with a major in Kinesiology, Sociology and Rhetoric as well as two AAS degrees. Certifications: NASM

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Adam Reid

Adam Reid

Adam Reid is the lead master trainer for RealRyder® International. Recognized as one of the leading indoor cycling instructors in Los Angeles, Adam certifies RealRyder instructors and promotes the brand at top fitness industry conferences worldwide. His teaching passion is driven by 16 years of cycling through heavy traffic and inclement weather in Manchester, London, San Francisco and New York City. Adam holds certifications with AFAA, NASM, Schwinn®, Spinning® and Keiser® Indoor Cycling.

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Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN

Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the president and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts, along with more than 500 organization and agency partners, to increase fruit and vegetable consumption through all produce forms: fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.

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JR Reis

JR Reis

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Brian Richey, MES

Brian Richey, MES

Brian Richey is a medical and corrective exercise expert, an international lecturer and the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, a medical exercise and Pilates studio in NW Washington, D.C. With over 25 years of experience in postrehabilitation and fitness, Brian’s goal is to help people move better, stand taller and exercise pain free.

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Rick Richey, MS

Rick Richey, MS

Rick Richey, MS, is an international speaker who provides solid evidence-based education for personal fitness trainers, sports medicine practitioners, and strength and conditioning coaches in the areas of client assessment, injury prevention and performance enhancement. He is the senior faculty instructor for NASM®, adjunct faculty at the California University of Pennsylvania, and the owner of a personal training studio called Independent Training Spot in New York City. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Certifications: NASM, NSCA

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Dan Ritchie, PhD

Dan Ritchie, PhD

Dan Ritchie is the President of the Functional Aging Institute. He has presented internationally for the Functional Aging Institute, teaching trainers around the world the latest techniques for training the aging market. Dan is also the co-owner of Miracles Fitness for over 10 years having trained over 2000 clients. Dan received his PhD in Kinesiology from Purdue University in 2009.

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Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts is the recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, and was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was awarded Presenter of the Year for Empower! Conventions. As an ACE master trainer and continuing education provider, Keli is known for her acclaimed workshops worldwide, and her award-winning DVDs demonstrate her exceptional teaching skills. She holds several industry certifications as well as one from Precision Nutrition. Additionally, Keli is an SCW faculty member, a BOSU® developmental team member and a Schwinn® master trainer. Certifications: ACE, ACSM

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Yury Rockit

Yury Rockit

Yury Rockit exudes fitness versatility as a land and aqua instructor, personal trainer, mindful movement and meditation specialist, and continuing education provider for ACE, AFAA, SCW and Zumba®. He has appeared in international-selling instructor-training DVDs for specialty groups, including the workout series for NBC’s Biggest Loser. Yury is a certified life coach, the CEO and owner of Ki Mind Body Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam, and a representative for Isagenix®. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Alana Sanders

Alana Sanders

Alana is a professor of Business and Marketing who has an MBA and is currently a PhD candidate. She is the author of the first college textbook written on Social Media Marketing. Alana won the 2016 SCW Fitness Idol competition and is known to rock a crowd and turn any fitness event into a party. She was featured on CNN as the creator of Get Pulsed, a dance fitness, and toning program. Certifications: AFAA.

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Javier Santin

Javier Santin

Javier Santin has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years. He is a highly experienced fitness professional with a background in personal training, sales, communication, group exercise, fitness management and marketing. Javier served as a master instructor and educator for renowned international programs, including Les Mills and Spinning®, throughout Europe and the U.S. before he joined Stages™ Cycling in 2016 as a key accounts manager and international master educator. Originally from Madrid, Spain, he relocated to New York City in 2014. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Drew Sayer, PhD

Drew Sayer, PhD

Dr. Drew Sayer is a post-doctoral fellow, with expertise in examining environmental factors that influence physical activity, diet and obesity. His primary research objective is to understand how socio-environmental factors influence behaviors central to body weight regulation in order to develop effective interventions that reduce obesity. Dr. Sayer completed his doctoral research with guidance from Dr. Wayne Campbell in the Laboratory for Integrative Research in Nutrition, Fitness and Aging at Purdue University.

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Mary Lou Schell

Mary Lou Schell

Senior Master Trainer at TRX Training

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Kim Schwabenbauer, MS, RD

Kim Schwabenbauer, MS, RD

Kim Schwabenbauer, RD, LDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in sports nutrition and founder of “Fuel Your Passion,” her nutrition counseling and endurance coaching business for athletes. She is a also a USAT Level One Certified Triathlon Coach and professional triathlete. Kim has appeared on national TV as a dietitian and coach for the hit show, MTV “Made” (2011), and previously worked for 10 years as a corporate dietitian for Super Bakery Inc.

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Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott is the senior national group fitness manager of cycling for Equinox Fitness Clubs®, an international fitness presenter, and the lead master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling. With more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jeffrey has conducted instructor-training workshops in over 15 countries around the world, and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known for his creative program development and motivational teaching. Certification: ACE, AFAA

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Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH

Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, leading exercise motivation scientist and author of the best-selling book No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, consults with global fitness companies and trains fitness professionals in new strategies to achieve lasting exercise motivation and sustainable behavior change. She directs the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center.

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Ashley Selman, MA

Ashley Selman, MA

Ashley Selman, MA, CSCS, is the founder of Evolution Trainers, a seven-figure personal training and wellness studio that operates seamlessly with a world-class team of more than 40 leading health and fitness professionals. Ashley is known for her commitment to living a "balanced" entrepreneurial life and coaches others to achieve this through leveraging their strengths, mastering their schedules and building strong teams. Ashley’s passion is to help studio owners around the country build successful and thriving businesses through her Studio Owner Mastermind group and her coaching programs. She is an educational consultant for IDEA, is on the IDEA Club and Studio advisory committee, and speaks around the country at many of the industry’s leading events.

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Norma Shechtman, MEd, MA

Norma Shechtman, MEd, MA

Norma Shechtman, MEd, MA, teaches cycling, Pilates and a full array of classes in Orange County, California. An award-winning fitness professional, Norma, has been involved in fitness and education for over 30 years. She is an author, script writer, TV personality and correspondence course reviewer. And in addition to holding double master’s degrees in kinesiology and education, she is certified by multiple organizations, including USWFA, Pilates, Schwinn® and Spinning®. Certifications: ACE, AEA, AFAA, NASM, NESTA

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Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman is the general manager of Bridges Fitness and Yoga, owner of Robert Sherman Fitness, LLC, and a master instructor for SPRI®, Schwinn® Cycling, and ActivMotion Bar™. With 34 years in the health industry, he is a well-known speaker, trainer and program consultant for studios, clubs, wellness facilities and conventions throughout the United States and internationally. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Maryland, and is a gold-certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with ACE, AFAA and ACSM.

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Aileen Sheron

Aileen Sheron

Aileen Sheron has been an innovator and fitness entrepreneur since 1979. She has starred in over 30 exercise videos and has been featured on TV, radio, and in print as a fitness expert. She is the inventor of the patented OmniBall®, as well as other products. An international presenter and continuing education provider, Aileen also consults on product and program development. She teaches at Renaissance ClubSport, UCI, and Breakthru Fitness. Certification: ACE

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Jeremy Shore

Jeremy Shore

Jeremy Shore is the group education director at Matrix Fitness and a master trainer for TriggerPoint™ and Dynamax medicine balls. With more than 18 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Jeremy has made appearances on The Doctors and The Rachael Ray Show, and is an expert contributor for ReebokONE and Livestrong.com. Jeremy is the founder of StrengthToServe.com, an organization whose purpose is to mobilize the global fitness industry to serve local nonprofits. Certifications: NASM, NSCA-CSCS

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Cody Sipe, PhD

Cody Sipe, PhD

Cody Sipe, PhD, is an associate professor and director of research at Harding University, the co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and the co-owner of Miracles Fitness. He has 20 years of industry experience as a trainer, manager, director, owner, teacher and researcher. As a recognized leader in functional fitness for older adults, he has shared his expertise and cutting-edge approaches to the world through numerous publications, international presentations and educational courses. He was awarded the 2005 IDEA Program Director of the Year.

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Lynne Skilton-Hayes

Lynne Skilton-Hayes

Lynne Skilton-Hayes is the fitness program supervisor at the University of Guelph, where she is responsible for hundreds of programs for students, faculty, staff and the community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and brings over 20 years of education and experience to the fitness industry. Lynne is an international fitness presenter/educator, a canfitpro ProTrainer, and she has done work for television, print and online DVD curricula. Certifications: ACE, canfitpro

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Marley Smith

Marley Smith

Marley has been teaching in the industry for over 25 years. “It’s been the smartest career path I could have traveled,” she says. She has loved teaching indoor cycling for the past 18 years and has had the opportunity to teach at Life Time as part of their indoor cycle team. As a former Cat 1 Bike Racer, she has a love for all things gear and pace!

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Rocky Snyder

Rocky Snyder

Rocky is a master trainer with over 25 years professional experience. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified in Applied Functional Science, NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist, Titleist Performance Institute-Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, a licensed US Soccer Coach and a USA Weightlifting Coach.

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Emily Splichal, DPM, MS

Emily Splichal, DPM, MS

Emily Splichal, DPM, MS, is the founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy® and creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE Workout® certifications for health and wellness professionals. As a podiatrist and human movement specialist with over 15 years in the fitness industry, Dr. Splichal has dedicated her medical career to studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training.

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Kimberly Spreen-Glick

Kimberly Spreen-Glick

Kimberly Spreen-Glick is the senior director of group fitness programming for Life Time Fitness™, a premier “healthy way of life” company that operates over 115 centers across the U.S. and Canada. She is the 2015 IDEA Program Director of the Year, a member of the IDEA program director committee and the star of several exercise videos. Kimberly is also the co-creator of 5 Star Development Training and co-producer of EMPOWER! Events. Known for her passion, enthusiasm and humor, Kimberly travels the world as a presenter, motivational speaker and continuing education provider. Certifications: ACE, RYT-200

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Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD

Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD

Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD, is the director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition. He coaches dozens of elite athletes and works with professional sports teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Browns. Brian has authored several books, including High Performance Handbook Nutrition Guide, The Show and Go Nutrition Guide, and Ultimate Hockey Nutrition. He holds a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition and is a registered dietitian. Certifications: NSCA-CSCS, CISSN, PN2.

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PJ Stahl, MA

PJ Stahl, MA

PJ Stahl, MA, is the Project Steel program creator and director, a Reebok master trainer and a ReebokONE elite ambassador. With his background in competing in and coaching gymnastics, along with coaching professional athletes, he was naturally led to become a fitness performance coach. He utilizes over 20 years of experience and numerous certifications in the industry to provide an elite level of service. PJ is the co-owner and head coach of Lock Box Fitness and Performance Center in Los Angeles.

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Kelly Starrett, DPT

Kelly Starrett, DPT

Kelly Starrett, DPT, is the author of the New York Times best-seller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. He is also a co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where he shares his innovative approach to movement, mechanics and mobility with coaches and athletes. Kelly travels the world teaching his wildly popular movement and mobility course, and works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard forces, athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, and national and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities, and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning conferences worldwide. Kelly believes that every human being should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.

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David Stauffer

David Stauffer

David Stauffer, from Virginia, USA, now travels the world presenting new programs and methods of training for gyms. Since 1993 he has lived in Italy and currently resides in Milan. Since 1993 David has been consulting with the Federation of Italian Fitness (FIF) as a master trainer and presenter teaching a wide variety of programs. He is a continuing educator for the European Fitness School in Poland, A.F.Studies (Aerobic Fitness Studies) in Greece and Move On in Romania. David is the national group fitness coordinator for Tonic Network Benessere in Italy.

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Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson

Chris Stevenson is the owner of Stevenson Fitness, a full service health club. The club’s success is based on providing an elite member experience. From health and wellness to fitness business strategies, Chris presents viable, applicable lectures that resonate with every audience. Chris is a trainer, instructor, strength & conditioning coach and Technogym Master Trainer. Technogym Master Trainers facilitate onsite education workshops to fitness professionals worldwide. Certifications: NSCA

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Kyle Stull, DHSc

Kyle Stull, DHSc

Kyle Stull, DHSC, is the senior master trainer for TriggerPoint™, where he collaborates with universities and professionals to develop evidence-based programming. Kyle is also an instructor for NASM’s fitness and corrective exercise workshops. He holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation, a doctoral degree in health sciences, and is a licensed massage therapist with more than 12 years of experience. Kyle is a member of the Fascia Research Society and the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine.

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Casey Stutzman

Casey Stutzman

Casey Stutzman is the owner of The Performance Locker in Alpena, Michigan, where he shares his passion and knowledge for functional and movement-based training with the community. He is a master trainer for TRX®, BOSU®, Surge™ and RealRyder®, and conducts seminars and workshops to help other fitness professionals expand their knowledge base and skill set. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Ai Lee Syarief

Ai Lee Syarief

Ai Lee Syarief is the Lead Instructor and one of the developers of the new program STRONG by Zumba™, a high-intensity bootcamp-style class that is changing the fitness landscape by applying sync music motivation to the workout. Syarief helped to launch the program with Zumba Fitness in June 2016 and acts as the face of the brand, starring in the anthem video and all other promotional and educational materials. She currently travels all around the world training new instructors and educating people about the class.

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Doris Thews

Doris Thews

Doris Thews is a 30-year fitness veteran who consults with and represents several fitness brands. She is the program director for Indo-Row® and ShockWave, a senior master trainer and global mentor for Schwinn® Cycling, an international development master trainer team member for BOSU®, an advisory board member for Power Music®, and the lead Ryka® fit-pro ambassador. Doris is also a former divisional director for a large U.S. health club chain and now owns a fitness consulting business. Certifications: ACE, AFAA

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Walt Thompson, PhD

Walt Thompson, PhD

Walter R. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, is the associate dean of graduate studies and research, as well as a tenured regents’ professor of kinesiology and health within the College of Education and Human Development and School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Thompson has been the chairman of the ACSM committee on certification and education, the ACSM American Fitness Index™, the ACSM publications committee, and the founding chairman of the committee on accreditation for the exercise sciences for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

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Fen Tung

Fen Tung

Fen is the co-founder and Product Director and leads the Regional Training team at BollyX®. She has been working in the fitness industry for 15+ years and has 15+ fitness certifications/licenses. Fen got her start in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor and then became a Master Trainer for both ISCA and BollyX®. Fen’s expertise is in educating fitness instructors on effective teaching methodologies, with emphasis on pre-cueing and proper technique and alignment.

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Peter Twist, MSc

Peter Twist, MSc

Peter Twist, MSc, is the president and CEO of Twist Performance + Wellness™ (TP+W). He is an exercise physiologist who coached for 11 years in the NHL and is currently partnered with the China Olympic Committee to lead the training and rehabilitation of their summer and winter Olympic teams. His company operates franchised health centers in four countries, and offers health, fitness and sport certifications in 30 countries. Peter is the recipient of the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year award and the 2013 IDEA Fitness Inspiration Award. He is a passionate motivational speaker at corporate events and in 2015 was inducted into the U.S. Fitness Hall of Fame. Certification: NSCA

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Stefan  Underwood

Stefan Underwood

Stefan Underwood has over a decade of experience as a performance specialist and has been a part of the EXOS® team since 2011. Currently, Stefan is the director of continuous improvement at EXOS, but he has worked in many roles within EXOS, including tactical education and performance education. Additionally, he served as the movement coach for the NFL Combine program in Florida and is a certified USA Track and Field coach. Certifications: CSCS, NSCA-RSCC

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Sandra Van Gilder, DPT, FAFS

Sandra Van Gilder, DPT, FAFS

Dr. Sandra Van Gilder has been a physical therapist and trainer in the San Diego area for the past 15 years and is the founder of The Move Method, and owner of G3 Physical Therapy, Wellness, & Women's Health Center. She has a passion for teaching her patients and clients functional movements to restore health, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Her most recent goal is to bring a therapeutic approach to personal trainers and group exercise instructors. She looks forward to empowering trainers and instructors to treat and prevent injuries and enhance the health of their clients and class participants. She is currently teaching and programming group exercise classes as well as small group training sessions.

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Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg

Helen Vanderburg is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness and Fusion Fitness Training®. She has spent more than 30 years innovating in fitness, personal training, yoga, club management, program development and motivational speaking. She is the recipient of the 2005 IDEA Instructor of the Year and the 2015/2013/2006/1996 canfitpro Presenter of the Year, as well as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame.

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Miguel Vargas

Miguel Vargas

Miguel Vargas eats, sleeps, and breathes all things TRX Training Center. "Straps & Sticks" has become his passion over the past 5 years and has helped him excel in swimming, cycling, and natural bodybuilding. As a TRX Coach, his goal is to deliver exciting, challenging, and safe classes for members of all levels at the Training Center. When you finish his workout, you won’t know what hit you and you’ll probably be humming one of the tunes from his awesome playlists.

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Ryan Vigneau

Ryan Vigneau

Ryan Vigneau is the owner and director of RVXFactor. He has been involved in Sports Performance for 15 years. Although, just a short time he’s managed to master the importance of human performance and worked with Olympic medallists, professional athletes, and consults for national and international development programs. Ryan has been elemental in developing other high performance training facilities and development of life shaping obesity projects.

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Carolina Vivas

Carolina Vivas

Carolina is the co-owner of Buddhi Yoga in La Jolla and yourBuddhi.com. Before discovering yoga she completed her degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University and worked on Wall Street. She has been teaching vinyasa for fifteen years. Carolina and her business partner Amanda developed FlowLift to cut their workouts in half while still getting the benefits of cardio, weight training, and yoga. The result was a class that completely changed her body and breathed new life into her teachings.

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Diane Vives, MS

Diane Vives, MS

Diane Vives, MS, is the owner and director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, Texas. She presents internationally on her multidisciplinary approach and functional training experience to train the complete fitness athlete. Currently, she serves on the education team for Functional Movement Systems, and on the NSCA board of directors. She also contributed to publications such as Training for Speed, Agility and Quickness as well as Developing Sports Speed, both published by Human Kinetics.

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Amanda Vogel, MA

Amanda Vogel, MA

Amanda Vogel, MA human kinetics, is the owner of ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing and consulting service for the fitness industry. She's a Hootsuite-certified social media consultant for fitness brands and public figures and a Fitness Technology Spokesperson for IDEA. Specializing in group fitness, Amanda holds indoor cycling certifications from Schwinn and Keiser. In addition to blogging at FitnessTestDrive.com about fit tech, workout gear and exercise clothes, she writes for popular magazines, including IDEA Fitness Journal, ACE Certified, Best Health and Reader's Digest.

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Lucy  Waite

Lucy Waite

Lucy began her fitness career in 2007 while studying at Texas A&M University. She has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and masters degree in health education. Lucy grew up in Dallas and currently lives in College Station, Texas where she works as a professor for the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Lucy Waite is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and NSCA certified personal trainer. She is a master trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycle and national master trainer for BOSU. Lucy's hobbies include participating in triathlons, remodeling her home, and snowboarding.

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Anthony J. Wall, MS

Anthony J. Wall, MS

Anthony Wall, MS, is the director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise®. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Anthony currently oversees all of ACE’s continuing education courseware development, including live events, webinars and online courses. Wall’s strategic leadership sets the course for ACE professional education. He is often consulted as an expert by a variety of respected national media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Good Life, Real Health, Women’s Health and more. Prior to joining ACE, he served as the national director for personal training with Les Mills New Zealand.

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Austin Way

Austin Way

Senior Course Instructor at TRX Training

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Joseph Weiss, MD

Joseph Weiss, MD

Joseph Weiss, MD, is a clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego, as well as an accomplished speaker, author, research scientist, and specialist in gastroenterology and the microbiome. Dr. Weiss co-hosts a healthcare radio program in Southern California and is a frequent speaker at universities, medical schools, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. He has given more than 2,000 presentations in his career, including to audiences at the Young Presidents’ Organization/World Presidents’ Organization, the Aspen Institute, Bohemian Grove, and the Esalen Institute.

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Laura Welch

Laura Welch

Laura Welch serves as the National Indoor Cycle Director and a Senior Master Instructor for TruFusion, a fast-growing, innovative fitness franchise based in Las Vegas that offers 30 classes a day in 65 different styles. A RealRyder® Master Trainer with over two decades of group fitness teaching experience, Laura authored TruFusion’s signature "Tru Ryde" program and leads trainings to certify TruFusion instructors. She holds certifications with NASM, Trigger Point Therapy and is also a registered 200 hour level Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

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Patrick Wellington

Patrick Wellington

Patrick Wellington, MS has been a CSCS and personal trainer for 20 years, allowing him to work with a variety of clients. While a director at Key Health Institute, he was introduced to Technogym and MyWellness Cloud which sparked his new found passion for technology integration with fitness. Now a Digital Specialist & Master Trainer, Patrick delivers education to fitness professionals around the country about the advantages of incorporating Technogym technology with their practice & clients to maximize time and achieve greater results. Certifications: NSCA, USA Weightlifting

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Jack Wheeler

Jack Wheeler

Jack Wheeler has been in the personal training industry for over a decade and is the Founder and Owner of 360 Fitness. With three locations in Alberta, Canada, Jack and his team have been striving to raise the bar—not only for clients and customers but for personal trainers and staff alike. With an integrated approach to nutrition, fitness and coaching, 360 Fitness has achieved amazing results for its clients and has created repeatable, simple and powerful business systems that continue to change lives daily.

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Jim White, RD

Jim White, RD

Jim White, is a Registered Dietitian, ACSM Exercise Physiologist, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios and past spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He has served on the advisory board for Men's Fitness and Oxygen magazine and is one of the regional board of directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In his free time, White enjoys giving back through his very own foundation, which focuses getting the homeless back on their feet through fitness and nutrition.

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Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson, MS, leads Power Plate International small group training 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

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Chuck Wolf, MS

Chuck Wolf, MS

Chuck Wolf, MS, specializes in functional anatomy, movement analysis, function and advanced program design, and he is one of the industry’s top educators, bringing a whole new approach to how we train the body. Currently the director of Human Motion Associates in Orlando, Florida, Chuck is also a fellow of Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute® and has a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

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Kari Woodall

Kari Woodall

From swim coach to successful fitness entrepreneur, I built a business on my passions: coaching people and movement. As a former US National Team Swimmer and Collegiate Swimming Coach, I worked with the best athletes and coaches in the world, and I paid attention to what worked and what didn’t. I trained to compete at the highest level, and success was based on a number. Thus, I began my coaching career focusing heavily on the same performance-based results. I left the hardcore world of competitive athletics to open a niche TRX-based boot camp business where I could pursue my passions in health and fitness and remain true to my ‘Coach the Person’ philosophy. I use this philosophy to work with a diverse demographic, ranging from youth to firefighters to fitness entrepreneurs. I am a Master Trainer for TRX Training, and am fortunate to travel throughout the country delivering fitness education and coaching techniques. My role in the fitness industry still drives top-notch results, but the path I take is stress-free and simple: I dive deep to connect with people rather than a number from a scale, reps, or a paycheck. When you are understood, you grow and move at the highest level—in fitness, business, and life. We all want results. It’s how you get there that matters.

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Matt Wright

Matt Wright

Matthew Wright is currently the Senior Director of Fitness at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness based out of Glastonbury, CT. With more than 10 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry, he has held a variety of roles including: Personal Trainer, Personal Training Director, General Manager, and Consultant. Matt has developed the on-boarding and trainer development curriculum Healthtrax University which focuses on educating, inspiring, and processing fitness professionals. Matt earned his M.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Temple University with an emphasis in Leadership/Management, and a B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Movement Science from Penn State University. Before moving to New England in 2013, Matt was also an adjunct professor at Rowan University in New Jersey teaching, Anatomy & Physiology and Kinesiology.

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Catherine Wygal

Catherine Wygal

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Donald Wygal

Donald Wygal

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Amber Zenith

Amber Zenith

Amber Zenith is the co-owner and creator of HIGH Fitness, LLC. Since the beginning of her fitness journey, she has held a special passion for group exercise. After teaching and taking hundreds of classes, Amber’s favorite format became dance fitness. And as a nondancer, she began to design and work with simple, basic choreography, and in the process, created a HIIT-style choreographed interval training class. Certifications: AFLCA

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Miaomiao Zhao

Miaomiao Zhao

Miaomiao Zhao has 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and currently serves as the group fitness director for UION Life Fitness Club group and as the program director for POP Cardio and POP Latino. Zhao is also a Chinese Aerobics Champion and television personality. Certifications: NASM

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