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Presenters

We have the most talented and knowledgeable presenters ready to share their expertise on a broad range of fitness, business and wellness topics!

  • Lewis Agnew

    Lewis Agnew operated a fully booked schedule of personal training clients for 7 years before developing the digital features of My PT Hub®. Combining his passion for the fitness industry with the latest technology, Lewis has transitioned to an entirely online clientele with My PT Hub, the world’s number-one software for personal trainers.

  • Michelle Alencar, PhD

    Michelle Alencar, PhD, is an associate professor in kinesiology and also serves as co-founder and Chief Science Officer for inHealth Lifestyle Therapeutics, Inc. She is a certified clinical nutritionist, certified lifestyle therapeutics health coach, exercise physiologist and strength & conditioning specialist with a passion for mobile health and virtual lifestyle coaching. She has several research publications in the areas of health, mobile health, telemedicine and body composition.

  • Trevor Anderson

    Trevor Anderson, (T.A.) is the owner and founder of Better Every Day® in Orlando, Florida. He is a renowned performance educator, and a multi-sport performance expert. T.A. has been training and coaching in the fitness industry for over 25 years, gathering experience and learning from the best coaches, training the best athletes, and working with many of the top companies in the industry.

  • Shirley Archer, JD, MA

    Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA’s 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year.

  • Andrea Austin

    With more than 30 years in the fitness industry, Andrea brings long standing expertise in group exercise, indoor cycling and personal training when creating and presenting the BeatBoss™ Methodology. Andrea holds multiple fitness and wellness certifications including NASM Personal Trainer with specialty focuses in STOTT Pilates, vinyasa and yin yoga, the study of fascia and movement and active aging.

  • Rachael Babiracki

    Rachael started her professional fitness career as a teenager and has worked in various clubs and facilities in nearly every position offered. She has worked as a trainer, assessor, and presenter for the global group fitness brand Les Mills since 2010 and has served Les Mills US in a leadership position since 2015. She is also the creator and co-founder of Phit Society.

  • Ariel Belgrave

    Ariel Belgrave, CEO of Gym Hooky, is a certified health and fitness coach, a sponsored Under Armour® athlete and a leading voice in women’s health. Through her signature approach, the L.E.A.N. Method, she’s helped thousands of working women build simple and sustainable healthy habits that suit their unique body, lifestyle and goals. She has partnered with Fortune 100 companies, influenced the health programs of top colleges and received recognition from major outlets such as the Today Show, Women’s Health, Shape, Elle, PopSugar.com and Glamour.

  • Leslee Bender

    Leslee Bender, 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and produced and filmed over 100 DVDs. She is the creator of the Bender Ball® method and the director of I am Ageless Now, a progressive program that brings both a wellness and fitness approach to the active aging client. Leslee works and trains in Florida with professional athletes and clients of all levels. She recently co-authored I am Ageless Now—the Book and Program!

  • Ajamu Bernard, MBA

    Ajamu Bernard, MBA, is a community fitness activist, a TRX® master trainer and the author of Kettlebell Samurai Method. He leads education courses and hosts workshops that use storytelling and movement to share his wisdom. As a strength coach and Pilates instructor, he integrates body-weight skills, the Kettlebell Samurai Method and classical Pilates to give a comprehensive mobility and strength improvement experience. Ajamu loves to run, play soccer and compete in kettlebell juggling shows

  • Lawrence Biscontini, MA

    Lawrence Biscontini, MA, is a mindful movement specialist, winning awards that include the Inner IDEA Visionary Award. He is a philanthropist, presenter, keynoter and course development specialist companies including ACE, AFAA, FIT and NASM. He also serves on the advisory boards for the International Council on Active Aging and Power Music®, and is an International Spa Association reporter-in-the-field for its #ISPAInterviews series. His company, Fitness Group 2000 offers scholarships to professional conferences and competitions on several continents.

  • Paul Brown

    Known globally as “Mr Retention” for his groundbreaking work in customer retention, exercise adherence and business growth, Paul Brown is the creator of the Face2Face Retention Systems which are the core operating procedure for several of the world’s most successful and prestigious health club groups. Paul is an award-winning keynote speaker, consultant and best-selling author. He’s been a fitness professional since 1980 including 25 years of teaching aerobics and group fitness classes, and personal trainer to elite athletes, celebrities and “everyday folks”.

  • Marc Bubbs, ND, MSc

    Marc Bubbs, ND, MSc, is the director of nutrition for the Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team, as well as a naturopathic doctor, author, speaker and former strength coach. He’s also a regular contributor to Breaking Muscle, PaleoDiet.com and Re-Find Health™, and a nutrition advisory board member for Strong Fitness Magazine. Marc regularly presents at health, wellness and fitness conferences across North America and Europe and consults with the NBA, MLB and NHL.

  • Candice Campbell, MS

    Candice Campbell, MS, is a full-time lecturer in the kinesiology department at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches undergraduate courses in fitness and integrated training. She has been a personal trainer for over 13 years and teaching group fitness for 10 years. She has also participated in fitness research and program development for several fitness companies.

  • Ryan Carroll, MS

    Ryan Carroll, MS, is the Director of Tactical and Elite Sport at BridgeAthletic. He has been a strength and conditioning coach for almost 20 years working across elite sport and military organizations. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction (CSCS*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has spoken at several NSCA events including 2018 and 2020 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference, and the 2021 NSCA Coaches Conference.

  • Paul Cauldwell

    Paul Cauldwell has over 14 years of experience in human performance program leadership and has spoken at events all around the world. Prior to his current role as vice president of global education and business development programs at Theragun®, Paul was the director of performance at EXOS® for over a decade. There, he was responsible for creating and operationalizing performance programs for the Department of Defense, SOCOM, the military, Fortune 500 companies and elite-level athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and PGA.

  • Erics Clark

    Erics Clark is a former Division I scholarship athlete in football who trains high-level athletes of all ages. He is the owner and lead trainer at Clark Sports Professional Athletic Training, and a skilled personal trainer, high school strength and conditioning coach and defensive line coach for the football team. Erics has certifications in personal training and TRX®, and his knowledge and experience is only eclipsed by his massive energy and magnetic personality.

  • Nick Clayton, MS, MBA

    Nick Clayton, MS, MBA, owns and operates NJC Fitness Solutions and Claytonfit.com, providing online programs and coaching to maximize performance for the working professional. Nick has served as COO of the Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification, was the point person for all things personal training-related at the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and managed the campus recreation program at the University of Florida.

  • Samantha Clayton

    Samantha Clayton is the vice president of worldwide sports performance and fitness for Herbalife Nutrition and is responsible for all fitness education for Herbalife independent distributors and employees. Samantha competed in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 representing Great Britain in the 200-meter sprint and the 100-meter relay. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a concentration in nutrition and wellness and is ISSA certified.

  • Fabio Comana, MA, MS

    Fabio Comana, MA, MS, is on the faculties of San Diego State University and NASM, and is a scientific advisor for Orangetheory Fitness, Core Health & Fitness and Caloric Responsibility. He was the original creator of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and ACE’s live educational workshops. Some of his prior positions include: Division I collegiate head coach and strength-conditioning coach, opening and managing clubs for Club One and president of Genesis Wellness Consulting. He is a national and international presenter, a media spokesperson and an accomplished author.

  • Michol Dalcourt

    Michol Dalcourt is an educator, author, trainer, inventor and an industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. He is a director for the Institute of Motion, adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco in sports science and co-founder of PTA Global certification. Michol is also the inventor of ViPR™, a fitness tool being rolled out in top clubs and with professional athletic teams. His innovative techniques have been adopted by many of the top international fitness certification bodies.

  • Joseph David

    Joseph D is a personal trainer and fitness instructor known for his vibrant personality. His signature class, Trap Step, merges kickboxing with elements of dance and plyometrics. With experience as a professional dancer, working with artists such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna, he believes that just like the stage, you must leave everything on the floor and simply have fun!

  • Venus Davis

    Venus Davis is a corporate wellness coach and ACE-certified personal trainer who works with both large groups and individuals. At the Strong Academy in Washington, D.C., “Coach Ve” helps clients train the body and stabilize the mind by providing them with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain their newfound strength.

  • Jill Drummond

    Jill Drummond is the Global Education & Program Manager for Freemotion Fitness. She has spent most of her 21-year career in the professional education sectors of well-known international equipment manufacturers. She has managed fitness programs and led classes at top tier facilities in Colorado, California and Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, ACE & NASM certifications, as well as a Positive Psychology certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Percell Dugger

    A product of Brooklyn New York, Percell is a fitness coach and wellness consultant. He is the founder the GOODWRK brand and has served as a high school strength & conditioning coach since 2012. In 2018, Coach P was named the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Director of Player Development for the College of Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins Women’s Basketball team. In 2019 Percell joined RISE By WeWork as a group fitness instructor. 

  • Dan Duran

    Dan Duran is the Vice-President of International and Group Partnerships with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He has over 26 years’ experience in training and training management, including roles as the fitness director at large full-service health clubs in Georgia and California, where his teams grew revenue exponentially. Dan is an ultra-triathlete, having completed several Ironman’s, two Double Ironman’s in under 36 hours and a Triple Ironman in under 60 hours and a quintuple ironman in under 6 days.

  • Tasha Edwards, MS

    Tasha Edwards, MS, is a certified personal trainer with two health coaching certifications and a Master’s degree in counseling. She has several fitness certifications including Pilates (500 hr), yoga (250 hr) and serves as a Master Trainer for Piloxing. She is interested and involved in creating diverse and inclusive spaces (race, age and size) within the fitness and wellness communities.

  • Michelle Felzmann

    Michelle Felzmann is a highly accomplished fitness professional with over 25 years of experience. She is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, program director, international fitness presenter and TRX® master instructor. She was selected as one of Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors for 2019 in IMPACT Magazine. Michelle specializes in group training, including TRX, HIIT, strength, choreography and more.

  • 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. Mark also 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 U.K.

  • Eve Fleck, MS

    Eve Fleck, MS, 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 a co-author of Growth and Development Across the Lifespan. Eve was a finalist for the 2018 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year.

  • Molly Galbraith

    Molly Galbraith is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist, and co-founder and owner of Girls Gone Strong, a global movement dedicated to empowering women and improving their health, strength and confidence through industry-leading educational materials, certification programs and coaching. Molly is also the creator of the Girls Gone Strong Academy, the world’s first online academy housing multiple evidence-based, interdisciplinary, women-specific certifications for health and fitness professionals.

  • Chan Gannaway

    Chan Gannaway is a passionate trainer, educator, manager, mentor and curriculum builder who has been public speaking, educating and presenting for over 23-years. He has learned from some of the best educators in the world, and has proudly worked and educated for efi Sports Medicine, Midtown Athletic Club, Club One Fitness, Equinox®, Orangetheory Fitness®, and currently, GRIT BXNG. He owns The Masters Fitness, a consulting and education company.

  • Clint Gehde

    Clint Gehde is the co-founder and head coach of Exer, an AI-based coaching platform, and the co-founder of e3 fitness, a set of Denver-based gyms. With 20+ years of experience in fitness and kinesiology and many international certifications under his belt, Clint continues to dedicate much of his time to private performance coaching for professional athletes of the MLS, PGA and NFL. He also advises and consults for Gravity Haus, a multimillion-dollar luxury hotel and social wellness group.

  • Lauren George, MS

    Lauren George, MS, is the co-creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, Creator of the Musicality Method, co-owner of FitBiz Retreat, adjunct faculty at Clemson University, a former studio owner and a master trainer for Balletone. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018.

  • Ryan Glatt, MS

    Ryan Glatt, MS, is a personal trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience. He currently practices brain-based strategies for cognitive enhancement at the Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica, California, in both clinical and research settings. Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, the BrainFirst Training Institute, the Neuroscience Academy and the Academy for Brain Health and Performance. He has completed the Master’s of Applied Neuroscience program at King’s College of London and is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach.

  • Nico Gonzalez

    Nico Gonzalez is the studio owner of Fitness Physiques, creator of the online space 3 Minutes 2 B, and star of multiple fitness and mind-body videos. He is a master trainer for Balanced Body and BOSU, and is certified through ACE in personal training and group fitness, as well as the Pilates Method Alliance. Nico has been in the industry over 20 years, presenting at conferences such as IDEA World Convention, IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, Pilates On Tour, SCW Fitness, canfitpro, Fitnesslandia (Italy), World Class Fitness (Russia) and Pilates Chile.

  • Demetreous Hill, MS

    A passionate and skillful industry leader, Demetreous has developed programs for Leisure Sports, Inc., the St. Regis and Five Starr Pilates. Demetreous is a professor in southern California teaching health science, physical education and business communications. He holds a BA in History and Masters in Health Care. Demetreous is Pilates educated by Body Arts and Sciences International, he is a Livestrong.com fitness expert and former dancer on MTV Europe for Memphis Soul.

  • Sue Hitzmann, MS

    Sue Hitzmann, MS, is the creator of the MELT Method®, nationally recognized educator, manual therapist and founding member of the Fascia Research Society. She is a presenter for IDEA, ECA and PMA, and a CEU provider for ACE, AFAA, NASM, PMA and NCBTMB. She has trained instructors from over 20 countries and is the author of the New York Times bestseller The MELT Method, which has been translated into eight languages, as well as the recent book MELT Performance.

  • Fred Hoffman, MEd

    Fred Hoffman, MEd, is the owner of Fitness Resources consulting services and the author of Going Global: An Expert’s Guide to Working Abroad in the International Fitness Industry. The recipient of the 2019 IDEA China Fitness Inspiration Award and the 2007 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, he holds a master’s degree in health education from Boston University, is a member of the ACE board of directors and has over 35 years of experience in the fitness and health industry. 

  • Hayley Hollander

    Hayley is an international coach, educator, and consultant. She is co-founder of Pivotal, a global development company empowering people to fulfill their greatest potential, the Co-Director of Education for Gray Institute, Precor Master Coach, and Power Plate Master Trainer. Hayley holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in mathematics. She is a GIFT fellow, a CAFS®, 3DMAPS and EXOS® performance specialist, and is PTA Global certified.

  • Pete Holman, MSPT

    Pete Holman, MSPT, is a physical therapist, certified strength & conditioning specialist and US National taekwondo champion and team captain. He produced several products, most notably the TRX® Rip Trainer and the Nautilus Glute Drive. Specializing in biomechanics, core performance and the aging athlete, Pete uses his experience as an elite level athlete and his unique knowledge of the human body, to bring out the athlete in us all. Pete is an active contributor to PTontheNetIDEA Fitness JournalSTACK Magazine and IronMan Magazine.

  • Scott Hopson

    Scott Hopson is an internationally recognized leader in human performance, coaching and education. In a career spanning 20+ years, his work has impacted over 100,000 coaches, athletes and teams in more than a 100 countries worldwide. Scott is a co-founder of PTA Global, a co-founder of Pivotal, the education director for Gray Institute®, a global educator for Team EXOS®, and on the advisory board for Power Plate® International.

  • Farel Hruska

    Farel Hruska has nearly 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, author and educator, and is presently the director of education and culture at Chuze Fitness. Farel helped grow FIT4MOM from 2002–2018 as its global fitness director and pre/postnatal director. She has presented at fitness conferences around the world, including AFC, MEFITPRO (Dubai and Egypt), AsiaEduFit (India), and IDEA China, Korea and U.S.

  • Dynasti Hunt, MEd, MBA

    Dynasti Hunt is a multi-passionate leader focused on dismantling the belief that we should all be fighting for racial equity in all spaces, both personally and professionally. She’s committed to helping individuals at all levels and industries build an equity-centered mindset, recognize the power you have to create change no matter what your role is, and use the two to disrupt inequitable systems at the individual and organizational level.

  • Tina Marie Jaehnert, MA

    Tina Marie Jaehnert, MA, began her career in upstate New York where she taught group fitness classes. After earning six certifications and a master’s degree in fine arts, she moved to the New York City area to grow in the industry. There her career grew rapidly, taking positions as assistant group fitness director at TMPL Gym, general manager, group fitness director and personal training director for OPTUM, and director of personal training for EXCEED Physical Culture.

  • Skip Jennings

    Skip Jennings, Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner and counselor, is the author of The Lotus KitchenSpirit Explosions and his latest creation, The Little Book for Big Transformations: 31 Days of Inner Visions and Spiritual Practices. He is the owner of Mind, Body, Spirit Solutions, LLC, a motivational speaker, a transformational coach and a group fitness manager for Equinox® South Bay. Skip has been featured on the cover of American Fitness Magazine and has coached many clients using the spiritual principles of his program CARES (connection, action, remember, empowerment, self-love).

  • Sabrena Jo, MS

    Sabrena Jo, MS, has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 1987. As a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach, she has taught group exercise and owned her own personal training and health coaching businesses. Jo is a former full-time faculty member in the kinesiology and physical education department at California State University, Long Beach, and is the senior exercise scientist for ACE, as well as a relentless pursuer of ways to help people start and stick with physical activity.

  • Greg Johnson, MS

    Greg Johnson, MS, was a 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year finalist, is the owner of Varimax Fitness in Sacramento, California, head trainer of the Driven golf show on NBC Sports, and author and contributor to the field of fitness. Greg has worked with fitness and rehabilitation clients for more than 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in kinesiology with concentrations in performance enhancement and injury prevention.

  • Chrissy King

    Chrissy King is a writer, speaker, fitness and strength coach, and an advocate for anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the wellness industry. She has been featured in SELF, SHAPE, BuzzFeed, Muscle and Fitness, and Livestrong, among others.

  • Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC, NCC

    Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC, NCC, is a licensed psychotherapist and behavior change specialist who helps clients struggling with food addiction, body image and emotional eating. Eliza’s work has been featured on Dr. PhilDr. OzNBC HealthCNN HealthHealth magazineShapeMindBodyGreen and many more. She’s the author of Brain-Powered Weight Loss and has sat on scientific advisory boards with the leading researchers in the field of obesity and weight management.

  • Stacey Lei Krauss

    Stacey Lei Krauss (SLK) is the creator of CARDIO YOGA®, a willPower Method® program. S pioneered the foot fitness category and considers moving meditation to be the next dimension of fitness. She earned her 500 RYT in Mysore, India, but considers herself a “fitness-chick”, having represented prominent brands as a program developer, including Schwinn®, BOSU®, Peak Pilates®, Nike and Vibram® FiveFingers.

  • Len Kravitz, PhD

    Len Kravitz, PhD is a professor and program coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Dr. Kravitz was awarded the Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise. Just recently, ACSM honored him with writing the ‘Paper of the Year’ for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.

  • Vito La Fata

    Vito La Fata, husband, dad and visionary entrepreneur, coaches experts and influencers to build online businesses so they can create brands that impact thousands across the world. As an internationally recognized speaker and writer, he has contributed to IDEA World and Personal Trainer Institue, IHRSA, MindBody BOLD, Australian Fitness Health Expo, Todd Durkin Mastermind and canfitpro. He is the founder of Fitness Profit Systems, and a co-founder of The Visionary Planner.

  • Maricris Lapaix, MS

    Maricris Lapaix, MA, is a NASM-certified personal trainer with a diverse background as a corporate worker, athlete and model. Combining her worlds of fitness and entertainment with her social media presence has created numerous opportunities for her as a fitness entrepreneur. She has collaborated with brands like NASM, rē•spin by Halle Berry, Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Oxygen and Beachbody®.

  • Jason Layden

    Jason Layden has been a dance fitness instructor since 2011 and is the creator of PlyoJam®, named one of the top trending workout classes in the country by Self magazine. He has also been listed as one of the top-ten hottest trainers on Instagram. An expert in his field, Jason has been featured in many publications, including People, Shape, PopSugar and Glamour. As a celebrity trainer, he has worked with Kate Hudson, Reece Witherspoon, Adele and James Corden.

  • Kara K. Lazauskas, MS

    Kara K. Lazauskas, MS, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and has a master’s degree in molecular muscle exercise physiology with a background in sports performance. Kara trains multiple extreme sports athletes, military special operators and clientele around the world. Recently, she became a Titan on NBC’s The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson.

  • Robert Leadley

    Robert Leadley studied dance at the University of Minnesota and danced professionally for many years before discovering a new passion: BeatBoss™ indoor cycling. He now passes on his knowledge of the BeatBoss methodology to others through his infectious cycling classes. Robert holds group exercise and personal trainer certifications through ACE.

  • Jessica Maurer

    Jessica H. Maurer is a fitness business consultant and strategist who has presented and consulted for many brands internationally. Jessica is the Senior Director of Instructor Development at FIT4MOM and is a consultant for well-known fitness companies such as Nathalie Lacombe, SCW and One Day to Wellness. Additionally, Jessica continues to offer consulting services to locally owned businesses and fitness professionals.

  • Sheldon McBee, MS

    Sheldon McBee, MS, has a master’s in degree in human nutrition, is an ACE-certified personal trainer and has over 18 years of experience in health and fitness. He is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, business consultant, fitness content developer and training director. Sheldon is a passionate and dynamic presenter who has been featured in numerous fitness education and training videos, and is currently the personal training director for Universal Athletic Club based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • Stacy McCarthy

    Stacy McCarthy is an award-winning and internationally recognized fitness and yoga expert, making significant contributions in inspiring the world through the body, mind and spirit. She is a multiyear finalist for IDEA Instructor of the Year, and a college professor of kinesiology, health and nutrition, specializing in yoga studies. Stacy has developed a collection of best-selling videos, books and trainings, and has contributed her expertise to countless media outlets and conferences.

  • Dan McDonogh

    Dan McDonogh has been a speaker, educator and coach for over two decades, and has held pivotal roles with global brands such as Under Armour®, TRX® and Les Mills® International. He is currently the Director of Programming, Performance and Les Mills Canada with GoodLife Fitness. Dan is a globally recognized fitness professional as well as a 2015 IDEA Program Director of the Year finalist and the 2012 IDEA Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.

  • Shalaine McLaughlin

    Shalaine McLaughlin has been a fitness instructor for over 11 years after a career in investment banking. She started with Zumba classes and now teaches multiple group exercise formats. She holds a BS from Cornell University and is currently working on her NASM CPT certification, a Masters in Exercise Science, and is writing a fitness book. Shalaine is a master instructor with Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and has presented at FIBO USA, OPTIMA and Zumba conventions and cruises.

  • 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, and is currently an educator for multiple world-class brands, including Schwinn® Cycling, STRONG Nation™ and Balanced Body®. He has appeared in video and print projects for TRX® and Under Armour®, and as a professional dancer and acrobat. He danced with LeAnn Rimes, Disney, Universal Studios and the NBA/WNBA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM

  • Sherri McMillan, MSc

    Sherri McMillan, MSc, has been in the industry for 30 years, and has received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 canfitpro International Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and 1998 canfitpro Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is an international fitness presenter, personal trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals, including Go For Fit: The Winning Way to Fat Loss, Fit Over Forty, and The Successful Trainers Guide to Marketing, and a featured presenter in various fitness DVDs.

  • Angie Miller, MS

    Angie Miller, MS, is a mental health therapist, fitness educator, NASM master instructor and 200-hour RYT. She has taught stress management and sport psychology at Northern Illinois University. Presently, she provides psychotherapy to clients in private practice and employee assistance, and she speaks at global health and fitness conferences where she champions the connection between physical and emotional well-being. Angie writes for fitness journals and digital communities, and produces educational videos and fitness content for AFAA and Gaiam TV.

  • Kenneth Miller, MS

    Kenneth Miller, MS is the owner of the performance studio, Training Station in Alameda, California. His experience of over 25 years in the fitness industry spans from massage therapy, personal training, post-rehab coordinator, Division 1 Strength and Conditioning coach, and performance coach for athletes from high school to professional (NBA, NFL, MLB). He is an author, master instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and international presenter in the subjects of exercise, recovery and sports reconditioning.

  • Lindsey Miller

    Lindsey Miller is a personal trainer, and fitness, dance and yoga instructor based in Los Angeles. She has over 15 years of experience in the dance and fitness industries working alongside top choreographers and fitness professionals in Los Angeles and New York City. Lindsey is the co-owner of Rock This Life Fitness Studio, a trainer for Dailyburn.com, and is the director of master trainer education for PlyoJam®. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds several national certifications including ACSM CPT, 200hr RYT and prenatal/postpartum yoga.

  • Tricia Murphy Madden

    Tricia Murphy Madden is a 26-year veteran instructor and education director. She is the national education director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above® and the Weight Loss Challenge with over 85 master trainers and more than 4300 trained instructors worldwide. For many years, she was the fitness director for Denali Fitness in Seattle, and she is the co-author and creator of a children’s book and fitness program called The ABC’s of Exercise. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for the numerous programs she developed.

  • Carol Murphy

    Carol Murphy, recipient of the 2010 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award, is an international fitness expert and motivational speaker. She has worked as a consultant, master trainer, course instructor and spokesperson for leading companies including Reebok, TRX®, Barre Above, Drums Alive, Tabata Bootcamp, and as the Education Director for Resist-A-Ball. Carol has been featured in numerous fitness DVDs, magazines and at conventions worldwide. She has written more than 50 instructor training courses, lectures and articles and holds five national certifications.

  • Mindy Mylrea

    Mindy Mylrea is an award-winning educator, the creator and lead talent behind Gliding™, Tabata Bootcamp™ and One Day to Wellness, and a master trainer and professional development team member for Schwinn® Cycling, Body Bar® and Hedstrom® Fitness. Mindy is also an advisory board member for Oxygen magazine, an international presenter, author and motivational speaker, a video personality in over 500 videos, and a CEC provider for ACE and AFAA.

  • Sadie Nardini

    Sadie Nardini is the President of Sadie Nardini, LLC, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga®, an anatomy-enhanced flow yoga style, and The Yoga Shred®, a high-intensity interval training + yoga flow fusion based on more mindful joint alignment and cardio optimization. She’s an anatomy of yoga and tribe-building marketing expert, and one of the world’s best-selling online yoga course creators. Sadie’s new online studio, the Fit & Fierce Club, is booming, and her social media has over 2 million viewers a month.

  • Chris Nentarz, PT

    Chris Nentarz, PT, is a physical therapist, performance specialist and educator. He currently lives in Buffalo, New York, and is the director of an interdisciplinary wellness and rehabilitation clinic called THRIVE at D’Youville University. Specializing in movement science and sports orthopedic rehabilitation, Chris has over 20 years of experience working with athletes and patients of all levels. He is a sought-after speaker on topics related to sports medicine and human performance.

  • Brian Nguyen

    Brian Nguyen is an athletic trainer, athletic performance coach, business owner and public speaker. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry spanning from the NFL to the sets of Hollywood. Dedicating over 25 weekends a year of his time to workshops, charity events, and speaking engagements, Brian is truly passionate about creating more masters. He shares his knowledge and experiences, speaking/training at various global conferences around the world.

  • Tony Nuñez, PhD

    Tony Nunez, PhD, is an assistant professor of human performance and sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He teaches exercise science and specializes in resistance training and metabolic conditioning. He has worked as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, business owner and personal training supervisor. Tony has presented his research at national and international conferences around the U.S. and has published in peer-reviewed and professional journals, including IDEA Fitness Journal.

  • PJ O’Clair

    PJ is a highly sought after, internationally recognized, award-winning health and fitness icon. She has published numerous fitness and therapeutic programs spanning many disciplines, including Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Fascia and Movement, and Athletic Performance for Cyclists. She is well known in both the consumer and professional markets as a movement innovator and Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer. PJ specializes in STOTT PILATES® and TRX®, and has appeared in well over 80 fitness DVDs and digital platforms.

  • Evan Osar, DC

    Evan Osar, DC, is an internationally recognized speaker, author and expert on assessment, corrective exercise and functional movement. He is the author of Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and the Amazon #1 bestseller The Psoas Solution. He also developed a few of the industry’s most advanced training programs including the Integrative Movement Specialist™ Certification. Dr. Osar is a co-founder of the Integrative Movement Institute.

  • Darian Parker, PhD

    Darian Parker, PhD, earned his doctorate in sports education leadership with an emphasis in behavior modification, his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology, and is an NSCA-certified personal trainer. He he has worked as a director of education for a Career College, general manager of a high-end luxury residential fitness club and national director of fitness for a global leisure management company. Currently, Darian is the co-owner of Epic Leisure Management and has a live virtual personal training business. HE is also host of Dr. D’s Social Network.

  • Ilya Parker

    Ilya Parker is Physical Therapist Assistant and Ace Certified Medical Exercise Specialist. He is also a grassroots organizer and educator whose work centers gender, racial and healing justice. Ilya decided to merge their love for restorative based movement practices and community advocacy to create Decolonizing Fitness, LLC which is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity.

  • James Patrick

    James Patrick is an award-winning photographer, best-selling author, entrepreneur coach, podcast host and public speaker based in Phoenix. He is the founder of FITposium, an annual conference that guides fitness entrepreneurs to grow their careers, as well as the publisher of ICON REFINED, a digital network for the modern entrepreneur. James has presented on stages coast to coast in the U.S. and has been interviewed for numerous TV, radio, magazine, newspaper and podcast features.

  • Katrina Pilkington

    Katrina Pilkington is a NASM-certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, youth exercise specialist, nutrition coach, AFAA group fitness instructor and presenter studying exercise science-kinesiology. She was inspired to change careers after her own humbling experience battling poor health. Her goal is to pay forward the knowledge she’s gained and to be a catalyst for others to change the trajectory of their own health and their communities. Katrina has mentored and trained over 300 group fitness instructors and personal trainers around the country.

  • Alessandro Pisanu

    Alessandro Pisanu is a certified personal trainer, group fitness trainer and functional fitness trainer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science from UNITO in Turin, Italy, and is currently completing a master’s degree in physical education and adapted physical activity. In 2020, after working for one of the most prestigious fitness clubs in Turin for several years, he expanded his passion for fitness into the virtual world by teaching functional step classes on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Jiji Pollock, MS

    Jiji Pollock, MS, is an exercise, health and human performance educator, coach and author. She has been in the health, fitness and performance industry for over 25 years. She is an adjunct professor in kinesiology at A. T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports serformance from A. T. Still University. She is the Director of Science for the Institute of Motion, the Science Advisor for ViPR PRO and is a PhD candidate in kinesiology, health and human performance at the University of Chicago Concordia.

  • Krista Popowych

    Krista Popowych inspires fitness leaders, trainers and managers around the globe with her motivating sessions. She is the 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and a three-time (2016, 2008, 2003) canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the YearShe is Keiser’s global director of education, as well as a Balanced Body® master trainer, JumpSport® consultant, DVD creator, published writer, Adidas-sponsored fit pro and IDEA Group Fitness Committee member.

  • 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 bachelor’s degree in physical education.

  • Lindsey Rainwater

    Lindsey Rainwater is an experienced business advisor, executive coach and the founder of The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA), a global association supporting women in their career trajectory helping them rise to their fullest potential in business and life. Lindsey is a widely published author, has been featured in many podcasts and books and facilitated keynote talks and workshops. She was recognized In 2017 by IHRSA as a “Rising Star”.

  • Anna Renderer La Fata, MS

    Anna Renderer La Fata, MS, is an entrepreneur, high-performance coach, mom, wife, and is best known for her role as the host of POPSUGAR Fitness. Anna built women’s lifestyle brand and online business, The Sexy Confident Life. She has grown a six-figure online business with her weekly podcast, monthly magazine, online courses, multiple membership programs and high-performance immersion retreats. Anna has a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology.

  • Brian Richey

    Brian Richey is a trainer, educator and industry leader in the areas of medical/corrective exercise and movement. As the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, Brian has helped thousands of people to move better, stand taller and exercise pain free. A faculty educator and master instructor for Balanced Body®, Brian can be seen around the world bringing integrated movement to the masses and bridging the gap between medicine and movement.

  • Keli Roberts

    Keli Roberts is an SCW faculty member, a BOSU® Elite, a Schwinn® senior master trainer and a Ryka® and Athleta ambassador. Keli’s many honors include: 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year, 2005 Best Female Presenter and 2008 Lifetime Achievement from OBOW, 2007 induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, and the 2012 Presenter of the Year as well as the 2016 Inspiration Award for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM CEP and holds certifications through ACE as a GFI, HC and CPT.

  • Dana Ryan, PhD

    Dana Ryan, PhD, is responsible for helping establish Herbalife as a global leader in sports nutrition. She completed her doctorate in physical activity, nutrition and wellness at Arizona State, where she studied the impact of vitamin D supplementation on endothelial function, inflammation and VO2max in older adults. She also holds a master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in sport and exercise psychology, and a certificate in nutrition for optimal health, wellness and performance.

  • Dennis Sanchez

    Dennis Sanchez is a personal trainer and behavior change specialist, and the American Council on Exercise health coach education and training lead. He has worked as a health coach, ACSM-certified personal trainer and boot camp instructor. In his role at ACE, he has been involved in the creation and delivery of health coach distance education courses, as well as offering study assistance to ACE health coach candidates as part of the ACE Resource Center Team. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

  • Alana Sanders, PhD, MBA

    Alana Sanders, PhD, MBA, is a professor of business and marketing and the author of the first college textbook written on social media marketing, Marketing Through Social Media. She presents internationally on the topics of business startups, how to use social media for the fitness industry, starting an online business, choreography, cuing, dance fitness and more. Alana won the 2016 SCW Fitness Idol competition and is known to rock a crowd and turn any fitness event into a party. She has been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC and BET.

  • Jan Schroeder, PhD

    Jan Schroeder, PhD, is a professor and past chair of the department of kinesiology at Long Beach State University. She coordinates and teaches in the fitness and integrated training undergraduate program and has written 60+ articles on exercise physiology/fitness. She is also a certified group exercise instructor who teaches weekly in the private sector.

  • Derek Shanahan

    Derek Shanahan is the vice president of growth for Exer and leads go-to-market efforts for Exer’s Studio product. He got his start in software as a co-founder of Foodtree, a food tech startup eventually acquired by Mobify (now Salesforce). He then led growth at SuperRewards, a payments startup, until their acquisition by Perk.com (now publicly-listed Tremor International) where he ran the subsidiary once the founders departed.

  • Lauren Shroyer, MS

    Lauren Shroyer, MS, is the director of product development at ACE, where she oversees the ongoing development of ACE certification study programs and continuing education courses. Lauren has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years as a certified athletic trainer with proven success and a wide range of experience. Lauren specializes in the rehabilitative exercise of athletes with chronic overuse injuries.

  • Jacquese Silvas, MAEd

    Jacquese Silvas, MAEd, has been in the fitness industry for 26 years. She is the owner of two successful fitness businesses, JACS Figure On Fit and is a co-founder of POWR’d. A certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Jacquese is a global presenter who has spoken at local schools, colleges, corporate organizations and many fitness venues. She is also a master trainer for MASHUP® and multiple other formats.

  • Stephanie (Erazo) Singleton

    Stephanie (Erazo) Singleton, a former CNN producer, holds certifications in yoga, meditation and pranayama breathing, and is the founder of Prana Wellness. She has been called upon as a wellness expert and speaker for the Wonder Women Tech conference, Georgia Department of Public Health, Myridian Global, Youth Entrepreneurs, University of Southern California, UC San Diego, Mastermind Yoga Summit and more. She has been featured in Essence, Voyage LA, Shoutout LA, and on various podcasts.

  • Kathy Smith

    Kathy Smith, a New York Times best-selling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for 40 years. With her library of top-selling exercise workouts and books, she has inspired millions of women to move their bodies, and is the recipient of the IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been featured on countless media outlets, including the TODAY Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View and Good Morning America.

  • Nikki Snow

    Nikki Snow is the co-founder and creator of PHIT Society, the 2020 trainer for Oxygen magazine’s Oxygen Challenge 6, and a World of Dance U-Jam trainer and presenter. She is a master integrated breakthrough coach holding certifications in NLP, Timeline Therapy, Hypnosis and IPEC Coaching. She a former international presenter and national trainer for Les Mills International and filmed educational content, presented master classes and facilitate instructor courses. Nikki currently teaches group fitness classes for Chicago Athletic Clubs.

  • Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD

    Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD, has been board certified in general surgery since 1985. Jim completed post-doctoral fellowships in cardiovascular physiology and human nutrition, and has served on international medical committees that include the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, International Biathlon Committee, International Ski Federation, and the International Skating Union. Jim is also a sports science advisor for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), and he runs the SG Performance medicine center and sports technologies for maximal athletic performance, overall fitness, weight loss and recovery in Park City, Utah.

  • Corey Taylor

    Corey Taylor is a nationally recognized performance coach, motivator, personal trainer, speaker, author and founder of Corey Taylor Sports Performance (CTSP) in Louisville, Kentucky. CTSP offers sports performance enhancement training, adult group classes and personal training, which includes movement training, injury prevention and sport specific conditioning. CTSP is renowned for its NFL Combine Prep program as well as sport-specific training regimens.

  • Jennifer Taylor

    Jennifer Taylor has worked in the fitness industry for 26 years as a national fitness presenter, entrepreneur and fitness educator. She is the co-founder of POWRD, LLC, and the fitness and wellness manager of an active aging community. Jennifer served as the Vice President of Operations for 14 Anytime Fitness locations in Arizona. She is anAFAA-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, MASHUP®️ master trainer, RealRyder cycle instructor and specializes in teaching Barre Above and Tabata Bootcamp.

  • Doris Thews

    Doris Thews is an international award-winning fitness educator and 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the year. Doris leads and presents for several fitness brands; she is a senior master trainer for Schwinn and a member of the development & master trainer team for BOSU®. Doris is the CEO of consulting company, Team Thews Fitness. She is also a keynote speaker and a RYKA fit-pro ambassador.

  • Jesse Thomas, MS

    Jesse Thomas, MS, is a master trainer and national presenter for the Indoor Cycling Group (ICG®) and Life Fitness Academy with over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He creates and develops equipment- and product-specific fitness programming, fitness related educational content, presentations and training workshops. Jesse holds a master’s degree in kinesiology, a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and multiple certifications.

  • Mark Tickner

    Mark Tickner is a master trainer and presenter in the health, fitness and sports industry. He is skilled in triathlon, cycling and running coaching, executive coaching, mentoring, sports management and technical direction.

  • Tim Vagen, MS

    Tim Vagen, MS, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and founder and owner of Unlimited Athlete, an athletic development company in Kent, Washington. He has 40 years of clinical, field and teaching experience helping professional athletes, trainers and physical therapists to be better educated in movement skills. He is also the program director for the nationally acclaimed Highline College Personal Fitness Trainer Program.

  • Miguel Vargas

    Miguel Vargas eats, sleeps and breathes all things TRX® ® Training Center. Straps and sticks have become his passion over the past 5 years and have 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.

  • Sergio Velasco

    Sergio is known for his great smile, kind heart and motivating indoor cycling workouts. The Training Manager for The Ride and a Keiser International Master Trainer, Sergio is originally from Barcelona and now lives and rides in The Netherlands. Sergio is an international fitness presenter and certified personal trainer with more than 12 years of experience in fitness and management.

  • Shana Verstegen

    Shana Verstegen is a TRX® and American Council on Exercise master instructor, a member of the Under Armour® training team and a six-time world champion lumberjack athlete. She holds a degree in kinesiology-exercise science, and is a certified personal trainer through ACE, NASM and NFPT. An energetic and personable speaker, she is also the national spokesperson for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

  • Diane Vives, MS

    Diane Vives, MS, is the owner of Vives Training Systems/Fit4Austin. She and her staff train athletes and clients in Austin, Texas, as well as consult with individuals and groups around the world. She serves on the Under Armour® Performance Training Council and is an internationally recognized presenter on personal training and sports performance training. Most recently, she has presented on the latest innovations in functional training, training the female athlete and integration strategies for the latest breakthroughs in training.

  • Anthony Wall, MS

    Anthony Wall, MS, is the director of international business development for the American Council on Exercise overseeing ACE’s international strategy and their partnerships with organizations delivering education and professional development opportunities. He is a member of the Physical Activity Innovative Collaborative of the National Academies of Medicine and an Education Committee member for the Medical Fitness Association. He was recently named IDEA China’s Top Contributor for 2019.

  • Kellie Walters, PhD

    Kellie Walters, PhD, is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach where she studies the psychosocial aspects of physical activity. Most recently, she has focused her research efforts on body image concerns within the fitness industry. Kellie is the co-founder of two organizations: Smart Fit Girls™, a non-profit program that promotes adolescent girls’ physical and emotional health and Smart Fit Womxn™, a wellness coaching company geared toward helping adult women become the best version of themselves.

  • Leigh Wierichs, MFA, MS

    Leigh Wierichs, MS, is the global training and education manager for Life Fitness. She brings over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and a wealth of expertise across a wide array of health and wellness areas to this role. Leigh has trained hundreds of group fitness instructors and personal trainers around the world. She holds a Master of Science degree in kinesiology, a Master of Fine Arts in dance, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and multiple fitness certifications, including group fitness instructor and personal trainer.

  • Kia Williams, MS

    Kia Williams, MS, 200hr RYT is a global presenter, host of Fit and Fierce on the Mic podcast and freelance Group Fitness Content Creator. She currently serves as the Wellness Chair for the NAACP Tarrant County Branch and Executive Board Member of Jeremiah 33:6, a not-for-profit holistic health education and preventative medicine corporation. Kia is a master educator for Barre above®, Balletone™, and Fluid Strength™, and has managed several fitness and wellness programs and facilities.

  • Chuck Wolf, MS

    Chuck Wolf, MS is a sought-after educator who brings a new approach to how we look at and train the body. He has a master’s of science degree in exercise physiology and is the Director of Human Motion Associates in Orlando, Florida. Chuck is also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute.

  • Matt Wright, MS

    Matt Wright, MS, has spent 10+ years in fitness leadership with an emphasis on member engagement, programmatic solutions for personal and group training, staff education and retention, and team culture. Matt is an international presenter and educator, member of the IDEA Personal Trainer Committee and former president of NEHRSA.

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