|Ricardo Alas has been a Master Group/Personal Fitness Trainer for over 10 years. His credentials are as follows: AFAA Certified as Group Fitness/ Kickboxing Instructor, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), STRONG by Zumba Master Trainer. He is also a Firefighter/EMT and has been recognized as a true leader in the field of fitness and his core belief is “with sweat and determination you will succeed”!|
|Staci Alden has been a dedicated Group Fitness Director at a large full-service luxury health club in Seattle, Washington since 2012. She oversees a team of over 115 private Pilates and Group Fitness instructors. Staci teaches, programs and hires for all 55 formats between multiple club locations and is a master Balanced Body Barre instructor.|
|Abbie Appel is the owner of APS Appel Programming Solutions and AbbieFit Consulting. As an award-winning fitness educator and group fitness programming expert, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Schwinn Cycling, TRX Training and many other organizations. She developed the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and has produced and starred in over 50 fitness videos. Abbie contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal and is certified by ACE, AFAA and NASM.|
|Gail Bannister Munn is the Group Exercise Classic Coordinator for Crunch Fitness Rochdale, NY. Gail currently works as the Flexibility, FST, Thai Body Therapist, and Yoga coach with the NY Jets Football Team, Pro Hoops Basketball, and various NFL/NBA athletes that focuses on skill sets that can help players improve in all areas of defense, and offense. She currently holds National Certifications in several different disciplines, including NASM, Fascial Stretch Therapist L3, AFFA, and is an NASM/AFAA Continuing Education Provider, which enhances her coaching abilities to her athletes, staff and her classes.
She is the owner of The Bannister Method, located in Greenvale NY. Gail presents The Bannister Method™ at national conferences and is a Fitness Consultant for professional athletes. Feel free to check out her website at www.GBMFLEX.COM and you can follow her on Instagram @GBMGLEX
|Leslee Bender 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year NASM, ACSM, FAFS, PMA, FIA, has been in the Fitness Industry for over 30 years as an international speaker and presenter. Leslee is the creator of the Bender Ball Method of safe functional training and director of I am Ageless Now, co- creator of Barre Above Leslee works and trains both professional athletes and clients in Orlando FL,|
|Lawrence Biscontini, MA, has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist winning the highest number of awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA since 2002. Lawrence travels the world offering world-class secrets in mentoring, fitness and spa consulting, and presenting for professional conferences, and working also on the Advisory Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Senior VIP Consultant for Power Music®, and reporter-in-the-field for the International Spa Association’s #ispaDoyou campaign creating #ispaInterviews worldwide. He creates group fitness and personal training programming on an international level for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym International, Bally, and more, and his creations received the Conde Nast Traveler Awards’ Top Ten Awards placement for innovative spa programming worldwide. Lawrence has been Spa Consultant and Trainer for leading international spas in Europe, Asia, and the USA. As Nutritional Counselor, Lawrence has created complete nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos. Lawrence as Mindful Movement Specialist enjoys celebrity clients like cast members of ABC TV’s soap opera “General Hospital,” and appears on news (CNN Headline News) and television (“LIVE! With Regis and Kelly”). He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (E-RYT 500), an AFAA Certification Specialist and Contributing Author and Content Specialist for industry publications like SCW Fitness Education Certifications and AFAA’s American Fitness, IDEA’s Fitness Journal, and the Spa Industry’s Pulse Magazine. His affiliations and contributions have included BOSU, Bender Ball, G Series Fit Gatorade, Gliding, Reebok, and Savvier. He created “Yo-Global” to take yoga to underprivileged youth worldwide. His books include the most recent fiction Stories of Color and nonfiction Active Aging SCW Certification Manual: The Life in Our Years, specializing in active aging research and practical approaches to movement for people over 50. He has also authored for charity a cookbook, Meals & Musings, a fitness textbook used at universities worldwide, Cream Rises: Excellence in Private & Group Education, and one of the only customer service books written for the spa and fitness world, “Running the Show.” Lawrence created Fitness Group 2000 (FG2000) at the turn of the century whose profits benefit several charitable endeavors, including the outreach work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Biscontini Scholarships he has created for most major international conventions. Over 80% of all revenue from sales generated at www.findlawrence.com support these programs.|
|Jeannie Brown Johnson (“Aquagirl J”) is an internationally known, 2018 GLOBAL AWARD WINNING, certified Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) fitness professional, national continuing education provider with Triple Delight Aquatics and regional trainer with LG Total Fitness. Jeannie’s also an ACQUAPOLE master trainer, HYDRORIDER, HYDRO BOARD and SAF AQUA DRUMS VIBES instructor, and 10 time, international AEA presenter and volunteer. 2019 DCAC and 2018/2019 Fit Rendezvous Presenter, plus, CPR/AED, Lifeguard and WSI training with the Red Cross are also on her list of credits.|
|Dr. Suzie Carmack, PhD, MFA, MEd, ERYT 500, NBC-HWC has over 28 years of experience in the promotion of well-being, as an c-suite (executive) coach, award-winning author, college professor, and trusted advisor to government agencies and private sector organizations. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering efforts to raise public awareness of the health risks of sitting disease, and her collaboration with the World Health Organization (2013 – 2015) to destigmatize the practices of yoga and mindfulness in schools and office settings. As the CEO of YogaMedCo, LLC, she trains coaches and yoga teachers in her unique approach to coaching, which she developed through her 20-years of private yoga coaching practice working with general military officers, CEO’s, soccer moms and other “high achievers” and her doctoral study of health communication (2010 -2014). Her YogaMedco Method combines the sciences of movement- and talk-based coaching into one transformational experience which empowers clients to optimize their physical, financial social, mental, purpose and emotional well-being (which she calls the Koshas of Well-being), and inspires them to move beyond the mindset blocks that have held them back from living a life of joy and prosperity. In addition to leading the YogaMedco team to unprecedented growth in 2019-2020, and receiving endorsement by the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching to prepare coach trainees to become board certified in health and wellness coaching, she is also an active researcher and teaching scholar at George Mason University. At GMU, she serves as an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the Department of Global and Community Health, where she researches the role of heart rate variability (HRV) on compassion outcomes; trains students in Mason’s nationally-ranked bachelors’ and masters’ programs in public health; and lectures internationally. A strong believer in the power of giving back, she also mentors independent coaches and consultants through the process of starting, scaling, and sustaining their ‘thought leadership’ business (as an author and online course developer), so that they too can make a bigger impact more efficiently and without the overwhelm (as she has done with YogaMedCo). Learn more about Dr. Carmack’s books, private coaching and access free coaching toolkits at www.DrSuzieCarmack.com, and discover how you can train online or in-person to become a board-certified coach at www.YogaMedCo.com|
|Kelly Coulter is the founder and president of Fit Pros Connect, the private Facebook group for fitness professionals with over 8K members. In addition to being a fitness instructor for over 26 years, she also bootstrapped a successful online marketing agency. Kelly lives to help gym employees become thriving online fitness entrepreneurs.|
|Ellen de Werd is a leader in the fitness industry with extensive experience developing innovative programs. She is the founder of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™. Ellen wrote and illustrated both courses during the global 2020 pandemic. Her programs are accredited through ACE, NASM and AFAA. She also owns and operates the WARRIOR Instructor school.
Ellen holds numerous specialty group exercise certifications, including SPINNING, Yoga Fit, TRX, SPINPower, and is head coach for Tribe Team Training. She is nationally certified by ACE, AFFA, and Yoga Alliance 200 Hour RYT. She is a Lululemon Ambassador and is a certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the American Council on Exercise. Ellen is the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club of Eugene.
In 2018 and 2019, Ellen garnered national attention as a presenter and educator for Beachbody LIVE at San Francisco SCW Mania and the IDEA World Fitness Convention in San Diego. During Ellen’s time with Beachbody Live, she was a top 10 Master Trainer for four years in a row and served on their exclusive video talent team. She is featured as a lead in the cast of P90X and PiYo LIVE. Ellen also contributed as a choreographer and content tester for these programs. Ellen can also be found teaching PiYo and P90X on Beachbody on Demand. She also was filmed in an exclusive infomercial with Chalene Johnson for PiYo.
Ellen brings a wealth of experience and unparalleled passion to her projects and each and every workout.
|Carolyn Erickson is the President and CEO for CE Fitness Consulting LLC and is a 34 year veteran of the fitness industry. From teaching classes and training clients to multi-unit health club management, Carolyn is a former District Manager for sixteen 24 Hour Fitness locations in the San Diego area. She also served as the Director of Sales and Business Development for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED. Carolyn is currently the National Education Sales Director for Savvier Fitness and the Education Coordinator for Stroops. She is a master trainer for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™, GOFLO® Trainer, Barre Above™, Tabata GX, Extreme HIIT Chaos, and Stroops®. Carolyn is also a consultant for the industry; supporting and improving both fitness and group fitness programming as well as creating a better member experience, promoting staff longevity, and team building.|
|Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, has spent more than two decades helping impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, FIT4MOM and BOSU® as a fitness business and programming consultant. An experienced educator, freelance writer, and certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money. Fable serves on the ACE Board of Directors and is the co-founder of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.|
|Sonja Friend-Uhl has trained people of all ages and abilities for over 22 years. A skilled fitness programmer, Sonja holds Fitness Training Certifications with ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is a certified ACE Health Coach which gives her the ability to work with those in the allied health field in regards to high risk or specialized clientele. She is a registered Nutrition & Weight Loss Counselor. Following her passion for running, Sonja is USATF Coaching Certified. She has served as a high school, collegiate, club and private running coach. From 2012-2015 Sonja served as an assistant Cross-Country and Track coach at Vanderbilt University. Since August of 2016 Sonja has a served as a volunteer Track and cross country coach for FAU in Boca Raton and operates her own coaching & running education platform, www.TheRunningWarrior.com.
Sonja developed and coached fitness and personal training education programs for The Athletic Club at Weston and The Athletic Club Boca Raton while serving as their Athletic Director from 1998-2003. She received the Athletic Director of the Year Award twice during this time period. Sonja founded and operated FIT Studio – a personal training and Pilates studio in Wellington, Florida from 2004-2009. For the last 14 years Sonja has traveled the world consulting as the Lead Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness, which includes the brands of Stairmaster, Nautilus, Schwinn, and Star Trac.
Sonja’s personal athletic achievements continue as she still competes at the national and world level. A State Champion in High School and a scholarship, record-setting runner at the College of William and Mary, she has also been a member of six (6) U.S. world teams, a 2000 Olympic Trials Competitor in the 1500m, and has launched a successful Masters Running career. She is the reigning World Record Holder in the Women’s Masters Indoor Mile (4:44.8) and the American Record Holder in the Women’s Masters 1500m (4:16.9), the Women’s Masters Outdoor Mile (4:45.68), and the Women’s Masters Indoor 3000m (9:48.23). Sonja is also a repeat National & World Masters Champion in the 800m, 1500m, & 5000m, & Cross Country.
|Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, owner of Clemson Fitness Company, adjunct faculty for Clemson University and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and 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. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and Todd Pilates and Fitness. Most of all, Lauren is passionate about helping participants understand that fitness can be FUN!|
|Kim Gray is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and studio owner. She empowers students toward a healthier, centered life using exercise principles and yoga teachings. Kim is also a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Worldwide and leads yoga teacher trainings in the US and abroad.|
|Fred Hoffman is the owner of Fitness Resources, an education and consultancy company, which specializes in staff training, professional career development, social media strategies, marketing solutions and technology innovation for health clubs, fitness centers, boutique studios, and spas. He is an alumnus of Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Fred also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Boston University.
The author of Going Global: An Expert’s Guide to Working Abroad in the International Fitness Industry, Fred has been working in the health and wellness industry for over thirty-five years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is an ambassador for UFIT.
Fred’s expertise and enthusiasm have taken him to more than 50 countries on six continents to speak at over 200 conferences, and to serve as a consultant on a variety of projects. He has authored numerous articles and has appeared in over 180 international publications and e-media. Fred is the recipient of the 2019 IDEA China Fitness Inspiration Award, the 2007 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award, and in 2001 he was elected to the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
|Annika Kahn is the founder of Jungshin Fitness. She is a lifelong athlete and a 4-time world grand champion in the Korean Art of Kuk Sool Won, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt. Her Jungshin Fitness workout has been featured on ABC, NBC, and in SHAPE, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and Prevention magazines. She is a national presenter and develops programs that apply to youth, adults, and seniors. Annika offers instructor training’s worldwide as well as education and corporate seminars on the connection between positive mental health and movement. Annika brings 20 years of experience in both eastern and western modalities of fitness to instructors, students, and fitness clubs in fun and inspiring ways. She holds a masters degree in the Psychology of Movement and integrates her passion and studies of molecular biology, physics, and mind/body movement into a cohesive and easily accessible format for all ages. Annika currently lives in San Francisco, California.|
|June Kahn is an internationally recognized Fitness/ Pilates leader and educator. Recipient of 2009 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Pilates Rehab Specialist & owner of Center Your Body Pilates, an award-winning Pilates studio in Louisville CO. June is best known for bridging the gap between classical Pilates and the fitness industry. June is Master Trainer for Body Bar™ Systems, the 2017 Master Trainer of the Year for Savvier Fitness, developers of Barre Above™ & Tabata Boot Camp™ & Cardio Yoga™ A published author, well known Industry presenter, expert subject writer for the ACE exam, Board Member of the PhysicalMind Institute Pilates, and serves on the program selection committee for ACSM.|
|Eliza Kingsford is a licensed psychotherapist, mind-body practitioner and behavior change specialist who helps clients struggling with food addiction, body image and emotional eating. Eliza’s work has been featured on Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, NBC Health, CNN Health, Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, MindBodyGreen and many more. She is the author of Brain-Powered Weight Loss and has sat on scientific advisory boards with the leading researchers in the field of food addiction, obesity and weight management. Eliza is turning the diet industry on its head by combining the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating to create lasting results for her clients through group coaching, online courses and one on one immersive programs.|
|Brett Klika CSCS is an IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, motivational speaker, author, and Co-Founder of SPIDERfit Kids, a global innovator in youth fitness education. With over 20 years of experience creating youth fitness programs, fitness DVD’s, and other resources for various industry and consumer organizations, Brett continues to bring his knowledge and practical experience with the “power of play” to fitness educators around the world.
Brett continues to consult with executives and Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Deloitte, Marriot, and others on how to integrate health into the modern family’s busy lifestyle.
His Amazon best-selling book “7 Minutes to Fit” has been translated into 3 different languages and has inspired busy families from all corners of the globe to make health part of their hectic lives.
|Petra Kolber is an author, speaker, podcast host and most recently a DJ. In August 2018, Petra released her first book, The Perfection Detox which was recently translated into French and Spanish. She is also a certified performance coach, with a specialty in positive psychology, and she works with individuals and companies to help them get unstuck so they can become unstoppable.
Petra has over thirty years of experience in the fitness industry and has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards including 2018 Specialty Presenter of the Year by Can Fit Pro and 2001 Instructor of the Year by IDEA.
She has been the voice and face of several fitness and wellness companies including Reebok, Yes Fitness Music, California Walnuts and Spry Living Magazine.
As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time.
|Jill Leary’s energetic and refreshing approach to the material motivates and encourages students to
reach their learning potential. Jill inspires students to pursue lifelong education for the benefit of
themselves and their clients. Jill’s fun approach to teaching anatomy keeps her students continually interested
and wanting to learn more.
|Elizabeth Lenart FEELS to exercise. She affirms not letting what we cannot do interfere with what we can do. Elizabeth believes in building a strong self from the inside out and exercising with intention. She reminds clients there is a difference between what we cannot do and what we don’t WANT to do.
With experience directing at facilities including World’s, Gold’s, Bally’s, non-profits, spa industry and even the collegiate arena, Elizabeth stays on top of industry trends and connected with other educators. She enjoys mentoring and consulting for and with new fitness professionals, and has been called the fitness guidance counselor for clients, colleagues and staff.
With over 20 years in the industry, Elizabeth is known for explosive intervals, electric coaching, and innovative programming. Elizabeth thrives on creating a group experience. She amplifies performance and increase base levels via HITT, stength training and indoor cycling, while inspiring flow and rejuvination through dance and mind/body. Elizabeth is just as passionate about individual training, wellness coaching and creating unique individual transition plans. Her capabilities in counseling and coaching influence each session and interaction. She is currently moving Studio E Fitness to an online platform.
Elizabeth possesses an M.Ed. and National Certifications with both ACE and AFAA. She is a Master Trainer and Program Director for Balletone, a Senior National Master Trainer with BOSU and Surge Performance Fitness and a Master Trainer with Savvier Fitness, Barre Above and Tabata Bootcamp, andMaster Trainer with WaterRower. She can be seen regularly on Mass Appeal as a fitness expert, and on the blog for BOSU .
|Jenice Mattek, a licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Certified Integrative Movement Specialist, specializes in educating and treating women who have had surgery and struggle with chronic tightness, discomfort, and inability to perform at the level they need and want. She is the co-author of What Lies Beneath: The Under-Realized Effects of Breast, Abdominal and Pelvic Surgeries, the first book to specifically discuss the impact of surgery and trauma on posture, movement, and pain. Jenice lectures around the world creating awareness of the impact of surgery by teaching health and fitness professionals who work with women post-surgery. Jenice’s mission is to educate and empower women so they take control of their health and can successfully return to the activities of life that they need, want, and love to do.|
|Pete McCall is the host of the All About Fitness podcast, author of several articles, textbook chapters and the book Smarter Workouts: the Science of Exercise Made Simple. In addition, Pete holds a MS in exercise science and has been educating fitness professionals since 2002. Currently Pete lives in Carlsbad, CA where he is a consultant for Core Health & Fitness, Terra Core Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, the American Council on Exercise and a coach for the Coastal Dragons rugby club|
|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: Strong by Zumba™, TRX® and Schwinn® Cycling. He was a featured master trainer for the Strong by Zumba™ consumer DVD and has appeared in video and print projects for TRX®, Under Armour® and Total Gym®. Alex is certified in group fitness and personal training by ACE, AFAA and NASM.|
|Jeff McMullen has spent 30 years as a professional in the fitness industry. A former collegiate cheer-leader, regional aerobic champion, and national aerobic competitor. In addition to creating his own signature classes, he has been featured in over 20 fitness DVD’s; is a contributing writer for American Fitness Magazine and IDEA Fitness Journal. Jeff is currently a Master Trainer for The AXLE Workout™, Barre Above™, Jumpsport® Fitness, PlyoJam; and a Master Course instructor for TRX®. In addition, he is Lululemon Am-bassador alumnus; and has presented workshops internationally for SCW Fitness, DCAC, Fit Fest, Fitness Fest, CanFitPro and IDEA World. CERTI-FICATIONS: ACE, AFAA, NASM|
|Gizelle Merced’s love for dance and movement directed her path to work in the ballroom dance arena 10 years ago, where she managed a top ballroom dance studio and became a DVIDA certified instructor. She participated in numerous ballroom competitions and showcases and won 1st place in the Solo Exhibition category to her and her partner’s rendition of Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson. She continued pursuing her love for performing by joining the ProAm Dance Team USA performing Latin-inspired numbers during halftime at NBA/WNBA games. Gizelle also taught ballroom and traditional line dance classes at social and corporate functions. Her unique line dance classes offered a variety of dances such as Country, pop, soul, Latin, and more.
After being introduced to LaBlast dance fitness by a fellow dance colleague and fitness professional, Gizelle fell in love with the program and became an AFAA certified group fitness instructor. She got certified in all formats for LaBlast – LaBlast Fitness, Line Dancing, and Splash. In a short period, she became an Elite Instructor and was named Instructor of the Year.
LaBlast provided an opportunity to combine previous experiences from the ballroom dance world with fitness. She uses this to provide students the freedom and space to express themselves in a no-judgment zone with a focus on having FUN!
|Bruce Mylrea/ BA in Economics / ECornell certified in Plant Based Nutrition / AFPA certified Holistic Nutritional Councilor. He spends hours each day reviewing the latest in unbiased nutritional research. Bruce is focused and passionate in educating others on the life enhancing and life extending benefits of whole food plant based nutrition. Bruce is the SCW male presenter of the year for 2017 and also 2017 Life Time Achievement Award for CanFitPro. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.|
|Mindy Mylrea – Mindy Mylrea is the 2017 Life Time achievement Award Winner for CanFitPro , 2016 Empower Instructor of the Year, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year. 2015 International Presenter of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a 361 sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA. Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding , the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, and Bosu. Mindy is the creator of Tabata Bootcamp that earned Most Impactful Program of 2013, and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 400 instructional videos. Mindy is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 minutes to slim it infomercials. Mindy donates her time and talents regularly to numerous charities and nonprofit organizations. Mindy is the mother of three boys, been married for 32 years, and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.|
|Dr. Evan Osar – Audiences around the world have heard Dr. Osar’s dynamic presentations. Dr. Evan Osar is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement. He has authored Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution. Dr. Osar developed the Integrative Movement System™, an evidence-based approach to improving clinical outcomes and helping patients perform at their highest level. Dr. Osar is in private practice in Chicago, IL and teaches his proprietary approach, the Integrative Movement System™ to health and fitness professionals that specialize in corrective exercise, medical fitness, and training the older adult population.|
|Alexis Perkins is Founder and Creative Director of Chair One Fitness. She has always had a passion for fitness, television production, dancing, and public speaking. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication/Broadcast Journalism she went on to work at CBS Affiliate WTKR News Channel 3 and became co-producer and lead instructor for the 30min television program Fuzion Fitness and Body By Alexis.
Alexis made a huge impact in the fitness world teaching Zumba Fitness internationally and coordinating the LOVE Fest; which became the largest dance fitness event in Hampton Roads Virginia attracting people from all over the Unities States.
All these paths in conjunction with her close relationship with her grandmother and teaching seniors for years led her to the creation of the nationally accredited program Chair One Fitness. Which not only offers fitness instructors longevity in this field but is a blessing to all who take the class, overcome physical limitations, and stay active.
It is clear that Alexis is a woman who wears many hats. Her love of fitness and desire to help enrich others shines through in every endeavor.
|Michael Piercy, MS,CSCS is the owner of The LAB in Fairfield, NJ. He is the recipient of the 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award and the 2013 TRX® FACEUP award for instructor of the year. A former professional baseball player with the multiple organizations, he brings a 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 several organizations. He serves as an educator teachin high level education courses for various organizations including TRX Training where he serves as a Senior Master Instructor.|
|Dr. Dan Ritchie is the president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and a best selling author of Never Grow Old!
With over 20 years experience in the field and having trained over 2,000 clients over age 55. Dan received his PhD at Purdue University in Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology. In addition Dan leads a team of 7 trainers at Miracles Fitness a personal training studio with an average age clientele over 62. In addition to being an international speaker on the topic of aging and fitness Dan has also been involved in research on Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
|Keli Roberts is the recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, 2005 for Best Female Presenter and 2008 Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award and in 2007 Keli was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2012, Keli was also honored as 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. Furthermore Keli is an SCW Faculty Member, a BOSU Elite Presenter and Schwinn Senior Master Trainer and a Ryka, WIFA and Athleta Ambassador.|
|Yury Rockit exudes fitness versatility as a certified group fitness instructor (AFAA, GFIT), personal trainer (ACE), mindful movement & meditation specialist, and continuing education provider for these organizations. Yury is a dance-based choreographer with specialty training in the fields of Pilates, Yoga, Zumba®, Bender Ball®, TRX®, Gliding®, Piloxing®, & BOSU®, possesses specialty training from India, Nepal, Thailand, and USA, and is an integral judge of the SCW Fitness Idol
statewide competition. He has presented at many key international professional fitness conferences like ECA World Fitness (NYC), IDEA World Fitness (LA), SCW Fitness Education throughout the USA, Studio One (Athens), FitnessTurk (Istanbul),
and Asia Fitness Conference (Bangkok), as well as appearing in internationally selling instructor training DVDs at SCWfit.com and Imperfekt Productionz®. Yury has owned of Ki Mind Body Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam, and most recently won the prestigious SCW Presenter of the Year Award. Yury now resides in NYC. Find Yury at www.yuryrockit.com.
|Jonathan Ross His “800 Pounds of Parents” directly inspired Jonathan’s prolific fitness career. He is a multiple Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE, IDEA, and PFP Magazine), creator of Funtensity, brain fitness expert, blogger and master trainer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). His book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies – now he builds them!|
|Amanda Schmidt is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA & ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and POUND ICON with over a decade of experience. Several years ago, Amanda rebuilt her own life and reclaimed her physical and mental health through a commitment to fitness and movement. After experiencing her own transformation, she decided to dedicate her life to helping others do the same. She believes that working out should be a fun and joyful expression of self-love, and that’s the intention she sets in all of her classes.|
|SGT Ken® is an award-winning international speaker, Master Fitness Trainer, Master Resilience Trainer, and a fitness specialist for the American Council on Exercise. Ken is a CSP® (Certified Speaking Professional™), a member of the National Speakers Association, and a graduate of the John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker Course. Ken has trained over one million Service Members and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 articles for GX®, Backpacker®, Outside®, Health®, and created the Operation Family Fit video series and family fitness kits for the Air National Guard Yellow Ribbon division. Ken has served as the host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. Ken was awarded his tenth Army Commendation Medal for creating the Warrior Fit Camp program for the Tennessee Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Task Force, helping thousands of Armed Service Members turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities through physical and emotional resiliency coaching and leadership training. Ken serves as the Director of Programming and Education for WaterRower®.|
|Beth Shaw, C-IAYT, ERYT, author and entrepreneur, is an expert in transformation. Founder of YogaFit Worldwide, Beth has transformed the yoga industry in the US and Canada, making yoga accessible to everybody and every body! Her most recent book, Healing Trauma With Yoga, is a best-selling guide for post-traumatic growth. A passionate animal advocate, Beth lives in NY with her rescue dog, Bentley.|
|Robert Sherman is GM and CFO of TRUEBODY Bethesda and owner of Robert Sherman Fitness LLC. He is a Master Instructor for Schwinn and ActivMotion Bar. With 35 years in health, he is a much sought after speaker, trainer and program consultant and serves on the Industry Advisory Panel for ACE. He holds a BA degree in business from the University of Maryland, and is a Gold Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor by ACE, AFAA and ACSM.
Robert’s Professional Highlights include:
• Schwinn Master trainer
• Owner of FIT Inc.
• Master trainer for Reebok International Ltd.
|Jacquese Silvas, MAEd, BSBM, entrepreneur, and fitness educator has been in the fitness industry for 26 years. She is the owner of two successful fitness businesses: JACS Figure On Fit, LLC, and a co-founder of POWRD, LLC, and additionally is partnered with the elite athleisure wear brand, Savvi. As an experienced presenter, Jacquese has spoken and inspired audiences at local schools, colleges, and corporate organizations in addition to many fitness venues. As a Master Trainer for MASHUP®, Jacquese has had the opportunity to train trainers internationally. Jacquese features digital workouts on the MASHUP® and Smash Bod fitness apps; she has done hundreds of fitness videos. She additionally is a CPT, GFI, a NASM BCS, and is a master trainer for multiple formats. The art of living on purpose drives her: service to others, commUNITY, and empowerment.|
|April T. Smith, M.Ed. is an Education Specialist and Presenter for Zumba Fitness. She conducts Instructor Trainings for Basic Level 1 and 2, and Zumba Gold. April has presented at the Annual Zumba Fitness Convention in 2009 and 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, and a master’s degree in Education. April is certified by ACE and AFAA.|
|Suzelle Snowden is founder of Fit Bodies, Inc., the largest teaching vacation organization in the world. Fit Bodies, Inc. blends the vacation aspirations of exercise professionals with the wellness needs of a luxury resort. Suzelle’s passion is to share fitness with others by coordinating partnerships and creating vacation opportunities for skilled fitness, wellness and sports professionals. With over 35 years in the fitness industry Suzelle is ACE CPT and GFI with numerous other certifications including Spinning®, Yoga Alliance E-RYT-200, and Strong by Zumba. When Suzelle is not traveling, she is the director for the Cincinnati Galloway Marathon Program where she continues to inspire others to make the seemingly impossible become very possible.|
|Dr Emily Splichal, Functional Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of EBFA Global , Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® Certification, Author of Barefoot Strong and Inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and sensory integration.|
|Cory Sterling is a lawyer, small business owner, group fitness instructor and yoga teacher. He wrote The Yoga Law Book and has served hundreds of clients in the health and fitness space all across the world, the majority of whom own or operate a fitness/health studio. He has presented at conferences around the world, teaching about the law in a FUN and practical way.
He won the award for “Highest Rated Session” at MindBody Bold in 2019, amongst a field of the health and fitnesses leading minds and best presenters. In March 2020, he completed the MindBody Business Consulting Program in order to learn overall best business practices for studios and is the only lawyer to hold the certificate.
|Jennifer Taylor has been working in the fitness industry since 1998, starting her journey after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 1996 after the birth of her first son. Her physician encouraged her to hire a trainer and attend group fitness classes, which was a game-changer for her health and quickly became a true passion in her life. She is a master trainer for MASHUP and is certified as an AFAA personal trainer, AFAA group fitness instructor, RealRyder cycle instructor, NASM weight loss specialist, TPI Level 1 golf instructor, TRX instructor, and Level 1 Mat Pilates instructor. Jennifer has serviced as the VP of operations for Anytime Fitness and is currently the fitness and wellness manager at Trilogy at Power Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona.|
|Doris Thews is an International award winning Fitness Educator including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the year. She is the CEO of Team Thews Fitness consulting. Doris leads and presents for various several fitness brands. Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness. Doris is the CEO off Team Thews Fitness, which consults several leading brands on business, program development and strategy. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker. She is known for her motivation and athletic coaching style. RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.|
|Before accepting the role of VP & General Manager for IDEA, Amy Thompson gained more than 27 years of experience in executive leadership, fitness programming, personal training and health club management. Over the course of her impressive career, she has walked in your shoes as an instructor, trainer, coach, manager, program director, entrepreneur and facility owner.
Her drive to connect people and opportunities lead her journey to success – professionally and personally. Amy fully embodies her motto, “Fitness is my Business;” always seeking to deliver greater impact for those she serves.
|Zoey Trap, MSc–Zoey is known for her ability to make the complex, simple. A mind body pioneer she shares her ability to understand the body in motion with her unique presenting style. Zoey is the Executive Director of Peak Pilates Training and Education, she leads the Peak Pilates Master Instructor Team and the author of the new Peak Pilates Classical Instructor certification program, and creator of the Peak coaching and mentoring systems. An international presenter Zoey has been featured in numerous videos, articles and on Pilates Anytime. Zoey recently completed the Intro to Spiral Dynamiks (R) course and is a Jivamukti certified Yoga Instructor.|
|Andrea Velazquez has been immersed in the Aquatics Industry for over 25 years. She is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers and Creator of AVAQUATICS. She is Master Trainer for many aquatic specialties, representing Acquapole, SAF Aqua Drums Vibes and HydroRevolution. She holds numerous certifications including AEA Fitness Professional, Aqua Vida Floating Yoga, Tsunami Fitness Boards, and RM Medically Based Aquatics. She is a StarGuard Instructor and Starfish Aquatics Institute Swim School Instructor Trainer. She is a Presenter at the NYS Parks and Recreation Conferences, SUNY Cortland (her alma mater) Recreation Conference, DCAC Fitness Convention, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Association of Aquatic Professional Conference (AOAP), and SCW Fitness Mania Fitness Conferences.|
|Maurice Williams has a BS in and MS in Exercise Physiology with 6 years of teaching formal fitness education and 23 years experience in fitness overall. Maurice is a full time assistant professor of Health and Human Performance at Freed Hardeman University. In addition, he owns Move Well Fitness, a virtual fitness studio that specializes in 30 min sessions and Move Well Fit Academy; a fitness education company, focused on helping people passes their NASM-CPT exam. He is married to his beautiful wife LaTeisha and together they have four awesome kids that they homeschool. In his free time, he loves to play and watch sports, go out to eat with LaTeisha and spend quality time with his children. They reside in Henderson, TN. NASM-Master Instructor, Master Trainer, CPT, CES, PES, CNC, SFS, WLS, GPTS, YES and FNS; NSCA-CSCS; BTS1; Pn1|