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MANIA® PRESENTERS A-L

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Abbie Appel

Abbie Appel is the owner and CEO of Abbiefit Consulting, Appel Programming Solutions and the Program Director at Fitspace Studios. As an award-winning fitness educator, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Power Systems, Schwinn Cycling and many other organizations. She created the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and has received SCW’s “Best Presenter” award. Abbie has produced and starred in over 30 fitness videos and contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, and Prevention.

Ollie Bailey

Ollie founded the industry’s leading booking and customer management software company Gymcatch in 2015 with the aim of making participation in fitness easier for all. As founder, Ollie has served as CEO since Gymcatch’s inception. Outside of the office, Ollie enjoys travelling, playing and watching cricket and spending time with his young family. He supports a number of charities focused on increasing physical participation.

Gail Bannister-Munn

Gail works as Flexibility, FST coach with the NY Jets Football Team, and Pro Hoops Basketball, focusing on skill sets that can help players improve in all areas of defense and offense. She currently holds certifications in several different disciplines, including NASM, Fascial Stretch Therapist L3, ECIT, Yoga Fit, AFAA, STOTT PILATES® Mat 1 & 2, Powerhouse Mat Pilates and is an NASM/AFAA Continuing Education Provider.

Claire Barker-Hemings

Claire Barker-Hemings is a highly regarded aqua fitness exercise specialist, presenter, and Pilates Instructor. She trains people of all ages, sharing her passion and knowledge of water, fitness, and wellbeing. She has been teaching since 1997, planning and delivering aqua fitness workshops and new instructor trainings across Australia and Internationally. Her love for the water and Pilates comes through in every session that she delivers.

Cyndy Barnes

Cyndy Barnes and her husband, Travis Barnes, are the owners of Journey 333, a booming company with five locations and franchises throughout the country. Starting her thriving company with an unemployment check has landed Cyndy on NBC News and led to Shape magazine naming her as one of the 50 most inspiring women of all time. Cyndy is the co-author of Journey Fitness and the best-selling 52 Amazing Journeys. Authentic and courageous, she will make you believe in the beauty of your dreams.

Travis Barnes

Travis Barnes is the CEO and with his wife, Cyndy Barnes, co-owns Journey 333 with several locations in New York. He is the co-author of the bestselling book “Results Fitness” written with Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove, co-author of 52 Amazing Journeys and author of Journey Fitness with forward written by Todd Durkin. Travis is a dynamic international presenter, franchisor and teacher of FitBiz Mastery with a passion to teach fit pros how to systemize their business for success.

David Boettcher, MS

David is a professor in kinesiology, the director of education for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI), and workshop manager and lecturer for the Brookbush Institute. His teaching and leading abilities have allowed David to lecture across the globe on movement and performance. He currently holds advanced certifications with the Brookbush Institute, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Personal Training Institute.

C. Victor Brick, M.Ed.

C. Victor Brick, M.Ed., is the co-founder/CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, which owns and operates 80 health clubs in the United States and Australia. He is the founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, whose mission is to change the way the world treats mental health. Victor sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Wellness Summit and, along with his wife, Lynne, was the 2020 recipient of the Debra Simon Award for Leadership in Furthering Mental Wellness.

Lynne Brick, BS.R.N.

Lynne Brick, BS.R.N., is an international health and fitness presenter, consultant and author. She has been featured in a dozen exercise videos and is the 1990 IDEA International Instructor of theYear. She’s also the co-owner, with her husband, Victor, of Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness Growth Partners, totaling 80 clubs in the US and Australia. She is also the co-founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and the 2020 recipient of the Global Wellness Summit Debra Simon Leadership in Mental Wellness Award.

Dr. Brent Brookbush

Dr. Brookbush has been an impassioned human movement professional since 1998 and educator since 2004. Developing a clear and engaging presentation style, he has been a resource for New York Sports Clubs, Equinox, NASM, Beach Body, Concordia University, and more. As the CEO of the Brookbush Institute, he continues to optimize the delivery of human movement education through student-centered learning and evidence-based education. Dr. Brookbush continues to consult and practice as a physical therapist.

Alex Bryce, MSE, CSCS

Bryce is the Co-Founder and Head Coach at Electrum Performance, Director of Performance at Jiujiteiro, Head Strength Coach at Atos Jiujitsu HQ, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Bryce currently resides in San Diego, CA, operating Electrum Performance Headquarters. He earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science (MSE) from the University of Kansas, as well as his Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning with a Minor in Sport Nutrition from the University of Connecticut. Coach Bryce has a unique blend of academic knowledge and real-world experience, working with a number of world champion athletes across a variety of sports.

Amy C-Rad

Amy C Rad has a Masters degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from University of  Waterloo. Amy’s professional experience includes over 25 years in Group Fitness Instruction, over 15 years in Personal Training, and co-founded BMI Fitness Studio in Santa Clara, CA.  She is a Pound ICON and lead trainer for World of Dance U-Jam Fitness. She has presented at IDEA World Fitness Convention, CanFitPro, SCW Mania, Fit Expo Events, and has appeared on home workout DVDs and online workouts. Amy is passionate about music, movement, and helping her clients and new fitness instructors achieve their full potential.

Jeff Case

Jeff Case is a Journey 333 franchise owner and co-author of 52 Amazing Journeys, a weekly inspirational book. He has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and is an ACE certified trainer and motivational speaker. After a weight loss journey of 100 pounds, Jeff found his purpose in large group personal training with a coaching passion for changing lives.

Nike Charles

Nike Charles is the owner of JUST2SWEAT, a place where faith and fitness transform lives! She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology and a Minor in Sports Medicine. She is also a Can Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer who has been into fitness her entire life. Nike is a wife and a mother to two young children who are actively into Rep sports. She thrives on seeing people living healthy and active lives and is a motivator who will positively impact your life to bring out the best in you. Her energy is infectious and her passion for health and fitness will inspire you along your fitness journey.

Dr. Gregory Charlop, MD

Featured on ABC, CBS, and FOX, Dr. Gregory Charlop is one of the leading experts in health & wellness. He is a physician, author, and anti-aging coach for retired athletes and middle-aged professionals. Dr. Charlop is the author of Why Doctors Skip Breakfast: Wellness Tips to Reverse Aging, Treat Depression, and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

Siri Chilazi

Siri is an SCW, ACE and AFAA-certified group fitness professional with nearly 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and a background in ballet and jazz dance. She is a master trainer for Cardio Yoga® and RAQ THE BARRE® by RAQISA®, and her other specialty certifications include Pilates, Barre Above® and Balletone®. She teaches a variety of classes ranging from Step and Kickboxing to HIIT with the goal of motivating people to lead their healthiest, most fabulous lives. Outside the gym, Siri is an academic expert on behavioral science and gender equality in organizations.

Fabio Comana, MA, MS

Fabio is a Faculty Member at San Diego State University and UC, San Diego and a proud SCW Faculty Member. Previously, as an ACE exercise physiologist, he was the primary developer of ACE’s IFT™ model and live personal training educational workshops. Prior experiences include collegiate head coaching, strength and conditioning and opening/managing clubs for Club One. As an international presenter, Fabio has been featured in multiple media outlets and is an accomplished chapter and book author.

Christine Conti

Christine is an international fitness presenter, educator, and speaker. She is CEO of Conti Fitness LLC., has over 20 years in the industry and created Let’s FACE It Together ™, facial exercise and rehabilitation. She co-hosts Two Fit Crazies & a Microphone Podcast, and co-founded TFC Productions. Post-2 rounds of chemo for an autoimmune diagnosis, Christine completed 36 marathons, 2 tris, and 2 IRONMANS. Christine is an active member of the Women In Fitness Assoc., MedFit Network, and PFP.

Sohailla Digsby, RDN, LD, CPT

Sohailla Digsby is a registered dietician, author, and the developer of the life-changing 52-Day Best Body Countdown program for fitness professionals, which brings sound nutrition and accountability to their fitness and wellness facilities. With over 20 years of experience as a fitness professional, presenter, and RD, Sohailla manages an online membership-based coaching group and authored three books to help fitness professionals guide their clients to reach goals and maintain their Best Bodies.

Cameron Dye

Cameron Dye is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a degree in Kinesiology. He is head of Program Design at Journey 333 and a varsity assistant coach with his local high school football team. Cameron has a reputation for being high energy and helping his members take their fitness to the next level.

MaryBeth Dziubinski

MaryBeth is a highly respected, global fitness industry leader with over 30 years experience in group exercise programming. She is a Senior Fitness Specialist and a former National Trainer with the SilverSneakers Fitness Program with advanced training in older adult exercise. MaryBeth is an R.Y.T. and the co-creator of YOQUA™ . As a skilled health and wellness professional, she inspires others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals.

Hank Ebeling

Hank Ebeling is a small-business entrepreneur and the founder and owner of H4 Training gyms in Illinois. He’s built his career on a passion for customer service and customer experience, and shares his insights in interviews and conversations with a range of other small-business owners in his popular Success Trails Podcast. Hank is also the author of the book “Crushing The Competition With Service”.

Amanda Fearheiley, RDN, LD, CPT

Amanda Fearheiley, RDN, LD, CPT, has been a registered and licensed dietitian for over 20 years and has been immersed in the fitness field for over 15 years. Her passion is helping others learn how to use food as fuel and food for improving health. She has worked with both day to day athletes as well as pro athletes. She currently resides in the Austin, TX, area with her husband and 3 children.

Khalid Freeman

Khalid Freeman is the Creator of Soul Clap Fitness & one of the world’s most electrifying and innovative steppers. He has been to 46 countries on 17 world tours as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Credits include: Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson Immortal world tour by Cirque Du Soleil, Stomp (Off-Broadway), Stomp the Yard (feature film), Dancing with the Stars, Latin Grammys, Eminem and Super Bowl 50.

Daniel Galanto

Dan has been involved with exercise science since 2006. He has had the opportunity to view health from a variety of different perspectives including medicine, fitness, public health, and exercise science. He is a full-time epidemiologist studying the prevention of non-communicable disease such as obesity. In the fitness field, Dan has been certified as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and special populations specialist since 2007. He also teaches personal training and speaks on various aspects of fitness.

Kimberly Garcia

Kim is the CEO of the Garcia Institute of Modern Excellence and the Wholota Wellness Company. With 20+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she is a specialist in motivating individuals to become their best self. She holds nine national certifications and is a level 3 NeuroKinetic Practitioner, Egoscue Posture Specialist, and Holistic Health Coach. Her educational programs have helped thousands improve their health across the world and her goal is to inspire individuals to ValueSelf™.

Gretchen Gegg, M.Ed.

Gretchen Gegg, M.Ed. is a highly experienced fitness instructor, educator and presenter. Her experience with various populations, and their need for more than just fitness, led her to create The MiMo Method™ . This virtual wellness platform supports clients as they learn to re-frame their thoughts around food, activity and body image. As 2020 brought along changes in the fitness industry, her business expanded to include a Virtual Yoga Studio and On-Demand fitness.

Ann Gilbert

Ann Gilbert is an owner and operator of two Shapes Fitness for Women franchises in the Tampa Bay area. She oversees the operations of over 50 Group Fitness professionals and 25 certified Personal Trainers, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann is a faculty member of The Shapes Fitness Academy leading educational workshops for the franchise chain nationwide & teaches the popular launch program designed to mentor new trainers into the growing business of Personal Training. She was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA®, IAFC and IHRSA Conventions for decades. Ann has written for Fitness magazines, Club Success, Club Solutions, and AKWA, and has been viewed as Tampa’s Fitness Expert on Fox 13’s, Good Day Tampa Bay, for the past 5 years. Ann acts as an educational expert for SCW Fitness Education by teaching the following Certifications: Active Aging, The Fundamentals of Aquatic Fitness, The Fundamentals of Group Fitness, and WATERinMOTION®.

Dominic Gili

Dominic Gili is an award-winning Aqua Fitness Specialist from Sydney Australia with a reputation for offering innovative, engaging, and challenging water workouts. Dom is the founder of AquaFitnessOnline.com which offers online training videos and resources. He has shared his passion for Aqua Fitness at conferences in the USA, UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

Trina Gray

Trina Gray is recognized worldwide as a passionate leader in the fitness industry. She is a successful health club owner, business mentor, and IDEA presenter. Trina has owned Bay Athletic Club, a medical-based health club, and Bay Urban Fitness, a large group training studio, for more than a decade. She also founded Team Rockstar Fit, an online coaching team of thousands of fitness professionals who partner with Beachbody®. She is the recipient of the first-ever IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year award, the Top 10 Small Business of the Year award in Michigan, the CEO Award from Beachbody and the Outstanding Community Service Award from IHRSA. She is a savvy entrepreneur who loves sharing business and life lessons with fitness professionals.

Carrie Harper

Carrie Harper is a fitness professional with over 20 years of experience in group and personal training. She is a writer, speaker, and educator in all things fitness and a specialist in pre and post natal fitness. Carrie has spent the last 10 years studying and developing therapy systems to help post natal women recover from childbirth, particularly from the very common core injury, Diastasis Recti.

Chris Henry

Chris is a WATERinMOTION® Champion and Master Trainer. Chris has been featured in countless videos and is known for his leadership skills and creative abilities. He has worked at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers for 10 years and managed a team of 75 Group Exercise and Fitness Instructors at their Midlothian, VA, facility. During this time, Chris received ACAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Leadership Person of the Year and Service Provider of the Year awards. Chris is certified by AEA and AFAA, and he is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a certified BODYFLOW® Instructor through Les Mills.

Marisa Hoff

Marisa Hoff has successfully managed Stevenson Fitness since its inception in 2010. She has worked to build a membership base of nearly 2000 members with high retention rates and customer satisfaction scores. Hoff has ensured that the club has been profitable since Day 1 and the club continues to thrive under her leadership. She has shared strategies for fitness business success at various conferences throughout the country.

Jenn Hogg

Jenn Hogg is a driving force in the Fitness Community. This 5-time US National Aerobic Gymnastics Champion knows there is no easy button, but strives to help everyone be their own hero and fearlessly live the life of their dreams. As Associate Director of Group Exercise for East Bank Club and Master Trainer for CORE Health & Fitness while representing brands such as Schwinn Indoor Cycling, StairMaster HIIT, Nautilus Strength, Star Trac Cardio, and Throwdown, her mission is to level up programming and mentor instructors around the world. She co-founded H.E.R.O. Fitness in Chicago with her husband to Help Everyone Reach Optimal Fitness by defining fitness on their own terms.

Hayley Hollander

Hayley is an international coach, educator, business leader, and overall passionate mover. She is an Education Director for the Gray Institute, a Precor Master Coach, Power Plate Master Coach, and Co-founder of Pivotal; a global development company empowering people to fulfill their greatest potential. With 19 years in the movement industry, she brings experience as a Fitness Director for Midtown, Director of Training and Education for PTA Global, Business owner, and International Educator. Her in-depth knowledge and experience has helped to develop and create curriculums and programs that are used all over the world. She has taught over 500 workshops, educated over 5,000 coaches around the world, and helped to develop and train 150+ Educators in the movement industry. Hayley holds a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Mathematics. She is a GIFT Fellow, CAFS, 3DMAPS, EXOS Performance Specialist, and is PTA Global Certified.

Jeff Howard

Jeff Howard is a world-renowned fitness presenter and the Promotional Director of Fitness for Baptist Health and Milestone Wellness Center. As a celebrity trainer, he was a pioneer instructor at the Golden Door Spa, starred in numerous fitness videos, educated fitness professionals at conventions worldwide for more than a decade, and has appeared on several national TV shows. As a Group Fitness Director, Jeff has managed award-winning fitness programs from Equinox in Chicago to Virgin Active in South Africa. He is currently a member of SCW Fitness Education Faculty, as well as the health and fitness columnist for The Voice Tribune. Jeff can be seen every Monday on Great Day Live in his segment “Motivational Monday” giving fitness tips and advice.

Mary Irby

Mary Irby is a Certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT and an E-RYT 500. She studied yoga in India and has extensive experience in aqua yoga. She is the Director of White Crow Yoga’s YA approved Registered Yoga School. Mary has trained yoga instructors via r RYS200 and RYS300 programs for over a decade and has led YACEP trainings. She holds a graduate degree in Education from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree from MTSU with a double emphasis, one of which is in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

June Kahn

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, an Affiliate to the PhysicalMind Institute Pilates, and serves on the program selection committee for ACSM.

Sara Kooperman, JD

Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader that has transformed the fitness education community. A successful business owner and advisor, she is a keynote speaker, published author, podcast presenter and sought-after industry trail-blazer. Sara has a unique ability to share her passion and devotion towards fitness education through her humor, enthusiasm and her effervescent no-nonsense personality. She serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, was on the Women in Fitness Association Board of Directors and is a proud inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Sara currently serves on IHRSA’s Headlight Committees for Facility Standards and has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry as a whole.

Cheri Kulp

Cheri Kulp has been a certified instructor for over 30 years. She holds a degree in special education and has previously taught for 18 years. Cheri has been a WATERinMOTION® champion for a decade and is the choreographer for the new aqua dumbbell program, WATERinMOTION® Strength. Her areas of expertise include presenting at SCW MANIA® conferences for 4 years, personal trainer, ARC lifeguard, swim instructor and Les Mills instructor. She has appeared in over 25 videos.

Lukas Lange

Lukas Lange is the Lead A/V Sales Engineer at AV Now Fitness Sound. He started with AV Now in 2015 and continues to create state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems for the fitness industry. He holds several industry-standard audio certifications and studied at San Francisco State University within the BECA Division in the media arts and studied the theory and practice of Television, Video, Audio, Radio, Digital Production, and Content delivery. He also produces live events during his spare time. His Audio-Visual expertise has established innovative virtual streaming product options to deliver superior audio and video teaching from the home or the gym.

Melissa Layne, M.Ed.

Melissa is a Kinesiology Department faculty member at the University of North Georgia. She has 30 years of experience in the fitness industry and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. She taught elementary PE and coordinated fitness programs for Royal Caribbean, Home Depot, and orthopedic surgeons. Melissa is the author of WATER EXERCISE (Human Kinetics 2015), a member of the SCW educational faculty & has been featured in numerous fitness education and training videos. She is an expert at organizing complicated material into easily understood pieces.

Michelle Leachman

Michelle earned her degrees in the health and exercise field, at the University of Idaho. She travels the country educating as a former Asst. Professor, current Master Trainer, and manager at the American Council on Exercise. Michelle has overcome three shoulder reconstruction surgeries as a former OCR World Ranked athlete, for which she has written in her published works. Her expertise lies within fitness promotion, human movement and performance, and management.

Manny Lubin

Manny Lubin is a Co-Founder of Slate Milk, a lower sugar, higher protein line of lactose free chocolate milks. After being a multi-sport all-state athlete in high school, Manny developed a passion for fitness during his undergrad time at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His love for sports, fitness and chocolate milk collided in 2018, when he teamed up with now Co-Founder Josh Belinsky to start building Slate, which appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a Washington University trained physician in Nutritional Science and Geriatrics and is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Vitamin, and Mineral Metabolism at the University of Illinois. Dr. Lyon works with the Special Operations Military and has a private practice in NYC. Dr. Lyon brings unparalleled results to her patients with personalized nutritional interventions, metabolic and genetic testing, and behavioral action implementation.