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 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.
DEBRA ATKINSON, MS, CSCS
Debra is a wellness coach, hormone balancing fitness expert, and bestselling author with over three decades of full time fitness experience. As the founder of Flipping 50, she has helped over 200,00 women “flip” their second half, achieving desired vitality and energy. She is a podcast host, TEDx speaker, and international presenter at prominent industry conventions. As a recognized contributor for outlets such as HuffPost, ShareCare, and Medfit.org, Debra continues to share her wealth of knowledge to inspire people to live their best and healthiest lives.
Andrea is the owner and CEO of BeatBoss™ Indoor Biking & Consulting with over 30 years of industry experience. Combining her long-standing expertise in group fitness, indoor cycling, and personal training, Andrea created the revolutionary BeatBoss™ Methodology. Passionate about innovation and creativity, she loves to positively share her insights with those learning from her. She holds multiple industry certifications, including NASM Personal Trainer, with specialty focuses in STOTT Pilates, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, the study of fascia and movement, and active aging.
Gail Bannister-Munn is the Flexibility Specialist, Core, Yoga, Pilates Coach with the New York Jets football team. Gail is the owner of The Bannister Method Studio out of Long Island, West Babylon, New York. She is also the Regional Group Ex Manager Crunch Fitness Locations (Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn) Gail teaches several different class formats at national conferences and is a Fitness Consultant for professional athletes, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB. She holds numerous certifications in several disciplines, including NASM, AFAA, FST L3, Thai Massage Specialist, Yoga Fit 500+ hrs., and is an NASM & AFAA Continuing Education Provider.
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 is a best-selling author, international presenter, and founder and franchisor of Journey Fitness 333. Experiencing extreme hardships, including a decade long prison sentence, the loss of his home to a natural disaster, and being terminated as COO of a local fitness company, Travis has turned trials into triumph to become one of the nation’s most successful trainers and business owners. Travis is passionate about inspiring others to harness their own entrepreneurial spirit, and providing education on successful business design.
Emma Barry is a global fitness authority and co-founder of Good Soul Hunting – an executive search brand for purpose-led fit tech and well tech companies. A founding member of Les Mills International and former Director at Equinox, Emma is fluent in what happens next in fitness. She is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and published author of international bestseller Building a Badass Boutique – available on Amazon. Emma’s impatience with the status quo, infectious energy, and innovative flair unlocks and activates the greatness in go-getter people and companies.
Kayla’s career began teaching Beachbody LIVE classes in her hometown Dallas, Texas after losing over 100 pounds while taking the same classes. She quickly shot up the teaching ranks, becoming Beachbody LIVE’s top Master Trainer in 2019 before joining the Master Trainer team at SH1FT Fitness, where she creates content and educates instructors. She’s also a Group Fitness Coordinator at Crunch, a personal trainer, and a ‘mental health via fitness advocate’. Her passion for helping others by sharing her story is what makes her an inspiration to those she works with.
Myrna has 25 years of Fitness, Music, and Business experience. She has an eclectic background having worked in management and/or executive positions in sales, marketing, HR Management, and Retail Marketing. Myrna has worked for companies such as Nabisco & Nike and start-up internet ventures. She is a national fitness presenter, personal trainer, group fitness instructor/coach, and motivational speaker. Her certifications include ACE, NASM, Spinning®, PHI Pilates, ECITS, YMCA, and others.
Will has been training 1000’s of fitness instructors and building fitness businesses from London to LA since the 1990s. He spent ten years on the Les Mills International presenting team, whilst also facilitating the setup of Les Mills UK before going on to launch BeachBody formats INSANITY LIVE, P90X LIVE and PIYO LIVE in the UK. Will now runs his own Group Fitness company SH1FT, is a consultant and speaker on the international fitness scene, and is also the host of the hugely successful podcast ‘Group Fitness Real Talk’.
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.
Alex Bryce, MSE, CSCS
Bryce is the Co-Founder and Head Coach at Electrum Performance, Director of Performance at Jiujiteiro, Founder and Head Coach at Strength Care Consultants, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (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, a Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning with a Minor in Sports Nutrition from the University of Connecticut, and is eager to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Arcadia University in the fall of 2021. 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.
Adenike (Nike) Charles is the owner of JUST2SWEAT studio where faith and fitness transform lives!
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology, a Minor in Sports Medicine and is also a Can Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer. Nike is a wife and a mother to two children who are actively into rec sports & she thrives on seeing people living healthy and active lives. She is a motivator who will positively impact your life and 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.
He is the author of Why Doctors Skip Breakfast: Wellness Tips to Reverse Aging, Treat Depression, and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
Siri is an SCW, ACE and AFAA-certified group fitness professional and presenter 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 wide variety of classes including Step, Kickboxing, and HIIT with the goal of empowering people to lead their healthiest, most fabulous lives. Outside the gym, Siri is an academic researcher and expert speaker specializing in behavioral science and gender equality in organizations.
Paul Christopher is an established fitness professional with over 20 years of experience operating in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the founder and owner of Gravity + Oxygen Fitness, a 5,000sq ft facility, offering both personal training and group fitness classes. A graduate of the University of Central Florida in 2000, Paul possesses credentials as a Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA-ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), and Certified Personal Trainer (NASM). His approach to helping his membership base achieve their physical aspirations is a practical skills blend of orthopedic rehabilitation, sports performance, and personal training. A true believer of science principles based in exercise, Paul is completely encouraged to pay forward to aspiring FitPros, all knowledge provided to him from the incredible mentors he’s learned from.
Christine Conti is an international fitness educator, consultant, and CEO of Conti Fitness & Wellness, LLC. She is a former investment banker, English teacher, coach, and 20-year veteran in the industry. Christine co-hosts Two Fit Crazies & A Microphone Podcast and owns TFC Productions. She is the author of the Arthritis Fitness Specialist Course, co-author of the Eating Disorder Fitness Course, and serves on the advisory board for the MedFit Education Foundation. Christine is the creator of Let’s FACE It Together™ Facial Exercise and Rehabilitation and co-founder of FallPROOF, Fall Prevention. She is also an autoimmune disease fighter, ultra endurance athlete and 2x IRONMAN.
Marisol is the COO of Business Finance Depot, a Florida-based firm specializing in financing for the fitness industry. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Florida and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and is an expert in small business financing, SBA, and equipment leasing, leveraging her vast experience to help entrepreneurs find opportunities to fulfill their dreams of ownership. Her financial acumen translates to advantages for clients seeking business capital. Marisol’s mission is to deliver the best loan selection to meet all of her client’s unique commercial financing needs.
Amanda Fearheiley, RDN, LD, CPT
Amanda Fearheiley, RDN, LD, CPT has been a registered dietitian for 20 years and immersed in the fitness field for over 15. She owns her own consultant business where she empowers her clients of all ages to improve their health through nutrition and movement. In particular, she incorporates food as fuel, food as medicine, and mindful eating approaches. Amanda also teaches group fitness classes that include cycling and strength building. In her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors exploring parks and nature with her husband and three children.
Sonja has coached people of all ages and abilities to better health and performance for over 24 years. She holds certifications with ACSM and AFAA, as well as AFAA specialty certifications in strength and conditioning, youth, senior, and pre-natal fitness. As an ACE Health Coach and registered nutrition & weight loss counselor, Sonja has served high-risk and specialized clientele. She has developed and coached fitness and personal training programs, including FIT Studio in Wellington, Florida from 2004-2009. Currently the lead Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness, Sonja travels the world consulting and educating industry professionals.
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.
Suaad is an industry leader known for her unique ability to leverage extensive networks, including high-value media contracts, to build innovative brands, power client acquisition, and accelerate market expansions. She launched the Hot Booty Ballet virtual studio in 2018 to guarantee consumer and instructor access to fresh movement and training ideas. Her unique education style is sought by industry entrepreneurs who wish to grow thriving businesses. She remains committed to women’s wellness acting as a leading ambassador for WIFA and continues to draw from her experience to consult and advise fitness professionals and organizations.
Ann Gilbert is an owner of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises. She oversees the operations of as many as 15 certified Personal Trainers, 30 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann promotes the popular Aging Fit series and is the choreographer for S.E.A.T., an innovative chair fitness program. She was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA, IAFC and IHRSA Conventions since 2002. Ann writes for Fitness magazines and can be seen on local TV.
Lisa has over 35 years’ experience in the Health Club Industry and over 20 years of management experience. Getting her start as a Group Ex Instructor, she transitioned into Membership Sales and quickly rose through the ranks. She is now President of an 110,000 square foot club with almost 200 employees. As a previously chairperson for THRSA, Lisa has spent the last decade speaking at prominent industry events for IHRSA and SCW at Dallas MANIA®.
Marisa Hoff is the Owner of Be Military Fit Los Angeles. She is also the Director of Operations at The Empower Group, a full-service consulting firm. Marisa has over 10 years of experience in almost all aspects of the health and fitness industry. In addition, she is an international speaker who regularly presents at IHRSA, Athletic Business, Club Industry and many other fitness and business events.
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.
Jeff Howard is an international fitness presenter, SCW Faculty Member, and successful entrepreneur. As a highly-sought fitness consultant, Jeff has traveled extensively, living abroad to elevate fitness standards for Virgin Active in South Africa and Puerto Rico where he founded the Golden Door Spa, as well as managing facilities in the U.S., such as Equinox in Chicago. He has been featured in numerous fitness videos and is a world-renowned celebrity trainer, appearing on several national TV shows, including Bravo’s popular Real HouseWives franchise in Salt Lake City. During the pandemic, Jeff launched “Jeff Howard’s Athlete’s Club”, a successful fitness streaming channel, as well as “Jeff Howard Fitness”, a fitness studio in Louisville, KY. Passionate about education and inspiring fitness professionals to reach their fullest potential, he has spent the last decade as a premier educator at industry conventions, including IDEA World, and a proud, long-standing SCW Faculty Member leading the GX Certification and Aqua Certification.
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.
Allison is a Talent Manager at Talent Hack, focusing on talent acquisition and strategy. Before Talent Hack, Allison recruited instructors at SoulCycle. She has developed an eye for being able to find badasses who can command a room and someone who can create authentic relationships with over 60 people at one time.
NATHALIE LACOMBE, MS
Mover, shaker, and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie passionately shares her insights. She is the Vice President of the Fitness Industry Council of Canada and a canfitpro Advisory Panel Member. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting changes with her teams, clients, and audiences
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. As a former OCR World Ranked athlete, Michelle has overcome three shoulder reconstruction surgeries, which she has written about in her published works. Her expertise lies within fitness promotion, human movement and performance, and management.
Robert is the Senior Director & Senior Master Presenter with BeatBoss™ Indoor Biking & Consulting. Robert’s love of movement and fitness began young. After studying dance at The University of Minnesota, he danced professionally for many years. A few years after his dance career was paused, Robert lost weight, got healthier and discovered BeatBoss™. The BeatBoss™ Methodology was revolutionary for him in many ways (including his cycling classes) and he now passes this knowledge on to others; his passion is infectious! In addition, Robert holds Group Exercise and Personal Trainer Certifications through ACE.