Live Stream MANIA® November Presenters
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.
Hormone Balancing Exercise Coach and 36-year Fitness Expert Debra Atkinson has helped over 150,000 women “flip” their 2nd half with vitality and energy they want. She’s the author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for Women; Navigating Fitness After 50 and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast. A TEDx speaker, she’s and expert recognized by AARP, Washington Post, Prevention Magazine, and USA Today.
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 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 training across Australia and Internationally. Her love for the water and Pilates comes through in every session that she delivers.
Emma Barry is a global fitness authority who advises the innovative edge of fitness: boutique studios, budget clubs, digital workouts and fit-tech startups. A founding member of Les Mills and former Director of Programming for Equinox, Emma is fluent in what happens next in fitness. She is a sought after speaker, serves on a number of boards and advisories and delights in lighting fires under purpose driven companies. Emma recently authored #1 Bestseller Building a Badass Boutique, available on Amazon.
Dr. Paul Bedford is the Fitness Industries leading expert in Retention Attrition and customer experience. Paul has a master’s degree in exercise and health behaviours and a PhD from the London Sports Institute, which aimed to identify interventions in a gym environment to increase adherence. With nearly three decades of experience as an operator and academic Paul has conducted research on 4.5 million customers, 4000 facilities on 70 different aspects of customer retention.
Leslee Bender BA, PMA ACSM NASM ACE is a Gray Institute international presenter, director of I am Ageless Now and has been in the fitness industry for over 28 years. Leslee is the creator of the Bender Ball method of safe core training and the co-creator of Barre Above. She has filmed over 50 videos, has a new book Living Pain Free and trains and works with the active aging community in Florida.
Brook is a Texas girl who has been trailblazing fitness for two decades. She champions continuing education and has impacted the field as a campus recreation fitness director, CEC provider, fitness magazine writer, and workout DVD star. Choreographing a few kettlebell videos in 2008 when kettlebells were relatively new to the American market gave her a platform as a group fitness guru in a strength and conditioning world. She achieved RKC & SFGII KB Certifications
Lawrence Biscontini, M.A.
Lawrence Biscontini, M.A., has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist winning awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA. Lawrence is an SCW Faculty Member, and industry Author, Presenter, Keynoter, and Course Development Specialist for various companies, serving on the Advisory Board for the ICAA and Power Music®, and People of iSPA. Lawrence (RYT 500) teaches with multiple certification experience.
Jenna Bostic is an international Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Fitness. She has been presenting for Zumba® since 2008 and teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® instructor trainings. Jenna was the featured ZES for the one-on-one choreography on the ZIN #35 DVD and on ZIN TV for both Aqua Zumba® & Zumba® Toning. Jenna has a degree in Exercise & Sport Science and holds ACE, AFAA and AEA certifications in group fitness, personal training and aqua fitness.
Barbie Brown is a MASHUP® Master Trainer with a background in business administration & marketing, Certified Lifestyle Coach & AFAA PT and Group Exercise Instructor. She has taught Camp Gladiator, Body Pump, Pilates, Boot Camp, Total Body Conditioning, Step Aerobics, Circuit Training, Active Aging, and Kickboxing. Barbie lives in Whitehouse, TX close to DFW where she teaches several classes a week and works as a lifestyle coach. Barbie is featured on the MASHUP® app.
Kelly is an International fitness educator and a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) since 2009. She holds degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and a Master’s in Sport Administration. Her passion, enthusiasm & experience is for fitness/dance for people of all ages. Kelly specializes in many of the Zumba Fitness programs, has presented in over 36 countries, is in several Zumba DVD’s, holds a variety of certifications & is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA & ACE.
Ross Campbell is the founder and CEO of F.I.T Summit. FIT Summit is the leading business network for health, fitness, wellness and sports in Asia-Pacific. Ross spent his early career in events and media before starting his own MMA and HIIT gym The Jungle. Ross has been involved in health and fitness since high school. A life-long gym fanatic, he studied Sports Science and Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland before specialising and attaining a BSci (Hons) in Neuroscience – reading physiology, biology, anatomy, pharmacology and neuroscience.
Marcus, the founder of Tai Chi with Marcus and The ChiCast podcast host, is a public advocate for wellness, veteran issues and mental health. An OIF/OEF disabled combat veteran himself, Marcus serves other veterans through his positions as Veteran Services Outreach Officer with TaijiFit, and as VA Coordinator for the Community Care Tai Chi Program. Marcus is the premier Tai Chi instructor of the Delaware Valley and has hosted several prestigious Tai Chi events.
Mac is a 25-year old Fitness Professional from New Bedford, MA. He’s been in Fitness for 7 years with over 18+ years of dance experience. He has been featured in Instructor choreography releases for POP Pilates & Water In Motion. Currently, he is a Master Trainer for several programs and a Champion for WATERinMOTION®. He hopes to spread his sparkle & enthusiasm to help make fitness achievable, accessible and attainable for all!
Paul Christopher has been an established fitness professional, operating in the Boca Raton area for over 20 years. 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 experience is a blend of orthopedic rehabilitation, sports performance, and personal training. In 2009 Paul founded the fitness brand/concept Gravity + Oxygen, as a grassroots off-season conditioning program for South Florida’s professional beach volleyball players, as well as a freelance, local FitPro’s. In 2015, Gravity + Oxygen Fitness opened its tangible doors for the first time. Located in East Boca Raton. The “GO House” aims to provide an experience that exceeds customer expectations. In over 5 years of existence, G + O has helped hundreds of clients reach their desired fitness goals.
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. An international presenter, Fabio has been featured in multiple media outlets and is an accomplished chapter and book author.
Christine Conti, the CEO of Conti Fitness and Wellness LLC and NJ Fitness Director for Orange Theory Fitness is an international fitness presenter with 20+ years in the industry. As a former all-American athlete, she uses her experience to create and implement functional fitness programs. Christine is the well-known co-host of Two Fit Crazies & A Microphone Podcast. After braving multiple rounds of chemo to treat an autoimmune disease Christine has completed 30+ marathons, tris, and IRONMAN.
Kelly Coulter is a 25 year veteran instructor. She founded the Fit Pros Facebook group, which boasts membership of over 7500 vetted instructors. In addition to teaching yoga and cycle, she owns Coulter Web Pros, specializing in helping website managers create sites that are easy to find and easy to use. Coulter Web Pros serves clients all over the US from Columbia, SC.
Dr. Bruce Crawford
Dr. Bruce Crawford is a Board Certified Urogynecologist and the creator of The PfilAtes Method of pelvic floor rehabilitation. Dr. Crawford is also the inventor of the VESy Lab; a video EMG system for creating the most optimal way of training a target muscle. Dr. Crawford has extensive experience treating patients with pelvic floor disorders such as bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse.
Amber Cura is a MASHUP® Master Trainer, NASM PT, ACE GXI, Silver Sneakers certified and Real Ryder certified with a background in marketing from Fort Worth, TX. Amber loves certifying other instructors in MASHUP® as well as teaching it because it is one of the few formats that allows her to build a functional workout that is both challenging and accessible for all fitness levels to perform. Amber is featured on the MASHUP® app.
Patrick has been involved in the Fitness Industry for over 12 years, starting his career as a personal trainer for Equinox. Shortly after, he progressed to Fitness Manager and Lead Sales Trainer for multiple corporate locations. When inquired to manage a privately owned gym in 2013, he became deeply interested and involved in marketing and customer relationship management software development. Patrick opened his first gym in 2016 and became profitable in less than three months. Neighboring gym owners took notice of his marketing campaigns, and was approached to be commissioned for his digital marketing skills. Since then, he has created his own software for Lead Management and his agency, Flood Your Business Marketing and is now serving locations all over the United States.
Christine DeFilippis is the owner of Pop Fit Studio and the creator of FitProEd, an online education platform for fitness professionals looking to expand their expertise. Having grown up in the competitive dance world, she began leading group fitness classes in high school and has enjoyed over 25 years in the fitness industry. After years of struggling with eating disorders and body dysmorphia Christine is passionate about helping people ditch the diet and fall in love with movement. Pop Fit Studio is a HAES studio with a mission of creating joyful movement.
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 to bring 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 fitpros guide their clients to reach goals and maintain their Best Bodies.
Todd Durkin MA, CSCS
Todd Durkin MA, CSCS, is an internationally recognized strength, speed and conditioning coach, personal trainer, body worker, motivational speaker, and author who motivates, educates, and inspires people worldwide. He is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, a world-class training and teaching facility . Todd works with a high-profile clientele of elite professional athletes including NFL MVPs, Super Bowl Champions and MVPs, Heisman Trophy Winner and Olympic and X-Game Gold Medalists. He is a 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE). Greatist has named Todd one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness for the past four years.
Jennifer Esquer, PT, DPT
Jen Esquer, PT, DPT, is an internationally-renown physical therapist. She is the founder of two transformative programs, The Mobility Method and The Optimal Body. Jen’s easily accessible approach has garnered her more than 600K followers on social media. Jen recently graced the cover of Oxygen Magazine and was last seen on Good Morning America. She co-hosts The Optimal Body Podcast with her fiancé, Dr. Dom Fraboni, who is also a doctor of physical therapy.
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.
Amanda is an Account Manager for Myzone, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Group Fitness Instructor with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. Amanda has always had a passion for fitness as a Marathon runner and dancer. By turning her passion into a career, Amanda had helped others achieve fitness goals. Myzone has been a gamechanger in her training by holding her clients accountable and pushing them to achieve more.
Sonja is a world-class athlete and skilled fitness programmer. She has over 17 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds Certifications with USATF, ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is also a professional runner and holds multiple records. Sonja also prioritizes her role as wife and mother (daughter, Brianna) in addition to her fitness career and competitive endeavors.
Ronnie Fulton is the creator of the popular group ex formats, iRestore Yoga and Rollassage®. With over twenty years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she combines her knowledge as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Movement Specialist, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Lifestyle Fitness Coach to develop and deliver fun results-driven restorative style classes.
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 like obesity. In the fitness field, Dan has been certified as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist and/or special populations specialist since 2007. He also teaches personal training and speaks on various aspects of fitness.
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. Her goal is to inspire individuals to ValueSelf™.
Ann Gilbert is an owner and operator of two Shapes Fitness for Women franchises in the Tampa Bay area. Ann 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. Ann teaches the popular Launch Program, designed to mentor new trainers into the growing business of Personal Training. Ann 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, bi weekly 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®.
Carla Gilfry is the owner of the Stiletto Gym™ and the creator of Polga™ (pole yoga) fitness systems. Carla is a yoga and fitness professional who performs & teaches in the US. She is the producer and choreographer of Polga (pole yoga) fitness videos for commercial sale. Carla is also a RYT (registered yoga teacher) with training through Yogafit, ACE and AFFA certified in Group Fitness Instruction. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a BA in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Carla combines mind & body in everything she teaches.
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.
Ryan Glatt is a trainer and brain-health coach with over a decade of experience in the health & fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to study the effects of cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise plans at the Pacific Brain Health Center. Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, BrainFirst Training Institute, Neuroscience Academy, the Academy for Brain Health & Performance and, the Master’s of Applied Neuroscience program at King’s College of London.
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.
Kristen Green, MBA
Kristen Green from Australia is the Executive General Manager of the multi award winning Aquafit, a large multipurpose fitness & aquatic centre located in Sydney, and also the 2020 Australian Club Manager of the year.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan is chief operating officer for canfitpro—Canada’s leading fitness authority. She is a global fitness ambassador and has been recognized for her work in fitness that spans over three decades. Mo is Canada’s 2020 top 10 power women, a #1 best-selling author, member of the Board of Directors for Prescription to Get Active and a Reebok sponsored athlete.
Jenn is a former professional dancer who performed with many superstars including Beyoncé Jay-Z and Usher. Her love of movement led her to a career as an international presenter, educator, author and fitness business consultant. She is also a sought-after choreographer with credits including the Miss America pageant, the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jenn is excited to share her passions of movement and the business of fitness with SCW MANIA®!
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 is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a certified BODYFLOW® Instructor through Les Mills.
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 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 & Master Trainer for CORE Health & Fitness – representing brands such as Schwinn Indoor Cycling, StairMaster HIIT, Nautilus Strength, Star Trac Cardio & 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 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.
Denise is a well-known media personality and actress in her birth country, Jamaica. After doing a few movies, including How Stella Got her Groove back, Hunt found a new passion in Fitness and coaching. She owned SizzleFit Gym in Jamaica and soon discovered she had a sweet spot for training Active Agers and so began her Move Your Body program when she relocated to Austin Texas. Hunt was the 2018 SCW Dallas MANIA Idol winner and moved on to become a presenter at several SCW MANIA Conferences.
SGT Ken® is an award-winning international speaker, six-time Army Soldier of the Year, Master Fitness and Resilience Trainer, Counterintelligence Agent and highly decorated combat veteran. SGT Ken® is the recipient of the “Best New Presenter of the Year” award, the “Male Presenter of the Year” award, has been featured numerous times on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox news and serves as a host for the Fit for Duty show on the Pentagon Channel. SGT Ken®’s mission is to provide safe and effective fitness and resilience training to help people turn stress into strength and obstacles into opportunities.
Carrie Kepple is the IHRSA Board of Directors Acting Chairman and a senior-level business leader, with over a decade of national and international strategic and operational management experience in the fitness industry. She gained invaluable experience as a club operator through former roles in club management for Les Mills, as well as through her experience as national director of group exercise for Gold’s Gym International. Carrie’s vast experience led her to become the owner and managing director of Styles Fitness and Wellness LLC in 2018, and her entrepreneurial drive led her to begin working on opening Styles Studios Fitness, their first club in Illinois.
Evelyn originally from The Netherlands, was born into a hugely credentialed Swimming family with her Uncle, Swim Coach for the Dutch National Olympic Team in the 1960’s. She began teaching Swimming at the age of 13 and over the decades became one of Netherlands leading Aquatic Professionals to Instructors in both Swimming for All Ages and of course Aquatic Exercise. Evelyn has presented and represented both Netherlands and Australia at Aquatic Conventions for over 20 years.
Greg has a myriad of both Vocational and Academic learnings and been a Presenter to Instructors at Global Conventions for well over 30 years. His visits have brought him to the USA 21 times (39 States) and 7 World Tours, 5 of them with Evelyn Keyes (They are Globally known in Aquatics as a Dynamic Unique Duo). Greg has received numerous accolades in both the Leadership and Aquatic Exercise domains.
Petra Kolber is an internationally renowned wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. As an author and speaker, she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts.
Sara Kooperman, JD
Sara, the CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who 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 trailblazer. 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 has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry as a whole.
Stacey Lei Krauss
Stacey Lei Krauss (SLK) is an industry veteran and visionary, pioneering the Foot Fitness category and considers Moving Meditation to be the next dimension of fitness. A student of Shamanism, Transformative Arts, and a Reiki practitioner, SLK explores deep layers of self- awareness through empowering postural feedback. She earned her 500RYT in Mysore, India, but identifies as a “fitness-chick”; having represented prominent brands as a Master Trainer and Program Developer: Schwinn, BOSU, Peak Pilates, Nike, Vibram FiveFingers and VIVOBarefoot.
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 as a teacher. Her areas of expertise include being a presenter at SCW for 4 years, WATERinMOTION® champion, presenter, personal trainer, ARC lifeguard, swim instructor and Les Mills instructor. She has appeared in over 25 videos.
Sadie Kurzban is the founder and CEO of 305 Fitness, a music-inspired dance cardio workout with a next-generation voice. Named “the next fitness cult leader,” by the New York Observer, Kurzban, a graduate of Brown University, has been featured in numerous media outlets like Good Morning America, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, the TODAY show, Vogue, Refinery 29, and Fast Company for her unique ability to turn painful workouts into outrageous fun. After winning a business pitch competition in college, Kurzban bootstrapped 305 Fitness in New York City in 2012. In seven years, Kurzban and the 305 team have grown a tremendous following. Over 100,000 clients have experienced the brand. 305 Fitness currently has 7 locations in New York, Washington D.C., and Boston, with pop-up experiences in Los Angeles and Chicago and 200 certified instructors teaching their method across the US.
Melissa Layne, MEd
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 educational faculty and a DVD presenter for SCW. She is a master at organizing complicated material into easily understood pieces.
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.
Coach Kennedy Lodato is a 29-year advocate of health and wellness and a 14-year veteran of the fitness industry. He’s passionate about teaching, educating, coaching, mentoring and consulting personal trainers and coaches through his education and workshops. Coach Kennedy has also occupied the positions of personal trainer, personal trainer manager and strength conditioning coach. Kennedy Lodato is also a 3x recipient of the canfitpro PRO TRAINER of the year award & the 2019 Canadian Delegates Choice Presenter of the Year Award. As a strong believer of continuing education Coach Kennedy is currently enrolled in the BHS program at Quantum University and plans to continue onto a Masters and PHD.
Stephanie Lyons is the President of Barre Intensity, a leader in Barre programming and education. With 20 years dance experience as a student and professional dancer, Stephanie uses her expertise to develop and deliver Barre programming to students around the globe. She specializes in Pilates, pre and post-natal fitness with certifications from Stott Pilates and Knocked Up Fitness. As an author, Stephanie has written the Barre Intensity Comprehensive and Essential instructor programs and pre and post-natal instructor training.
Connie Martin, MA
Connie has a MA. degree in teaching English and Physical Education for 32 years, and is AAFA, AEA, and SCW certified instructor and Personal Trainer for over 30 years. She’s a STAR Water Fitness Performer at Life Time Fitness, and Speedo-Life Time WTRX Trainer. Connie is a Midwest Mania SCW Fitness Idol winner, the first to win for Aqua performance. She continues her passion for creative and inspiring programming for water fitness and yoga.
Dione Mason is an award winning Fitness & Lifestyle Coach, Event Producer, Founder/President of The Simunye Foundation, and Founder/Race Director of the Toronto Carnival Run. She has proven her dedication, drive and commitment to excellence in the health and fitness Industry for over 20 years. Dione has been featured in media outlets such as canfitpro Magazine, Toronto Star, and City & has been featured in over 100 charity wellness events.
Jessica H. Maurer finds a passion in fitness education, she concentrates her energy in program development and social media. Jessica is the social media and online manager for several top and well-known fitness personalities and brands. She has designed, created, and implemented websites, blogs, and fitness programs for large and private studios, and individuals.
Sheldon McBee, MS
Sheldon McBee MS, has a Masters in Degree in Human Nutrition, is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, and has over 18 years of experience in health and fitness. Sheldon is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, business consultant, fitness content developer, and training director. Sheldon is a passionate and dynamic presenter. He has been featured in numerous fitness education and training videos. Sheldon is the Personal Training Director for Universal Athletic Club based in Lancaster, PA.
Bill is a health club industry veteran with over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant and corporate fitness sites. He co-founded Active Wellness, LLC and owns a health club consultancy -BMC3. Bill has served as Chairman of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Board of Directors, President of the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA) and served on the Industry Advisory Board for the American Council of Exercise (ACE).
Irene McCormick, MS, CSCS
Irene McCormick M.S. is the former Senior Director of Fitness for Orangetheory Fitness. She is an IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a twice-published author for Human Kinetics, an award-winning conference educator and keynote speaker. Irene holds an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Iowa State University; is SCW Fitness faculty, Lead Conference Educator for WaterRower®, Master Instructor for TRX® and Master Trainer for Savvier Fitness. Irene is the creator of the SCW Foam Roller certification and presents several SCW Fitness certifications. As a RYKA FitPro and Subject Matter Expert for Orangetheory, NASM and ACE, her certifications include ACSM Fitness Leader, NSCA-CSCS, ACE CPT, GFI and LWM; NASM CPT, AFAA Group Ex, TRX & AEA.
Courtney McWaine, MBA
Courtney McWaine is a Transformational Wellness & Life Transition Speaker, Podcaster & Career Strategist. She is a trauma survivor, turned Queen of Thriving During Major Life Transitions. She has utilized her experience as an Operations Manager in corporate Supply Chain & as an avid Fitness Professional to promote mind evolution & transformation. Courtney was named as one of Oxygen Magazine’s Future of Fitness. She was propelled toward her life passion of empowering others to make long-term change following her survival of a near fatal car crash. She overcame her life altering experience with the attitude that anything is possible & now encourages others to live the same!
A multi award winning fitness presenter, Marietta Mehanni is a successful live and online educator for both land and water based exercise. She is the Education Coordinator for Gymstick International. Co-Founder of My Group Move, Marietta is passionate about educating group fitness instructors how to deliver exceptional group fitness classes. Co-Creator of mSwing, a fascia-based group fitness class designed to enhance and improve functional movement patterns, Marietta has always challenged the status quo and worked outside the box.
CColin MILNER is CEO of the International Council on Active Aging. Milner has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of “the most innovative and influential minds” in the world on aging-related topics. An award-winning writer, Milner has authored more than 300 articles in such journals as Global Policy, and the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Milner has received the CanFitPro’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to the Canadian fitness industry. He is also recognized as one Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers by Optimize Magazine, and as one of the “Who’s Who” in the Fitness Industry, by Club Industry Magazine.
Country Fusion® creator Elizabeth Mooney, has been a dancer since the age of 2 and has taught fitness for over 10 years. Past experience includes directing her own off-broadway show & owning a dance studio in NYC, America’s Got Talent Season 6, and Mercedes Benz fashion week. Elizabeth’s personal achievements include being a finalist in the Miss Italia competition, Elite Model Management competition, Bikini USA and in Miss Hawaiian Tropic. Being an accomplished actress, dancer, choreographer and model, Ms. Mooney has appeared in many television roles, including HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, and roles on USA’s “Royal Pains”. Her most recent film and television appearances have been as a featured dancer on the Stars network show “Power” and in a feature film called Inside Game. Certifications include AFAA Personal Trainer, Pole Dance, Barre Assets, and training in BOSU and Bootcamp.
Kevin Mullins, CSCS
Kevin is a Master Instructor and personal trainer based out of Washington D.C. His work has included being named a two-time Men’s Health Magazine Next Top Trainer, contributor to major magazines and media outlets, and training over fifteen thousand sessions in ten years. His upcoming book, Day by Day is a part of the Daily Trainer project, an opportunity to redefine education for fitness professionals. He has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, holds multiple certifications such as Pn1, USAW, and Schwinn Cycle. Learn more at KevinMullinsFitness.com.
Mica started her career in fitness at 16 and is now the Fitness Director at the Fayetteville Athletic Club in Arkansas. In addition to her Kinesiology degree, Mica has constantly been expanding her fitness knowledge. She holds certifications in Personal Training, Cycling, Pilates, 7 Les Mills Programs, and Barre Intensity.
Ethan Parker, a serial entrepreneur, has extensive experience as club owner, operator and consultant. He is the co-founder of the “Tell Me More Project” with a degree in economics and is a leading expert in team management and business development. As the North American sales and partnership manager for Evolt 360, Ethan has developed and iron-clad system and approach to building world-class personal training programs both live and virtually.
Sal has been fortunate to be in the health & fitness industry since 1978 as both a club owner and equipment supplier. He is known as a trusted advisor and creator of many deep business relationships. Sal is a wealth of industry knowledge & experience and has a keen eye for new industry trends. Currently, Sal is the Senior Strategic Account Manager for Precor fitness products and lives in South Carolina. Sal is an avid walker, enjoys skiing and loves to strength train at his incredible home gym (Pellegrino Fitness Institute). He plays a pretty good guitar and is known to make a legendary Italian tomato sauce.
Coach Jason Persaud is a Bioenergetic Medicine Practitioner, who comes from a background strength and conditioning, holistic nutrition, and manual therapy. He is currently studying for his PhD in Natural Medicine at the Quantum University and has worked with clients ranging from professional sports to breast cancer and autoimmune conditions. He prides himself on finding effective methodologies to bring optimal health, movement, and performance back to his clients.
Jessica Pinkowski holds certifications in both Personal Training and Group Exercise from ACE, AFAA, AEA and is a Posture Specialist with the National Posture Institute. Jessica’s fitness career spans 25 years and includes experience in personal training, group fitness instruction, fitness education and group fitness management. Jessica is currently the Group Fitness Supervisor for On Top of the World Communities, a 55-plus active aging adult community, as well as The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa.
The EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to get you transformational results. Nathalie is international No.1 Bestselling Author of eleven books on success and wellness. She has empowered over 100,000 audience members thousands of clients internationally to get rid of their negative self-talk. She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years in sales and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada.
Irene Pluimmentz, PT became a licensed physical therapist in the Netherlands before immigrating to the United States. She is the co-owner of One Step Beyond, Inc. Physical Therapy. Irene’s passion for anything “water” led to becoming an AEA certified instructor. She integrates her knowledge of hydro-dynamics with physical therapy into all her sessions. Irene is the inventor and developer of the Aqua-Ω adjustable drag resistance water exercise equipment.
Allyson “Ally” Ponte is founder, CEO, master trainer, and program developer for Vibe Fitness Inc®, Vibe Live and VIBE.FOR.ALL.™ She is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Group Ex Connect.™ A thirty year industry veteran and award winning national fitness presenter, Ally has an extensive fitness background with concentration in dance and choreography. She was 2020 National Fitness Ambassador and 2015 Up and Coming Female Presenter of the Year for SCW Boston Mania.
Paula Raphael is originally from Louisville, Ky and has lived in the Fort Myers Area for 17 years. This mother of 3 boys is a Master Trainer for Acquapole® and SAF AQUA Drums Vibes®. Paula holds certifications with ACE, AEA, RYT and various other licenses in other fitness formats. Her passion, enthusiasm and experience aid her participants to reach their fitness goals and feel comfortable in and out of the water.
Dr. Dan Ritchie is the Co-founder and President of The Functional Aging Institute and has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial, for-profit, not for-profit, and educational facilities. With expertise in personal training for special populations: athletes, stroke recovery, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer’s, he worked on state funded research on exercise for severe dementia Alzheimer’s type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and is active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine.
Keli Roberts, the owner of Keli’s Real Fitness, Inc. is the recipient of the IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, Best Female Presenter and Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award. Keli was inducted into the esteemed National Fitness Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was also honored as Presenter of the Year as well as Inspiration Award for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM CEP and holds certifications through ACE as a GFI, HC and CPT. Furthermore, She is a SCW Faculty Member, a BOSU Elite Presenter, Schwinn(R) Senior Master Trainer and Ryka, WIFA and Athleta Ambassadors.
Originally a native of Baltimore, MD and a former collegiate football champion at the University at Buffalo and several years in the AFL, Dane’s focus is to drive a next level boutique studio experience inside Onelife Fitness Atlanta. Dane is a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a lululemon ambassador & a 2x Head Coach of the Year with the Atlanta Steam of the LFL.
Yury exudes fitness versatility as a land and aqua certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, mindful movement and meditation specialist, certified life coach, and a world-renowned continuing education provider. Yury won an SCW Instructor of the Year Award and has appeared in internationally-selling instructor training videos for specialty groups including active aging and the workout series for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Yury is CEO and owner of Ki Mind Body Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Giovanni is a former professional athlete and owner of Roselli Health & Fitness. He is a CoreTex & ViPR PRO / Institute of Motion Master instructor, as well as a former master trainer, content creator & consultant for Nike. Gio also designed & nationally launched the Equinox signature class ‘Fully Loaded’. He also regularly shares his wealth of fitness knowledge as a writer for the Consumer Health Digest, and was voted Best Male Presenter of Live Stream MANIA August.
David-Dorian Ross has introduced more students to Tai Chi than any other teacher in America. He is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit, the creator of the TaijiFit method, and is the #1 best selling author and creator of 150 Tai Chi educational DVDs and television programs. He is also the National Coordinator for the VA’s Tai Chi for Veterans program.
Samuel J. Roth, MA is a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of California, San Diego in Dr. Christopher Benner’s lab. His research specializes in using next-generation sequencing technologies to understand gene regulation. He received his Master’s at Wesleyan University in 2014 while working with Dr. Michael Weir on developing genome-wide peptide detection techniques. Sam is also a lifelong athlete with two personal training certifications. He was the captain of his college track and field and cross country teams while earning multiple All New England honors and currently practices Brazilian jiu jitsu under famed world champion Andre Galvao.
Julio Salado is the founder of Fitness Foundry a leading resource for health and wellness. For over a fourteen years, Mr. Salado has guided countless individuals from all levels of fitness to achieve their body sculpting and personal training goals. His unique blend of western exercise science and holistic arts has been featured in numerous TV shows, in print, and online. Mr. Salado also is an author, mentor and continuing education provider.
Wendy is the owner of Wendy Fit Yoga, Pilates & Personal Training Studio in Dunedin Florida. Wendy Fit Yoga is a certified 200-hour Teacher Training School since 2001. Wendy is a 1000-RYT yoga instructor. In 2000 Time Warner Network, which later became Bright House, began airing Wendy’s show “Yoga for the Healthy Mind and Body”.
Elyssa is a motivated fitness professional who brings an enthusiastic approach to every session she leads. Elyssa earned qualifications through Balanced Body University and Fusion Pilates Pre & Post Natal Specialist training. She strives to heighten her understanding and approach to her work by attending seminars on a regular basis.
Kelly Schur is COO, master trainer, and program developer for Vibe Fitness Inc®, co-creator of Vibe Live and VIBE.FOR.ALL™ She is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Group Ex Connect.™ With an extensive dance background spanning over twenty years, Kelly is a choreographer and award winning national fitness presenter with training in multiple dance genres. She was 2020 National Fitness Ambassador and 2015 Up and Coming Female Presenter of the Year for SCW Boston Mania.
Matt Segawa, BS Kinesiology/Exercise Science, ACE Health Coach, NSCA CSCS, ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist, is the fitness manager for LifeStart Wellness Network. As head of the corporate fitness center, Matt serves his clientele in personal training sessions, small group training, and various group exercise classes (HIIT, cycling, mobility, etc.). His professional focus is to improve movement quality and biomechanics with clients, as well as educate people on how to feel better and enhance their workout experience.
Dr. Candice Seti, Psy.D.
Dr. Candice Seti, aka “The Weight Loss Therapist” is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Weight Management Specialist, and Certified Expert Life Coach. This very unique combination of education and training provides the backbone for Dr. Seti’s unique approach to weight loss and weight management. Dr. Seti is able to go beyond a simple diet and exercise plan and address the psychology behind weight loss and weight gain.
Robert Sherman has been named one of the top 100 fitness trainers in America by Men’s Journal and Allure Magazine, selected by the Washington Post as a best fitness instructor in the Washington D.C. area, and recognized as a top local “Power Trainer” by Capitol File Magazine, Robert inspires; his compassion and knowledge lead to success.
Tricia Silverman, RD, LDN, MBA
Tricia is a registered dietitian, SCW MANIA® Boston Idol Winner, and a SCW Florida Mania® Presenter of the Year. As an SCW Faculty Member, she created and leads the SCW Nutrition for Active Aging Certification. She specializes in employee/group presentations. She’s a Wellcoaches-certified wellness coach, an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, an ACE-certified personal trainer, and is Barre-certified by SCW and Barre Above™. Tricia has an MBA and is a lecturer at Northeastern University.
Emily Sopo, MS
Emily Sopo is a Myzone Master Trainer and Senior Account Manager, where she helps club operators to successfully integrate Myzone’s wearable technology into their fitness business. Emily has experience as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, online fitness coach, fitness manager, and master trainer. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM and a PN Level 1 certified professional with Precision Nutrition. Emily holds her M.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, from Long Beach State University.
Janell Vela Smith created & founded Iron Dragon Productions in 2009. An Entrepreneur, Martial Arts Master, Stuntwoman/Actress/Host, Author and Mother of 2 daughters, Janell is also a coach for an Elite Leadership Team called Signet Leadership Development. She is currently writing a book called “Awakening the Dragon Within”, Janell’s training background is Trainer, Coach, Instructor and creator of Cardio Combat Fitness classes, a combination of martial arts and Kickboxing.
Forbes Magazine calls Kathy a “Fitness Titan” for good reason. With her iconic library of exercise videos, Kathy has stood at the forefront of the fitness and wellness industries for more than 30 years. And with her highly-acclaimed podcast and all-in-one workout app, Kathy remains at the cutting edge of a business she helped pioneer. The Kathy Smith empire boasts over $500 million in sales – with a collection of New York Times bestselling books, videos, lifestyle products and fitness equipment – and a spot in the Video Hall of Fame.
Kimberly has over 25 years of experience teaching fitness and yoga as well as professional and personal development. She served as the senior director of group fitness at LifeTime for over 10 years and is an IDEA Program Director of the Year award recipient. Through her company, The Inspired Life, Kimberly created the Make A Difference Academy platform to help group fitness instructors find success and fulfillment both in and out of the studio.
Chris Stevenson is the owner of Stevenson Fitness, a full service health club in Oak Park, California. The club’s success is based on providing an unparalleled member experience, which centers on proper staffing, systematic operations, and world-class leadership. This success is reflected in the club’s NPS, which is consistently in the 80s (industry average is in the 40s). Chris is an international speaker who regularly presents at IHRSA, Club Industry, IDEA and many other fitness and business events. From health and wellness to business strategies, Chris presents viable, applicable lectures that resonate with every audience.
Amy holds a BA in Exercise Science and recently obtained her US National Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification. She has an extensive background in the fitness industry with over a decade of experience as an owner of a Personal Training business. She is a killer programmer and has worked with clients ranging from ironman competitors to Olympic athletes and marathon runners. Amy has traveled the globe providing education to thousands of instructors and club owners alike. Amy is a sought-after world-renowned expert at club business, group fitness and the studio experience.
José Teixeira from Portugal, is the Head of Customer Experience at the 22 Solinca Fitness Clubs in Portugal. Jose began his career as a professional athlete and received a degree in Sports and Physical Education, before joining the Solinca Clubs in 2004. Jose started as a sales consultant, and worked his way up as a club manager, area manager, operations director and now head of customer experience for the entire group, overseeing the Fitness Project, innovations and data.
Eric is an energetic and charismatic fitness instructor and personal trainer recognized for his motivational coaching and results driven programming. As Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness and SCHWINN® Indoor Cycling, Eric has also presented at EMPOWER! and Life Time Fitness’ signature programming. He co-owns Avenger Fitness and teaches for EQUINOX, is certified by NASM and ACE and can be seen in projects with Beachbody, Spartan Strong, and AFAA.
Louis Van Amstel
Louis is a three-time World Latin Dance Champion who is best known as a nine-season, crowd favorite Pro on the ABC hit TV show Dancing with the Stars. An Emmy-nominated choreographer, Louis regularly works for So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. He presents internationally as CEO of LaBlast® Fitness sharing his passion for dance and mission to get people moving through LaBlast® Fitness and LaBlast® Splash.
Helen is the owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness Club and Fusion Fitness Training™ in Calgary. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including IDEA Instructor of the Year, CanFitPro Presenter of the Year and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Helen is a master trainer and educational program developer for SCHWINN and the author of Fusion Workouts.
Manuel is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and a WATERinMOTION® National Trainer. He is a valued trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp and Barre Above, and a recipient of the NYC All-Around International Presenter of the Year award and has been presenting at fitness conferences worldwide for over two decades. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and WATERinMOTION® and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos. He is also RYT-200 Yoga certified and an AFAA Team Pro and Examiner. Manuel is a former Lead Instructor at the Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico and now is a head instructor at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico (outside of San Diego).
Kim Vopni is a self professed pelvic health evangelist and is known as The Vagina Coach. She is a certified fitness professional, a published author, a passionate speaker and a women’s health educator. Kim is the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc – a company offering pelvic health programs and coaching for women in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. She also co-founded, Bellies Inc. You can find her online at www.vaginacoach.com and on social media @vaginacoach
Connie is the choreographer for WATERinMOTION®, faculty member of SCW Fitness Education and certified by ACE, AEA, AFAA, Balanced Body, The Braining Center, Yoga Fit, Schwinn and Reebok Cycle, and Moms in Motion. Awarded the Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional of the Year, Connie has over 30 years of teaching experience in the USA and abroad. She enjoys traveling around the world presenting new and creative workshops to make fitness more accessible, professional and fun.
Billie has 28+ years of experience in the fitness industry. She won the 2016 SCW Fitness Idol Competition and is an SCW-certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Billie has a BA from Grand Canyon University and is a Master Trainer for Barre Above™, Tabata Bootcamp™, and LifeTime Fitness. As a former competitive cheerleader, Billie brings high-energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement to her classes. She is also a U-Jam Instructor and the Fitness/Wellness Manager at Trilogy Orlando.
Kia Williams, M.S.
Kia Williams, M.S., E-RYT 200 is an experienced group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and yoga teacher who holds several specialty certifications and teaches multiple formats, including barre, yoga, and others. Kia is a master trainer for Barre above®, Fluid Strength™, and Balletone™. Kia has managed fitness and wellness programs and facilities across the country and is committed to helping others live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a strong, fit, and balanced mind and body.