|A leader in the field of yoga, Abiola Akanni has successfully cultivated inclusive wellness spaces that encourage communities to develop their personal yoga practice.
The Nigerian-American yoga instructor and entrepreneur is the influencer behind Yoga by Biola and the founder of Trap Vinyasa™, the body positive, underground hip hop yoga collective. Akanni is committed to minimizing the wellness gap amongst people of color and inspiring social change for all in the form of mindful movement and technology.
Her inclusive mission promotes diversity and generational wellness while her creative teaching style offers physical and emotional introspection.
|Staci Alden has been a dedicated Group Fitness Director at a large full-service luxury health club in Seattle, Washington since 2012. She oversees a team of over 115 private Pilates and Group Fitness instructors. Staci teaches, programs and hires for all 55 formats between multiple club locations and is a master Balanced Body Barre instructor.|
|Elizabeth Andrews has been a group fitness instructor and coach for 35 years, teaching and developing exciting classes and programming, from the southeast to the Pacific NorthWest. Elizabeth is a Master Trainer for the best companies in the movement arena, BOSU, TRX and DVRT Ultimate Sandbag, also using her gifts as a motivational speaker for companies such as Amazon, as well as writing for ACE. She has presented several times at IDEA World, IDEA West, TRX Summits, Western States Chiropractic College, and for the YMCA Summits. Her diverse experience working and teaching in the rehab field, general fitness, as well as yoga, provide a broad perspective and knowledge, in movement.|
|Abbie Appel is the owner of APS Appel Programming Solutions and AbbieFit Consulting. As an award-winning fitness educator and group fitness programming expert, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Schwinn Cycling, TRX Training and many other organizations. She developed the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and has produced and starred in over 50 fitness videos. Abbie contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal and is certified by ACE, AFAA and NASM.|
|Julian Barnes is a fitness industry veteran whose 40 year career includes being a competitive junior tennis player and certified professional tennis instructor; serving on the Investment Committee for the U.S. Tennis Assn; being a sponsorship sales consultant to Madison Square Garden; teaching the Fitness Marketing and Management class in the Swedish Institute’s Advanced Personal Training department; and, most recently, being the Co-Founder and CEO of Boutique Fitness Solutions (BFS), a digital media company that educates, connects and supports boutique fitness business owners to enable them to grow profitable businesses that serve the needs of their evolving fitness clients. He earned his bachelor of arts from Tufts University and he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.|
|Leslee Bender NASM ACSM ACE PMA FAFS Gray Institute
International Speaker and Presenter and, director of I am Ageless Now a functional training program for the Active Aging. Creator of the Bender Ball and co creator of Barre Above. She was 2010 finalist for IDEA and, 2011 Empower trainer of the year. Leslee has filmed over 100 videos and appeared on national TV. Leslee works and trains at Bender Training Academy and a lead trainer for Club Pilates.
|Lawrence Biscontini, MA, has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist winning the highest number of awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA since 2002. Lawrence travels the world offering world-class secrets in mentoring, fitness and spa consulting, and presenting for professional conferences, and working also on the Advisory Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Senior VIP Consultant for Power Music®, and reporter-in-the-field for the International Spa Association’s #ispaDoyou campaign creating #ispaInterviews worldwide. He creates group fitness and personal training programming on an international level for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym International, Bally, and more, and his creations received the Conde Nast Traveler Awards’ Top Ten Awards placement for innovative spa programming worldwide. Lawrence has been Spa Consultant and Trainer for leading international spas in Europe, Asia, and the USA. As Nutritional Counselor, Lawrence has created complete nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos. Lawrence as Mindful Movement Specialist enjoys celebrity clients like cast members of ABC TV’s soap opera “General Hospital,” and appears on news (CNN Headline News) and television (“LIVE! With Regis and Kelly”). He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (E-RYT 500), an AFAA Certification Specialist and Contributing Author and Content Specialist for industry publications like SCW Fitness Education Certifications and AFAA’s American Fitness, IDEA’s Fitness Journal, and the Spa Industry’s Pulse Magazine. His affiliations and contributions have included BOSU, Bender Ball, G Series Fit Gatorade, Gliding, Reebok, and Savvier. He created “Yo-Global” to take yoga to underprivileged youth worldwide. His books include the most recent fiction Stories of Color and nonfiction Active Aging SCW Certification Manual: The Life in Our Years, specializing in active aging research and practical approaches to movement for people over 50. He has also authored for charity a cookbook, Meals & Musings, a fitness textbook used at universities worldwide, Cream Rises: Excellence in Private & Group Education, and one of the only customer service books written for the spa and fitness world, “Running the Show.” Lawrence created Fitness Group 2000 (FG2000) at the turn of the century whose profits benefit several charitable endeavors, including the outreach work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Biscontini Scholarships he has created for most major international conventions. Over 80% of all revenue from sales generated at www.findlawrence.com support these programs.|
|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.
|Jeannie Brown Johnson (“Aquagirl J”) is an internationally known, 2018 GLOBAL AWARD WINNING, certified Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) fitness professional, national continuing education provider with Triple Delight Aquatics and regional trainer with LG Total Fitness. Jeannie’s also an ACQUAPOLE master trainer, HYDRORIDER, HYDRO BOARD and SAF AQUA DRUMS VIBES instructor, and 10 time, international AEA presenter and volunteer. 2019 DCAC and 2018/2019 Fit Rendezvous Presenter, plus, CPR/AED, Lifeguard and WSI training with the Red Cross are also on her list of credits.|
|Lexi Bulich – Dance has been a part of Lexi’s life since she was in the womb, literally. Her mom has owned and operated a dance studio in Pennsylvania for over forty years. Growing up a ‘dance studio’ daughter, Lexi quickly learned just how impactful dance can be on people’s lives. Fast forward to college, Lexi attended James Madison University and earned a degree in Kinesiology. She began teaching group fitness classes as a freshman to fill the dance void she was missing. Lexi loved it so much, she made group fitness a career moving into leadership roles in and after college. Currently, Lexi is the Regional Studio Fitness & Pilates Manager for the Colorado Athletic Clubs in Denver & Boulder, Colorado. Although LaBlast is her favorite format to teach, Lexi teaches Indoor Cycling and many other Group Fitness formats as part of her role in fitness. She is thrilled to be a LaBlast Master Trainer and share her passion of dance + fitness with each of you!|
|Medora Cesarano began teaching dance fitness over 25 years ago out of her love for dancing, coaching and choreographing. She has worked with numerous high schools, colleges and professional teams including her time as an NBA cheerleader with the Portland Trailblazers and the WNBA hip hop squad. Medora branded “Dance Club” as a high energy, easy to follow dance fitness format and has spread her infectious enthusiasm for dance fitness across the country and internationally including teaching in Luxembourg, Germany and Italy. Medora is a former Lululemon Ambassador and a Presenter at the IDEA World Convention in 2014 and 2020.|
|Kelly Coulter is the founder and president of Fit Pros Connect, the private Facebook group for fitness professionals with over 8K members. In addition to being a fitness instructor for over 26 years, she also bootstrapped a successful online marketing agency. Kelly lives to help gym employees become thriving online fitness entrepreneurs.|
|Cat DeHaven has been teaching Pilates and group fitness for over a decade. In addition to holding the title of Barre Above® Master Trainer, Cat is also a Master Trainer with the Pilates ProWorks brand. She has completed the 800 hour Romana’s Pilates Certification and several other specialty formats/programs, including Schwinn® Indoor Cycling, Trigger Point® Level 1 foam rolling and TRX. Cat lives her passion by creating unique workouts for all body types and fitness levels. She attributes her concise cuing style to her dual degrees in Communications and English Literature.|
|Carolyn Erickson is the President and CEO for CE Fitness Consulting LLC and is a 34 year veteran of the fitness industry. From teaching classes and training clients to multi-unit health club management, Carolyn is a former District Manager for sixteen 24 Hour Fitness locations in the San Diego area. She also served as the Director of Sales and Business Development for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED. Carolyn is currently the National Education Sales Director for Savvier Fitness and the Education Coordinator for Stroops. She is a master trainer for Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™, GOFLO® Trainer, Barre Above™, Tabata GX, Extreme HIIT Chaos, and Stroops®. Carolyn is also a consultant for the industry; supporting and improving both fitness and group fitness programming as well as creating a better member experience, promoting staff longevity, and team building.|
|Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, has spent more than two decades helping impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, FIT4MOM and BOSU® as a fitness business and programming consultant. An experienced educator, freelance writer, and certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money. Fable serves on the ACE Board of Directors and is the co-founder of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool.|
|Joe Fagan is a licensed property and casualty agent and the Director of Strategic Partnerships and for Insure Fitness Group. His passion is collaboration and is on a continuous mission go find like-mind companies and uncover creative ways to work together to achieve growth and build value for each other’s respective brand.|
|Colleen Freese developed a deep-rooted love for group fitness over 10 years ago as a student, and knew that she had found her calling as an instructor when she certified in her first specialty format. Since then, Colleen has added her ACE GroupX Certification, as well as HIGH Fitness and Balletone, and is a Master Trainer for Barre Above and Extreme HIIT Chaos. When Colleen isn’t teaching classes, she and her husband love spending time with their two young sons, hiking, being outside (when it’s not raining), cooking, being with family, and exploring their home state of Washington.|
|Sonja Friend-Uhl has trained people of all ages and abilities for over 22 years. A skilled fitness programmer, Sonja holds Fitness Training Certifications with ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is a certified ACE Health Coach which gives her the ability to work with those in the allied health field in regards to high risk or specialized clientele. She is a registered Nutrition & Weight Loss Counselor. Following her passion for running, Sonja is USATF Coaching Certified. She has served as a high school, collegiate, club and private running coach. From 2012-2015 Sonja served as an assistant Cross-Country and Track coach at Vanderbilt University. Since August of 2016 Sonja has a served as a volunteer Track and cross country coach for FAU in Boca Raton and operates her own coaching & running education platform, www.TheRunningWarrior.com.
Sonja developed and coached fitness and personal training education programs for The Athletic Club at Weston and The Athletic Club Boca Raton while serving as their Athletic Director from 1998-2003. She received the Athletic Director of the Year Award twice during this time period. Sonja founded and operated FIT Studio – a personal training and Pilates studio in Wellington, Florida from 2004-2009. For the last 14 years Sonja has traveled the world consulting as the Lead Master Trainer for Core Health & Fitness, which includes the brands of Stairmaster, Nautilus, Schwinn, and Star Trac.
Sonja’s personal athletic achievements continue as she still competes at the national and world level. A State Champion in High School and a scholarship, record-setting runner at the College of William and Mary, she has also been a member of six (6) U.S. world teams, a 2000 Olympic Trials Competitor in the 1500m, and has launched a successful Masters Running career. She is the reigning World Record Holder in the Women’s Masters Indoor Mile (4:44.8) and the American Record Holder in the Women’s Masters 1500m (4:16.9), the Women’s Masters Outdoor Mile (4:45.68), and the Women’s Masters Indoor 3000m (9:48.23). Sonja is also a repeat National & World Masters Champion in the 800m, 1500m, & 5000m, & Cross Country.
|Teri Gentes brings to you over 30 years’ experience in lifestyle wellness coaching and natural nutrition! Trained, educated and practicing whole-self wellness, she addresses all aspects of self-care with a niche in whole-foods nutrition and mindfulness. Her sessions engage, inspire and enable you to live life more fully and honor yourself more effectively with conscious awareness, intention and action. She is known for ‘impacting people via provocative information and paradigm shifts.’ The delish food samples she lures you with help.
|Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, owner of Clemson Fitness Company, adjunct faculty for Clemson University and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and Todd Pilates and Fitness. Most of all, Lauren is passionate about helping participants understand that fitness can be FUN!|
|Rob Glick is the Senior Director of innovation and programming for Group Fitness, Cycle and yoga at Life Time. He was named the International Presenter of the Year by CanFit Pro and the Best Male Presenter by ECA. He holds a B.S. in exercise science, 200 HR YTT through a few different yoga trainings and has had a hand in creating many of the top programs in the industry. He is co-creator of EMPOWER! Live Fitness events, 5 Star Instructor Development program, FRC Certified and presents education regularly at many of the industry’s top conferences.|
|Clay Grant is the group-fitness for the Equinox Fitness Club in New York, and a master trainer for Body Bar. A former competitor in the United States National Aerobic Championship, where he earned silver and bronze medals at the national finals, Clay has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. A much sought-after speaker, he presents workshops and master classes in over 15 countries in Europe, South America, Central America, Asia and the Middle East.|
|Kim Gray is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and studio owner. She empowers students toward a healthier, centered life using exercise principles and yoga teachings. Kim is also a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Worldwide and leads yoga teacher trainings in the US and abroad.|
|Bryanna Harris is a lifelong sports and fitness enthusiast. She was a collegiate soccer player and 3-sport athlete in high school in soccer, cross-country and track and field. As a young adult, she realized that fitness was her passion, and continued to pursue it as a profession. In addition to being a master trainer for Barre Above® and Cardio Yoga, Bryanna currently teaches several formats including, Turbo Kick® Live, PIYO® Live, Barre Above® and Cardio Yoga. Bryanna holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a graduate degree in teaching from Vanguard University of Southern California. Bryanna is passionate about making fitness fun and challenging! Her hope is to encourage her clients to enjoy the journey of health and fitness, even when the journey gets tough because the end goal is so worth it! Education Vanguard University – B.A. Liberal Studies, Vanguard University – Graduate Teaching Credential|
|Vicki Hatch Moen has been in dance and fitness since a young age and has never stopped. After graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in Dance and Kinesiology, she moved to New York City to further her dance training and began teaching group fitness. Vicki is an ACE, AFAA & NASM continuing education provider, Balletone® Master Trainer, GFM at The SeattleGYM and co-owner of Total Body Tabata®; a HIIT(high-intensity interval training) group fitness and instructor training certification program. Her many certifications include ACE Group Fitness and PT, Balletone®, Barre Above®, BODYPUMP®, BODYSTEP®, TRX®, Gravity® and Strong® by Zumba. As a Master Trainer for Balletone, Vicki gets to teach everything she loves about fitness and dance, in one amazing program.|
|Jenn Hogg became a certified instructor & trainer in 1991 while pursuing her Masters in Marketing at Northwestern University. More than 15 years later, she left the corporate grind to pursue what was clearly her lifelong passion – fitness. During her journey, she became a 5-time US Champion in Aerobic Gymnastics, a Master Trainer & Presenter for Schwinn and a Platinum Lululemon Am- bassador and a driving force in the Chicago Fitness community.|
|Stacey Lei Krauss (SLK) is the creator of CARDIOYOGAä, a willPower Method® program. An industry visionary, she pioneered the Foot Fitness category and considers Moving Meditation to be the next generation of fitness. Drawing from her studies in Shamanism, Transformative Arts, and Reiki, SLK explores layers of self-awareness through intentional movement. She earned her 500 RYT in Mysore, India, but considers herself a “fitnesschick”; having represented prominent brands as a Program Developer: Schwinn, BOSU, Peak Pilates, Nike, Vibram FiveFingers, VIVOBarefoot and Xero Shoes.|
|Len Kravitz, PhD, CSCS is a professor and program coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Dr. Kravitz was awarded the Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise, Just recently, ACSM honored him with writing the ‘Paper of the Year’ for the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal.|
|Elizabeth Lenart FEELS to exercise. She affirms not letting what we cannot do interfere with what we can do. Elizabeth believes in building a strong self from the inside out and exercising with intention. She reminds clients there is a difference between what we cannot do and what we don’t WANT to do.
With experience directing at facilities including World’s, Gold’s, Bally’s, non-profits, spa industry and even the collegiate arena, Elizabeth stays on top of industry trends and connected with other educators. She enjoys mentoring and consulting for and with new fitness professionals, and has been called the fitness guidance counselor for clients, colleagues and staff.
With over 20 years in the industry, Elizabeth is known for explosive intervals, electric coaching, and innovative programming. Elizabeth thrives on creating a group experience. She amplifies performance and increase base levels via HITT, stength training and indoor cycling, while inspiring flow and rejuvination through dance and mind/body. Elizabeth is just as passionate about individual training, wellness coaching and creating unique individual transition plans. Her capabilities in counseling and coaching influence each session and interaction. She is currently moving Studio E Fitness to an online platform.
Elizabeth possesses an M.Ed. and National Certifications with both ACE and AFAA. She is a Master Trainer and Program Director for Balletone, a Senior National Master Trainer with BOSU and Surge Performance Fitness and a Master Trainer with Savvier Fitness, Barre Above and Tabata Bootcamp, andMaster Trainer with WaterRower. She can be seen regularly on Mass Appeal as a fitness expert, and on the blog for BOSU .
|Robert Linkul is the owner of Be STRONGER Fitness, a personal training studio for older adults in Sacramento, California and the owner of TrainingTheOlderAdult.com, an online continued education provider for fitness professionals. Robert is an internationally known presenter known for his teachings on resistance training strategies for the Older Adult with physical limitations and/or a decreased quality of life. Linkul has his master’s degree in sports science with an emphasis in personal training, is the NSCA’s 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year award winner and a 2017 NSCA Fellowship inductee.|
|Stefania Manfredi from Turin, Italy is the co-inventor of the Acquapole® method with Monica Spagnuolo
Stefania has degree in Physical Education with a Master in Sport Psychology. She has managed the fitness instructors in a swimming facility in Turin, Italy for over 10 years. Stefania has worked for many years with a team of syncronized swimming as a coach. She was a swimming athlete herself. She has a own pilates center, specialized in pilates classes and personal training. Since 2010 overlooks and develops Acquapole worldwide trainings and events. Stefania tests personally all Acquapole® protocols and has trained more than 1000 aqua fitness instructors.
|Jenice Mattek, a licensed Clinical Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Certified Integrative Movement Specialist, specializes in educating and treating women who have had surgery and struggle with chronic tightness, discomfort, and inability to perform at the level they need and want. She is the co-author of What Lies Beneath: The Under-Realized Effects of Breast, Abdominal and Pelvic Surgeries, the first book to specifically discuss the impact of surgery and trauma on posture, movement, and pain. Jenice lectures around the world creating awareness of the impact of surgery by teaching health and fitness professionals who work with women post-surgery. Jenice’s mission is to educate and empower women so they take control of their health and can successfully return to the activities of life that they need, want, and love to do.|
|Pete McCall is the host of the All About Fitness podcast, author of several articles, textbook chapters and the book Smarter Workouts: the Science of Exercise Made Simple. In addition, Pete holds a MS in exercise science and has been educating fitness professionals since 2002. Currently Pete lives in Carlsbad, CA where he is a consultant for Core Health & Fitness, Terra Core Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, the American Council on Exercise and a coach for the Coastal Dragons rugby club|
|Alex McLean has been teaching group fitness since 1995. He started as a dancer and master class presenter for the Reebok® Performance Team and Nike® Culture Shock. Currently, Alex is an educator for three global brands: Strong by Zumba™, TRX® and Schwinn® Cycling. He was a featured master trainer for the Strong by Zumba™ consumer DVD and has appeared in video and print projects for TRX®, Under Armour® and Total Gym®. Alex is certified in group fitness and personal training by ACE, AFAA and NASM.|
|Sherri McMillan holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and was awarded the 2010 International CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Program Director of the Year, Inaugural IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, & 1998 CanFitPro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S.A. She is a fitness columnists for various newspapers and magazines and the author of 5 Fitness Books and Manuals (Go For Fit – The Winning Way to Fat Loss, Fit over Forty – The Winning Way to Lifetime Fitness, The Successful Trainer’s Guide to Marketing, Hiring and Training Master Trainers, and The Business of Personal Training). She is the owner of Why Racing Events and Northwest Personal Training in Vancouver, Washington which was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Business of the Year and the Chamber of Commerce Community Builder award.|
|Tricia Murphy-Madden is a 28 year veteran instructor and education director. Tricia is the National Education Director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above & the Weight Loss Challenge with over 85 master trainers and over 8000 trained instructors worldwide. She’s a two-time finalist for the IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year Award and SCW Presenter of the Year winner for the years 2017 & 2018. For many years, she was also the Fitness Director for Denali Fitness in Seattle, WA. She is the co-author and creator of a children’s book and fitness program called, The ABC’s of Exercise sold worldwide. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for her numerous programs developed over the past 28 years. She was featured on Exercise TV and in numerous trade and mass media publications and has been the featured coach at numerous corporate events. She has contributed and stared in 12 DVDs and has sold over 100,000 units to date.
She is certified through the American Council on Exercise and is faculty member for them as well. Additional certifications include: Schwinn, AFAA, Balletone, Zumba, Keiser, Core Power Yoga,
|Bruce Mylrea/ BA in Economics / ECornell certified in Plant Based Nutrition / AFPA certified Holistic Nutritional Councilor. He spends hours each day reviewing the latest in unbiased nutritional research. Bruce is focused and passionate in educating others on the life enhancing and life extending benefits of whole food plant based nutrition. Bruce is the SCW male presenter of the year for 2017 and also 2017 Life Time Achievement Award for CanFitPro. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.|
|Mindy Mylrea – Mindy Mylrea is the 2017 Life Time achievement Award Winner for CanFitPro , 2016 Empower Instructor of the Year, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year. 2015 International Presenter of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a 361 sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA. Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding , the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, and Bosu. Mindy is the creator of Tabata Bootcamp that earned Most Impactful Program of 2013, and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 400 instructional videos. Mindy is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 minutes to slim it infomercials. Mindy donates her time and talents regularly to numerous charities and nonprofit organizations. Mindy is the mother of three boys, been married for 32 years, and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.|
|Dr. Evan Osar – Audiences around the world have heard Dr. Osar’s dynamic presentations. Dr. Evan Osar is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and functional movement. He has authored Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Psoas Solution. Dr. Osar developed the Integrative Movement System™, an evidence-based approach to improving clinical outcomes and helping patients perform at their highest level. Dr. Osar is in private practice in Chicago, IL and teaches his proprietary approach, the Integrative Movement System™ to health and fitness professionals that specialize in corrective exercise, medical fitness, and training the older adult population.|
|Michael Piercy, MS,CSCS is the owner of The LAB in Fairfield, NJ. He is the recipient of the 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award and the 2013 TRX® FACEUP award for instructor of the year. A former professional baseball player with the multiple organizations, he brings a unique perspective to his work with athletes and active adults. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in performance enhancement, and multiple advanced-level certifications from several organizations. He serves as an educator teachin high level education courses for various organizations including TRX Training where he serves as a Senior Master Instructor.|
|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.™ Ally is a thirty year industry veteran, national fitness ambassador and award winning national fitness presenter. She has an extensive fitness background with concentration in dance and choreography.|
|Dr. Dan Ritchie is the president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and a best selling author of Never Grow Old!
With over 20 years experience in the field and having trained over 2,000 clients over age 55. Dan received his PhD at Purdue University in Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology. In addition Dan leads a team of 7 trainers at Miracles Fitness a personal training studio with an average age clientele over 62. In addition to being an international speaker on the topic of aging and fitness Dan has also been involved in research on Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
|Keli Roberts is the recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, 2005 for Best Female Presenter and 2008 Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award and in 2007 Keli was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2012, Keli was also honored as Presenter of the Year as well as the 2016 Inspiration Award for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM CEP and holds certifications through, ACE as a GFI, HC and CPT. Furthermore Keli is an SCW Faculty Member, a BOSU Elite Presenter and Schwinn Senior Master Trainer and a Ryka, WIFA and Athleta Ambassador.|
|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 national fitness ambassador, award winning national fitness presenter and choreographer with training in multiple dance genres.|
|Beth Shaw, C-IAYT, ERYT, author and entrepreneur, is an expert in transformation. Founder of YogaFit Worldwide, Beth has transformed the yoga industry in the US and Canada, making yoga accessible to everybody and every body! Her most recent book, Healing Trauma With Yoga, is a best-selling guide for post-traumatic growth. A passionate animal advocate, Beth lives in NY with her rescue dog, Bentley.|
|Lori Sherlock Ed.D. is an associate professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. She coordinates and teaches the aquatic therapy curriculum within the division of Exercise Physiology and is proud to state that it is the only one like it in the nation. Lori is an AEA trainer and a member of the Aquatic Exercise Association’s Research Committee. She has a great interest in furthering the field of aquatics through education.|
|Robert Sherman is GM and CFO of TRUEBODY Bethesda and owner of Robert Sherman Fitness LLC. He is a Master Instructor for Schwinn and ActivMotion Bar. With 35 years in health, he is a much sought after speaker, trainer and program consultant and serves on the Industry Advisory Panel for ACE. He holds a BA degree in business from the University of Maryland, and is a Gold Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor by ACE, AFAA and ACSM.
Robert’s Professional Highlights include:
• Schwinn Master trainer
• Owner of FIT Inc.
• Master trainer for Reebok International Ltd.
|Jacquese Silvas, MA, has been in the fitness industry for 25 years. She owns JACS Figure on Fit fitness club in Mesa, AZ, and is a master trainer for MASHUP®, Tabata Bootcamp™ and Fluid Strength™. She is also certified in P90X®, Barre Above™, Pound®, PiYO® and Core de Force®. Jacquese features digital workouts on the MASHUP® and Smash Bod fitness apps. An experienced presenter, Jacquese speaks at schools, colleges and corporate organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in education. Certifications: AFAA-PFT, GFI|
|Joy Smith, Owner and director of Santa Cruz Dance Company dance and fitness studio. Internationally awarded instructor and choreographer for music videos, film, television and musical artists in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US. International dance and fitness presenter, master trainer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Fitness LLC-Awarded “Best of Santa Cruz Aerobic Instructor of the year”. ACE and AFAA faculty and CEC provider.
|Dr Emily Splichal, Functional Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, is the Founder of EBFA Global , Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist® Certification, Author of Barefoot Strong and Inventor of Naboso Barefoot Technology. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to barefoot science, foot to core integration and sensory integration.|
|Cory Sterling is a lawyer, small business owner, group fitness instructor and yoga teacher. He wrote The Yoga Law Book and has served hundreds of clients in the health and fitness space all across the world, the majority of whom own or operate a fitness/health studio. He has presented at conferences around the world, teaching about the law in a FUN and practical way.
He won the award for “Highest Rated Session” at MindBody Bold in 2019, amongst a field of the health and fitnesses leading minds and best presenters. In March 2020, he completed the MindBody Business Consulting Program in order to learn overall best business practices for studios and is the only lawyer to hold the certificate.
|Jennifer Taylor has been working in the fitness industry since 1998, starting her journey after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 1996 after the birth of her first son. Her physician encouraged her to hire a trainer and attend group fitness classes, which was a game-changer for her health and quickly became a true passion in her life. She is a master trainer for MASHUP and is certified as an AFAA personal trainer, AFAA group fitness instructor, RealRyder cycle instructor, NASM weight loss specialist, TPI Level 1 golf instructor, TRX instructor, and Level 1 Mat Pilates instructor. Jennifer has serviced as the VP of operations for Anytime Fitness and is currently the fitness and wellness manager at Trilogy at Power Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona.
|Doris Thews is an International award winning Fitness Educator including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the year. She is the CEO of Team Thews Fitness consulting. Doris leads and presents for various several fitness brands. Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness. Doris is the CEO off Team Thews Fitness, which consults several leading brands on business, program development and strategy. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker. She is known for her motivation and athletic coaching style. RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.|
|Katy Tombaugh is on a mission to transform businesses and lives through her purpose – supporting health, happiness, and well-being each day. She and her team design and deliver customized strategies and programming nationwide to serve a wide variety of organizations. Established in 2007, Wellness Collective is a certified woman-owned business with WBENC and was built on the foundation of three core values: people first, positive impact and live your passion.With a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Katy went on to pursue a variety of continuing education including numerous certifications in behavior change, tobacco treatment, fitness, yoga, and health coaching. She was named Microentrepreneur of the Year in health and wellness 2015.
Katy was also born to move, dance, teach and perform. She contributed 20 years to BalletMet Columbus after graduating from their Professional Training Program. She then served as an Academy Faculty member and a Teaching Artist with Community Education & Outreach. Additionally, Katy served Momentum, a local nonprofit teaching excellence through dance, in Central Ohio Schools for over 10 years. She has trained with the National Dance Institute in New York and New Mexico as well as the Creative Dance Center in Seattle. Most recently Katy has shifted her dance focus to ballroom dancing (Pro/Am Open Latin primarily). When not in the studio or competing in the ballroom, you will find her relaxing or crafting with her family and four cats.
|Helen Vanderburg, BPE, Exercise Physiology, co-owner of The ACADEMY, fitness, yoga and spin studio, author of Fusion Workouts and Commercial Fitness Education Manager for Balanced Body. Canada’s Presenter of the Year and CanFitPro 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her dedication, leadership and innovation worldwide. IDEA Program Director, Presenter of the Year and the 2018 Top Industry Contributor. Recognized as a Women of Vision and one of Canada’s most influential people. An elite athlete as a World Champion synchronized swimmer and inductee to the Canadian and International Sports Hall of Fame.|
|Andrea Velazquez has been immersed in the Aquatics Industry for over 25 years. She is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers and Creator of AVAQUATICS. She is Master Trainer for many aquatic specialties, representing Acquapole, SAF Aqua Drums Vibes and HydroRevolution. She holds numerous certifications including AEA Fitness Professional, Aqua Vida Floating Yoga, Tsunami Fitness Boards, and RM Medically Based Aquatics. She is a StarGuard Instructor and Starfish Aquatics Institute Swim School Instructor Trainer. She is a Presenter at the NYS Parks and Recreation Conferences, SUNY Cortland (her alma mater) Recreation Conference, DCAC Fitness Convention, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Association of Aquatic Professional Conference (AOAP), and SCW Fitness Mania Fitness Conferences.|
|As the Director of International Business Development for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Anthony J. Wall, MS, oversees all ACE’s international strategy and ACE’s partnerships with organizations delivering education and professional development opportunities.
Mr. Wall serves as a member of the Physical Activity Innovative Collaborative of the National Academies of Medicine and as Education Committee member for the Medical Fitness Association.
With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Wall shares his expertise at industry workshops and conferences around the globe. He is often used as an expert within the media in a variety of respected national outlets including The Washington Post, The Good Life magazine, Real Health magazine, Women’s Health and more.
Prior to joining ACE, he served as National Program Director for Les Mills BOOTCAMP®, Les Mills LOOK BETTER NAKED® and Les Mills SPARTAN™. During his tenure with Les Mills New Zealand, he developed and trained their personal trainers and “Team Training” instructors and implemented small group training programs across the country.
As an elite athlete, Anthony is a world-ranked Master Sprinter, New Zealand Athlete of the year in 2011 and current national record holder in the 60m and 100m.He graduated from San Diego State University where he earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology.
|Kia Williams, M.S., 200hr RYT is a global presenter, master educator, and host of Fit and Fierce on the Mic–a podcast dedicated to providing expert advice, tangible tips and help to improve fitness, refine teaching and coaching technique, and to grow fitness businesses and services. She is a proud contributor to the IDEA World Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) College and University Engagement Initiatives, and for Savvier Fitness fitness formats such as Barre Above, Balletone, and Cardio Yoga. Kia has contributed as editor and fitness model for books published by Human Kinetics, most notably “Motivational Yoga,” authored by Nancy Gerstein. She has been a featured guest speaker on many platforms and shows such as WFAA News Daybreak, The Pedestal Project, SCW, Fitness Town Hall: Systematic Racism in Fitness with Lawrence Biscontini, Struct Club, WIFA Podcast, The Masters Fitness Podcast with Chan Galloway, All About Fitness Podcast with Pete McCall, and more. Kia has managed several fitness and wellness programs and facilities and uses her transferable professional skills and experience in fitness to mentor young professionals, support multicultural engagement, and to make fitness accessible, inclusive, and feasible for the masses. Kia’s career mission is to support people who are affected by marginalization in jobs, education, healthcare, and lack of representation in the fitness industry. Overall, Kia is committed to helping others live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a strong, fit, and balanced mind and body.|
|Angie Yochum has two decades of experience as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor and Director in Oregon. She founded GFIT Education as a means to bring more workshops and conferences to instructors in the Northwest. In addition to serving as a continuing-education provider, Angie is a Master Trainer for Barre Above, plus a fitness author for IDEA Fitness Journal. She holds a Master’s in Education and has been a classroom teacher for 20 years, currently teaching elementary PE. Her additional certifications include AFAA, Schwinn, Balletone, and Yoga Calm For Children.|