Elaine Petrone developed her method of stress and pain reduction from her own experience with chronic pain. Petrone is the author of the bestselling book the Miracle Ball Method (which has over one and a half million copies in print), the Portable Miracle Ball Method, and the Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy. These books are distributed in the United States and internationally by Workman Publishing. She has most recently partnered with a global media company, All Screens Media LLC., to produce online certification programs and video content.
Theresa Alini is an Elite Master Trainer for ISCA certifying instructors, trainers and fighters all around the United States. She is certified in AFAA Group Exercise, NASM, APEX Nutrition, V-barre, ISCA Performance Training, STOTT Pilates, FIERCE 4, Jillian Michaels Bodyshred, Yoga-fit and ISCA Kickboxing. She has trained many clients for bodybuilding and fitness competitions, prenatal and postnatal, and Senior citizens. Her current project called “teaching time” is a mentor program for instructors and personal trainers to sharpen their coaching and teaching skills.
Benjamin Allen, an entertainment industry insider, spins up choreographed routines weekly for the fitness craze he started called GROOV3. The movement has caught the attention of media outlets such as ELLEN, Extra, PopSugar, ABC News, American Fitness and Fit Perez. His stage credits include performances with Jennifer Lopez, Jack Black, and Queen Latifah. As a choreographer he's developed routines for Delta Goodrem, Vh-1, Oxygen and several NBC projects.
Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, founder of the MECA Back Institute, currently manages clients’ physical and biomechanical deficits with training principles and corrective exercises rather than treatment. He lectures to both professional and public audiences utilizing current research regarding mechanical elements relating to advanced core conditioning as well as ailments relating to the back, neck, hip, knee and shoulder. Dr. Anderson has worked with a broad audience of clients, from pre and post-surgical, through rehabilitative phases of all joints of the human body all the way to advanced athletic performance enhancement.
Nora Anderson M.S. is the founder & president of AAAI/ISMA, one of the largest fitness certification associations in the world. She has been studying yoga & mediation for over 35 years and teaches master classes in yoga & meditation at AAAI/ISMA’s “One World Conferences”. She has appeared twice on the Regis Philbin TV show and is the creator of AAAI/ISMA’s Phase 1, 2 & 3 Yoga Certification programs. She is the author of the book “IN-LIGHT-IN!”
Abbie Appel is an award-winning fitness educator. As a consultant for SPRI products, TRX and Resist-A-Ball she specializes in developing and presenting cutting-edge fitness programs. Abbie is a Ryka brand-ambassador and contributes material to fitness publications, including Self, Shape, and Prevention. She stars in numerous fitness videos and most recently was chosen by ECA as Best "All-Around Female Presenter of 2013.
Yoav Avidar, 2012 ECA Best International Presenter, is a Nike Elite Trainer and co-owner of “Hagymnasia”, Israel's leading fitness and dance certification institution. Yoav is well known for combining dance into his aerobics and step classes along with his ability to provide cutting edge presentations in other fields.
Gail Bannister-Munn is the Flexibility, Yoga, and Pilates coach with the New York Jets football team, and Pro Hoops Basketball program. She runs her own Bannister Method Studio out of Long Island, New York. Gail presents The Bannister Method™ at national conferences, and is a Fitness Consultant for professional athletes. Gail holds numerous certifications in several disciplines, including NASM, Fascial Stretch Therapist L3, ECIT, YogaFit, AFAA, STOTT PILATES® Mat 1 & 2, Powerhouse Mat Pilates I & II, Vbarre and is an AFAA Continuing Education Provider.
Tanya Becker is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Physique 57®. Founded in 2006, Physique 57 operates exercise studios in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and Bangkok and produces award-winning DVDs and streaming videos. Tanya is also the co-author of The Physique 57 Solution.
Benjamin Bidlack has lived and worked on 4 continents and 27 countries working in strategy consulting, professional sports and music. He studied writing, music, business, psychology and comparative mythology at Haverford College, and Stanford University, concentrating on the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and others.
Connie Borho, PMA-CPT, Peak Pilates Level-IV Teacher Trainer, AFAA, ACE, NASM, Yoga Alliance RYT-500. Known as a “teacher’s teacher”, Connie is a well-respected, dynamic and innovative, knowledgeable presenter for international fitness conferences, and is passionate about providing the highest quality of training for teachers in the mind/body field.
Dr. John Brazier, a UK martial arts champion, progressed to a Dr. of Oriental medicine studying in China, Japan, Thailand, UK and US in internal & musculo-skeletal medicine. Now famous for instant muscular performance enhancement and accelerated injury recovery, John has worked with international soccer teams, European golf tours, & athletes from all sports.
Elena Brower, Mama, teacher, speaker, coach, and co-author of Art of Attention, Elena has taught yoga since 1999. Influenced by several traditions including Katonah Yoga, Elena offers a masterful blend of artful alignment and attention cues to ignite your practice.
Ali Bryan, BComm, is a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor Specialist, award-winning Author, Master Trainer and Education Specialist for Jari Love’s best-selling Get RIPPED! program.
Dr. Marc Bubbs is a Naturopathic Doctor and Strength & Conditioning Coach, whose focus is on the integration of exercise and medicine. He currently practices in Toronto and works as a sports consultant for Canada Basketball.
Danielle Buccellato, Fitness innovator & the U.S Partner & Master Educator for Staby® and io-ball®, founder of Renaissance Pilates in Hoboken and Red Bank, NJ, managing partner of bodyART AMERICAS, & certified by Merrithew Fitness®, Pilates Academy International®, Xtend Barre®, bodyART® by Robert Steinbacher, deepWORK® and BAX®.
Kara Buono is a Master Trainer for Beachbody. She was ranked as one of the Top 3 Master Trainers for 2014. Kara is the Head Master Trainer for P90x as well as a Master Trainer for CIZE, Insanity, PiYo Strength, Turbo Kick and All Star Presenter Camp formats. Kara has trained hundreds of instructors all over NY, NJ, CT and Puerto Rico. She also holds several certifications including ACE & AFAA primary group fitness instructor certifications.
Traci Copeland, a competitive gymnast for 13 years and collegiate track and field competitor, Traci began her yoga experience in 2005. Traci is a former Hip-Hop/Street Jazz dancer who’s performed on stage with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Black-Eyed Peas, Wayne Wonder, Music Soulchild, and appeared on various TV shows like Fashion Rocks, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and MTV’s Say What? Karaoke. Currently a Nike Master Trainer, Traci considers herself an athlete first and feels that yoga is a great compliment to any sport, and encourages athletes of all ages to incorporate yoga into their fitness regimen; she even considers herself a “yoga-athlete” for this reason.
Kathryn Coyle is Peak Pilates Senior Master Instructor and mentor with over 15 years of experience and is known for her approachability. She is a regional Pilates coordinator for Life Time Fitness℠ overseeing some of the companies busiest studios. Kathryn has been featured multiple times in Pilates Style magazine and is PMA certified.
Heather Crosby currently manages Cape Cod Fitness Center in Hyannis, MA. She’s certified in Personal Training, Group Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Pilates and MECA CORE. Heather has over 10 years experience in the High School Varsity Sports Coaching field, coaching her teams to top levels in the state. The MECA CORE Program became her primary focus with clients, delivering amazing results with remarkable core strength and improved back health.
Fred DeVito, a member of the founding Exhale team and co-creator of the company’s highly publicized Core Fusion program, is EVP of Mind Body Fitness Programs. In this capacity he is responsible for recruiting and training the teachers for the proprietary Core Fusion related programs, directing the Core Fusion teacher training curriculum, program quality, and safety. Fred is also a nationally acclaimed star teacher and presenter, and has been featured in numerous national health and fitness publications and has made television appearances on several dozen national venues.
Steve Feinberg is a highly regarded group exercise instructor for a variety of classes ranging from formats based on martial arts and strength/conditioning to trending modalities. Steve owns and operates Speedball Fitness LLC, a global brand with classes at Equinox in New York City and instructors in Europe and South America.
Marlo Fisken, a national and international pole dance champion, has 25 years of experience in the dance and fitness worlds. She is the creator of the Flow Movement fitness and apparel brand.
Johnny Goldberg, is known worldwide as Johnny G, inventor of the indoor cycling phenomenon, Spinning® and the creator of Kranking®, a stationary hand cycle designed to train the upper body and develop the cardiovascular system. In 2015, Johnny partnered with Matrix Fitness to launch the Johnny G In-Trinity® Board by Matrix. The In-Trinity Board & Training System takes the workout off the floor, providing access to entirely new movements and redefining the training environment. Inspired by Johnny’s extensive background in martial arts and yoga, the In-Trinity program features universal movement at a pace and tempo that cultivates mindfulness ad restoration.
Zuta Gilchriest is a Regional Director/Manager at Crunch fitness in NYC and teaches a variety of classes including Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED, Zumba, Pound, SurfSET, and Pole Dancing. Zuta has appeared on many national television fitness segments including The View (#HotSeat ), The Today Show and Good Morning America (#SurfSET and Sand and #Pound ). Her workouts have been featured in Glamour Magazine as well as other well-known fitness blogs. She has been a featured presenter at SELF Magazine “Workout in the Park” in NYC and Chicago. Zuta’s fitness certifications include Zumba B1 and B2, AFAA, ACE, Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED, SurfSET, Pilates Reformer, Buti Fitness, Pound, Schwinn, and X-Pert Pole dancing.
Rob Glick is the Director of Group Fitness Education and Feature Formats at Life Time. He is a highly respected presenter, presenting annually for IDEA, ECA and EMPOWER! Rob was named the 2006 International Presenter of the Year by CanFitPro and the 2005 Best Male Presenter by ECA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in movement and exercise science from Chapman University and continues to bring cutting-edge education and programming to the fitness industry. He is a Schwinn and BOSU Maser Trainer and Co-Producer of the EMPOWER! Fitness Weekend Celebrations.
Clay Grant is an International Fitness Professional with over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Clay is a Silver and Bronze Medalist in the US National Aerobic Championship National Finals. He has presented workshops, master classes, seminars and convention sessions in over 20 countries in Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is group fitness and personal training certified with AFAA, ACE, NASM and a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Best All Around Male Presenter for East Coast Alliance (ECA) International Fitness Convention.
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, BioNutritionist, GFCF Expert, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Motivational Speaker and passionate to empower others to become their own health advocate and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. She has a private practice in Greenwich CT.
Elizabeth Halfpapp, Executive Vice President of Mind Body Programming, oversees Exhale’s mind body programs, managing classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats while teaching a robust class schedule and leading offsite escapes. A member of exhale’s founding team, she leveraged 20+ years of teaching to co-create the company’s highly publicized Core Fusion program and develop exhale’s proprietary Core Fusion Barre, Yoga, Sport, Cardio, and Boot Camp classes. She is a frequently featured fitness celebrity, having appeared in and written for a myriad of national and international publications. Elisabeth has also worked in tandem with husband Fred DeVito, Core Fusion co-creator, to choreograph and develop 10 award-winning Core Fusion DVDs.
Beth Handline has been teaching dance fitness for over fifteen years. In 1993 she and her husband Jay created the Dance Trance Fitness program. Currently Beth runs the Global Dance Trance Liscensure program and teaches classes at her two studios located in Jacksonville, Florida. She not only manages the global Dance Trance program, but also has two funky fashion retail stores that carry the latest in active-wear & accessories.
Dan Hellman is one of the elite team of CHEK Faculty, presenting for the C.H.E.K Institute worldwide. His expertise comes from his multi-faceted background including 20 plus years of experience as an international presenter to the fitness world, a deep passion for ongoing continuing education from some of the greatest leaders in the industry as well as his qualifications as a physical therapist, neuromuscular therapist and C.H.E.K Practitioner. He owns Hellman Holistic Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is an avid golfer, working with many golf clients from professionals to amateurs.
Holly M. Hendricks is a Master Trainer and Instructor at Physique 57. She holds a BFA in dance performance from The Ohio State University, is AFAA certified in Group fitness and is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Dr. Robert Holden’s innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, a PBS show called Shift Happens! and in two major BBC documentaries called The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown to over 30 million television viewers worldwide. Robert is the author of several bestselling books, including Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), Be Happy, Loveability, Holy Shift! 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles and Life Loves You, co-written with Louise Hay. Robert hosts a weekly show for Hay House Radio called Shift Happens! He contributes daily to his FB page at www.facebook.com/drrobertholden.
Christi Idavoy is a bilingual educator for Polestar Education and is the director of Polestar Latin America as well as an education coordinator for Polestar Pilates International based in Miami, FL. Christi oversees developing university relationships with Polestar HQ and has presented the Polestar curriculum at both national and international universities including, University of Miami, FL, New York University, Universidad Catolica in Montevideo, UY, Universidad Catolica and Universidad de Valparaiso in Chile. She was also the winner of the Pilates Anytime Next Instructor in 2013.
Annika Kahn is the founder of Jungshin Fitness. She is a 4-time world grand champion in the Korean Art of Kuk Sool Won, achieving the rank of 4th degree black belt. Her Jungshin Fitness workout has been featured on ABC, NBC, and in SHAPE and Prevention Magazines. Annika offers instructor training’s worldwide as well as education and corporate seminars on the connection between positive mental health and movement.
Anna Kaiser, a celebrated fitness authority and elite personal trainer with a background in professional dance and sports medicine, began her career teaching ballet, body conditioning, and dance cardio at the Reebok Sports Club/NY and The Sports Club/LA in 2003. Her natural enthusiasm, terrific sense of humor, and reputation for results quickly made her the preferred trainer of such celebrities as Kelly Ripa, Shakira, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Jason Karp, PhD, is the 2014 recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership award, and creator of the Run-Fit Specialist certification. He has more than 200 published articles in international running, coaching, and fitness magazines, is the author of six books, and speaks around the world.
Paul Katami has been teaching and presenting fitness internationally for over two decades and is the founder of several fitness programs. Paul also stars in over 20 in-home workouts that have consistently been on top 10 lists and covered in the media. As a fitness expert, Paul has worked for Crunch Fitness, Equinox Fitness and is currently the Director of Programming for Beachbody LIVE.
Kendra Kemerley is a New York City- based Dance/Fitness Professional and International Presenter. She is also a SoulCycle Instructor and Master Trainer for Hard Candy Fitness- a global fitness chain in partnership with Madonna. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and specializes in teaching a wide range of dance styles from contemporary to street jazz. In addition to teaching, Kendra has also appeared on TV, commercials, live concerts, and fitness videos.
Lorna Kleidman is a 3-Time World Champion and World Record holder in Kettlebell Sport, author, coach and fitness instructor. Lorna created KettleX fitness DVDs to bring a non-initmidating, easy to follow Kettlebell workout into people's homes, with a large variety of moves that are unique to KettleX. In addition, KettleX Pro Online certification course and KettleX Yoga are also available. Lorna currently lives in NYC.
Brett Howard is the Director of Education of the United States Pilates Association™ and a Senior Teacher of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program. The United States Pilates Association™ is a licensee of the Authentic Pilates™ Method of Body Conditioning, as well as the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program- the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world. He is a Guest Teacher Trainer for the Authentic Pilates Education Teacher Training Program Australia. He is a Co-Founder and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Pilates Youth Organization. He is an Owner and Director of the Pilates Studio the Pilates Haus.
Petra Kolber is a happiness expert, keynote speaker and movement motivator. She has 25 years experience presenting around the world and has led workshops in over 20 countries. She has spoken at TEDx and consulted for many companies including Reebok, Gatorade, California Walnuts and Health Magazine. Petra writes the health and happiness column for Spry Living Magazine, which reaches 9 million homes each month and is the spokesperson for YES Fitness Music. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.
Stacey Lei Krauss is the creator of the barefoot fusion program The willPower Method® and the Lead Fitness Advisor for Vibram FiveFingers®; specializing in foot-fitness since 2000. Recipient of the 2014 ECA Best Female Presenter Award, she is also the Mindful Music Advisor for Power Music® and an Advisory Board member for NAFC. Stacey Lei is a Master Trainer for BOSU® and Schwinn® Cycling, as well as a Reiki practitioner.
Allison Lilly is a hip-hop choreographer for NC Dance District Agency and a fitness instructor at the YMCA in Charlotte NC. She has been in the fitness/dance industry for 31 years as a choreographer, CIZE Live instructor, Beachbody coach, cycle, water, pilates instructor and a personal trainer. She has presented her Hip Hop ReDeFined class at ECA Thrive in Florida and at the NC Fitness Expo for the past three years. She is currently choreographing and overseeing performances for her hip-hop dance troupe with Dance District and is coordinator for the dance stage at the NC Fitness Expo.
Jari Love is a Certified Personal Trainer, Author, Fitness Expert and the Creator of the critically acclaimed and best selling Get RIPPED! five-phase total body workout system designed to maximize fat loss, burn calories and sculpt lean muscle. Her program is scientifically designed and clinically proven to burn up to three times the calories of a traditional weight training program and has received rave reviews and accolades from fitness critics throughout North America.
Amanda McVey’s professional experience includes Corporate Governance, Corporate Wellness, and an extensive history in education, fitness and the performing arts. Amanda has taught fitness events for Women's Health magazine and Oxygen Network in New York City. She has appeared on television shows including: TLC's Say Yes to the Dress, MTV's My Super Sweet 16, multiple features on FOX, ABC, and King5 networks, as well as television segments in Italy for POUND: Rock Hard, a format exclusive to Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness.
Irena Meletiou received formal dance training at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Arts, and Broadway Dance Center. Her style can be described as a fusion of Urban, Street Jazz and Latin. She has danced/choreographed for recording artists, appeared in VH1's reality show with
"Salt & Pepa", and music videos. Irena is a Zumba Basic 1 and 2 ZES, ACE and AFAA Certified Group Fitness instructor, Zumba Step and ISTD Modern instructor.
Ilaria Montagnani is an internationally acclaimed fitness expert who founded Powerstrike in 1995. Inspired by the idea of pushing physical limits to ignite inner strength, she combined her martial arts background with contemporary choreography to develop a groundbreaking approach to group fitness. With a Black Belt in Karate and more than 18 years training in kickboxing and sword fighting, her innovative workouts are designed to push everyday warriors past their comfort zone experiencing their own power and commitment to life.
Patricia Moreno is a mind body expert. She is the creator of The intensati method. Her teachings combine mental, physical and spiritual teachings life enhancing benefits.
Mindy Mylrea is a multiple award winning presenter, a World Aerobic Champion, a Gatorade sponsored athlete, the International Director of Fitness for the Weekly Fitness Challenge, an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, creator and lead talent behind Gliding, a master trainer for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, Flirty Girl Fitness, and Bosu. Mindy is the creator and owner of FitFlix Productions. She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 150 instructional videos.
Carlos Neto is currently working between New York City and London both as a choreographer and actor. He is a regular instructor and faculty member at three of the most prestigious dance schools in NYC…Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey and Peridance.
Michelle Opperman is an accomplished professional dancer and a master trainer for POUND. Michelle’s dancing experience includes dancing for the NYC Knicks, Broadway performances and MTV appearances. In addition, she has been a back-up dancer for touring music artists and national tours. Most recently she has launched 2 more workouts on Crunchlive.com Belly Butt and Thighs Bootcamp and DIESEL 2 to go with her original House Grooves and DIESEL.
Dr. Evan Osar’s 20-year background in fitness and experience as a chiropractic physician provide a unique perspective on corrective exercise and fundamental training principles for the fitness professional. He is the creator of over a dozen resources including, the highly acclaimed, The Corrective Exercise Approach to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction. He is a regular presenter at fitness conventions and is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification.
Susane Pata has been involved with the fitness industry for over 20 years. Susane has recently been published on the topic of foam rolling and continues to explore writing projects in order to share her expertise regarding fitness and group training. She believes no matter what tool or philosophy you choose to advocate, one thing remains steadfast: fitness pros should not only look to motivate at the moment, but to inspire for life.
Shelly Power is the co-founder of Polestar Pilates Center Miami, a Pilates conditioning, rehabilitation and physical therapy studio in Miami, Florida. Shelly is a Polestar Principal Educator, has taught for Polestar Education since its inception in 1992 and currently coordinates the Curriculum Committee. In Dec 2012, Shelly was elected to the PMA Board of Directors, and currently serves as President.
Tami Reilly joined the Spinning Master Instructor team in 2005 and is also a Bodyblade® & Ugi® MI. She is a certified personal trainer with ACE & AFAA, is an E500-RYT thru Yoga Alliance, Fitness and Nutrition specialist and has a Masters of Science in Professional Leadership. She currently works at Quinnipiac University, where she is the Associate Athletic Director of Fitness and Wellness.
Christine Romani-Ruby PT, D.Ed., MPT, ATC, PMA®CPT has successfully integrated physical therapy and Pilates to create innovative rehabilitation and wellness programs for conditions such as back pain and sport specific programs. Founder of PHI Pilates, she guides clients in the study of their own movement. An associate professor at CALU, Dr. Ruby is sought after to speak at national and international conferences.
Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized coach, author and presenter. He is the creator of Training For Warriors. TFW is operated in 250 facilities in 30 countries and 4,000 trainers have been certified in the TFW system.
Kahmal Roy, a former college football player, spent 7 years as Program Director for one the country’s largest sports performance franchises, the Parisi Speed School. Today, Kahmal co-owns and operates Position Specific Training, also known as “PST”, a company that bridges the gap between sports performance training and sports specific training. Kahmal firmly believes that through athletic/skill development and education, any athlete can return to their respective sport more knowledgeable and confident, leading to personal and team success.
Carol Scott is the heart and soul of ECA. As President and C.B.O. she is responsible for the promotion, marketing, advertising, programming and voice of the brand. Carol is an international presenter, motivational speaker and consultant. She has designed and consulted for companies large and small within the fitness business and outside of it; including Hyatt Hotels, Gatorade, Nike, Avia, Soul Cycle, and the mainstream media. She was the former National Director of Group Fitness for Equinox Fitness Clubs. Carol’s media reach includes the New York Times, CBS, NBC and Fox.
Alexandra Joy Smith brings over 15 years of experience and certifications working in the Health, Fitness and Wellness industry and brings a BA in psychology and a Life Coaching certification to her Intuitive Results Coaching System. She made the transition from fitness professional to Life Coach over 5 years ago and has participated in thousands of hours of immersive Health and Wellness, Transformational and Spiritual studies.
Tara Sowka grew up as a dedicated student of classical ballet and began teaching in 1998. She holds NASM, ACE and Peak Pilates certifications. She’s a Group Fitness Instructor at Life Time Fitness and works with OPTP (Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products), marketing health and fitness products to professionals and individuals.
Kimberly Spreen Glick is the Director of Group Fitness Programming for Life Time, a premier ‘healthy way of life’ company that operates over 115 centers across the US and Canada. She is a member of the IDEA Program Director Committee, creator of LifePower Yoga and one of Exercise TV’s Star Trainers as well as star of several exercise videos. She is the co-creator of 5 Star Development Training and co-producer of EMPOWER! Events. Known for her passion, enthusiasm and humor, Kimberly travels the world as a Presenter, Motivational Speaker and Continuing Education Provider. Kimberly’s philosophy: Do what you love – LOVE what you do!
Robert Steinbacher is a former gymnast who started his career as a dancer and choreographer. As a movement therapist, he created the BodyART™ training system and is the owner of one of Europe's biggest movement and mind-center schools that educates over 3000 instructors and body-workers worldwide.
Linda Stephens holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition, she’s an NASM certified personal trainer and currently writes and blogs for Muscle and Fitness Hers. Linda obtained her IFBB Figure pro card in 2014. Linda is a forty-something mother of two.
Amanda Strand is co-founder of freedom group exercise, LLC…home of BANG™ and freedom™ group fitness formats. She is the creator of BANG Power Dance™ currently licensed and available to all 400 Corporate Gold’s Gym locations, and freedom Barre™ currently licensed and available at U.S. Fitness Corporate locations (Sport & Health, ONELife Fitness, Atlanta Fitness, Crunch) and other venues. She trains and certifies BANG Power Dance™ and freedom Barre™ instructors. Freedom Barre™ is currently the training, content, and certification provider of choice for U.S. Fitness clubs. Amanda is a Fabletics© Master, Certified Personal Trainer and an AFAA Continuing Education Provider.
Mark Tickner is a Spinning® International Master Instructor, former elite triathlete and owns an established endurance coaching company called The Endurance Club established in the year 2000. He is a Master coach for TrainingBible Coaching in the UK and was head coach / technical director for 20 years for a large triathlon club in the UK. Mark is a Power Specialist for the SPINPower® program with over 15 years racing, training and coaching with power meters; Mark has been a Spinning® Master Instructor since 2002.
Josh Taylor is a renowned Spinning® International Master Instructor and a former professional cyclist. He is a seasoned athlete who has competed at the highest levels of bike racing for over 18 years. Josh is a two-time State Road Race Champion and has raced against some of the top international cyclists in the world in events such as the San Francisco Grand Prix and the Philadelphia International Championship. Josh is also a Power Specialist for the SPINPower® program and is also an integral part of the Spinning® program worldwide, as an ambassador and MI for over 18 years.
Zoey Trap has an MSc in Exercise Science focusing on alternative therapy and the spine and is an international authority on Mindbody Exercise with over 30 years of experience. This Peak Pilates Master Trainer, Senior Program Specialist and co-author of the Peak Pilates Instructor Education program, has studied extensively with Mary Bowen and Lolita San Miguel. She is ACE and Jivamukti Yoga Certified.
Marcie Gill is a Zumba Education Specialist for Zumba Fitness. She holds a degree in Exercise Physiology, is group exercise certified through AFAA, and is certified through ACE for Personal Training. Marcie has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 20 years teaching such formats as step, high-low impact aerobics, kickboxing, spinning and weight training. However, her passion is to teach her Zumba Fitness classes! Marcie travels worldwide leading Instructor Trainings for Zumba Fitness. She has two children and enjoys being home in Miami.
Joy Karley. Joy Karley, MA holds a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Physical Education. A Master Trainer, fitness presenter, and writer for over 20 years, she is AFAA Certified in Group Fitness, Step, Weight Training and Personal Training, as well as a Balanced Body Education Faculty member for Pilates, MOTR, Barre, and Bodhi Suspension System. Joy is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA CPT) currently based in NYC.
SPEAKER: Joseph Andreula, CEO of CKO Kickboxing "I began with no money in 1997 at 22 years of age and got a landlord in a broken down factory to give me free rent for my kickboxing class idea. I went on to open 16 of my own gyms and 70 franchises," said Andreula, who has been featured on the TODAY show.