Abbie is the owner of Abbiefit Consulting and the Creative Fitness Director for LIFE. 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.
Originally from Bahia – Brazil, Michele has a BFA in Dance with studies in Anatomy and Physiology. She currently works as the Regional Group Fitness Director for Crunch Fitness Essentials. Michele is very passionate about Pilates and as an International Master Instructor. Michele has been featured in national and international Newspapers, Magazines and TV shows including New York Times, Reuters, Self, Women’s Health Magazine, Estado de Sao Paulo, ABC, MSNBC, Telemundo, Globo TV, FOX, and many more.
Leslee has been in the fitness industry for 25+ years and is a Graduate of the Applied Functional Science Institute. She is the creator of the Bender Ball method of core training, which won the 2007 Fitness infomercial of the year. Leslee has starred in more than 30 videos and created Functional Flexibility and Fascia Fitness and Barre Above, which brings science and purpose to all movements and exercises. Leslee is currently the program director for TrueBar® Fitness concepts.
LAWRENCE BISCONTINI, MA
Lawrence has been a SCW Faculty Member, Keynoter, Course Creator and Presenter for over two decades. As a Mindful Movement Specialist with over a dozen multiple industry-recognized awards, Lawrence serves on the Advisory Boards for CanFitPro, the International Council on Active Aging and Power Music®. He has been part of the SCW and BOSU Development Teams, and he is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (500RYT) and Content Specialist Contributing Author to industry magazines and texts like SCW, ACE and AFAA. Find Lawrence at www.findlawrence.com.
Kayla is the creator of Kayla Bonina Fitness, LLC. She is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Sponsored Athlete through Swiftwick socks and a group fitness instructor. Having lost 100 pounds on her fitness journey, Kayla teaches her own circuit and motivational classes while also being certified in many different formats to help encourage and inspire people and helping them develop a Strong Mind | Strong Body.
Jenna is an international Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Fitness. She has presented for Zumba® since 2008, teaches Zumba® Basic 1 & 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® 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.
As a personal trainer, Billy Boynton specializes in correcting dysfunctional movement patterns while building core strength & coordination. He is a fitness professional and musician, holding degrees in Exercise Science & Emergency Medical Systems. Billy has an energetic passion for helping people reach their health & fitness goals. He is a Presenter for Power Music and the co-developer of SPORT by Group Rx. Certifications: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Nationally Certified EMT, Certified Group Exercise Instructor.
Barbara is a motivational speaker and group exercise consultant with over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry as an instructor, manager and mentor. Spending 20 years in leadership and education with 24 Hour Fitness and the YMCA, she is now Senior Director of Global Field Operations for Beachbody where she hires, trains and develops Master Trainers. She is AFFA and NASM certified and holds numerous other certificates in fitness and management.
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.
For 25+ years, Whitney has been teaching and motivating students across the country. Whitney holds multiple certifications in several mind/body modalities. She has managed large for-profit and not-for-profit Group Fitness programs bi-coastally. Currently, Whitney is JCC Manhattan’s Fitness Production Manager. Whitney created a nationally recognized Yoga for Parkinson’s program, trained in the MELT Method from its inception and specializes in teaching special populations. She teaches throughout NYC for Equinox, JCC Manhattan, and privately.
Brittany is a Pre- and Postnatal Exercise Specialist, and mother of two, on a mission to enable women to exercise more confidently and effectively during and after pregnancy. Bringing her corporate marketing experience to the fitness industry, she founded PROnatal Fitness – a company offering innovative group-fitness formats, personal training services, and education for fitness professionals. She is a course-content specialist and author, an experienced presenter, a Certified Personal Trainer & Instructor, and a 2017 SCW Fitness Idol winner.
From a small town in Oklahoma, Kris is an SCW Idol Winner! She is a soccer player, Zumba Instructor, and fitness enthusiast with a passion for healthy living and the drive to be fit and happy. Her mottos are to EMBRACE being uncomfortable and to lead by example! Kris is so excited for this opportunity!
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.
NTIEDO (NT) ETUK
Nt is Founder and CEO of FitGrid, a ground-breaking connectivity platform for fitness communities. Honored as “Top Entrepreneur” and a “Silicon Alley One to Watch” by Crain’s New York, he has been featured in Forbes, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times, and has been a guest on NBC, CNBC, and Fox.
Cammy Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and fitness certifications in both Personal Training and Group Exercise from ACE, AFAA, AEA and NAFC. Cammy’s fitness career spans 25 years and includes experience in personal training, group fitness instruction, fitness education, and program management. Cammy is currently the Fitness Director for On Top of the World Communities Inc., a 55-plus active aging adult community, as well as The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa.
SEXIFY DANCE is the brainchild of Angela Edwards. She owns one of the largest sensual dance fitness studios in the country (sister company PoleLaTeaz LLC) and her team of instructors have taught tens of thousands of women at her studio in Atlanta for over 13 years. Angela has trained tons of everyday women to be superb instructors. SEXIFY instructors are known for their outstanding attainable choreography skills, fluid movements, and sexy dance styles all while getting in shape at the same time.
Steve created the Speedball Fitness class format and developed the instructor training program. With 20 years of industry experience, Steve is well known for the implementation of group fitness/wellness programs across premier facilities, universities, and community associations. He is also a highly regarded group fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach in New York City.
Rachel is the creator of Instrumentalcize™ Brain & Body Fitness, where active agers (so far, up to 106 years young!) are motivated to move through the use of musical instruments & props. Her program is utilized in independent & assisted living, memory care, Alzheimer’s/dementia support and stroke & orthopedic rehab programs. In nine years of teaching group fitness, she earned 20+ certifications including: ACE (CPT), AFAA (Group Exercise), Healthways/Silver Sneakers (Older Adult Exercise), and SCW (Group Exercise & Active Aging Movement Coach).
Elisabeth is a PowerWave Master Trainer and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and has over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry from personal trainer to regional level fitness management. Elisabeth is also an author of numerous articles on personal training and group fitness programming and currently serves as the Education Coordinator and primary content contributor for Power Systems.
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.
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™.
Lisa Gaylord, one of the country’s leading fitness experts, has 30+ years of experience in the martial arts and fitness industries. She’s a respected authority who’s been featured in publications, videos and television programs. A national kickboxing and 7th degree black belt karate champion, Lisa invented Kardio Kombat, a revolutionary MMA style workout. Drawing on her extensive fitness knowledge, Lisa recently designed and created one of the most exclusive and effective training systems available…Aeroropes.
During Lauren’s 11+ years in the fitness industry, she has managed the group fitness programs at The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, Florida State University, and ToddPilates Fitness in Austin. In 2015, she created PulsePointe barre (now part of the Barre Above® program). Lauren is the co-creator of the enhanced Barre Above® program, a Balletone® Master Trainer, serves as adjunct faculty at Clemson University, and is the owner of Clemson Fitness Company, in Clemson, SC.
Ann Gilbert is an owner of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises. Ann oversees the operations of as many as 25 certified Personal Trainers, 50 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA, IAFC, and IHRSA Conventions since 2002. Ann writes for Fitness magazines and can be seen on local TV weekly.
Nico is an international fitness educator and owner of Fitness Physiques by Nico G in Cincinnati, Ohio. Certified through NASM in personal training, ACE for group exercise, and PMA for Pilates Nico’s well-rounded approach to fitness is based in anatomy, experience, and inspiration. Nico presents workshops in Pilates, strength training, choreography, and program management at IDEA World and IDEA PT, Pilates on Tour and in Canada, Russia, Italy, and South America. Nico is featured in several videos showcasing his creative approach to movement.
Rachel Holmes is one of the U.K.’s leading Fitness presenters. Creator of Fitness Pilates, The Brainfit Workout™, The Kick Start Wellness Franchise. She has created Group Exercise concepts For Virgin Active Global, Fitness First and David Lloyd Health Clubs and helps Fit Pros create digital and online businesses. Rachel has presented globally for the last 30 years.
Jeff is a world-renowned fitness presenter who has lived in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States. As part of the SCW Faculty, he has starred in numerous SCW Fitness videos and has educated fitness professionals at conventions worldwide for over a decade. Jeff trained countless celebrities as the pioneer instructor at the Golden Door Spa and has appeared on several national TV shows. Jeff is currently the Promotional Director of Fitness for Milestone Baptist East.
Daniel Hubbert is a 30 year music & fitness industry professional who has spent the last 10 years as Power Music Inc’s CEO. He started Group Rx, the company’s successful pre-choreography class division. There he guided the development of programs like RIP, REVOLUTION, WAR, SPORT, TRANSFORM, and WILLOW.
Vanessa Huffman is the Director of Education for Club Pilates. She discovered Pilates and its ability to promote inner balance and stability while playing college basketball. As an English major with a zest for adventures and fitness, Vanessa had utilized her passions to create a brand-new approach to educating Pilates professionals.
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.
SARA KOOPERMAN, JD
Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who has launched nine successful MANIA® fitness-professional conventions, over 30 live and online certifications, and countless video & CEC projects. Sara’s humor and warmth are matched only by her devotion to education. She is the proud recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Contribution to the Aquatic Industry, serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, is on the Women In Fitness Board of Directors, and a National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee. Sara has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry.
LEN KRAVITZ, PhD
Len is a favorite presenter at SCW MANIA® conventions and no stranger to accolades; Len was voted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2016. He received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, was named CanFitPro’s “Specialty Presenter of the Year” in 2006 and 2009 and earned the ACE® “Fitness Educator of the Year” title in 2006. Len is also the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award.
IRENE LEWIS-MCCORMICK, MS, CSCS
Irene is an award-winning fitness professional and internationally recognized speaker. An Orangetheory Fitness head coach and adjunct faculty at Drake University, Irene holds an M.S. in Exercise Science. She is faculty for SCW Fitness and a senior master trainer for TRX®, Tabata Bootcamp, Barre Above, Power Systems and JumpSport Fitness. Named IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year (2015, 2017) and SCW Presenter of the Year (2016), Irene is also a RYKA FitPro Ambassador and the author of 15 educational manuals and two books.
Kolleen is a certified personal trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Senior Master Trainer for TriggerPoint™. Kolleen owns and directs Core Physique, a unique approach to fitness, in Alpharetta, GA that focuses on personal training, strength and conditioning, and nutrition coaching. She works with high level athletes in the NFL as well as the athletes of tomorrow. Her passion is helping people improve their lifestyles.
Lori Lowell has been serving the fitness industry for over 25 years. Owning her own clubs, lecturing, and consulting she has contributed to the health and growth of the industry. Lori is the 2015 recipient of the IHRSA Julie Main Women’s Leadership Award and continues to provide valuable information to industry magazines, publications, and conventions. She is the co-founder of Drishti Beats Yoga, The Drishti Yoga Teacher Training Institute, and co-founder of MOi Cycle.
CONNIE MARTIN, MA
Connie is an AFFA, AEA, SCW Certified Personal Trainer for 30 years. She is a SPEEDO-Life Time WTRX Trainer, and has a M.A. degree in teaching English and Physical Education for 32 years while coaching three girls’ sports. She is an internationally touring Pre-Civil War Quilt Presenter, telling stories of her ancestors’ quest for freedom using secret codes in the quilts. SCW Fitness Idol Competition Winner at Midwest Mania 2016; currently presenting with the SCW Tour. She continues her passions of creative programming for water fitness and yoga.
Jessica found her passion in fitness education, with a concentration in program development and social media. She is the social media and online manager as well as a ghost-writer for several top and well-known fitness personalities and brands. She has designed, created, and implemented websites, blogs, and fitness programs for large brands, private studios, and individuals. She is a Master Trainer for BOSU, Lebert Training Systems, and Savvier Fitness, as well as the co-creator of LOK Fitness.
PETE MCCALL, MS
Pete is an ACE and NASM Certified Personal Trainer, consultant and host of the All About Fitness podcast. In addition, Pete is a CSCS with the NSCA and holds a MS in Exercise Science. Pete is a blogger for ACE, online instructor for NASM, teaches group fitness and is an author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. Currently, Pete is a well-respected adjunct faculty at Mesa College and a proud SCW Faculty member having created and contributed to multiple SCW Certifications.
Jericho is a Beachbody® Super Trainer and truly is a force to be reckoned with. She’s held Personal Training certifications from the NASM, AFAA, and ACE, and received degrees in Psychology and Physical Education and Kinesiology at esteemed fitness industry conferences such as IHRSA, IDEA, ECA, and CanFitPro.
Kari Merrill is a group fitness and programming director who specializes in creative programming for group fitness and small group training. Fitness has always been an outlet for Kari, and in 2010 she left her job as a Correctional Officer to pursue her passion full time and is fifteen years strong in the industry. Kari was the winner of the 2016 SCW Midwest Mania Fitness Idol competition. Her energy and passion for the industry is undeniable.
Bruce has a BA from the University Florida as well as a Plant Based Nutrition Certification from Cornell University. Having done extensive research on dietary patterns and how it affects health, Bruce shares insights into the latest myths regarding nutrition, food and its impact on society. He is currently Director of Sales for Savvier Fitness, an industry leader in creating innovative programs and products for fitness professionals including Tabata Bootcamp™.
Mindy is the 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, 1999 International Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, and a five-star presenter. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for SCW, ACE and AFAA. Mindy was the 2015 Boston MANIA® Presenter of the Year.