Dana is the developer of TRANSFORM™ and co-developer of SPORT™ by Group Rx. She is a Group Fitness Instructor, Running Coach and Fitness Model, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and has been working in the fitness industry since 2004. She teaches multiple formats, including kickboxing, strength training, yoga, sports conditioning and cycle, and is certified in NASM and Schwinn®. She is an avid runner, and her passion is motivating people to set and achieve their goals.
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.
Pam has had the opportunity to work in the fitness profession for over 20 years, as both a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her specialties include Indoor Cycling, Balance training and Functional Fitness. She has been a BOSU® Master Trainer since 2008 and a Master Educator with Stages indoor cycling since 2010. She has been on the faculty of the State University of New York for 21 years, serving in the department of Exercise Science.
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.
BRIAN BETTENDORF, MSM, MS
Brian Bettendorf, MSM (Management), MS (Kinesiology) is the Head of Education for RumbleRoller and a managing partner in Drake Global Strategy, a consulting firm helping companies develop their brand, create new products and accelerate growth. He has developed and launched products and education courses for companies including TRX, RumbleRoller, ProBar and Power Reels.
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.
Adam has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, including personal training, small group training and group fitness. He holds several certifications including ACE, AFFA, NSPA, & TRX. He’s a group fitness manager, overseeing 5 clubs and 200 instructors in Denver, Colorado. He presents BODYPUMP®, BODYATTACK®, LES MILLS GRIT® & LES MILLS SPRINT™ and is skilled in BODYFLOW®, BODYCOMBAT® & BODYVIVE® 3.1. Adam hopes to spread the message that stepping outside your comfort zone could lead you to find your true passion in life.
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.
Kara is an International Presenter for Beachbody LIVE as well as the Head Master Trainer for the South region. Holding the distinction of the 2015 and 2016 Master Trainer of the year, her fitness philosophy is you can achieve anything you set your mind to as long as you have determination. Training thousands of instructors around the country as well as a member of the Beachbody LIVE talent and educational team, her true passion is encouraging and educating aspiring instructors to see their true potential to become leaders in the fitness industry. She holds several certifications, including AAPTE for personal training, ACE & AFAA primary group fitness instructor certifications.
For over 25 years, Whitney has been teaching and motivating students across the country. Certified in multiple mindfulness 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 for Equinox, JCC Manhattan and has several workouts on the SCW on-demand site.
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.
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.
SOHAILLA DIGSBY, RDN, LD
Sohailla offers 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian, nutritionist, fitness pro and presenter. She is the founder of the 52-day Best Body Countdown program developed for fitness professionals to bring sound nutrition and accountability to their centers. She uses both books she has authored, the “Countdown to Your Best Body Success Journal” and the corresponding “Cookbook & Menu Plan,” along with her online coaching groups to ensure clients reach and maintain their Best Bodies.
Amy is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors and celebrity Master Trainers in the industry today. An award-winning fitness presenter, Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor. She is a Group Fitness Manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs and a Master Trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and BOSU®. Amy is also the star and creator of many award-winning fitness DVDs and online fitness programs.
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.
Khalid is a professional dancer currently working with Cirque Du Soleil. He has been on 16 world tours and has a passion for teaching the art form of Body Percussion, a polyrhythmic percussive dance form. His credits include: Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson Immortal world tour by Cirque Du Soleil, Stomp (Off-Broadway), Stomp out Loud (Las Vegas), Stomp the Yard (feature film), closing ceremonies of European Olympic games (Baku), Molodi, Gap, Red Bull, X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Next Top Model, LXD, Latin Grammy’s, Eminem and Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Khalid is also the Creator/CEO of Soul Clap Fitness.
Brian helps people become healthier by empowering professionals with the information they need to help their clients thrive. Through body composition analysis, InBody is able to complement healthcare practitioners, coaches, nutritionists and other professionals to deliver unparalleled service by offering unique insights into overall well-being.
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™.
Andrew is an 11-year veteran of the fitness industry with focus on corporate wellness services, portable fitness equipment and fitness accessibility. He is founder of both MostFit, LLC, the creators of the MostFit Core Hammer, SYN Rings, and AGF Wellness, a corporate wellness services provider for a number of companies in the greater L.A. area.
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.
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.
Elian has a background in professional dance and came to the U.S. from Amsterdam in 1995 as a licensed fitness instructor. She is certified in a wide variety of disciplines and creates and develops her own A.F.T.E.R.™ programs for seniors and health fanatics. Elian owns a yoga & fitness studio in Texas and works at the Treehouse, an addiction rehab facility, as a wellness coach specializing in pain management, anxiety & depression. With more than 37 years of experience in the fitness industry, she is excited to be a part of the SCW faculty!
Mary is a classically trained former professional ballet and modern dancer, and a 200-hour RYT and Certified Personal Trainer. She teaches both group classes and in private settings in NYC and leads retreats worldwide. She also is the National Director for Mind/Body programs for Bootcamp Republic and the co-creator of SPRY.
Jenn is a former professional dancer who performed with many superstars including Beyoncé Jay-Z and Usher. Her love of movement led her to a career as an international presenter, educator, author and fitness business consultant. She is also a sought-after choreographer with credits including the Miss America pageant, the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jenn is excited to share her passions of movement and the business of fitness with SCW MANIA®!
Over the past 25 years, elite trainer Tony Horton has revolutionized the fitness world by helping millions of people get ripped and healthy through his world-renowned, total-body workouts. These groundbreaking programs are among the most popular home workouts ever, selling a combined total of more than 7 million copies and counting! Always on the cutting edge of sports science and nutrition, he’s a trainer who knows how to get results. Today, people all over the world — from athletes and movie stars to members of the military and Congress — can credit their improved stamina, strength and extreme body transformations to Tony Horton.
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.
BEKAH JACKSON, MA
Bekah is an AFAA-Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Master Trainer/Presenter for Beachbody Live. She has been featured in multiple Beachbody instructor videos and presented at numerous fitness conferences including AAAI and ECA. She earned several primary and specialty fitness and wellness certifications including P90X, INSANITY, PiYo, Turbo Kick, Core De Force and CIZE. Bekah holds a Master’s degree in elementary education and considers herself a full-time educator in the classroom and the fitness arena.
Paul has been teaching and presenting fitness internationally for over two decades and is the founder and creator of several fitness programs. His class programs have gained popularity in the top fitness clubs across the country and abroad. 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.
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.
Lorna is a highly decorated International athlete, Certified Personal Trainer, former massage therapist and author with a Bachelors in Sports and Health Science. Lorna is the founder of KettleX® Fitness and Education and founder/co-creator of SPRY.
SARA KOOPERMAN, JD
Sara Kooperman, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who is highly skilled and intuitive. She is a director and manager who understands how to motivate and energize teams to produce industry-leading products and services. Her track record for launching nine successful MANIA® fitness-professional conventions, over 30 live and online certifications, countless video projects and a variety of educational experiences is world class. Reaching 10,000 instructors and trainers face-to-face and another 100,000+ in virtual contacts makes SCW Fitness Education one of the largest Fitness Education companies on the globe. Sara’s humor and warmth is matched only by her devotion to education and her love of presenting. She is the proud recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Contribution to the Aquatic Industry, serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank and is a WIFA board member and a National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee. Sara has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry as a whole.
DR. 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.
MELISSA LAYNE, MEd
Melissa is a Kinesiology Department faculty member at the University of North Georgia. She has 30 years of experience and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She taught elementary PE and coordinated fitness programs for Royal Caribbean, Home Depot and orthopedic surgeons. Melissa is the author of WATER EXERCISE (Human Kinetics 2015), a member of the educational faculty and a DVD presenter for SCW. She is well versed at taking complicated material and breaking it down into easily understood pieces.
ELIZABETH LENART, MA
With a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a certificate in Wellness Coaching, Elizabeth’s mission is to help clients become their “best selves.” She emphasizes self-expression and how it FEELS to exercise and not letting what we cannot do interfere with what we can do. Elizabeth, who is all about creating a group exercise experience, is founder and President of InnerAthlete in East Longmeadow, MA. With experience directing at facilities including World’s, Gold’s, Bally’s, non-profits and the collegiate arena, she stays on top of industry trends and education. She possesses numerous certifications from dance, cycling, mind/body and more and is a Senior National Master Trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp™, Kamagon, Surge, Barre Above®, and Gliding™.
IRENE LEWIS-MCCORMICK, MS, CSCS
Irene is an honored SCW Faculty Member, having authored and contributed to several SCW Certifications. She is an adjunct faculty at Drake University and holds an MS in Exercise Science. The Education Director for Octane Fitness, an Orange Theory Fitness coach and a featured international conference speaker, Irene is a Master Trainer for TRX®, Tabata Bootcamp™, Barre Above™, Knot Out® and countless others. Irene is a RYKA® FitPro and a Subject Matter Expert for NASM and ACE. She has written 11 educational manuals and two books for Human Kinetics Publishing; A Woman’s Guide to Muscle & Strength, and The HIIT Advantage for Women.
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.
DIANNE MCCAUGHEY, PhD
Dianne McCaughey, who has a Ph.D. with a concentration in Gerontology, is an international speaker, author and master trainer who has traveled the world emphasizing optimal wellness of the mind and body. Her mission is to educate, inspire and empower people to be the best they can be. She is a master trainer for multiple companies including: The Functional Aging Institute (FAI), The American Council on Exercise (ACE), and The Athletic and Fitness Association of America (AFFA/NASM).
From Cyprus and professionally trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in New York City, Irena is an AFAA- and ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has been teaching Group Fitness classes in famous NYC Gyms throughout her fitness career, and she has worked with artists and appeared on TV shows in the U.S. and internationally. Irena is currently an International Zumba® Education Specialist, and her passion for Martial Arts and Fitness has led her to become a Strong By Zumba® Master Trainer in N.Y.
TRICIA MURPHY MADDEN
Tricia is the Education Director for Savvier Fitness and a former club owner and fitness director for 15 years. In addition to co-creating Barre Above™, she has developed many highly acclaimed programs including Urban Striptease Aerobics, My Best Friends Workout, a fitness program designed for pet owners to get in shape while walking their pet and the ABC’s of Exercise, which is a children’s book that provides 10–20 minutes of exercise for kids ages 3-6 years old.
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.