MANIA® PRESENTERS: A-L

SARAH APGAR

Sarah Apgar is the Founder of FitFighter, an Iraq War Veteran, an All-American Collegiate Athlete, Fitness Professional, former Volunteer Firefighter, and mom of 2 girls. In addition to her Shark Tank debut, Sarah and FitFighter were featured in Rolling Stone, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, ABC News, and Oxygen Magazine. She has performed for clients such as ESPN, FDNY, and the United States Military. Sarah lives in New York with daughters Emory and Arlyn and a puppy named Louisiana.

ABBIE APPEL

Abbie Appel is the owner of AbbieFit Consulting and collaborates with organizations including YMCA, Crunch, and Equinox. As an author and program developer, she authored the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Education Certifications, contributed to the ACSM Group Exercise Manual and Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification Manual. Abbie is an acclaimed presenter for ACSM, IDEA, IHRSA and SCW, among others. She delivers fitness education for world-class brands including Nautilus, Schwinn and TRX. Abbie was awarded SCW Fitness Presenter of the Year.

BRIAN BETTENDORF, MSM, MA

Brian Bettendorf, MSM (Management), MA (Kinesiology) is the Head of Education for RumbleRoller and a managing partner in Drake Global Strategy, a consulting firm helping fitness and sporting goods companies develop their brand, create new products and accelerate growth. He has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a practitioner, operator, educator and consultant. After selling a physical therapy and fitness company he co-founded, Brian then spent time during the early years at TRX in a variety of product, marketing, education and business development roles.

JOEL CAPRA

Joel Capra, Atlanta 2019 Fitness Idol winner, is the owner of two gyms that specialize in fitness after 40. His life’s mission is to enhance the quality of people’s lives through fitness and believes all personal trainers should exist to change lives.

MAC CARVALHO

With over 10 years of fitness experience & 18+ years of dance experience, this New Bedford, MA native is no stranger to movement. He has been featured in instructor choreography releases for POP Pilates, WATERinMOTION®, and is featured on the HIGH Fitness Live App. He hopes to spread his sparkle and enthusiasm to help make fitness achievable, accessible, and attainable for all!

DR. GREGORY CHARLOP, MD

Featured on ABC, CBS, and FOX, Dr. Gregory Charlop is one of the leading experts in health & wellness. He is a physician, author, and anti-aging coach for retired athletes and middle-aged professionals. He is the author of Why Doctors Skip Breakfast: Wellness Tips to Reverse Aging, Treat Depression, and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.

CHRISTINE CONTI, MEd

Christine is an international fitness educator, speaker, course author, Arthritis and Orthopedic Fitness Specialist, and creator of SCW Chronic Disease Specialist Certification. She has worked over 20 years in the medical fitness industry helping to prevent and battle disease through healthy lifestyles. Christine serves on the MedFIT Network education advisory board, she is an avid podcaster, as well as the creator of FallPROOF Fall Prevention and Let’s FACE It Together Facial Exercise & Rehabilitation. Christine’s signature best-selling book, SPLIT-SECOND COURAGE, was released in January 2022.

SOHAILLA DIGSBY, RDN, LD

Sohailla Digsby is a registered dietitian, author, and developer of the life-changing 52-day Best Body Countdown program for gyms to provide the missing piece of the fitness puzzle: nutrition with accountability. With over 20 years of experience as a fitness pro and RD, Sohailla provides nutrition coaching and runs an online membership-based group that’s not just about the weight you lose, but the life you gain! She has authored three books to help fitness professionals guide their clients to their goals and maintain their Best Bodies.

MARYBETH DZIUBINSKI

MaryBeth is a highly respected global fitness industry leader with over 30 years of experience in group exercise programming. She is a Senior Fitness Specialist, a former National Trainer with the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, was honored by AEA as Global Aquatic Fitness Professional of the Year and has advanced training in older adult exercise. MaryBeth is an R.Y.T. and the co-creator of YOQUA™. As a skilled health and wellness professional, she inspires others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals.

APY FIGUEROA

Apy is a former national synchronized swimmer for Puerto Rico who always loved dancing whether in water or on land. She was always intrigued by how celebrities with no dance background came to a show like Dancing with the Stars and, after a couple of weeks, they were dancing like pros. She learned about LaBlast®, went to a master class, and instantly fell in love with it. She feels it’s the best dance format where you can learn the true skill of dance while blasting calories, and then use it at any dance event. Apy holds a bachelors degree in Nutritional Science and is certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) and Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Join her for our LaBlast® Splash sessions this weekend!

RONNIE FULTON

Ronnie Fulton is a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a Licensed Massage Therapist with a passion for helping people to feel better in their bodies. Ronnie uses massage tools to increase flexibility, minimize pain, and improve performance & has taught thousands to embrace simple self-care strategies. With over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, she regularly hosts sold-out workshops.

ANDREW GAVIGAN

Andrew is a recognized speaker in the fitness industry, master trainer, and serves as Director of Education for Aktiv Solutions. He is the founder of MostFit, a small line of unique workout equipment, a NASM and NFPT Certified Personal Trainer and Behavioral Change Specialist and has developed comprehensive fitness and exercise programs for health club & workplace wellness facilities. Andrew’s passion centers around user engagement and human behavior.

ANN GILBERT

Ann Gilbert is the fitness industry’s premiere educator on exercise and aging. A successful owner and operator of Shapes Fitness for Women, she oversees the operations of Personal Trainers and Group Fitness professionals, coordinating extremely successful fee-based small group training programs including functional training for the older adult involving strength, balance, coordinator and independence. As an ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year, Ann is a featured, sought-after and popular speaker at IHRSA, FBA- Succeed, Club Industry, SCW MANIA®,and  IAFC Conventions for decades. Ann is an industry leader and education expert  teaching the following Certifications: Active Aging, Aquatic Exercise,  Group Fitness, WATERinMOTION®, and S.E.A.T. (Supported Exercise for Ageless Training.)

KURT GILLON

Kurt Gillon is nationally certified through NASM, ACE, ISSA, NESTA, TRX, Silver Sneakers FLEX and AAHF. Kurt recently served as Academic Advisory Board Member for Clayton State University, 2016 August PFP Trainer Of The Month and finalist for PFP Trainer Of The Year Award along with being named an inaugural international brand ambassador for Club Industry Media. Kurt is also a nationally recognized speaker in the fitness industry specializing in active aging training and cancer exercise. He focuses his lectures on these populations because it is vitally important people have a strong working knowledge of training for aging and recovery.

DEMETREOUS HILL, MS

A passionate and skillful industry leader, Demetreous has developed teacher training programs in 16 countries while based in Germany for eight years. He is a professor in southern California, teaching health science and business communications. He holds a master’s degree in Health Care and a P.T. certification by the Cooper Institute. Demetreous is Pilates trained by Body Arts and Sciences International, is a Livestrong.com fitness expert and former dancer on MTV Europe for Memphis Soul.

MARISA HOFF, MEd

Marisa is Director of Operations for The Empower Group, a full-service consulting firm. Prior to that, she spent ten years successfully managing Stevenson Fitness, an independent health club in Los Angeles. She is an ambassador for WIFA, holds a master’s degree in Education and regularly presents at fitness conferences, including IHRSA, SCW MANIA® and Athletic Business.

JENN HOGG, MA

Jenn Hogg, MA, is a 5-time US National Aerobic Gymnastics Champion, co-founder of H.E.R.O. Fitness in Chicago, and holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. As a former GX Manager for Equinox and the current Director of Group Exercise Programs for East Bank Club, Jenn’s mission is to elevate talent & programming through education and create space for fitness professionals to step into their shine. Jenn is a Master Trainer for CORE Health & Fitness representing Schwinn Indoor Cycling, StairMaster HIIT, Nautilus Strength, Star Trac Cardio, and Throwdown. Jenn also donates her valuable time to coach the Special Olympic athletes.

JEFF HOWARD

Jeff Howard has a degree in kinesiology, is an international fitness presenter, SCW Faculty Member, and successful entrepreneur. As a highly sought after fitness consultant, Jeff has traveled extensively, living abroad to elevate fitness standards for Virgin Active in South Africa and Puerto Rico where he founded the Golden Door Spa, as well as managing facilities in the U.S., such as Equinox in Chicago. He has been featured in numerous fitness videos and is a world-renowned celebrity trainer, appearing on several national TV shows, including Bravo’s popular Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. During the pandemic, Jeff launched “Jeff Howard’s Athlete’s Club”, a successful fitness streaming channel, as well as “Jeff Howard Fitness”, a fitness studio in Louisville, KY. Passionate about education and inspiring fitness professionals to reach their fullest potential, he has spent the last decade as a premier educator at industry conventions, including IDEA World, and a proud, long-standing SCW Faculty Member leading the GX Certification and Aqua Certification.

LARRY HOWARD, MS, CSCS

Larry holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Northeastern Illinois University and a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Larry also holds a certified personal training certification from NESTA, a level 1 certification from TRX, an Insanity Instructor Certification from Beach Body, and a Tactical Fitness Instructor Certification from Strategic Army Fitness (START Fitness).

DR. PARKER HYDE, PhD

Dr. Parker Hyde is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Georgia, where he currently serves as the Human Performance Lab Director. His translational work in oncology, insulin resistance and athletic performance has contributed to the robust scientific support for the therapeutic use of nutritional ketosis and has been featured in numerous media outlets including U.S. News and World Report. Additionally he has 10 years of experience working in sports performance with elite athletes.

SARA KOOPERMAN, JD

Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who has transformed the fitness education community. A successful business owner and advisor, she is a keynote speaker, published author, podcast presenter, and sought-after industry trailblazer. Sara has a unique ability to share her passion and devotion towards fitness education through her humor, enthusiasm, and her effervescent no-nonsense personality. She serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, was on the Women in Fitness Association Board of Directors and is a proud inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Sara currently serves on IHRSA’s Headlight Committees for Facility Standards and has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry.

CHERI KULP

Cheri Kulp has been a certified fitness professional for over three decades. She holds a degree in Special Education from Wester Chester University and is the Co-Founder of the successful WATERinMOTION® aqua dumbbell program, WATERinMOTION® Strength. Cheri is currently the choreographer for both WATERinMOTION® Original and Strength programs, a marathoner, triathlete, and winner of two national bodybuilding competitions. Cheri has starred in over 100 FitPro videos and shares her vast experience and passion for teaching by presenting at SCW MANIA® conferences nationwide. She holds certifications in numerous land-based and aqua programs, including AEA, NASM, WATERinMOTION®, ARC, and Les Mills.

NICHOLAS LAMBE

Nick Lambe is a long-time coach and educator in the industry who specializes in helping fitness professionals implement health principles to improve impact. Notably, this approach focuses on sleep and recovery. Nick is a Clinical Sleep Health Educator and created the comprehensive Sleep & Recovery Coaching Certification, a course that provides a framework for improving clients’ recovery. Partnerships with Nick’s work include The US Marines, The US Olympic Committee, and Google.

DR. EDWARD LASKOWSKI, MD

Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., is the former Co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine and is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in fitness and sports medicine. Dr. Laskowski studies and promotes best practices for general fitness and injury prevention & injury rehabilitation. From 2006 to 2010, he served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Presidents Bush and Obama. His goal is to provide accurate, reliable exercise recommendations for all.

MELISSA LAYNE, MEd

Melissa is a Kinesiology Department Faculty Member at the University of North Georgia. She has 30 years of experience in the fitness industry and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Melissa is the author of WATER EXERCISE (Human Kinetics 2015), a member of the SCW educational faculty, and has authored the SCW Nutrition Coaching for Fitness Professionals Certification, the SCW Nutrition, Hormones & Metabolism Certification, and contributed to the SCW Active Aging Certification.