Abbie Appel is the owner and CEO of Abbiefit Consulting, Appel Programming Solutions and the Program Director Fitspace Studios. 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.
ANN MARIE BARBOUR
Ann Marie has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years. She co-founded SoulBody and created group fitness programming that would help level up Big Box gyms to compete with the boutique studio boom. SB’s group fitness programming become a success in over 200 clubs worldwide. Ann Marie has a graduate degree in Publications Design, as well as many years in product management, design and marketing which successfully led to her ownership role.
Travis Barnes is the founder and franchisor of Journey 333. He is an ACE certified personal trainer, coauthor of the bestselling book “Results Fitness” written with Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove, author of Journey Fitness with forward written by Todd Durkin and co-author of 52 Amazing Journeys. He is an international presenter, franchisor and teacher of FitBiz Mastery. It is his passion to teach fit pros how to systemize their business for success
Cyndy Barnes and her husband, Travis Barnes, own Journey 333. They started the club on an unemployment check and now have five locations and are franchising across the country. Cyndy has been featured on NBC News and in Shape, which named her as one of the 50 most inspiring women of all time. Cyndy is a co-author of Journey Fitness and the best-selling 52 Amazing Journeys. Authentic and courageous, she will make you believe in the beauty of your dreams.
Natalie has 20 years of experience in the fitness industry with her career beginning while an undergraduate at Stonehill College teaching kickboxing, dance, step, and hi/lo to students and staff. In 2008 she revived her love for exercise through Zumba® Fitness and today she is one of our Strong by Zumba Master Trainer.. She is the proud owner of a boutique fitness studio The Cal-Zone and prides herself on being a fitness motivator.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi where she ran D1 Track & Field and Cross Country, Marcel served in the US Army Reserves as an Airborne and Air Assault qualified Engineer Officer. Marcel left the service in 2015 to dedicate herself to a career in fitness. As a certified strength & conditioning coach Marcel has excelled as a group fitness instructor, fitness manager, elite trainer & NYC business owner
Pam Benchley has been involved with fitness education for over 25 years. She is one of the original Master Educators with Stages Indoor Cycling and was awarded Presenter of the Year in 2018. Pam is a lead trainer with Hedstrom Fitness, creators of the BOSU® Balance Trainer and Surge® brands. She has been a provider for ACE, AFAA, and CanFit Education, presenting both nationally and internationally at events such as IHRSA, IDEA, SCW, DCAC, Empower and CanFit Pro. Pam is also a dedicated multi-sport athlete competing in multiple Ironman® events. Currently, she is also a member of Team Stages Multisport.
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.
Michelle cures the business headaches of trainer professionals. For over 15 years, Michelle perfected game-changing solutions at her own training company, twice named the city’s best by the Chicago Reader. Her See Jake and Jane Train online courses now increase revenue by 18-41% holding an ROI of 35 days after completion. Michelle writes and presents for PFP, Club Industry, AFS, the NSCA and is a go-to source for Good Housekeeping, Prevention and Oprah.com.
Beth instantly fell in love with LaBlast® because it embodies the lifestyle necessary for ANYONE to achieve a healthier and happier life. Through LaBlast®, Beth has been able to reach people of all ages and fitness levels, exposing them to the fun and excitement of dance, and molding stronger, healthier individuals with more fulfilled lifestyles. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Beth combines her knowledge of body mechanics and movement to offer a safe and effective class. Beth’s unique balance of talents enable her to offer trainings rich in education and the necessary skills to excel as a fitness professional. She enjoys sharing her experience with other professionals to help them realize that they too can change people’s lives through LaBlast®!
Mac holds a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. Starting his fitness career in 2012, he hass been featured in several WATERinMOTION Releases and POP Pilates Official Choreography release. Mac is proud to be a WATERinMOTION Champion, as well as part of the Tour Crew for POUND. Currently, Mac teaches 20 classes a week at the Old Colony YMCA. Mac is a featured SCW MANIA presenter in Barre, Dance as well at Aqua.
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 bicoastally. 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.
Adam Clark is a business owner, personal trainer, speaker and author. With seven years of experience in the personal training industry, Adam holds a B.S. in Exercise Science. He owns a personal training studio in Brewer, Maine. In addition to personal training, Adam has developed successful corporate wellness programs, delivered team-building seminars for area businesses and sports teams and is the author of an upcoming book titled, “How to Be a Champion Today and Every Day.” He founded Adam Clark Fitness with a mission to provide his clients with great coaching, accountability, positive energy and a fun-filled atmosphere so they can have the best possible training experience and has grown it to over 100 clients in just eight months.
Christine is a wife, mother of two, owner of Conti Fitness & Wellness, LLC, owner and co-host of Two Fit Crazies & A Microphone Podcast, Creator of Let’s Face It, Facial Exercise Program, Revo2lution Running Assistant, U.S. Chief Master Trainer for PLYOGA Fitness, Motivational Speaker, Competitive Marathoner, Triathlete, IronMan, Autoimmune Advocate, AFAA Group and Personal Fitness Trainer, Health Coach, and former investment banker, English teacher, coach and All-American Collegiate Athlete.
MaryBeth is a highly respected, global fitness industry leader with over 30 years experience in group exercise programming. She is a Senior Fitness Specialist and a former National Trainer with the SilverSneakers Fitness Program with advanced training in older adult exercise. MaryBeth is a R.Y.T. and the co-creator of YOQUAtm. As a skilled health and wellness professional, she inspires others to commit to long-term health and fitness goals.
Carolyn is the President and CEO for CE Fitness Consulting LLC and has been in the fitness industry for over 34 years. 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 San Diego. 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™, and Stroops®.
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.
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.
Herson is a specialist in sports performance and faulty movement correction. As a Level 3 NeuroKinetic Practitioner and ACE Personal Trainer, he is an expert in preventing injuries and accelerating performance. He provides scientific programming to competitive athletes and inspires individuals to improve upon their innate abilities.
Tracy Gariepy is the Fitness Advisor for Vibram FiveFingers, as well as a personal trainer and coach in the Carolinas. She is an NPC Bodybuilding figure athlete and former competitive ultra-marathoner. As a minimalist athlete, Tracy advocates for the benefits of barefoot and minimalist training as the foundation for fitness. She holds a BS in Health Education and is completing her Master’s in Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. Certifications: NASM-CPT, ISSA-CFT, RRCA-Certified Running Coach.
Andrew is a 13-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. His experience in multiple corporate wellness programs has provided him with insight in habit development and change, an integral part of any healthy lifestyle.
CHRIS GELLERT, MS, CSCS
Chris is the CEO of Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems(PTCS), the creator of Certified Post Rehabilitation Specialist(CPRS) certification, 16 home study courses. Chris has 19 years experience as a physical therapist, 20 years experience as a personal trainer and 15 years as a presenter. He holds Advanced Master’s degrees in orthopedics & sports physical therapy from the University of South Australia, a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University and B.S. in Marketing.
Ann Gilbert is an owner and operator of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises in the Tampa Bay area. Ann oversees the operations of over 50 Group Fitness professionals and 25 certified Personal Trainers, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann is a faculty member of The Shapes Fitness Academy, leading Educational workshops for the Franchise chain nationwide. Ann teaches the popular Launch Program, designed to mentor new trainers into the growing business of Personal Training. Ann was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA®, IAFC and IHRSA Conventions for decades. Ann has written for Fitness magazines, Club Success, Club Solutions, and AKWA, and has been viewed as Tampa’s Fitness Expert, on Fox 13’s, Good Day Tampa Bay, bi weekly for the past 5 years. Ann acts as an educational expert for SCW Fitness Education by teaching the following Certifications: Active Aging, The Fundamentals of Aquatic Fitness, The Fundamentals of Group Fitness, and WATERinMOTION®.
Scott’s a 35-year industry veteran & owns Saco Sport & Fitness. He’s served on the IHRSA Board, the Industry Leadership Council and chairs his Chamber of Commerce Board. Scott’s a frequent presenter for IHRSA, NEHRSA & Club Industry. He’s been featured in and contributed to CBI, Club Solutions and Club Insider magazines. Scott consults with independent clubs on expanding programs and improving sales systems for Membership and Programs.
Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500 and Certified Yoga Therapist based in Toronto, Canada. The winner of the 2018 Delegates Choice, Canadian Presenter of the Year at the canfitpro conference, Lisa has a strong passion for fitness, yoga and movement. Specializing in Yoga for Trauma she shares her passion by teaching workshops at both local and international conferences and running retreats. She is an avid writer and traveler and Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) Ambassador for Canada.
Elian Haan has a background in professional dance and came to the US from Amsterdam in 1995 as a licensed fitness instructor. Certified in a wide variety of disciplines Elian creates & develops her own A.F.T.E.R.™ fitness programs, owns a yoga/ fitness studio in Texas and works at the Treehouse, an addiction rehab facility, as wellness coach specialized in trauma yoga, somatic bodywork, pain management & anxiety intervention.
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®!
Jenn Hogg is a driving force in the Fitness Community: 5-time US Aerobic Gymnastics Champion, Master Trainer for Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Platinum lululemon Ambassador, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness GF Education Manager & Co-Founder of H.E.R.O. Fitness in Chicago where she and her husband Help Everyone Reach Optimal Fitness. Jenn believes that fitness is attainable for everyone – each road traveled is personal & unique – so find what moves you, inspires you & enjoy the adventure.
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.
Angelique is the proud co-founder of the brand new dual sided mat, TURF ON THE GO! Her passion for fitness started 8 years ago with her own personal health and fitness transformation. Angelique’s love for fitness quickly grew and lead her to become a certified Group Fitness Instructor and co-creator of HIIT the Turf classes. Angelique is excited to be returning to share her passion of fitness with SCW MANIA®!
Alex has been part of the Group Fitness for over 20 years. He holds multiple certifications, including ACE and AFAA certifications for Group Fitness. He is a Trainer for LES MILLS GRIT™ and BODYATTACK®, also presents BODYPUMP®, and teaches CXWORX® and RPM®. He is a former diving and gymnastics enthusiast, and a USA National Sport Aerobics champion. In addition to his passion for fitness, Alex is savvy tech guy who works in training and business development for Enterprises.
With more than thirty years in the fitness industry Erin Kelly’s career began as a fitness trainer and quickly progressed to group exercise instructor, personal trainer, group exercise director, general manager, VP, COO, & CEO with companies such as Brick Bodies, Star Trac, Schwinn and Les Mills. Quite a ride that has led to extensive experience in corporate B2B sales, developing and managing high performing teams, executive leadership, consulting with top 100 fitness brands and generally an understanding of what it takes to run successful health & fitness facilities.
Jen is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, core specialist, inventor of TURF ON THE GO and co-creator of the exciting new classes, HIIT THE TURF. Jen’s instruction puts the focus on maximum burn, with lightest impact , HIIT THE TURF was created to provide this workout anywhere a yoga mat fits! Her love of fitness developed after losing 80lbs, her passion for fitness is CONTAGIOUS, she cannot wait to meet you SCW MANIA®!
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.
Ben Kohler is a passionate fitness professional with experience in a plethora of health and wellness avenues including personal training, group fitness instruction, and health coaching. Ben is currently pursuing his M.S in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on the Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity. This focus on motivation and behavior change strategies help to round out his technical knowledge and expertise, hoping to create lasting change. The power of positivity can be the most important catalyst to reaching new goals!
SARA KOOPERMAN, JD
Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader that 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, is on the Women in Fitness Association Board of Directors and is a proud inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Sara has left an indelible mark on the fitness industry as a whole.
LEN KRAVITZ, PhD, CSCS
Len Kravitz, PhD, CSCS is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He is 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 and has received the Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
NATHALIE LACOMBE, MS
Mover, shaker and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie will passionately share her inspirational insights. As the former Vice Presidnet of CanFit Pro,she uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting change with her team, clients and participants.
Rachel Lauria founder of Believe2Achieve Fitness is an AFAA Certified Instructor, and holds over 6 fitness certifications. She worked closely with Beachbody and Shaun T while the Cize workout was in creation appearing in videos and trainings. Losing 100 pounds herself led her to develop her own format to inspire others on their journey. Incorporating her love for dance fitness and Strength training she created “Weigh2Dance” and in 2018 became the SCW Atlanta Fitness Idol!
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
Elizabeth is a Master Trainer for and the Program Director of Balletone, is a Senior National Master Trainer for BOSU and Hedstrom Fitness, and a Master Trainer for Barre Above and Tabata Bootcamp. She possesses an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and multiple certifications. With over 20 years in fitness, she has directed in commercial, non-profit and collegiate arenas. She is the owner of Studio E Fitness and is regularly on Mass Appeal on WWLP as a fitness expert.
JENNIFER URMSTON LOWE
Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration. She worked for Eastman Kodak in sales. Subsequently, she managed personal training and corporate fitness centers. Jennifer joined Sports & Fitness in 1998. Presently she is their Underwriting Supervisor, National Account Manager, and Marketing Manager. She is a founding board member of AFS and a member of WIFA. She is included in the 2018 Insurance Business America Elite Women.
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 different girls’ sports. She is an internationally touring Pre-Civil War Quilt Presenter, telling stories of her ancestors’ quest for freedom by 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.
DIANNE MCCAUGHEY, PhD
Dianne McCaughey Ph.D. is an award winning fitness specialist with more than 35 years experience in personal training, group exercise, coaching, and post-rehabilitation. She is a master trainer for multiple companies and practices and teaches optimal wellness emphasizing the mind, body and spirit. Dianne is an international speaker, author and presenter who has traveled the world touching lives. As a gerontologist, her mission and purpose is to educate, inspire, and empower people to be the best they can be.
Linda McDonald is a Fitness Educator and Master Trainer for Barre Above, Balletone and BOSU. She is a seasoned Group Fitness Instructor with over 25 years experience teaching many formats, including Spinning, Boot Camp, Barre, Pilates, BOSU and Step. As a Personal Trainer, she has worked with many clients, including college athletes, endurance athletes, and breast cancer recovery patients. Whether she is presenting workshops nationally or regionally, Linda believes that the future of the industry lies in the quality of education, thereby empowering fitness professions to change people’s lives. She works with and mentors both novice and seasoned fitness professions. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a minor in Business. She holds various, current fitness certifications from both ACE and AFAA. She lives in the south shore of Boston, with her husband Mike, two teenage daughters, Samantha and Taylor and their cherished yellow lab, Brady.
Country Fusion® is created by Elizabeth Mooney. Elizabeth has been a dancer since the age of 2 and has taught fitness for over 10 years. Past experience includes directing her own off-broadway show in NYC, America’s Got Talent Season 6, and Mercedes Benz fashion week. Elizabeth’s personal achievements include being a finalist in the Miss Italia competition, Elite Model Management competition, Bikini USA and in Miss Hawaiian Tropic. Being an accomplished actress, dancer, choreographer and model, Ms. Mooney has appeared in many television roles, including HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, and roles on USA’s “Royal Pains”. Her most recent film and television appearances have been as a featured dancer on the Stars network show “Power”. Certifications include AFAA Personal Trainer, Pole Dance, Barre Assets, and training in BOSU and Bootcamp.
Bruce has a BA from the University of 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 CanFitPro 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.