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.
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.
KIM BRETZ, MA
Kim Bretz, MA, a full time Kinesiology faculty at Laney College, with 25 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry and educational institutions. Kim started teaching swimming at age 12 and later swam competitively. She has worked in the industry as an Aquatic Instructor Educator for W.E.S.T. International, as a Director in Aquatics, Fitness, and a Collegiate Swimming and Water Polo coach. Kim specializes in teaching Aquatics, Cycling, Aerobics, Core and Foam Rolling Classes
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.
Owner of Efren Buzzo dance and fitness, Choreobuzz.com and his very own Salsa-Reggaeton Mix program. Efren is a professional dance-fitness instructor, presenter, mentor, and entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience providing fun, high quality group fitness classes and mentorship locally and nationally. He is originally from Mexico; based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led classes since 2009 at some of the top-notch fitness facilities in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area—from Zumba® to Spin, Strength Training, to Body-Movement classes.
Known as “The Body Transformation Expert”, Josh has over 20 years of experience helping his clients get fit and lead healthier lives. Josh is a personal training guru, West Hills Fit Body Boot Camp owner and chief marketing officer for the franchise, and an advisor to hundreds of fellow fitness professionals. Josh has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Shape Magazine, to name a few and has made TV appearances on ABC, CBS, Spike, HGTV, and Showtime.
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.
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.
Marc Coronel is a Senior Master Trainer and Presenter for TriggerPoint and TRX and Master instructor for LifeFitness. An expert in connecting people to movement and energy, Marc is known for his humor and messages of empowerment. He is a sought after fitness consultant and program director and has helped a multitude of gyms start their business. Marc has trained all walks of life and believes in balance of body and mind and that nothing is impossible.
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.
Doris Estremera is a Beachbody LIVE Master Trainer from San Jose, California with over 15 years in the fitness industry. She presents INSANITY, PiYo, CIZE and CORE DE FORCE formats. She has taught group fitness classes for 24 Hour Fitness, Equinox, YMCA, and Pacific Athletic Club, presented at fitness conventions like MANIA® and Evolution Fitness Conference and has appeared both as a lead and cast member for Beachbody On Demand workouts and instructor class videos.
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.
Bridget is an international Master Trainer for Beachbody Live and is currently the Head Master Trainer for the West & Central Regions. With over 15 years in the fitness industry holding certifications thru ACE, AFAA and many Specialty Certifications, Her resume includes Group Instructor, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness manager and Club Consultant as well as featured in several Instructor videos, won 2010 Presenter of the Year and is a Hall of Fame level Master Trainer.
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.
With more than 8 years of experience, the goal is to always keep fitness fun – at every level! As a working mom to a 9-year old son, and fitness professional, I want everyone to realize how important it is to take care of their body, mind, and spirit because it’s the only place they have to live. Laced Fitness Studio Owner, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Power Music GroupRx Fitness Coordinator, Coach -Power Music/GroupRx BOOT program, Certified Tabata Boot Camp Trainer, Certified Zumba Instructor
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!
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®!
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.
Mary Horne is a classically trained former professional ballet and modern dancer, 200-hour RYT and Certified Personal Trainer. She teaches both group classes and in private settings in NYC and leads retreats worldwide. National Director for Mind/Body programs for Bootcamp Republic and co-creator of SPRY.
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 past 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 is the Director of Education at Club Pilates, which is the world’s fastest growing fitness franchising company. Vanessa recently wrote the new Club Pilates Teacher Training Program, which is the first comprehensive Pilates training program to be launched in both an online and in-studio environment. She is a lifelong athlete and has been a Pilates Instructor for 11 years and held multiple leadership positions in staff development and education.
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.
Mike Jacques has been a member of the fitness industry for over 8 years. His background is in business, having earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He also carries nationally recognized certifications from ACE and AFAA, among others. Mike is an accomplished Presenter and Trainer for several Les Mills programs, including LES MILLS GRIT ®, BODYPUMP ®, CXWORX ™ and LES MILLS SPRINT ®. Mike believes that we all have the ability to inspire others to become the best version of themselves, one workout at a time.
Susan Jessup has more than 25 years in the fitness industry. As an instructor, group fitness director, gym owner, public speaker, martial artist, and host of local television fitness shows, Susan’s broad range makes her extremely dynamic, yet very approachable. She is a Senior R.I.P.P.E.D Master Trainer and RUMBLE Program Director.
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.
Bedros is a true rags-to-riches story of a self-made entrepreneur who escaped communism, came to the U.S., ate out of dumpsters and built several multiple-million-dollar global brands. Bedros is the founder of Fit Body Boot Camp, an indoor boot camp franchise that was placed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in 2016. He is the fitness industry’s leading consultant for marketing, business systems and development, and his products help tens of thousands of fitness professionals and business owners!
Lorna Kleidman 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.
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.
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.
KRISTIN MABRY, C-IAYT
Kristin enjoys being a group fitness instructor, ERYT 500 yoga instructor, C-IAYT yoga therapist, studio owner, continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance, and international presenter for YogaFit training systems. Her passion is integrating fitness and yoga into the overall wellness model. She is thrilled to present quick and easy tools that instructors and clients can use to achieve wellness, happiness, and connection not only inside the studio or gym, but also throughout life.
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.
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 PhD 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).
Jeff McMullen, with over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, is an award-winning, international fitness presenter based in San Francisco, CA. He is the Group Fitness Manager for EQUINOX in Berkeley; a master trainer for ActivMotion™, TABATA Bootcamp™, Barre Above™, Jumpsport® Fitness and MUVZ™ Fitness; and a master course instructor for TRX®. He is certified through ACE, AEA, ACSM, AFAA & NASM.
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.