MANIA® PRESENTERS: A-L

SIBILLA ABUKHALED

Sibilla, born and raised in Switzerland, started her fitness career in 2001 in Tampa, Florida. The continuous urge to coach and teach drove her to build a successful personal training career and lead the aqua and fitness department in an all-female gym for 10 years.Teaching aqua has always been special in her heart, so it was no surprise that WATERinMOTION® became her passion when she was introduced to it in 2010. Sibilla would describe herself as a technical and enthusiastic instructor. She is honored and proud to be part of the WATERinMOTION® team.

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.

CYNDY BARNES

Cyndy Barnes and her husband, Travis Barnes, are the owners of a booming fitness company with five locations and franchises throughout the country. Starting her thriving company with an unemployment check has landed Cyndy on NBC News and led to Shape magazine naming her as one of the 50 most inspiring women of all time. Cyndy is the 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. 

TRAVIS BARNES

Travis is a best-selling author, international presenter, and founder of five fitness locations and franchises throughout the country. Experiencing extreme hardships, including a decade long prison sentence, the loss of his home to a natural disaster, and being terminated as COO of a local fitness company, Travis has turned trials into triumph to become one of the nation’s most successful trainers and business owners. Travis is passionate about inspiring others to harness their own entrepreneurial spirit and providing education on successful business design. 

JENNA BOSTIC

Jenna Bostic is an international Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Fitness. She has been presenting for Zumba® since 2008 and leads instructor trainings in Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba®. Jenna was the featured ZES for the one-on-one choreography on the ZIN #35 DVD and 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. 

C. VICTOR BRICK, MEd

Victor Brick, M.Ed., is the co-founder/CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, which owns and operates 84 health clubs in the United States and Australia. He is the founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, whose mission is to change the way the world treats mental health. Victor sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Wellness Summit and, along with his wife, Lynne, was the 2020 recipient of the Debra Simon Award for Leadership in Furthering Mental Wellness.

LYNNE BRICK, RN, MA

Lynne Brick holds a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Coaching with an emphasis on Nutrition and was an IDEA International Instructor of the Year. She is the co-owner, with her husband, Victor, of Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness Growth Partners, totaling 87 clubs. As the co-founder of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Lynne was the 2020 recipient of the Global Wellness Summit Debra Simon Leadership in Mental Wellness Award.

KELLY BULLARD, MS

Kelly has been an international fitness educator and a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) since 2009. She holds degrees in Exercise and Sports Science (Health and Physical Education) and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. She shares her enormous passion, enthusiasm, and experience in fitness/dance with people of all ages. Kelly specializes in many Zumba® Fitness programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is in several Zumba DVDs, including being featured in Aqua Zumba® Vol. 6. Kelly holds a variety of certifications in fitness and is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA, & ACE.

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!

PAUL CHRISTOPHER

Paul Christopher is the founder and owner of Gravity + Oxygen Fitness in Boca Raton, Florida.  Holding degrees in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Health Care Administration, he is also a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer, a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Paul is one of the favorite SCW Webinar presenters and MANIA® presenters and has also led successful sessions for the International Society of Sports Nutritionists.

YVETTE CLASS

Yvette Class has been in the aquatic environment for over twenty years and 10 years teaching aquatic fitness formats. Yvette teaches aquatic fitness classes, which include, Acquapole Boxing with Liquid Gym Toolkits with Indigo Aquatics, Aqua Jump, Aqua Cross Training, Drum Vibes, Aqua Cycling, and traditional water fitness for seniors. She also specializes in Adaptive Swimming and water exercises for special needs. Yvette is very proud to be part of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and WSI, Silver Sneakers, Swim Angelfish Swim Whisperer, Starfish Aquatic Institute, StarGuard Elite, AEA, and ATRI member.

ICHELL DAVIS

Ichell Davis moved to the USA in 2013 and holds AFAA CPT, and NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist Certifications, amongst others. She focuses on diverse age ranges in her programming and brings a decade of experience with her. Ichell’s extensive range of certifications includes Post Rehab Specialist, Exercise for Parkinson’s, TPI Golf Fitness, GX, Flow Yoga, and Active Aging. 

CAMMY DENNIS

Cammy Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and fitness certifications from ACE, AFAA, FAI and AEA and is a master trainer for NAFC. Cammy is currently the Fitness Director for On Top of the World Communities, a 55-plus active aging adult community, as well as The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa. Cammy is a presenter for the International Council on Active Aging, SCW Fitness Education and recipient of the 2019 National Association of Home Builders 55+ Lifestyle Director Silver award.

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. 

CAMERON DYE

Cameron Dye is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a degree in Kinesiology. He is head of Program Design at a fitness facility in New York and a varsity assistant coach with his local high school football team. Cameron has a reputation for being high energy and helping his members take their fitness to the next level.

MARYBETH DZIUBINSKI

MaryBeth is a highly respected global fitness industry leader with over 30 years experience in group exercise programming. She is a Senior Fitness Specialist, a former National Trainer with the SilverSneakers® Fitness Program for over 20 years, 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.

STEVE FEIN

Dr. Steven Fein, the founder and medical director of HemeOncCall, has a deep-seated passion for helping people with blood disorders. He trained at Johns Hopkins, Duke, and the University of Miami. As a telemedicine practice, HemeOncCall aims to provide fast access to high-quality, compassionate care for patients. The main focus of this telemedicine hematology practice is women’s health hematology, identifying and treating iron deficiency in pregnant women and women with difficult monthly cycles.

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 bachelor’s 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. 

ANN GILBERT

Ann Gilbert is an owner and operator of Shapes Fitness for Women, in the Tampa Bay area. Ann oversees the operations of as many as 8 certified Personal Trainers, 15 Group Fitness professionals, 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. 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 education expert for SCW Fitness Education teaching the following Certifications: Active Aging, The Fundamentals of Aquatic Fitness, The Fundamentals of Group Fitness, WATERinMOTION®, and S.E.A.T.®. 

JACOB GLASSMEYER

Jacob Glassmeyer is an accomplished, multi-award-winning instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong with 35 years of experience in martial arts and 25 years in the fitness industry. He has been transforming individuals, companies, and communities through movement, meditation, and renewed mindsets. 

ROBERT GUENTHER

Robert Guenther has been teaching INDO BOARD balance training since 2005 in Traverse City, Michigan. Surviving a severe auto accident, Robert used Indo Boards to recover his balance and rehabilitate numerous injuries. He developed methods that allow the average person to learn to ride the INDO BOARD within minutes & then go on to skillfully master the device. As a certified Master INDO BOARD Instructor, Guenther, along with his wife Kim, have developed the #1 balance program in the US. 

QUINCY HENRY

Quincy is a Fitness Facility Supervisor and Personal Trainer for On Top of the World, a 55+ active adult community. He is certified by; ACE, Original Strength, FMS, and StrongFirst SFG1. Quincy’s coaching philosophy and exercise prescriptions are rooted in the value of strength as we age with an emphasis on developing quality of movement and function. Quincy specializes in helping older adults improve strength, balance, and function. 

JEFF HOWARD

Jeff Howard 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 franchise in 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). 

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.

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.