Kristy Anaya is a strong, energetic individual built with an enthusiasm for all things fitness. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. She is AEA, AFAA, YogaFit certified and a Acquapole ® Master Trainer. She believes one should never stop learning and is intentional in changing the perception that water fitness is only for the senior population. She shares her energy in helping others lead their own healthy, fit, and balanced life.
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.
Aaron (A.J.) Armstrong is a leader, engineer, entrepreneur, manager, veteran, investor, international business and life strategist, and author. He is a former D1 football player and graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Systems Engineering. He and his wife are the owners and founders of three start-up companies: Armstrong Ventures LLC, Armstrong Real Estate Group LLC, and Marissa’s Fit Boutique LLC.
DR. JAMES BACH
For Dr. James Bach, movement is a healing modality. With his patients & clients, he has developed a unique methodology that combines evidence-based applications of exercise physiology, movement science, and soft tissue manipulation with cutting edge training techniques. This holistic approach to overall wellness is grounded in a never-ending passion for education and discovery which allows him to help individuals of all fitness levels achieve peak performance with reduced risk of injury.
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.
Jenna Bostic is an international Zumba® Education Specialist for Zumba® Fitness. She has been presenting for Zumba® since 2008 and teaches Zumba® Basic 1, Zumba® Basic 2, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning & Aqua Zumba® instructor trainings. Jenna was the featured ZES for the one-on-one choreography on the ZIN #35 DVD and on 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.”
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.
Cameron is the Director of Education for Stages Cycling. In this role, she has had the pleasure of mentoring other Master Educators throughout the world. As a leading authority in the indoor cycling tech revolution, Cameron has had the opportunity to work with the largest commercial fitness accounts in the world.
Brittany Citron is the founder of PROnatal Fitness, a company specializing in pre/postnatal education and certifications. As a mother of two, she views the pregnancy journey like the major athletic event that it is, and travels the country teaching professionals how to utilize the company’s unique Performance Training Approach to better prepare women for the “event of their lives.” In addition to being a national presenter, she’s a course author and 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.
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.
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 instantaneously 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 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!
SOHAILLA DIGSBY, RDN, LD, CPT
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 the 3 books she has authored to team up with fitness pros to ensure clients reach and maintain their Best Bodies, along with online coaching groups and her membership site.
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.
Danielle obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Masters in Recreation Administration. She is The Creator of Dance Corps, a fusion of Hip Hop Dance and Interval Training. An expert in the fitness industry, Danielle has taught for 15 years, managed collegiate and nonprofit group fitness and wellness programs, has been an adjunct professor for fitness/wellness-based courses, and was a NASM Personal Trainer. She is a two-time presenter of dance-based sessions at intercollegiate fitness conferences.
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.
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.
Amanda is an Account Manager for Myzone, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Group Fitness Instructor with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. Amanda has always had a passion for fitness as a Marathon runner and dancer. By turning her passion into a career, Amanda had helped others achieve fitness goals. Myzone has been a gamechanger in her training by holding her clients accountable and pushing them to achieve more.
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.
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 of two, Shapes Fitness for Women, franchises. Ann oversees the operations of as many as 25 certified Personal Trainers, 50 Group Fitness professionals, and coordinates fee-based group personal training programs. Ann was awarded ACE / IHRSA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2001 and has been a popular speaker at Club Industry, SCW MANIA, IAFC, and IHRSA Conventions since 2002. Ann writes for Fitness magazines and can be seen on local TV weekly.
Alejandro is a Les Mills US National Trainer and Presenter for BODYATTACK®, BODYPUMP®, BODYSTEP®️ and the LES MILLS GRIT® Series, and is also a Reebok sponsored athlete. He has taught Les Mills programs for over eleven years and is also certified in CXWORX®. Alejandro presents master classes and trains instructors across the U.S. Alejandro works full time as a clinical psychotherapist and teaches group fitness at his local YMCA in Illinois, and holds certifications in ACE® and AFAA®.
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.
Abe was born in Mexico started his fitness career as a Gym owner and Fitness Professional in 2000. He’s been helping people reach their fitness goals & changing their lifestyle by teaching a variety of group exercise classes such as Spinning, Tae Bo, GAP, Personal Training and Latin American Dance. He took his first Zumba Basic training in 2006 with Beto Perez, creator of Zumba & moved to Spain in 2007. Abe started his Zumba Career as a Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) continued his dream job in Mexico. Abe now leads Zumba trainings in the us to people who want to become part of the Zumba Dream. Today, he is also a master trainer for the hottest new non-dance, high-intensity, music-led program, STRONG by Zumba®!
With over 20 years of fitness instruction experience and B.S. from Purdue University in “Dietetics” and “Nutrition, Fitness, and Health”, Cassie Hilleboe has a strong passion for exercise and nutrition. She is currently a Master Trainer for Tabata Bootcamp™ and Barre Above™. She is dedicated to helping her clients achieve the best results through individualized strategies based on long-term results. Cassie loves the science behind efficient and safe exercise programs like Tabata Bootcamp™ and Barre Above™, and is excited about spreading this knowledge to help others.
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®!
A former gym owner and Media Personality in Jamaica, Denise emigrated to the US and pursued her desire to help seniors live their best lives. She developed Fitness programs and worked as a Personal Trainer at The Clay Madsen and Baca Centers in Texas. In addition, she developed the Move Your Body program at her church, creating a FunFit workout class for adults 55+. She also speaks and demonstrates to groups about living healthier lives.
Aida Johnson-Rapp’s classes have been highlighted in the New York Post, Essence, the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, CNN, Windy City Live and more. Aida has danced professionally; served in the U.S. Military; worked on the Chicago Mayor’s Fitness Council. Currently she is Director of Group Exercise at East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois overseeing 200 plus hours of weekly classes. She holds numerous industry certifications including: AFAA, Pilates, TRX, Zumba, Yoga/Meditation and Indoor Cycling.
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.
Cheri’s passion for teaching began in the public school system as a special education teacher. It continued growing as a swim instructor and lifeguard trainer during the summer months, and eventually as a group fitness, aqua instructor, and personal trainer. Today, with over 30 years of teaching and training experience, Cheri is honored to be a part of the WaterinMotion and SCW team as a presenter, champion, trainer. She has presented on over 10 video releases with the team and loves bringing this wonderful workout experience to others.
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.
IRENE LEWIS-MCCORMICK, MS, CSCS
Irene Lewis-McCormick, M.S. is the 2018 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, SCW Fitness faculty and certification leader; a published author, fitness consultant and master trainer for TRX, Power Systems and Savvier Fitness. Irene is the Group Training Manager and Lead Conference Educator for WaterRower, a RYKA FitPro and an Orangetheory Fitness educator and head coach.
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.
SHELDON MCBEE, MS
Sheldon McBee MS, has a Masters in Degree in Human Nutrition, is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, and has over 18 years of experience in health and fitness. Sheldon is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, business consultant, fitness content developer, and training director. Sheldon is a passionate and dynamic presenter. He has been featured in numerous fitness education and training videos. Sheldon is the Personal Training Director for Universal Athletic Club based in Lancaster, PA.
TRIPP MILLER, MS
Tripp is a Master Trainer for RumbleRoller and manages a corporate wellness company with his wife in Fort Worth, Texas where they train yoga and meditation instructors to teach in a local children’s hospital. He also teaches at Tarrant County College and enjoys applying what he has learned through his MS in Exercise Physiology and years of training in yoga to his lectures and teaching.
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.