Desirée began her formal dance training at the age of four at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota and continued through her discovery of dance teams in high school. She went on to dance for the University of Florida Gators dance team where she performed all over the country, including the 2000 Men’s Basketball Final Four. Desirée broke into the professional world of dance as an ‘A-Town’ dancer for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Desirée currently serves as an official trainer for the ATL Hawks Dancers. Desirée received her Master of Science in Health Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition from Georgia State University & earned the title dietetic technician, registered. She is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, registered yoga teacher and certified posture specialist. Desirée found LaBlast in 2017 and instantly fell in love, becoming certified to teach after that one class.
Paula Raphael is originally from Louisville, KY and has lived in the Fort Myers Area for 17 years. This mother of 3 boys is a Master Trainer for Acquapole® and SAF AQUA Drums Vibes®. Paula holds certifications with ACE, AEA, RYT and various other licenses in other fitness formats. Her passion, enthusiasm and experience aid her participants to reach their fitness goals and feeling comfortable in and out of the water.
Keli has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and is a Schwinn® Master Trainer. She is the recipient of the IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year and OBOW ECA award for Best Use of Equipment, Best Female Presenter, and Lifetime Achievement Award. As SCW Faculty and an ACE Master Trainer, Keli is known for her acclaimed workshops worldwide. Her award-winning videos demonstrate her exceptional teaching skills. Keli is ACSM HFS-certified and holds certifications through AFAA, ACE Group Fitness, ACE Gold Personal Trainer and Level 1 Precision Nutrition.
Originally a native of Baltimore, MD and a former collegiate football champion at the University at Buffalo and several years in the AFL, Dane’s focus is to drive a next level boutique studio experience inside Onelife Fitness Atlanta. Dane is a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a lululemon ambassador & a 2x Head Coach of the Year with the Atlanta Steam of the LFL.
Yury exudes fitness versatility as a land and aqua certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, mindful movement and meditation specialist, certified life coach and a world-renown continuing education provider. Yury won the SCW Instructor of the Year Award for 2016 and has appeared in internationally selling instructor training videos for specialty groups including active aging and the workout series for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Yury is CEO and owner of Ki Mind Body Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam.
His “800 Pounds of Parents” directly inspired Jonathan’s prolific fitness career. He is a multiple Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE, IDEA, and PFP Magazine), creator of Funtensity, brain fitness expert, blogger and master trainer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). His book, Abs Revealed, delivers a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. A former astronomer, Jonathan used to study stellar bodies – now he builds them! AionFitness.com and Funtensity.com.
Kelly Ruth is a wife and a mother of three children. She is a certified Barre, TRX and Cycle instructor. Kelly was a stay at home mom until she decided at 41 to launch her own blog in February 2019. Kelly discovered the power of CBD oil after being frustrated by more traditional medicines for her anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. She is on a mission to dispel some of the many myths about CBD oil and spread the word about its powerful benefits.
Fitness and martial arts is my Legacy! I grew up in the martial arts world inspired by my father. In 2013, I created Samurai FT martial arts fitness system. Originally from Ecuador, where I created a Samurai community with instructors working in different cities teaching fitness classes and sharing this martial arts legacy! I currently reside in New York City and am very excited to start a new journey here in the US!
Javier is a highly experienced International Fitness Presenter with over 20 years of experience in Personal Training, Sales, Communication, Group Exercise, Fitness Management and Marketing. He served as a Master Instructor and Educator for renowned international programs including Les Mills and Spinning® throughout Europe and the US before he joined Stages Cycling in 2016 as Stages Cycling University Brand Manager and Lead Master Educator. Originally from Madrid, Spain, he relocated to New York City in 2014 where he lives with his lovely wife.
Jeffrey is an International Fitness Presenter, Schwinn Lead Master Trainer, Reebok Master Trainer, and Area Group Fitness Manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs. With more than 20 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry, Jeffrey has conducted training workshops in over 15 countries around the world and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known for his creative choreography and motivational teaching.
Metta attended Utah Valley University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. Post university she found a true passion in group fitness and became a group fitness certified instructor teaching muscle mix, HIIT, power pump and HIGH FITNESS.Metta was among the first to be selected as a HIGH Fitness Guru, traveling, training new instructors and teaching Epic classes all over the US.
DR. CANDICE SETI, Psy.D.
Dr. Candice Seti, aka “The Weight Loss Therapist” is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Weight Management Specialist, and Certified Expert Life Coach. This very unique combination of education and training provides the backbone for Dr. Seti’s unique approach to weight loss and weight management. Dr. Seti is able to go beyond simple diet and exercise plan and address the psychology behind weight loss and weight gain.
TRICIA SILVERMAN RD, LDN, MBA
Tricia is a registered dietitian, the 2016 SCW MANIA® Boston Idol Winner, and 2018 SCW Florida Mania® Presenter of the Year. As an SCW Faculty Member, she created and leads the SCW Nutrition for Active Aging Certification. She specializes in employee/group presentations. She’s a Wellcoaches-certified wellness coach, an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, an ACE-certified personal trainer, and is Barre-certified by SCW and Barre Above™. Tricia has an MBA, and is a lecturer at Northeastern University.
Travis Standiford is a Trainer and Presenter in both LES MILLS GRIT and SPRINT, and has been in the fitness industry for 9 years. He also works at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago helping lead and organize all the instructor development and education for the company, while also responsible for co-creating Midtown branded group fitness programs. Certified in a number of other things spanning from other Les Mills programs to being an ACE-certified Personal Trainer to an EverybodyFights Coach, he brings a multi-angled perspective to group fitness that’s focused primarily on helping people fall in love with fitness and creating the “experience” for all that participate.
I’m a mountain mama to 3, entrepreneur with my husband, and a fitness professional. Fitness for me goes so much deeper than what we see on the outside. It’s about taking care of our minds first and loving the body we showed up in. This attitude must start at home with our children! Using modalities like POUND enables me to reach communities and schools to impact lives and help create healthy lifestyles.
Doris Thews is an International award winning Fitness Educator who leads several fitness brands. She is Vice President of Group Fitness, Team Training and Innovation for VASA Fitness. Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU. Doris consults several leading brands on business and program development, in addition to presenting and lecturing internationally. She is known for her motivation and athletic coaching style. Power Music Advisory Board Member and RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.
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.
Founder of Recess & Results, Beth has 15+ years of experience in fitness, both as an active fitness trainer and business professional helping other entrepreneurs achieve their greatest potential. Beth holds a BA in Health Fitness Management and a Masters degree in Exercise and Sport Psychology. The Recess & Results Youth Movement Instructor Certification she developed is approved by NASM and AFAA for CEU’s. Beth is passionate about faith,family and fitness (in that order)!
Manuel is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and a WATERinMOTION® National Trainer. He is a valued trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp and Barre Above and a recipient of the NYC All-Around International Presenter of the Year award and has been presenting at fitness conferences worldwide for over two decades. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and WATERinMOTION® and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos. He is also RYT-200 Yoga certified and an AFAA Team Pro and Examiner. Manuel is a former Lead Instructor at the Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico and now is a head instructor at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate Mexico (outside of San Diego).
Connie is the choreographer for WATERinMOTION, faculty member of SCW Fitness Education and certified by ACE, AEA, AFAA, Balanced Body, The Braining Center, Yoga Fit, Schwinn and Reebok Cycle, and Moms in Motion. Awarded the Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional of the Year, Connie has over 30 years of teaching experience in the USA and abroad. She enjoys traveling around the world presenting new and creative workshops to make fitness more accessible, professional and fun.
Billie has 28+ years of experience in the fitness industry. She won the 2016 SCW Fitness Idol Competition and is an SCW-certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Billie has a BA from Grand Canyon University and is a Master Trainer for Barre Above™, Tabata Bootcamp™, and LifeTime Fitness. As a former competitive cheerleader, Billie brings high-energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement to her classes. She is also a U-Jam Instructor and the Fitness/Wellness Manager at Trilogy Orlando.
KIA WILLIAMS, MS
Kia is an experienced group fitness instructor and personal trainer teaching multiple formats, including yoga, cycling, dance, barre, kickboxing and more. She has managed the fitness and wellness programs at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is currently managing the fitness program at the University of Illinois in Champaign. In addition to holding a master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies (sports management), Kia earned dual bachelor’s degrees in radio, television and film and English. She holds several specialty certifications including Barre Above®, Schwinn® Cycling, Pulsepoint Barre, TRX®, BOSU®, BODYSHRED®, Piloxing®, and others. As a master trainer for Barre Above®, Kia is committed to helping other live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a strong and fit mind and body.
Sean Yeager-Diamond has been in the health industry for over 20 years. He is recognized as a leading educator working for global certification companies. Sean has gone from a cycling enthusiast to competitor, and from a participant to a coach for large-scale events. His focus is helping individuals to achieve a higher sense of self. He’s taken the first steps on many fitness journeys and believes those experiences can help others, regardless of the goal.
TYLER YEARBY, MEd
Tyler Yearby, M.Ed., is the Founder & Director of Performance at Inspire Movement in Minnesota, USA. With more than 12 years’ experience, Tyler has taught more than 125 training courses in over a dozen countries and has spoken at Olympic training centers. He is a former strength and conditioning coach for The University of Minnesota football program where he also holds a Master’s degree in kinesiology. Some additional certifications include: ACE-AHFS; NASM-CPT, PES, CES; NSCA-CSCS
As a Guru for HIGH Fitness LP, a group fitness format that is quickly taking the fitness world by storm with its modernization of old school aerobics, Melissa has extensive experience training new instructors and delivering wellness presentations to professionals. She began her fitness journey in 1997 and has not stopped since gaining much success and recognition in the industry.