Ricardo Alas has been a Master Group/Personal Fitness Trainer for over 10 years. His credentials are as follows: AFAA Certified as Group Fitness/ Kickboxing Instructor, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), STRONG by Zumba Master Trainer. He is also a Firefighter/EMT and has been recognized as a true leader in the field of fitness. His core belief is “with sweat and determination you will succeed”!
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.
Lou Atkinson is an educator, coach and researcher based in the UK, with a passion for engaging a diverse range of people in physical activity and indoor cycling. As a Lead Master Trainer for Schwinn Cycling she is responsible for educating and mentoring Master Trainers across Europe, the Middle East & Africa, as well as for developing & delivering Schwinn Cycling’s education programme for the region. Lou holds a PhD in Health Psychology and is an expert in health-related behaviour change, particularly relating to physical activity & obesity. Her presenting style combines a focus on making classes accessible & enjoyable to all.
Pam Benchley is a Master Educator with Stages® Cycling, a national Master Trainer for BOSU®, Hedstrom Fitness and NETA. She is a provider of many workshops including indoor cycling, BOSU, and functional/active aging training. Pam currently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is a member of numerous organizations within the fitness industry such as IHRSA, IDEA and ACSM.
Through operating fitness studios for eight years, Alexandra discovered an industry-wide pain point: the lack of a centralized platform & community where fitness professionals, companies and brands could connect. Driven by her industry experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Alexandra was inspired to create Talent Hack, the platform for fitness professionals to find opportunities, connect with brands, network and grow. A former consultant, Wharton grad and exercise fanatic, originally from Venezuela, she now calls New York City home.
JB is a fitness professional and accomplished trainer. He serves as the owner of his own training studio, Aspire Fitness and acts as business consultant for Every Body Fights but he is much more than a trainer. He engrains himself into his client’s lives, he sees their struggles and accomplishments, their wins and losses. He was a global finalist for the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch and 2018 PFP Trainer of the Year.
Adam has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, including personal training, small group training and group fitness. He holds several certifications including ACE, AFFA, NSPA, & TRX. He’s a group fitness manager, overseeing 5 clubs and 200 instructors in Denver, Colorado. He presents BODYPUMP®, BODYATTACK®, LES MILLS GRIT® & LES MILLS SPRINT™ and is skilled in BODYFLOW®, BODYCOMBAT® & BODYVIVE® 3.1. Adam hopes to spread the message that stepping outside your comfort zone could lead you to find your true passion in life.
Barbie Brown, BS Business Administration & Marketing, Certified Lifestyle Coach & AFAA PT and Group Exercise Instructor. Barbie has been in the fitness industry since 2008. She is MASHUP® Master Trainer and has taught Camp Gladiator, Body Pump, Pilates, Boot Camp, Total Body Conditioning, Step Aerobics, Circuit Training, Active Aging, and Kickboxing. Barbie lives in Whitehouse, TX close to DFW where she teaches several classes a week, works as a lifestyle coach and also helps manage social media for MASHUP®.
For 30+ 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 works for EXOS serving as the Director of Health & Wellness for the new Moise Safra Center. 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.
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.
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.
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.
DR. DAWN FIGLO
Dr. Dawn Olsen Figlo, a podiatrist and foot surgeon, believes that, ” A healer shares love; a patient needs trust, and trust will only come when one feels loved.” Walk with her as she takes followers on a journey of enlightenment, sharing her wisdom about the foot as our physical foundation and gateway to healing. “Sometimes,” she says, “we need to look back to heal the present, and then look down to heal our way up.”
Khalid is a professional dancer currently working with Cirque Du Soleil. He has been on 16 world tours and has a passion for teaching the art form of Body Percussion, a polyrhythmic percussive dance form. His credits include: Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson Immortal world tour by Cirque Du Soleil, Stomp (Off-Broadway), Stomp out Loud (Las Vegas), Stomp the Yard (feature film), closing ceremonies of European Olympic games (Baku), Molodi, Gap, Red Bull, X-Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Next Top Model, LXD, Latin Grammy’s, Eminem and Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Khalid is also the Creator/CEO of Soul Clap Fitness.
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.
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.
50+ USA Snowboarding Champion, Melissa Gibson found relief from her multiple autoimmune conditions when she was introduced to a hemp-derived compound called CBD. Leveraging her degree in Agriculture Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Brand Management, Melissa created hemp & humanity, a quadruple bottom line company which provides education about CBD and offers a consciously curated, trusted slate of products. Melissa is dedicated to teaching others the power of hemp to improve the human condition.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan is vice president of program innovation for canfitpro and GoodLife Fitness. She is a global fitness ambassador and has been recognized for her work in fitness that spans over three decades. Mo is a #1 best-selling author, member of the Board of Directors for Prescription to Get Active and Women In Fitness Association (WIFA) and a Reebok sponsored athlete.
Passion met purpose as Jason entered into the fitness industry in 2008. Since then his curiosity about human movement continues to grow along with a desire to ignite this curiosity in others. After completing the GIFT program at Gray Institute in 2015 Jason has continued his journey as director of education with procedos. He co-teaches with his wife Marissa and together they aim to create an interactive learning environment while facilitating the evolution of the fitness industry they dearly admire.
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.
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.
Kristy is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with and Honours degree in Human Kinetics and Bachelors of Education as well as certifications in Advanced Mat Pilates, Level 2 Kettlebells, Level 1 Functional Movement Specialist, Indoor Cycling Instructor, Master Educator and Personal Trainer. Her passions alongside teaching Indoor Cycling, includes teaching Kettlebells, training athletes and furthering her own fitness level.
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!
Petra Kolber is an internationally renowned wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. As an author and speaker she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. In 2018, in association with Da Capo Lifelong Books, Petra released her first book, The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unleash Your Joy.
SARA KOOPERMAN, JD
Sara, CEO of SCW Fitness Education and WATERinMOTION®, is a visionary leader who has launched nine successful MANIA® fitness-professional conventions, over 30 live and online certifications, and countless video & CEC projects. Sara’s humor and warmth are matched only by her devotion to education. She is the proud recipient of AEA’s Global Award for Contribution to the Aquatic Industry, serves on the Gold’s Gym Think Tank, is on the Women In Fitness Board of Directors, and a National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee. Sara has left an indelible mark on the entire fitness industry.
LEN KRAVITZ, PhD
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.
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 the recipient of the 2018 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year award and has been acknowledged as an award-winning conference educator, keynote speaker, and adjunct university faculty. An ACE and NASM Subject Matter Expert, Ryka Brand Ambassador, SCW Fitness Faculty, WaterRower Lead Educator, TRX and Savvier Fitness master trainer, and BeachBody consultant, she is the author of The HIIT Advantage for Women and A Woman’s Guide to Muscle & Strength (Human Kinetics).
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.
Joel Matalon, CEO of RUNhabX Inc. & 2017 Fitness Idol Winner has over 30 years of industry experience. He’s an accomplished Life Coach, Ironman, Marathoner/Ultra, and Spartan Coach. He is also a Skechers™️ Performance sponsored athlete. Joel is the Director of Continuing Education for ChiLiving®️ and trains & certifies globally in ChiRunning®️ & ChiWalking®️. He is a Continuing Education Provider for ACE/ACSM, Marathon Performance Coach at the JCC Manhattan & Dad to newborn twins!
From Cyprus and professionally trained at Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in New York City, Irena is an AFAA- and ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor. She has been teaching Group Fitness classes in famous NYC Gyms throughout her fitness career, and she has worked with artists and appeared on TV shows in the U.S. and internationally. Irena is currently an International Zumba® Education Specialist, and her passion for Martial Arts and Fitness has led her to become a Strong By Zumba® Master Trainer in N.Y.
Dennis is a Master Educator with Stages Cycling and has been a certified indoor cycling instructor since 1997. He is also a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a Minor in Coaching from the State University of New York College at Cortland. In 2012 Dennis was voted the Mountain West’s “Top Spin Instructor” by Competitor Magazine. He is also the proud father of twin teenage boys.
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.
A Stages Master Educator based out of Portland, OR, Marina loves people and exercise, and believes health is an absolute gift. As a wife of 20+ years, and a mom of 2, Faith, Family, and Fitness are the 3 cornerstones of her life. She currently teaches Indoor Cycling, Cycle Strength, Strength Conditioning, Group Centergy and Core, and has been teaching fitness classes since 1999. Marina’s love for people, desire to inspire, passion for exercise, and ability to ‘perform’ (backed by a Masters Degree in Teaching) all come together in this perfect profession for her!
Country Fusion® is created and founded by Elizabeth Mooney. Elizabeth has been a dancer since the age of 2 and has taught fitness for 10 years now. She has produced and directed her own Off Broadway show and has owned her own dance studio in NY. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Trainer, Zumba, Pole Dance, Pound, Barre Assets, and training in BOSU and Cardio Tai Box. Also CPR/AED certified and founder of Burlesque Booty Camp.
KEVIN MULLINS, CSCS
Kevin is a Master Instructor and personal trainer based out of Washington D.C. His work has included being named a two-time Men’s Health Magazine Next Top Trainer, contributor to major magazines and media outlets, and training over fifteen thousand sessions in ten years. His upcoming book, Day by Day is a part of the Daily Trainer project, an opportunity to redefine education for fitness professionals. He has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, holds multiple certifications such as Pn1, USAW, and Schwinn Cycle. Learn more at KevinMullinsFitness.com.
TRICIA MURPHY MADDEN
Tricia Madden is the national education director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above, one of the largest Barre education programs in the World. A former facility owner in Seattle, WA she currently leads fitness and management workshops worldwide, and is one of the industry’s leading presenters for IDEA, SCW Fitness, CanFitPro, DCAC, IHRSA, Diego Sacco Portugal and other event organizers. Additionally, a 2016 IDEA Program Director of the Year award and SCW Fitness Presenter of the Year 2017.
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.