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Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D., is the founder of AlchemyOfTheStars.com, and creator of Chakrastrology™. She trains people in alchemical astrology, and has been featured on The History Channel’s "The Universe." When she’s not working as an astrologer, she’s the founder of The Kaivalya Yoga Method and runs an online 500 hour yoga teacher certification program with YogaDownload.
Alexandra Joy Smith
Alexandra Joy Smith’s life quest has been to discover how ordinary living transforms into extraordinary when you ͞do the work.͟ Her Intuitive Results Coaching System draws on more than 15 years of experience working in the health, fitness and wellness industry, as well as her BA in Psychology and a life coaching certification. Alexandra made the transition from fitness professional to life coach over five years ago and has participated in thousands of hours of immersive health and wellness, transformational and spiritual studies over the past 30 years.
Amanda Russell is the founder and head coach for Fit Strong and Sexy, one of the Internet’s leading online fitness communities for women. Russell is also a top-rated fitness and lifestyle writer, professional keynote speaker, Olympic-trained athlete, model, spokeswoman and one of the Internet’s most highly regarded experts in fitness, wellness and change. Named one of Google’s “Top Fitness Trainers,” Russell inspires men and women everywhere to break down barriers and gives them the roadmap to make positive change happen.
Amanda Woerner joined DailyBurn as an editor in summer 2014. Prior to DailyBurn, she worked as a health editor at FoxNews.com and an assistant editor at Self magazine. Woerner started her career as a Page at NBC Universal, where she worked at The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and various other shows. She attended Northwestern University, where she received a degree from the Medill School of Journalism. She lives in New York City and enjoys running, trying new workout classes and cooking in her tiny kitchen.
A well-traveled, lifelong student of global culture, Barbara Biziou has devoted her career to inspiring, empowering and supporting people through life’s transitions and challenges. She is the author of “The Joy of Ritual” and “The Joy of Family Rituals.”
For more than 25 years, Baron Baptiste has devoted his life to creating and sharing transformational yoga practices and programs. He shares the Baptiste Yoga methodology through workshops, books, yoga teacher trainings and his continued work with nonprofit organizations. An entrepreneur and visionary, Baptiste is committed to sharing Baptiste Yoga in ways that make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people across the planet. His approach to yoga has been a catalyst for society’s acceptance of yoga as a popular practice and is now being used by millions of people globally.
Becca Pace has been a trainer and group fitness instructor for more than five years. An ACE-certified fitness instructor, she began her career by starting her own platform called InYourPaceFitness, which aimed to remove the intimidation factor of group fitness classes, and held outdoor “Bootycamp” classes seven days a week in Central Park. In addition to being one of the most sought-after trainers at Daily Burn, Becca teaches bodyART at the Broadway Dance Center. She also runs a holistic wellness retreat company called Revive Restorative Retreats.
Beth Taska has developed, coached and mentored cultures and leaders at companies such as Clearwire, Gap, Sears and 24 Hour Fitness. Taska speaks and publishes about the inherent power in leadership as a way of being, a power attainable for everyone. She met her husband while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador, assisting in small business development. Taska has an MPA with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in Political Science with Honors from Northern Illinois University.
Brendan is the formulator and co-founder of Vega, bestselling author of the Thrive book series, creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, and creator of the Thrive Fitness Fitplan app. He’s also a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition, and therefore works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic athletes. Brendan now invests in and works with socially responsible food & tech companies whose mandate is to fix our food system and reduce the environmental strain of food production.
An 18-year veteran of the sports training industry, Brian founded one of the largest youth development educational organizations in the world, served as its CEO for nearly eight years and co-created one of the fastest growing fitness franchises in the United States along with it.
He has guest lectured at governmental and private associations around the world, coached more than 20,000 athletes and worked with Olympic Gold Medalists, professionals from varying sports, collegiate standouts and kids. Brian authored “The Audacity of Success,” co-authored the bestseller “Total Body Transformation,” wrote and co-produced the landmark short film “Life by Numbers” and writes regularly for magazines around the globe, including Inked and Bulace.
Brian currently serves as CEO for the Mindset Performance Institute. In He's a competitive boxer, former bodyguard for world-class musicians and has worked as a model for magazines and clothing lines such as Men’s Fitness and Headrush.
Bryce Hastings is the Group Fitness Research and Operations Manager for Les Mills International. Literally the brains behind the brawn, he leads groundbreaking research and collaborates with internationally-renown research partners to unearth the latest and most effective fitness techniques. Hastings became a certified Physical Therapist in 1986 and completed his Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy at AUT University Auckland in 1990. He serves as a Research Associate at Auckland University of Technology and has been lecturing part time there for the last eight years. In 1990, Bryce opened his private physical therapy practice at Les Mills World of Fitness in Auckland, the original Les Mills gym established in 1968 by Les Mills Senior.
Cara Bradley, author of “On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine,” is an innovative leader and mental strength coach in body-mind training. A teacher for more than three decades and former pro skater, Cara leads programs for CEs, corporations (including The World Bank Group), universities (including Yale University) and sports teams (including Villanova University football and basketball and Penn State basketball). She is the founder of the award-winning Verge BodyMind Center in suburban Philadelphia, co-founder of the non-profit Mindfulness Through Movement, hosts the On The Verge podcast series and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, mindbodygreen, Whil blog and Mindful Magazine.
Carey Rossi is a journalist specializing in health, fitness, nutrition and mind-body topics. Her career has run the gamut of working in an immunology lab to launching a women’s fitness magazine, to being the news editor at health website. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Health, Oxygen, Prevention, Self, Shape, plus a dozen more publications and websites. Currently, she blogs at HealthMakestheGirl.com.
Cassey Ho is an award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur and personality based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube with over 300 million video views and 3 million subscribers. As a certified group fitness instructor and Pilates mat and Reformer teacher (ACE, NESTA, Balanced Body), Ho has been motivating people to move for nearly a decade.
Cat Perry is a fitness editor and freelance writer covering breakthroughs in health, diet, fitness, action sports, lifestyle and travel. Her work has appeared in Men's Fitness, MSN, M&F Hers, Active.com, NewBalance.com, MuscleandFitness.com, Dealnews.com and Pride Life. Her blog Over & Outside pins the latest, most effective trends in fit, healthy, and adventurous living, and with it, she was also chosen as a 2016 DeLorme Woman of Adventure.
Celia Shatzman covers everything from beauty and grooming to fashion, travel, fitness, psychology, health, career and finance. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, SELF, Teen Vogue, ForbesLife, NYLON, New York, Condé Nast Traveler, ELLE.com, New York Post, USA TODAY, Time Out New York, Health.com, StyleBistro.com, BBC Travel, Latina, Organic Spa Magazine,
WomensHealthMag.com, Prevention.com, Yoga Journal, and BUST, among others. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and now calls Brooklyn home.
Chris Marcell Murchison
Chris Marcell Murchison is a passionate advocate for positive workplace cultures. In his broad career spanning higher education, for-profit and not-for-profit fields, he has focused his energy on developing creative means to building community at work and practices that support an employee experience of deep respect, connection, joy and generative learning. As the Vice President for Staff Development and Culture at HopeLab for more than 11 years, Chris guided HopeLab’s efforts to create an organizational culture that values learning and innovation. Since joining HopeLab in 2005, he has led a strategic staff expansion to support a portfolio of work focused on the support of resilience in everyday life. He also led the development of principles and practices that embedded HopeLab’s values into the everyday operations of the organization. Chris is now taking a personal sabbatical and exploring what is next in his career adventure. He is a guest writer for the Whil Blog.
Chris McMahon is a GMB Fitness Trainer based out of New York. He holds certifications including National Council on Strength and Fitness CPT, CAFS (Certification in Applied Functional Science), FMS, Animal Flow, Original Strength, ViPR Master Instructor, KettleBell Athletics, Power Plate, Trigger Point Therapy and Precision Nutrition. He has trained marathon runners, college athletes, businesspeople, active seniors, and pregnancy clients. He is a big fan of movement and playing. Yes, working out is very important, but it should be fun. Most days, he can be found climbing, balancing on his hands, or crawling around.
Chris Roussos is CEO of 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. and leads the company in changing lives through fitness. He has served as CEO, President or COO for healthcare services companies for more than 15 years, including Epic Health Services, the first-ever pediatric continuum of care for medically fragile children; Harden Healthcare, a post-acute healthcare services company; and Orthodontic Centers of America (OCA). Roussos previously held management positons at PepsiCo and Rubbermaid, and served for 11 years in the U.S. Army.
Chuck Leve is a 40-year veteran of the fitness industry and proven successful developer of fitness industry associations. Currently he serves as the executive vice president of business development for the association of fitness studios. He’s been involved in the creation and development of some of the most successful trade associations in the history of the fitness industry.
Clara Horowitz Peterson grew up in Berkeley, California. Clara learned very early that her true love was running and became a four-time California state champion in cross-country and track, and a five-time all-American while at Duke University, where she attended undergrad. Clara married her college sweetheart, Jeff Peterson, who was a runner from university of North Carolina. After Clara's collegiate running career, Clara and Jeff moved to Marin County in California in 2007, where Clara ran as a professional runner in between having 4 four children. Clara also obtained her Masters in education in 2011 at the University of San Francisco and is passionate about teaching children, both her own and others, about health and building strong bones. Clara still lives in Marin County with her four children and husband, and is an ambassador for American Bone Health.
Cynthia Pasquella is a celebrity nutritionist, spiritual leader, media personality, best-selling author and the founder and director of the Institute of Transformational Nutrition. Pasquella is famous for inspiring millions of women to discover what they’re really hungry for so they can finally make peace with food and themselves. She is the creator and host of “What You’re Really Hungry For,” a web series that goes beyond food and examines why you know what to do to get healthy but still won’t do it, as well as the true secrets behind having the body, health, and life you’ve always wanted. Cynthia is a nutrition expert for “The Doctors,” “The Dr. Phil Show,” and “The Today Show” and has been featured in popular media outlets such as “Access Hollywood,” “E! News Live,” Harper’s Bazaar, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine and Marie Claire.
Dan Edwardes is a co-founder of Parkour Generations, the world’s largest and multi-award-winning organization for parkour or free running. He has studied practical movement and physical fitness his entire life, with an elite background in fighting arts before he found parkour in 2002. Find more information about Parkour Generations at www.parkourgenerations.com.
Dashka Slater is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Mother Jones, and many other publications. She is the author of six books for children and adults, and the recipient of a 2004 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has three books forthcoming in 2017, as well as an animated film based on her children’s book, “Dangerously Ever After.”
Dave Kyle is the National Training Team Director and an international master trainer for Les Mills U.S. He brings 15 years of fitness experience to Les Mills, following a career in the Royal Air Force. Kyle holds a Level 3 Award in Education and Training from Active IQ and a certification in Internal Quality Insurance from Skills Active in the United Kingdom. As National Training Team Director, he is responsible for the growth of the Les Mills U.S. trainer, assessor, presenter team and the instructor network. He has been recognized by Les Mills International as Trainer Team Manager of the Year and led his team to win Trainer Team of the Year for three consecutive years.
Deborah Lacy loves to dance and swim. Her non-fiction has appeared in national publications. She runs a blog called Mystery Playground and her short mystery fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Declan moved to the United States in 1994 to attend college on a soccer scholarship. He received his MS and BS in Exercise Physiology and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a USAW Certified Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach. With almost 20 years of experience in the fitness industry he has worn many caps—from personal trainer and gym manager to educator and fitness business owner. Declan is a co-founder and creator of PumpOne, a fitness technology company specializing in multi-platform digital training solutions. He is currently the Director of Education at Hyperwear.
From the moment she donned leg warmers and stepped barefoot onto green shag carpet to teach her first aerobics class in 1981, Denise Druce has been inspiring people to live healthier, happier lives. Druce has taught a wide variety of fitness classes over the years, from step, to slide ,to indoor cycling, to yoga. Her classes have inspired professional athletes, Hollywood stars, and everyday folks of all ages. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health, holds the designation of Yoga Alliance E-RYT500, and is the director of yoga teacher training at Yoga Assets. She currently trains yoga teachers, teaches yoga and indoor cycling to athletes at the University of Utah, and teaches at 24 Hour Fitness.
Derek Beres is a multi-faceted author, music producer, and yoga/fitness instructor based in Los Angeles. His latest book, "Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Fitness,” is out now. He is the creator of Flow Play, an innovative program that fuses yoga, music and neuroscience, designed exclusively for Equinox Fitness. A former magazine editor and reporter, he has written for dozens of publications. He is the co-founder of EarthRise SoundSystem, served as music supervisor for the breakthrough documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and is the host of the EarthRise Podcast. Derek is Schwinn, ACE and AFAA certified. www.derekberes.com
Diana Keeler has written for The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Outside, Marie Claire, and other magazines. A graduate of Columbia University, she is now working on her second novel.
Diana Kelly is a freelance journalist, editor and digital strategist with extensive experience working with national magazines, writing for award-winning websites, and creating content strategy for established brands and start-ups.
Dina Cheney is a writer and recipe developer whose cookbooks include “The New Milks,” “Mug Meals,” “Meatless All Day,” “Year-Round Slow Cooker,” “Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Salads,” and “Tasting Club.” She has contributed articles and recipes to Every Day with Rachel Ray, Parents, Fine Cooking, Clean Eating, Specialty Food, Coastal Living, The Huffington Post, and more. Cheney is a graduate of The Institute of Culinary Education and Columbia University. Find her online at www.dinacheney.com, and her complete collection of non-dairy resources at www.thenewmilks.com.
Doris Thews has more than 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry, including 22 years as a Group X Instructor for 24 Hour Fitness in Southern California. She has been recognized twice by 24 Hour Fitness as Group X Master Trainer of the year. Doris started her fitness career as a college athlete and today she consults, represents and leads several fitness brands, including serving as a Program Director for ShockWave and Indo-Row International.
Dr. Kelly Starrett
Dr. Kelly Starrett runs his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit and focuses on performance-based orthopedic sports medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite-level sport and performance. His clients have included Olympic gold medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world-class extreme skiers and X-Games medalists, dancers with Smuin, San Francisco and Sacramento Ballet Companies, military personnel and competitive age-division athletes. Starrett is the author of three bestselling books including the 2013 book “Becoming a Supple Leopard,” which become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He created Mobility WOD or MWOD, a fitness blog that has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance. There are now more than 10,000 affiliates world-wide in his Mobility WOD course.
Elena Brower is the author of “Art of Attention” (Sounds True, 2016) and a producer of the film series “On Meditation.” Her new book is titled “Practice You: A Journal” (Sounds True, 2017). Currently, Brower teaches in New York City and worldwide, offering trainings and retreats. She is also the founder of Teach.Yoga, a global hub of content and inspiration created by the teachers for the teachers. For schedule, visit elenabrower.com. For the book, visit practiceyou.com. For practices, visit yogaglo.com.
Elle Penner, MPH RD
Elle Penner is a registered dietitian and former lead dietitian at MyFitnessPal, turned full-time writer, recipe creator, photographer, blogger and mama. Her favorite things include her camera, carbs, sweaty workouts and her son.
Emily Abbate is a content creator and writer with a passion for building brands. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now lives in an Upper East Side apartment, complete with a closet big enough to fit her Cannondale. Most recently the fitness editor at SELF Magazine, the certified personal trainer believes there is no such thing as an unimportant detail. A five-time marathoner (and new triathlete), she crossed the finish line of the 2015 New York City Marathon in 4:14:00, just six days after running the Dublin Marathon in 3:53:41.
Erica Tillinghast is global education manager at Precor. A certified personal trainer, Tillinghast is responsible for developing the education that operators need to help clients get the most out of their workouts on Precor equipment. Her training videos and workouts, located in the Precor Coaching Center, are grounded in exercise science and inspired by popular trends and proven training methods.
EverWalk is a movement founded by Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll with a goal to inspire Americans to get out from behind their screens to become a nation of walkers—an EverWalk Nation. Millions of people committed to walking on a regular basis, walking together to reverse the impact our sedentary lifestyles have on our collective health.
Gabrielle Maston is an accredited sports dietitian and exercise physiologist, blogger, podcaster, and author. She is a nutrition media expert who appears on television and radio with a passion to reach the masses. Her aim is to help athletes make sense of nutrition in the sporting world. She works with clients to fast-track their training goals with simple nutrition tips to bulk up, lean out, run faster, and win podiums.
Gary D. Salyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary D. Salyer is a master transformational relationship coach who helps people rewrite the rules for love in their brains. This allows amazing shifts to happen in a very short period so that people can have the extraordinary relationship they deserve. Salyer speaks to a national audience as a featured expert for The Great Love Debate and various celebrity TV and radio shows. His life purpose is to change “a generation’s fate with love.” Salyer is the creator of the Safe to Love Again Workshop and the Extraordinary Couples Retreat. He is the author of the forthcoming book “Safe to Love Again: How to Release the Pain of Past Relationships and Attract Your Soul Mate.” Salyer offers a unique blend of neuro-linguistic programming, Bert Hellinger’s family systems approach and attachment theory, the science of relationships. For more information, visit garysalyer.com.
Graham Betchart is the director of mental training for Lucid Performance Inc. He is also the mental skills coach for many elite athletes, including several collegiate and professional basketball players. He has worked with the No. 1 draft pick in the last three NBA Drafts, the NBA Player’s Association, USA Basketball and many other organizations. Betchart is passionately seeking to unlock the full potential in each individual he works with.
Greg Wieting is the founder of The Resilience Project, a Reiki school integrating meditation and yogic philosophy into the curriculum. This Reiki Practitioner Certification Training is an open-level lifestyle enhancement program with an emphasis on self-care practices, trauma sensitivity and mentorship. Wieting draws from over 15 years’ experience sharing a unique and innovative synthesis of the very practices that have helped him heal from trauma, chronic pain, depression and scoliosis. He practices BodyTalk, a comprehensive and personalized healthcare system that addresses the unique causative factors that rest beneath the surface of our health concerns. He also teaches yoga and meditation one-to-one, and offers public classes, workshops and retreats.
Heather Smith is an AGXM (area group exercise manager) with 24 Hour Fitness, and oversees instructors with the aim to create connection, community and challenge for class participants at 20 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Heather grew up doing competitive dance, with a focus on ballet, and began teaching fitness classes while she attended Georgia State University. She has developed programming for the mind/body program Group Centergy and was featured in its educational DVDs, which are distributed worldwide. Heather holds various certifications from Les Mills, MOSSA, Yoga Fit, AFAA and NCSF.
James LaValle, is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board-certified clinical nutritionist and founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise. In addition, he founded and practices at Progressive Medical Center in Orange County, CA. LaValle has 27 years’ experience integrating natural therapies into various medical and business models, and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists” by American Druggist magazine. He is probably best known for his expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital. He is author of 16 e-books and 20 books including, most recently, "Your Blood Never Lies," and the bestselling "Cracking the Metabolic Code." LaValle currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School. He is also affiliated with George Washington University as the course director in systems biology and clinical lecturer.
Jamie Wheal is Executive Director of Flow Genome Project and a leading expert on the neurosomatics of ultimate human performance. His work with organizations and individuals ranges from Fortune 500 companies, leading business schools, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), to Red Bull and its stable of world-class athletes. He combines a background in expeditionary leadership, wilderness medicine and surf rescue with more than a decade advising high-growth companies on strategy, execution, and leadership. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting to diverse and high-performing communities such as YPO, Summit Series, MaiTai Global, TEDx, and the Advertising Research Foundation. At the Flow Genome Project, Wheal leads a team of the world’s top scientists, athletes, and artists dedicated to reverse-engineering the genome of the peak-performance state known as Flow.
Jason Nemer is a pioneer in the practice of AcroYoga, which combines acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. He is motivated by seeing people shift their beliefs about themselves, each other and the world with their first AcroYoga flight or one improvement on a handstand. A co-founder of AcroYoga International and first to codify the practice with his co-founding partner, Nemer now teaches worldwide and cultivates a community of certified instructors who share the strength- and endurance-building practice.
Jenny J. Chen is a science and health writer based in D.C. writing for The Atlantic, Washington Post, NYTimes.com and more. Her favorite exercise is the plank. Her website is at www.jennyjchen.com
Jeremy Davis is a Regional Educator for 24 Hour Fitness. Jeremy holds a Masters in Exercise Science, is CSCS certified and was an NCAA All-American football player. He has trained NFL, MLB and collegiate athletes. In his free time, Jeremy loves to golf, cook and spend time with his wife and kids.
Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a lifestyle blogger, who writes about the benefits of diet and exercise. She is an ACE certified personal trainer, NASM certified fitness nutrition specialist and owns Honest Body Fitness.
After studying yoga, movement, and the human body for more than 20 years, Jill Miller created Yoga Tune Up® as a simple way to restore her body and mind, keeping her balanced and free of pain. Using a specific and unique set of poses, movements and self-massage tools, she teaches people to LIVE BETTER IN YOUR BODY WITH YOGA TUNE UP®. Miller is also the author of the best-selling book "The Roll Model."
Jim Kwik, founder of Kwik Learning and SuperheroYou, is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. For two decades, he has served as a leading mental coach and advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities in entertainment, technology, education and business. After a childhood brain injury left him learning challenged, Kwik created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower to learn anything faster and live a life of greater power, productivity and purpose.
Joan I. Rosenberg, Ph.D., is an acclaimed global speaker, trainer, consultant and master clinician. A cutting-edge psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, trainer and speaker she has been recognized for her influence and is a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders. A California-licensed psychologist, Dr. Rosenberg speaks on how to build confidence, high self-esteem, core emotional strength and resilience; emotional, conversational and relational mastery; neuroscience and psychotherapy; clinical supervision; and suicide prevention. Dr. Rosenberg has been featured in the critically acclaimed documentaries “I Am”, “Pursuing Happiness” and “The Hidden Epidemic” with Dr. Daniel Amen. She’s been seen on CNN’s American Morning, the OWN network and PBS, as well as appearances on radio. She hosts The MindStream Podcast, an influential and thought-provoking iTunes podcast. She is the author of the #1 Amazon best-seller "90 Seconds to a Life You Love" and of the forthcoming book "Ease Your Anxiety: How to Gain Confidence, Emotional Strength and Inner Peace." She has penned several articles for professional and trade journals as well as being a popular blogger and the co-author of Mean Girls, Meaner Women.
Joe Burton is the founder and CEO of Whil Concepts, a digital training platform helping employees to reduce stress, increase resiliency and improve their sleep and performance. He is an entrepreneur in the digital health space, former president of Headspace and spent 15 years as a global COO in public companies. Joe is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider and The Huffington Post. He's worked in more than 50 countries and travels the world teaching on topics including disruption, culture and mindfulness. As Whil's CEO, he's become known for modernizing brain training techniques for professionals, by professionals—creating mindfulness for the rest of us.
Jon Patrick Hatcher
The creator and co-author of “101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety” and a corporate trainer by trade, Jon pursued his alchemy of nonfiction writing devoted to assisting people with life-altering adversities through cringe-worthy, cathartic and insightful books that tackle various hardships in an approach not utilized elsewhere. As an active and gregarious guy who rebounded from 13 sports-related surgeries, anxiety and a cancer diagnosis on his birthday, Jon is an expert at sourcing the meaning in demanding trials, while helping others to leverage their innate ability to adapt and overcome intense difficulty. He holds an M.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has spent years studying, utilizing and sharing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, which he is able to discretely convey in clever laymen style. Jon can be reached via his authoring site at www.StateOfAnxiety.com.
Fitness and nutrition adviser to the stars Jorge Cruise is a New York Times best-selling author, fitness expert and weight-loss coach. Cruise is tireless in his efforts to research, innovate and create formulas that work for his clients, who expect workouts and nutrition plans that work quickly. Celebrities who have followed Cruise’s diet plans include Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Kyle Richards, Eva Longoria and Steve Harvey.
Josh Crosby is a former professional ultra-endurance athlete, Ironman World Champion competitor, and World Champion rower. Currently he is a coach, fitness consultant, product tester, and race director/creator who brings an elite-caliber athletic pedigree to his work as a coach and co-creator of rowing-based fitness programs such as ShockWave. Crosby has worked with WaterRower to design the world’s most
authentic rowing machine, using water as its resistance mechanism, and his indoor rowing instructional videos have been seen by more than a half million people.
Joy Principe, a success and well-being coach and a CPA, brings a diverse background to her work. She has been an entrepreneur and CPA business owner for 25 years, and she is also trained as a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist, a Transformative Coach and yoga teacher. She has been leading groups for more than 10 years with her rare blend of analytical and creative qualities that inspire people to their personal greatness in a very practical and playful way. Her group programs and one-on-one sessions are focused on leading businesses and individuals to meaningful and sustainable success and happiness. Simply put, she guides people in creating their ideal lifestyle.
Kathleen Alleaume is a trusted health expert and author in the field of nutrition and fitness. She is an exercise physiologist and nutritionist who has run her company, The Right Balance, for more than 10 years. She delivers fresh and cutting-edge health content to millions via her publications and as a spokesperson in print, broadcast, and online media. Highly regarded for her professional, yet easy-to-understand advice, Alleaume’s passion for translating “science-y jargon” into useful, bite-sized info has led to What’s Eating You?, her first book. Follow Alleaume @therightbalance.
Kathryn Hogan is the author of several books. She is also a Mindfulness and Wellness Coach and a meditation enthusiast. She writes about authenticity, spirit and sex with a fun and sassy twist.
Part biomechanist, part science communicator, and full-time mover, Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. Blending a scientific approach with straight talk about sensible, whole-life movement solutions, her website and award-winning podcast, Katy Says, reach hundreds of thousands of people every month, and thousands have taken her live classes. Her 8 books, including the bestselling Move Your DNA, Movement Matters, and Dynamic Aging, have been critically acclaimed and translated worldwide. Passionate about human movement outside of exercise, Katy volunteers her time to support the larger reintegration of movement into human lives by providing movement courses across widely varying demographics and working with non-profits promoting nature education. She also directs and teaches at the Nutritious Movement Center Northwest in Washington state, travels the globe to teach Nutritious Movement courses in person, and spends as much time outside as possible with her husband and children.
Kelly and Juliet Starrett
Juliet Starrett is the co-founder and CEO of MobilityWOD and the co-founder of standupkids.org. Kelly Starrett is a licensed physical therapist, coach and author of three best-selling books: “Becoming a Supple Leopard,” “Ready to Run,” and “Deskbound,” and co-founder of MobilityWOD.
Kristin Condon has been dancing through life, sometimes professionally on impressive stages across the country. With certifications in Pilates and yoga, she has also appeared in fitness videos and on TV, and trained many wonderful, accomplished clients in Los Angeles. All that movement led her to become fascinated with its opposite—stillness. Through meditation, Kristin remains extremely active creatively. She now lives in Jersey City with her husband and Aussie cattle dog. She holds an MFA in Performance from USC and has taught movement at University of Michigan.
Kyle Stull is the Education Content Manager for Implus Footcare, LLC and Senior TriggerPoint Master Trainer. He holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation, is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in the fitness industry for more than 12 years, beginning his career at 24 Hour Fitness. Over the years, Stull has witnessed the benefits of integrated foam rolling into each personal training session.
Laura Putnam, author of "Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization", is the CEO and founder of Motion Infusion, a well-being provider that has worked with Fortune 500s, nonprofits, universities and public institutions. A former teacher, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and wellness, Laura addresses hundreds of leaders, managers and employees at world-class companies, conferences and events. Recent media appearances include MSNBC, The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Investor’s Business Daily and NPR. She is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s "2020 Impact" award, as well as the National Wellness Institute’s "Circle of Leadership" award.
Lauren Handel Zander
Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group ®, an international corporate consulting and life coaching company. Her coaching methodology, The Handel Method ®, is taught in over 35
universities and institutes of learning around the world, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU and the New York City Public School System. Lauren is also the author of "Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life" (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017), a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there. She has spent more than 20 years coaching thousands of private and corporate clients, including executives at Vogue, BASF and AOL. Lauren has been a featured expert in The New York Times, BBC, Forbes, Women’s Health, Dr. Oz and Marie Claire, and she is a regular contributor to Businessweek and the Huffington Post.
Lauren Holstein is a Seattle-based writer and a marketing coordinator at Precor. In this role, she contributes and curates articles in Precor’s resource center for fitness professionals and exercisers. Her background in biology and emergency medicine underlies a long-held interest in fitness and healthy living. When not behind a keyboard, she can often be found exploring Washington’s many scenic hiking trails or working up a sweat at the gym.
Lauren Walker has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997. She splits her time between Montana and New England. A writer since childhood, Lauren publishes widely including features in The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post and Salon.com. She has written a periodic yoga column at MNN.com as well as pieces for Yoga Digest, Yoga Journal and many other yoga publications, and she's been featured in Yoga Journal and Mantra +. You can read about the style of yoga she created, EMYoga, in her book - "Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice" (Sounds True, 2014). Her second book, "The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription" (Sounds True), is coming out in the spring of 2017. Lauren is a wandering spirit and has lived and worked all over the world. She continues to travel and teach workshops and classes in the US, Canada and abroad.
Passionate about personal development, Laurie has been coaching individuals and groups for over 15 years. She holds a degree in education and political science from Swarthmore College. Before enthusiastically joining the Handel Group, Laurie owned and operated Partners with Parents, a tutoring and educational consulting business in New York City.
In eight years, Laurie has built Handel Group® Life Coaching from “nearly non-existent” to a team of skilled coaches. She considers herself “an angel recruiter,” because she is busy looking for other people who share her mission to instill more joy and peace in the world. Laurie spreads her message of empowerment through live international events, one-on-one coaching, virtual coaching courses, as a writer, on radio and in TV appearances such as MTV’s "True Life Special: I’m Getting a Second Chance," A&E’s "The Marriage Test," the Dr. Phil Show and TODAY show. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three kids.
Lori Longoria is a writer for walkinshowers.org, an interior designer, artist and entertainer.
Mandy King, CNP, is a holistic nutritionist and the founder of HEAL. She works with health-conscious women who want to take control of their health to stop feeling tired, fix their digestion and lose the weight once and for all. She helps them create a lasting, lifestyle change that not only helps them look good, but feel good and have the energy to do what matters most.
Throughout his 30 years in the fitness industry, Mark Smith has been passionate about personal development, human potential and an active lifestyle. After leaving the auditing world, Mark entered the fitness industry with a role as a club manager with Town Sports International (TSI) in 1988. He eventually became vice president of development for the company and then CEO and chairman of the company. Mark joined 24 Hour Fitness in 2014 and today, Mark serves on the board of Les Mills International, whose group exercise classes are featured in more than 14,000 fitness clubs worldwide. His industry contributions also include serving for four years as a board member of IHRSA.
Humor, compassion and candor are the driving forces in Marnie Nir’s work as a coach with Handel Group. A student of Slavic Language and Literature at UCLA, Marnie graduated with a BA in Russian Literature. After marrying and giving birth to her first child, Marnie started coaching with her sister, Lauren Zander, creating the dream of who she wanted to be as a mother. However, her work with Lauren took everything in her life to a much deeper level. More than a decade later, she is now the mother of two, a trained coach in The Handel Method, a freelance writer, a blogger for the Huffington Post, DatingAdvice as well as her own blog (“The Sour MILF”) and formerly a columnist for the Jupiter Post and Westport News. Most notably, she and her writing partner have created a half-hour animated TV series, “Mother Up!,” starring Eva Longoria. Marnie lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband and two children.
Meagan McCrary is an experienced yoga teacher, freelance writer and author of "Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga". She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Om Yoga Magazine, Mantra Yoga Magazine and Sweat Equity Magazine, and regularly contributes to YogaUonline.com. Highly knowledgeable in biomechanics and posture alignment, as well as restorative yoga practices, she has a passion for helping people find more ease, comfort and functionality in their bodies through a variety of modalities. Living and teaching in Southern California, Meagan teachers and works with a variety of clients specializing in yoga therapeutics, postural awareness, pain relief and prenatal yoga. You can also join her on one of her popular retreats.
Melinda Fulmer is a veteran writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience writing about health, food, and fitness. Her work has been featured in major media channels such as the Los Angeles Times, MSN, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Entrepreneur, HGTV.com, Prevention.com, and Details magazine.
Originating from Australia, Guest-Smith has dedicated her career to the fitness industry. She has been a leader and mentor to hundreds of group fitness managers and more than 10,000 instructors. In addition, Guest-Smith has served as a kettlebell master trainer, international conference speaker and fitness/lifestyle television presenter. With a passion for leading teams and inspiring people to achieve their goals, Guest-Smith’s motivation is to help people discover they do matter and they can find their best self through movement and regeneration.
Michol Dalcourt is an internationally recognized expert in human movement and performance. He is the Founder and CEO of the Institute of Motion, inventor of ViPR and Co-Founder of PTA Global. Dalcourt has done extensive work and field research in the area of human performance. He consults with many of the fitness industry’s biggest companies and his highly innovative techniques have been adopted by many of the top international fitness certification bodies.
Miguel Vargas eats, sleeps and breathes all things TRX. Suspension Training has become his passion over the past four years and has helped him excel in swimming, cycling and natural bodybuilding. As a TRX coach, his only goal is to deliver exciting, challenging and safe classes at the TRX Training Center. When he's not teaching, he works at TRX Headquarters as the training and development manager, creating new content and instructing TRX educational courses to coaches across North America.
Myles Worthington has a deep passion for all things sports and fitness, especially when it comes to endurance sports. When he isn’t in the trenches with his clients or writing a piece on the next fitness/wellness trend, you can find him in his local CrossFit box, triathlon training or participating in some sort of outdoor activity because he loves any opportunity to challenge himself both physically and mentally. He’s a freelance writer specializing in the health, wellness and fitness space where he contributes regular stories to Men’s Fitness, AskMen, Men’s Journal, DailyBurn, Outside Magazine and Runner's World.
A self-proclaimed fitness junkie who has tried it all, from cycle fads to rock climbing, Nicole Charlock has found her true passion with yoga. This Florida native spends her weeks as an area group exercise manager for 24 Hour Fitness, and her weekends in yoga classes or the great outdoors. With an education in Exercise Science, numerous fitness certifications and a zest for life, this little yogini has a mission to spread the gift of fitness to all she meets.
Pete McCall is a personal trainer and fitness educator in San Diego, California. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute in Michigan. In addition, he is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with ACE and NASM; a NSCA-Certified CSCS; and holds the IFS and PES advanced specializations from NASM. McCall’s personal philosophy is that fitness is "having the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it."
Petra Kolber is an inspirational speaker, movement motivator and happiness expert. She hosts a weekly podcast on iTunes called The Perfection Detox and is the guest host for Daily Burn 365. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude. For five free videos on happiness, visit www.petrakolber.com/happy
Phil Timmons has more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a university strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. He has worked and consulted for independent, boutique and large fitness companies, creating and designing world-class programs for one-on-one training, group training and group fitness. He is currently the national director of fitness and innovation for 24 Hour Fitness.
After his studies in business administration, Philipp Kraatz moved to Berlin, where he dove head first into the local startup scene. In addition to his more recent pursuit of studying design thinking, he is currently utilizing his expertise while working for Spacebase. To shake off the tricky balancing act between school and work, Philipp frequently participates in Zumba classes.
Renae McCloud grew up a competitive athlete and is currently a Certified Exercise and Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and owner of McCloud Fitness on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She has been in the fitness industry for more than 25 years specializing in individual, small group and large group training sessions, and is a national fitness educator and master instructor trainer for TRX Training and P90X Live. McCloud’s passion is teaching, coaching and mentoring trainers as they grow and develop in the fitness industry.
Robert "Bobby" Cappuccio
An internationally recognized speaker and inspiring author widely known for his dynamic and provocative style, Bobby Cappuccio draws from an extensive fitness and business background, having held various positions from trainer to sales consultant to development director. In addition to being a co-founder of the educational and development company PT Academy Global, where Cappuccio developed the strategies to assist thousands of trainers, managers and industry leaders across the world to facilitate remarkable change in their businesses, Cappuccio also served as Director of Professional Development for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). His work regularly appears in prominent fitness industry publications and textbooks.
From West Virginia, Roger Lockridge has been training since 1999. A classic "hardgainer," he made drastic improvements and eventually worked as a fitness instructor in the very same gym he started training at. To date, he has helped over 500 people achieve personal fitness success. In 2009, he debuted in the fitness industry as a writer for Bodybuilding.com and by the end of the year, was named Bodybuilding.com Writer of the Year. Roger currently works with Bodybuilding.com, Flex Magazine, Muscle & Strength, Muscle Media Online and Infinite Labs as a contributing author and writer and is a proud ambassador for Harbinger Fitness.
Rory J. O’Connor
Rory J. O’Connor, a longtime journalist and Washington correspondent for national and trade media, now writes and consults as both an accomplished storyteller and technophile. Based in San Francisco, he’s also a history lover and silent movie and Film Noir fan.
Sarah Casey is a writer whose work with Institute of Motion (IoM) helps readers cut through health industry jargon and advice. At IoM, Casey investigates ideas and strategies outside of the fitness/health sphere, to discover new methods to support preventative health initiatives. She’s currently exploring how high-value interactions can improve preventative health education and technology. Casey lives with her husband and two daughters near the beautiful Great Lakes and enjoys vegetable gardening and swimming in the summer, snow shovelling and ice-skating in the winter, and a good mystery novel any day of the year.
Sarah Ponn is the VP of Marketing at Hyperwear, a fitness company that makes unconventional tools for unconventional training. She is an AAPT certified Personal Trainer and the former Founder of SURFSET Fitness, a surf-inspired fitness program that is now in more than 35 countries.
Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness expert, TV host, motivator and creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE and newly released SHAUN WEEK. A native of New Jersey, Shaun T received a BS in Sports Science and a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s danced with Mariah Carey as well as Aaron and Nick Carter, and choreographed for USTA’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie Bring it on: All or Nothing. Shaun T’s self-help memoir, T IS FOR TRANSFORMATION, is now available for pre-sale at shauntfitness.com/book and will be in bookstores on November 7, 2017.
Shawn Corkery’s athletic background includes collegiate basketball. He obtained a B.A. in business and has rounded out his teaching and coaching background with certifications from PTA Global and Institute of Motion. He’s a performance specialist at the Elite Performance Factory.
A pioneer in sports nutrition with the launch of Met-Rx, the meteoric rise of EAS and co-creator of the Body-for-LIFE movement, Shawn Phillips has now embarked on an integrated approach to fitness called “Zen of Strength,” which combines the intensity of martial arts, the mindfulness of yoga with the muscle of strength training. Phillips is a founding member of the Integral Institute, a leader in the human potential movement and a highly sought-after expert in the integration of body, mind and spirit.
Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author of “Sleep Smarter” and creator of “The Model Health Show,” featured as the #1 Health podcast in the country on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri – St. Louis, Stevenson studied business, biology and kinesiology, and went on to found Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Stevenson has been featured in Entrepreneur, Men’s Health magazine, ESPN, FOX News, and many other media outlets. Stevenson lives in Wildwood, Missouri with his wife and three children.
Susan Mendez is the Managing Editor of the ZLife blog and you can usually find her getting her sass on to Beyonce's “Formation” in Zumba class; other loves include eating popcorn while watching “The Voice,” singing [really badly] at the top of her lungs while driving, and wearing red lipstick.
Tiffany Ayuda is a member of the Daily Burn 365 team with six-plus years working at subscription diet and fitness sites. Prior to working at Daily Burn, Tiffany was an editor at EverydayHealth.com, where she oversaw 28 daily newsletters. She also worked on editorial, marketing and social media strategy for SouthBeachDiet.com, JoyBauer.com and EverydayHealth.com. Her writing has been published in Women’s Health, PopSugar, Prevention and Yahoo Health. Tiffany holds a B.A. in print journalism from Hofstra University with minors in French and international affairs.
Tony Sarno, 24Life magazine production editor and contributor, is an Italian-born Australian sports and fitness writer who edits the official magazine of the UK-headquartered Fitness First gym chain. Sarno is passionate about the power of fitness to transform lives and is singularly obsessed with identifying the secret sauce that makes sporting champions. Having worked with some of the world’s top media companies (from News Corp and America Online to Bauer Media) Sarno has won writing and investigative reporting awards, including a Walkley, Australia’s highest honor in journalism. Unusually for an Italian-Aussie, he follows the Oakland Raiders.
Tracey Mallett, the fitness celebrity who first created bootybarre®, has developed a bbarreless class that fuses the movement of dance with the core conditioning precision of Pilates. Originally from the U.K., Mallett now resides in Los Angeles, where she owns a wellness and fitness facility, ATP Training. She is the author of two books and creator of over 25 exercise DVDs. Her passion is creating and delivering fun fusion programs that inspire people to move with precision. Mallett has taught all over the world and has watched bootybarre become a premier barre educational company in the fitness industry.
Trevor Tom grew up passionate about sports and fitness, played soccer in college, and got his B.S. in Sports Medicine. He has a teaching and coaching background, with certifications from NSCA, NASM, and Institute of Motion. He currently serves as strength coach for a nationally recognized soccer club.
Trish Shallest is a shamanic practitioner who builds upon her natural gifts and Reiki Master training. She is grateful, honored and humbled to be a hollow bone for spirit wisdom to flow through, so that she can help others heal and bring forward their own gifts and talents and ultimately manifest their life’s dreams.
Will Craig is a SVP for Handel Group Corp (https://www.handelgroup.com/) and an Executive Coach. He works with executives, teams and organizations to elevate their performance and enhance their successes.
Lashaun Dale loves yoga and fitness and finds magic in movement, music and mobs of people. She holds degrees in International Relations, Philosophy and Applied Anthropology, as well as an MPH from the School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. With two decades of group fitness programming experience, Dale currently serves as vice president of content & programming for 24 Hour Fitness and editor-in-chief of 24Life magazine. A regular contributor to SELF and Women’s Health and Fitness, as well as popular blogs and podcasts, she’ll teach yoga anytime she is given an opportunity to get her om on.
Rachelle Cihonski is an editor, writer and everyday fitness fanatic who loves running, yoga, BODYPUMP and trying the next crazy cool new fitness class. (Pilates on a surf board? Count her in!) A graduate of Biola University, Rachelle is a San Francisco Bay Area native and was previously the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine, where she also wrote about fitness, food, people and fashion. While Rachelle loves getting her sweat on, she mainly exercises so she can enjoy all the amazing foods her husband cooks up in the kitchen—but the happiness endorphins are definitely an added bonus!
Robin Rootenberg is managing editor for 24Life and 24Life TV. Nothing makes her happier than the possibility of one more person rediscovering the joy of movement, or trying something new. (Remember what it felt like to just run when you were a kid? Or the surprise of your first kumquat?) A UC Berkeley grad, her writing and communications career spans more than two decades, and she’s been running for even longer.
Chris Middleton is a Bay Area-based writer and communications professional for 24 Hour Fitness. He has written and worked for the San Francisco Examiner, East Bay Express, William-Sonoma and Reader’s Digest. Away from work, you can catch him kicking a ball around or shooting hoops — or sound asleep somewhere on the beach.
Based in the Bay Area, but originally from Wisconsin, Nina Newhouse spends her free time working up a sweat in barre class, writing haikus and speaking in her favorite language; sarcasm. Like any good Midwesterner, her relationship with fitness started by hiking through the forest, fishing in a lake and eating cheese by the boat-load.