Both the NCCPT and I, would personally like to thank the following Subject Matter Experts who donated their valuable time and shared their expertise to make our certifications the best they can be. Creating a certification exam is a long, arduous process, and without the following people, we would not have been able to accomplish this.
My most sincerest thanks for all you have done to participate and lend your expertise!
Meaningful Measurement, Inc.
NCCPT CB Board of Directors
NCCPT CB Exam Committee
External Item Writers
Donna Surges Tatum founded Meaningful Measurement in 1990. She has managed many projects and is adept at creating and guiding teams of highly skilled professionals who accomplish complex tasks. Meaningful Measurement works with a variety of certification and licensure programs.
Since 2005 Dr. Tatum has been Consulting Psychometrician for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). She works with the AOA Standards Review Committee overseeing the compliance with standards and best practice for the 18 Osteopathic Physician Specialty Certification Boards.
Dr. Tatum led a Meaningful Measurement team of 15 professionals and more than 40 Subject Matter Experts in 2006 to develop a new national licensure exam for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). The team wrote competency statements and learning objectives, conducted a large scale JTA survey wrote, reviewed and revised well over a thousand items, conducted a beta test, set the standard, and launched the computer based licensure exam. Recently a new JTA survey, Test Plan, Standard Setting Study were conducted as dictated by best practices to ensure the test reflects current practice. The program is successfully testing approximately 2,000 candidates a month and is now delivered as a computer adaptive test (CAT).
The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) offers the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) credential, a computer test-based certification that fosters the growth of a qualified, ethical, and culturally diverse psychiatric rehabilitation workforce. Meaningful Measurement has worked with the organization since 2010. Currently a new credential is being developed and will be offered in Spring 2016.
Dr. Tatum led a group of thirty Subject Matter Experts as they investigated feasibility, conducted multi-method research for the Job Task Analysis, and developed examinations for the Certified Alzheimer’s Caregiver (CAC) and the Certified Alzheimer’s Educator (CAEd). The computer based tests are delivered at the Pearson VUE Professional Testing Centers.
A partial client list includes: Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Health Executives, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, Certified Relocation Transition Specialists, Chicago Public Schools, Dental Assisting National Board, Indianapolis Public Schools, Radiologic Society of North America, Washington Township Schools,
Dr. Tatum is experienced in association management and earned the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives.
Dr. Tatum is also an expert in the field of Communication and teaches communication classes at the University of Chicago for the Graham School. She created, and Meaningful Measurement produced, the Executive Communication track of the Leadership Institute for the University of Chicago Booth Business School Executive MBA program and for the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Dr. Tatum also holds an appointment to the graduate faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The combination of expertise allows Dr. Tatum to effectively communicate difficult concepts to those who need to use the information. This is extremely important when working with task forces, examination committees, educators, and other stakeholders.
Dr. Tatum holds a Baccalaureate in Communication and a Master of Arts in Persuasion and Organizational Communication from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her doctorate in Measurement Evaluation Statistical Analysis (MESA) is from the University of Chicago. She researches, publishes, and presents widely on a variety of subjects.
Kay Tatum has over twenty years of administrative, managerial and project development experience which has included all aspects of physical and procedural setups; management of personnel; budget control; human resources; client relations and vendor negotiations.
Ms. Tatum has served as Vice President of Meaningful Measurement for 10 years, where she oversees test development and plays a critical role in item bank development and database maintenance, test construction, standard setting and procedural oversight. She works with national certification and licensure boards including the American Osteopathic Association, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care, and Certified Relocation Transition Specialists.
Ms. Tatum holds a BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Cornell College and has completed two years in post graduate work at the University of Chicago in the Department of Sociology.
Jennifer Buchanan provides technical support and management, project management and business administration for Meaningful Measurement and its clients. She has over 16 years of experience in this area. Jennifer is a Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist and is certified in Administering Office 365 for Small Business. Jennifer has administered several server platforms including MS Small Business Server, MS Exchange Server, MS SharePoint Server and the LAMP CMS platforms of Drupal and WordPress. She has additional experience with Sass, CSS, ASP.NET, PHP, MySQL and HTML to modify and create custom applications for various clients. Jennifer attended Michigan State University where she majored in Political Science.
Sarah Karstrand graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in education. She provides editorial content and support for Meaningful Measurement and its clients. She works on projects for the National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care and Certified Relocation Transition Specialists.
A graduate of Purdue University, Susan Welch is a seasoned Test Development Director. She works on projects for the American Osteopathic Association, Association of Accredited Naturopathic Colleges, National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Dental Assisting National Board, Certified Relocation Transition Specialists, and real estate formative assessments.
SMEs represent people who have demonstrated expertise in their field as well as a commitment to maintaining a quality exam that accurately and fairly measures the skills and knowledge required of an entry level personal trainer.
SMEs for the CPTE have a wide range of experience and geographical representation.
The criteria to be a SME for this program:
Geno is a health and fitness trainer who specializes in customizing exercise and nutrition programs for the baby boomers, Geno has over 20 years of experience to share with his clients. After receiving his degree in exercise physiology at the University of Rhode Island in 1990, Geno worked as a physical therapist for spinal-cord injured patients at the Walker Institute in Pacific Palisades. Soon thereafter, he became an AAFP Board Certified Medical Exercise Specialist. As the owner and founder of Fitness Enterprises in Los Angeles, Geno now works with members to achieve their health and fitness goals including body fat loss, sports conditioning and post-rehab therapy.
Rich started his career as the General Manager of the iconic Hollywood location in 2000, he was quickly promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was a integral in growing the company from 2 locations to 12 locations over 12 year span. Today Gold’s Gym SoCal is one of the most profitable Gold’s Gym franchises in the country. Rich was recognized with the Gold’s Gym Bravo Award for his many contributions to the national brand and fellow franchisees. Rich is now the CEO of EOS Fitness. The chain currently has 18 opened locations in Arizona, SoCal, and Nevada. EOS Fitness is projected to have over 50 locations in the next 5 years. Rich is a graduate of North Greenville College, Greenville, SC.
David Hoptar, CPT
David is a NCCPT certified personal trainer with over forty years of experience in the area of health and fitness. He conducts education programs in nutrition counseling for weight loss and getting into optimal nutritional shape. David provides personal training at PureFitness. His program includes core training, individualized weight training programs and nutritional counseling
David has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Health Education /Nutrition from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science. He is a GoDan (5th degree) Black Belt (GoJu Style) Black Belt and a Martial Arts Practitioner for over twenty years. David was a Rural Nutritionist and State Health Advisor while serving as Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia. Currently, David is affiliated with The Center for Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, California.
Khalid is a renowned health and fitness expert with more than 20 years of experience. He is an international speaker on the topics of Adult/childhood obesity, Nutrition for elite athletes and Advanced program design and periodization. He was worked with athletes in Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football Leagues and has been involved in government contracts to develop and improve wellness programs and recruitment standards. But he particularly enjoys working with collegiate and high school athletes, along with various trainers and conditioning specialists. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic and Fitness Style Magazine.
Khalid holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and did his undergraduate work at Towson University in Sports Management. He is presently a fitness consultant at KamLife Fitness and the Educational Director/International Presenter at NSPA.
Mike Hibner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Previously, he has had experience as a Fitness Director at North Phoenix Health Institute, Territory Manager for Cybex International, Owner of World Gym, and Director of National Accounts for FreeMotion Fitness. He is currently the Director of Key Accounts for Core Health & Fitness.
Victor has over 24 years of experience as a Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer. He is certified in Functional Movement Screen (Level 1 and 2) and Fundamental Capacity Screen. He was a Co-Creator of FreeMotion Fitness, a Director and General Manager at The Institute of Human Performance, and Director at Cybex International. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Personal Training at XSport Fitness in Chicago, Illinois.
John M. Iriye is an experienced Chief Technical Officer and Systems Engineer and Integrator. He has experience working with a variety of communications systems from small networks to those that are satellite-based. John is experienced in the integration of multiple technologies often with disparate functionality. He is also a Certified Private Post-Secondary Instructor for the State of California in various areas of electronics technology, computer technology. John attended Cal Poly Pomona, University of Maryland, University of Nevada and USAF Air Training Command.
David Hoptar (see above)
Khalid McLeod (see above)
John Iriye (see above)
Geno Carignan (see above)
Michael has been a fitness professional for more than 30 years and has owned Youssouf Fitness Service in Manhattan, NY, a personal training business since 1986. He has been the strength and conditioning coach for a professional South African soccer team “The Strykers,” the Chief Exercise Physiologist for Equinox Health and Sports Club, the Manager of Trainer Education at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, and the Fitness Director of UNICEF. In addition to his business, he is an adjunct lecturer the City University of New York at Kingsborough Community College.
He has a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University in Dance/Movement Analysis and a BS in Kinesiology from the State University of New York, Brockport.
Amy Boone Thompson
Amy has over 20 years of experience in fitness programming, personal training, and health club management. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and received her ACE Fitness Management Certificate. She has been the Chair of International Program Director Committee for IDEA since 2004. Since 2014, Amy has been a member of the Board of Directors for National Personal Training Institute Colorado. In 2016 and 2017, she was an IDEA Program Director of the Year Award Finalist. She has been elected to several panels and advisory boards to elevate standards and improve the fitness industry. In 2005-06, she was the owner and COO of Four Seasons Yoga, 4 Seasons Yoga, Inc. From 2005-2011, she worked for Fit4Mom, LLC as the COO and Franchisor. She is currently the owner and founder of In-Out Fitness Solutions in Denver, Colorado, which is a fitness professionals networking group with over 27,500 active members.Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from George Mason University. She became a Certified Massage Therapist at Potomac Massage Therapy Institute. Throughout her career in the fitness industry, she has been a presenter at several fitness conferences, a provider for continuing education, and an article writer.
Jen Weir is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Functional Training Specialist. She uses resistance and metabolic training to help her clients consistently improve their health and fitness. Jen hopes to help as many people as possible live an active, bold and adventurous life.
Born in Italy, Zak Lee has led a dynamic and passionate life. This charming champion has won the European Championship title twice as well as world & international championships. He's recognized in the U.S. and in Europe as a dynamo kick boxer and martial artist. Zak began with the aspirations to teach children and adult’s karate and kick boxing, and to demonstrate his expertise on the big screen and TV shows as Stuntman/Actor. Zak his the inventor of the X3S Bench (www.X3Sbench.com) the hybrid chair bench to strength core and abs and legs. Zak is recognized as the creator of the successful ﬁtness video series “Tai-Box Kick To Fit”. The program was the ﬁrst of its kind to combine kickboxing, martial arts, and aerobics, becoming a smash hit in 1998-1999, selling over a million dollars in retail sales. Celebrities and professional athletes in every arena stand by Zak Lee's ﬁtness training program.
Zak has been in training nearly all his life, own and works as group ﬁtness manager on two sports clubs in Italy and develops and taught his ﬁtness programs at Equinox, Spectrum Clubs, Bodies in Motion, 24 hour Fitness, David Burton Gym and many more. Zak develops a Kickboxing Certiﬁcation program for personal trainers and instructors in association with NCCPT (www.nccpt.com) distribute in USA and Internationally. Zak has studied with such renowned masters and champions as: Hirokazu Kanazawa, Toshio Yamada, world kick boxer champion Dev Barrett, the legendary kick boxing champion, Benny "the Jet" Urquidez and world kick boxer champion Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham. Zak also spent time in China perfecting his moves and forms through rigorous training at the Shaolin temple with the Monk Liang Yiquan, and train in Wing Tsun under the W.T.O. organization founded by Master Leung Ting and continues to train in Filipino martial arts under Guru Daniel Inosanto. Zak has been recognized for his creative form (kata), a specialty that has earned him countless trophies. It combines Shotokan, Kung Fu Shaolin Quan and Viet Vo Dao. Zak became the ﬁrst most famous competitor in Italy and Europe in Music/Creative form.
Zak released a follow up to his ﬁrst tape by producing and starring in a DVD series, Zak Lee’s Street Kickbox Workout. In 2007-2009 Zak joined Motivatrix a company that introduced the wireless motion-caption cardio-machine with Zak’s Kick 2 Fit Program and attended Fitness trades show around the country. In conjunction with the ﬁtness and martial arts industry, Zak also use his unique strength physical ability to help charities organization to race fund and awareness for animals and environment protection and all start when he climbed for 24 hours ascendant and descendant non-stop the 189 steps of popular Santa Monica stairs in California for 316 times, with the total 59,754 steps, which burned over 10,000 calories and climbed high as one and half on the mountain Everest. Zak continues teaching privately lessons only to limited number of client, in Martial arts, Self Defense and Prevention and his Cross Training program, as well available for workshops.
Beverly Ann Hatle
Beverly is an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance. She is certified in Yoga for Cancer and Yoga of 12 Step Recovery. She is skilled in teaching special populations including seniors, amputees, diabetics, addicts, and persons with osteoporosis and cancer, among other conditions. Her classes cultivate a balance of strength and serenity while motivating students to follow through with ﬁtness goals. She instructs in various yoga practices including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Gentle, Restorative, and Yin and Chair yoga. She has dance background (ballet, jazz, modern) and is an experienced Pilates Instructor. Currently, she is a yoga instructor at Bonita House of Hope, Lonestar College Adult and Leisure Learning, various LA Fitness locations, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, and at the Lonestar College Wellness Center.
For 15 years, she trained at the Academy of Ballet at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She earned a certification from University of Houston in Addiction Studies. She currently attends Lonestar College for her associate’s degree.
Solvei is from Norway and was exposed to yoga at a young age. She was a competitive gymnast and professional dancer. For 22 years, certified through S.Y.A. and British Yoga Alliance, has made an impact in the fitness industry as a holistic teacher and healer. She is the owner of Solvei Music, where she is involved in music production for film, media, concerts and performances as well as for health promotions, newsletters, and blogs. She is a content writer and continuing education provider for the NCCPT for yoga, health, and fitness. She is a Health and Wellness Specialist at Quantum Body and Mind. She is a teacher in Europe who is facilitating yoga and fitness workshops. She is also a Yoga, Wellness, Nutrition, and Meditation Instructor at Malibu Health & Spa. As a fitness instructor, she also teaches Pilates floor mat and Pilates Barre. She has previous experience working with the in-house eating disorder unit at Kaiser Permanente. Solvei studied Plant Based Nutritional Studies and Nutrition Sciences at Cornell University.
Greg was the Director of Corporate Wellness for Warner Brother, Director of WEST COAST PROGRAMMING for Equinox Fitness Clubs and National Director for Training Development for LA Fitness International. He has trained Lance Armstrong, Kurt Russell, Pierce Brosnan and Russell Crowe. Greg is the author of 10,000 Steps A Day To Your Optimal Weight (Bonus BOOKS 2007), The Ultimate Lean Routine (Summit Publishing, 1996) and was named “100 Best Trainers in America” in Dec. 2004 Men’s Journal.
Debra Weldon is a professional in the ﬁeld of health and ﬁtness and has inspired people to live a healthy lifestyle since 1974. Her passion for health and ﬁtness led her to become a group ﬁtness Instructor. She strongly believes in the necessity for an active lifestyle, encompassing a balance of all the compulsory components of ﬁtness. Over the years it has given her great satisfaction to share her existing knowledge, strong experience and enthusiasm with the highest standard of service, safety and professionalism to those desiring a lifestyle of physical well-being. She is experienced in teaching a wide variety of classes including strength and conditioning, endurance training, ﬂexibility, weight loss and functional training.
Debra is both a successful Group Fitness Coordinator and Director; certiﬁed as an Aerobics Instructor, Mat Pilates Instructor and Cycling Instructor through the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, (AFFA). She also holds certiﬁcations in Strength and Functional Training through Fit Tour and as a Certiﬁed Personal Trainer through the National Council for Personal Trainers (NCCPT).
Born in Slovak Republic, Henry grew up playing, soccer, ice hockey, table tennis, enjoyed skiing and swimming. He earned a green belt in Judo and played ice hockey for the local team. In college he was a member of the swimming and skiing team and competed in many intra college swimming competitions. As a certified swimming and skiing instructor on faculty of physical fitness, Henry coached students to develop and improve their swimming and skiing technique as well as leading swimming and skiing camps. In military service, working closely with the ski and K9 border patrol unit, he learned survival, dog obedience and defense techniques. After immigrating to South Africa, Henry added cycling and triathlons and competed in many races. As a member of TOYOTA Triathlon Team, he participates in a Yearly Radio 5 triathlon race. In the USA, cycling and skiing has become his favorite sports, where he has trained thousands of miles in more than the eight states where he has lived.
In 2006 - 2007 he worked for 24 Hour Fitness as a Personal Trainer and in 2009 earned his NCCPT certifications. From 2007 until 2011, he worked at a private Golf club – “Spanish Hills Country Club” in Camarillo, CA as a personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor. Henry continually pursues new and improved training methods, while, coaching swimming, cycling, nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
Paul’s passion for fitness started when he began lifting weights when at 13 years old. He came to California from the east coast in 1981 at the age of 21 pursuing a fitness career. His career began at Grecian Heath Spas as a fitness and group class instructor. The path to the top was clear….. sell the most memberships and you will grow at the fastest pace. (not the same today). He quickly became a sales person and off he went. Within two years he became an Assistant Manager of several different clubs, and finally a District Manager. Grecian was purchased by Fitness USA. At that point he was demoted back to Manager and with that, he decided in 1984 to open his first club.
Currently at 60 years old and a member of over 20 LLC’s. ---all of these companies are fitness related. His endless responsibilities are mostly geared toward keeping our fitness centers relevant, competitive and cutting edge. It is a super competitive industry that is rapidly growing. We are approaching 2,000 employees. His vast experience includes recruiting, onboarding, evaluating and motivating the entire company including the fitness staff, which includes personal trainers and group exercise instructors. With over 20 years of experience as a competitive cycling an indoor cycling enthusiast, he especially has expertise in that area.
His company values have always been the same, honesty, integrity and member experience first, money later.
Outside of work, it’s family first. Being healthy is still a top priority. His career in the fitness industry has provided him with a blessed life in many ways. He loves what he does.
Chris has been training in the gym since 1991. Chris played soccer and ran track throughout high school and college where he still holds records. At 18, he began racing mountain bikes at 18 during his senior year. In addition, he did cross country racing for 3 years. After multiple hamstring injuries running track collegiately, he began surfing to allow his body to heal. In 2010, he began competing in triathlons; two Ironman distance and multiple half Ironman and Olympic distance. He's an avid backcountry runner/ hiker, fisherman, rock climber and International surfer. He currently coaches triathletes on and off the bike.
Joella has been involved in the fitness industry for several years. Her passions have formed the basis of her career in which she strives to help others towards achieving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness and wellness. She has a lot of experience has a General Manager and Group Fitness Manager/Director at fitness institutes such as: Sport Fit Bowie Racquet & Fitness Club, Sports & Health, Results Fitness, The Sports Club, Merritt Athletic Clubs, and Gold’s Gym. She is currently the National Director of Group Fitness at XSport Fitness, a National Trainer Bodystep and Bodyattacks for Les Mills, and the Vice President of Group Fitness at EOS Fitness.
Joella earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at North Carolina State University.
Mark is a popular fitness professional in Southern California. He is certified through NSCA, Mad Dog Spinning, TRX, Yogafit, Peak Pilates, World Hwa Rang Do Association, US Olympic Lifting, and FMS (Grey Cook) and has a black belt in Tae Soo Do. Currently, he teaches multiple spin classes at Malibu Health Club. He graduated from UCLA in 1997 and the Academy of Culinary education in 2011.
Donna has been involved in the fitness and wellness industry for over 30 years. She is a pro athlete trainer who developed human performance protocols from over 20 years of clinical research and laboratory testing. Some of the top athletic industries she has designed training systems for include the NHL, UFC, NBA, IFBB, and Olympians. She has been a part of the production of fitness and exercise videos for mothers and their babies as well as for couples. Previously, she co-owned and studied at the London Workout Teachers Training Center.
Donna earned her Yoga teacher training certification from St. Petersburg Yoga. She is currently the owner and trainer of the Body Fitness Studio and Wellness Center in Florida. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. In addition to yoga, She also teaches Zumba, weight training, Modern Jazz, and Aerial Yoga. She trains private clients who have certain limitations. Donna, a wellness chef, also prepares meals for some of the clients she trains.
Kim Haegele, CPT
Kim focuses on a holistic approach to well-being and health as a yoga teacher. She is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Tune Up Teacher, certified Massage Therapist, NCCPT certified Personal Trainer, Reiki Practitioner, and certified Yoga Nidra/Integrative Restoration Meditation Instructor.
Kim studied Modern Dance at University of Utah and New York University and Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University.
Kelly McLendon, CPT
Kelly McLendon is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT–200). She completed her training in 2011 at Pranayoga School of Yoga and Health. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer (ACE-CPT), certified Level 1 Spinning instructor and STOTT Pilates. She was a Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, and Marketing Manager at Essence Mind Body Studio. She provided continuing education for the NCCPT in her article titled “Chronic Low Back Pain Sufferers can Benefit from Pilates Mat Exercises”. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy.
Alison Hyde, BS, MS, CPT
Alison’s passions for fitness and clothing led her to a career in both. Her clothing line named Annamaya Clothing was designed for comfortable and free movement. Her previous experience includes work as a technical designer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and yoga instructor. She is currently a Ki-Hara Resistance Stretch Master Trainer and Yoga Teacher at PuraVegan Café & Yoga and Santé Fitness and Wellness. Alison earned her education at Illinois State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a Minor in Music and a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Services.
Scott Roberts, Ph.D
Scott Roberts was born and raised in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico in 1986. In 1988 he received his Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he worked at Roseville Hospital and CHART Sports Medicine Clinic, both located in the Sacramento area. In 1995 he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico. Prior to coming back to Chico State, Scott taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and at Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington. His primary area of expertise is in Clinical and Pediatric Exercise Physiology. Prior to coming to William Jessup University he served as the Program Coordinator for the Exercise Physiology Program and Chair of the Department at C.S.U., Chico. He is a fellow in both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Kinesiology at William Jessup University. His current interests include Faith-Based Fitness and Wellness and Youth Fitness. He is the current Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the local American Heart Association and a former member of the national Board of Directors of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Scott has written numerous books, chapters, and articles on topics ranging from strength training for children and adolescents to exercise guidelines for pacemakers and AICDs.
Khalid McLeod (see above)
Georgia Grayson, CPT
Georgia has been an active member in health and fitness for over 20 years. His passion is to help people grow and become better versions of themselves by learning to live a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, has been certified through NASM, ACE, Schwinn, Madd Dog, Insanity, U-Jam, Zumba, Kranking, TKB, and CPR. In 2017, he graduated from CSUB with a Bachelor in Liberal Studies. He began his career as a Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. He was a Spin Instructor for Total Woman Bakersfield. Currently, he is a Fitness Instructor at Boot Camp, a Personal Trainer at Grayson’s Training, a Spin Instructor at 24 Hour Fitness and Powerhouse Fitness, and a Spin Instructor and Personal Trainer at Coombs Sport & Fitness. Georgia loves being a part of the fitness industry.
JJ has many fitness certifications from the National Health Counsel. She is an IFPA Personal Trainer and Kickboxing Instructor. Additionally, she is certified as a Spin and Pilates Instructor. She is currently the Director of Equinox Fitness Clubs and is an Advisory Board Member and Executive Director for The Heroes Project. Also, she is a motivational speaker and the Senior Director of THE Force for VIMMIA.
JJ earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education at California State University Dominquez Hills.
William Sands Ph.D, FACSM
Dr. William Sands has been a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University. He has been an adjunct and associate professor and helped direct research at institutes such as Colorado Mesa University, University of Utah, and Sheffield Hallam University. He has over 50 years of experience in Olympic sports working with the United States Olympic Committee as the Head of Sport Biomechanics and Engineering and Senior Physiologist. He was the Head Women’s USA Gymnastics Coach as well as the Chair Emeritus for the U.S. Elite Coaches Association for Women’s Gymnastic. He is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, more than 200 sports articles, 30 book chapters, over 500 national and international presentations, and 11 books. He is currently a sport scientist with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in Utah.
Harvey Newton MA, CSCS
Harvey, a former weightlifting competitor, continues to be an expert in coaching, educating, and training for a wide variety of individuals at his own establishment, Newton Sports in Ormond Beach, Florida. He is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching and for the Annual Review of Golf Coaching. Harvey was the USA Olympic Weightlifting head coach and executive director. He was a national coach for the United States Weightlifting Federation as well as executive director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has lectured for several International Olympic Committee Solidarity courses and is the author of Explosive Lifting for Sports. He assists and authors other content related to strength training, specifically for cycling. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in coaches’ education from the University of Colorado.
Jairo Morales is a personal trainer and owner of The Grind Fitness, a personal training company. His life has revolved around Fitness since he was 19 years old. Over the last 18 years has worked in every position possible in the fitness industry; from maintenance to General Manager of the fitness club to teaching for a personal training company where he educated the next generation of personal trainers that were beginning their career. His passion has always been personal training because helping others reach and exceed their goals is the most rewarding position of them all.
The key to his success is he’s always trying to learn as much as possible. He is certified through as a Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (N.C.C.P.T.), International Sports Sciences Association (I.S.S.A.), The National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M.), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (A.F.F.A)
Geno Carignan (see above)
Chris Stevenson, CSCS
A former elite level martial arts competitor, Chris Stevenson began his career in stunts as a world-renowned superhero—a Power Ranger. After years of martial arts and stunt work, Stevenson shifted to the ﬁeld of health and wellness. With a BA in business, Chris chose to use his superhero inﬂuence on more than just the universe’s enemies—he wanted to combat obesity and injury through his expertise in ﬁtness.
When the original Stevenson Fitness opened its doors in 2003, Chris created a small, private training facility, welcoming people of all ages to better improve their health and ﬁtness. Under Chris’s guidance, he and his team of private trainers excelled in providing excellent customer service and in helping clients not only look better, but feel better too.
In 2010, Stevenson opened an 8,000 square foot health club. From the beginning, Stevenson Fitness was a proﬁtable business, despite the economic slump that crushed the majority of health clubs at the time. Centering on customer service, people ﬂock to Stevenson Fitness, where the staff is friendly, the facility is clean, and the equipment is top-notch! The mission statement at Stevenson Fitness is, “Everyone leaves feeling better than when they arrived.” Stevenson Fitness was recognized by the Small Business Development Center as the Small Business Success Story of the Year, 2011.
Chris's success has drawn attention to his leadership, creativity, public speaking and ﬁtness business prowess. He is also a faculty member for the California Health & Longevity Institute and has been invited to speak to both public and private groups on the topics of health & wellness. Chris has also served as a speaker at several universities including USC, UCLA and Cal State Northridge. He has also shares his ﬁtness business expertise as a regular speaker at IHRSA’s International Convention, The IHRSA Institute, Club Industry, FitLife, as well as several other national events.
Zak Lee (see above)
Vanessa Raymond, CPT
Vanessa is very passionate about helping people in their fitness, health, and self-confidence. She is the Owner of KFIT USA, which is CEC approved Kettlebell Education, Owner of Achieve Academy, which provides education for fitness industries, and owner of The Victory Factor, which strives to help people personally and professionally improve their self-image. She is the Owner and President of Veeray Enterprise, which provides Master Trainer programs for Fitness Professionals. Vanessa is a Certified Pilates Instructor, Kettlebell Master Trainer, Personal Trainer, and Massage Therapist. Vanessa attended the University of Pretoria in the province of Gauteng in South Africa for Musical Theatre.
At young age, Cathy was enthusiastic about fitness and became an Aerobics Instructor at 17 years old. She has immense passion for health, wellness, and fitness. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor, and mother. She strives to help clients transform their bodies through exercise and healthy eating habits. Cathy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.
Beverly Ann Hatle (see above)
Solvei McKenna (see above)
Greg Isaacs (see above)
Michael Youssouf (see above)
Geno Carignan (see above)
Victor Vehage (see above)
Mike Hibner (see above)
Khalid McLeod (see above)
Scott is the owner of Five Star Fitness Boot Camps LLC with locations in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH and has helped more than 1200 participants achieve their fitness goals. He entered the fitness business in 1993 and has more than 20 years’ experience as a Club and Fitness Manager in the Chicago area. He is a two-time finalist for the IDEA International Trainer of the year. He was a presenter or panelist at the IDEA Personal Trainer’s Summits and the CAN-FIT-PRO Conference. Scott has a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Sports Management and also did his undergraduate work in Exercise Physiology at Ohio State.
Ruben Salinas CPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Ruben is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, founder and director of Salinas Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of the spine, knee rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction and managing shoulder injuries of overhead athletes. His diverse background ranges from successfully rehabilitating Olympic, professional and high school athletes to restoring the function of seniors and children.
Sevdelin earned his MBA in Economics, Marketing and Management at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has experience as a Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym, Fitness and Recreation Activities Specialist at Hilton Worldwide, and as a General Health Club Manager at Platinum Health Club- Fitness and Spa. Currently, he is a self-employed Recruiter, Marketing and Fitness Profession, and Nutrition Consultant in Bulgaria and internationally.
Lisa is from Moore, Oklahoma. She has been involved in the fitness industry for eight years. She is AFAA certified in group exercise and also certified in other varieties of group exercise formats including Zumba® Fitness, Strong by Zumba® (HIIT), and a mat mix of Pilates and yoga. She currently teaches local Zumba instructors to help them succeed in their careers. Lisa is also a ZCOM Volunteer for District 43.
David is currently the CEO of the Fitness Education Institute and Owner of Reality Personal Training in New York. He is a Continuing Education Provider for AFAA and previously ACE. He career experience includes being the Event Producer and Senior Instructor for Kettlebell Concepts. At Kaplan University, he studied Health and Wellness.
Michael is a Sponsored Fighter and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Phuket Top Team, Pro Muay Thai and Kickboxer for Life of a Fighter, F45 Training Coach, Exercise Nutrition Level 1 Precision Nutrition certified, NASM-MMA strength and conditioning specialist and UFC trainer, ISSA certified Fitness Nutritionist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Exercise Therapist, Senior Fitness Specialist, Master Trainer, Elite Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer, and Personal Trainer. Currently, he is a Rehabilitation Technician at Mission Health and is the Founder of Life of a Fighter, which is an online health and fitness company that provides content and services internationally for clients. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Multi-Interdisciplinary Studies at Stony Brook University and earned his Associate’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science with a concentration in Personal Training at the International Sports Science Association.
Michael loves being able to make an impact both in person, as well as online and always looking forward to new opportunities to continue to grow and inspire others.
Katherine Rhoderick is an Account Manager for Corporate Fitness Works (CFW). She began her career with CFW in 2014 as a Health Fitness Program Manager at a corporate account in Rockville, MD. Katherine has 8 years of experience with corporate, residential, community, and commercial fitness and wellness programs. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from University of Kentucky.
Katherine is a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Group Exercise Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She has also obtained her TRX Group Instructor certification in suspension training. Katherine is certified in CPR/First Aid/AED through the American Red Cross.
In 2016, Katherine was recognized as a Rising Star within Corporate Fitness Works. For CFW, Katherine oversees the Group Exercise program and development of intermediate and advanced instructors. In addition, she oversees the Shared Promotions team which produces monthly educational marketing materials for all CFW client sites.
Susan viar Jessup
Susan has been a fitness instructor for 32 years. She is certified through ACE, AFAA, SCW, and AEA. She is also certified in Mossa Programs, specifically Group Power, Group Centergy, Group Ride, Group Step, Group Groove, and Group Kick. Her other specialties include Les Mills Programs including Body Pump, Body Step, Body Combat, Body Flow, and RPM. Also, she is a Master Trainer for R.I.P.P.E.D., a Program Director for RUMBLE, and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do.
From 1991 to 1998, Susan was the owner of Burnette Karate Studio. After that, she was the owner of Five Star Fitness for 2 years. From 2000 to 2012 she was the owner of three Gold’s Gym locations including Ellenwood, Eagles Landing, and McDonough. She is currently the Group Fitness Manager at Gold’s Gym in Henry County.
Susan has been a presenter for Sara City Workout, Fit Expo, WSSC, and Empower. She was the co-host for a local television show called Get Fit Henry for 3 years.
Certified through the NCCPT, Eva has been a personal trainer for over five years and has taught yoga for one year. As part of her personal training, she offers and develops weight management plans for her clients. This past May she was awarded “Trainer of the Month’ by the NCCPT.
Eva has ran countless 5k’s, triathlons, duathlons, and half marathons, where she tends to land in the top three in her age group. She has completed many bike centuries (100 miles). In her running career, she has finished twenty-seven marathons, two Full iron-distance triathlons, twenty-six 50k runs, fourteen 50 milers, four 100k runs, four 75 mile runs, twenty-one 100 mile runs, one 115 mile run, and two 150+ milers. She has received awards such as, “Best Performance in a Triathlon” and “Best Multi-Event.” She has won the Score-This Duathlon Series twice as well as an age group award for Score-This triathlon series. She placed 3rd Masters in the WNY Ultra Series, is a RRCA Regional Champion, and a four star Marathon Maniac, and Wester States Qualifier. She has hiked the Grand Canyon, Zion R2R2R, and two states of the Appalachian Trail.
Currently, Eva is a full-time mother and wife and teaches full-time when she is not running.
Melinda Sehon Tuttle
Melinda has been in the fitness industry since 1990. She has extensive experience as Fitness Center Operations Manager, Group Fitness Director, teaching group fitness classes, personal training, maintaining budgets, handling payroll, creating and leading programs and events, fitness presenter and fitness competitor in sport aerobics, fitness, hip hop and step aerobics competitions. She has 7 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals including one international and one national title. She is FiTOUR Protrainer and Gliding Disc Master Trainer. She was named Group Instructor of Year for the (former) Cooper Aerobic Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of North Texas. She is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor as well as a FiTOUR Certified Advanced Personal Trainer and Aqua Aerobics Instructor.
Currently, she works as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at Brookhaven Country Club and is the Fitness Center Manager for Texas Health Resources.
Jeanne Brown, mother of four and grandmother of seven, has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since the mid-nineties. She graduated from Lake Washington Technical College Fitness Specialist/Personal Training program, and went on to acquire personal training certifications from ACSM, ACE, IFPA, and AIFE. She is currently preparing to take the ACE Health Coach exam in October 2018. In addition to personal training and teaching fitness classes, she has been a natural bodybuilding competitor since 2012. She is writing a book entitled "Strong Fit and Ageless" which focuses on the vital impact that fitness, nutrition and attitude has on the ageing process.
Jeannie is passionate about guiding, educating, and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to become as happy, healthy and productive as they can be.
Erin Benuzzi is a certified trainer and lifestyle coach accomplished in helping clients of all fitness levels get into the best shape of their lives. She strongly believes health is a conscious choice necessary for longevity, happiness, and overall quality of life. Erin teaches for 10 Gym in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she specializes in yoga, strength training, and senior citizen fitness, and has logged over 500 hours teaching in the last two years. Erin is a graduate from Oklahoma State University, where she spent two years as a teaching assistant, and as a former class president, she helped draft legislation for the Oklahoma Student Government Association pushing for healthier food choices across campus. She wrote her senior capstone on yoga, and is now a current student for the Health and Kinesiology program at Northeastern State University (Oklahoma), pursuing graduate work on yoga. As a dedicated student to the martial arts, Erin is happy to spend most of her evenings playing with sticks and daggers and learning the forms. In her free time, she can be found training for half-marathons, cooking her Paleo-inspired diet, or napping with her cats.
Simply known as DORIT, a very vivacious and exuberant lover of LIFE, with a very prolific resume and a long list of celebrity clients, Dorit is a much sought after presenter at conferences, expos, panels and radio shows.
Adding variety to her work as a Certified Living Foods Chef, and Certified Movement Analyst/ Therapist, Dorit was a workshop leader for a medically supervised Cleansing and Detoxification Retreat at the Fox Hollow Clinic and Spa in Kentucky.
As a Certified Movement Analyst/Therapist, she was the innovator and founder of the Movement Therapy Department at Canyon Ranch Spa in the Berkshires where she introduced Pilates & Gyrotonics and under her direction, this department became the most financially profitable department of Canyon Ranch Spa. She built a steady and loyal following which included Donna Karan and Yoko Ono.
Dorit also created and taught the most attended yoga class at the New York Health & Racquet Club in NYC. (Most times there was a queue outside the classes and awaiting list to get into her classes). She was also the gym floor manager at the NY Health & Racquet Club’s 56th Street flagship gym and maintained a private practice with Schmuel Tatz (PT, Body Tuning) at Carnegie Hall where she taught Pilates, Yoga, Laban Movement Studies, Postural Analysis,, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Developmental Movement ( Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) all from her own unique perspective- that we are creatures of movement and any long term static lifestyle leads to discontent, imbalance and eventually illness both of a physical and mental nature. She was also co-Director and the lead teacher trainer of the Lotte Berk Method in NYC.
Her many other credits include being a regular workshop presenter at the annual Bioneers By The Bay Conference in New Bedford, Massachusetts, (aka Connecting For Change), was a presenter on Food Sustainability at the New Jersey Green Business Summit at the Rutgers University in NJ, and a speaker at the San Diego Vegetarian Festival, amongst many others.
Dorit is a Certified Chopra Center Educator specializing in LifeSkills Coaching which includes Meditation, Hatha Yoga, teaching Peace Based Communication skills and created a workshop on healing eating disorders through emotional, mental and physical work.(*The Sacred Art of Eating).
Dorit was the personal Chef and Wellness Coach to the tennis pro Serena Williams and her client list includes such luminaries such as Marla Gibbs (best known for her role on The Jeffersons), Debra Wilson (longest running cast member of MadTV & films such as AVATAR) and Andy Dick (Comedian).
Dorit is well known for bringing high energy and healing foods into the forefront. She is also a strong advocate for paying attention to all our lifestyle changes that will help stem the ever increasing anthropogenic climate change.
Janine began her journey and attended her first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class in 2008. It was the beginning of an overall transformation of her lifetime. This was the Ah Ha moment of self-realization and healing that guided her toward her destiny, to the ongoing-practice she is devoted to today.
Janine began teaching in January 2011. In 2013, she was called to Rishikesh, India, the mother land of yoga, to be trained and certified by the lead teachers and direct decedents "The Golden Chain" of the Master Yogi Bhajan.
Up for a challenge, with her background as a professional actress and stunt performer, she is committed to a daily practice and studies with Tej Kaur Khalsa, the Custodian of the Archives of the Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. Tej is a recognized authority on the teachings, a longtime teacher of Kundalini yoga and a student of Yogi Bhajan for over three decades.
Henry Liska (see above)
Cathy holds a BA and Master’s degree in Speech Communication and is currently an instructor at Santa Monica College where she was awarded Outstanding Teacher in 2001. As a cyclist, Cathy won four gold medals at the Huntsman World Senior Games in 2006, a gold medal in the Master’s Pan-American games in Havana, Cuba in 2010. In 2013, she won two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Master’s World Games in Torino, Italy.
Salam is a certified Zumba Instructor and National Posture Trainer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and her associate’s degree in Psychology from Miami Dade College. Presently, she is the owner, administrator, personal trainer, and instructor for Lady of America. In addition, Salam is a fitness instructor for personal training certification for W.I.T.S. World Instructor Training Schools and author and gym owner of S.H.E Fitness. Previously, she worked as an Aerobic Coordinator at Bally’s and as a Dietitian at DR’S Hospital.
Paul Infald (see above)
Chris Just (see above)
Debra Weldon (see above)
Brian has over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry. He is a performance driven management professional who is highly experienced in financial management, strategic planning, health promotion marketing, equipment purchasing, facility design, and operations management. He has worked in management at several fitness facilities throughout his career, such as Gold’s Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, YMCA, Sport & Health. Medifit Corporate Services, and Town Sport International. He is currently the Regional Director of Personal Training at the YMCA of Central Maryland, Personal Training Director for Anne Arundel County, and Senior Fitness Director for the YMCA of Greater Annapolis.
Brian attended East Carolina University and earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology.
Vardman "Buddy" Turner
Buddy is a NASM certified Corrective Exercise Specialist and a USAW Sports Coach. He holds a certification for Precision Nutrition and many other certificates. His professional experience includes being a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for several Rockford sports, co-owner of Personal Best, LLC, Metabolic Specialist Department Head and Senior Training Department Head for Life Time-The Healthy Way of Life Company. And Regional Fitness Manager at several In-Shape Health Clubs.
Buddy received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Exercise Science at Northern Michigan University. He also received his Masters of Science in Human Movement from A.T. Stills University of Health Sciences. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Chicago. Currently, he is studying Masters-level coursework in Data Science.
Anthony is a B-Fit Level I, II, and III Bally’s Health and Tennis Corporation Certified Personal Trainer. In addition he is certified in Nutrition Quotient Basics, Email Marketing, and Venus Legacy Technician. His health and wellness experience includes being the Head Exercise Physiologist at South Bay Cardiovascular Associates, Athletic Trainer at Island Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Athletic Trainer and Personal Trainer at North Island Physical Therapy, Personal Trainer at Home Training Group, Exercise and Nutrition Consultant at Cenegenics Medical Institute, and Online Fitness and Nutrition Specialist for FitOrbit. Currently, he is an Exercise and Nutrition Counselor at AgeFocus Medical Management and the President and CEO of AFF Wellness Consulting Corporation. He has been and continues to be involved in many organizations including IDEA Health and Fitness Association, American College of Sports Medicine Alliance of Health and Fitness Professionals, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation of New York State, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, and the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Movement Science Majors Club at Long Island University. Anthony is the author of many fitness publications. Anthony attended Long Island University and earned a Bachelors in Physical Education (Athletic Training)/ Biology.
Jenn Burke is the Director of Education for Crunch Fitness and the Personal Training Education Center. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in Health Management Exercise Science and a MS in Nutrition and Exercise Science, she has worked as a Personal Trainer for 15 years. She was lucky enough to work at the High Performance Training Center in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics.
Her certifications include PTAG CPT, ACSM HFS, NASM CPT, NASM CES, NASM UFC, NCSF CPT, Master instructor TRX Suspension Trainer, Master Instructor TRX Rip Trainer, Master Instructor Bulgarian Bags, Master Instructor Escape Kettlebell Instructor, TRX STC Sports Medicine, Master Instructor Tiyr, Rocktape FMT1, FMT2 & PMT, Spin Instructor, SFG1, Z-Health R & I Phase, Original Strength Certified, Progressive Calisthenics Certified, and Certified Functional Strength Coach. Jenn has also completed 14 marathons, a half ironman, a figure competition, and several obstacle courses ranging from Warrior Dashes, Spartan Races, and Tough Mudders. She loves seeing clients accomplish their goals and things Personal Training is a very rewarding career!
As a former soccer athlete, Jon began his career in physical fitness by coaching youth soccer clubs by focusing on their conditioning programs. Soon after, he became a personal trainer and gained experience training a variety of populations including martial arts competitors. He is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM MMA Conditioning Specialist, TRX RIP Trainer, and TRX Suspension Trainer. In addition, he holds a USSA National Coaching License (E). His training style focuses on maximizes client’s time while ensuring they remain injury free. He is currently working on earning more certifications to be a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, ISSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and ISSA Exercise Therapist.
Nic is from Trinity, Florida. He has 14 years of experience in the fitness industry as well as 13 years of experience in sales. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in Science degree. He is currently a Personal Training Manager at Zone Fitness Clubs LLC while he is studying for an Emergency Medical Science degree.
Christina T. Sabo
Christina Sabo is a personal trainer out of Tallahassee, FL who lives to see success in others and has a passion for staying active. She has taught kickboxing, cross-training, 4D bungee, women’s weight training and H.I.I.T. classes. Christina has also focused her training assisting seniors through corrective exercise and has coached youth through speed and agility camps. No matter the age, her thought is that staying active is the key to longevity and a healthy life.
In addition to training others, Christina has competed in Natural Bodybuilding through the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders.
Mike Butler (also known as Trainer Mike) is a nationally certified strength and conditioning Coach/Personal Trainer through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) and NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association). While attending both Plant and Robinson high schools in his home town of Tampa, Florida, he was well known for being a “gym rat” and playing multiple sports (football, baseball, basketball tennis). Mike continued his education while attending Florida State University and received a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis on kinesiology. Since Mike has attained his certifications, he has Authored/ Co-authored programs as well as trained Athletes in multiple sports at Florida State University, Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida.
Over the last 3 years, high school athletic programs have been Mike’s focal point. He has a true love and passion for youth athletes and wishes to see greater results and more injury prevention protocol placed in youth sports. “The Grind never stops, so never stop grinding” is his motto and his philosophy follows suite; “Any and all physical, mental and spiritual adaptations can be attained with the proper guidance and a strong will.” Luke 14:11