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Presenter List

Staci Alden is a seasoned Group Fitness Manager, presenter, writer, strategic planner (both digital and in-person offerings) and entrepreneur. Staci is committed to helping group fitness managers and club operators elevate their programs, talent and leadership skills. Her clients range from large luxury health clubs and international companies to small studios. She has designed world class studios, launched signature formats and built turnkey solutions for enhancing systems, leaders and talent. Staci is also a master Balanced Body® barre and MOTR® instructor.
Elizabeth Andrews has been a group fitness instructor and coach for 35 years, teaching and developing exciting classes and programming, from the southeast to the Pacific NorthWest. Elizabeth is a Master Trainer for the best companies in the movement arena, BOSU, TRX and DVRT Ultimate Sandbag, also using her gifts as a motivational speaker for companies such as Amazon, as well as writing for ACE. She has presented several times at IDEA World, IDEA West, TRX Summits, Western States Chiropractic College, and for the YMCA Summits. Her diverse experience working and teaching in the rehab field, general fitness, as well as yoga, provide a broad perspective and knowledge, in movement.
Abbie Appel is the owner of APS Appel Programming Solutions and AbbieFit Consulting. As an award-winning fitness educator and group fitness programming expert, Abbie develops and delivers programs for Schwinn Cycling, TRX Training and many other organizations.  She developed the SCW Pilates and SCW Barre Certifications and has produced and starred in over 50 fitness videos.  Abbie contributes to fitness publications such as Self, Shape, Prevention and IDEA Journal and is certified by ACE, AFAA and NASM.
As a fitness professional, martial artist, and owner of a successful personal training studio in Denver, Dianne Bailey is passionate about creating the best opportunities for the mature adult to enjoy health and fitness.This passion has led her to create a system for learning Tai Chi which will empower fitness professionals to be able to offer this amazing form of exercise to their clientele and help others learn this wonderful form of “movement meditation.” Dianne is the author of three books: Eating Simply, Open the Door to Tai Chi . . . Tai Chi for the Everyday Person, Healthy, and Happy and Fit – Ageless Exercise to enjoy Your Best Years Yet.  Dianne is a CSCS, a Functional Aging Specialist, and a Certified Tai Chi Instructor. She has presented the benefits of Tai Chi at the Functional Aging Summit, ICAA Conference, and Fitness Fest. In her engaging, easy-going yet commanding style, she hopes to encourage people to include Tai Chi in their offerings.
Mathew Benvie is a personal trainer and the owner of Evolve Fitness with three locations in Nova Scotia, Canada. Matt started in 2009 with 4 private training clients and a 900 square foot space and now has almost 1000 clients across locations with a team of 20. Evolve Fitness has been named best gym in Halifax 8 years in a row and through their community efforts have raised over $900,000 for local charities and organizations. Matt loves helping his clients with their workouts at the gym but his passion is helping them with their sleep, stress, nutrition and other lifestyle habits needed for long term success. Matt is the biggest country music fan in Canada and in his free time you can find him with his partner Hollie and their puppy Waylon.
Adia Callahan is a lover of life, people, and experiences. As a Health and Wellness coach, Adia has found not only her passion but also her purpose. “I exist to urge and support others in finding their freedom to pursue their health and wellness needs/goals.”
Adia is the owner/founder of See Me Wellness, which is making wellness a priority for professional Black Women. While loving all things movement base, Adia trains and instructs in various formats such as Pilates, Barre, and strength training. Adia is also a coach for Struct Club, creating music-inspired app-based classes.
Even with her vast experiences and endeavors which include building a business, launching a podcast – Sweaty Edges, chairing a non-profit board – Project Girl Mentoring Program, and her work with WIFA – as a West Coast Global Ambassador; Adia is always focusing on her purpose. A wife, mother, entrepreneur, and a champion of one’s ability to take control of their wellness, Adia is living each day with a purpose.
Ellen de Werd is a 21-year, fitness industry veteran. She is the founder of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™. In 2018 and 2019, prior to the launch of WARRIOR Instructor Academy, Ellen garnered national attention as a presenter and educator for Beachbody.  In 2021 her WARRIOR formats spread internationally to 9 countries. She re-entered the conference scene with WARRIOR, taking the nation by storm. Ellen is the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club and a Lululemon Ambassador in Eugene.
 Dani D Fitness realized that the only way to ensure a positive outcome is to “fight for what you want” — which has become the mantra of her mission and her movement. She stopped obeying the old narratives about how fit bodies needed to look, and ditched the idea that negativity is an effective tool.
By embracing a positive relationship with her body and developing an effective training and nutrition plan for herself, she not only achieved her fitness goals by traditional standards (40lbs lighter, body fat reduced by 17%), but more importantly she learned that you can’t put your life and your happiness on hold while you’re striving to become more fit.
Your body doesn’t exist separately from your life and your happiness — they’re all connected. Dani proved how powerful strengthening that connection can be, and her passion is to empower her clients to become stronger and happier, too.  Some of her accomplishments include

  • Coaching hundreds of clients over the past 3 years.
  • Hosting over 50 events all over middle Tennessee.
  • Creating sustainable lifestyle plans to keep clients consistent and align their journey with Dani D. Fitness.
Sonja Friend-Uhl has trained people of all ages and abilities for over 22 years. A skilled fitness programmer, Sonja holds Fitness Training Certifications with ACSM and AFAA as well as AFAA specialty certifications in Youth, Senior, and Pre-Natal Fitness. Sonja is a certified ACE Health Coach which gives her the ability to work with those in the allied health field in regards to high risk or specialized clientele. She is a registered Nutrition & Weight Loss Counselor. Following her passion for running, Sonja is USATF Coaching Certified. She has served as a high school, collegiate, club and private running coach. From 2012-2015 Sonja served as an assistant Cross-Country and Track coach at Vanderbilt University. Since August of 2016 Sonja has a served as a volunteer Track and cross country coach for FAU in Boca Raton and operates her own coaching & running education platform, www.TheRunningWarrior.com.
Master of Musicality, Lauren George is the Co-Creator of the Enhanced Barre Above Program, Creator of the Musicality Method, Co-Owner of FitBiz Retreat, adjunct faculty at Clemson University, a former studio owner, and a Master Trainer for Balletone. She has had a love for movement since a young age and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and Master’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from University of North Texas. She was named EMPOWER! Fusion Education Partner of the Year in 2018. Lauren has had the pleasure of leading the group fitness programs at large health clubs, private studios, and collegiate campuses. Lauren’s two biggest passions are creating fun and effective workout programming and helping other fitness professionals succeed in the industry!
Kim Gray is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and studio owner. She empowers students toward a healthier, centered life using exercise principles and yoga teachings. Kim is also a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Worldwide and leads yoga teacher trainings in the US and abroad.
Jenn Hall M.Ed is a former professional dancer having performed with superstars including Beyoncè. After retiring from touring, she shifted her focus to education, teaching Kinesiology, Ballet and Jazz at Georgia State University, working as international fitness presenter, author, sponsored athlete and business consultant.  Jenn is currently the Fitness Department Director at a high-end Athletic Club in Atlanta and her current focus is in helping fitness professionals and businesses achieve success in the physical and digital marketplaces. NASM, AFAA, ACE
Jenn Hogg became a certified instructor & trainer in 1991 while pursuing her Masters in Marketing at Northwestern University. More than 15 years later, she left the corporate grind to pursue what was clearly her lifelong passion – fitness. During her journey, she became a 5-time US Champion in Aerobic Gymnastics, a Master Trainer & Presenter for Schwinn and a Platinum Lululemon Am- bassador and a driving force in the Chicago Fitness community.
Michael Hughes is the founder of Gymnazo, a 7-figure functional training facility in California that focuses on integrating restoration with performance in a highly leveraged suite of services. His facility ranks in the top 5% of American like-sized gyms for revenue. He retained 80% of his clientele throughout the pandemic and kept his entire staff employed. In 2020, Michael founded Gymnazo EDU and launched the MultiDimensional Movement Coach (MDMC) mentorship program to share his formula for success with fitness trainers. This CEU approved certification teaches fitness professionals how to program beyond a one-size fits all, how to retain clients through elevated service standards, tailor motivation and correction to match client styles and modify exercises for a variety of common movement dysfunctions.
Chris LaCour is a New York City based NASM-CPT, AEA Aquatic Trainer and Master Trainer for HydroRevolution and S’WET™. Chris has been bringing Aquatic Fitness to NYC pools for 12 years after he was able to recover from his back surgery using the help of the water. He has been on a mission to help change the perception of aquatic fitness and “level up” exercises in order to bring a fresh perspective and more dynamic movement to the pool.
With over 25 years in the fitness industry, Elizabeth Lenart is an international presenter, content creator and fitness guidance counselor. She known for explosive intervals, electric coaching and innovative programming. Elizabeth possesses and M.Ed. in Ed. Psych. and uses her capabilities in counseling and coaching to influence each movement and fitness guidance counseling session. She uses emotion to train from the inside, out and is a fierce advocate for positive body image and inclusive fitness. She is the National Program Director for Balletone, a Master Trainer with BOSU, Barre Above, Tabata Bootcamp, WaterRower and Extreme Chaos. She can be seen regularly on Mass Appeal.
Dedicating her career to Campus Recreation, Tori Lord began her fitness journey during her undergraduate work at Penn State University. As a previous athlete and dancer, Tori transitioned easily into the fitness industry with great passion and excitement. After graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Tori attended Texas A&M University to pursue a Master’s degree in Sport Management, where she taught Group Fitness on campus and at a local gym. Upon completing her degree, Tori returned to her Alma Mater at Penn State as a Fitness Coordinator to train new students in the same program that developed her love of fitness. Tori currently oversees the recreational fitness programming at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has acquired several certifications and licenses such as AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer, YogaFit Level 1/Level 2/Props, Barre Above, TRX, Balletone, Extreme HIIT Chaos, Triggerpoint Foamrolling, Schwinn Cycling, Stairmaster Boxmaster, Zumba license, Les Mills BodyPump and more. She is also an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor and a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor, as well as a Safe Zone Ally. She has been a proud Program Specialist for Savvier Fitness, training current and future instructors in Barre Above, Balletone, and Extreme HIIT Chaos since 2019.
Alex McLean has been teaching group fitness since 1995. He started as a dancer and master class presenter for the Reebok Performance Team and Nike Culture Shock, and is currently an educator for multiple world-class brands, including Schwinn® Cycling, Stairmaster® and Balanced Body®. He has appeared in video and print projects for TRX® and Under Armour®. As a professional dancer and acrobat, Alex danced with LeAnn Rimes, Disney, Universal Studios and the NBA/WNBA. Certifications: ACE, AFAA, NASM
A.J. Meyers is a published writer, editor, content creator and podcast producer with decades experience in creative marketing and narrative storytelling. Through his workshops and consultations, he educates clients on how to create fresh, engaging copy and appealing visual/audible content to market and promote branded communications and to attract new customers or clients. With experience as a social media manager developing advertising strategies and campaigns, AJ’s client’s have seen an increase of online following and engagements with their audience by over 500%.
Tricia Murphy Madden is a 29-year industry veteran and 2021 IDEA Fitness Leader Of The Year.  Tricia is the National Education Director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above with over 85 master trainers and over 5600 trained instructors worldwide. She is the co-author and creator of a children’s book and fitness program called, The ABC’s of Exercise sold worldwide. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for her numerous programs developed over the past 29 years.
Bruce Mylrea/ BA in Economics / ECornell certified in Plant Based Nutrition / AFPA certified Holistic Nutritional Councilor. He spends hours each day reviewing the latest in unbiased nutritional research. Bruce is focused and passionate in educating others on the life enhancing and life extending benefits of whole food plant based nutrition. Bruce is the SCW male presenter of the year for 2017 and also 2017 Life Time Achievement Award for CanFitPro. Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.
Mindy Mylrea – Mindy Mylrea is the 2017 Life Time achievement Award Winner for CanFitPro , 2016 Empower Instructor of the Year, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year. 2015 International Presenter of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a 361 sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA. Mindy is an advisory board member for Oxygen Magazine, an international presenter, author, motivational speaker, video personality, and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA.  Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind Gliding , the Gliding discs exercise program. She is a master trainer and on the pro development team for Schwinn Cycling, Body Bar, and Bosu.  Mindy is the creator of Tabata Bootcamp that earned Most Impactful Program of 2013, and owner of FitFlix Productions DVD production services. . She has authored numerous articles and stars in over 400 instructional videos. Mindy is currently the host of Orbitrek Elite and 6 minutes to slim it  infomercials. Mindy donates her time and talents regularly to numerous charities and nonprofit organizations. Mindy is the mother of three boys, been married for 32 years, and lives in Santa Cruz, California.  Bruce and Mindy have worked together for 11 years in the fitness and wellness industry and present both fitness programming and nutritional education together.
Aimee Nicotera is an international presenter and Virtual Studio Owner. Aimee holds a BS in Nutrition Science, a Masters in Health Education and certifications from ACSM, ACE and AFAA.   Aimee is the creator of the format E5 COLLECTIVE.
Jenni Lynn Patterson-LaCour is an AEA ATS, NSCA- CPT, CEC Provider, an International Aquatic Fitness Presenter and creator of S’WET™.  She has been working one on one with clients and teaching aquatic fitness classes in New York City for over a decade. Jenni’s S’WET™ structure takes H.I.I.T. and strength training to a new level in the pool! She believes the perception of water fitness is transforming the way people cross train and soon ALL ages, abilities and genders will be making waves in the pool together! For more information, contact her at www.jennilynnfitness.com or jennilynn@jennilynnfitness.com.
Lisa Reynolds graduated with from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary studies. She is a certified AFAA Group Exercise instructor, as well as a 500hr-RYT/200hr-ERYT, and Continuing Education Provider through the Yoga Alliance. An educator at heart, Lisa is a Program Specialist with Savvier Fitness’s Barre Above and Balletone Programs in addition to being a lead teacher trainer for CorePower Yoga’s 200hr Power Yoga Teacher Training, Extensions Program, and Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training.
Dr. Dan Ritchie is the president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute and a best selling author of Never Grow Old! With over 20 years experience in the field and having trained over 2,000 clients over age 55.   Dan received his PhD at Purdue University in Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology.   In addition Dan leads a team of 7 trainers at Miracles Fitness a personal training studio with an average age clientele over 62.   In addition to being an international speaker on the topic of aging and fitness Dan has also been involved in research on Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
Jason Schneider is a professional endurance and multisport coach with certifications in triathlon, running, cycling, distance and masters swimming. A 5x Ironman with over 18 years personal triathlon, cycling, ultra-distance, marathon and multi-stage racing, Jason translates his experiences – the fundamentals of training and endurance racing – into exciting, challenging, high-intensity, goal and results-oriented indoor training and group fitness classes. ACE & AFAA Certified Instructor, CrossFit Certified Coach, and Master Instructor for Schwinn Indoor Cycling, StarTrac Cardio, Stairmaster HIIT and Nautilus Strength. Jason is also the North America Ambassador for cycling software company Intelligent Cycling and trained is many functional strength modalities including ViPR, Kettlebells, TRX and IndoRow. Jason believes that fitness, strength and health should be more than just aesthetics; these are the building blocks of injury prevention, energy and longevity. Jason is the founder and head coach for TriTrain Endurance Coaching and has 15 years experience as a fitness instructor and sr. level regional manager across both big-box fitness clubs and boutique facilities.
Beth Shaw, C-IAYT, ERYT, author and entrepreneur, is an expert in transformation. Founder of YogaFit Worldwide, Beth has transformed the yoga industry in the US and Canada, making yoga accessible to everybody and every body! Her most recent book, Healing Trauma With Yoga, is a best-selling guide for post-traumatic growth. A passionate animal advocate, Beth lives in NY with her rescue dog, Bentley.
Lamarr Smith’s path started after being in a corporate career for over 10 years. Heleft corporate after he established a baseline understanding of the fitness industry in 2007. His career in the fitness business began with CrossFit. It was the first door to open for him in the professional coaching world. He moved from New York to California to open my gym. Lamarr was a gym owner from 2009 -2014. During this period of time he also started a Functional Fitness Competition brand called Legendary competitor. He saw a need to help influence how the CrossFit athletes were training. These competitions were up to 6x a year at various athletic venues and hosted over 500 athletes from 100 hundreds of gyms across the country. Moving forward from that he became a general manager for a Strength and Conditioning chain of gyms in Seattle. This placed Lamarr in the path of Amazon and joining the Halo team as an industry specialist to apply his coaching and movement knowledge with technology. He is now able to help millions of people on their fitness journey. Lamarr’s trainings and certifications include, CrossFit Level 1, USAW Sports Performance Coach, RPR Level 2 and Animal FLow Level 1.
Andrea Velazquez has been immersed in the Aquatics Industry for over 25 years. She is a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yonkers and Creator of AVAQUATICS. She is Master Trainer for many aquatic specialties, representing Acquapole, SAF Aqua Drums Vibes and HydroRevolution. She holds numerous certifications including AEA Fitness Professional, Aqua Vida Floating Yoga, Tsunami Fitness Boards, and RM Medically Based Aquatics. She is a StarGuard Instructor and Starfish Aquatics Institute Swim School Instructor Trainer. She is a Presenter at the NYS Parks and Recreation Conferences, SUNY Cortland (her alma mater) Recreation Conference, DCAC Fitness Convention, Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute (ATRI), Association of Aquatic Professional Conference (AOAP), and SCW Fitness Mania Fitness Conferences.
Kia Williams, M.B.A, M.S., 200hr RYT is a certified fitness instructor, global business presenter, author, fitness program specialist and content creator, guest host of the IDEA Fitpro Show podcast, and host of IDEA Health & Fitness Association web series “Paths to Success” and Fit and Fierce on the Mic–a podcast dedicated to providing expert advice, tangible tips and help to improve fitness, refine teaching and coaching technique, and to grow fitness businesses and services. She is the Wellness Chairwoman for the NAACP Fort Worth-Tarrant County Chapter and an executive board member of Fit4Mom and for Jeremiah 33:6, a not-for-profit holistic health education and preventative medicine corporation. Most notably, Kia Williams is the youngest and first black person to be awarded with the IDEA World Instructor of the Year award. She is also a featured fitness coach on the Floyd Mayweather “MayweatherHomeFitness app”. She is a contributor to the IDEA World Diversity and Inclusion Committee and for Savvier Fitness fitness formats such as Barre Above. Kia has contributed as an author, editor, and fitness model for books published by Human Kinetics. She has been a featured guest speaker on many platforms and shows such as WFAA News Daybreak, The Pedestal Project, IDEA Virtual, SCW,Fitness Town Hall: Systematic Racism in Fitness with Lawrence Biscontini, Struct Club, WIFA Podcast, The Masters Fitness Podcast with Chan Galloway, All About Fitness Podcast with Pete McCall, and more. Kia has managed several fitness and wellness programs and facilities and uses her transferable professional skills and experience in fitness to mentor young professionals, support multicultural engagement, and to make fitness accessible, inclusive, and feasible for the masses. Kia’s career mission is to support people who are affected by marginalization in jobs, education, healthcare, and lack of representation in the fitness industry. Overall, Kia is committed to helping others live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a strong, fit, and balanced mind and body.