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Sal A. Arria, MSS, DC was the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic from 1978 to 1996 which was one of the first sports medicine clinics in the United States to incorporate a fitness training center within the clinic. During that time, Dr. Arria personally treated nearly 20,000 patients from all over the world and served as a team doctor for numerous state, national and world championship events. From 1980 to 1985 he served the US Track and Field team and was appointed as a team doctor for the 1984 Olympic Games. For 10 years, Dr. Arria was an active member of the Sports Medicine committee for the US Powerlifting Federation and served as a team doctor for numerous national powerlifting championships and three USPF World Championships.
His personal athletic achievements include winning the California State Powerlifting championships three times and was ranked in the top three in the USA in the 220-pound and 242-pound divisions. Dr. Arria was also appointed as a Special Advisor to the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and continues to consult many Olympic and professional athletes. He has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows including CBS, CNBC, ESPN and the Family Channel. He directed the American Institute of Health Education's 1996 TELLY AWARD winning show The Five-Step Back Solution. Dr. Arria was also the Fitness Program Designer for Kathy Ireland's platinum award winning abdominal training video, ABSolutely Fit.
In 1988 Dr. Arria co-founded and has since served as the CEO of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the first organization to certify personal fitness trainers. Since that time, the ISSA has certified 200,000 personal trainers worldwide.
In 2003, Dr. Arria was a founding member of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), a not-for-profit organization which is responsible for defining scopes of practice, standards and national board examinations for personal fitness professionals. In 2004, Dr. Arria was elected President of the NBFE by the Board of Trustees.
Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D., was Co-founder of the ISSA. Dr. Hatfield won the World Championships three times in the sport of powerlifting, and in 1986, performed a competitive squat with 1014 pounds at a body weight of 255 pounds (more weight than anyone in history had ever lifted in competition).
Dr. Hatfield's former positions include an assistant professorship at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Senior Vice President and Director of Research and Development for Weider Health and Fitness, Incorporated. Dr. Hatfield was honored by Southern Connecticut State University when they presented him with the 1991 Alumni Citation Award. In June of 2000, Dr. Hatfield was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame, located in York, PA. Then, in 2012 he was inducted into the Connecticut Powerlifting Hall of Fame,. In 2015 he was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Hatfield competed in the Master's Division in the 1998 World Championships in Olympic Weightlifting.
He has written over 100 books (including several best-sellers) and hundreds of articles in the general areas of sports training, fitness, bodybuilding, and performance nutrition. He has been coach and training consultant to several world-ranked and professional athletes, sports governing bodies and professional teams worldwide. He is known around the world as "Dr. Squat".
As COO for ISSA, Patrick's primary interest is to ensure that ISSA members are provided with the highest quality educational tools for developing their fitness careers.
Mr. Gamboa has been in the fitness industry for over thirteen years and is an industry leader, educator, writer, consultant, coach and trainer whose educational background includes Bachelors and Associates of Sciences degrees in Exercise Physiology and Biology respectively. He is an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences, an ISSA Master of Sports Sciences and the Head Master Trainer for the ISSA with more than 15 Fitness and Nutrition related certifications including: Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults, Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning, Youth Fitness, Water Fitness, Endurance Fitness, Golf Fitness Specialist, Specialist in Adaptive Fitness, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and certificates in Pre-Natal and Post Partum Exercise, Exercise and Fibromyalgia, Unilateral Training, Plyometrics to enhance SQS, Exercise and Arthritis, Exercise and Diabetes, Exercise and MS, Foam Roller Training and more.
Upon completing his degree, Mr. Gamboa worked in a variety of different settings, including serving as a biology teacher, trainer and strength and conditioning coach where he contributed to leading the John Muir Mustangs Outdoor Track Team to a 1997 High school outdoor State and National championship. During these initial years, Mr. Gamboa developed his love for the sport of natural bodybuilding and is a natural bodybuilding champion with the NPC, UNBA, ABA and the ACBA having competed in each of the last ten years.
Mr. Gamboa currently serves as the COO for the ISSA. In addition to his responsibilities with the ISSA he is a Distance Education Accrediting Commission certified evaluator and a Regional Lead Testing Coordinator for the National Board of Fitness Examiners.
Charles Staley is known as an iconoclast and a leading influencer in the fitness arena. His reputation and self-effacing style have lead to appearances on NBC's The TODAY Show and The CBS Early Show, along with numerous radio and podcast appearances. He has authored more than 1000 articles for leading fitness publications, websites, and has lectured to eager audiences around the World.
Charles is not only a thinker but also a doer: At age 57, he competes in the sport of raw powerlifting and is a 3-time World Champion (220 and 198-pound weight classes). His popular online coaching program (Staley Strategies) allows people to train under his expert guidance, regardless of where they live.
Find Charles online at www.StaleyStrategies.com
Dr. Jack Barnathan, D.C., is an award winning Sports Doctor and ISSA Master of Fitness Science recognized internationally as a leading authority on strength development and its dramatic impact on health & human performance.
A lifelong strength athlete, Dr. Barnathan serves as both a pro judge and attending physician for the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) which sanctions Pro and Olympic Bodybuilding and Women's Pro Fitness worldwide. Dr. Barnathan has been officially recognized as bodybuilding's "Strength Doctor" acknowledging his use of strength training principles and techniques in the care of his patients who often include Pro and Olympic athletes from virtually every known sport.
His Strength & Performance seminars are featured at some of the world's most exclusive events including Arnold Schwarzenegger's VIP Training Seminar, the Olympia Fitness Expo in Las Vegas, the annual Fitness Physicians Summit in New York City and the private Palm Beach club 'Mar-a-Lago', owned by Donald Trump.
Dr. Barnathan has been awarded the IFBB's Gold Medal, one of Pro Bodybuilding's highest honors. He has been voted both International Sports Chiropractor of the Year and Chiropractor of the Year. The President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports officially commended Dr. Barnathan as "a vital link in the national fitness family", and The Presidential Certificate of Merit was awarded to Dr. Barnathan for his efforts on behalf of community fitness, with the President of the United States personal citing him as "a profound influence and shining example for us all".
Dr. Karl as his students called him was the Director of The Fitness Therapy Program and teacher of adaptive PE at Foothill College for 40 years. During his tenure at the college he was recognized for teaching excellence by receiving several awards. During his has 45 plus years in the health and fitness industry he has worked in almost every aspect of the industry from personal trainer (before the term was named), therapist at the VA Hospital to consultant on research grants, conference speaker, advisor to the State of California as well as an expert witness. For 15 years Dr. Knopf was the President and Founder of Fitness Educators Of Older Adults. Dr. Knopf retired in 2013 from Foothill College.
Currently he is the director of ISSA's Fitness Therapy and Senior Fitness Programs. Dr. Knopf has authored many articles, written over 20 books including topics on Water Exercise, Weights for 50 Plus to Fitness Therapy. His senior fitness books are recommended in Tuffs University Health Newsletter. He has been a frequent guest on Public Television's "Sit and Be Fit" show as well as a regular guest on radio. Dr. Karl has been interviewed by many media publications; including LA Times, Bottom Line on Health and was featured in the Wall Street Journal on issues pertaining to senior fitness and exercise for the disabled.
Karl has been active his whole life from college wrestler, tri- athlete, surfer to today he lifts weights, bikes and swims daily. He understands the benefits of daily corrective exercise due to a chronic back condition. He firmly believes that exercise is critical to stay healthy and functional. Dr. Karl supports the idea that "What you do today determines your tomorrows". Grow Well Not Old!
Bill Pearl is one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. He is a former Mr. California, Mr. America, and four-time Mr. Universe. Bill Pearl began lifting weights at 11 years of age, and owned and managed world-renowned bodybuilding gyms in Southern California for over 30 years. In the 1980's, Pearl and his wife Judy (also a bodybuilder) self-produced a remarkable book, Keys to the Inner Universe. It is by far the most complete bodybuilding book ever written. It has 638 pages, weights 5 pounds, and contains 1500 weightlifting exercises. In addition to co-authoring Keys to the Inner Universe, Pearl wrote Getting Stronger and co-wrote Getting In Shape.
Bill Pearl travels all over America, Europe, and Japan speaking to trainers, professionals and amateurs interested in physical fitness. Pearl is known for his ability to transform his vast knowledge of fitness training into terms readily understandable to the average person. Bill is over 60 years old and looks at least 10 years younger. His life is a testament to the virtues of physical fitness and sound nutrition.
Mr. Potash is the co-author of Your Lower Back , the first book written by a patient [Warren Potash before becoming a Fitness Therapist] and his doctor. His knowledge of low back pain led to his collaboration with Dr. Gordon and Mr. Filer producing the first program for health club trainers to work with their members who have low back pain .
Warren was the only trainer [eliminating inter-testor reliability issues] to use the Sport Fit Conditioning guidelines and progressions to help almost 200 adolescent female student-athletes improve their athletic performance and minimize their risk for injury.
He has developed a product to help adolescent female athletes [to be launched in 2004] with his colleagues for those female student-athletes who cannot work directly with a trainer and for coaches who want to take a proactive approach for their athletes.
Mr. Potash was responsible for improving team speed for the 1999 Princeton University Tigers softball team and he has successfully trained adolescent student-athletes for basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, and sprinters and distance runners.
Thomas Fahey received BA and MA degrees from San Francisco State University in Physical Education and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Motor Development. He is a professor at California State University, Chico, where he was voted professor of the year in 2007. He is an author of 21 books and more than 500 articles.
In athletics, he was All-American in track and field in college. He competed in powerlifting, won 11 straight US Masters National Championships in the discus throw, won the World Masters discus championship, won four consecutive gold medals in the World Masters Games, and was voted USA Track and Field Masters field athlete of the year in 2010. He has coached track and field since 1969. He is a contributing editor of Muscular Development and Fitness Rx magazines.
Jane Frederick, the head Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of California Santa Barbara, has been helping the student-athletes in their quest to be the best for the last five years. One of this country's greatest athletes, Frederick was the United States recordholder in the pentathlon/heptathlon from 1972-1985. The eleven-time national champion was also a two-time Olympian, competing in the l972 and l976 Olympic Games.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, Frederick has a long and varied background in athletics. From 1989-1992 she was first assistant Track & Field coach at the University of Texas where she coached numerous athletes to become national champions. In addition she has served as a consultant to the United States Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field. She is a member of the University of Colorado Hall of Fame, as well as of the Nike Walk of Fame.
Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1990
Jane's heptathlon PR, set back in 1984, still ranks as the 29th highest point total recorded in the history of the event. She remains the world's 12th best performer (and best American other than JJK).
Jane won the inaugural Mt. SAC heptathlon in 1981. Her score continues to make her the second highest performer in meet history, again behind only JJK.
Jane competed in a number of individual events in the years before the heptathlon was contested at Mt. SAC, posting winning marks in the long jump in 1975 and 1979.
She broke the American record in the heptathlon six times, and won nine national championships in the pentathlon and heptathlon. Jane also competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
Dr. Gordon served as the Chief of Musculoskeletal Diseases Branch at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for almost 20 years and retired in June, 1995. Dr. Gordon served as the Cochairman of the NIH sponsored conference, New Horizons in Low Back Pain in November, 1995. Dr. Gordon is the co-editor of the book resulting from the workshop, which was published in 1996. He has been a consultant as well as worked with biotechnology firms in Baltimore, MD and Bethesda, MD.
He is directing the development of the evaluation and exercise programs as well as the implementation system for Sport Fit Conditioning, Inc. He assists in presentations to potential new licensees and directs the educational program for club trainers, as well as participating in active training of the health club trainers. He acts as the non-voting administrator of the Company's Medical Review Panel and co-ordinates all of the group's reviews.
Dr. Gordon has served on numerous committees and task forces and interacted with the research community and public interest groups regarding policy and research status in musculoskeletal diseases. He managed, planned, developed, and evaluated the grant portfolio, as well as promoted research activities and conducted national and international scientific workshops and conferences on musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis, low back pain, hip joint replacement, osteoarthritis, and sports-related injuries.
He played a key role in developing public awareness, biomedical research, and interventions in osteoporosis. He has received many professional awards and has many professional memberships including the Orthopedic Research Society. He is a book editor and has numerous publications to his credit including Sports and Exercise in Midlife in 1994 and New Perspectives in Low Back Pain in 1989. He has lectured on spine research and repetitive motion disorders. He was an advisor to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (including year 2000 objectives) and served on many interagency levels including an active role on several Congressionally mandated task forces. He has a close working relationship with orthopedic manufacturers and is a recognized leader in musculoskeletal research in the United States.
E.J. "Doc" Kreis is co-author of the ISSA's Strength and Conditioning Certification course. Kreis is in his third season as UCLA's head speed-strength and conditioning coach. In addition to working directly with football and men's basketball, he oversees all operations in UCLA's 15,000-square foot weight room.
In 2001, Doc Kreis was named one of ten Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Associationâ€”the highest honor for a strength and conditioning coach. Doc Kreis was also named National Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in both 1991â€“92 and 1994â€“95, and was the recipient of the 1995 Stan Jones Award. On June 1, 2003, Doc Kreis was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Doc Kreis spent over ten years as an assistant athletic director and the head coach for speed-strength and conditioning at the University of Colorado. He was also the strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Southern (1978-80) and Vanderbilt (1980-85).
Mr. Filer is providing the physical therapy guidelines for this project. He is co-owner of Comprehensive Sports Care Specialists, Inc., in Bensalem, PA and Newtown, PA. He possesses hands-on practical experience in working with patients and physical therapy students for more than 17 years.
Having earned a Master's degree in physical therapy from Hahnemann University, he has attended a variety of seminars and has published a few articles over the past ten years. In his private practice, he evaluates and treats patients, implements rehabilitation programs, and oversees a student physical therapy teaching program. He compliments his physical therapy skills with an effective motivational style that has been positively received by his patients. He acts as the center's coordinator of clinical education and oversaw the education and teaching of physical therapy students to shape and mold their skills to competency levels.
He is an excellent motivator and provides much of the practical and classroom training for the SFC Training Specialist Course. His company has performed all of the Biodex testing of the adolescent female shoulder for SFC.
Lt. Col. Taylor received his BS from Auburn University in Health and Physical Education, with his concentration in Exercise Physiology. He transitioned and applied this knowledge into the United States Marine Corps where as an Infantry Officer he served three tours in Viet Nam. While in the Military, he earned the "USMC Master Fitness Award" and held the USMC record for the fastest time through the obstacle course. Lt. Col. Taylor was responsible for the physical training for the Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina and was the Fitness Specialist at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina. He retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In addition to teaching the ISSA principles at seminars throughout the US, he currently owns and operates a Fitness Training Studio, where he offers Personal Training and provides strength and conditioning for High School athletes.
John Schaeffer is known as a trainer's trainer. He has over 30 years' experience in the health and fitness industry, specializing in nutrition, weight management, and sports conditioning. He is currently working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in nutrition and has a Masters' degree in fitness science, along with numerous additional fitness certification courses from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA).
John is also a professor for the ISSA and travels all around the United States, teaching certification courses. He has taught over 100 certification classes for Certified Personal Trainers.
In addition, his desire to help others has led John to write fitness books, nutritional supplementation information pamphlets, and fitness articles, and he has even developed software programs for personalized nutrition and training. He has also designed and developed numerous nutritional supplement formulas. A five-time world champion powerlifter, John has also held numerous world records. He is also a professional kick-boxer, winning a Masters Super Heavyweight World Championship from MACK (Martial Arts Council of Kick Boxing). He has been featured in Powerlifting Video Magazine, Black Belt Video Magazine, and numerous other television and radio shows around the world. John has been awarded the International Sports Sciences Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the fields of nutrition and fitness.
Finally, with all his achievements, John considers his greatest success to be the hundreds of people he has helped to achieve their fitness goals through his custom nutrition and training programs.
John has been a Personal Trainer for over 30 years. He started training people and helping them reach their goals long before Personal Training was a business. His love for the gym and helping people is what inspires him to be passionate about his work.
His expertise lies in: weight loss, toning, shaping, firming, bodybuilding and fitness. John has trained thousands of overweight people with incredible success. One of his biggest accomplishments is that he has taken over 100 pounds off of more than 200 individual people in the last 2 years with his ULTRA FIT program.
He recently took over 50 pounds off of the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. John also trained 17 Senators and Congressman at the Congressional gym. He also trained clothing designer Calvin Klein, the CEO of American Express Jim Robinson, professional ballplayers Mike Piazza and Luis Alicea, and performed several seminars for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Phoenix Suns. DeFendis has personal trained professional boxer Andrew Golatta and over 300 champion titleholders in fitness and bodybuilding. He has been featured on 24 national and International magazine covers and won the Mr. USA title himself.
John hosts his own radio talk show on: fitness, nutrition, sports, weight training and weight loss. He has written a syndicated newspaper column called "The Fitness Expert" that is carried in 28 different newspapers, and he has won "Trainer of the Year" for 9 years for the state of Florida. John is also the Director of Bodybuilding Exercise for the ISSA (Southeast division).
John DeFendis has been featured on these television shows: Hard Copy (4 times), ABC T.V.'s 20/20 with Barbara Walters, NBC Sports, The Joan Rivers Show, Good Morning America, CNN, ESPN, FOX Television and CBS News.
Writing about nutrition and fitness is what Dr. Berardi loves most. He's written countless articles for nearly every site or magazine that covers nutrition. He's written a comprehensive nutrition program called The Precision Nutrition System. A cookbook for the fit food lover called Gourmet Nutrition. And the definitive textbook on nutrition science for fitness professionals called The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition.
Over his career, Dr. Berardi has personally coached and consulted with thousands of people from all walks of life. From everyday people who could be your neighbors, right up to athletes at the highest level of sport. He currently leads the extraordinary coaching team at Precision Nutrition and co-developed Precision Nutrition Coaching, which broke ground as the first entirely web-based nutrition coaching system. PN Coaching is beloved by clients and consistently helps people get healthier, stronger and fitter than they ever thought possible.
Specializing in exercise physiology and nutrient biochemistry, Dr. Berardi received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario under renowned sports nutrition researcher Dr. Peter Lemon. He's been an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Texas and a course instructor at Eastern Michigan University. Over the years he's taught university courses in Exercise Science, Nutrient Metabolism, Fitness and Wellness, and Exercise Nutrition.
In his doctoral studies, his research focused primarily on exercise nutrition; specifically, what to eat before, during and after exercise to optimize performance. At Precision Nutrition, he's sought to develop a new kind of research that falls somewhere between heavily controlled, small-scale laboratory studies typically done at universities, and the loosely-controlled, large-scale epidemiology studies typically funded by groups like the National Institutes of Health. Using PN's medium-scale method, his team rapidly tests hypotheses with thousands of real, motivated people, collect and interpret the data online, and turn that data into better coaching methods for their clients.
Dr. Berardi regularly travels the world and teaches the latest in nutrition science. He's spoken at hundreds of academic, exercise and nutrition-related conferences over the years.
In his personal life, Dr. Berardi continues to pursue athletics.He's competed at a fairly high level in track and field, rugby and football; he also won a US national junior bodybuilding title back in 1995. These days, the majority of his athletic time is spent at or preparing for masters-level track and field meets, where he competes as a sprinter.
Kim Dolan Leto is the author of F.I.T. Faith Inspired Transformation, a faith-filled inspirational speaker, creator of the F.I.T. DVD series, and the Director of Family Health and Wellness for the ISSA.
Her mission to empower people through the word of God to achieve a Faith Inspired Transformation in their health and happiness and live with Godfidence has been featured on the 700 Club, CBN, TBN, Babbie's House and magazines such as Relevant, Faith and Fitness, Fitness and Oxygen. She is also the Faith and Fitness Expert on HIS Radio and the Joy FM.
Married for fifteen years, Kim, her husband Bill and their three children happily reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
LaReine Chabut is a distinguished Lifestyle and Fitness expert, Best-selling author, and On-camera host. LaReine's books have sold over one million copies including:
"Lose That Baby Fat," "Yoga-All in One," "Exercise Balls for Dummies," "Golf-All in One," "Stretching for Dummies," "Core Strength for Dummies," "Dieting for Dummies," and "Weight Training for Dummies (4th edition)."
As the co-host of MSN's "Focus on Feeling Better," LaReine traveled across America helping everyday people fit in exercise and make healthier lifestyle choices for over 6 million viewers. LaReine is most recognized as the lead instructor of The Firm, America's number one exercise video series that have sold over three million copies worldwide. As a model, LaReine has graced the covers of Shape, Health, New Body, Runners World and represents sports-giant NIKE. In addition, she has appeared on Chelsea Lately on E!, The Dr. Phil Show, CNN, ABC, FOX News, EXTRA, Access Hollywood and Good Day LA among others.
Ms. Amanda Boyd is an experienced personal trainer and coach, who founded Impact Training in 2007. After years working in Fitness Center Operations, she wanted to take a more personalized approach in meeting the need of clients. As a successful entrepreneur, the demand of Impact Training programs and services, led to designing and implementing tools and training resources online to meet the quick growth and expansion of the Impact Training business.
Ms. Boyd is degreed with Bachelors of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies, has attained numerous certifications from ISSA, American Red Cross, and facilitates innovative academic courses as an adjunct professor for Bryan University. She spends devoted time enriching her family's life and others in the community by working with youth through Boys and Girls Town, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Champion Athletes, North Point Church Elementary department, The Bridge Church, Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps.
Mr. Josh Bryant is a renowned author and industry expert. Along with ISSA certifications in fitness training, nutrition, and conditioning, Josh has been awarded the prestigious title of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS). He was also recently named the ISSA Director of Applied Strength and Power Development. In addition to being certified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and by NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Josh completed his Master's degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention at California University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of the EliteFTS Best Selling eBook, Metroflex Gym Powerbuilding Basics.
Josh trains some of the strongest and most muscular athletes in the world in person at Metroflex Gym in Arlington, Texas, and via the Internet.
Josh has won many national and world titles in powerlifting and strongman and was the youngest person in powerlifting history, at 22, to bench press 600 pounds raw. Josh has squatted 909 pounds in the USPF, officially bench pressed 620 pounds raw, and officially deadlifted 810 pounds raw. He is not all brawn; he has a Master's degree in Exercise Science along with other prestigious certifications. Josh is the author and/or co-author of six Amazon #1 selling books including Jailhouse Strong.
Mr. Carlo A. Buzzichelli is a PhD candidate at the Superior Institute of Physical Culture and Sports of La Havana (Cuba), a professional strength and conditioning coach, the Director of the International Strength and Conditioning Institute, and a consultant for the Cuban Track and Field Olympic Team.
Mr. Buzzichelli has held seminars and lectures at various universities and sport institutes worldwide and was an invited lecturer at the 2012 International Workshop on Strength & Conditioning of Trivandrum (India), the 2015 Performance Training Summit of Beijing (China), the 2016 International Workshop on Strength & Conditioning in Bucharest (Romania), and the 2017 Track & Field National Team Coaches Forum held in La Havana.
As a strength and conditioning coach for team sports, Buzzichelli's teams have conquered eight promotions plus a first and a second place in their respective league Cups with senior teams and two Regional cups with junior teams. As a coach of individual sports, Buzzichelli's athletes have won 23 medals at national championships in four different sports (track & field, swimming, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and powerlifting), set nine national records in powerlifting and track & field, and won 11 medals at international competitions.
In 2015, Buzzichelli coached two Italian champions in two different sports and in 2016, two of his athletes earned an international title in two different combat sports. Overall, his coaching experience includes the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2003 and 2017 Track & Field World Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Mr. John Defendis has been a Personal Trainer for over 35 years. He started training people and helping them reach their goals long before Personal Training was a business. His love for the gym and helping people is what inspires him to be passionate about his work.
His expertise lies in: weight loss, health, toning, shaping, firming, bodybuilding and fitness. John has trained thousands of overweight people with incredible success. One of his biggest accomplishments is that his Ultra Fit program has taken over 100 pounds off of more than 1,000 individual people in South Carolina in the last 10 years.
John also took 61 pounds off of the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich while training 17 Senators and Congressman at the Congressional gym. He also trained clothing designer Calvin Klein, the CEO of American Express Jim Robinson, professional ballplayers Mike Piazza and Luis Alicea, and performed several seminars for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Phoenix Suns. DeFendis has personal trained professional boxer Andrew Golatta and over 500 champion titleholders in bodybuilding, figure and bikini competitions.
He has been featured on 24 national and International magazine covers and won the Mr. USA title himself.
John hosts his own radio talk show on: fitness, nutrition, sports, weight training and weight loss. He has written a syndicated newspaper column called "The Fitness Expert" that was carried in 28 different newspapers, and he had won "Trainer of the Year" for 9 years for the state of Florida. John is also the Director of Bodybuilding Exercise for the ISSA (Southeast division).
John has been featured on these television shows: Hard Copy (4 times), ABC T.V.'s 20/20 with Barbara Walters, NBC Sports, The Joan Rivers Show, and Good Morning America.
Mrs. Lesslee Dolan is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and health coach who founded Nutritional Path LLC in 2013.
After observing how clients struggled to assimilate all the information on the "how to" of becoming fit, Lesslee saw a need to help clients create a viable path that would allow them to have the body/ mind transformation they desired. This led Lesslee to incorporate Lifestyle and Mindset coaching into a comprehensive weight loss program where she teaches women over 50 how to build strength through behavioral changes, mindset shifts and weight training.
Along with her coaching business, Lesslee also does personal training and is a group exercise instructor at several fitness facilities throughout lower Delaware. She provides instruction in Senior Fitness, specializing in weight lifting and recently became Barre certified.
Lesslee strives to be a positive voice in the online community on personal development through healthy eating, lifestyle choices and exercise as you age.
One of Lesslee's goals is to become a Master Trainer with ISSA and to continue to inspire women over 50 to realize their potential by being healthy, fit and strong as they go forward.
Mrs. Christina Estrada began serving the fitness industry back in 2001 when she earned her first certification from the ISSA. She has since gone on to earn the distinction of ISSA Certified Master Trainer. After earning her AS from the ISSA College of Exercise Science (CES) she went on to earn a BS in psychology and life coaching from Liberty University.
Christina has worked with over 600 students as a Professor of Exercise Science for the ISSA College of Exercise Science. She currently teaches Specialist in Senior Fitness and Specialist in Youth Fitness classes. During her time as a Professor, she has worked to update and revise outdated course concepts and recently completed an important update to the Senior Fitness curriculum with the help of colleague, Bob Rollins.
In 2017 Christina became the Chief Editor for the ISSA Online Blog. She currently works with about 30 authors to create content that inspires, educates, and uplifts readers. Her vision for the blog is to create an industry-leading resource for fitness professionals to turn to for timely, reliable, scientifically-supported information regarding all things fitness, sports, nutrition, and wellness. She hopes that her collaboration with industry experts will uplift the health and fitness industry and inspire the next generation of professionals.
In addition to working with the ISSA, Christina trains clients at their private residences and co-owns a women's mentoring and networking group that focuses on helping female entrepreneurs and professionals find balance and create consistency in their personal and professional lives.
Ms. Sara Fleming is a certified fitness trainer, weightlifting coach with Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University. She is certified by the ISSA as a Fitness Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer, and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, as well as USA Weightlifting and USA Track and Field. As a coach, she has trained numerous athletes at the national and world level in weightlifting and powerlifting. As a proponent of trainer education, Ms. Fleming has mentored and taught many trainers, coaches, and athletes, personally or through clinics, seminars. Ms. Fleming has served as an assistant coach & strength coach for the Carolina Elite youth track and field club, while designing and teaching strength and fitness classes for third and fourth graders at Baileywick Elementary School, in Raleigh, NC.
Ms. Fleming has authored a certification course for the ISSA, Specialist in Group Fitness, which she is currently teaching for the ISSA's online college. As a writer and educator, she provides articles, educational materials for fitness training and performance nutrition on the ISSA blog, online publications, seminars for coaches, athletes and for other clients on her professional websites.
In her private practice, Ms. Fleming currently trains a broad range of individuals in both personal and group settings including children, adults, senior citizens, and athletes of all ages and sports. As an athlete, she enjoys competing in powerlifting and highland games and creates a well-rounded fitness program for her family. Prior to her training career, Ms. Fleming worked as a medical researcher for ten years in both the university and private sector in which she co-authored many scientific articles and grant applications.
Mr. Edward L. Gober is the founder of Trainer Nation - the continuing education provider of business related curriculum for fitness professionals.
From personal trainer to fitness manager, health club owner to high level executive, Edward has been a proactive leader supporting individual personal trainers, small business operators, and large corporate contacts to create performance driven and service oriented organizations.
In addition to teaming with global brands such as Equinox- Edward served as Vice President of Personal Training for the New York Health and Racquet Club in New York City. A keynote presenter at events such as IHRSA, Club Industry, Forum Club, and executive innovation think tank Rex Roundtables- Edward's insight on strategic sales management and organizational framework design have made him a sought after advisor to resurrect financially challenged operations as well as those attempting to enter a growth phase with their business. Additionally- Edward provides private equity firms, hedge funds and strategy consultants the information necessary to understand the value of their investment opportunities.
Mr. Quentin Green is a 21-year active-duty Marine Master Sergeant currently serving overseas in Iwakuni, Japan. His primary duties include managing the day-to-day operations of a military packaging facility, and overseeing his Command's Body Composition and Remedial Conditioning Programs. He also serves as his Command's resident High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) Instructor. Quentin also holds a part-time position with Semper Fit Health Promotion and Fitness, Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) where he works as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, tactical strength and conditioning coach, performance nutrition counselor, and youth fitness trainer.
Quentin has been certified with the ISSA since 2015. He holds an Associate degree in Exercise Science and title of ISSA Master Trainer. His active certifications include: Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN), Specialist in Exercise Therapy (SET), Specialist in Strength & Conditioning (SSC), Youth Fitness Trainer (YFT), Specialist in Senior Fitness (SSF), Specialist in Group Fitness (SGF), Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), CrossFit Level-1 (CFL1) Coach, and United States Marine Corps sponsored High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) and Combat Conditioning Instructor."
Ms. Lindsay Kent is a Master Personal Trainer with specialty areas in Fitness Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Therapy, Youth and Senior Fitness and Athlete/Functional training. In addition to her own personal training and health coaching business, Lindsay Kent Fitness, she is an Adjunct Professor at the International Sports Sciences Association's College of Exercise Science. She is a current Spokesmodel for the ISSA, and also works as a fitness editor and writer for several fitness publications along with being a sponsored athlete with Team BeautyFit.
Lindsay grew up being involved in athletics and was the captain of a Junior Olympic Volleyball team. She loved testing her limits and digging deep to challenge and push herself to the next level. Fitness and nutrition were such an ingrained part of her daily lifestyle, and this experience developed her love and talent to work with others to strive to be their best selves physically, mentally and emotionally. Fitness and health as a career was an obvious choice.
Lindsay believes that anyone can improve their lives and find their true self-worth and purpose, and she loves being an integral part of that journey. She is also currently continuing to pursue her passions for knowledge and education and is working on obtaining her Master's degree in Holistic Nutrition. She is excited to work in this growing field and share her knowledge with others.
Mr. William Lockley has had a covenant career, training professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, Olympics and UFC. A few to include Larry Johnson [Kansas City Chiefs], Bryant McKinnie [Miami Dolphins] Terrelle Pryor [Oakland Raiders], Jon Beason [Carolina Panthers], J.P. Arencibia [Texas Rangers] and more. Currently he works as the Director of Business Development and has been featured or published articles in Men's Health, Huffington Post and other national publications.
Mr. Lockley has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Marketing from Florida International University and credentialed in numerous certifications from NSCA-CSCS, USA Track and Field Level 1, CPR/AED, NASM-FNS, MMACS, ACE-GFI, Precision Nutrition Level 1, ISSA-CFT, TRX, ViPR and Trigger Point Therapy. He enjoys innovative programming and community achievements like taking his athletes to State Championships, encouraging citizens of his city to lose 100,000 pounds in one year, while giving hundreds of presentations to athletes, corporations, community organizations and the media.
Mr. Jason Pierce is a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the United States Marine Corps and has been serving for over 20 years. CWO Pierce thrives in challenging environments and has been on four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and recognized for excellence on both the Physical and Combat Fitness Tests. As a seasoned officer, he delivers a wealth of military knowledge, experience and leadership to the fitness industry. CWO Pierce combines technical military proficiency with his acumen to educate others on the physical rigors of the military. He diligently seeks to mentor Marines on physical fitness, coaching and assisting service members, veterans and Division 1 Athletes.
CWO Pierce has competed in Men's Physique in the National Physique Committee, powerlifting in the Southern Powerlifting Association, Triathlon with USA Triathlon, and Marathons with U.S. Road Running Association. He is a member of the New Orleans Track Club and was the Captain of running team who finished third place in its very first season. He has an academic degree in General Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Transportation and Logistics Management.
CWO Pierce was a published fitness and nutrition writer for a newspaper column reaching over 50,000 readers weekly and submits fitness articles in other countries. He has experience working with operations and development with a startup supplement company. As a fitness trainer, he holds certifications as an ISSA Master Trainer - Personal Trainer Certification, Fitness Nutrition Certification, Exercise Therapy Certification, Senior Fitness Certification, Youth Fitness Certification, and Strength and Conditioning Certification. He continues to work closely with professional fitness trainers in Italy, Mexico, UAE, and India.
Mr. John Rowley is the Founder and CEO of UX3. This innovative company has helped many athletes, those aspiring to gain personal health and well-being and individuals recovery from illness. When a devastating car accident cut his promising college athletic career short, he had a choice. Give up his dream and accept the fate others thought he was doomed to, or search out a new course to better his life. So he did what winners do. Mr. Rowley faced the challenge and conquered his limitations. Determined to be healthy again, he took on recovery with a vengeance, studying kinesiology, exercise, anatomy, fitness and nutrition.
Mr. Rowley's winning attitude serves him well, as it enabled him to work his way up from a janitor in Brooklyn to the high-powered world of New York City real estate. As one of the youngest Senior VP's in Manhattan, his reputation as a top executive enabled him to represent some of the most prestigious properties on Park Avenue and the Upper East Side.
With this background in both real estate and wellness, it seemed only natural that his next step would be combining the two. Stretching his entrepreneurial wings, he bought the Brooklyn gym featured in the movie Pumping Iron â€“ starring famed body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.
Mr. Rowley went on to combine his unique knowledge and his passion to help people with his run-away best seller, Old School New Body. An international sensation, it has motivated people worldwide to work harder toward physical, mental and spiritual fitness. As the author of two other books, The Power of Positive Fitness and Climb Your Ladder of Success Without Running out of Gas were best sellers and well received by the media.
For over 35 years, John has used his passion to inspire others. His simple solutions, crafted from what he's learned from top athletes, doctors and even celebrities, have change people's lives. He is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with others so they can become healthy, lean, fit and successful in their own lives!
Mrs. Kristi Tauti is a wife and mother of 2 children. She has been a certified Sports Nutrition and Fitness Nutrition Coach through ISSA since 2008. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Sport Science, from BYU-HAWAII.
Other certifications include ACSM certified Personal Trainer, and SGX Spartan Coach.
Kristi is also an accomplished IFBB Pro Figure Athlete competing in the Olympia 3x as well as the Arnold Classic. She has been coaching NPC and IFBB Competitors since 2005.
During the last 4 years she has been Racing at the Elite and Competitive Levels at the Spartan Races, as well as Coaching a team of Competitive Athletes.
She ran a private gym in Oregon for 5 years with her husband Pati, but they have recently moved the family to Utah where she runs an online Transformation program.
She strives to be influential not only in her community but also to those throughout the world through her social media outreach.
Mr. Brian Theiss is the Founder and CEO of American Built Bodies, Theiss Institute and Theiss Care, LLC a multidimensional corporate executive health and wellness consulting business. He received his AA from Moorpark College majoring in Biology, minoring in Chemistry with a background in Sports Medicine. He served as a tutor for Santa Barbara City College, UCSB in Chemistry, Biology, and Physiology for 8 years. As a wellness and fitness expert he holds a certification through ISSA.
Mr. Theiss has served as the President of Starkey Hearing Foundation working with thousands of patients worldwide. He has been awarded by the Saint John's Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute for valued contributions to the Brain Tumor Center in 2010. He received the World Vision Project Global Humanitarian Award in 2012, for being the most prominent health and fitness consultant in the world for changing lives through the development of revolutionary techniques and processes in the health management. The UCLA Pituitary Tumor Group Appreciation Award, recognized Mr. Theiss for being a valued contributor. He was the Trainer and Performance Consultant for the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team in 2001 and facilitated the VO2 Test Program for the Los Angeles Kings 2000-2005.
Mr. Theiss is a featured keynote speaker, publisher and author. In 30 years of business, he has worked with 975 physicians, 19,000 clients worldwide, and established himself as a pioneer in the field of executive health and wellness.
Mr. Courtney West is a certified personal trainer with more than two decades of experience. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and Wellness and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis on Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. He is a Certified Master Trainer with the ISSA and is certified various aspects of fitness. Since 2003, Courtney has been the proprietor of SandWest Fitness Studio, assisting clients with a wide range of medical conditions and fitness goals. However, he specializes in senior citizen fitness and post-rehab training.
Mr. Jason Vaught is the owner of Better Body Sports. Being on the front lines of communication with people beginning and during the process of physique transformation has given him insight on the behavioral and psychological set points that are holding people back from achieving their fitness goals.
Based on this knowledge, and his collective knowledge in training, nutrition, and supplementation, he is now authoring two books both around the subject of fitness, based on scientific research and personal experience, for the average person who wouldn't consider themselves a beginner, but wouldn't identify themselves as an expert. His language around fitness is spoken to people who seek to understand how to manage a fitness lifestyle with busy lives of their own.
Jason is a person of faith, whose inspiration comes from Jesus Christ. He finds his business to be a place of ministry and uses that platform to help people better their lives and move people away from the vain fitness world so common on social media and found in health clubs across the nation.
His personal experience surrounding mental health has made the area of suicide awareness a top priority for him in his personal and professional life. He believes there is a direct correlation with keeping our bodies in peak condition, and when pointed in a selfless direction is a solid way to prevent the mind from slipping into a dark place. While it is by far not the only reason for mental illness, it is an area he feels will statistically move the needle in deaths and attempts each year.
Most importantly, Jason is a husband to his wife Kimberly Vaught and father to his four beautiful daughters Kaylyn, Karlee, Kayley, and Kinsey. Everything he does professionally is for the benefit of them personally, and he takes that very serious.
Robert's magazine columns enjoyed a global reach of more than 7 Million readers a month, in 60 countries and in 15 foreign language translations. His writings have appeared all over the world in newspapers and magazines including Joe Weider's publications, Cosmopolitan and others.
Robert was awarded the Doctor of Letters from William Woods University. The honorary doctorate, presented to Bob recognizes not completion of courses or research requirements but real-world accomplishments, in this case the real and lasting impact Bob has had in helping people lead happier, healthier, more active and productive lives.
Dr. Chad Waterbury is an internationally recognized physical therapist and neurophysiologist that specializes helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts develop the correct combination of mobility and strength to optimize pain-free movement and performance. Chad received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Southern California, the nation's #1-ranked program. He received a master's degree, with an emphasis in neurophysiology, from the University of Arizona.
Chad is the creator of the Corrective Exercise Specialist certification course for the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He's the author of multiple books and has hundreds of published articles in magazines such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness and T-nation, as well as being featured in the Chicago Tribune and Showtime. He lectures and gives workshops internationally, including presentations for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Perform Better. Chad lives in Santa Monica, California.
Dr. Michael Yessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. and M.S. from City University of New York. He is president of Sports Training, Inc., a diverse sports and fitness company. Dr. Yessis is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he was a multi-sports specialist in biomechanics (analysis of skill execution) over and sports training.
Dr. Yessis has served as training and technique (skill execution) consultant to several Olympic and professional sports teams. He has also trained hundreds of athletes in different sports. In his work he developed unique specialized strength exercises, based on the biomechanical skill analysis. These exercises duplicate the neuromuscular pathway of the skill execution and develop strength specific to the neuromuscular pathway and range of motion. By doing these specialized strength exercises athletes improve their performance on the field without injury, very quickly.
During his fifty plus years of working with athletes he has introduced plyometrics in the US, and created different systems of training and working with athletes. Most notable is the Yessis 1 x 20 strength training program that is now being used by an increasing number of coaches. It is a moderate intensity program that develops greater strength, muscular endurance, coordination, ligament and tendon strength, etc. in comparison to the more popular high-intensity programs. Improvement in skill execution, gains in strength and muscular endurance and in the prevention of injury are most significant.
Dr. Yessis is considered this country's foremost expert on sports skill execution (technique) and how it can be improved. Dr. Yessis has written 18 books in the sports and fitness field including Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Exercise, Explosive Running, Explosive Plyometrics and the Revolutionary 1 x 20 RM Strength Training Program.
He has written more than 2,500 articles on fitness and sports training that have appeared in magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Shape, Scholastic Coach, Fitness Management, National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal, Track and Field Coaches Review, Peak Performance, Running Times, Football Gridiron and in DoctorYessis.com
Dr. Yessis has completed four DVDs; Exercise Mastery, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for the Quarterback, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Baseball, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Softball, and the CD book Explosive Tennis: The Forehand and Backhand. Dr. Yessis presently serves on the advisory board and is a clinical advisor for the American Running Association.
Obi Obadike is a Telly award winning TV host who has authored more than 100 articles for fitness magazines and fitness sites. And he has graced the cover of over 50 domestic and international fitness magazines and has been featured more than 100 times in these magazines making him one of the most published fitness experts over the last ten years.
Obadike was the co-host and co-judge (with Jillian Michaels, formerly of The Biggest Loser, and Randy Hetrick, founder and CEO of TRX) on a fitness reality competition show called Sweat Inc. that premiered on Spike TV in fall of 2015. He has trained and dieted some of the most influential celebrities and public figures in the world and is known for his before and after transformations.
He has been the current co-host since 2014 for the last 3 years of an award winning nationally syndicated Health TV show called Lifestyle Magazine, which airs every week nationally on DirecTV and Dishnet and on some of the following national networks such as the Hope Channel, NRB, Sky Angel network and other nationally and local syndicated networks.
The show is aired in Europe, West Africa, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most international countries. This health is viewed by over 3 million people domestically. In 2015 he and his co-hosting colleagues at Lifestyle Magazine won a bronze (Telly TV award) in the lifestyle programming category for a TV episode they did with Actor Kevin Sorbo called "True Strength". On March 27th, 2017 he won a Telly TV Award for the interview they did with Deniece Williams called "Life Choices".
He and his cast also won a Remy TV award in 2014 and 2015 at the World Fest international TV and film festival. WorldFest Festival is the third competitive film festival in North America.
In January 2014, he was metrically recognized as one of the Top 10 most influential fitness experts on the Web by Dr. Oz's Sharecare.com along with Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper from Biggest Loser and Dr Sanjay Gupta from CNN and others. He was named Writer of the Year for the largest Internet site in the world in Bodybuilding.com in 2012. He had a very popular bi-monthly fat loss column on the bodybuilding.com site called Ask The Ripped Dude on that site from 2011 to 2014. Metrically it was one of the most popular fat loss columns on that site for that 3 year timeframe. He is featured on their Ask The Experts page on bodybuilding.com.
In 2013 he created and produced lifestyle exercise videos for Turner Broadcasting's health and wellness entertainment digital brand called upwave. Those videos were bought out 2 years later by WebMD and they are now featured on their website.
In April of 2016 he was also named one of the Top Ten Most Inspirational fitness personalities by AskMen.com which is the largest lifestyle men's website online and some of the names that were on that list was Jack LaLalane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jillian Michaels along with other notable fitness names. In August of 2016 AskMen.com named him one of the 50 fittest people of 2016 along with Michael Phelps, Connor Mcgregor, Usain Bolt and other mainstream athletes.
Obadike was a top Division I collegiate track athlete at Cal State Fullerton, where he was the school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 400-meter relay. He was also co-athlete of the year at the university and a two-time All Big West Conference sprinter. He was the fastest guy in the history of the university.
He holds B.A/B.S and M.S degrees and is a certified nutritionist specialist and certified trainer with ISSA. He has been writer and contributor for fitness magazines and sites such as Muscle and Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, AskMen.com, Sharecare.com, LiveStrong, Shape, Oxygen and many others. He has been a fitness and nutrition expert guest on national TV shows such as NBC's Access Hollywood, TV one's Roland Martin NewsOne TV show and many others local and national TV shows.
He is a new co-author of "The Cut" with TV and Movie Star Morris Chestnut. They were featured on major national TV shows during their book media tour on Dr. Oz, The Chew, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey show, Rachael Ray, etc. And they did a national radio tour on Sirius, ABC news Tour, etc.